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The Cultural Collection Escorted Tours

Open up a whole new world of experiences with Great Rail Journeys' fantastic collection of cultural tours. This wonderful range includes excursions to the tragic battlefields of World War One, delves into some of history's most important figures as well as gastronomic explorations around the European continent and visits to some of Europe's most beautiful gardens and fairytale castles. From the culinary delights of traditional Italy to a chance of uncovering the mysteries of Elizabeth I's personal life, we're sure they'll be something for everyone amongst our wonderful Cultural Collection. This fascinating range gives you the chance to come away with new knowledge and skills, whether that be learning the tricks of Spanish style cooking or getting green-fingered at France's premier garden festival.

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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 April 2017 to October 2017.
7 days from £875per personView tour details
Alsace & the Route des Vins

We spend six nights in the crooked, half-timbered town of Colmar - the quintessential Alsatian destination - which allows us to enjoy fantastic Alsatian hospitality, traditional cuisine and superb excursions, while enjoying the distinctive wines produced in world-class vineyards along the famous 'Route des Vins'.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
7 days from £1,245per personView tour details
America's Founding History

Discover some of the most pivotal moments in the history of the world's largest superpower, the USA. From the hardships of the pioneers, who came to colonise this harsh environment, through the Revolutionary and Civil wars, to the founding fathers and the creation of the US constitution. America's history may not be long, but it is most certainly captivating.

Departs from May 2017 to October 2017.
13 days from £2,695per personView tour details
Andalucian Explorer

Showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Andalucía, this tour takes us from Spain's bustling, fashionable capital city, through the iconic Moorish citadel of Granada's Alhambra, to the elegant city of Seville, via the whitewashed passages of Cordoba's Old Town.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
13 days from £2,895per 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.

5 days from Please call for detailsView tour details
Coastal Cornwall & its Captivating Gardens

Discover the very best of Cornwall as we explore this beguiling county. From our base in picturesque Falmouth, we encounter Cornwall's charming harbours and fabled Land's End, we discover the enthralling Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
6 days from £795per personView tour details
Cornwall Spring Flower Show

Usher in the spring season on this colourful flower-filled tour. From our beautiful woodland base in St Austell, we visit the Cornwall Flower Show, see the famous Eden Project and Heligan, and explore the Cornish countryside by heritage train.

Departs in March 2017.
5 days from £545per personView tour details
Edinburgh Tattoo

Experience the spectacle of marching bands when you visit the Edinburgh Tattoo by train, with pipes and drums resonating from the castle's elevated setting. Complimenting the trip, witness incredible lochs, glens and mountains as we explore the West Highlands.

Departs in August 2017.
5 days from £575per personView tour details
Edinburgh Tattoo & Scottish Highlands

Experience everything Edinburgh has to offer with a fantastic evening's entertainment at the Edinburgh Tattoo, free time to explore the Scottish capital, a ride on the Strathspey heritage railway and a stay in a luxury hotel in Perthshire.

Departs in August 2017.
5 days from £675per personView tour details
Floralia & the City of Flowers

From the Floralia Spring Flower Show, to one of the world's largest botanical gardens and Ghent's 35th Floraliën celebrations, discover the kaleidoscopic displays of Belgium in the spring on this delightful five day rail tour.

Departs in April 2017.
5 days from £575per personView tour details
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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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