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Carnivals & Festivals

Join in the fun and celebrations on a rail holiday with Great Rail Journeys at some of the world's most enjoyable and unmissable carnivals and festivals.

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.

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2019FebAprMayJunSepOctNov

14 days from £2,595 pp

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Paignton Steam RailwayPaignton Steam Railway

Scenic Devon and The Chelsea Flower Show

Beautiful greenery, lost gardens, and some of Devon's most beloved beauty spots all combine on this delightful tour which showcases the best of the south-east of England, on a tour culminating in visiting one of the iconic flower shows in the world: the Chelsea Flower Show.

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2019May

6 days from £1,095 pp

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Rhine FallsRhine Falls

Lake Constance & The Rhine Falls

Our base is in the pretty town of Konstanz at Lake Constance, a spectacular lake which is bordered by three countries. We discover mighty waterfalls, a medieval lakeside town and a beautiful garden island.

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2019JunJulSep

9 days from £1,995 pp

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Nice CarnivalNice Carnival

The Cote d'Azur & Nice Carnival

Enjoy the glamour and elegance of the French Riviera and Nice, with glamorous Monaco to the east and the beautiful Provençal Alps in the background. This is the perfect French destination at this time of year, thanks to the added zest of the scintillating Nice Carnival.

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2019Feb

7 days from £1,395 pp

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Venice CarnivalVenice Carnival

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.

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2019Feb

8 days from £2,195 pp

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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.

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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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