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Bringing European Destinations to Life

Europe is a beautifully diverse continent, home to the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands as well as the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean. And with train lines connecting much of what's in between, an escorted holiday with Great Rail Journeys offers a relaxing and scenic way of exploring its different countries. Travel with people who share your interests and enjoy similar activities, as we bring to life unique towns and cities from Scandinavia to Sicily, through engrossing excursions, hand-picked hotels, comfortable travel, and meals bursting with local flavour.

Holidays are a time for new discoveries and relaxation, and our itineraries perfectly balance excursions to must-see landmarks, tours with local guides who help uncover the secrets of our destinations, authentic food and wine tastings, and free time to sightsee in a way that suits you.

New for 2020, we've introduced a whole host of unique experiences to get you better acquainted with deep-rooted cultures and traditions of the places you visit. Feast on Andalucían specialities while admiring the mystical Alhambra, savour the sounds of a private music recital in the Baroque surrounds of Salzburg's Mirabell Palace, or visit the oldest gelateria in Rome.

Travel to Europe with confidence

Experience & Award Winning Service

We've been running rail tours around Europe for 45 years - we know the European rail network like the back of our hands. Our destination and transport specialists use their up-to-the-minute knowledge to make sure your trip runs to plan. Travel is our passion and (we're very proud to say) we've won numerous awards for our services. Perhaps that's why people holiday with us time and again.

Our Price Promise

Once you book with us, your price doesn't change - you won't find any unwelcome surprises when you come to pay your final balance. We're also very open about what's included in the price for each of our tours, right down to each individual meal. Check the Price Promise on our website for more information. Book now and lock in the price you pay, safe in the knowledge we won't increase the price of your holiday, even if our costs go up.

We're Fully Bonded

For added peace of mind, we're fully bonded by ABTOT & ATOL and are also members of ABTA, so you can book safe in the knowledge that your holiday, and money, is completely protected.

Travelling with us

  • Enjoy the journey
  • Local Sites
  • Flexible & Relaxed Itineraries
  • Make friends along the way
  • No hidden surprises
  • A safe pair of hands

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Exclusive Small Group Tours

Sometimes less is more, which is why on our Small Group Tours numbers are capped at 20. This means we can include activities that just aren't possible for larger groups; enjoy a private tour with the key keeper of the Vatican, stay in memorable mountaintop hotels in the Swiss Alps, go truffle hunting in Umbria, and drink wine cultivated on the fertile slopes of a volcano.

New for 2020! You told us luggage can be tricky sometimes when travelling by train, so we've introduced our new luggage transfer service, included as standard on the majority of our escorted rail holidays in Europe. When you see this symbol on a holiday page, then you know this particular tour comes with inclusive luggage transfers.

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The Wonder of Rail

The adventure often starts as we depart London St Pancras, beginning our journey towards mainland Europe. Travelling by rail has always had romantic connotations, and as we pass rural villages that seemingly haven't changed in centuries and coast through cosmopolitan cities, it's hard to deny that trains offer a different perspective.

With freedom to move around the carriages as you please, make new friends or just wallow in the luxury of time to sit back and read a book, feel yourself unwind a little more with each passing mile before arriving in the heart of your destination, relaxed and ready to explore.

Iconic Journeys by Rail

Great Rail Journeys by name, Great Rail Journeys by nature. On nearly every holiday we run, relaxing, impressive or once-in-a-lifetime rail journeys are par for the course. Whether it's the 180-mile trip the Glacier Express makes through the mountains of Switzerland, an experience aboard the steepest railway line in the world - the Flåm Railway in Norway, or a beautifully-restored journey on the Jacobite Steam Train through the Scottish Highlands, we know all of the best rail experiences to be had across Europe.

The Glacier Express is undoubtedly Switzerland's best known train, with the full 181-mile trip from Zermatt to St Moritz lasting around eight hours.

The journey up to Jungfraujoch is the highlight of many tours, and includes travel on the Bernese Oberland Railroad, the Wengernalpbahn and the Jungfrau Railway.

A branch line of the Bergen Railway, the scenic Flåm Railway takes passengers on a wonderful 12.5-mile journey up one of the steepest railway lines in the world.

Travelling between Glasgow, Oban, Fort William, and Mallaig, this line traverses some of the most beautiful areas of Scotland.

Travel around the base of one of Europe's most active volcanoes, Mount Etna, aboard the Circumetnea, a narrow gauge railway opened in 1898.


High-speed networks

Throughout Europe we utilise many of the continent's highspeed rail routes, such as the Eurostar, TGV, Trenitalia and InterCity Express.