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Italy, Southern Europe & Mediterranean Escorted Rail Holidays

Those seeking a quieter holiday will find peace and solitude beside the waters of the Italian lakes or on the idyllic islands of Ischia and Sicily. Spain, Portugal and Morocco offer an exotic blend of cultures and flavours while in Greece we unearth the infancy of civilisation itself.

Aside from being the birthplace of Western civilisation and hosting a horde of magnificent cities, the countries around the Mediterranean possess an increasingly rare quality; respite. Even in the bustling cities there is an other worldly sense that no one really takes things seriously. Taxi drivers honk their horns at the traffic but they're not doing it out of spite, they just know it's what they're supposed to do and not doing so would be silly. As you travel towards the coast this semi-serious way of life fades away entirely. So long as there is food in your belly and good company nearby nothing in the world can disturb the Mediterranean summer.

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Simply Lake Garda
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Highlights of Tuscany
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The Italian Riviera
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Bari
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
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Girolata Bay
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Roses
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Rome, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
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Puglia & Basilicata
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Stresa & Lake Maggiore
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San Sebastian
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
23/Jun
Michael Camp
5 stars
“We had a fantastic holiday, our tour guide did a great job from the time we left St. Pancras to the time we returned and was on hand when ever we needed advice or information. We will certainly be booking another Great Rail Journeys holiday soon.
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Roses, Cadaqués and The Catalan Coast
23/Jun
Adrian
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“An excellent location overlooking the superb beach at Canyelles. The old town of Besalu and the Dali museum was the highlight of the holiday.
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The Beautiful Basque Country
23/Jun
Ian
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“Beautiful location, just one great hotel, some tasty meals, nice excursions, plenty of independence to see surrounding places and eat as one wishes, just an 8 minute ferry ride to Hendaye.
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Italian Christmas & Austrian New Year
18/Jan
Rowena Wolfe
5 stars
“Excellent food and hotels. Very well planned and, above all a great tour leader.
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Top to Toe of Italy
28 Oct 2023
Mr Noble
5 stars
“The hotels and travelling logistics was excellent and well planned. Communication prior to the holiday was good. The cities we visited and day excursions were well organised. Our tour guide was excellent always at hand to answer questions of iron out little snags. If any negative the organised evening meals were of poor quality, but overall it was a five star holiday.
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Lisbon & The Douro Valley Cruise
24 Sep 2023
Mr Adrian Howell
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“We had a great time in Lisbon and the cruising was very relaxing with some great excursions Highly recommend
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Discover the Douro
24 Sep 2023
Anne
5 stars
“Well organised. Pleasant accommodation; high standard of cleanliness throughout. Friendly helpful staff . Great service in restaurant. Food plentiful and varied;maybe not always as hot as expected. Most enjoyable cruise with right balance of excursions and free time.
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Highlights of Tuscany
24/Jun
Catreeney
4 stars
“Montecatini is a lovely place if a bit run down in parts and we were in a good hotel in a pleasant area. A bit noisy on street front facing room late at night from passers by, but nothing the hotel could do about that. The staff were very efficient and attentive. The tours were good but two of three guides were not particularly good; the third was (in Pisa). The Castello tour and wine tasting were excellent even though I don't drink red wine. I was told by the other group members that it was excellent too. Please don't do a tour of Florence on a Saturday, it was hot and unpleasantly overcrowded, with long queues in the heat for the cathedral etc. Travel: generally good but travelling homewards was not good in Italy: coach, 2 trains ,then coach again to St Raphael (which was a good stop). Tour manager.:We had to have a last minute change of tour manager which I'm sure GRJ knows about. Lucy (Lucille) was excellent: competent, caring and knowledgeable.
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Simply Lake Garda
22/Jun
Jonesy
4 stars
“Good holiday, good balance of interesting trips and free time.Plenty of places to eat on free days. Excellent tour manager David Houghton. Lovely people in group.Spotless family run hotel, good homemade food, excellent breakfasts. Only dropped one star due to long journey through Germany but that was due to landslide in alps, beyond GRJ control. Also would have liked first class on trains but that would hike price! Another memorable GRJ trip ( my fourth! ).
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The Rail Heritage of Italy, Southern Europe & the Mediterranean

Discover the fantastic railways of Italy, Southern Europe & the Mediterranean. It should come as no surprise that we love railways and we know many of you do too! That's why our tours feature some of the most iconic railways and trains on the continent.

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