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Festive Rail Holidays

What better way to spend and enjoy the end of the year, the start of the new one and the festive season between than on a Great Rail Journeys' Christmas or New Year tour?

Festive Rail Holidays in Europe

Whether you're looking to discover how the rest of the world enjoys Christmas, or you'd like a New Year's Eve to remember, Great Rail Journeys has you covered with a spectacular range of festive tours ready to dazzle and enchant. Whether it's embarking on a wintry sleigh ride through the snowy forests of Bavaria, journeying on a sleeper train through Canada at Christmas, or welcoming in the new year in Edinburgh, make this festive season a special one with our fabulous rail adventures.

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

Bruges Christmas Markets
Festive Holidays with Great Rail Journeys

It's the smell of Christmas more than anything. The puzzling fuzz of deep red glühwein, the sharp nostalgic crackle of a lit brazier, the gentle waft of German incense: these rival the giddy lights and towering Christmas trees at the heart of any Christmas market.

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Yorkshire at Christmas

Enjoy all the Christmas cheer that Yorkshire has to offer based in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. This festive holiday includes fantastic rail journeys, historic Ripley Castle, picturesque Fountains Abbey and the medieval city of York, adorned with seasonal decorations.

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7 days from £815 pp

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Ore Mountains at Christmas

Enjoy an authentic German Christmas with this festive tour which delves deep into the heart of rural Germany to uncover magnificent cities, spectacular rail journeys and sublime countryside. Experience Berlin, Dresden and Freiburg during your time in the Ore Mountains of Saxony.

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8 days from £1,895 pp

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Jungfrau Express 5-Star All Inclusive at Christmas

Experience the magic of a Swiss Christmas as you stay in an excellent 5-Star hotel on an all-inclusive basis in Grindelwald high up in the Swiss Alps. Journey to the highest railway station in Europe, travel up the Schilthorn and take time to revel in the charm of the festive season.

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8 days from £3,270 pp

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Norfolk Country Christmas

Discover two of Norfolk's most scenic railway lines, the Bure Valley Railway, the Mid-Norfolk Railway, and the North Norfolk Railway, on a tour that showcases some of the most beautiful areas of this idyllic county this Christmas, all from your base near historic Norwich.

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6 days from £895 pp

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Austrian Christmas & Italian New Year

Enjoy the festive period in two of Europe's most spectacular settings on this truly memorable rail holiday. Innsbruck at Christmas is enchanting, and Lake Garda is the perfect place to enjoy a fantastic New Year.

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13 days from £2,495 pp

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Festive Lake Geneva & the Mont Blanc Express at Christmas

A superb combination of memorable Christmas celebrations in one of our favourite hotels and unforgettable excursions by train as we climb on narrow-gauge and mountain railways to reach the dizzy heights of the frosted Alps.

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8 days from £2,245 pp

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