'Train travel enables travellers to relax and recharge, and to enjoy the journey in a more vintage and romantic way; taking time to take in the landscape and see a different side of a destination.'

Cape Town - For travellers who prefer a slower, more scenic, means of travel, G Adventures has added a selection of new Rail journeys rolling through countries including Bulgaria, Morocco, Spain and Russia, and ranging from a three-day add-on in St. Petersburg to a 23-day journey travelling through seven countries in Europe.

”In the age of acceleration, slow travel is fast emerging as an antidote to the hectic lives many of us are leading in the digital age,” said G Adventures global product manager, Rachel Wasser.

“Train travel enables travellers to relax and recharge, and to enjoy the journey in a more vintage and romantic way; taking time to take in the landscape and see a different side of a destination.”

The newest Rail journeys listed in G Adventures’ Rail programme include:

Spain and Morocco by Rail – This 14-day trip traverses the Spanish countryside taking travellers to Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville. They then cross the Strait of Gibraltar into Morocco where they visit Fès, Casablanca, and Marrakech, and experience the magic of Morocco’s souks, mint tea and friendly locals. They will also visit a G Adventures- supported women’s development project that includes a traditional home-cooked Moroccan meal and a basic Arabic lesson.

Budapest to Sofia by Rail - From pastoral countryside to forests and villages, this 10-day rail tour travels from Budapest, Hungary to Sofia, Bulgaria on rail much less travelled but worth experiencing. Travellers will explore the weathered architecture of Budapest, grand Ottoman palaces, “Dracula’s Castle” in Transylvania, and the eclectic

Ladies Market of Sofia – all via comfortable trains.

London to Sofia by Rail – This 22-day tour invites travellers to ride the rails from London to Sofia, Bulgaria, experiencing a combination of Western and Eastern Europe’s charm. Here they can soak in a thermal bath in Budapest or explore Budapest Castle, before discovering Romania’s countryside and marvelling at the baroque architecture of Brasov.

The St. Petersburg Express, beginning in the Russian capital and ending in Moscow, leads travellers into the city’s hidden back alleys to learn about its complex history. This three-day, add-on- only adventure is perfect for train travellers who are interested in expanding their introduction to Russian culture.

Eligible tours that combine with this railway extension include: the 16-day “Trans-Mongolian Adventure” from Moscow to Beijing, and the 17-day “Epic Trans Siberian Journey” from Moscow to Vladivostok. St. Petersburg.

The two most popular Rail journeys over the past year have been the 12-day Beijing to Hong Kong Express itinerary, and the 12-day Delhi to Goa West Coast India & Rajasthan by Rail, each with select 2016 departures currently discounted at 15 percent off.

G Adventures’ 16-day Trans-Mongolian Adventure and 21-day Trans-Mongolian Express tours round out the operator’s top four selling Rail trips for the period since 2015.

Adapted from a press release for IOL

* For more information please visit www.gadventures.co.uk.