An Introduction to Great Rail Journeys

An Introduction to Great Rail Journeys

St Pancras

A great number of our enquirers ask us, "What is a Great Rail Journeys holiday like?" and "How does a Great Rail Journeys tour work?"

We have an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of escorted holidays by rail, as we have more than 30 years of experience in organising them - yet we appreciate that many of our customers have never been on an escorted tour before, nor have they ever travelled as part of a group. In this section of the website we aim to address many of the questions you may have about Great Rail Journeys and our tours - and why you should travel with us.

We believe that the journey really is just the start of the adventure. This is why we travel primarily by rail; after all, trains are the most spacious and comfortable mode of long-haul transport, as well as one of the greenest and most sociable. On a train, you can simply sit and relax, watching the ever-changing scenery from the large windows. Otherwise, you can get up and walk about, perhaps enjoying a conversation with your new travelling companions. With many of our tours departing from London St Pancras International, you can avoid the queuing and stresses associated with airports, and instead admire the views from Europe's fabulous high-speed rail network. With space to stretch out, the journey from the UK to your destination is no longer a necessary hassle, but instead a truly enjoyable part of your holiday.

Sustainable Tourism

Another of our beliefs is that holidays should be a completely stress-free experience for the traveller - and this is why all of our holidays are escorted by a professional Tour Manager, who oversees the smooth running of all the arrangements, ensuring you can simply relax.

We also feel that travel is more than the seeing of sights. We appreciate that some tourism can harm the places being visited, which is another reason why we use rail transport wherever possible. We are proud to have been awarded for our role in responsible tourism. As travel is more than the seeing of sights, we include a true balance of excursions and free time to allow you to gain a true insight into the region visited - often by using the local transport network.

Having outlined some of our core values, in this section we explain more about how they work, the role of the Tour Manager, and what you can expect whilst you are out on tour. We hope that you will find this detailed section of our website helpful, and that it answers your queries. However, we realise that you may have a question that can only be really answered by a person. This is why our friendly team are ready to answer your call - to deal effectively with any queries you may have, or to find the best person for you to talk to. Of course, during regular office hours we also welcome customers to come and see us at our office in York - further details feature in this section.

  • Book with the UK’s leading rail holiday operator with over 30 years’ travel experience
  • Our Tour Managers and experienced local guides share their in-depth knowledge of each destination
  • Choose a fully escorted tour or speak to our experienced Travel Consultants about a tailor made holiday
  • Our tours include rail travel, transfers, a Tour Manager, quality hotels and many meals
  • Enjoy a full programme of exciting excursions, guided tours and sightseeing
  • Every holiday covered by the exclusive Great Rail Journeys Price Promise
  • Speak to a dedicated team of Tour Advisors based in our York offices
  • Flexibility to add UK rail, domestic flights, overnight hotels, upgrades and tour extensions
  • Our service has been recognised in The Telegraph Travel Awards and British Travel Awards
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  • Great Rail Journeys is a member of ABTA and AITO
  • All flight inclusive bookings are ATOL protected under license 3278
  • Online bookings are secured by Thawte and payments are processed using Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode technology
ABTA No. V2170
ATOL 3278
Sustainable Tourism - 3 star
British Travel Awards 2013 - Best Overall Holiday Company by Train
The Telegraph Travel Award 2011
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