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If you'd like to escape for just a few days, look no further than our magnificent selection of short breaks in the Great British Isles and Europe. From a short cultural getaway immersing yourself in the history of medieval Bruges, to a long weekend discovering the outstanding beauty of the Great British Isles, our varied collection of short break holidays mean that no matter how little time you have to spare, you always have time for an exciting getaway. We believe that you shouldn't have to compromise on quality just because you're short on time, so we strive to ensure that our short break itineraries are packed with unforgettable excursions, carefully chosen hotels and many delicious meals.

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Europe & The Great British Isles 2021

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Railways & Castles of Wales
Small Group
4.4 stars(94 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£775 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
Small Group
4.6 stars(72 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£675 pp
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£675
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highland Adventure
Small Group
4.5 stars(82 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
5 days from
£695 pp
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£695
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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5 days from
£965
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
Small Group
3.9 stars(31 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022MayJunAugSepOct
5 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
Small Group
3.9 stars(36 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
7 days from
£1,045 pp
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£1,045
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Europe & The UK 2021

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4 days from
£635
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
2021Dec
5 days from
£825 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
2021NovDec
6 days from
£995 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Castle Howard
Small Group
4.6 stars(7 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022MayJunJulSep
5 days from
£895 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsGuisborough
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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  • DestinationGermany
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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  • DestinationEngland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Our customers love our Short Breaks tours
Highland Adventure
29/Jun
Stephen Donnellan
5 stars
“Very nice hotel. With friendly helpful staff. The tour manager Alan, was very approachable, and always looking out for us.
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Yorkshire Dales and Moors
4/Jul
David
4 stars
“Gisborough Hall was a good hotel, good room and in a quiet location. enjoyed the steam train ride from Grosmont to Pickering and the shorter ride on the Wensleydale Railway. For a "Great Rail Journey" there could have been more train rides, for example a journey from Middlesborough to Whitby, which I understand is quite a scenic route.
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Railways and Castles of Wales
2/Jul
Therese Dunn
4 stars
“The holiday was very enjoyable, hotel was fine. Our guide Elaine was very helpful and everything was well organised.
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Norwich and the Norfolk Broads
2/Jul
hazel
4 stars
“As days out returned after 6pm it was rush to have dinner at 7pm.
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
2/Jul
R Brook
4 stars
“Very good itinerary in spite of Covid restrictions and the cancellation of the West Highland train journey to Oban and the ferry crossing to Bute. Both situations dealt with quite promptly. Stonefield Castle suited us very well with good food and genuine old fashioned hospitality. Wonderful position and outstanding views.
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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
21/Jun
Mrs Frances Pullan
4 stars
“Because of Covid restrictions service was limited in the dining room. Otherwise hotel was fine Also it would have been useful to have a little more background info on the outings and specific features to look out for.
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
16 Oct 2019
Mrs M James
4 stars
“Enjoyed the whole holiday especially the steam train and the trip to the top of the hill although the electric railway was a bit noisy and uncomfortable .The hotel was good with very good food. The coach driver was one of the best ever, a mine of information and an expert in motor bike racing. I wish I could have seen a Manx cat but I didn’t have enough time.
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The Harrogate Flower Show
05 Oct 2017
Mrs L Godson
4 stars
“It was an excelkent holiday. The only reason for 4 rather than 5 stars was because of one or two reservations about the hotel.
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A short break with Great Rail Journeys puts the world within easy reach; we take care of all arrangements in advance, from travel to accommodation to meals and excursions, so that you can relax with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that every aspect of your holiday is taken care of before your departure. All of our tours include the services of a professional Tour Manager, who will be on hand to guarantee that your time away is as enjoyable and relaxing as possible, and will happily assist you with anything from travel advice to restaurant recommendations.

An escorted rail holiday is a perfect way to experience a destination in a short amount of time, as it makes the journey a part of the adventure. From the moment your tour departs you can sit back and relax, taking in the scenic views as they roll past your window, and socialising with fellow, like-minded passengers.

So whether you'd prefer a short city break, discovering the history and culture of Europe, or a relaxing escape closer to home, travelling on some of the most charming railways in the Great British Isles, browse our extensive range of holidays listed below to find your next short break, or call one of our Tour Advisors today for more information.