In western Norway, deep fjords cut through snowcapped mountains, and remote valleys are only accessible by railways and roads that are masterworks of engineering. Climb aboard five different trains to experience the country’s astonishing natural beauty from Oslo to Bergen. Cruise the waters of the Sognefjorden and the Geirangerfjorden and delve into a rich seafaring history as you encounter Viking longships and medieval churches.
Midwest High Speed Rail Association Study Tour to Italy offers the best in high-speed trains, unique rail station and behind-the-scenes visits, and meetings with important players in the Italian high speed rail world. But it will also offer unique cultural visits to the famous spots in Italy from the Vatican to Florence, Pompeii to Milan. Rick Harnish, executive director the MHSRA, will welcome you in Rome and accompany the entire journey plus the extension. He and our professional English-speaking guide will manage the journey — offering our guests the best of both worlds: the expertise and personal connections of Rick Harnish and the wonderful points of local culture, history and art of our Italian guide. The Society of International Railway Travelers is honored to organize this 7th Midwest High Speed Rail Association study tour. What a great way to celebrate 25 years of this amazing organization. The Society of IRT has organized many study tours for Mr. Harnish and the association to Germany, France, Japan, China, Spain and more to study the best in high-speed trains. They have visited so many behind-the-scenes rail facilities, met the movers and shakers for high speed rail around the world. Now it’s your chance to head to Italy to discover what is new — and amazing — in Italy. Every journey has received high acclaim: In 2018, it’s your turn!
If you’ve been waiting to take some of the most scenic train trips in the world, wait no longer! This independent journey includes the Glacier Express and Bernina Express, as well as the Centovalli Railway and Golden Pass line—four of Switzerland’s most scenic routes possible by train. The Furka Steam adds a historic element, and the mountain railways are impressive engineering feats. Plus an optional trip on the Jungfrau Railway, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012. You’ll never stop looking out your train window or taking photos! Available as an 8-day or a 15-day tour.