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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.

We’ve found 37 tours for you matching: Escorted Cultural Trips

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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2019SepOct

13 days from £2,070 pp

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Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong Delta

Explore the fascinating intertwined countries of Vietnam and Cambodia, from the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh and the ancient kingdom of Angkor Wat, to the spectacular natural beauty and unmistakable outline of Halong Bay and the waterways of the Mekong Delta.

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2019SepOctNovDec
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18 days from £2,625 pp

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Carcassonne & the Canal du Midi

From timeless vineyards and sundrenched, rugged hills to imposing Cathar castles and historic abbeys, join us on a remarkable tour showcasing the very best of Languedoc. We explore the iconic walled Cité of Carcassonne, enjoy an excursion to the 'Ville Rose' city of Toulouse and immerse ourselves in local market life.

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7 days from £1,595 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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2019Sep
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8 days from £1,495 pp

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Amadeus QueenAmadeus Queen

Five-Star Danube Cruise (Rail & 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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2019Sep
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9 days from £1,895 pp

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Five-Star India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla

Marvel at historic temples, spot an elusive tiger and visit beautiful palaces and gardens as we explore kaleidoscopic India, taking in the tranquillity of Shimla, enigmatic Delhi, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Agra with its resplendent marble icon, the Taj Mahal.

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2019SepOctNovDec
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14 days from £1,995 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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2019AugSepOctNov
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15 days from £2,745 pp

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India's Golden Triangle & Tiger Safari

This amazing adventure through historic India takes us to some of the glorious country's most exciting sights. On our fascinating journey we discover thriving cities, spectacular forts, and have a chance to see a tiger in the wild, culminating with a night in a 200-year-old palace.

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2019SepOctNovDec
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12 days from £1,745 pp

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The Magic of SicilyThe Magic of Sicily

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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2019Sep
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8 days from £1,315 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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2019Sep
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16 days from £3,595 pp

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Tracks of the Deep South

Historic tracks lead us on a rail tour through the heartland of great American music - from Nashville, home of Country Music, to the Blues, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll of Memphis and the jazz of New Orleans.

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2019SepOctNov
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14 days from £2,595 pp

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India's Palace on Wheels & Ultimate Rajasthan

Magnificent palaces and forts are waiting to be discovered on this Indian rail adventure aboard the Palace on Wheels train. Experience the lifestyle of the Maharajahs as we visit walled cities, marvel at the astonishing Taj Mahal and enjoy tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park.

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2019OctNov
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15 days from £4,995 pp

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