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About Great Rail Journeys - holidays by rail

Great Rail Journeys is the UK's leading operator of holidays by rail. Founded over 30 years ago, there is no-one who understands rail travel like we do.

At Great Rail Journeys we have been organising holidays by train for over 30 years. As the UK's largest rail based holiday company we know exactly what makes a holiday by train successful. You can choose from over 300 individual tours in over 40 countries. Our train tours cover Europe, Africa, America, Canada, the Far East, Russia, India and The Orient and Australasia. Click here to view Great Rail Journeys' history.

Great Value Holidays By Rail

We are always clear about what is included in our holidays and make sure there are no hidden extras. The price of your holiday includes all transport and accommodation as well as a range of meals and excursions, leaving you with very little to pay when you are away. Our guests are usually pleasantly surprised at how little they had to pay for when they were actually on holiday.

A Great Choice of Holidays by Rail

Great Rail Journeys offers a stunning selection of holidays by rail. Choose from a range that includes everything from intimate tours of the Yorkshire Moors to an epic coast to coast rail journey across the USA. Personalise your holiday by adding rail travel from your local station, a stay in a London hotel, upgraded seats or maybe even some extra time at your final destination.

Great Tour Managers

Our Tour Managers are courteous, friendly and professional. They are sociable, organised and unflappable. Their backgrounds are varied and include business, social service, teaching and the travel industry. It goes without saying that they are passionate about travel and eager to help you fill your journey with fond memories. 

Your Tour Manager will ensure that arrangements made by our office come to fruition hundreds of miles away on your holiday and that any local difficulties are overcome before you are even aware of them.

Great Associations

In addition to the recognition we have received for responsible tourism Great Rail Journeys is also a full member of ABTA and AITO. Essentially this means that we are committed to providing high standards of business practice for the benefits of our guests, our staff and the travel industry at large.

Great Rail Journeys is also ATOL bonded. This means that when you fly to or from one of our holidays by rail your flights are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority.

  • Classic Rail Journeys »

    These holidays have been with us for years and are often cited as being favourites of our customers. They often feature iconic, must-do great rail journeys.

  • Winter & Spring »

    Discover some of our most beloved great rail holidays in winter and spring. With dozens of destinations from which to choose, they are a perfect way to escape England’s dreary weather.

  • Book with the UK’s leading rail holiday operator with over 30 years’ travel experience
  • Our Tour Managers and experienced local guides share their in-depth knowledge of each destination
  • Choose a fully escorted tour or speak to our experienced Travel Consultants about a tailor made holiday
  • Our tours include rail travel, transfers, a Tour Manager, quality hotels and many meals
  • Enjoy a full programme of exciting excursions, guided tours and sightseeing
  • Every holiday covered by the exclusive Great Rail Journeys Price Promise
  • Speak to a dedicated team of Tour Advisors based in our York offices
  • Flexibility to add UK rail, domestic flights, overnight hotels, upgrades and tour extensions
  • Our service has been recognised in The Telegraph Travel Awards and British Travel Awards
Fully Protected
  • Great Rail Journeys is a member of ABTA and AITO
  • All flight inclusive bookings are ATOL protected under license 3278
  • Online bookings are secured by Thawte and payments are processed using Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode technology
ABTA No. V2170
ATOL 3278
Sustainable Tourism - 3 star
British Travel Awards 2013 - Best Overall Holiday Company by Train
The Telegraph Travel Award 2011
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