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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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The Northern Lights & Lapland
(14 reviews)
2020JanFebMar
11 days from
£2,695 pp
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLHR Heathrow / London Gatwick
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
(41 reviews)
2020AprMayJunJulAug...
7 days from
£980 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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8 days from
£1,395
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Tracks of the Deep South
(19 reviews)
2020FebMayAugSepOctNov
14 days from
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLHR Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Andalucian Explorer
(21 reviews)
2020AprMaySep
12 days from
£2,995 pp
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  • DestinationSpain
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Railways & Castles of Wales
(77 reviews)
2020AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Steam Trains & Tulips of Holland
(48 reviews)
2020AprMay
6 days from
£895 pp
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  • DestinationThe Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
(30 reviews)
2020AprMayJunAugSep
7 days from
£795 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate / York
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Rhine Falls
(9 reviews)
2020JunSep
10 days from
£2,095 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Coastal Cornwall & Lost Gardens
(5 reviews)
2020MaySep
6 days from
£975 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsCornwall
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Gardens of the Loire & Versailles 2016
(7 reviews)
2020JunSep
8 days from
£1,295 pp
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail
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Lille, Flanders & the Somme
(22 reviews)
2020AprJunSep
5 days from
£625 pp
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  • DestinationBelgium, France
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail
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Andalucian Explorer
Mr J Knox
“This was another outstandingly great holiday. It was full of wonderful experiences and unexpected sights.
Coastal Cornwall & its Captivating Gardens
Mr A Gander
“Excellent weather helped spending time in such a superb location, with excellent tours around the Cornwall countryside.
Lille, Flanders & the Somme
Anonymous
“Very good holiday. Plenty of variety and excellent tour manager/guide
Railways & Castles of Wales
Anonymous
“A wonderful time with an excellent Tour Guide, good hotel and interesting trips.
Romantic Rhine, Black Forest & Lake Constance
Anonymous
“Excellent all round - a wonderful trip
South Devon & The Dawlish Coast
Mr C Lee
“Well organised,great value hotel.
The Northern Lights & Lapland
Mrs R Davenport
“The itinerary, the rail experience and the tour manager all were excellent
Tracks of the Deep South
Mrs S Kirk
“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
A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
Anonymous
“Very little free time, both to experience the hotel and surroundings and also the local harbour. It is Scotland, but there was a lot of travel to get anywhere. The trip to the distillery was a long way for an hour’s experience, and not really of much interest to the ladies perhaps.

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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