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Short Breaks

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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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
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4.7 stars(528 reviews)
2024JunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHeysham
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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Railways & Castles of Wales
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4.4 stars(392 reviews)
2024JunJulAugSepOct
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£695 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highland Adventure
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4.2 stars(238 reviews)
2024JunJulSepOct
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
Rail & Cruise
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4.5 stars(86 reviews)
2024NovDec
5 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Bavarian Christmas Markets
4.1 stars(9 reviews)
2024Dec
5 days from
£1,095 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Edinburgh Tattoo
4.7 stars(6 reviews)
2024Aug
2025Aug
4 days from
£1,015 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsDunblane, Battleboro (VT)
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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North Yorkshire Moors
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Rail Discoveries
2024JunJulAugSepOct
Rail Discoveries
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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
4.3 stars(29 reviews)
2024Dec
6 days from
£1,195 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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Norwich & the Norfolk Broads
Last 50 Spaces
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4.1 stars(128 reviews)
2024JulAugSepOct
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  • Starts / EndsNorwich
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
4.1 stars(75 reviews)
2024Oct
5 days from
£595 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsPaignton
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Edinburgh Tattoo
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4.2 stars(40 reviews)
Rail Discoveries
2024Aug
Rail Discoveries
4 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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The Aberdonian Steam Train - © Alan Weaver
3.7 stars(38 reviews)
2024JulSep
5 days from
£1,295 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Our customers love our Short Breaks tours
Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man
28/May
Paul Watts
5 stars
“What a great experience. 3 full days escorted on electric railways, steam railways and a horse drawn carriage. Plus a coach trip on part of the TT course with commentary from a previous TT rider. The weather was fantastic and Rosie our tour guide went above and beyond to help people with their individual needs and requirements. Managed to find a Manx cat cafe for us. We will be back again.
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Railways and Castles of Wales
27/May
Coralie Clark
5 stars
“An excellent tour, including heritage railways, guided tours of castles, and comfortable accommodation with good food. The pace was good, with plenty to fill the one free day in Llandudno. While the Dunoon Hotel is not on the seafront, it is a short walk to both shores, and is in a quiet location. GRJ tour managers are invariably competent, cheerful and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
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Norwich, Sandringham and the Norfolk Broads
22/May
Gillian Clarke
5 stars
“The Tour Manager was very knowledgeable, has excellent customer/communication skills and interacted with all the people on the Tour. The Hotel and its staff were so helpful and friendly. My room was lovely, clean and comfortable.
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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
30 Dec 2023
Dale Buche
5 stars
“It was overall a wonderful trip. The trains were great. The accommodations were wonderful and most of all our tour guide was exceptionally great. The towns we visited were everything I hoped they would be.
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
25 Dec 2023
Melanie Gold
5 stars
“This 4-city cruise was a great introduction to the Rhine and the fabulous German Christmas markets. Food was excellent, the stateroom felt luxurious, the walking tours informative, and for travelers who speak only English, there are no language barriers. Most helpful was our Great Rail Journeys coordinator, who gave me such helpful advise when I opted to spend an additional day in Germany and return to the UK on my own.
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Bavarian Christmas Markets
23 Dec 2023
Susan Rose
5 stars
“A truly lovely trip. All places visited very interesting and full of Christmas atmosphere. Rothenburg is so very quaint and beautifully preserved. Highlight of the trip for us was visit to Thurn & Taxis Market in Regensburg, quite magical after dark. The local Germans flock to this market which speaks for itself. GRJ need to rethink train times to and from Regensburg to give the whole group a chance to see that market as it doesn't open until 3pm. We were lucky because we'd been on this tour in 2016 and knew this market wasn't to be missed so our outstanding TM, Graham, made sure we had our own tickets do we could travel back to Nüremburg separately later, along with another couple who trusted our recommendation and agreed the rest of the group had missed out. Graham was truly the best TM throughout the trip and it was proven again when one of our German trains home was cancelled and he rearranged the whole schedule so we arrived, as planned, at St. Pancras.
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Peebles, the Edinburgh Tattoo and Floors Castle
09 Sep 2023
J Urbanowski
5 stars
“Our trip with GRJ was excellent in every respect from dealing with the office staff, accommodation, meals provided, coach transport and the service of our Tour Manager.
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Edinburgh Tattoo and the Highlands
29 Aug 2023
B Derbyshire
5 stars
“First time on a trip like this, very well organised and very friendly
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Highland Adventure
28/May
Nick sly
4 stars
“The hotel is in a great location the coach trip to Fort William great Day Day 3 to Eileen Donna Castle not enough time to enjoy and look around Day 4 to Aviemore I found a bit boring.The scenery was really beautiful throughout the holiday.
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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.