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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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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4.6 stars(72 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
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(94 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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£695
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highland Adventure
4.4 stars(98 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
5 days from
£745 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
4.0 stars(67 reviews)
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
7 days from
£995 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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4 days from
£635
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  • DestinationScotland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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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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Europe & The UK 2021

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The Aberdonian Steam Train - © Alan Weaver
4.4 stars(24 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
5 days from
£945 pp
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£945
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
2021NovDec
6 days from
£995 pp
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£995
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Lille, Flanders & the Somme
5.0 stars(15 reviews)
2022Sep
5 days from
£675 pp
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  • DestinationBelgium, France
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
4.0 stars(60 reviews)
2022MayJunAugSepOct
5 days from
£675 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
3.8 stars(27 reviews)
2022MayJunSepOct
5 days from
£595 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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  • DestinationGermany
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Our customers love our Short Breaks tours
Norwich and the Norfolk Broads
15/Oct
Mrs Collins
5 stars
“Excellent holiday our manager Charles was a fountain of local history, news and stories.
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
12/Oct
Anonymous
5 stars
“Great holiday.
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Highland Adventure
27/Sep
D Brigges
5 stars
“The hotel was excellent and well positioned and the train rides were delightful. I loved visiting the castle and the boat trip was fun. I do think the itinerary on the final day would have been better if the the visit to the battlefield had been in the morning and the train ride had been in the afternoon. All round very enjoyable holiday.
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Yorkshire Dales and Moors
23/Sep
Charles
5 stars
“The Yorkshire moors and dales trip was a joy from beginning to end
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Lille, Flanders and the Somme
Oct 25 2018
Mrs H Klapperich
5 stars
“John was fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable, witty, and kind.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Royal Deeside and The Tornado Steam Train
5/Oct
R Towner
4 stars
“We did submit a review a couple of weeks ago. We enjoyed the trip very much, with the exception of the hotel in Dundee. we were asked to be seated for our meal at 7.15, which everyone one was. we were not served until 8.45 and then one person on our table didn't get their dessert. Staff took drinks orders then food and ours was the last table for everything. When the food came it was cold. Also not great choices on the menu. we felt there was an attutide of, Oh Its the party, lets serve everyone else because they are paying full whack, whereas the party will be cheap rate. If only they knew how much the holiday cost! Reception staff couldn't tell us if the rooms would be serviced, so tea and milk could be replenished and just said they didn't know and made no effort to find out. The room staff happened to be passing and said they would be. Not impressed by the Apex. We really enjoyed the day in Dundee with the guide, then free time and then the trip to Arbroath. the Royal Deeside train was nice. trip to Balmoral a bit pointless, as there was little to see. The trip on the Tornado was first Class, thoroughly enjoyable. Our Tour Guide was excellent.
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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
29/Sep
Trevor
4 stars
“Great Rail did a good job their tour guide was really good. The hotel service though let them down, especially dinner each night, which was mediocre and spoilt by poor and very slow service
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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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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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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.