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Iconic Rail Journeys & Escorted Rail Tours

As the leading rail holiday experts, we firmly believe there's no better way to explore the world than by rail. A rail journey introduces you to scenic delights you'd never uncover on any other form of travel; as you glide through the heart of your destination, steal glimpses at picture-perfect rural landscapes, glittering azure coastlines, or frosty mountain peaks.

One of the things that makes rail travel so unique, is the long history behind classic railways. Intriguing tales, both fictional and non-fictional, give certain trains and rail routes an almost legendary status; one that makes our classic rail holidays something to remember.

From the dizzying heights of Switzerland's Alpine railways to the scenic beauty of Canada's Rocky Mountaineer, classic rail journeys are found across the globe. Our classic rail holidays take these unforgettable journeys and elevate them, by including them in culture-rich itineraries, all packed with hand-picked excursions and authentic experiences.

Take a look at our classic rail journeys selection below which features rail experiences around the world, and enjoy discovering your next once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

 

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Discovering Japan
4.4 stars(68 reviews)
2024AugSepOct
2025MarAprMaySepOct
14 days from
£5,495 pp
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Glacier Express
Tour & Cruise
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4.6 stars(39 reviews)
2024JunJulAugSep
2025MayJunJul
12 days from
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Grand Imperial Cities
No Single Supplement
4.6 stars(132 reviews)
2024JulAugSepOct
2025MarMayJunAugSepOct
12 days from
£2,495 pp
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Jungfrau Express
No Single Supplement
4.5 stars(117 reviews)
2024AugSepOct
2025MayJunAugSepOct
9 days from
£3,095 pp
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Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer train tour
4.2 stars(49 reviews)
2024AugSep
2025MayJunAugSep
14 days from
£5,495 pp
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Classic Glacier Express
Last 50 Spaces
No Single Supplement
4.6 stars(249 reviews)
2024JulAugSep
2025AprMayJunJulAug...
9 days from
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9 days from
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Glacier Express
Last 50 Spaces
No Single Supplement
4.6 stars(243 reviews)
2024AugSep
2025MarAprMayJunJul...
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8 days from
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Jungfrau Express
No Single Supplement
4.5 stars(117 reviews)
2024AugSepOct
2025MayJunAugSepOct
9 days from
£3,095 pp
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9 days from
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail
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Wengen & the Jungfrau Express
Last 100 Spaces
4.6 stars(105 reviews)
2024JunAugSepOct
7 days from
£2,095 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Glacier Express & St Moritz
Last 100 Spaces
4.2 stars(73 reviews)
2024AugSepOct
2025MayJunJulAugSepOct
9 days from
£2,795 pp
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9 days from
£2,795
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
Last 100 Spaces
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4.1 stars(161 reviews)
2024JunJulAugSepOct
2025AprMayJunJulAug...
7 days from
£1,195 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate / York
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Cape Town, the Blue Train & Kruger
4.6 stars(25 reviews)
2024Nov
2025FebMarOctNov
13 days from
£4,995 pp
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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First Class Glacier Express in Winter (Brig-Chur) 2016
4.6 stars(114 reviews)
2025JanFebMar
9 days from
£2,495 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Kerala & Exoctic Southern India
No Single Supplement
2024OctNov
2025JanFebOctNovDec
16 days from
£2,495 pp
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16 days from
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Glacier Express All Inclusive
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Rail Discoveries
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2025AprMayJunJulAug...
Rail Discoveries
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Glacier Express
Tour & Cruise
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4.6 stars(39 reviews)
2024JunJulAugSep
2025MayJunJul
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Harz Mountains & the Rhine Gorge
Last 50 Spaces
4.4 stars(74 reviews)
2024JulAugSepOct
2025AprMayJunAugSepOct
9 days from
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Jungfrau Express Five-Star All Inclusive
21/May
Mark W
5 stars
“It was a great tour, in every way. Thankyou!!
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Classic Glacier Express
19/May
Customer
5 stars
“Goodi itinerary, good companions, good leader, good weather, good scenery, good organization.
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Victoria Falls, Cape Town and Botswana Safari
30/Apr
Christine Lawrence
5 stars
“This was a very enjoyable trip. There were 5 flights, which enabled us to see a wide variety of places, people and animals. Although busy there was always time to chill, have a drink at the bar and a chat to others in the group. The quality of the service and the hotels was very good. I especially liked the fact that we often ate in local restaurants, recommended to us. The food was excellent, especially in South Africa where it was also surprisingly cheap. Besides our tour guide, who was with us for the whole trip, we had a variety of local guides. Their knowledge was extensive and it gave me a real feel of what it is like to live in the places we visited..We had a delay of 2 days with the plane home from Johannesburg. These circumstances were dealt with promptly and efficiently by Great Rail and turned into a bonus rather than a negative.
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Yorkshire and Northumberland
22/Apr
MR DAVID BAKER
5 stars
“I enjoyed every day of our visit tremendously although our visits to Lindisfarne and Bamburgh were affected by awful weather. Otherwise the weather was kind. Both hotels were good. Rail journeys fun.Our guide, Lynda was excellent. She got me mobile scooters so l could enjoy the gardens better. Perhaps my best memory is riding up the winding path through the forest of Japanese cherry blossom in full bloom in Alnwick Castle gardens. David
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Cape Town, The Blue Train and Kruger National Park
4/Apr
David Dodds
5 stars
“Three great holidays in on trip! First of all the trip would not have been as good without our tour manager Angie and the excellent guides and drivers. Angie had all the info needed and kept us up to date with everything. Hotels were excellent. Staff friendly, rooms very well appointed, food very good and varied. Cape Town - from Cape Point to Table Mountain to Boulders Bay Penguin colony; much to see and enjoy. Hout Bay and Seal Island for seals and dolphins. Cape Town Waterfront area is lively with a great selection of places to eat and shop with very friendly staff. Added to this the visits to a winery in Stellenbosch (and "Uncle Samie's Store"in the town), lunch at another estate and the obligatory visit to Robben Island there was so much to see and the time was filled without any boredom. The group gelled brilliantly with members passing on info about their own travels and recommending further travels. The Blue Train - this is NOT your ordinary train journey. From embarkation to disembarkation we were looked after by a staff whose total commitment was to those on board and their enjoyment of the journeys experience. Excellent food, selection of wines and an ambience that ensured all passed the time in comfort and enjoyment. The journey was not fast as the train is subject to the requirements of the railway but that gave enough time to view the passing country and the ever changing scenery. The stop at Kimberley, the visit to "the Big Hole" diamond mine museum was worth it. A big hole and a long way down from the viewing platform! The old town is set out with all the shops, store and facilities right down to the shale covered streets. Last but not least, Kruger National Park. Two game drives with an early start of 4.30am. We were able to see the "big five" and a number of other species. Knowledgeable guides and drivers, adequate stops for comfort and food and great company. There is nothing to beat seeing the animals in the wild and realising that they are but metres away! Great photographs! But all too soon it has to end, the journey back to Johannesburg and the airport and home. An excellent holiday and great memories!
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Ultimate Australia
24/Mar
Danny Rodwell
5 stars
“Saw and learned a lot about Australia and its people and history. Enjoyed the train travel available at the time we toured. Our tour manager was very efficient and fun. Local guides/drivers added to the experience.
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Traditional Glacier Express in Winter
23/Mar
John Tinston
5 stars
“A full week with fabulous views!
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Highlights of Canada and the Rocky Mountains in Winter
6/Mar
Becky Lipkin
5 stars
“Well organized tour and all went smoothly.
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Classic Glacier Express at New Year
16/Jan
Clifford Smy
5 stars
“Great scenery. Kay, our tour manager, was brilliant.
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