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When time is limited a Short Break great rail holiday is the ideal way to refresh yourself.

Short Breaks

Short breaks by train in Europe and around the world

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.

We’ve found 24 tours for you matching: Short Breaks

Highland Adventure

Breathtaking scenery and fantastic journeys by mainline and steam railways, this tour takes in the very best of northern Scotland from our base in Inverness - the gateway to our Highland adventure.

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2020AprMayJunJulSepOct

5 days from £675 pp

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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man

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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2020AprMayJunJulAugSep

6 days from £695 pp

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Railways & Castles of Wales

Enjoy a fantastic tour of North Wales from our base in charming Llandudno. Ride aboard historic steam railways and visit the impressive castles found along the coastline of this beautiful and mountainous region of Wales.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

6 days from £695 pp

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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne

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.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

7 days from £980 pp

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Yorkshire Christmas Markets

Based in the spa town of Harrogate, experience the Christmas Market in York, enjoy a vintage steam rail journey with a festive theme and visit the historic house of Castle Howard in its full Christmas glory.

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2019NovDec

5 days from £545 pp

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Edinburgh Tattoo & Stirling Castle

Experience the spectacle of the Edinburgh Tattoo, with pipes and drums resonating from the castle's elevated setting. Complimenting the trip, travel by heritage railway and rotating boat lift as we explore the River Forth and Stirling Castle.

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2020Aug

4 days from £595 pp

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Norfolk Country Christmas

Discover three of Norfolk's most scenic railway lines, the Bure Valley Railway, the Mid-Norfolk Railway, and the North Norfolk Railway, on a tour that showcases some of the most beautiful areas of this idyllic county at Christmas, all from your base near historic Norwich.

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2019Dec

6 days from £895 pp

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London & The Royal Windsor Steam Express

Spend 4 days getting under the skin of the English capital on this inclusive London city break. Enjoy 4-Star accommodation in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, meet with a Yeoman from the Tower of London, and ride the Royal Windsor Steam Express Train whilst sipping a chilled glass of Champagne.

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2020JunSep

5 days from £795 pp

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Royal Deeside & The Tornado Steam Train

With visits to 2 of Scotland's most charismatic cities, Edinburgh and Dundee, we immerse ourselves in the local flavour with tastings of some local specialities; Arbroath smokies and whisky. The highlight of this holiday has to be a First Class journey on the Aberdonian Tornado Steam Train.

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2020JulSep

5 days from £895 pp

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Steam Trains & Tulips of Holland

From our base in beautiful Delft, we visit the popular Keukenhof Gardens, the superb Royal Delft Porcelain factory and vibrant Amsterdam. We also make a wonderful journey across the countryside by vintage steam train.

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2020MarAprMay

6 days from £895 pp

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Yorkshire Dales & Moors

Enjoy an immersive visit to 'God's Own County' as we explore Yorkshire as part of an intimate small group, enjoying fantastic local experiences from our base in an elegant 19th-century mansion house. Discover the charms of the Yorkshire moors, enjoy local cuisine, and embark on two incredible heritage railway journeys on this exclusive tour of Yorkshire.

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2020MayJunJulSep

5 days from £745 pp

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Bavarian Christmas Markets

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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2019Dec

5 days from £775 pp

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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.