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Rail Holidays 2019/2020

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A World of adventure awaits

Destinations to relish, memories to cherish

With 2018 coming to a close, it’s time to look to the future and get excited about travelling the world in the years to come! Taking you to more global destinations than ever before, Great Rail Journey’s excellent worldwide collection is full of fascinating excursions and memorable experiences. More than just that though, our Early Booking offer can see you save on selected tours, making it even easier to discover your dream rail holiday. Discover the world, the Great Rail way.

2020 Early Booking Offer

Take advantage of our saving of up to £200 per person when booking 2020 Worldwide holidays on or before 19th February 2019.

Timeless South Korea

Timeless South Korea

South Korea, also known as the land of the morning calm, is becoming ever more popular with travellers, yet still retains its authentic charm and guarantees many unique and truly memorable experiences - from its ancient temples to its tasty cuisine.

9 Days from £2,795PP

Five Star India

Five-Star India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla

Marvel at historic temples, spot an elusive tiger and visit beautiful palaces and gardens as we explore kaleidoscopic India, taking in Shimla, enigmatic Delhi, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Agra with its resplendent marble icon, the Taj Mahal.

14 Days from £1,995PP


Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle, Udaipur & Jodhpur

Journey to the heart of India on this intimate small group tour. Uncover the secrets of India's kaleidoscopic cities, watch the sun rise over the resplendent Taj Mahal, and discover centuries of history in unique heritage hotels, including an opulent lakeside palace.

15 Days from £2,395PP

Golden Triangle

Assam & The Mighty Brahmaputra

Discover a lesser-explored side to India as we trace the route of the mighty Brahmaputra river on the MV Mahabaahu. Discover the myriad cultures that line the river, and immerse yourself in the traditions of this unique corner of the world.

13 Days from £3,595PP

Iconic Train Journey's

Travelling by rail grants a unique insight into the beauty, culture and history of a nation like no other form of transport can. From the windows of your carriage, experience spectacular views and glorious panoramas as you glide through magnificent countries across the globe, seeing the finest sights they have to offer. On a Great Rail Journey, the journey becomes part of the destination.

Rocky Moutaineer

Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer

Take an adventure through China's ancient and modern wonders. Travel from bustling Beijing, with its Great Wall, to ancient Xi'an and its Terracotta Warriors, cruising the Yangtze River en-route.

15 Days from £4,195PP

Australia Ghan

Australia & the Ghan

This fantastic rail adventure takes in many of Australia's natural wonders, including the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and the Blue Mountains. A wonderful train journey on the legendary Ghan from Alice Springs to Adelaide is a real highlight, and time in Melbourne and Sydney to explore completes this holiday of a lifetime.

23 Days from £6,795PP


Blue Train

Cape Town, The Blue Train & Kruger National Park

Discover the highlights of South Africa with a rail journey on the luxurious Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria. Ascend Table Mountain, sample local wines in Stellenbosch and enjoy fantastic game drives during a wonderful three-night stay at a hotel at the gate of Kruger National Park.

12 Days from £3,895PP

Trans Siberian Express

Premium Trans-Siberian Express

Step on board the Golden Eagle and be transported back to the romantic age of travel as we wend our way across Russia, Mongolia and Siberia in unprecedented luxury. This rail adventure takes you on a journey of over 8,000 miles; a true odyssey to the other side of the world.

19 Days from £12,895PP

Wonders of the World

You’ll have heard all about them – those spectacular wonders of the world, iconic bucket-list sights to be seen on once-in-a-lifetime adventures. From the misty elevation of Machu Picchu to the crashing waters of Niagara Falls and so much in between, these destinations are timeless, incomparable and simply magnificent. Now, with Great Rail Journeys, we’re proud to offer you the opportunity to experience them for yourself. Take a look below for more information.

Grand Tour of China

A dizzying mix of ancient cultures, tumultuous history, breathtaking natural beauty and dynamic urban landscapes, China is a feast for all the senses. Magnificent Beijing, the legendary Terracotta Warriors, captivating pandas and a cruise through the Three Gorges combine to offer an unforgettable experience.

15 Days from £2,995PP

The Northern Lights & Lapland

On this remarkable adventure we explore Norway and Swedish Lapland, journeying north far into the Arctic Circle where we seek out the magical Northern Lights, all whilst travelling on some of Scandinavia's most scenic railways.

11 Days from £2,595PP

Brand new destinations for 2019!

We are proud to include a range of incredible new tours, showing you the wolves of Yellowstone, the amazing Cabot Trail, and the incredible beauty of Java and Bali, we are sure you’ll find somewhere truly incredible to explore in 2019.

Yellowstone and Wolves in Winter

Discover the beauty of Yellowstone National Park in the winter, on an incredible tour that showcases the best of the American Mid-West. Discover stunning Salt Lake City, and the fabulous California, as well as the fantastic wildlife that calls this corner of the world home.

12 Days from £3,795PP - SAVE UP TO £150 PER PERSON

Eastern Canada and the Cabot Trail

Discover the rugged eastern coast of Canada on a remarkable tour that combines the dynamic cities of Quebec City and Halifax with captivating coastal scenery in Nova Scotia and experience an exciting whale watching cruise, all on this unique Canadian tour.

13 Days from £2,795PP - SAVE UP TO £100 PER PERSON


Northern Lights and Russian Christmas

Spend New Year's Day aboard one of the most extravagant trains in the world, the Golden Eagle, go ice fishing for King Crabs, hunt for the Northern Lights and celebrate Russian Christmas in the stylish city of St Petersburg.

12 Days from £8,595PP - SAVE UP TO £350 PER PERSON

Spirit of the Himalaya

Venture into the spectacular Himalayan Mountains on this tour which celebrates the best that this stunning mountain range, and the country of India have to offer. Discover ancient mountains, Tibetan mysticism and colourful cities.

11 Days from £2,295PP - SAVE UP TO £100 PER PERSON


Grand Tour of the Orient

Uncover the incredible countries of China and Japan on this comprehensive tour that takes in some of the most incredible history, sights, and cities that these two exquisite countries have to offer.

17 Days from £4,595PP - SAVE UP TO £200 PER PERSON

The Indonesian Islands of Javi & Bali

From smoldering volcanoes and energetic dance performances, to the calm introspection of Buddhist temples and serenity of village life, Java and Bali are two islands with a lot to offer.

14 Days from £2,295PP - SAVE UP TO £100 PER PERSON

 

Highlights of South Africa

Discover the wonders of South Africa with a journey on the historical Ceres Railway, a fantastic game drive in Kruger National Park, and a trip along the glorious Garden Route to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

15 Days from £2,695PP - SAVE UP TO £100 PER PERSON

Spectacular Southern India

Discover the exotic majesty of India's southern regions on a tour which ventures into jungles and along coastlines, uncovering colours, tastes and sights from some of India's least explored destinations.

14 Days from £1,895PP - SAVE UP TO £100 PER PERSON


Adventures through Japan

Cherry blossoms, geisha, tea ceremonies, sake, Shinto and sacred temples; Japan has it all, and when you travel through cities and countryside alike by rail, it is all too easy to fall in love with this unique country.

14 Days from £3,095PP - SAVE UP TO £150 PER PERSON

The Glamorous West Coast of America

Explore the most captivating parts of America's West Coast on this exciting tour that takes you from bohemian San Francisco to iconic Los Angeles, by way of the sights and sounds of fabulous Las Vegas.

11 Days from £2,295PP


Whilst our customers often tell us how much they love our holidays just as they are, it's our ambition to grow and evolve and we want to take you to undiscovered destinations, arrange stays at little known hotels and whisk you off on journeys aboard incomparable trains. Sometimes this just isn't possible with our usual sized groups however, so we've been working hard to bring you eight new tours where the group numbers will never top twenty.

New for 2019, our exclusive small groups tours allow you to travel to otherwise inaccessible destinations, stay in accommodation that ranges from lofty mountaintop perches to grandiose French châteaux, and enjoy one-of-a kind excursions.

Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Discover the alluring charms of the Loire Valley on a small groups tour to France. Relish an intimate look around one of the region's most historically significant castles, sample distinctive wines from a rising star of the French vintnery scene, & enjoy accommodation in a prestigious 5-Star hotel, which is of course another Château.

6 Days from £1,695PP

Mountain Tops of Switzerland

Three of Switzerland's most unique hotels all contribute to this very special small groups tour around Switzerland. Spend nine days with your head in the clouds at these peerless mountaintop properties, and enjoy journeys aboard impressive mountain railways, with dinner served aboard the Glacier Express as you journey through the ever-changing vistas.

9 Days from £2,695PP

Our four brand new Winter and Festive tours

Enjoy the beauty of the Danube at New Year, seeing in 2019 in elegant Vienna, or discover the incredible mountains of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. Want to stay closer to home? Why not explore Shakespearean Stratford, or even the lovely heritage railways of Wales?

New Year on the Danube

Experience the magic of southeastern Germany from your spectacular base in Passau. Explore the wild Bavarian Forest, and welcome the New Year in style with an unforgettable evening cruise along the iconic Danube River.

6 days from £1,095PP

Christmas in Wales

Enjoy a delightful Christmas escape in beautiful Wales. Discover the panorama of the countryside on three fantastic rail journeys, and greet the festive season in style.

5 days from £695PP

 

Stratford-upon-Avon at Christmas

The home of William Shakespeare awaits on this fabulously festive retreat. Enjoy the history of beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon, and embark on two delightful railway journeys.

6 days from £795PP

Mont Blanc & the Matterhorn in Winter

Discover the resplendent beauty of two of Europe's most iconic mountains on a tour which promises crisp winter beauty, choice excursions and cosy accommodation in a classic Swiss winter resort.

7 days from £1,195PP

 

EUROPE, UK & CRUISE

BRAND NEW TOURS FOR 2019

We're expanding our destinations for 2019! From the Lake District and Cornwall to Tuscany and Poland, Europe is opening up even more just in time for you to start thinking about your adventures next year. Find these tours online - you could discover your perfect destination!

Lake Lucerne All Inclusive

Lake Lucerne is one of Switzerland's most picturesque lakes. Surrounded by the towering peaks of the Alps, and with some truly lovely towns on its shores, this is the perfect place to experience the wonder of Switzerland.

8 Days from £1,450PP

Highlights of Poland

With rich culture, a dizzying blend of architectural styles and poignant history, Poland is perhaps one of Europe's best kept secrets. Discover Poland on a tour which showcases this evocative mix of past and present.

9 Days from £1,150PP


Captivating Cornwall

One of the proudest regions in England, discover just what makes Cornwall so captivating to those who visit. Enjoy the history, the amazing natural landscapes, and two rail journeys from your base in Lostwithiel.

5 Days from £495PP

Southern Tuscany & Umbria All Inclusive

Tuscany is famous for its incredible beauty, quintessentially Italian towns and villages, and long history. Discover all of these things on this fantastic all inclusive tour from your wonderful base in Chianiano Terme.

10 Days from £1,450PP

Our Best Selling European Holidays

Venture through Europe on journeys that will take you to some of the most spectacular sights the continent has to offer. Soak in the sights of stunning Sirmione in Italy, or behold the grandeur of the Imperial Cities breathtaking architecture. Of course, numerous incredibly railway journeys are abound; with exciting adventures taking you through Switzerland, Austria, France, and Germany on some of their most iconic lines.

Grand Imperial Cities

13 days from £2,095PP

Fascinating grand imperial cities and high-speed intercity train journeys showcase the turbulent history of Central Europe. Discover what turned these former Habsburg and Prussian cities into four of Europe's greatest destinations.

Traditional Glacier Express

8 Days from £1,495PP

Stunning scenery and spectacular views are enough to take your breath away as we travel by rail through the heart of the Swiss Alps on the world-famous Glacier Express train. We enjoy thrilling mountain railways, charming towns and dramatic Alpine scenery.

Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge

10 Days from £1,315PP

Discover two of Germany's most picturesque regions on this fantastic two-centre holiday. We explore the half timbered villages and stunning peaks of the Harz Mountains by heritage railway before visiting the stunning Rhine Gorge, where the legendary Lorelei Rock still casts its spell.

Sirmione on Lake Garda

10 Days from £1,715PP

Known as the 'Pearl of the Lake', picture-perfect Sirmione is perched on a peninsula on the southern shore of Lake Garda. On this exceptional tour we visit Mantova, the Sigurtá Gardens, and iconic Venice, for a guided tour of this incredible 'Floating City.'

Austrian Alps All-Inclusive

10 days from £1,515PP

Explore the mighty Austrian Alps on this wonderful tour to one of Europe's most scenic and alluring countries. From our base in the enchanting Tyrolean town of St Johann, we discover the majesty of this Alpine wonderland.

Avignon, the Rhone & Provence

7 days from £1,295PP

Discover Avignon, the Rhône and Provence. Inspiration for artists including Vincent Van Gogh, this region of France oozes history, charm and atmosphere. Staying in the delightful city of Avignon, we explore Roman Provence and enjoy a lunch cruise along the Rhône.

New Escorted Tours by Rail

Nimes, Carcassonne & Provence

7 days from £895PP

From mysterious citadels and Roman remains to fantastical red rice and white horses, experience France's southern way of life with its unique and unusual allurements and marvel at Carcassonne's walled 'cité'.

Southern Tuscany & Umbria All Inclusive

10 days from £1,495PP

Tuscany is famous for its incredible beauty, quintessentially Italian towns and villages, and long history. Discover all of these things on this fantastic all inclusive tour from your wonderful base in Chianiano Terme.

Austrian Lake District All Inclusive

9 days from £1,345PP

The Austrian Lake District is nothing short of magnificent, a tranquil paradise for the discerning traveller. This tour sees you discover this charming area on an all-inclusive basis from your hotel in Altmünster.

Lakes and Dales by Steam

5 days from £395PP

From your base in Carlisle, travel on three incredible railway lines, and enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the spectacular north of England, including the world-famous and UNESCO-listed Lake District.

 

South America Rail Tours

Discover some of the world's most captivating attractions on one of our brand new tours to Japan or South America. Take in the unforgettable views at Machu Picchu, witness unique and fascinating wildlife on the Galapagos Islands or embark on a grand tour of Japan and explore its vibrant, historic cities.

For those looking to discover iconic destinations and diverse cultures,our latest collection of worldwide tours are the perfect option.

GRAND TOUR OF JAPAN
16 DAYS FROM £4,995pp

Japan Rail Tours

Absorb ancient history and timeless traditions as we travel through the 'land of the Rising Sun' by futuristic bullet train.

Sample Japanese whiskey in Sapporo and soak up the spectacular sight of Mount Fuji, explore the bustling city of Tokyo and take in the fascinating mix of old and new as we explore the ancient attractions dotted around this modern metropolis.

Discover a different side to Japan in the idyllic Takayama Valley before exploring historic Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima.

PREMIUM BRAZIL, ARGENTINA & PATAGONIA
16 DAYS FROM £7,995pp

Brazil Rail Tours

Experience the allure of South America on a wonderful tour from vibrant Rio, through lush rainforests and via sensational waterfalls, to Buenos Aires. Fly to Bariloche, in the heart of Patagonia and take a journey on the 'End of the World' Train.


TREN CRUCERO & THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
12 DAYS FROM £5,995pp

Galapagos Rail Tours

This stunning tour combines Ecuador, with its Tren Crucero, and the amazing nature of the Galapagos Islands. Experience culture and volcanic scenery before flying to the beautiful Galapgos Islands to see some of the world's most unique and fascinating wildlife.

MACHU PICCHU & THE ANDES
16 DAYS FROM £3,695pp

machu pichu Rail Tours

The lost city of Machu Picchu and the treasures of Peru are unveiled  in this high-altitude adventures, combining scenic rail journeys with first class hotels. An unforgettable experience awaits you in this South American paradise on a tour that includes Lima, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca and Cusco.

 

About Train Holidays

The train holiday is enjoying something of a renaissance; year on year its popularity grows.

And with good reason. Rail travel is a fun, relaxing way to see new places, experience new things. A social, communal holiday that blends guided touring with time to savour for yourself if you so desire. What’s more, train travel represents an environmentally friendly way to see the world. What better way to take in the wonder of a new country, new location, than by relaxing in your seat looking out at the ever changing scenery as the train cuts through the countryside and cities; taking in the mountains, rivers, forests or skylines; to look with wide-eyed wonder at new places, different wildlife, amazing landscapes.

Train holidays offer you the chance to explore some of the world’s most breathtaking areas with spectacular scenery that will stay with you for a lifetime. An opportunity to wind your way through Europe, historic cities, the great lakes of Italy or the snow-capped beauty of the Alps or maybe to head further afield, to follow in the footsteps of Casey Jones on the American railroad; from the greenery of the east, the cornfields and the plains of the Midwest, into the Rockies as you head to the warm pacific shores.

Or perhaps you prefer to explore a little closer to home – check out our wonderful tours through Britain, recreating the style and slow pace of the age of steam as you meander through the beauty of the Yorkshire moors, the Welsh mountains, Scottish Highlands or Lake District.

It may be a hark back to older times, but for many, a train holiday represents a new, wonderful experience that will have you craving for more.

Escorted Rail Tours Worldwide


A railtour is a special train which is run in order to allow people to experience rail travel which is not available using timetabled passenger services. The 'unusual' aspect may be the route of the train, the destination, specific sections of railway track (for example, freight-only lines), the locomotive hauling the train, the rolling stock (passenger carriages), or any combination of these. Organisers may own or hire locomotives or rolling stock, or tours may be organised by railway management or other bodies outside the railway fraternity. Perhaps the most famous railtour in England was the Fifteen Guinea Special, the last steam hauled main line train run by British Railways.