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Classic Rail Journeys

These holidays have been with us for years and are often cited as being favourites of our customers. They often feature iconic, must-do great rail journeys.

Escorted Classic Rail Journeys

Classic rail journeys of the modern world

Classic rail journeys are quintessential adventures. From the beaches of Cape Town to the snowbound peak of Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps our flagship tours combine the luxury of a great rail holiday with the excitement of global travel and have proven themselves favourites with our customers year after year. Our classic rail journeys section covers a broad selection of our favourite holidays but for longer epic adventures see our Grand Tours section.

The rail networks of Europe have been fundamental for much of the development in the industrial age. Cheaper to build than a canal and offering a quick and convenient way to travel over long distances, railway was both a practical necessity for the industrial age and an iconic luxury. With the rise of the internal combustion engine it seemed that the train would be retired but as more and more people take to the road making a simple journey from A to B has turned into a stressful queue of traffic jams, congestion and angry motorists. Taking the train remains a fast and efficient means of transport that offers the traveller time and space to relax. This has inspired us to offer the finest classic rail journeys.

If you want to learn more about the stunning railways of the UK, discover Coastal Railways with Julie Walters. More information can be found here.

There are 42 tours matching Classic Rail Journeys

The Magic of Sicily

Set just off the 'toe' of Italy, Sicily boasts an enthralling combination of historic cities, alluring coastline, glorious landscapes and the wonderful remains of the ancient kingdoms that shaped the island. Our excursion-rich adventure is crowned with a thrilling journey to Mount Etna.

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2018JunSep

8 days from £1,495 pp

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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Take in seductive Tuscany and beguiling Venice, before boarding the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, stepping back in time to a world of romance, indulgence and adventure.

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2018MaySep

8 days from £4,115 pp

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Traditional Glacier Express

Stunning scenery and spectacular views are enough to take your breath away as we travel by rail through the heart of the Swiss Alps on the world-famous Glacier Express train. We enjoy thrilling mountain railways, charming towns and dramatic Alpine scenery for which Switzerland is justly famous.

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2018AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

8 days from £1,495 pp

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Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer

From the laid-back city of Toronto to the dramatic Pacific Ocean setting of Vancouver and the natural beauty of Vancouver Island, this incredible adventure takes us across Canada by rail, lifting us high into the mighty Rockies in style and comfort on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer, one of the world's greatest trains

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2018MayJunAugSep

14 days from £5,045 pp

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Jungfrau Express

From our base in the quintessentially Swiss town of Meiringen, we enjoy journeys by mountain railway and lake steamer, crowned with an excursion on the Jungfrau Railway to the breathtaking 'Top of Europe.'

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2018MayJunAugSep

9 days from £2,195 pp

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Glacier Express & St Moritz

Dramatic mountain scenery and beautiful lakes provide the setting for this magnificent tour, as we take the iconic Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps, staying in glamorous St Moritz, and Zermatt, where we enjoy breathtaking views of the Matterhorn.

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2018MayJunJulAugSep

10 days from £3,015 pp

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