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Festive Rail Holidays

Festive memories are ones that stay with you, heart-warming recollections that evoke something within.

Festive Rail Holidays in Europe

Whether it's sipping mulled wine with friends beside a roaring fire, leaving footsteps in a blanket of fresh snow, watching fireworks explode in a thrilling burst of colour across the night sky, or taking in views of a winter wonderland from the warmth of the iconic Glacier Express, there is no denying the joy of winter and the festive period. Make this year your most unforgettable yet on an rail holiday that showcases all that is enchanting about this time of year.

Take a look at our splendid selection below and experience a Great Rail Journeys' Christmas or New Year for yourself!

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A Scottish Christmas

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.

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2019Dec

7 days from £1,175 pp

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Yorkshire at Christmas

Enjoy all the Christmas cheer that Yorkshire has to offer based in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. This festive holiday includes fantastic rail journeys, historic Ripley Castle, picturesque Fountains Abbey and the medieval city of York, adorned with seasonal decorations.

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2019Dec

7 days from £795 pp

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Yorkshire Christmas Markets

Based in the spa town of Harrogate, experience the Christmas Market in York, enjoy a vintage steam rail journey with a festive theme and visit the historic house of Castle Howard in its full Christmas glory.

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2019NovDec

5 days from £545 pp

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Ore Mountains at Christmas

Enjoy an authentic German Christmas with this festive tour which delves deep into the heart of rural Germany to uncover magnificent cities, spectacular rail journeys and sublime countryside. Experience steam railways and artisanship during your time in the Ore Mountains of Saxony.

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2019Dec

8 days from £1,595 pp

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Christmas in Cheshire

Historic Cheshire is beautiful at all times of the year, but at Christmas, it takes on a particular magical glow. Enjoy exploring this gorgeously quaint town as it fills with the festivities and delights of the Christmas season.

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2019Dec

5 days from £795 pp

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Christmas in the Highlands

Experience the wild and wonderful Highlands at the height of the festive season. Experience the incomparable West Highland Line, discover the amazing Nevis Mountain range, and warm up with a wee dram of whisky, all on a trip that showcases the best of Scotland at Christmas.

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2019Dec

6 days from £795 pp

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Jungfrau Express 5-Star All Inclusive at Christmas

Experience the magic of a Swiss Christmas as you stay in an excellent 5-Star hotel on an all-inclusive basis in Grindelwald high up in the Swiss Alps. Journey to the highest railway station in Europe, travel up the Schilthorn and take time to revel in the charm of the festive season.

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2019Dec

8 days from £2,695 pp

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Norfolk Country Christmas

Discover three of Norfolk's most scenic railway lines, the Bure Valley Railway, the Mid-Norfolk Railway, and the North Norfolk Railway, on a tour that showcases some of the most beautiful areas of this idyllic county at Christmas, all from your base near historic Norwich.

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2019Dec

6 days from £895 pp

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Christmas in Sicily

Explore stunning Sicily in winter on a relaxing holiday by rail. Discover Grecian ruins and Italian traditions, explore the charms of Erice and the 'living Nativity' of Custonaci on Christmas Day, and witness the majesty of Mount Etna as we circle the volcano's base on the Circumetnea Train, all during our unforgettable Italian escape.

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2019Dec

8 days from £1,795 pp

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Five-Star Lake Geneva & The Mont Blanc Express at Christmas

Sample the delights of a Swiss Christmas with this fantastic festive tour, staying on the banks of Lake Geneva, in magnificent Montreux. Experience wintry railway journeys, charming Alpine villages and Christmas Day in Switzerland.

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2019Dec

8 days from £2,095 pp

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Lake Garda at Christmas

One of our favourite Italian destinations takes on a festive twist as we enjoy the beauty of Lake Garda and its surrounds at Christmas. Enjoy a beautiful train journey through the Dolomites, iconic cities, and the wonders of Italy's most famous lake on this wonderful tour.

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2019Dec

9 days from £1,795 pp

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Northumberland at Christmas

Experience the captivating Christmas lights at Alnwick Garden, uncover enthralling Victorian and Edwardian history at Beamish, and journey on the Tanfield Railway to charming Alnwick; all of which is made even more magical by a wonderfully festive atmosphere.

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2019Dec

5 days from £725 pp

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