Rail Holidays 2024/2025
Featured Train Tours
Holidays that Stand Apart from the Crowd
While all our holidays offer a touch of class, some stand apart as being that extra bit special. Our Something Special collection includes accommodation in 4 and 5-Star hotels known for their scenic locations and excellent facilities. So, if you want to relax beside Lake Garda, stay in the heart of the Swiss Alps or bask in the sunshine of Spain’s Catalonian Coast, these tours should be just the ticket.
10 Days from £1,895PP
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.'
9 days from £1,695 per person
From the enchanting Tyrolean town of St Johann, we soak up local traditions, such as strudel making, all the while enjoying inclusive meals and evening drinks at the 4-Star Park Hotel.
10 days from £1,795 per person
The beautiful, unspoilt town of Roses is our base for nine nights on the rugged Costa Brava. Our relaxed itinerary introduces the cultural highlights of the region, including the incredible Cap de Creus National Park, the picturesque fishing village of Cadaqués, Barcelona, Figueres and the Dalí Foundation.
Holiday Planning Made Easy
With so many destinations we can’t wait to visit again soon, the only trouble you might be having now is deciding where to go! 2022 is going to be an exciting year for travel and, so you can get ahead of the curve, we’re sharing some of our favourite European and American getaways for that extra dash of inspiration. Whether it’s the bright lights of New York which tempt you or the epic railways of Norway, there’s sure to be something to kick-start your wanderlust.
9 days from £1,199pp
Immerse yourself in the enchanting Italian Riviera, where the colourful villages of the Cinque Terre, sparkling ocean dotted with fishing boats, and historic cities are waiting to be explored. Cruise to the hidden beach of San Fruttuoso, visit stylish Portofino, and explore the city of Genoa on this culture-rich holiday.
10 days from £2,595pp
Discover three fascinating cities and one world wonder as you explore America's historic East Coast. From Washington D.C, travel by rail to chic New York, absorb the beauty of Niagara Falls and explore bustling Toronto.
7 Days from £899PP
Discover Bavaria on this all-inclusive holiday and enjoy excursions to Lake Constance, fairytale Neuschwanstein and medieval Rothenburg - a highlight of any trip along the Romantic Road.
Discovering India and Nepal
From the man-made wonders of India to the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Nepal, discover these two countries through a fantastic selection of excursions and experiences, creating memories to last a lifetime.
14 Days from £1,195PP
A World of adventure awaits
Destinations to relish, memories to cherish
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.
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’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, 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
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.
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 & 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
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
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
Some of your favourite tours just became even more accessible! We have added an additional date for both our French Riviera and Little Trains of the Pyrenees tours, both with the added convenience of air travel! Of course, we still believe that by rail is the best way to travel, so once you arrive at your destination you will take in gorgeous scenery by rail – truly the best of both worlds!
6 days from £945PP
Explore the famous sights of Nice with visits to some of the French Riviera's most picturesque resorts, such as Antibes and Cannes before unearthing hidden Villefranche-sur-Mer and the iconic principality of Monaco.
9 days from £1,685 per person
The Glacier Express is one of our most loved train journeys, and for good reason. Slowly wind through the awe-inspiring panorama of Switzerland on board this iconic train, and enjoy numerous other trips and excursions that highlight the best of this glorious country.
8 days from £1,099PP
Immerse yourself in one of Spain’s most enticing pairings: the shimmering peaks of the Pyrenees and the breathtaking coastline of Catalonia. Soak up the natural beauty of Spain and France as you wind through the mountains by nostalgic railway, journey into the peaceful Núria Valley, delve into the world of surrealist art at the Salvador Dalí Foundation and wander through the historic streets of Girona on this culture-packed adventure.
Escorted Tours by Rail
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Vietnam & Cambodia Odyssey
Take in breathtaking views on four scenic train journeys through Vietnam, enjoy a three-night cruise on the Mekong Delta, explore the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels and more.
From £2,299pp - 20 day Rail Tour
A Royal Indian Odyssey
Enjoy city tours of Delhi, Agra, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, Jodhpur & Mumbai, embark on four scenic train journeys through India's colourful landscapes, admire the magnificent Taj Mahal, the holy lake at Pushkar and more.
From £1,629pp - 15 day Rail Tour
China & Japan's Rail Odyssey
Take city tours of Kyoto, Tokyo, Beijing & Shanghai, see the snow-capped Mount Fuji from Hakone National Park, visit the Forbidden Palace, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China and more.
From £2,499pp - 15 day Rail Tour
About Train Holidays
Wherever your wanderlust takes you, you can rely on us to show you the best of every destination, with the added reassurance of a professional UK Tour Manager travelling with your group all the way.
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.
Discover the world by train on one of our fantastic Rail Journeys! Gaze in awe at the beautiful scenery the world has to offer on our personalised itineraries that'll leave an everlasting memory.
From the Northern Light-tinged skies of Norway to the lofty Canadian Rockies,
sit back and relax as you enjoy front-row seats to some of the planet’s most spectacular sights, as well as immersive excursions that take you to the cultural heart of each destination and iconic rail journeys through jaw-dropping landscapes. And, on selected tours, enjoy Premium Small Groups, offering a maximum group size of 25.
When you take a tour that includes an iconic rail journey, choosing your favourite moment becomes a little more difficult. From the amazing Alpine scenery of Switzerland and picture-postcard panoramas in the Pyrenees to the sparkling lochs and romantic castles in Scotland - simply sit back, relax and watch as the stunning scenery changes outside your window.
A Carriage with a View
Epic railways around the world lay the route for discovery, and our holidays journey to the heart of the action through remote landscapes, allowing you to enjoy views that can only be glimpsed from a train carriage. Sit back, relax and enjoy front-row seats to some of the most unbelievable landscapes across the globe.
Answer the Call of the Wild
Experience the unscathed beauty of the wilderness as you journey through the enchanting panoramas of the Canadian Rockies, explore fjords surrounded by snow-kissed peaks and travel between cities backlit by glistering glaciers.
A Land of Temples and Tigers
The pristine beauty of the Taj Mahal, the opulent interiors of Rajasthan's forts, the spiritual calmness of Nepal's monasteries and the exotic wildlife of the Indian subcontinent, see it all from the window of your train carriage.
Welcome to a Land Down Under
New Zealand entices with its dynamic Māori culture, beautiful fjords and dramatic landscapes. Be at one with nature as you journey between the country's south and north islands, traversing mountains and skirting world-class coastlines.
Magical Northern Lights that illuminate the night sky, the Midnight Sun brightening the never-ending days and roaring waterfalls that freeze like a cascading glacier - Norway is easily accessible by rail all year round.
Embark Upon a Swiss Adventure or Italian Escape
Cinematic landscapes dotted with spectacular lakes, undeniably rich culture and history, and some of the most tempting cuisine in Europe – whether that’s indulgent cheese fondue or crispy wood-fired pizza – Switzerland and Italy have much in common. We’re looking forward to discovering even more of these enticing destinations over the coming months and into 2022. Take a look at some of our favourite holidays below and book your next Swiss or Italian break.
Discover Incredible Inclusive Value
Our experts work hard to make sure each itinerary is packed to the brim with inclusions, from great accommodation and delicious meals, to excursions that introduce you to must-see sights. And of course, each holiday is escorted by a friendly Tour Manager, there to make sure everything goes smoothly. Book your holiday with us and we’ll take care of the details, leaving you to relax and focus on what’s important – enjoying your time away!
Discover Holiday Magic
Experience the undeniable magic of a winter holiday, exploring the towns and cities of Europe by rail as they’re transformed by the changing seasons. Whether you’re heading to a familiar destination or exploring somewhere new, we’ll introduce you to unforgettable landmarks and scenic railways, showcasing each destination at its magical, wintry best.
Discover holiday magic on a special event holiday - unforgettable, culture-packed escapes that introduce you to the best local traditions. With the fantastic value you know and love, admire colourful tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens, watch dancers twirl alongside extravagant floats at Nice Carnival or treat yourself to a once-in-a-decade experience at 2022's Floriade Horticultural Expo.
Extraordinary Rail Adventures
There’s something extraordinary about travelling by rail, and our holidays include unique journeys from iconic, steam-hauled heritage lines to sleek high-speed services.
From the snowy peaks of Switzerland to the sparkling French Riviera, whichever destination you visit, you'll discover must-see landmarks and attractions as well as off-the-beaten-track gems.
Holidays that Offer a Breath of Fresh Air
Switzerland, Italy and Austria are famed for their pristine natural beauty, fresh Alpine air and fantastical lakes. Destinations where jaw-dropping scenery meet iconic train journeys, get back to nature in style and comfort whether you’re exploring the storybook villages of Lake Garda, trundling past mighty mountains on the Glacier Express or sitting down to an al fresco breakfast amid the landscapes of the Austrian Tyrol.
Enjoy the Journey, Not Just the Destination
Gorgeous Alpine views? A US coast to coast adventure? Italy top to toe? Whatever you’re looking for, our iconic rail tours will get you there in style.
Welcome Back to the World
If you’ve been putting off your dream trip for the past few years, now’s the time to rediscover those travel ambitions. With world-renowned cuisines, stylish cities and stunning landscapes - accessible via some of the world’s most beautiful rail journeys - it’s easy to see why European destinations sit so highly on people’s wish-lists.
Experience the Joy of the Journey
Rail is a remarkable way to experience new places and offers unrivalled views wherever you go. And, with small groups of 25 people for better access to all the sights and inclusive luggage transfers as standard, taking to the rails just got a whole lot easier.
When Less is Actually More
With group numbers capped at 25 on our UK and Europe holidays, stay in more characterful hotels, move around the sights safely and easily, enjoy exclusive experiences and get a more personal service from your Tour Manager. Smaller groups mean bigger adventures, and with numbers capped at 25, you'll stay in more characterful hotels, move around the sights more easily and enjoy exclusive excursions only suitable for small groups.
Inclusive Luggage Service
Now included on all European and many UK tours, our complimentary luggage transfers include door-to-door luggage service completely free for one 25kg bag so you never have to touch your luggage on the go.
From the majestic mountains of Wales to England’s traditional seaside landscapes and the timeless Scottish Highlands, you don’t have far to go to escape to the wild when you holiday in the UK.
Back to Europe
The ancient history of Rome and Renaissance masterpieces of Florence, the good food and even better wine of France and Switzerland’s world-famous mountain railways; we can’t wait to explore Europe once more.
Planned to Perfection
At a time when many are thinking about planning their next adventure, we wanted to remind you why a rail holiday should be top of your list. We’ve hand-crafted a collection of unforgettable escapes that take you straight to the heart of each destination, with unmissable sights and rich culture waiting to be discovered every day. With the hard work out of the way, all that’s left for you to do is decide where to go.
So Much Included
Our tours include so much in the price; all travel, a dedicated Tour Manager, 3 and 4-star hotels, many meals, and a host of culture-rich excursions and rail journeys.
Time to Explore
Discover must-see landmarks and attractions on insightful guided tours, blended with free time to explore in a way that suits you. It’s the best way to travel.
Escorted Rail Tours Worldwide
Is there a better way to start your holiday than simply hopping on the train? We don't think so. Europe has a fantastic rail network, which our tours connect with directly from London St Pancras. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy some of Europe’s most breathtaking views as you’re whisked straight to the heart of your destination.
From steam trains to bullet trains, rail travel over the world offers so many epic adventures. Sit back and take in the magnificent panoramas as you travel between quaint towns and cosmopolitan cities. Take a ride on the Glacier Express, journey through the Rocky Mountains and see the wonderful scenery of the Pyrenees.
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.
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Disclaimer: All prices are 'from' prices, they may not be available on every date. *Please refer to the tour itinerary regarding excursions and entry fees. Lead-ins are based on the best value flight and airline available at pricing and include all available discounts. Prices are per person. Other durations, dates and departure airports are available at a supplement. All prices are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without notice due to airline availability. Single traveller supplements may apply. Terms and conditions apply.