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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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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, and sample the renowned locally-sourced produce.

Departs from August 2016 to October 2016 and from April 2017 to October 2017.
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7 days from £845per personView tour details
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 your Highland adventure

Departs from August 2016 to October 2016 and from April 2017 to October 2017.
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5 days from £535per personView tour details
Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man

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.

Departs from August 2016 to October 2016 and from April 2017 to October 2017.
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6 days from £625per personView tour details
Railways & Castles of Wales

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.

Departs from August 2016 to October 2016 and from April 2017 to October 2017.
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6 days from £625per personView tour details
Chatsworth & The Peak District

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.

Departs in September 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £445per personView tour details
Bruges & the Battlefields of Ypres

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.

Departs in September 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £565per personView tour details
Arras & the Somme Battlefields

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.

Departs from August 2016 to September 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £515per personView tour details
Bath & Bristol Christmas Markets

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.

Departs from November 2016 to December 2016.
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4 days from £295per personView tour details
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.

Departs from November 2016 to December 2016.
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5 days from £645per personView tour details
Canterbury & the Railways of Kent

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.

Departs in September 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £585per 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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