China, commemorative Battlefield tours and the Northern Lights in Lapland are just three trends in rail tours for 2014 identified by Great Rail Journeys (GRJ) and its sister company, Treyn.
According to GRJ, rail holidays have never been more popular, and 58 new tours across both brands have been introduced for this year.
A new China by Rail option sees GRJ offering a programme of tours to China for the first time, with prices for the 17-day trip leading in at £2,995 per person.
Meanwhile, with 18 special tours to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the First World War, the operator predicts that many people will wish to mark this special year by soaking up the history of Northern France and Belgium, both of which are very easily accessible by train from St Pancras into the Northern area of Flanders and the Somme. In addition, there are Bruges & Battlefield tours and Remembrance Day tours.
As an example, a five-day 'Battlefields of Flanders' option costs from £425 per person while Treyn’s battlefield tours start from £295 for a four-day ‘Bruges & Ypres’ tour.
Lapland and the Northern Lights have also been introduced to make the most of next year’s peak in solar activity during an 11-year cycle. The tour features Lapland as well as Norway’s Lofoten Islands travelling on one of Scandinavia’s most scenic railways. There are two opportunities to view the Northern Lights in Lofoten and Narvik, and the rail tour itself goes well into the arctic circle.
Prices for an 11-day ‘The Northern Lights & Lapland’ tour start from £2,325.
Other destinations predicted to see an increase include India, the US, Switzerland, Italy and Scotland.