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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
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.6 stars(72 reviews)
2021JunJulAugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£675 pp
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6 days from
£675
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Railways & Castles of Wales
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.5 stars(63 reviews)
2021JunJulAugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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6 days from
£695
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highland Adventure
4.4 stars(67 reviews)
2021JulSepOct
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
5 days from
£795 pp
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£795
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
Small Group
Flexible Booking
3.9 stars(29 reviews)
2021JunJulAugSepOct
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
7 days from
£1,045 pp
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7 days from
£1,045
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.3 stars(10 reviews)
2021JunAugSepOct
2022MayJunAugSepOct
5 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.7 stars(7 reviews)
2021JunSepOct
2022MayJunSepOct
5 days from
£645 pp
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£645
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Europe & The UK 2021

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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
2021Dec
5 days from
£825 pp
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£825
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Flexible Booking
4 days from
£645
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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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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Flexible Booking
5 days from
£925
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Castle Howard
Small Group
Flexible Booking
2021JunJulSepOct
2022MayJunJulSep
5 days from
£845 pp
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£845
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsGuisborough
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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  • DestinationEngland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Our customers love our Short Breaks tours
Highland Adventure
25 Oct 2020
Mrs Christine Saunders
5 stars
“Our holiday was excellent and very safe.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Railways and Castles of Wales
20 Oct 2020
Mr Michael Saunders
5 stars
“Because everything was just fine, from the hotel staff to the organised trips? The covid arrangements were outstanding
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
14 Oct 2019
Mr R Kingston
5 stars
“Thanks to Graham our Guide everything went very well.Very much enjoyed the Castle.
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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
04 Aug 2019
Mr C Lee
5 stars
“Well organised,great value hotel.
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Norwich and the Norfolk Broads
02 Oct 2020
Mrs Gail Foster
4 stars
“The tour guide, Julie Boreham and the coach driver, John were very personable and helpful. Although our room was large it felt detached from the main body of the group. Meals were plentiful however there were times when the choices appeared limited. We had an issue with the bathroom taps and although they were reported on at least two occasions they were not fixed. We ordered champagne for our arrival however as we did not arrive until approximately 2.45 the ice was well on the way to being melted. It would be helpful in my opinion for the champagne to be delivered as we arrived or just after.
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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.