These options are available by train

Many people want to save CO₂ when traveling. So why not travel far by train instead of taking the less climate-friendly plane? The main tour operators in Germany often offer the option of traveling to your holiday destination by train – also in the form of a package trip. But where can vacationers travel on a train package trip and how can they book it?

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Tui, Dertour and Alltours: Where a train holiday package is available

In general, travel providers in Germany tend to head to destinations in neighboring countries for train connections. TUI, for example, offers train travel and defines “all inclusive” as: “If accommodation with TUI is booked with an additional tourist, such as a train ticket, it is considered an all-inclusive trip.” This group is possible for trips to neighboring countries.

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Customers can also book train packages with Dertour. “In the modular logic, our customers can individually combine a train journey with different travel services (accommodation and on-site experience) and thus obtain a train package tour from us,” a company spokeswoman explains. This way, it is possible to reach destinations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, France and Italy. “Our best-selling international connections are Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, Prague, Basel and Salzburg,” says the spokeswoman.

If you’re traveling south by train, you might drive over the Höllentalbahn bridge in the Black Forest.

Alltours does not offer train or bus tours as such. The company declares that anyone booking accommodation via the platform can access “individually” – that is, book the train independently. “There is no way to directly combine train and bus tickets with Alltours.”

This option is used, for example, for “city trips to Amsterdam, Hamburg or Paris, family vacations on a farm in Austria, leisure vacations in the mountains or beach fun in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, in Italy, France or Croatia,” she said. A company spokeswoman for the Germany (RND) Editorial Network.

Package tour by train: booking with obstacles

But all providers have one difficulty in common: finding a train package tour on the site in the first place. It cannot be explicitly specified in the search settings of Tui, and vacationers cannot designate the train as their preferred mode of transportation. Instead, travelers must first select a hotel and then also look for a train when booking. However, this is not possible with all accommodations: if you want to book the journey directly by train, you have to click on the offer to see your luck.

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In Dertour, travelers will find the “Train & Hotel” tab. But if you choose the right accommodation there, you cannot simply add a train to your online booking. This requires an additional call to the service team.

Another drawback: those who want to explore further afield will reach the limits of what’s possible when it comes to train packages, even if you’re traveling alone. A trip to Greece for a beach holiday is certainly not short. For example, a train journey from Hanover to the Mediterranean city of Patras takes less than 45 hours. It drives through Switzerland into Italy before travelers cross from Bari in the south of the country to Patras on the Greek mainland.

Save CO₂ on vacation: Travel service providers follow customers’ wishes

People who are less passionate about traveling by train may prefer to take a plane, due to the long journey. Many travelers then want to behave as eco-friendly as possible on site. Umniah is also followed by travel companies.

Zandvoort: Several people are walking across a platform at Zandvoort Station.

Zandvoort: Several people are walking across a platform at Zandvoort Station.

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Alltours, for example, makes it clear that they place great importance on resource-saving and climate-protection technologies when working with hotels. According to a spokeswoman, hotels in the Alltours hotel chain Allsun work in tandem with local, sustainably produced service providers and offer locally grown vegetables or fruits.

Dertour also offers a selection of sustainable hotels and responsible local excursions as well as the opportunity to financially offset the CO₂ footprint. Tui also states that it is investing in modern aviation and cruise technologies in order to reduce emissions. In addition, vacationers are offered “green” hotels, the provision of single-use plastic parts and support for social projects in holiday countries.

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