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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.

Classic Rail Journeys & Escorted Rail Tours

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.

One of the things that makes rail travel so unique, so romantic and so fascinating is the long history behind railways and trains. A myriad of stories and tales, both fictional and non-fictional give certain trains and rail routes an almost legendary status in our eyes, making these tours truly something to remember. From the dizzying heights of Swiss railways to the Canadian Rocky Mountaineer, classic rail journeys are found across the globe, and our Great Rail Journeys' catalogue feature a wide selection combining our excellent escorted experience with the beauty of a classic railway trip.

These classic tours are our favourites simply because of how they take the brilliance of a rail holiday and apply it to some of the most beautiful and most memorable locations in the world. We love how they embellish the charm of the Italian coasts, how they showcase the magic of the South American Andes and how they uncover the dramatic wilderness of South Africa. We love how they bring out the magnificent colours of India, how they explore the stunning landscapes of Australia and how they trundle up the Norwegian fjords. Most of all, we love them for the longevity of the memories they produce and how the experiences, excursions and destinations will always be remembered.

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.

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.

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Traditional Glacier Express

Stunning scenery and spectacular views regale us as we travel by rail through the heart of the Swiss Alps on the world-famous Glacier Express. We enjoy mountain railways, charming towns and dramatic Alpine scenery on this tour through the breathtaking landscapes of Switzerland.

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2019MayJunJulAugSep

8 days from £1,245 pp

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FREE UK Rail
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT*
Harz Mountains & the Rhine GorgeHarz Mountains & the Rhine Gorge

Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge

Discover two of Germany's most picturesque regions on this fantastic two-centre holiday. We explore the halftimbered villages and stunning peaks of the Harz Mountains by heritage railway before visiting the stunning Rhine Gorge, where the legendary Lorelei Rock still casts its spell.

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2019JunJulAugSepOct

10 days from £1,595 pp

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Wengen & the Jungfrau Express

The spectacular mountain landscapes and lush meadows of the majestic Alps await on this unforgettable holiday in Switzerland's famous Bernese Oberland. Travel to the summit of the Schilthorn and experience the tremendous Trümmelbach waterfalls, all on some of the best heritage railways in Europe.

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2019MayJunAugSep

8 days from £1,595 pp

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Glacier ExpressGlacier Express

Glacier Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

Embark on one of the world's finest rail adventures aboard the Glacier Express before descending down the valley for a cruise on the spectacular Rhine. Switzerland's incredible natural beauty is on full display on this panoramic rail journey through mountain passes and lush valleys.

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2019MayJunSep
2020MayJun

11 days from £2,295 pp

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Jungfrau ExpressJungfrau Express

Jungfrau Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

Before you set sail on the magical waters of the Rhine, venture to the top of Europe on the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch, the continent's highest railway station. Experience the majesty of the Swiss Alps by rail, as the mountains serenade you with spectacular views across the peaks below.

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2019JunSep
2020JunAugSepOct

10 days from £1,895 pp

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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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2019JunSep

8 days from £1,315 pp

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