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Journeys of a Lifetime

The destination you've been eyeing up for years, that trip of a lifetime you've been promising yourself, a rail journey you've always wanted to experience - now's the time to rediscover your travel ambitions. This collection of highly-inclusive, unforgettable holidays really are journeys of a lifetime. So, let us take you on an epic rail holiday, where travelling in style and new adventures come as standard. Take the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer across Canada's vast and dramatic landscapes or cross five African nations on the Pride of Africa. There's so much waiting for you to explore. Relax as our local experts guide you through breathtaking scenery, fascinating historical sites and authentic gastronomic experiences. ​

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Iconic Rail Journeys

Great Rail Journeys by name, Great Rail Journeys by nature. On nearly every holiday we run, relaxing, impressive or once-in-a-lifetime rail journeys are par for the course. Whether it's the 180-mile trip the Glacier Express makes through the mountains of Switzerland, an experience aboard the steepest railway line in the world - the Flåm Railway in Norway, or a beautifully-restored journey on the Jacobite Steam Train through the Scottish Highlands, we know all of the best rail experiences to be had.​

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Grand Imperial Cities
Small Group
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4.5 stars(55 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunJul...
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Pyramids of Giza
2024JanFebAprNovDec
12 days from
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The Outer Hebrides
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4.1 stars(115 reviews)
2023AprJunJulAugSep
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£1,765 pp £1,665 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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USA Coast to Coast
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4.5 stars(36 reviews)
2023AprMayJunAugSepOct
2024AprMayJunAugSepOct
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£4,195 pp £3,995 pp
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Geirangerfjord
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4.7 stars(17 reviews)
2023MayJun
2024MayJun
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  • DestinationNorway
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Grand Tour of Japan
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2023AprOct
2024MarAprOct
16 days from
£5,995 pp £5,695 pp
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  • DestinationJapan
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Arctic Circle Express
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4.1 stars(22 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
2024MayJunJulAugSep
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£3,495 pp £3,345 pp
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta
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4.8 stars(34 reviews)
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Machu Picchu
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4.7 stars(6 reviews)
2023JunSepOct
2024MayJunOct
15 days from
£3,595 pp £3,295 pp
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  • DestinationPeru
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Engadine Valley
Small Group
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4.5 stars(22 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSepOct
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£2,995 pp £2,845 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer train tour
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4.2 stars(33 reviews)
2023MayJunAugSep
2024MayJunAugSep
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£4,795 pp £4,695 pp
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Grand Alpine Explorer
Small Group
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4.6 stars(9 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
14 days from
£3,995 pp £3,695 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International / London Heathrow
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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Grand Tour of Vietnam and Cambodia
09 Nov 2022
Austin
5 stars
“This was a full on experience expertly handled by Great Rail Journeys. The hotels and food were superb. The tour manger was excellent and had great attention to detail. Even a typhoon did not phase him and with quickly arranging a different hotel and internal flights we were back on track. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and will certainly book another with Great Rail.
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Highlights of America's West Coast
31 Oct 2022
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 2022
Mr Clive Andrew Richardson
5 stars
“Well organised
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America Coast to Coast
30 Oct 2022
Paul D
5 stars
“It was our first visit to America, and it was great. Steve Pritchard our tour guide was brilliant from start to finish, the hotel and tour in New York was great, Washington tour very good hotel could have been better. Chicago was amazing hotel great, we will not be doing a overnight train again but the rest of the train trips were lovely, even the 12hr trip from L A to San Francisco. We loved the trip and will do one again.
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Ultimate Canada and The Rocky Mountaineer
29 Oct 2022
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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Top to Toe of Italy
12 Oct 2022
J Red
5 stars
“We had a great time travelling from top to toe in Italy. The holiday was fast paced but each destination was worth the visit. We had excellent tour guides, excellent hotels in good locations and a superb tour manager who was well organised and well informed.
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Grand Imperial Cities
08 Oct 2022
Mrs A O'Brien
5 stars
“Excellent tour - good mix of guided tours and free time to explore on your own. We had a knowledgeable tour manager who was able to advise us on free time activities. Good selection of hotels.
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Highlights of America's East Coast
23 Sep 2022
hampson
5 stars
“Loved Washington highlight was going inside Capitol Hill. Lots of bucket list places ticked off. Really good trip, good guide with Keith. Lovely travelling group.
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Grand Alpine Explorer
08 Sep 2022
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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