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Destinations in Europe

Explore Europe's Railways and Waterways

From the exotic wonders of Istanbul to the striking glaciers of Arctic Norway, Great Rail Journeys' holidays in Europe offer unique and diverse experiences in some of the world's most stunning locations. On a single tour, you can experience the contrasting cultures of the continent and admire natural wonders such as the renowned fjords of Scandinavia or the remarkable terrain of the Swiss Alps.

We have a wide range of escorted tours on offer, including comprehensive multi-centre visits, short breaks, and rail cruises. More information on what is included on each of our European rail holidays can be found in the individual tour descriptions. To view a listing of holidays around Europe by rail, select a destination from the map above.

What's Included?

Transport and accommodation are included in the price of our escorted tours to Europe, as well as a selection of excursions and meals, as detailed in the individual holiday itinerary.

Our hotels are ideally suited for the attractions of the local area, and offer excellent service all year round. We often choose family-run hotels, as they offer a friendly, personal experience.

All our tours include the services of a professional Tour Manager, who will escort you throughout your journey to answer any questions you may have about the destinations on the tour or any other aspect of your holiday. Local guides are often available to share their knowledge of the local area - perhaps with a few insider secrets about the best places to eat, drink and shop when you have free days!


Our most popular excursions are heritage rail journeys. The narrow-gauge railways of Switzerland cross viaducts, loop into lush valleys, and twist around the snow-capped peaks of the Alps; in the UK, famous routes such as the North York Moors Railway evoke the golden era of rail travel.

When you book a train journey to Europe with Great Rail journeys, you can look forward to a once in a lifetime break safe in the knowledge that your money and your holiday is safe. As the UK's market leader of escorted rail tours, we are members of ATOL, AITO, and ABTA and all flights are protected by the CAA, where applicable.

"From beginning to end, this was a wonderful adventure. The scenery was spectacular. Another triumph for Great Rail Journeys!"- Mrs Jury, La Robla & Undiscovered Northern Spain

Destinations and Themes

We have a wide range of tours through Europe that visit many different areas such as Scandinavia and the Baltic, the Alps, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Germany and Eastern Europe, Northern France and Benelux, and the UK and Ireland.

Summer Tours

Join us on a journey south through Spain to sun-drenched Morocco on the Marrakech Express or browse our wide selection of Mediterranean holidays for trips to Sicily, the Bay of Naples, Nice, and the Côte d'Azur.

Winter & Spring

With Great Rail Journeys' series of winter breaks, you can explore the snow-covered valleys of Switzerland, climb to the highest train station in Europe on the Jungfraujoch trains, and visit famous cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam, and Prague.

Festive Breaks

To make your holiday even more memorable this year, why not book one of our Christmas MarketsChristmas or New Year journeys? Our brochure of festive cruises and tours include extra seasonal activities such as gala dinners, sleigh rides, concerts and fireworks.

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