Christmas Train Holidays 2019

Christmas Holidays

Christmas Holidays

As autumn closes in, we all start to dream of a white Christmas. Alas, such things are rare here in the UK, so why not head over to mainland Europe, where your chances of enjoying a romantic, snowbound season are all the greater. Escape to the Harz Mountains in Germany, or maybe enjoy the Christmas Markets of three magical countries?

Chocolate box villages blanketed with fresh snow, the twinkling fairy lights of traditional Christmas Markets, dazzling fireworks lighting up the night sky, and impossibly beautiful railway journeys through enchanted icy landscapes; there is nothing quite like an escorted tour in the magical festive period. Join Rail Discoveries on a festive adventure this year and rediscover the nostalgic spirit of the festive season, as you delight in a Christmas or New Year like no other.

The welcoming twinkle of a traditional Christmas market, iconic trains steaming across pristine winter landscapes, sleigh rides through the snow, the taste of warming glühwein and sticky gingerbread, and New Year fireworks illuminating the night sky – there’s no denying the magic of the festive period. Make this year truly special when you embark on a festive rail holiday with Great Rail Journeys.

Iconic trains slowly winding their way through veritable winter wonderlands, charming horse-drawn carriage rides amidst soft flurries of falling snow, and warming mugs of spiced glühwein; there is no denying the captivating magic of the festive period. This year, celebrate the season in style on an unforgettable Christmas or New Year holiday with Great Rail Journeys. Take a look at our exciting festive departures below:

The Catalan Coast and Montserrat at Christmas

The Catalan Coast and Montserrat at Christmas

8 days from £1,695 per person

Embark upon a festive escape in the charming port town of Palamós. Discover quaint medieval towns with golden sandy beaches before indulging in some quiet introspection and breathtaking views at the serene mountaintop monastery of Montserrat.

Vienna, Salzburg & The Austrian Alps at Christmas

Vienna, Salzburg & The Austrian Alps at Christmas

8 days from £1,995 per person

This twin centre Christmas rail holiday gives you the opportunity to experience the festive delights of charming Salzburg, as well as enjoying the musical and cultural delights of elegant Vienna.

Jungfrau Express All Inclusive at Christmas

7 days from £1,395PP

Discover the spectacular and remarkable beauty of the Swiss Alps at one of the most wonderful times of the year on this all inclusive rail adventure to the highest railway station in Europe.

Christmas on the Catalan Coast

8 days from £1,150PP

Enjoy a relaxing Christmas break on the rugged Catalan Coast. From charming Roses we visit Cadaqués, Girona, Figueres and Barcelona.

Christmas in the Moselle Valley

7 days from £895PP

Relax in the scenic Moselle Valley, experiencing a lovely Christmas Market, a wine tasting, a scenic boat trip on the Rhine and a heritage rail journey.

Three Countries Christmas Markets

4 days from £415PP

Enjoy a relaxing Christmas break on the rugged Catalan Coast. From charming Roses we visit Cadaqués, Girona, Figueres and Barcelona.

Rhine Christmas Markets & The Vulkan Express

4 days from £495PP

Discover the splendid Christmas Markets of the Rhinelands from the enchanting riverside town of Remagen. Indulge in some festive retail therapy, sample delicious local delicacies and heritage railways.

Though the chances of snow at Christmas here in the UK are small, this is still a magical country to explore at the most festive of seasons. For those who adore the traditions of our home nations, yet want to get away from the stresses of a Christmas at home, our selection of UK Christmas tours are ideal for you.

A Flavour of Yorkshire at Christmas

6 days from £675PP

From our base in the spa town of Harrogate, enjoy the festive spirit of beautiful Yorkshire. Our holiday takes us to famous monuments, vintage railways and the magnificent city of York.

Norwich & Norfolk at Christmas

6 days from £625PP

Explore the meandering waterways and heritage trains of Norfolk over the Christmas period. Discover this charming region from your base in Norwich.

Stratford-upon-Avon at Christmas

6 days from £795PP

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.

Glacier Express All Inclusive at Christmas

8 days from £1,595PP

The winter wonderland of Switzerland awaits on this all-inclusive festive break. With fantastic excursions on some of Switzerland's most iconic railways, enjoy elegant resorts, snowy vistas and Swiss hospitality.

Festive Mont Blanc & the Matterhorn

7 days from £1,275PP

Eat, drink and be merry in the Swiss Alps on this festive tour which celebrates Christmas by visiting chocolate box towns, journeying on beautiful railways and discovering iconic Alpine peaks.

Bavarian Christmas Wonderland

8 days from £2,095PP

Expect plenty of seasonal Bavarian traditions on our festive Alpine rail break to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with spellbinding castles to visit, great meals to enjoy, an exciting journey on the Zugspitze Railway and a sleigh ride at Christmas.

The Canadian at Christmas

11 days from £3,545PP

Celebrate the festive season with a fabulous holiday on this famous cross-continental train. We spend three unforgettable nights in fantastic Toronto, visit the incredible Niagara Falls, and stay two nights in cosmopolitan Vancouver. Here we enjoy a wonderfully festive sleigh ride on the snow-capped Grouse Mountain.

Swiss Christmas and Italian New Year

12 days from £2,895PP

Embark on a magical winter adventure over the festive season, spending Christmas amidst the snows of Switzerland and New Year beside the sparkling waters of Lake Como. Make unforgettable memories in Europe, with a charming sleigh ride and two iconic rail journeys transporting you into the heart of Italy and Switzerland in winter.

A Scottish Christmas

7 days from £1,175PP

Spend Christmas in Inverness, with hearty food, warming drinks, entertainment and festive cheer. Enjoy the proud cities of Edinburgh and Inverness and travel through the yuletide scenery on beautiful rail trips.

Austrian Christmas & Italian New Year

13 days from £2,495PP

Enjoy the festive period in two of Europe's most spectacular settings on this truly memorable rail holiday. Innsbruck at Christmas is enchanting, and Lake Garda is the perfect place to enjoy a fantastic New Year.