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Escorted Cultural Trips

Discover the world’s different customs and traditions on a cultural rail holiday

It's said that travel broadens the mind, and there can be no easier and more enjoyable way to experience the cultures and customs of different countries, whilst also enjoying their highlights and natural beauty, than on a cultural trip with Great Rail Journeys.

With destinations worldwide to choose from, a cultural trip with Great Rail Journeys places a host of unique cultural experiences at your fingertips. Travel in comfort and style into Morocco's stunning Atlas Mountains to meet the ancient Berber people in their villages of traditional clay houses on our Marrakech Express trip.

Explore the remarkable cultural legacy of China's Imperial Cities, the Great Wall of China and the historic Terracotta Army. Travel to the heart of Indian culture on our tour of Kerala and the Hill Stations of Madras and witness the beauty of traditional Dravidian architecture, vast tea plantations, and the colourful ritualism of the dramatic Kathakali Dance.

All of these unforgettable cultural experiences and many more await anyone with a desire to discover and understand the customs of people from cultures very different from our own, whilst journeying by rail through some of the world's most breath-taking scenery to a host of fascinating destinations.

Great Rail Journeys' wide range of cultural trips by rail offers the chance to discover and become immersed in the culture of some of the world's most famous and fascinating destinations and has something to suit every taste. From exploring the roots of Creole culture and the origins of jazz music on our Tracks of the Deep South tour of the southern United States to experiencing the exotic customs and traditions of south-east Asia on the endlessly fascinating and enjoyable Sri Lanka, Temples and Tea trip Great Rail Journeys provides best of stress-free, comfortable rail travel to a host of unforgettable cultural, historic and scenic destinations worldwide.

Guided by one of our knowledgeable, friendly and experienced Tour Managers and featuring journeys on some of the most iconic and picturesque railways in the world, whenever and wherever you choose to indulge your senses in the unique pleasures of a cultural rail trip with Great Rail Journeys, you are assured of an itinerary packed with superb destinations and entertaining excursions and activities. You'll also find plenty of time to discover your own cultural highlights to create personal memories of a trip that you'll cherish forever.

There are 41 tours matching Cultural Trips by Rail

Sardinia & Corsica

With its beautiful towns, truly wonderful scenery and white sandy beaches,  Sardinia has enchanted all who visit.  On this stunning tour we discover its remote interior by private heritage railway, see some of its historic ancient monuments and visit the sparkling Costa Smeralda and untouched Corsica. 

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2018MaySep

10 days from £1,995 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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2018JunSep

8 days from £1,495 pp

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Top to Toe of Italy

From its ancient and classical cities to its hillside villages and dramatic coastline, Italy offers something for all visitors. On this incredible adventure we travel the length of this attractive country, taking in iconic sights such as Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pompeii, and lesser-known places like Tuscan Siena.

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2018AprMayJunSepOct

16 days from £3,545 pp

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Top to Toe of Italy Fly:Rail

From its ancient and classical cities to its hillside villages and dramatic coastline, Italy offers something for all visitors. On this incredible adventure we travel the length of this attractive country, taking in iconic sights such as Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pompeii, and lesser-known places like Tuscan Siena.

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2018MaySep

15 days from £3,395 pp

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Grand Tour of China

A dizzying mix of ancient cultures, tumultuous history, breathtaking natural beauty and dynamic urban landscapes, China is a feast for all the senses. Magnificent Beijing, the legendary Terracotta Warriors, captivating pandas and a cruise through the Three Gorges combine to offer an unforgettable experience.

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2018AprMayAugSepOct
2019AprMayJun

17 days from £3,545 pp

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India's Golden Triangle

The kaleidoscopic sights of this colourful country take your breath away. Our Indian rail tour takes in the Red and Amber Forts, historic temples, beautiful palaces and ornate gardens, as we visit Delhi, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Agra with its white marble icon, the Taj Mahal.

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2018MarAprSepOctNovDec
2019JanFebMarApr

13 days from £2,195 pp

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