If you only have a few days and you need to just get away from it all, what better way than trying one of our short breaks by rail? Travelling by rail, as opposed to flying, allows you to spend the first and last days of your journey enjoying the scenery and the company of friends. Travelling in the comfort of a train can effectively double the length of short breaks by train, when touring Europe.
With its idyllic location and romantic castle, Heidelberg has long been one of Germany's most popular destinations. Discover the city and its Christmas Market before visiting Frankfurt's world-famous markets.
From one of the Rhine Valley's best locations, genteel riverside Boppard, cruise through the Lorelei Valley to Rüdesheim's 'Christmas Market of Nations' and explore festive Cochem on the majestic Moselle.
Based in the spa town of Harrogate, experience the Christmas Market in York, enjoy two vintage steam rail journeys with a festive theme and visit the historic house of Castle Howard in its full Christmas glory.
The Harz Mountains' timeless towns and landscapes are perfect for a taste of Advent tradition in Germany. Visit three Christmas markets, two UNESCO listed Old Towns and enjoy an exhilarating steam train ride.
Sample the sights and smells of three wonderful Bavarian Christmas Markets by train as we visit Regensburg, Rothenburg and arguably Germany's most famous Christmas Market, Nuremberg.
Cologne has five incredible bustling Christmas Markets to choose from. Sample local bratwurst, beers and mulled wine in Europe's Christmas Market capital, before we take in the sights of Bonn.
Discover some of Germany's best-loved 'fairytale' cities as they are illuminated for advent. Colourful guided tours uncover the Brothers Grimm fairytales and fascinating histories along with fabulous Christmas markets.
A memorable tour to visit the moving battlefield sites and cemeteries in Flanders and the Somme, followed by the poignant experience of the Armistice Day memorials in the historic town of Ypres.
From our base in Bristol, the capital of the West Country, we explore beautiful Somerset, including a fantastic heritage steam railway excursion on the Torbay Express and a rail excursion to the Georgian city of Bath.
From our base in beautiful Delft, we visit the popular Keukenhof Gardens, the superb Royal Delft Porcelain factory and vibrant Amsterdam. We also make a wonderful journey across the countryside by vintage steam train.
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