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European Short Break Tours

There are many times when all you need is a few short days' holiday to recharge. Our European short breaks by rail are ideal in this situation; when you take a holiday by rail, the journey there and back becomes a popular part of the holiday itself - extending your break just a little bit further.

We explore some of mainland Europe's finest destinations on our programme of short breaks by rail. Whether you'd like to visit the beautiful Dordogne, enjoy a getaway in Bruges and Flanders, or simply enjoy a few days relaxing in the superb Black Forest, with such a range on offer you are sure to be drawn to our collection.

In every place we visit, we include a balance of free time for you to relax with an exciting choice of excursions, designed to ensure that you can get a fantastic insight into the area, and see its most famous attractions. So your sightseeing might include the Normandy landing beaches, Luxembourg's picturesque Ardennes or the marvellous coastal town of Bayonne.

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Avignon, the Rhône & Provence

Discover Avignon, the Rhône and Provence. Inspiration for artists including Vincent Van Gogh, this region of France oozes history, charm and atmosphere. Staying in the delightful city of Avignon, we explore Roman Provence and enjoy a lunch cruise along the Rhône.

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7 days from £1,245 pp

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Black Forest Discovery

Experience the beautiful Black Forest from the popular resort of lakeside Titisee, set amidst lush green meadows and pine-clad hills. A boat cruise and steam train journey through scented woodlands make for a wonderful holiday.

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7 days from £1,365 pp

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London & The Royal Windsor Steam Express

Spend 4 days getting under the skin of the English capital on this inclusive London city break. Enjoy 4-Star accommodation in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, meet with a Yeoman from the Tower of London, and ride the Royal Windsor Steam Express Train whilst sipping a chilled glass of Champagne.

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5 days from £795 pp

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Steam Trains & Tulips of Holland

From our base in beautiful Delft, we visit the popular Keukenhof Gardens, the superb Royal Delft Porcelain factory and vibrant Amsterdam. We also make a wonderful journey across the countryside by vintage steam train.

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6 days from £895 pp

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Lille, Flanders & the Somme

A short rail journey to Lille takes us close to the Battlefields of Ypres and the Somme, two of the most infamous and iconic sites of the First World War. We also explore the fascinating city of Lille on a guided tour which includes a traditional beer and waffle tasting.

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5 days from £595 pp

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Bruges & the Battlefields of Ypres

Visit Ypres and enjoy a tour of fabulous Bruges, with its perfectly preserved centre and myriad of attractive waterways making it a wonderful destination to explore. We will also discover some of the most significant battlefields fought upon during the Great War, as well as experiencing what life was really like in the trenches.

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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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Majestic Moselle Valley

Historic Trier, picturesque Cochem and charming Bernkastel are highlights on a tour that samples the best of meandering Moselle as well as a journey along the Rhine.

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Our European short breaks also feature a number of Europe's finest railway journeys. All of the holidays begin at London St Pancras International, and we utilise the Eurostar and some of the continent's comfortable trains on its wonderful high-speed network. We also take in some brilliant heritage railways such as the Drachenfels Railway in the Rhine Valley, and a selection of celebrated tourist lines like the Mount Rigi Railway, which runs to the soaring peak of Rigi Kulm.

As with all of our other tours, our short breaks in Europe include many meals and the services of a professional Tour Manager, who takes care of all the arrangements, allowing you to simply relax and enjoy your quick break.

With such a fantastic standard of European short breaks, and a fabulous variety of departures to choose from, you are sure to find a brief getaway that's perfect for you.

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