Danube Express, an already established “hotel on wheels” is the ‘fulfilment of adream’ says the brochure. There are several itineraries through central and eastern Europe including Prague, Vienna, Dresden or Cracow all with stunning scenery. 3 and 4 day tours priced in Euro.

Norway – their trains are also a useful means of transport and if boarding a ship in Bergen take a one-way or return trip from Oslo. Refreshments are served on board. Their funicular train to the top of Bergen’s mountain is a must do. If a pensioner ask for their 50% discount. It is not written up at the ticket kiosk.

Poland – Jo Meintjes has read about a fascinating Train Tour in Poland where you can spend a week learning to drive your own steam train!

Russia – A good way to connect from Moscow to St Petersburg or vice versa, is by train which takes about 4 hours. There are also luxury train trips of 8 days even in mid winter.

Spain – El Transcantábrico Express runs a week-long luxury train tour along the northern coast which includes excursions to a National Park, a sea trip and local picturesque villages. All meals included, lunch and dinner in local restaurants. Spain also has some extremely fast, non-stop trains from Madrid with all inclusive meals served in first class. It’s worth treating yourself and staying in some luxury Paradors, hotels converted from Monasteries, Windmills etc. Jo stayed in two of these in 2010.