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Cultural Collection

Explore our new collection of cultural escorted holidays; historical tours, castles and gardens, culinary holidays and more…

The Cultural Collection Escorted Tours

Open up a whole new world of experiences with Great Rail Journeys' fantastic collection of cultural tours. This wonderful range includes excursions to the tragic battlefields of World War One, delves into some of history's most important figures as well as gastronomic explorations around the European continent and visits to some of Europe's most beautiful gardens and fairytale castles. From the culinary delights of traditional Italy to a chance of uncovering the mysteries of Elizabeth I's personal life, we're sure they'll be something for everyone amongst our wonderful Cultural Collection. This fascinating range gives you the chance to come away with new knowledge and skills, whether that be learning the tricks of Spanish style cooking or getting green-fingered at France's premier garden festival.

There are 26 tours matching The Cultural Collection

The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam RailwayThe Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway

South Devon & The Dawlish Coast

Experience the English Riviera at its very best aboard two heritage railways, a river cruise and a journey along the Dawlish Coast by rail. Torquay provides the perfect base, set among seven green hills and famous for its grand Victorian villas and terraces gazing out to sea.

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5 days from £495 pp

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The Harrogate Flower ShowThe Harrogate Flower Show

The Harrogate Flower Show

On this horticulture-themed tour, we spend a day at the fabulous Harrogate Flower Show, travel across the North York Moors to Whitby by heritage steam railway and visit RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

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6 days from £545 pp

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Lille, Flanders & the SommeLille, Flanders & the Somme

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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5 days from £585 pp

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Edinburgh TattooEdinburgh Tattoo

Edinburgh Tattoo

Experience the spectacle of marching bands when you visit the Edinburgh Tattoo by train, with pipes and drums resonating from the castle's elevated setting. Complimenting the trip, witness incredible lochs, glens and mountains as we explore the West Highlands.

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5 days from £640 pp

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Railways & Castles of Wales

Enjoy a fantastic tour of North Wales, based in charming Llandudno. From here we explore the historic steam railways and impressive castles found along the coastline of this beautiful and mountainous region of Wales.

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6 days from £695 pp

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Cornwall Spring Flower Show

Usher in the spring season on this colourful flower-filled tour. From our beautiful woodland base in St Austell, we visit the Cornwall Flower Show, see the famous Eden Project and Heligan, and explore the Cornish countryside by heritage train.

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5 days from £780 pp

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Our range of historical themed tours offer the opportunity to learn more about some of the most important figures and periods in British history. Explore the factoryworks of Northern England on our Industrial Revolution tour or unearth the personal stories behind Britain's greatest leader, Winston Churchill, to name but a few. Meanwhile, Great Rail Journeys' selection of battlefield themed tours visit the poignant memorials to the fallen on the theatres of the First World War. Discover the torrid conditions for those who fought on the fields of the Somme and Ypres and pay your respects to the many that tragically lost their lives here.

Taste your way through Western Europe and pick up a few tips of your own on our gastronomic and culinary themed rail holidays; from trying the very finest in Italian wines to discovering authentic Catalonian seafood. Our gastronomy tours not only offer a chance to taste these wonderful delicacies but also offer the opportunity to how these stunning foodstuffs are made and the stories behind those who produce it. If you're more gardener than budding chef, then why not get some tips from the very best on our wonderful selection of Gardens & Castles tours? Wander through vivid explosions of colour and sweet aromas at some of Europe's premier gardening festivals or explore the looming spires and narrow passageways of Bavaria's mystical castles.

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