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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 holidays combine the luxury of a great rail holiday 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 holidays but for longer epic adventures see our Grand Tours section.

The rail networks of Europe have been fundamental for much of the development in the industrial age. Cheaper to build than a canal and offering a quick and convenient way to travel over long distances, railway was both a practical necessity for the industrial age and an iconic luxury. With the rise of the internal combustion engine it seemed that the train would be retired but as more and more people take to the road making a simple journey from A to B has turned into a stressful queue of traffic jams, congestion and angry motorists. Taking the train remains a fast and efficient means of transport that offers the traveller time and space to relax. This has inspired us to offer the finest classic rail journeys.

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Classic Glacier Express

The dramatic scenery of the Alps awaits on this holiday in Switzerland. Visit St Moritz and Zermatt, and enjoy endless views of Alpine meadows and snowcapped mountains on the world-famous Glacier Express train.

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5 days from £685 pp

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Classic Bernina Express

Take a memorable journey through some of the most picturesque scenery in the world aboard the Bernina Express, and ascend through the Alps to St. Moritz. Discover Italy's Lake Como, journey through the vineyards of Velting, and visit Tirano and Lugano.

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5 days from £745 pp

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Best of Switzerland

If you only have a few days to discover the beauty of the Swiss mountains, then this tour is ideal for you. Enjoy two nights in the charming town of Interlaken followed by two nights in Lucerne with rail journeys to the summits of the Jungfraujoch and Mount Pilatus.

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5 days from £799 pp

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Scenic Rail Adventure

Discover the diverse regions and cultures of Switzerland on this 8-day tour. You will travel on the three most famous express trains from Central Switzerland to the Italian region of Ticino, taking in some spectacular countryside on some of the most exciting rail routes in Europe and staying in some beautiful Swiss towns on the way.

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8 days from £1,105 pp

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Panoramic Round Trip of Switzerland

Winding through the astonishingly beautiful Alps of Switzerland, this tour takes you on some of the greatest rail journeys not just in Switzerland, but across the world. Discover the majesty of the Glacier Express, the wonders of the Jungfrau Railway and the sublime scenery of the Bernina Express on this gorgeous Swiss rail holiday.

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8 days from £1,170 pp

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Highlights of Switzerland

Discover the joys of rail travel through the Alps and spend a picturesque eight days exploring the many delights of Switzerland. You'll also have the chance to savour journeys aboard two of the worlds most famous railway line, the Glacier Express and the Jungfrau Railway.

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8 days from £1,375 pp

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Picturesque East to West

Embark on a Swiss rail adventure which whisks you from east to west across the stunning countryside, stopping on the way for you to ascend mountains, cruise over lakes and sample wines in elegant Montreux.

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8 days from £1,385 pp

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Jungfraujoch Alpine Adventure

Climb to the top of Europe on this holiday to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station on the continent. Ride the trains of the Jungfrau Railway, visit Interlaken, and discover your inner secret agent on the Schilthorn Cable Car, as featured in the James Bond film, On Her Majesty's Service. Visits to St. Beatus' Cave and Schynige Platte complete this truly memorable itinerary from GRJ independent.

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6 days from £1,645 pp

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Golden Triangle of India

Explore Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and the Amber Fort on this 10 day tour of India. Take a Rickshaw ride through the bazaars of Old Delhi, visit the magical Taj Mahal and imposing Amber Fort and take in the beauty of India's Golden Triangle. 

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13 days from £2,125 pp

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Journey Through the Clouds Great Explorer

Dramatic landscapes are the dominant theme on every route, but perhaps none more so than this journey, which takes in the Coast Mountains range, the white-water rapids of Fraser River, and the stunning peak of Mount Robson.

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8 days from £2,885 pp

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First Passage to the West Highlights - 6 nights

Traverse the Continental Divide on a historic route from Vancouver to Banff, through the Spiral Tunnels and along an exclusive root steeped in Canadian history.

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7 days from £3,025 pp

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Golden Circle via Whistler

For a journey you'll never forget, join The Rocky Mountaineer and experience the natural beauty of Western Canada and the mighty Rockies - from on board one of the world's greatest trains.

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13 days from £4,450 pp

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