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The Cultural Collection Escorted Tours

Culture isn't just about going to museums, it's the essence of a destination, the beating heart of its people, towns and local cuisine. The tours in this section give a real flavour of the many different customs and lifestyles of different European countries.

Europe's westernmost country, Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula and is one of Europe's longest-established nations. Its early history was marked by invasions, conquests and settlements by the Celts, Romans, Visigoths and the Moors. Each of these nationalities helped shape the country in some respect: the name Portugal itself, for example, is believed to combine the Latin word portus ('port' or 'harbour') with the Celtic word cale ('tranquil' or 'warm').

The House of Hapsburg was a family dynasty whose wideranging influence is still evident across Europe, but especially so in Vienna where they used the city's Hofburg Palace as their ruling headquarters for six centuries. From here they strategised the growth of their Empire whilst using their great wealth to influence the architecture of the city. In Catalonia, food is like another language - one that's surprisingly easy, and pleasurable, to become fluent in! Fried fish (suquet de peix) is a specialty, drawing on centuries of seafaring, as is rabbit, with a typical meal consisting of something like succulent lapin on fondant potato, with a rich cider jus and full flavoured Catalan sausage meat accompanied by caramelised apples to cut through the saltiness of the meat.

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Europe & The Great British Isles 2021

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Railways & Castles of Wales
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4.5 stars(63 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
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4.0 stars(19 reviews)
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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Tracks of the Deep South
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4.2 stars(12 reviews)
2021MayAugSepOct
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
Small Group
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3.9 stars(29 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
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Andalucian Explorer
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4.7 stars(10 reviews)
2021MayJunSep
2022AprMayJunSep
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  • DestinationSpain
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
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4.7 stars(7 reviews)
2021MayJunSepOct
2022MayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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The Northern Lights & Lapland
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Machu Picchu
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2021MayJunOct
2022MayOct
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  • DestinationPeru
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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15 days from
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  • DestinationArgentina, Brazil
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
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Our customers love our The Cultural Collection tours
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
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Yorkshire and Northumberland
10 Oct 2020
Miss Christine Diwell
5 stars
“Well organised, attentive tour manager, well spaced varied and interesting programme and good hotels
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The Northern Lights and Lapland
18 Mar 2020
Mrs A Chapman
5 stars
“This was our first visit to Norway. It was wonderful! We were so lucky to have perfect weather, and the scenery was magical.
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Tracks of the Deep South
22 Oct 2019
Mrs S Kirk
5 stars
“We thoroughly enjoyed Tracks of the Deep South. It certainly was action packed. We also met up with friends in Nashville on our free day. Our friends live just 50 mins out of Nashville
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Andalucian Explorer
18 Oct 2019
Mr J Knox
5 stars
“This was another outstandingly great holiday. It was full of wonderful experiences and unexpected sights.
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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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Lille, Flanders and the Somme
25 Oct 2018
Mrs H Klapperich
5 stars
“John was fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable, witty, and kind.
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Gastronomic Piedmont
07 Oct 2018
Mr D Bennett
5 stars
“Excellent holiday. Cameo was particularly lovely and. Or spoil t by tourism. Food very good. Excellent tour guide.
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Our range of historical themed tours offer the opportunity to learn more about some of the most important figures and periods in British history. Explore the factoryworks of Northern England on our Industrial Revolution tour or unearth the personal stories behind Britain's greatest leader, Winston Churchill, to name but a few. Meanwhile, Great Rail Journeys' selection of battlefield themed tours visit the poignant memorials to the fallen on the theatres of the First World War. Discover the torrid conditions for those who fought on the fields of the Somme and Ypres and pay your respects to the many that tragically lost their lives here.

Taste your way through Western Europe and pick up a few tips of your own on our gastronomic and culinary themed rail holidays; from trying the very finest in Italian wines to discovering authentic Catalonian seafood. Our gastronomy tours not only offer a chance to taste these wonderful delicacies but also offer the opportunity to how these stunning foodstuffs are made and the stories behind those who produce it. If you're more gardener than budding chef, then why not get some tips from the very best on our wonderful selection of Gardens & Castles tours? Wander through vivid explosions of colour and sweet aromas at some of Europe's premier gardening festivals or explore the looming spires and narrow passageways of Bavaria's mystical castles.

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