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European Short Breaks 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.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
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7 days from £1,095per personView tour details
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.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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5 days from £575per personView tour details
Alsace & the Route des Vins

We spend six nights in the crooked, half-timbered town of Colmar - the quintessential Alsatian destination - which allows us to enjoy fantastic Alsatian hospitality, traditional cuisine and superb excursions, while enjoying the distinctive wines produced in world-class vineyards along the famous 'Route des Vins'.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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7 days from £1,245per personView tour details
Berlin & Dresden Christmas Markets

The Christmas Markets of two unforgettable German cities await on this wonderful tour. Take in historic Berlin with its sixty separate Christmas Markets, all with their own theme, and beautiful Dresden boasting Germany's oldest Christmas Market.

Departs in November 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £695per personView tour details
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.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
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Cologne & The Kaiser's Carriage

Sample the Christmas Markets in Cologne from the comfort of our centrally-located hotel, and visit Wuppertal's Christmas Markets, connected by its unique suspended railway and its historic 'Kaiserwagen'.

Departs in November 2016.
Late departures available
4 days from £775per personView tour details
Hanover, Hamelin & Bremen Christmas Markets

Discover some of Germany's best-loved 'fairytale' cities as they are illuminated for advent. Colourful guided tours uncover the Brothers Grimm fairytales and fascinating histories along with the fabulous Christmas Markets.

Departs in December 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £645per personView tour details
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.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
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5 days from £525per personView tour details
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.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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6 days from £595per personView tour details
Railways & Wines Of The Rhine

Fairytale castles and winding rivers are traditional Rhine delights. Cruise the famous river, and enjoy scenic rail journeys through the vineyards of the Ahr Valley and into the foothills of the mighty Drachenfels.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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6 days from £675per personView tour details
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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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