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Bringing European Destinations to Life

Europe is a beautifully diverse continent, home to the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands as well as the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean. And with train lines connecting much of what's in between, an escorted holiday with Great Rail Journeys offers a relaxing and scenic way of exploring its different countries. Travel with people who share your interests and enjoy similar activities, as we bring to life unique towns and cities from Scandinavia to Sicily, through engrossing excursions, hand-picked hotels, comfortable travel, and meals bursting with local flavour.

Holidays are a time for new discoveries and relaxation, and our itineraries perfectly balance excursions to must-see landmarks, tours with local guides who help uncover the secrets of our destinations, authentic food and wine tastings, and free time to sightsee in a way that suits you.

We've introduced a whole host of unique experiences to get you better acquainted with deep-rooted cultures and traditions of the places you visit. Feast on Andalucían specialities while admiring the mystical Alhambra, savour the sounds of a private music recital in the Baroque surrounds of Salzburg's Mirabell Palace, or visit the oldest gelateria in Rome.

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European Topsellers

Here are some of our customer favourites for experiencing Europe by Rail

Glacier Express
Small Group
4.5 stars(128 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
8 days from
£1,795 pp
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
Small Group
4.3 stars(110 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
10 days from
£1,995 pp
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.3 stars(353 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunJul...
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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Highlights of Tuscany
Small Group
4.0 stars(61 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
10 days from
£1,895 pp
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Simply Lake Garda
Small Group
4.3 stars(121 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunJul...
10 days from
£1,595 pp
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Jungfrau Express
Small Group
4.4 stars(61 reviews)
2023MayJunAugSepOct
9 days from
£2,495 pp
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Grand Imperial Cities
Small Group
4.5 stars(52 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunJul...
13 days from
£2,095 pp
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Avignon, the Rhône & Provence
Small Group
4.2 stars(65 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
7 days from
£1,595 pp
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The Wonder of Rail

The adventure often starts as we depart London St Pancras, beginning our journey towards mainland Europe. Travelling by rail has always had romantic connotations, and as we pass rural villages that seemingly haven't changed in centuries and coast through cosmopolitan cities, it's hard to deny that trains offer a different perspective.

With freedom to move around the carriages as you please, make new friends or just wallow in the luxury of time to sit back and read a book, feel yourself unwind a little more with each passing mile before arriving in the heart of your destination, relaxed and ready to explore.

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 across Europe.