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Exclusive Small Group Tours

Our new Small Group Tours enjoy a maximum group size of just 20 allowing access to accommodation and excursions that simply would not be possible with a larger group.

Exclusive Small Group Tours

Whilst our customers often tell us how much they love our holidays just as they are, it's our ambition to grow and evolve, developing tours that offer a way to see the UK and Europe as never before. This principle is how the idea for our exclusive small group tours took hold; we want to take you to undiscovered destinations, arrange stays at little known hotels and whisk you off on journeys aboard incomparable trains. Sometimes this just isn't possible with our usual sized groups however, so we've been working hard to bring you eight new tours where the group numbers will never top twenty.

Chateau de Rochegude
Boutique Hotels
Tulloch Castle

Tulloch Castle still boasts many original features, including its 250-year old Great Hall. With just 20 rooms on site, it has never been possible for us to book this incredible hotel for our customers before.

Private tours
Eilean Donan Castle

A small group tour provides many experiences our larger group tours to some areas simply cannot. 

Bespoke excursions
Montbazon Chateau D'Artigny

Relish an intimate look around one of the region's most historically significant castles and sample distinctive wines from a rising star of the French vintnery scene.

Why small groups?

Journey into the Scottish Highlands and spend time at the remarkable Alladale Wilderness Reserve, where your meals will be prepared by a private chef, or perhaps head to Switzerland for a tour that combines some of the world's most acclaimed railways with mountain top accommodation that will make you feel like you're on top of the world. Over in Sicily, you could enjoy a private tour from a princess while supping on a traditional Italian aperitif, before finding out exactly how it's possible to produce wine on the slopes of a volcano. From the secret treasures of Wales' stately homes, to unlocking the mysteries of Edinburgh's intriguing past, we've brought together some of the most exclusive holiday experiences, with each itinerary completely unique to Great Rail Journeys.    

Avignon Pont du Gard
Mountains & Lakes
Glacier Express

Three of Switzerland's most unique hotels  all contribute to this very special small groups tour around Switzerland. Spend nine days with your head in the clouds at these peerless mountain top properties, and enjoy journeys aboard impressive mountain railways, with dinner served aboard the Glacier Express as you journey through the ever-changing vistas.

Welsh Treasures
Trearddur Bay Hotel

Castles, gardens and railways all make an appearance on this enchanting adventure to the beautiful isle of Anglesey, uncovering  the sublime charm of North Wales. The small group size of this tour grants us access to another side of such a fairytale nation, granting us entrance to stately homes and gardens as well as a stay at the boutique Trearddur Bay Hotel.

Small Groups Europe
Sicily

Experience exclusive excursions that simply would not be possible with a larger group. For example on an intimate tour that takes you around Sicily's most beautiful sights. From private tours of beautiful gardens and palaces, to tastings of incredible Sicilian wine, enjoy this magnificent taste of Italy on this incredible Italian island.

We’ve found 12 tours for you matching: Exclusive Small Group Tours

Golden Triangle, Udaipur & Jodhpur

Journey to the heart of India on this intimate small group tour. Uncover the secrets of India's kaleidoscopic cities, watch the sun rise over the resplendent Taj Mahal, and discover centuries of history in unique heritage hotels, including an opulent lakeside palace.

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2020JanMarSepOctNov

15 days from £2,395 pp

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Ancient Sicily

Experience exclusive excursions that simply would not be possible with a larger group, on an intimate tour that takes you around Sicily's most beautiful sights. From private tours of beautiful gardens and palaces, to tastings of incredible Sicilian wine, enjoy this magnificent taste of Italy on this incredible Italian island.

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2019Sep

8 days from £2,215 pp

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Anglesey and Mount Snowdon Summit by Steam

Castles, gardens and railways all make an appearance on this enchanting adventure to the beautiful isle of Anglesey, uncovering the sublime charm of North Wales. The small group size of this tour grants us access to another side of such a fairytale nation, granting us entrance to stately homes and gardens as well as a stay at the boutique Trearddur Bay Hotel.

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2019AugSep

5 days from £825 pp

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Avignon and The Ardèche

This small group tour provides many experiences our larger group tours to this area simply cannot. Soak up the atmosphere of your 12th century hotel, taste wine made from grapevines whose predecessors date all the way back to the first Elizabethan era, and journey through a genuine area of undiscovered France aboard the memorable Train des Gorges.

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2019Sep

7 days from £2,575 pp

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Castles and Wildlife of Scotland

A small group tour to Scotland means you have access to some of the country's most spectacular sights and experiences that just aren't possible with a larger group. Enjoy accommodation at two bespoke hotels, step back to the golden age of rail travel with an overnight journey on the Caledonian Sleeper Train, and meet the local wildlife.

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2019SepOct

7 days from £1,495 pp

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Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Discover the alluring charms of the Loire Valley on a small groups tour to France. Relish an intimate look around one of the region's most historically significant castles, sample distinctive wines from a rising star of the French vintnery scene, and enjoy accommodation in a prestigious 5-Star hotel, which is of course another Château.

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2019Sep

6 days from £1,795 pp

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Edinburgh, The Jacobite & Isle of Skye

From journeys on the West Highland Line and discovering previously hidden streets in Edinburgh, to exploring the history of some of Scotland's famous clans, the heritage of Scotland is fascinating. On a small group tour, you have the benefit of enjoying more exclusive entrances and special experiences such as the fantastic Mary King's Close and Armadale Castle, both of which are closed off to larger groups.

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2019Jul

9 days from £2,050 pp

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Mountaintops of Switzerland

Three of Switzerland's most unique hotels all contribute to this very special small groups tour around Switzerland. Spend nine days with your head in the clouds at these peerless mountaintop properties, and enjoy journeys aboard impressive mountain railways, with dinner served aboard the Glacier Express as you journey through the ever-changing vistas.

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2019JulSepOct
2020JunJulAugSepOct

9 days from £2,795 pp

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Yorkshire Dales & Moors

Enjoy an immersive visit to 'God's Own County' as we explore Yorkshire as part of an intimate small group, enjoying fantastic local experiences from our base in an elegant 19th-century mansion house. Discover the charms of the Yorkshire moors, enjoy local cuisine, and embark on two incredible heritage railway journeys on this exclusive tour of Yorkshire.

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2019JulSepOct

5 days from £695 pp

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Dar Es Salaam, Victoria Falls & The Pride of Africa

Explore the magnificent attractions spanning Africa on this incredible adventure aboard the luxurious, 5-Star Pride of Africa train. Journey across lush wildernesses and dusty desert plains, taking in natural wonders, rare creatures and spending time in cosmopolitan cities.

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2020Jan

22 days from £13,995 pp

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Premium Trans-Siberian Express in Winter

Witness the true splendour of Dr Zhivago landscapes from the warmth of your luxurious carriage, enjoying sleigh rides and choirs, saunas and yurts en-route to Vladivostok. Travel on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express train for an unforgettable 8,000-mile winter adventure. The maximum group number for this tour will be capped at 20, allowing for a more intimate, personal experience.

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2020Feb

19 days from £10,995 pp

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Premium Brazil, Argentina & Patagonia

Experience the allure of South America on a wonderful tour from vibrant Rio to Buenos Aires. From here, fly to Bariloche, in the heart of Patagonia, take a journey on the 'End of the World' Train, and visit the stunning natural phenomenon that is the Perito Moreno Glacier.

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2020Feb
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