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Extending beyond the realms of the ordinary tour, some journeys may be considered truly life-changing. These are unforgettable trips which, by combining iconic or exotic destinations with authentic cultural experiences and extraordinary sights and activities, can only fittingly be described as 'once in a lifetime tours'.

Great Rail Journeys is proud to offer a range of these momentous and life-affirming tours. Take, for example, a journey on the legendary Trans-Siberian Express. This 8,000-mile odyssey - the longest rail journey in the world and the number one experience on countless travellers' bucket list - takes in the best of Russia's magnificent cities, natural landscapes and culture as our guests travel aboard one of the world's most luxurious private trains.

Incomparable romance and elegance inform the journey of a lifetime on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Immortalised in literature and on film, this remarkable train harks back to a golden era of travel. Those who join Great Rail Journeys on an adventure which takes in the spectacular Alps, Paris, Milan and Venice are assured the highest standards of luxury, service and cuisine and an experience that will reward them with a lifetime of cherished memories.

Whatever the nature of your perfect once in a lifetime tour, Great Rail Journeys can provide the magical destinations, sights, experiences and activities that will satisfy your wildest dreams.

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  • DestinationSwitzerland
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  • DestinationUSA
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Our customers love our Once in a Lifetime Tours tours
Ultimate Australia and the Ghan
08 Mar 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.
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America Coast to Coast
31 Oct 2019
Mr M Green
5 stars
“Loved everything and everywhere- went with an open mind. Obviously some places were better than others but still enjoyed all
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Classic Glacier Express
27 Oct 2019
Mr D Webber
5 stars
“Great experiences, wonderful scenery, well organised, great Tour Manager, friendly group, no problems.
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New England in the Fall
22 Oct 2019
Miss R Palmer
5 stars
“A good itinerary, a good tour guide and a very good crowd------
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India's Golden Triangle
28 Apr 2019
Mr D Knights
5 stars
“Well organised well informed. Ivan the tour manager was fantastic. Hemms the local guide was full of knowledge and kept us well informed. All tours throughout were fantastic and made the tour.
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Grand Tour of South Africa
Dec 08 2019
Mrs R Buckland
4 stars
“Great experience especially the train.spoiled only by BA.
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Discover China
12 Oct 2019
Mr M Robinson
4 stars
“Excellent well organised tour with minimal hassle at terminals as porterage very effective. Excellent tour guide throughout and very informative local guides. Highly recommended. Only disappointing feature was the Yangtse river trip where vessel was a bir dated and shabby and service quality - particularly in restaurant - rather patchy..
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At Great Rail Journeys we make every effort to ensure that your once in a lifetime tour offers you the best possible experience. With us you can make the ultimate American trip, travelling coast to coast across the USA by train and enjoying spectacular changing scenery, iconic cities and landmarks plus the culture, food and hospitality for which this nation is famous.

For the last word in historic opulence we invite you to experience the splendours of India aboard the famous Palace on Wheels - a train virtually unsurpassed in its heritage and opulence. Truly worthy of anyone's bucket list, this magnificent journey offers the chance to see the Taj Mahal, visit beautiful colonial forts and cities and perhaps to enjoy a rare encounter with Indian tigers in the wild.

If your dream tour would combine spectacular mountains, lakes and forests with abundant wildlife and time spent exploring compelling, friendly cities a trip with us to Canada and the chance to ride the famous Rocky Mountaineer ticks every box and many more besides.

In the safe and knowledgeable hands of one of our expert Tour Managers, when you join us for your tour of a lifetime we guarantee you an itinerary that is packed with wonderful experiences and activities, plus all of the free time you need to explore our incredible destinations for yourself. With everything taken care of by Great Rail Journeys all that's left for you to do is relax and enjoy the most special rail tour you can imagine.

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