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Short Breaks

Short breaks by train in Europe and around the world

If you only have a few days and you need to just get away from it all, what better way than trying one of our short breaks by rail? Travelling by rail, as opposed to flying, allows you to spend the first and last days of your journey enjoying the scenery and the company of friends. Travelling in the comfort of a train can effectively double the length of short breaks by train, when touring Europe.

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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man 2016

Reminiscent of a bygone age, the Isle of Man is famous for its stunning coastline, superb sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and gentle pace of life. This charming island also boasts some of the most impressive heritage railways found anywhere in the British Isles, not to mention the historic horse-drawn trams.

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6 days from £625per personView tour details
Chatsworth & The Peak District 2016

The spellbinding Peak District awaits on this wonderful tour. Based in pretty Breadsall, we enjoy a charming heritage railway journey, explore Crich Tramway Village, admire the stunning Hope Valley by rail and visit Chatsworth House.

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5 days from £445per personView tour details
A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne 2016

Set in idyllic, undiscovered surroundings overlooking picturesque Loch Fyne, a 19th century Baronial Castle awaits you on this magnificent tour. Cruise the open waters to the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, explore nearby Oban and Inveraray, and sample the renowned locally-sourced produce.

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7 days from £845per personView tour details
Railways & Castles of Wales 2016

Wonderful mountain railways and castles of Wales are an integral part of this adventure as we explore the highlights. Our base in Llandudno is ideal for climbing Snowdon by rail and discovering the castles of Caernarfon and Conwy.

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6 days from £595per personView tour details
The Battlefields of Flanders 2016

Visit some of Europe's most moving memorials and museums on this exceptional World War I themed tour to Flanders. Accompanied by an experienced, specialist Battlefields Guide you'll visit some of the largest and most poignant Commonwealth cemeteries, explore original trenches, see the Last Post ceremony and explore battle sites pivotal to the war.

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5 days from £475per personView tour details
Bruges & the Battlefields of Ypres 2016

Enjoy a Ypres tour and visit fabulous Bruges, with its perfectly preserved centre and myriad of attractive waterways making it a wonderful destination to explore. We will also discover some of the most significant battlefields fought upon during the Great War, as well as experiencing what life was really like in the trenches.

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5 days from £515per personView tour details
Arras & the Somme Battlefields 2016

From our base in delightful Arras, we explore the World War I battlefield sites and moving memorials in the Somme, discover how Arras was restored to its former glory and ride the P'tit Train historic military railway.

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5 days from £515per personView tour details
Bath & Bristol Christmas Markets 2016

Discover the beautiful West Country in the run-up to Christmas on this exciting break. We visit the Christmas Markets of bustling Bristol and glorious Bath and enjoy a steam railway and charming Lacock Abbey.

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Bavarian Christmas Markets 2016

Sample the sights and smells of three Bavarian Christmas markets by train. Regensburg, Rothenburg and arguably Germany's most famous Christmas Market, Nuremberg.

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Canterbury & the Railways of Kent 2016

Known as the 'Garden of England', Kent boasts beautiful countryside and historic sites. Experience the much-loved Churchill family home Chartwell, two vintage steam railways, and the old-world city of Canterbury.

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5 days from £435per personView tour details
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If you want your holiday to start as soon as you leave the house, Great Rail Journeys can organise short breaks by train, in the UK and Europe, as well as overnight stays in top hotels. So if you have an overnight stay in, for example, London you can rest assured that the hotel has been pre-checked by an expert. No one understands short rail breaks like we do and aside from arranging national and international travel we also offer a luggage transfer service. Your bags will be collected a few days before the holiday and returned a few days after you arrive back so the most you have to carry out of the house for short breaks by train, is an overnight bag.

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