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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
4.4 stars(231 reviews)
2022JulAugSepOct
6 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
4.6 stars(242 reviews)
2022JulAugSepOct
6 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highland Adventure
4.4 stars(137 reviews)
2022JulSepOct
2023Jul
5 days from
£895 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
4.3 stars(17 reviews)
2022Dec
5 days from
£895 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
4.0 stars(99 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
7 days from
£1,095 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
4.0 stars(70 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
5 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Europe & The UK 2021

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4 days from
£635
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  • DestinationScotland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
3.9 stars(42 reviews)
2022SepOct
5 days from
£595 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
4.2 stars(10 reviews)
2022NovDec
6 days from
£995 pp
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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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The Aberdonian Steam Train - © Alan Weaver
4.4 stars(24 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
5 days from
£945 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Castle Howard
3.8 stars(15 reviews)
2022JulSep
5 days from
£825 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsGuisborough
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Our customers love our Short Breaks tours
Railways and Castles of Wales
29/Jun
Mrs S Wilson
5 stars
“A lovely holiday. Good Hotel. though for me the food could have been better. Good Tour manager. Over all a good Six days.
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
28/Jun
Guy Townsend
5 stars
“Great Tour really enjoyed it and the hotel was wonderful.
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Highland Adventure
28/Jun
Philip Moxon
5 stars
“Brilliant
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
26/Jun
M Milner
5 stars
“Very well organised. The return train journey from Oban was delayed but this was outside your control
Collected by Trustpilot
Yorkshire Dales and Moors
19/May
John
5 stars
“Great tour. Hotel was really wonderful, great food and very comfortable. Tours were a great view of what the North Yorkshire Moors have to offer, and now looking at revisiting some of the villages.
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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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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
Norwich and the Norfolk Broads
29/Jun
Mr Francis Gardiner
4 stars
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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
18/Jun
S. K. Goodson
4 stars
“Overall the experience was very good. A good choice of hotel, which was perfect. Train and boat rides were good. Tour Guide could have put a little more effort into it!
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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.