If you're desperate for a last-minute getaway but can't find any suitable departure dates for your desired destination with Great Rail Journeys? Well fear not - we have the perfect solution for you! Holiday seeker, meet…Great Rail Journeys Independent, the fully-flexible, tailor made rail specialists designed to meet the needs of the more independent traveller. Want a long weekend in Venice with a journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express on the way home thrown in? No problem? Prefer to fly to Scandinavia and explore the cities of Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm? Just tell us when you want to go! What we're trying to say is, wherever you see yourself in the world, whatever time of year -let us know and we can make it happen.
We're here to create your perfect holiday, working with you to custom build an independent itinerary that suits your needs in every respect. Ever thought how wonderful it would be to create a holiday that had everything arranged exactly as you would wish, following a personalised time-scale, excursions chosen by you, a one of a kind itinerary, and the kind of hotels you love best? Well, when you call GRJ independent for the first time, you'll be put through to an expert who will be your go-to throughout the booking process, whether you're after a unique short break to Europe, or an epic adventure on the other side of the world. We hardly ever organise the same holiday twice and know that each customer is individual, so their holiday should be too. We can arrange anything and everything, within reason of course, putting together a made to measure package that you won't be able to find anywhere else, and all you need is an idea - just leave the rest to us!
Itching to get away just one more time this year but struggling to find space on an escorted tour? Then get in touch, and in the meantime here are our top three suggestions for an autumn escape, as recommended by GRJ independent tailor made holiday specialists;
The Netherlands - recommended by Sally, GRJi manager
The Netherlands is home to the canal-lined city of Amsterdam and the famous pottery producing town of Delft. Another highlight includes the lesser-known gem of Rotterdam with its revolving glass lift, which ascends the 607 feet Euromast for fantastic views out across the city, unusual Blaak Forest architecture and warren of cosy drinking spots lining the Nieuwe Maas River.
Czech Republic - recommended by Laura, GRJi assistant manager
Following the peaceful 'Velvet Revolution' which saw the Czech Republic gain independence from Slovakia in 1993, this tiny landlocked nation in Central Europe has masterfully re-invented itself as a compelling destination for travellers.
Facilitated by a well-connected rail network, over which 7,000 trains operate each day, a tailor made rail tour of the Czech Republic offers the best way for you to experience this remarkable country where East meets West and history meets modernity in such compelling fashion. Nowhere is this harmonious blend of cultures and history more evident than in the beautiful city of Prague.
With history spanning more than eleven hundred years, the Czech Republic's vibrant capital is endowed with a stunning array of ancient architecture, such as the iconic Charles Bridge, which has spanned the Vltava river for more than five hundred years.
Amidst the historic finery of its buildings and public squares, you'll encounter a wealth of museums, art galleries, public parks, open air markets, fine restaurants and, of course, countless bars and cafes in which to sample beers that are widely regarded as the world's finest. For a full Imperial experience, many also like to tie Prague in with visits to the grand cities of Vienna and Budapest.
Italy - recommended by Mark, tailor made holiday specialist
One of the most romantic, beautiful, culturally-rich and gastronomically exciting countries in Europe, Italy flaunts its history and heritage at every turn, and offers something to surprise or inspire every visitor. Exploring Italy by train is by far and away the easiest and most comfortable way to see this historic country thanks to an extensive rail network that offers fast and reliable services to the majority of Italy's most desirable destinations. Plus, of course, many of Italy's railways afford a relaxing opportunity to admire the unrivalled and characterful landscapes which, many argue, are in their prime during the autumn as Italians and holidaymakers alike return to work and even the most prestigious landmarks can be explored in relative peace. You could take the scenic route from Switzerland and across the Alps, or even relive the heyday of rail travel with a luxurious journey home aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
GRJ Independent Late Escapes Special Offer
Looking for your very own, tailor-made rail holiday? Our late availability discounts are ready to help you travel for less, saving you up to £100 per person when you book any holiday departing before 31st October 2018. Call our excellent team now!