Orient Express & Royal Clipper for the ultimate Rail & Sail experience

For the first time Great Rail Journeys (01904 521 980, www.GreatRail.com) is offering new rail and sail cruise itineraries that combines first and premium class rail travel, 4* hotel accommodation in some of the world’s most famous cities and a 10 day cruise on board the world’s largest, fully crewed tall ship, Royal Clipper (www.starclippers.co.uk), plus the option of a return from Venice to Paris on board the Venice Simplon Orient Express.

The 17 night holiday blends the best of the most eco-friendly forms of travel, by fully-escorted rail from London to Venice, or Rome, with two nights in a 4* hotel and a fully escorted tour in Paris, and two nights in a 4* hotel in Venice or Rome. There are two departures from Venice to Rome, on 23rd July and 13th August 2011, and a third on 2nd August 2011 when the ship sails from Rome to Venice, enabling guests to return by Orient Express and Eurostar.

Having travelled in comfort without an airport in sight, guests can enjoy a fully crewed, tall ship sailing experience, with facilities that include three swimming pools, a three deck atrium above Royal Clipper’s magnificent restaurant, the central Tropical Bar, air-conditioned library, spa and complimentary water sports both on the beach, and from the ship’s sports deck.

Great Rail Journeys’ guests will be escorted by a Tour Manager throughout the holiday. Once on board, there’s no need to raise a finger as the crew attend to ropes, sails and rigging, though guests are invited to climb to the crow’s nest and join in the traditional ‘sailaway’.

The 17-day holiday costs £3,595 per person for 23 July and 13 August departures, and £4,475 for 2 August departure incorporating the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express experience, including return rail travel from London, hotel accommodation en-route, the 10 night cruise, all meals on board and the services of a tour manager throughout.

Contact Great Rail Journeys on 01904 521 980, www.GreatRail.com