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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.

Classic Rail Journeys & Escorted Rail Tours

Classic rail journeys of the modern world

Classic rail journeys are quintessential adventures. From the beaches of Cape Town to the snowbound peak of Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps our flagship tours combine the luxury of a great rail holiday with the excitement of global travel and have proven themselves favourites with our customers year after year. Our classic rail journeys section covers a broad selection of our favourite holidays but for longer epic adventures see our Grand Tours section.

One of the things that makes rail travel so unique, so romantic and so fascinating is the long history behind railways and trains. A myriad of stories and tales, both fictional and non-fictional give certain trains and rail routes an almost legendary status in our eyes, making these tours truly something to remember. From the dizzying heights of Swiss railways to the Canadian Rocky Mountaineer, classic rail journeys are found across the globe, and our Great Rail Journeys' catalogue feature a wide selection combining our excellent escorted experience with the beauty of a classic railway trip.

These classic tours are our favourites simply because of how they take the brilliance of a rail holiday and apply it to some of the most beautiful and most memorable locations in the world. We love how they embellish the charm of the Italian coasts, how they showcase the magic of the South American Andes and how they uncover the dramatic wilderness of South Africa. We love how they bring out the magnificent colours of India, how they explore the stunning landscapes of Australia and how they trundle up the Norwegian fjords. Most of all, we love them for the longevity of the memories they produce and how the experiences, excursions and destinations will always be remembered.

Take a look at our classic rail journeys selection below which features rail experiences around the world, and enjoy discovering your next once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

If you want to learn more about the stunning railways of the UK, discover Coastal Railways with Julie Walters. More information can be found here.

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The Magic of Sicily
(17 reviews)
2020MayJunSep
8 days from
£1,445 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsLHR Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Traditional Glacier Express
Topseller
(63 reviews)
2020AprMayJunJulAug...
8 days from
£1,395 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail
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Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer train tour
(17 reviews)
2020MayJunSep
15 days from
£4,425 pp
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLHR Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail
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India's Palace on Wheels
(24 reviews)
2020JanFebMarOctNov
15 days from
£4,920 pp
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLHR Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Jungfrau Express
Topseller
(34 reviews)
2020JunSep
8 days from
£1,995 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail
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Glacier Express & St Moritz
(27 reviews)
2020JunSep
10 days from
£2,695 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Arctic Circle Express
(13 reviews)
2020JunJulAug
16 days from
£3,795 pp
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLHR Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Grand Tour of the UK
(6 reviews)
2020MaySep
14 days from
£2,695 pp
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
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Glacier Express in Winter (Chur-Kandersteg) 2016
(8 reviews)
2020JanFebMar
8 days from
£1,495 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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The Ghan
(11 reviews)
2020JanOct
23 days from
£6,845 pp
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  • DestinationAustralia
  • Starts / EndsLHR Heathrow / London Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Harz Mountains & the Rhine Gorge
(53 reviews)
2020MayJunJulAugSepOct
10 days from
£1,495 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Classic Glacier Express
(31 reviews)
2020AprMayJunJulAugSep
9 days from
£1,995 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Arctic Circle Express
Mr D Higgins
“This was an absolutely brilliant tour, which we thoroughly enjoyed, in spite of some early morning starts and late evening finishes! The Tour Manager was just great and a real fund of knowledge at every stage of the tour. She was well informed and was able to keep us very well advised along the way, as well as keeping the whole trip on schedule.
Classic Glacier Express
Mr D Webber
“Great experiences, wonderful scenery, well organised, great Tour Manager, friendly group, no problems.
First Class Glacier Express in Winter
Mrs S Hassard
“Absolutely amazing from start to finish
Glacier Express in Winter
Ms C Hill
“A wonderful full itinerary, well organized and planned. The hotels were a great contrast...one in a town and one in a small village of typically Swiss wooden houses surrounded by mountains, and only accessible by train. The country was expensive, but the provided meals were good and local. Our group was friendly and a good mix of pleasant people, who all got on well. The weather couldn’t have been better....five days of sunshine for all the trips on the glacier and Bernina Express, so amazing views, then snow on the last day for a wonderful woodland walk from the chairlift above our last hotel. One of the best holidays we have had with Great Rail.
Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge
Mr P Troutman
“This was our first trip to Europe. Our experience was beyond expectations. The tour director, the accomodations, the fellowship of the group all combined to make it memorable.
India's Palace on Wheels & Ultimate Rajasthan
Mrs A Liggett
“The tour was absolutely excellent. The accommodation, the restaurants chosen, the itinerary, were all superb as were the guides everywhere.
Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express in Winter
Mr C Davies
“Amazing holiday already rebooked
Jungfrau Express
Anonymous
“great holiday with excelent tour manager
Kerala & Exotic Southern India
Mrs P Emmett
“Very well planned itinerary with lots of interesting places and happenings.
Lynne Broadley
Lynne
Luke Simpson
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Helen Laverack
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