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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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Glacier Express
Small Group
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4.5 stars(147 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
8 days from
£1,795 pp £1,645 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
Small Group
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4.3 stars(126 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
10 days from
£1,995 pp £1,845 pp
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£1,845
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Simply Lake Garda
Small Group
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4.3 stars(144 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunJul...
10 days from
£1,595 pp £1,445 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Fjords of Norway rail tour
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4.5 stars(42 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
2024MayJunJulSep
7 days from
£1,495 pp £1,345 pp
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  • DestinationNorway
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Glacier Express & St Moritz
Small Group
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4.4 stars(50 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
10 days from
£2,995 pp £2,845 pp
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£2,845
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Zell am See
Small Group
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4.3 stars(63 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
9 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationAustria
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Canada Coast to Coast rail holiday
4.1 stars(22 reviews)
2023MayJunAugSep
17 days from
£4,595 pp
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Varenna
Small Group
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3.9 stars(56 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
10 days from
£2,295 pp £2,145 pp
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  • DestinationItaly, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Glacier Express
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4.3 stars(21 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
12 days from
£3,095 pp
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Arctic Circle Express
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4.1 stars(22 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
17 days from
£3,295 pp £3,145 pp
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Harz Mountains & the Rhine Gorge
Small Group
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4.4 stars(53 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
10 days from
£1,895 pp £1,745 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express in Winter
4.4 stars(22 reviews)
2023JanFeb
7 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
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Our customers love our Lakes & Mountains tours
Wengen and the Jungfrau Express
13/Nov
James McGill
5 stars
“My wife says it is the best holiday she has ever been on. I loved it as well. It was well organised and Philip Ellson was an excellent tour guide. The scenery was stunning. Thank you so much. We loved Wengen and all the surrounding area.
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Magnificent Morocco and Moorish Spain
3/Nov
I Grimble
5 stars
“We loved the train journeys, and the fantastic breadth of experience. The guides were excellent and the tour manager was brilliant. We can't fault the organisation. It would have been better to have taken the ferry to Tangiers and not Tangiers Port.
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Highlights of America's West Coast
31/Oct
Valerie Gilbert-Pollard
5 stars
“Very well organised with plenty to see. A lot packed into the 11days and maybe a tad overambitious. Nonetheless a great holiday. Loved the train travel
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Mountaintops of Switzerland
30/Oct
Mr Clive Andrew Richardson
5 stars
“Well organised
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Ultimate Canada and The Rocky Mountaineer
29/Oct
Paul
5 stars
“Had a great 2 weeks in Canada, loads of happy memories of experiences, and meeting with some lovely people. The Rocky Mountaineer was a delightful experience, and the staff were very attentive. The Canadian train journey was also fabulous, and I managed to get some lovely pictures of the Rockies from my cabin. I would encourage anyone on The Canadian train to upgrade to a private cabin. I was a sigle / sole traveller, and I upgraded to a 2 person cabin, and occuied it by myself. Not that much more expensive, but worth it for the convenience of having your own private toilet. BTW if you upgrade to a 'one person cabin' you may find your bed gets let down on top of your own personal toilet, which personally I found a little gross, and rather inconvenient if you have to get u pat night for a pee. Mark our tour lead was tireless in his constant support of everyone in the group, and I guess he must have been knackered by the end of the 2 weeks. Thank you Great Rail Journeys, I'd certainly travel with you again.
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The Beautiful Basque Country
28/Oct
G Foulis
5 stars
“This trip offered something different every day. San Sebastián resort, Bilbao for Guggenheim museum, Rioja scenery and wine tasting, French coastal resorts, historical town as a base in the centuries-old Parador hotel which used to be a castle. Unfortunately the mountain railway is seasonal, so didn’t operate when we were there, but our guide made sure we saw similar scenery, and he did some lovely local walks with those who wanted.
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Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro
25/Oct
K Cleave
5 stars
“We enjoyed the holiday and felt the hotels were very good
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Fairytale Bavaria and Danube Cruise
17/Oct
N Packer
5 stars
“Wonderful holiday, lots of train travel mixed with beautiful villages and towns and excellent cuisine on the cruise ship.
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The Glacier Express and St Moritz
14/Oct
Dr Robinson
5 stars
“Fantastic service and a wonderful destination
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