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Great Rail Journeys is the UK's leading operator of holidays by rail. There is no-one who understands rail holidays like we do - and no other company offers a better choice of escorted holidays by rail anywhere else in the world.

Why Travel With Great Rail Journeys?

We pride ourselves on providing you with a truly first class holiday experience, in every aspect of our tours:

THE BEST RAIL TRAVEL

We have been organising outstanding tours for more than 45 years. In that time, we have built on our detailed understanding of both UK and international networks, and are true rail experts. We ensure that we travel on the most convenient trains and (where applicable) the most comfortable sleeper trains.

OUR DEPARTURE OFFICE AT ST PANCRAS INTERNATIONAL

Travelling on one of our European tours? To make sure your holiday gets off to a relaxing and stress-free start, we now have our own special dedicated departure office at St Pancras International station. From the very beginning, your Tour Manager will be there waiting to greet you. Then it's just a short step to your train and the start of your wonderful holiday experience.

Enjoy the Journey

On our holidays, we firmly believe that the journey should be part of the adventure. That's why we prefer to avoid the hassle of airports and travel along some of the most breathtaking rail routes in the world on our tours. Rail is a remarkable way to experience new places, and as you take in the heights of the Alps on the Glacier Express, or views across lakes and fjords on Norway's Nordland Railway, or 'Polar Express', we're sure you'll agree.

Local Insights

Nothing opens up the soul of your destination like a little bit of local knowledge. That's why our excursions are led by guides from the area, who can delve into the history of local landmarks from their own perspective and tell you all about their culture. Whether you're after genuine insights into regional ways of life, or just a recommendation for a charming bistro off the beaten track, they'll be happy to help.

Flexible & Relaxed Itineraries

We build our tour itineraries completely around your needs and expectations. You're guaranteed to experience your destination's must-see attractions (if you'd like to - none of our excursions are compulsory), whilst still having plenty of time to explore at your own pace. If you want to explore more, you can even combine a rail tour with one of our five-star European river cruises.

MANY MEALS

We include many meals on our tours. These are served in the hotel - or sometimes in a popular local restaurant. As we dine together, meal times are often the most sociable times of the day. Included meals are clearly shown on each tour page.

No Hidden Surprises

We believe in great value holidays, so we include all our excursions in the price of your tour. What you see in our itineraries is what you get - all in. Your holiday price is fixed when you book, so there's no need to worry about unexpected or last-minute currency fluctuations.

A Safe Pair of Hands

Navigating language barriers, planning your travel and choosing the right hotel can be stressful, but we're here to help. We do it all for you. You can relax in the knowledge you are accompanied by a UK Tour Manager, there for you around the clock, making sure you get the most out of your holiday and taking care of all the logistics.

Making Friends Along the Way

You get the best of both worlds on one of our group escorted holidays; time to explore on your own terms alongside the chance to share experiences with a friendly group of like-minded travellers, trading stories and making new friends.