Around the world in 53 days

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Phileas Fogg took 80 days to travel around the world. Michael Palin took 17 hours less. But you can do it in just 53 on a journey which harks back to the style of travel in Jules Verne’s famous novel.

But who can find take to take 53 days out at one time? The retired, of course, railway buffs but the wealthy? They are too busy enjoying the making of money. The rest of us? What employer is going to allow that much time off unless you happen to work for one of those companies that allow sabbaticals. Not even a media outlet would let a writer have 53 days in one go. So this type of holiday is limited in appeal.amtrak-attendant-door

According to the organisers, Great Rail Journeys, the trip “provides the ultimate rail journey across the globe and itinerary highlights include: New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Denver and the Royal Gorge Railroad, Durango and Silverton Railroad, Monument Valley, a flight over the Grand Canyon, LA and Hollywood, San Francisco, Shanghai, the incredible Terracotta Warriors, the Great Wall of China, Beijing, travelling aboard the Tsar’s Gold Private Train, the Steppes of the Gobi Desert, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Lake Baikal Siberia, Moscow, Warsaw, Prague, Vienna, Venice, the luxury of the Venice Simplon Orient-Express and the British Orient Express Pullman.  The price includes four and five star accommodation throughout, all air and rail travel, most meals and the services of a professional Tour Manager throughout.”

So it isn’t really a rail journey at all; rail travel is part of an overall holiday

But why opt for a holiday that could be done in a shorter period if planes replaced trains?

Alex Roberts of Great Rail Journeys says it is because of a growing trend towards people looking for even more choice of the kind of ‘safe’ adventure holidays we offer. I find the idea of promoting “safe holidays,” and interesting idea. Will other tour operators take this approach

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