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Carnivals & Festivals

Join in the fun and celebrations on a rail tour with Great Rail Journeys at some of the world's most enjoyable and unmissable carnivals and festivals.

Carnivals and Festivals Tours

Experience the party atmosphere at colourful carnivals and festivals around the world

Everyone loves a celebration, and Great Rail Journeys invite you to join us at a selection of the most spectacular, enjoyable and unmissable carnivals and festivals around the globe. Whichever time of the year you prefer to travel you're almost certain to find a Great Rail Journeys tour that coincides with a local carnival or festival somewhere in the world.

The beauty of this is that not only do you get to explore some of the most popular and spectacular destinations in the world, travelling from one highlight to the next in the comfort and convenience of a train, but you also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and fun at any of a wide range of festivities and celebrations.

Among Great Rail Journeys' tour itineraries there are unmissable carnivals and festivals to please everyone. Music fans can get into the groove at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in July whilst enjoying stunning Alpine scenery on our Lake Geneva & The Mont Blanc Express. Those with a taste for classical music will find the Bregenz Festival, Austria, which takes place each August, an unforgettable highlight of our Lindau and Lake Constance rail tour.

Few carnivals are as colourful and high-spirited as New Orleans' legendary Mardi Gras which lasts for a full fortnight each February. Great Rail Journeys' Tracks of the Deep South rail tour takes you to the heart of the fun on selected departures.

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Tracks of the Deep South

Historic tracks lead us on a rail tour through the heartland of great American music - from Nashville, home of Country Music, to the Blues, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll of Memphis and the jazz of New Orleans.

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13 days from $3,395 pp

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The Cote d'Azur & Nice Carnival

Enjoy the glamour and elegance of the French Riviera and Nice, with glamorous Monaco to the east and the beautiful Provençal Alps in the background. This is the perfect French destination at this time of year, thanks to the added zest of the scintillating Nice Carnival.

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7 days from $2,685 pp

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Venice Carnival

Enjoy a memorable rail break to the Floating City of Venice, where the dynamic atmosphere of carnival time is infectious. Experience the vibrant, theatrical ensembles first hand and enjoy excursions to some of Italy's famed attractions.

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8 days from $4,205 pp

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Great Rail Journeys offers an outstanding range of rail tours to exciting destinations in forty countries. With departures every month of the year and itineraries that not only fit in excursions to each destination's best and most popular landmarks and attractions but also leave free time for personal exploration, on a Great Rail Journeys tour there's no reason not to be a part of any of the unmissable carnivals and festivals that may coincide with the trip.

From the world's largest chocolate festival - 'EuroChocolate' held each October in Perugia, Italy - to the flamboyant and historic Carnival of Venice (February), with such an impressive selection of rail tours to choose from Great Rail Journeys will transport you in comfort and style to places that you've always dreamed of visiting whilst also ensuring that you don't miss some of the world's most unmissable carnivals and festivals.

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