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Journeys of a Lifetime

The destination you've been eyeing up for years, that trip of a lifetime you've been promising yourself, a rail journey you've always wanted to experience - now's the time to rediscover your travel ambitions. This collection of highly-inclusive, unforgettable holidays really are journeys of a lifetime. So, let us take you on an epic rail holiday, where travelling in style and new adventures come as standard. Take the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer across Canada's vast and dramatic landscapes or cross five African nations on the Pride of Africa. There's so much waiting for you to explore. Relax as our local experts guide you through breathtaking scenery, fascinating historical sites and authentic gastronomic experiences. ​

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Great Rail Journeys by name, Great Rail Journeys by nature. On nearly every holiday we run, relaxing, impressive or once-in-a-lifetime rail journeys are par for the course. Whether it's the 180-mile trip the Glacier Express makes through the mountains of Switzerland, an experience aboard the steepest railway line in the world - the Flåm Railway in Norway, or a beautifully-restored journey on the Jacobite Steam Train through the Scottish Highlands, we know all of the best rail experiences to be had.​

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Worldwide Escorted Holidays by Rail 2022

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The Outer Hebrides
4.1 stars(92 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
8 days from
£1,545 pp
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£1,545
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow / Edinburgh, Glasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Grand Imperial Cities
Small Group
4.6 stars(44 reviews)
2022JulAugSepOct
13 days from
£2,295 pp
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£2,295
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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USA Coast to Coast
4.7 stars(26 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
2023AprMayJunAugSepOct
18 days from
£3,995 pp
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£3,995
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer train tour
4.2 stars(21 reviews)
2022Sep
2023MayJunAugSep
14 days from
£4,895 pp
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£4,895
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Engadine Valley
Small Group
2022JulAugSepOct
9 days from
£2,795 pp
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£2,795
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Grand Alpine Explorer
4.5 stars(6 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
14 days from
£3,895 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Veliko Turnovo
4.6 stars(7 reviews)
2022Aug
2023Aug
17 days from
£3,695 pp
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£3,695
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  • DestinationAustria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow / London Heathrow, St Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Cruise
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Grand Tour of Japan
2022Oct
2023AprOct
16 days from
£5,795 pp
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  • DestinationJapan
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta
4.8 stars(31 reviews)
2022OctNov
2023JanFebMarAprSep...
18 days from
£3,395 pp
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Machu Picchu
4.7 stars(6 reviews)
2022Oct
2023MayJunSepOct
15 days from
£3,495 pp
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  • DestinationPeru
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Top to Toe of Italy
3.9 stars(12 reviews)
2022SepOct
16 days from
£3,995 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International / London Gatwick
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Ghan
4.9 stars(7 reviews)
2022Oct
2023JanFebSepOctNov
23 days from
£6,995 pp
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  • DestinationAustralia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Our customers love our Journeys of a Lifetime tours
Arctic Norway and Midnight sun in Lofoten
25/Jun
Howard
5 stars
“Fantastic trip. Norway is an amazing country, although we were very lucky with the weather. Excellent tour leader.
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Grand Alpine Explorer
17/Jun
Joe Royle
5 stars
“We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday with GRJ. The Grand Alpine Tour truly lived up to expectations with stunning scenery, good weather & a variety of traditional & modern hotels. We had an excellent tour manager John Grundy, who was the consummate professional in every sense. The holiday gave us the opportunity to explore many cities & rural landmarks, so we covered a lot of ground whilst also enjoying several leisure days where we could explore further at our own pace. Great food, company, luxury trains….the list goes on!
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Ultimate Australia and the Ghan
Mar 08 2020
Mr N Larvin
5 stars
“A well organised experience. You leave everything to the tour manager. Just turn up when they say. Australia is a lovely country to visit.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Ultimate Rajasthan and the Palace on Wheels
21 Dec 2018
Mrs A Liggett
5 stars
“The tour was absolutely excellent. The accommodation, the restaurants chosen, the itinerary, were all superb as were the guides everywhere.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Ultimate Canada and The Rocky Mountaineer
29/Jun
B Butler
4 stars
“I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday/adventure and is something I will always be glad that I have had the experience of.
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Grand Imperial Cities
28/Jun
M Walker
4 stars
“Too little time spent with guides in the cities. Free time could have been used to give more informative tours.
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The Outer Hebrides and The Highlands
23/Jun
MRS EVI TRICKEY
4 stars
“We had a very good tour manager. It was disappointing that the train journey from Fort William was cancelled but not the fault of GTJ. It rained so hard that day that visibility would not have been good on this spectacular piece of rail track. It was very interesting tooter the Isle of Lewis. I enjoyed the Callanish standing stones. The food was always good. It became a little wearisome continually packing and unpacking.
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Machu Picchu and the Andes
20/Jun
IVAN
4 stars
“The tour itself was excellent but the reason for only four stars is that the pre tour information was very slow in being made available.
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Top to Toe of Italy
19/Jun
peter
4 stars
“The tour was wonderful, seeing many beautiful cities of Italy, let down by Great Rail at the end for using a 3rd rate hotel.
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