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Carnivals and Festivals Tours

Experience the party atmosphere at colourful carnivals and festivals around the world

Everyone loves a celebration, and Great Rail Journeys invite you to join us at a selection of the most spectacular, enjoyable and unmissable carnivals and festivals around the globe. Whichever time of the year you prefer to travel you're almost certain to find a Great Rail Journeys holiday that coincides with a local carnival or festival somewhere in the world. The beauty of this is that not only do you get to explore some of the most popular and spectacular destinations in the world, travelling from one highlight to the next in the comfort and convenience of a train, but you also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and fun at any of a wide range of festivities and celebrations.

Among Great Rail Journeys' holiday itineraries there are unmissable carnivals and festivals to please everyone. Music fans can get into the groove at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in July whilst enjoying stunning Alpine scenery on our Lake Geneva & The Mont Blanc Express. Those with a taste for classical music will find the Bregenz Festival, Austria, which takes place each August, an unforgettable highlight of our Lindau and Lake Constance rail tour.

Few carnivals are as colourful and high-spirited as New Orleans' legendary Mardi Gras which lasts for a full fortnight each February. Great Rail Journeys' Tracks of the Deep South rail tour takes you to the heart of the fun on selected departures.

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Tracks of the Deep South

Historic tracks lead us on a rail tour through the heartland of great American music - from Nashville, home of Country Music, to the Blues, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll of Memphis and the jazz of New Orleans. Then enjoy an unforgettable private dinner and performance with a member of the Cash Family.

Departs from February 2017 to October 2017.
14 days from £2,895per personView tour details
Lindau & Lake Constance

Charming castles in both Austria and Germany, and mighty Zeppelins can be seen on this wonderful rail tour. Our base is on the pretty island of Lindau at Lake Constance, a huge expanse which is bordered by three countries.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
10 days from £2,045per personView tour details
Northern Belle & The Edinburgh Tattoo

Immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of the 1930's on board the elegant Belmond Northern Belle train to Edinburgh. Enjoy a delicious five-course lunch as you relax in the comfortable carriages. Then explore the bustling city of Edinburgh, including an awe-inspiring evening at the worldfamous Military Tattoo.

Departs in August 2017.
6 days from £1,995per personView tour details
The Cote d Azur & Nice Carnival

Spring comes early to the French Riviera and Nice, with glamorous Monaco to the east and the beautiful Provençal Alps in the background. This is the perfect spring destination, especially with the added zest of the Nice Carnival.

Departs in February 2017.
7 days from £1,295per personView tour details
The Musical Heritage of Austria & Germany

Be swept away by the breathtaking musical history of Austria and Germany on this magical musical tour. From Salzburg and melodies of Mozart, to grand Vienna and a performance of Strauss, to Leipzig, with the St Thomas Boys' Choir and the legacy of Bach.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
10 days from £1,975per personView tour details
Venice Carnival

Enjoy a memorable rail break to the Floating City of Venice, where the dynamic atmosphere of carnival time is infectious. Experience the vibrant, theatrical ensembles first hand and enjoy excursions to some of Italy's famed attractions.

Departs in February 2017.
8 days from £1,795per personView tour details
Vienna & the Johann Strauss Ball

Experience the ultimate in glamorous Viennese culture as we waltz the night away at a traditional Viennese Ball. The dancing is strictly not to be missed, but then neither is the delicious Sachertorte, nor the impressive Schönbrunn Palace.

Departs in February 2017.
8 days from £1,595per personView tour details
Lake Geneva & The Mont Blanc Express

Relax by Lake Geneva and explore the dramatic scenery from our base in the market town of Vevey. Funicular and mountain railways, lake steamers and the excellent rail network bring the sights of the area within easy reach on this leisurely holiday, crowned by a superb journey on the stunning Mont Blanc Express.

8 days from Please call for detailsView tour details
Venice & the Verona Opera

Culture, romance and relaxation are at the heart of this tour as we journey by train to the Floating City of Venice and the Veronese hills. We explore the narrow streets and waterways of Venice, visit Lake Garda, and experience the Opera in Verona on this splendid 10-day tour.

10 days from Please call for detailsView tour details
Venice Carnival & Lake Bled

A fantastic holiday which includes a dazzling diversity of experiences, from glittering lakes and snow-frosted forests, to mighty fortresses - plus the opportunity to explore romantic Venice, more flamboyant than ever at Carnival time.

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Great Rail Journeys offers an outstanding range of rail holidays to exciting destinations in forty countries. With departures every month of the year and itineraries that not only fit in excursions to each destination's best and most popular landmarks and attractions but also leave free time for personal exploration, on a Great Rail Journeys holiday there's no reason not to be a part of any of the unmissable carnivals and festivals that may coincide with the trip.

From the world's largest chocolate festival - 'EuroChocolate' held each October in Perugia, Italy - to the flamboyant and historic Carnival of Venice (February), with such an impressive selection of rail holidays to choose from Great Rail Journeys will transport you in comfort and style to places that you've always dreamed of visiting whilst also ensuring that you don't miss some of the world's most unmissable carnivals and festivals.

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