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Classic Rail Journeys

These tours have been with us for years and are often cited as being favourites of our customers. They often feature iconic, must-do great rail journeys.

Classic Rail Journeys & Escorted Rail Tours

Classic rail journeys of the modern world

Classic rail journeys are quintessential adventures. From the beaches of Cape Town to the snowbound peak of Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps our flagship tours combine the luxury of a great rail tour with the excitement of global travel and have proven themselves favourites with our customers year after year. Our classic rail journeys section covers a broad selection of our favourite tours but for longer epic adventures see our Grand Tours section.

One of the things that makes rail travel so unique, so romantic and so fascinating is the long history behind railways and trains. A myriad of stories and tales, both fictional and non-fictional give certain trains and rail routes an almost legendary status in our eyes, making these tours truly something to remember. From the dizzying heights of Swiss railways to the Canadian Rocky Mountaineer, classic rail journeys are found across the globe, and our Great Rail Journeys' catalogue feature a wide selection combining our excellent escorted experience with the beauty of a classic railway trip.

These classic tours are our favourites simply because of how they take the brilliance of a rail tour and apply it to some of the most beautiful and most memorable locations in the world. We love how they embellish the charm of the Italian coasts, how they showcase the magic of the South American Andes and how they uncover the dramatic wilderness of South Africa. We love how they bring out the magnificent colours of India, how they explore the stunning landscapes of Australia and how they trundle up the Norwegian fjords. Most of all, we love them for the longevity of the memories they produce and how the experiences, excursions and destinations will always be remembered.

Take a look at our classic rail journeys selection below which features rail experiences around the world, and enjoy discovering your next once-in-a-lifetime tour.

If you want to learn more about the stunning railways of the UK, discover Coastal Railways with Julie Walters. More information can be found here.

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Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer train tour
(17 reviews)
2020MayJunSep
14 days from
$6,545 pp
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsVancouver / Toronto
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Glacier Express in Winter (Chur-Kandersteg) 2016
(8 reviews)
2020JanFebMar
8 days from
$2,795 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Ghan
(11 reviews)
2020Jan
21 days from
$10,235 pp
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  • DestinationAustralia
  • Starts / EndsCairns / Sydney
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
(6 reviews)
2020OctNov
15 days from
$14,955 pp
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsPretoria, Cape Town / Cape Town, Pretoria
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportRail
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Kerala & Exoctic Southern India
(9 reviews)
2020FebOct
14 days from
$3,145 pp
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsBangalore / Chennai
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express in Winter 2016
(13 reviews)
2020JanFeb
7 days from
$2,795 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Glacier Express
2020MayJunAugSep
12 days from
$4,335 pp
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Jungfrau Express
2020Aug
10 days from
$4,065 pp
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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14 days from
$5,945
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  • DestinationBotswana, South Africa, Zambia
  • Starts / EndsCape Town / Johannesburg
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
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Trans-Siberian Express
2020MayAug
15 days from
$18,965 pp
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  • DestinationGermany, Poland, Russia, Mongolia
  • Starts / EndsMoscow / Vladivostock
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Canadian in Winter
2020FebMar
10 days from
$2,975 pp
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsToronto / Vancouver
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Namibia & the Pride of Africa
2020May
14 days from
$15,525 pp
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  • DestinationNamibia, South Africa
  • Starts / EndsCape Town / Pretoria
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
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Arctic Circle Express
Mr D Higgins
“This was an absolutely brilliant tour, which we thoroughly enjoyed, in spite of some early morning starts and late evening finishes! The Tour Manager was just great and a real fund of knowledge at every stage of the tour. She was well informed and was able to keep us very well advised along the way, as well as keeping the whole trip on schedule.
Glacier Express in Winter
Ms C Hill
“A wonderful full itinerary, well organized and planned. The hotels were a great contrast...one in a town and one in a small village of typically Swiss wooden houses surrounded by mountains, and only accessible by train. The country was expensive, but the provided meals were good and local. Our group was friendly and a good mix of pleasant people, who all got on well. The weather couldn’t have been better....five days of sunshine for all the trips on the glacier and Bernina Express, so amazing views, then snow on the last day for a wonderful woodland walk from the chairlift above our last hotel. One of the best tours we have had with Great Rail.
Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express in Winter
Mr C Davies
“Amazing tour already rebooked
Kerala & Exotic Southern India
Mrs P Emmett
“Very well planned itinerary with lots of interesting places and happenings.
South African Adventure
Mr P Edmond
“Arrangements, organisation, accommodation, food, drink, train and excursions all excellent and up to expectation except see below
Australia & the Ghan
Anonymous
“Generally fulfilled the tour description
Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer
Janet
“Brilliant tour - just maybe amend the Toronto itinerary - we felt rushed through the falls then given more time than necessary at Niagara on the Lake village. We found the Toronto tour guide not in tune to our needs, quite brusque and not very informative, encouraging us to visit many shops! Other than that - a perfectly organised and enjoyable trip.
Vaugnel Fletcher
Vaugnel
Dimitri Zgonis
Dimitri
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