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Festive Rail Holidays

Whether it's sipping mulled wine with friends beside a roaring fire in The Highlands, leaving footsteps in a blanket of fresh snow in Lapland, watching fireworks explode in a thrilling burst of colour across the night sky beside Lake Garda, or taking in views of a winter wonderland from the warmth of the iconic Glacier Express, there is no denying the joy of winter and the festive period. Make this year your most unforgettable yet on an rail holiday that showcases all that is enchanting about this time of year.

Take a look at our splendid selection below and experience a Great Rail Journeys' Christmas or New Year for yourself!

Festive Holidays with Great Rail Journeys

14 results matching: Festive Rail Holidays in Europe

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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
Rail & Cruise
4.5 stars(86 reviews)
2024NovDec
5 days from
£1,295 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Bavarian Christmas Markets
4.1 stars(9 reviews)
2024Dec
5 days from
£1,095 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Classic Glacier Express at Christmas
4.5 stars(11 reviews)
2024Dec
9 days from
£3,095 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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A Scottish Christmas
4.4 stars(20 reviews)
2024Dec
7 days from
£1,695 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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7 days from
£1,395
per person
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Classic Glacier Express at New Year
4.9 stars(7 reviews)
2024Dec
9 days from
£2,995 pp
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9 days from
£2,995
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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7 days from
£1,595
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Austrian Christmas & Italian New Year
4.2 stars(11 reviews)
2024Dec
13 days from
£3,595 pp
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£3,595
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  • DestinationAustria, Italy
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express at Christmas
4.1 stars(7 reviews)
2024Dec
7 days from
£2,295 pp
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£2,295
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£1,595
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Our customers love our Festive Holidays tours
Italian Christmas & Austrian New Year
18/Jan
Rowena Wolfe
5 stars
“Excellent food and hotels. Very well planned and, above all a great tour leader.
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Classic Glacier Express at New Year
16/Jan
Clifford Smy
5 stars
“Great scenery. Kay, our tour manager, was brilliant.
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
25 Dec 2023
Melanie Gold
5 stars
“This 4-city cruise was a great introduction to the Rhine and the fabulous German Christmas markets. Food was excellent, the stateroom felt luxurious, the walking tours informative, and for travelers who speak only English, there are no language barriers. Most helpful was our Great Rail Journeys coordinator, who gave me such helpful advise when I opted to spend an additional day in Germany and return to the UK on my own.
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Bavarian Christmas Markets
23 Dec 2023
Susan Rose
5 stars
“A truly lovely trip. All places visited very interesting and full of Christmas atmosphere. Rothenburg is so very quaint and beautifully preserved. Highlight of the trip for us was visit to Thurn & Taxis Market in Regensburg, quite magical after dark. The local Germans flock to this market which speaks for itself. GRJ need to rethink train times to and from Regensburg to give the whole group a chance to see that market as it doesn't open until 3pm. We were lucky because we'd been on this tour in 2016 and knew this market wasn't to be missed so our outstanding TM, Graham, made sure we had our own tickets do we could travel back to Nüremburg separately later, along with another couple who trusted our recommendation and agreed the rest of the group had missed out. Graham was truly the best TM throughout the trip and it was proven again when one of our German trains home was cancelled and he rearranged the whole schedule so we arrived, as planned, at St. Pancras.
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Interlaken and the Jungfrau Express at Christmas
8/Jan
Maggie Lodge
4 stars
“Fabulous Scenery ..Hotel Metropole Interlaken lovely. Only complaints were dinner every night not good..Spaghetti with Veal and Cabbage for Christmas Dinner..Chef needs replacing for one with better ideas. Also expected to walk to and from Hotel to Railway Station..no transport provided walk was about half a mile at least ..Not good if you are elderly of have problems..Taxis €20 each way which added to your spending ..We were not expecting. Tour Guide nice..Excursions amazing .. Luggage on trains a BIG problem
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Classic Glacier Express at Christmas
6/Jan
Patricia
4 stars
“The experience was very good but the main food courses and waitress service in the 4* hotel was not what we expected. Katie Leigh our tour guide made up for that disappointment.
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A Scottish Christmas
09 Jan 2023
Miss A Holgate
4 stars
“The first time I have done Christmas away in the Uk. It was good and the scenery in Scotland is lovely. The hotel was very busy, as expected, and mealtimes were drawn out affairs, lasting 2hours.
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