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Castles & Gardens

Explore Europe's fascinating castles and gardens on one of our escorted holidays by Rail, including the villas and gardens of the Italian Lakes .

Escorted Castles & Gardens Tours

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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Fairytale Bavaria & Five-Star Danube Cruise

Bavaria's magnificent castles, mysterious forests and magical mountains are the backdrop to this majestic tour, uncovering many hidden gems in the historic kingdom of Bavaria. Discover fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle and ride the Bavarian Zugspitz Mountain Railway, from our base in the charming village of Fussen.

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12 days from £2,195 pp

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Imperial Cities & Five-Star Danube Cruise

Begin your Imperial adventure early and explore the multi-faceted histories of two European giants, Berlin and Prague. From Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, to landmarks that have had much significance within our lifetimes, experience centuries in just a few days.

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12 days from £2,195 pp

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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne

Set in idyllic, undiscovered surroundings overlooking picturesque Loch Fyne, a 19th century Baronial Castle awaits you on this magnificent tour. Cruise the open waters to the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, explore nearby Oban and Inveraray.

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7 days from £945 pp

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The Outer Hebrides & The Highlands

Enjoy an adventure to Scotland's idyllic Outer Hebrides and The Highlands on a tour that takes in the UK's most famous train line, the West Highland Line, as well as time in Stornoway.

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8 days from £1,295 pp

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Grand Tour of Scotland

Immerse yourself in the culture and majesty of the Scottish Highlands. You take in the rugged landscapes on two of the UK's most famous train lines; the West Highland Line and the Jacobite. You also visit Loch Ness and castles that transport you through the history of this region.

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10 days from £2,495 pp

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Northumberland at Christmas

Experience the captivating Christmas lights at Alnwick Garden, uncover enthralling Victorian and Edwardian history at Beamish, and journey on the Tanfield Railway to charming Alnwick; all of which is made even more magical by a wonderfully festive atmosphere.

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5 days from £725 pp

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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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