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Vivid colours, contrasting scents, verdant foliage, experience it all with Great Rail Journeys' fantastic selection of escorted garden tours. Visit some of the best gardens in Europe and discover their well- kept secrets to success for yourself. Stroll through the picturesque hedgerows of the Château de Villandry, wander through the whimsical castles of storybook Bavaria, or pick up tips from the green- fingered experts at the International Garden Festival in France. Our hand-picked garden and castle tours contain all the wonderful excursions and comfortable accommodation options our customers have come to expect and are just as enthralling as the rest of our extensive catalogue.

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Europe & The Great British Isles 2021

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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • DestinationThe Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
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4.1 stars(64 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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The Outer Hebrides
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4.1 stars(79 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
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  • Starts / EndsGlasgow / Glasgow, Edinburgh
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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The Aberdonian Steam Train - © Alan Weaver
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4.4 stars(24 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
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  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Orkney, Shetland and The Caledonian Sleeper
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2022MayJunSep
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Flower of Carpets Brussels
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  • DestinationBelgium
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
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Budapest Parliament Building
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
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4.0 stars(80 reviews)
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
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Fermain Bay Guernsey
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsSOU Southampton
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Our customers love our Castles & Gardens tours
Orkney, Shetland and The Caledonian Sleeper
07 Nov 2021
Martin
5 stars
“Scenic, professionally organised, wild, remote and magical.
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The Charms of the Channel Islands
20 Oct 2021
Lucille Ralph
5 stars
“Fantastic holiday, stunning scenery on the islands. Hotels in Guernsey and Jersey were delightful. Tours were very interesting. A superb holiday which I would highly recommend.,
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Yorkshire Dales and Moors
23 Sep 2021
Charles
5 stars
“The Yorkshire moors and dales trip was a joy from beginning to end
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Colditz, Meissen and Saxony by Steam
23 Sep 2020
Mr Michael Arnold
5 stars
“Excursions and hotels all very nice, plenty of free time and it was also very warm(!)
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Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly
13 Nov 2021
John Marshall
4 stars
“Interesting tour - tour manager very good
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
25 Oct 2021
Mr Gray
4 stars
“All in all a very good holiday experience. This type of holiday is not without it's hiccups and our tour guide Mark reacted very positively.We really enjoyed our stay at Stonefield Castle.
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Yorkshire and Northumberland
25 Oct 2021
Edwin Graves
4 stars
“Very good overall.
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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
25 Oct 2021
Mrs Susan Sanderson
4 stars
“A pleasant short holiday. It was good to be gently directed to the various different forms of transport, ie coach, ferry, train etc. with no stressful long journeys. Just what I needed after the limitations of lockdown.
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Castles and Wildlife of Scotland
16 Oct 2021
Kenneth Owen
4 stars
“Overall an enjoyable different experience. Caledonian Sleeper an experience but very cramped, unsuitable top bunk access or descent for older generation. Positive sleep not forthcoming on this train so elected to return over two days at end of tour at own expense. Food for breakfast on sleeper tick box request and don't forget to tick for milk for morning tea!. Adequate not inspiring. Boat trip saw no dolphins. Totally hit and miss. Free time in Inverness pe Tulloch Hotel journey fine. Hotel had atmosphere being an ancient castle turned into hotel.No lift so lots of stairs for fitness. Food fine in our view. Kyle rail Line to Lochalsh its scenic best and trip to Skye bridge and Eilean Donan castle. Long coach trip back but scenic different route. Dunrobin Castle and grounds with our good weather was most enjoyable. Alledale Wilderness Centre accommodation and food and 4x4 trek with rangers was just excellent and the principle reason for taking tour. Excellent service, beautiful lodge atmosphere and food. The trek was excellent with well informed passionate commentary explanations from principle ranger. Due to poor sleeper and additional 4 hours in Inverness again following Battlefield tour (which we did not do) we took train to Edinburgh, stayed overnigh, and train next day to London. The tour was in total worthwhile. Weather turned out extermely well. However it is suggested that changes be made to itinerary and travel in day to Edinburgh, then Inverness and likewise return with appropriate overnight stays. First Class of course both ways. Potentially reconsider the boat trip, although again a different aspect for the tour enjoyed with good weather. Alladale though just superb and a third night here would be icing on the cake.
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Tour the scenes that inspired the great Claude Monet on our Gardens of the Loire & Versailles tour, including the bridge and Water Lilly pond that would prove to become the main focus of the celebrated painters work. This is after working our way through the stunning scenery of the Loire Valley, speckled as it is with ancient and charming French Château's, including the 16th century Château de Villandry and the Château de Chenonceau, complete with picturesque fountain gardens. Attend the internationally renowned 'Festival des Jardins' and view the latest in cutting-edge trends and landscape designs at this popular event, all before exploring the grandeur and opulence of Versailles Palace, formerly the home of French royalty. The Versailles' Gardens are equally breathtaking as the palace's jewel rich interior, with a series of mesmerizing fountain displays and canal structures interwoven amongst dramatic sculpture and fine-combed lawns.

Or perhaps enjoy a picturesque escorted tour through the stunning climes of Lake Maggiore and Garda in Northern Italy. The warm climate and unique lakeside conditions make for some stunning natural landscapes. Renaissance villas and traditional Italian village dot the hills, hidden away amongst the rolling hills around Sirmione. The area is also home to some of Italy's oldest and most celebrated gardens, including the colourful oasis of Sigurtà and Padua's Orto Botanico, the world's oldest remaining botanical gardens, having opened in its first iteration in 1545. Enjoy a cruise on the shimmering emerald waters of Lake Garda and explore the pretty neo- Gothic villa and exotic gardens of Isola del Garda, the lake's largest island and discover the alluring islands of Borromeo, set amongst the tranquil Lake Maggiore.

Our Fairytale Castles and Bavarian Alps escorted castle holiday takes you through the heart of classic Germany, exploring the Gothic spires that have inspired the likes of the Brothers Grimm. Discover classic Munich and the stunning natural landscapes of the Rhine Gorge, past verdant vineyards and looming Baroque architecture. Your holiday continues with a fascinating excursion to two of Europe's most beautiful castles, opulent Hohenschwangau and the iconic hilltop Neuschwanstein, both originally built by King Ludwig. All this and more is included on Great Rail Journeys' captivating selection of Castle and Garden themed escorted rail holidays.

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