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Be they multi-centre breaks or cross continent journeys, Grand Tours are the trip of a lifetime. Some tours favour breadth, covering vast tracts of land across a wide region, while others focus on more detailed explorations of smaller areas. We offer both types from the longest railway line in the world, to music-centric tours of the USA's Deep South.

The traditional Grand Tours became a trend in Britain around the seventeenth century but was the preserve of the super rich. With the introduction of train travel the Tour became open to the upper middle classes. Unfortunately the number of people taking the Grand Tour has declined in recent years as more and more young people are taking gap years in exotic locations rather than learning more about their own part of the world. In honour of the original Grand Tour we have compiled a selection of train journeys which are in keeping with the ideals of education and enlightenment as well as reflecting the make up of the modern world.

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The Northern Lights & Lapland
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4.5 stars(75 reviews)
2023JanFebMar
10 days from
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Taj Mahal, Agra
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4.6 stars(8 reviews)
2022Nov
2023JanFebMarAprSep...
14 days from
£1,995 pp
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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USA Coast to Coast
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4.5 stars(32 reviews)
2023AprMayJunAugSepOct
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Canada Coast to Coast rail holiday
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4.6 stars(16 reviews)
2023MayJunAugSep
17 days from
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Tracks of the Deep South
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4.2 stars(18 reviews)
2023FebAprMayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Discovering Japan
4.4 stars(15 reviews)
2023MarAprMaySepOct
13 days from
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  • DestinationJapan
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Grand Imperial Cities
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4.5 stars(47 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunAug...
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail
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Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer train tour
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4.2 stars(25 reviews)
2023MayJunAugSep
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Grand Tour of Japan
2023AprOct
16 days from
£5,495 pp
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  • DestinationJapan
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta
4.8 stars(31 reviews)
2023JanFebMarAprSep...
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
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The Trans-American Rail Tour
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4.7 stars(15 reviews)
2023AprMayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Arctic Circle Express
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2023MayJunJulSep
17 days from
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Our customers love our Grand Tours tours
A Grand Tour of Italy
28/Sep
P Middleton
5 stars
“Lovely group of people, excellent host, good hotels, comfortable first class railway travel, a few nice extras. Early starts and lots of walking but only to be expected. Our 7th Great Rail Journey. Peter & Su.
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Grand Imperial Cities
25/Sep
Mr Russell Hodgson
5 stars
“The tour was great fun, seeing and experiencing new cities with a great group of people. The tour group was only 22 people, including the tour manager, and this made the tour more enjoyable. The cities we visited were impressive and we were enjoyed having plenty of free time to explore on out own. There were a few hitches with the running of some trains but our tour manager did a great job of sorting things out and this all added to the adventure!
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Canada Coast to Coast
13/Sep
Fiona Shail
5 stars
“It was a once in a lifetime experience. The holiday and Canada were wonderful.
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Grand Alpine Explorer
8/Sep
Ian Rowe
5 stars
“Leaving by Eurostar remains a pleasure compared to a busy airport. First class rail travel between centres worked well. Good to excellent hotels en route. Affable small group and our friendly tour guide kept everything moving to schedule. Stunning locations.
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Grand Tour of Scandinavia
1/Sep
Julie Kay
5 stars
“Fabulous holiday from start to finish. Our Tour Manager, Roger, was very knowledgeable and efficient in ensuring the itinerary went smoothly. The hotels were good with some being very good. Had an issue with one hotel but they swiftly resolved it. Pity the Inlandsbanan railway journey was cancelled but we enjoyed a very scenic (if long) coach journey instead. A big thank you to our driver Peter and his excellent driving skills getting our coach up some very steep roads with hair pin bends. We extended our trip by a few days at each end which I recommend. We experienced all the seasons ice, snow, sun, mist, bitterly cold winds, heavy rainfall; saw stunning waterfalls, fjords, snow capped mountains, glaciers, forests, and animals. Crossed the Arctic Circle; and travelled by rail on some of the worlds most scenic railways. Although tiring with some very early starts, it was s fantastic holiday
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Tracks of the Deep South
7/Jul
Jan Jim Odell
5 stars
“It lived up to our expectations and more even though we should have gone in 2020. Highlights were Nashville and New Orleans and being surprised to hear our ruby wedding announced live on air at the Grand Ole Oprey.
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Grand Tour of America
12/Jun
K J Henocq
5 stars
“A fantastic trip full of fun with a good group of people . We were looked after very well by our manager. We would recommend booking a cabin on the 2 overnight train journeys, especially as our first journey from Grand Junction to Chicago was long. There were stations where we had time to get off the train to exercise for a short time.
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Grand Tour of South Africa
10/Jun
Ian Barnicoat
5 stars
“A tour with quite a few surprises and opportunities to see the reality of South Africa regaining its tourism mojo. The introduction tour set the tone of living in South Africa. Johan Vos laid the foundation for the train tour. All the planned off train excursions took place but not always to the original programme. The train itself was very well appointed with nothing to much trouble. The Cape Town city personal experience was enlightening and complemented the pre-planned excursions. The hotel made an excellent base to explore the locale. A value for money experience.
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A Grand Tour of Spain
10/May
Lesley Shuttlewood
5 stars
“A good and informative insight into Spanish history and culture.
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