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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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Worldwide Escorted Holidays by Rail 2022

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Classic Glacier Express
Small Group
4.8 stars(23 reviews)
2021Sep
2022JanFebMarAprMay...
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Taj Mahal, Agra
4.7 stars(7 reviews)
2021OctNovDec
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
Small Group
4.5 stars(42 reviews)
2021SepOct
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsLondon
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New England in the Fall
4.5 stars(20 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022SepOct
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Canada Coast to Coast rail holiday
4.5 stars(11 reviews)
2021Sep
2022MayJunAugSep
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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The Canadian in Winter
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  • DestinationCanada
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A Grand Tour of Italy
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4.5 stars(17 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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USA Coast to Coast
4.8 stars(24 reviews)
2021Sep
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Beijing to Tibet - 'Across the Roof of the World'
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  • DestinationChina, Tibet
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Rocky Mountaineer
Tailormade

Selected dates Apr 2022

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  • DestinationCanada
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Our customers love our Once in a Lifetime Tours tours
India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers and Shimla
13 Mar 2020
Mrs K Harper
5 stars
“EXCELLENT HOLIDAY, PROFESSIONAL FRIENDLY SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDES.
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Ultimate Australia and the Ghan
Mar 08 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.
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America Coast to Coast
Oct 31 2019
Mr M Green
5 stars
“Loved everything and everywhere- went with an open mind. Obviously some places were better than others but still enjoyed all
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Classic Glacier Express
27 Oct 2019
Mr D Webber
5 stars
“Great experiences, wonderful scenery, well organised, great Tour Manager, friendly group, no problems.
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New England in the Fall
Oct 22 2019
Miss R Palmer
5 stars
“A good itinerary, a good tour guide and a very good crowd------
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
09 Aug 2019
Mrs L Beech
5 stars
“Excellent organisation. Information well communicated. High quality hotels and food. Interesting excursions.
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India's Golden Triangle
Apr 28 2019
Mr D Knights
5 stars
“Well organised well informed. Ivan the tour manager was fantastic. Hemms the local guide was full of knowledge and kept us well informed. All tours throughout were fantastic and made the holiday.
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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.
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A Grand Tour of Italy
Nov 03 2018
Mrs J Hitchcock
5 stars
“I will never need to travel with another company again. Great Rail Journeys are 5 star in every respect. Fantastic holiday.
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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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