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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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Worldwide Escorted Holidays by Rail 2022

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USA Coast to Coast
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4.5 stars(32 reviews)
2023AprMayJunAugSepOct
18 days from
£3,795 pp
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Grand Imperial Cities
Small Group
4.5 stars(47 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunAug...
13 days from
£2,095 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer train tour
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4.2 stars(25 reviews)
2023MayJunAugSep
14 days from
£4,595 pp
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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13 days from
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  • DestinationNorway
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Grand Tour of Japan
2023AprOct
16 days from
£5,495 pp
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  • DestinationJapan
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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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
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Engadine Valley
Small Group
4.4 stars(13 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSepOct
9 days from
£2,995 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Grand Alpine Explorer
Small Group
4.6 stars(9 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
14 days from
£3,995 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International / London Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Milford Sound
4.7 stars(9 reviews)
2022Nov
2023JanFebOctNovDec
21 days from
£5,195 pp
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  • DestinationNew Zealand
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Top to Toe of Italy
Small Group
3.8 stars(13 reviews)
2023AprMayJunSepOct
16 days from
£3,995 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International / London Gatwick
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Uluru
4.9 stars(7 reviews)
2023JanFebSepOctNov
21 days from
£5,795 pp
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  • DestinationAustralia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Veliko Turnovo
4.5 stars(8 reviews)
2023Aug
17 days from
£3,695 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow / London Heathrow, St Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Cruise
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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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Mountaintops of Switzerland
20/Sep
Mr David Webster
5 stars
“A fantastic holiday. Amazing! Simply Amazing.
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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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Ultimate Australia
08 Mar 2020
Mr N Larvin
5 stars
“A well organised experience. You leave everything to the tour manager. Just turn up when they say. Australia is a lovely country to visit.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Ultimate Rajasthan and the Palace on Wheels
21 Dec 2018
Mrs A Liggett
5 stars
“The tour was absolutely excellent. The accommodation, the restaurants chosen, the itinerary, were all superb as were the guides everywhere.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
The Outer Hebrides and The Highlands
27/Sep
C T
4 stars
“We would have marked this trip higher but for one of the advertised highlights of the tour, one of the Great Rail Journeys of the world, the Rail trip from Fort William to Mallaig did not take place. The famous train trip was not listed at all on tour notes given to us by our tour leader on the first evening of our trip despite being part of the advertised itinerary. No real explanation was given why were taken by coach to Mallaig for the ferry instead of the train trip. The tour manger said she thought Scotrail had cancelled the train, but I checked, and it was booked to run as normal. We were looking forward to this world class rail journey including the trip over the Glenfinnan Viaduct with its Harry Potter connections. I must admit that day seemed to turn in to 'Great Coach Journeys of the World' rather the Great Train Journeys. I email the company on return and received an automated reply that one of the team would get back to me within 28 days. No reply as yet. (Not so good customer care.) We have used this company before without problem. Putting the above to one side We enjoyed the rest of trip throughout, first class tour manager, guides and drivers. Cannot fault the hotels or food.
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America Coast to Coast
26/Sep
Patsy Lynch
4 stars
“The trip was very scenic and tour manager Ed did a good job . We had a lovely group who got on well together . Just a shame we had no welcome drinks or leaving do. The lack of food not included in the trip adds a big cost to the trip.
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Ultimate Canada and The Rocky Mountaineer
24/Sep
Ann Clay
4 stars
“stunning views and great service but perhaps trying to see too much in the time given
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Cruise - Danube Delta to the Austrian Lake District
13/Sep
Patrica Collis
4 stars
“Not impressed yet again . I have already rated the holiday and am awaiting a reply to another e mail. Holiday was great , wonderful, but wonder about some aspects of GRJ organisation .
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