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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
Flexible Booking
4.6 stars(195 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
Flexible Booking
4.4 stars(197 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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6 days from
£695
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
Map and accommodation
Highland Adventure
Flexible Booking
4.3 stars(114 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
5 days from
£745 pp
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5 days from
£745
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Aberdonian Steam Train - © Alan Weaver
Flexible Booking
4.4 stars(24 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
5 days from
£945 pp
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5 days from
£945
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
Map and accommodation
Flexible Booking
4 days from
£635
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  • DestinationScotland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
4.3 stars(17 reviews)
2022Dec
5 days from
£795 pp
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5 days from
£795
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Europe & The UK 2021

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Lille, Flanders & the Somme
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5.0 stars(15 reviews)
2022Sep
5 days from
£675 pp £475 pp
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£475
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  • DestinationBelgium, France
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
Flexible Booking
3.9 stars(38 reviews)
2022MayJunSepOct
5 days from
£595 pp
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5 days from
£595
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
Flexible Booking
4.0 stars(80 reviews)
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
7 days from
£995 pp
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7 days from
£995
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
Flexible Booking
4.0 stars(62 reviews)
2022MayJunAugSepOct
5 days from
£675 pp
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5 days from
£675
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Castle Howard
Flexible Booking
3.7 stars(14 reviews)
2022MayJunJulSep
5 days from
£795 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsGuisborough
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Our customers love our Short Breaks tours
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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Highland Adventure
01 Dec 2021
C Carraway
5 stars
“This experience was amazing. The highlands are so breath taking. Roger our tour guide was awesome. Highly recommend.
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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
14 Nov 2021
John Oxley
5 stars
“Despite the problems with the ferry crossings both going and returning to Heysham, I felt the holiday was a success and the tour manager should be highly commended for the way she dealt with all the problems. The Great Rail Journeys Head Office should also be congratulated for so swiftly arranging accommodation due to cancelled ferries and paying for an extra evening meal both the Lancaster Hotel on the way out and at the Isle of Man hotel before our return on the evening ferry. The holiday programme itself on the Island lived up to expectation and I thoroughly enjoyed all the experiences and the hotel where we stayed was excellent with the staff being very friendly and helpful.
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Railways and Castles of Wales
04 Nov 2021
A Sugden
5 stars
“I had a great time - interesting places to visit with great scenic views.
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Yorkshire Dales and Moors
23 Sep 2021
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
25 Oct 2018
Mrs H Klapperich
5 stars
“John was fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable, witty, and kind.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
29 Dec 2021
Cliff Bolding
4 stars
“Very well organised, only spoilt by German trains not adhering to the timetables and the closure of Markets, both out of GRJ control.
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
25 Oct 2021
Mr Gray
4 stars
“All in all a very good holiday experience. This type of holiday is not without it's hiccups and our tour guide Mark reacted very positively.We really enjoyed our stay at Stonefield Castle.
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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
25 Oct 2021
Mrs Susan Sanderson
4 stars
“A pleasant short holiday. It was good to be gently directed to the various different forms of transport, ie coach, ferry, train etc. with no stressful long journeys. Just what I needed after the limitations of lockdown.
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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.