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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 2023

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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4.6 stars(344 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Railways & Castles of Wales
4.4 stars(284 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highland Adventure
4.3 stars(156 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunJul...
5 days from
£795 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
4.0 stars(83 reviews)
2023AprMayJunAugSepOct
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£745 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Edinburgh Tattoo
4.2 stars(32 reviews)
2023Aug
4 days from
£645 pp
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
4.0 stars(56 reviews)
2023AprMayJunOct
5 days from
£595 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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Castle Howard
3.8 stars(20 reviews)
2023MayJunOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsGuisborough
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Aberdonian Steam Train - © Alan Weaver
4.4 stars(24 reviews)
2023JulAugSep
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£995 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
4.3 stars(17 reviews)
2023Dec
5 days from
£895 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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4 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
  • AccommodationHotel
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  • DestinationGermany
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Our customers love our Short Breaks tours
Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
15/Nov
M Fairfield
5 stars
“Great itinerary, despite the weather.
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Highland Adventure
31/Oct
S Clarke
5 stars
“First time on my own was made very welcome by tour guide asked if could sit at front as not good on buses and we did more travel on bus then I expected but enjoyed the tour
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
28/Oct
B Lawrence
5 stars
“The Castle is in need of renovation I found my bed to be uncomfortable as mattress was sagging, ( new one's needed )
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Railways and Castles of Wales
23/Oct
Leslie Dumbell
5 stars
“Very good all round but I found dinner at 6.30 was too early.
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Yorkshire Dales and Moors
12/Oct
J Dempster
5 stars
“A great holiday.
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Lille, Flanders and the Somme
20/Sep
MN
5 stars
“Very good. Very emotive experience and would recommend it to everyone.
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
22 Dec 2021
B Vasudaven
5 stars
“Fantastic holiday filled with enjoyable activities, good food and fellowship. Well organised. Very helpful professional staff and crew. Only wish we had checked out a couple of hours later and had a 2 hrs city tour of Cologne on the last day . Very pleased.
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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
20/Oct
Ian Peel
4 stars
“A very enjoyable holiday, with excellent accommodation and a very pleasant and capable tour manager. However, having a "free day" in a holiday planning only 3 days seems a little unnecessary; perhaps the various activities could be spread over the three days rather more evenly.
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Norwich, Sandringham and the Norfolk Broads
18/Oct
S Jones
4 stars
“Enjoyable holiday but felt the first full day was to crowded.
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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.