Travellers are increasingly carbon-conscious but train travel doesn’t just reduce the environmental footprint, it can also be a highlight of the holiday.

European Gastronomy Trip…

A seven-night round-trip combines several culinary destinations into one epicurean epic. From London, take the train to Bordeaux for wine tastings, then on to Madrid for a dose of art followed by Seville to sample tapas. Then take the fast train to Barcelona for pica-pica (light bites). Next stop Lyon, the culinary capital of France, then whizz to Paris in time for one last bistro lunch before riding the Eurostar back to London. originaltravel.co.uk

Little Trains & Walks of The Pyrenees…

One of Arena Rail’s most popular ‘Little Trains’ itineraries, this eight-day group tour combines train journeys and guided walks from a base in the Catalan town of Roses, close to the French border. Take a ride through Cap de Creus National Park on the Roses Express – a road-train pulled by a tractor; ascend over 1,000 metres on the Núria Valley Rack Railway; and ride the Red Train from Rivesalets to Axat via French vineyards and castles. arenatravel.com

The Orient-Express through Europe…

Recognised as one of the most famous trains in the world, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express escorts passengers on an opulent and scenic journey through Europe, starting in London and stopping at some of the continent’s most celebrated cities, including Paris, Venice, Budapest, Prague and Berlin. Accommodation onboard includes the Grand Suites, which boast en-suite bathrooms, large double beds and a private seating area. belmond.com

France’s Ancient Provincia Nostra…

Travel by rail from St. Pancras on Inntravel’s new self-guided holiday through southern France, discovering Roman Gaul, where the Romans ruled for more than 500 years. Stay in Narbonne, Nîmes and Arles, travelling by train between. Highlights include the Roman Museum of Narbonne, set to open in September 2020; the Roman arena in Nîmes; and UNESCO World Heritage Arles' fascinating buildings, museums and galleries. inntravel.co.uk

England’s Great West Way by rail…

Take a step back in time as you journey on this classic touring route, recently re-launched, from Bristol to London with stops in Bath, Salisbury, Chippenham and Windsor, before heading back to London. Highlights include Bristol Cathedral, Bath's spa, a detour to the honey-hued cottages of the Cotswolds, a visit to Stonehenge, a boat trip along the River Thames and access to the Houses of Parliament. greatwestway.co.uk

The Splendour of Corsica…

Travelling from London by Eurostar, this tour visits the gastronomic city Lyon and then heads along the French Riviera by rail to spend two nights in Nice before sailing to Corsica. Here, alight in Bastia, a historic city close to scenic Cap Corse - Corsica's northern tip. But the highlight is the island's own railway - the line between Corte and Bocognano is ranked as one of the most scenic in the world, passing gorges and waterfalls. ffestiniogtravel.com

Get to Scandinavia by train…

Copenhagen is known as the ‘green city’ and Sweden is leading the way in sustainable living, so why not visit this eco-concious couple by travelling by train from London? Sunvil’s new two-centre itinerary starts from St. Pancras and travels to Brussels, then to Cologne for a night before wheeling, via Hamburg, to Copenhagen for a few nights in the Danish capital. The trip concludes with two nights in Sweden's Malmö across the water. sunvil.co.uk