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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.

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Stratford at Christmas

Take two steam-hauled train journeys into the countryside aboard the Severn Valley Railway and Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway. Visit Warwick Castle and celebrate in the heart of England on this festive rail holiday.

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2018Dec

6 days from £1,195 pp

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Alsace & the Route des Vins

Discover the crooked, half-timbered town of Colmar - a quintessential Alsatian destination. Experience local hospitality, traditional cuisine and superb excursions, while enjoying the distinctive wines produced in the vineyards along the 'Route des Vins'.

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2018MayJunSep

7 days from £1,375 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 two of the UK's most famous train lines, the West Highland and the Jacobite, as well as time in Stornoway and Isle of Barra.

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2018MayJunJulAugSep

8 days from £1,395 pp

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Five-Star Danube Cruise (Fly & Cruise)

Aboard the state of the art Amadeus Queen, which comes replete with its own swimming pool amongst other cutting-edge facilities, experience the magic of the blue Danube from the elegance of Imperial Vienna, to the twin-cities of Buda and Pest.

Step back in time to the eras of the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of the Habsburgs, all whilst enjoying the surroundings of your ultra modern and comfortable cruise ship. There are also lots of included opportunities to taste specialties of each region you sail through, completing a cruise that is a real treat for the senses.

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2019MayJunSep

8 days from £1,395 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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2018MayJunSep

8 days from £1,495 pp

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The Beauty of Andalucia

Spectacular Moorish palaces and pretty white-washed streets are nestled amongst a rugged landscape of deep gorges and the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountains - the beauty of Andalucía is waiting to be explored.

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2018MaySep

8 days from £1,645 pp

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