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Historical Escorted Tours

University of York

New for 2016, we are thrilled to be launching a range we consider to be amongst the most exciting of all our holidays yet, Great Rail Journeys' Historical tours. We feel these forays into the past are perfectly matched with some of our already existing cultural experiences, including gastronomic delights and carnival atmospheres across Europe, which is why we have created this dedicated collection of rail tours. Now you can find each of our itineraries that combine such unmissable sightseeing opportunities in one place.

Stroll through history with Great Rail Journeys' fantastic selection of new Historical Tours. Created in conjunction with the University of York, these informative experiences are the best way to explore some of history's most important figures and events; from the poignant memorials and battlefields of World War One to treading in the regal footsteps of the British Raj in vibrant India. So whether you discover the private life of Winston Churchill and walk the halls of his childhood home or follow the path of Jesus' apostle James, on our Madrid, Santiago & the Way of James tour, there is something for every budding history fanatic. Not only is each tour insightful and full of detail but includes all the usual wonderful accommodation and fantastic excursions our customers have come to expect.

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America's Founding History

Discover some of the most pivotal moments in the history of the world's largest superpower, the USA. From the hardships of the pioneers, who came to colonise this harsh environment, through the Revolutionary and Civil wars, to the founding fathers and the creation of the US constitution. America's history may not be long, but it is most certainly captivating.

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2018Sep

12 days from £3,195 pp

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Lille, Flanders & the Somme

A short rail journey to Lille takes us close to the Battlefields of Ypres and the Somme, two of the most infamous and iconic sites of the First World War. We also explore the fascinating city of Lille on a guided tour which includes a traditional beer and waffle tasting.

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2018AprMayJunSepOct

5 days from £585 pp

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Northern England's Industrial Revolution

Delve into the north of England's past as an industrial powerhouse and understand the mechanisms behind its emergence during the Industrial Revolution. We see Saltaire, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and Beamish - as we paint a picture of England's steam-powered past.

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2018Sep

6 days from £895 pp

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The Industrial Revolution

Discover the industries that brought Britain to the summit of its power by the end of the 19th century. Learn about the people who drove these industries, visiting four World Heritage sites along the way.

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2018Sep

7 days from £895 pp

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The Plantagenets in France

Follow the path of the backstabbing, brave, and utterly ruthless Plantagenet family through France, exploring the tense, and often tragic battles of Agincourt and Poitiers. With your specialist Tour Manager to lead the way, you'll be transported to a time of fragile English, French relations.

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2018MaySep

5 days from £895 pp

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Winston Churchill's Wartime Britain

Tread the hallowed ground of Britain's great statesman and peer into the political and personal life of one of the iconic leaders of the 20th century. We trace the steps of Churchill and paint an intimate portrait of his life from birth and political exile to his rise to power at the head of Britain's resistance to Nazi Germany, from wilderness to war.

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University of York

All of our brand new Historical Tours have been designed in conjunction with the University of York and have been collated with the help of an experienced PhD researcher to ensure that each tour is as detailed and informative as possible. At specific points on each select tour, a University of York Lecturer will accompany your group, providing an informative and engrossing talk as you explore sights linked to their chosen subject. Perhaps you may like to learn more on the life of Richard III with the help of Professor Mark Ormrod or explore the history of the people of Shimla, in India, with a presentation by acclaimed writer Raaja Bhasin? Many of our specialist speakers have published works in their chosen fields, others, such as Industrial Britain expert Emma Griffin, have worked extensively in television and radio and have consulted on and presented a variety of popular historical programmes, this ranges from Emma's involvement in More 4's 'The Real Mill' alongside Tony Robinson, to Mark Roodhouse's consultation on the BBC2 documentary series 'Wartime Farm'. Much of the tours themselves, including all of the exciting excursions and sightseeing adventures, have been meticulously researched and prepared with the aid of our Product Managers and PhD researchers, ensuring that each visited location and experience provides a detailed insight into the overall tour topic.

Each one of our Guest Lecturers is extensively experienced in their chosen field and is the perfect candidate to provide an insightful overview to accompany all the wonderful excursions and sightseeing featured alongside on their specialist rail holiday.

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