Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

France and Italy are two of the most visited countries in the world and with so many beautiful cities, such amazing history and architecture, and so many world-class sights, it's no wonder. This is an itinerary I designed for friends (two couples) who wanted to visit some of Europe's famous cities on their holiday. One of the traveller's was celebrating his 50th birthday by attending the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Monza so the itinerary was based around this. The travellers had no desire to drive in Europe so they each pre-purchased a Eurail Pass, with seat reservations. The excellent train services in France and Italy allowed them to travel between destinations quickly and in comfort.


Riding the rails of Europe’s fantastic train network is a great way to explore the continent. I love the flexibility that comes with being an independent rail traveller in Europe and designing my own itineraries and the length of time I want to stay in each place makes my European holidays uniquely my own.

Rail is one of the most popular ways for travellers to get around Europe but I’ve often heard them bemoan the fact that fares are expensive.  In actual fact, if you can book your European train tickets well in advance, fares are likely to be less expensive than you think.  So how far in advance can you book trains in Europe? In this article, I explain.

The most relaxing way to see Italy is by train and with my 19 day Italian rail itinerary you'll take in the country's most iconic cities and towns and visit some of her most beautiful natural sites.

Rail travel is a popular way to get around Europe and the United Kingdom.  It's fast, convenient and allows you to sit back and enjoy the scenery. Here are twelve reasons why you should consider travelling by train.

Switzerland offers some of the most spectacular train rides in the world, some of which are more well known than others.  I've had the opportunity to travel on a number of scenic trains in Switzerland and each one offers something a little different.  One thing they all offer, though, is magnificent views from the comfort of your seat.

On my visits to Switzerland over the years I have been lucky enough to to enjoy a number of spectacular train rides in this picturesque country. Switzerland does train travel so well and with panoramic windows offering jaw-dropping views, it's no wonder this form of transport is so popular even though the country is relatively small.

Although I had travelled by train in Europe before, it wasn't until my most recent trip that I'd actually used a Eurail Pass. On other occasions, I'd only taken a couple of rail journeys so it was cheaper to buy the point-to-point tickets I required rather than a Eurail Pass, but this time, as I was taking numerous train trips, a Eurail Pass was the way to go.

The Eurostar train is one of the fastest and most convenient ways of travelling between London and Paris or Brussels with thousands of commuters using the service each day. The city-to-city service is popular with both business travellers and tourists who prefer the ease of rail travel to long waiting times at airports. I recently travelled on the Eurostar from London to Paris and have put together a list of tips to help make your journey on the Eurostar an easy one. (Updated 29 June, 2014.)