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Lakes & Mountains Escorted Tours

Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, nature takes centre stage - and our lakes and mountains holidays showcase scenes that will take your breath away.

Make the journey part of the adventure as you explore the world's iconic mountains by rail. The Alps extend across Europe, providing stunning views of villages nestled in deep valleys and flowering Alpine meadows that turn into rugged mountains. And what better way to discover them than on the world-renowned Glacier or Bernina Express?

The great lakes of the world provide no less scenic wonders, but offer a more sedate experience. Discover waters that dance between shades of emerald and blue, where shores are dotted with elegant villas, ancient towns, and leafy vineyards. From beautiful Garda and Como in Italy, to the often overlooked beauty of Austria's Lake Zell and, further afield, the unparalleled drama found in Canada's national parks. Wherever you go, discover a wealth of extraordinary scenery perfectly suited to explorations by rail.

Come summer or winter, our lakes and mountains rail holidays get you back to nature in comfort, offering up a stunning feast for the eyes as well as authentic local experiences. Wind through snow-dusted mountains by train, sip local wines in family-run country estates, or cruise the sparkling waters of the world's most beautiful lakes; there's no better way to see the world.

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Back to nature: 5 authentic experiences in scenic Europe

Discover a way of travelling that puts nature centre stage as you discover Europe's spectacular lake and mountain scenery in the best possible way - by rail. Our itineraries are packed with unique experiences, from authentic, local activities that bring to life the cultural heart of your destination, to those unforgettable, bucket-list excursions that you'll remember for years to come. Here's just a small selection of some of our favourite experiences found on our scenic lakes and mountain holidays.

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Simply Lake Garda
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The GoldenPass Express
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
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Zell am See
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Canada Coast to Coast rail holiday
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Wengen & the Jungfrau Express
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Glacier Express & St Moritz
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Glacier Express All Inclusive
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Glacier Express
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Grand Alpine Explorer
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Milford Sound
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Harz Mountains & the Rhine Gorge
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The Rocky Mountaineer and Alaska Cruise
20/Jun
customer
5 stars
“Great trip very well organised Rocky Mountaineer was brilliant fantastic food + crew really enjoyed the sights didn’t like Tonquin hotel but couldn’t fault all other hotels and cruise (all staff on board were great) had a fantastic time not your “everyday holiday”
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Austrian Alps All-Inclusive
20/Jun
B Smith
5 stars
“A well balanced variety of outings, although it would have been nice to have a little longer in Mayrhofen when we did the Zillertal railway trip. The hotel and its staff were great - helpful and friendly. Although there were delays with the trains on the return leg they were due to events further south and there was nothing anyone could have done to change things. Our tour manager was wonderful throughout!
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Grand Alpine Explorer
20/Jun
Chris Hughes
5 stars
“Excellent tour, fantastic guide. Loved the scenery.
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Glacier Express & The Romantic Rhine
20/Jun
Duncan
5 stars
“One of the best holidays we've ever had. We now realise that the cruise companies have a lot to deal with to ensure traveller satisfaction, and Mother Nature can affect things. Our weather forecast wasn't too good before we sailed, but we then had sunny and warm weather throughout the cruise, and beyond. Cruise staff, in all parts of the boat were attentive and pleasant, fellow travellers friendly and good fun, and our cruise and rail managers guided us carefully, ensuring all connections were met, and did so in a friendly, informative manner. The Rhine water was very high, and did affect one stop, so rainfall will always be a big factor to consider. But we fully intend to travel with Great Rail Journeys in future.
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Harz Mountains and Rhine Gorge
19/Jun
D Willis
5 stars
“The holiday was first class. David done a very good job sorting out all the eggcups during our holiday. Will use Great Rail Journey again well done.
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
18/Jun
Paul
5 stars
“Fantastic place and hotel. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the excellent balance between escorted trips and free time to explore and rekax
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First-Class Glacier Express, Zermatt and Matterhorn
18/Jun
Carol W
5 stars
“Amazing experience First class on the Glacier express is an unforgettable experience, great service and incredible panoramic scenery
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Highlights of Norway’s Fjords and Cities
18/Jun
cinch customer
5 stars
“Fantastic holiday!
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Glacier Express & The Majestic Rhine
16/Jun
Alan
5 stars
“A lovely itinerary by train through Switzerland via Basle and Davos to Zermatt with its views of the Matterhorn and trips on the Filisur, Glacier Express and Gornergrat railways on the way. An experienced tour manager accompanied us on our journey where everything was arranged for us. And that was just the start of our journey. We boarded the Amadeus Star at Strasbourg for our Rhine river Cruise to Amsterdam with stops at Speyer, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne and finally Amsterdam and the train home. The ship and its staff were amazing, as was the food. We met some interesting people too. Everything pretty much ran like clockwork. That was one of the 'Greats' in Great Rail Journeys for us.
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