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Extending beyond the realms of the ordinary holiday, some journeys may be considered truly life-changing. These are unforgettable trips which, by combining iconic or exotic destinations with authentic cultural experiences and extraordinary sights and activities, can only fittingly be described as 'once in a lifetime holidays'.

Great Rail Journeys is proud to offer a range of these momentous and life-affirming holidays. Take, for example, a journey on the legendary Trans-Siberian Express. This 8,000-mile odyssey - the longest rail journey in the world and the number one experience on countless travellers' bucket list - takes in the best of Russia's magnificent cities, natural landscapes and culture as our guests travel aboard one of the world's most luxurious private trains.

Incomparable romance and elegance inform the journey of a lifetime on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Immortalised in literature and on film, this remarkable train harks back to a golden era of travel. Those who join Great Rail Journeys on an adventure which takes in the spectacular Alps, Paris, Milan and Venice are assured the highest standards of luxury, service and cuisine and an experience that will reward them with a lifetime of cherished memories.

Whatever the nature of your perfect once in a lifetime holiday, Great Rail Journeys can provide the magical destinations, sights, experiences and activities that will satisfy your wildest dreams.

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
(99 reviews)
2020AugSepOct
2021MarAprMayJunJul...
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£1,395 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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USA Coast to Coast
(37 reviews)
2021AprMayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
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Taj Mahal, Agra
(14 reviews)
2020OctNovDec
2021JanFebMarAprSep...
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Milford Sound
(10 reviews)
2020Nov
2021FebAprOctNov
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  • DestinationNew Zealand
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Canada Coast to Coast rail holiday
(14 reviews)
2021MayJunSep
17 days from
£4,795 pp
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Classic Glacier Express
(31 reviews)
2020AugSep
2021MarAprMayJunJul...
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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South African Adventure
(7 reviews)
2020OctNov
2021MayOctNov
18 days from
£6,995 pp
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta
(51 reviews)
2020OctNovDec
2021FebMarMaySepOctNov
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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New England in the Fall
(29 reviews)
2020Oct
2021SepOct
10 days from
£2,495 pp
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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The Ghan
(14 reviews)
2020Oct
2021JanFebOctNov
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£6,895 pp
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  • DestinationAustralia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen
(11 reviews)
2020Sep
2021MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationDenmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International / St Pancras International, London Heathrow
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A Grand Tour of Italy
(25 reviews)
2020Oct
2021MayJunSepOct
12 days from
£2,745 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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A Grand Tour of Italy
Mrs J Hitchcock
“I will never need to travel with another company again. Great Rail Journeys are 5 star in every respect. Fantastic holiday.
Australia & the Ghan
Mr N Larvin
“A well organised experience. You leave everything to the tour manager. Just turn up when they say. Australia is a lovely country to visit.
Beijing to Tibet - 'Across the Roof of the World'
Mr D Holdstock
“The was a great experience not a lot of down time. The high altitude did hit one or two of us. I would recommend this tour for its historic and geographical interest.
Canada Coast to Coast
Mrs A Moehead
“Fantastic experience Kay our tour manager was very professional and helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers. The accommodation was superior and the overnight stays and tours excellent
Classic Glacier Express
Mr D Webber
“Great experiences, wonderful scenery, well organised, great Tour Manager, friendly group, no problems.
Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands
Mrs C Inboden
“Everybody I dealt with at Great Rails was very knowledgeable and organized. Our experience was exactly as expected.
Five-Star India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla
Anonymous
“Well organised tour, excellent tour manager and local guide, really impressed
Grand Tour of China
Anonymous
“Great trip, well thought out, saw all the main sights without being too rushed.
Highlights of the Baltics & Scandinavia
Anonymous
“on the whole accommodation was excellent Scancia in

At Great Rail Journeys we make every effort to ensure that your once in a lifetime holiday offers you the best possible experience. With us you can make the ultimate American trip, travelling coast to coast across the USA by train and enjoying spectacular changing scenery, iconic cities and landmarks plus the culture, food and hospitality for which this nation is famous.

For the last word in historic opulence we invite you to experience the splendours of India aboard the famous Palace on Wheels - a train virtually unsurpassed in its heritage and opulence. Truly worthy of anyone's bucket list, this magnificent journey offers the chance to see the Taj Mahal, visit beautiful colonial forts and cities and perhaps to enjoy a rare encounter with Indian tigers in the wild.

If your dream holiday would combine spectacular mountains, lakes and forests with abundant wildlife and time spent exploring compelling, friendly cities a trip with us to Canada and the chance to ride the famous Rocky Mountaineer ticks every box and many more besides.

In the safe and knowledgeable hands of one of our expert Tour Managers, when you join us for your holiday of a lifetime we guarantee you an itinerary that is packed with wonderful experiences and activities, plus all of the free time you need to explore our incredible destinations for yourself. With everything taken care of by Great Rail Journeys all that's left for you to do is relax and enjoy the most special rail holiday you can imagine.

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