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Cultural Collection

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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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Railways & Castles of WalesRailways & Castles of Wales

Railways & Castles of Wales

Enjoy a fantastic tour of North Wales, based in charming Llandudno. From here we explore the historic steam railways and impressive castles found along the coastline of this beautiful and mountainous region of Wales.

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2019SepOct
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6 days from £695 pp

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Gastronomic Piedmont

Tantalise your taste buds and awaken your senses to the delightful scenery and revered gastronomy of the Italian Piedmont region. We take in the delights of attractive Cuneo, marvel at the delicacies and verdant vistas of the Langhe region, and experience all the class and architectural aplomb of tremendous Turin.

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2019Sep

8 days from £1,695 pp

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Tulips CruiseTulips Cruise

Springtime Tulips and Keukenhof Gardens (Fly & Cruise)

Spectacular floral displays, poignant battlefield tours and fairytale cities await on this scenic cruise along the waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands.

From the decks of a luxurious river cruise ship, get to the heart of what makes these two charming countries so special as you are joined for on board talks from gardening television celebrity Charlie Dimmock, and World War I specialist Col. Piers Storie-Pugh

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2020Apr

8 days from £1,495 pp

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Tulips CruiseTulips Cruise

Springtime Tulips and Keukenhof Gardens (Rail & Cruise)

Spectacular floral displays, poignant battlefield tours and fairytale cities await on this scenic cruise along the waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands.

From the decks of a luxurious river cruise ship, get to the heart of what makes these two charming countries so special as you are joined for on board talks from gardening television celebrity Charlie Dimmock, and World War I specialist Col. Piers Storie-Pugh

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2020Apr

8 days from £1,495 pp

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The Northern Lights & Lapland

On this remarkable adventure we explore Norway and Swedish Lapland, journeying north far into the Arctic Circle where we seek out the magical Northern Lights, all whilst travelling on some of Scandinavia's most scenic railways.

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2020JanFebMar

11 days from £2,495 pp

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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.

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2019SepOct
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7 days from £980 pp

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Tracks of the Deep South

Historic tracks lead us on a rail tour through the heartland of great American music - from Nashville, home of Country Music, to the Blues, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll of Memphis and the jazz of New Orleans.

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2019Nov
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14 days from £2,595 pp

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Andalucian ExplorerAndalucian Explorer

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.

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2019Sep
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13 days from £2,995 pp

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Edinburgh TattooEdinburgh Tattoo

Edinburgh Tattoo & Stirling Castle

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. Uncover fascinating history at Stirling Castle, one of Scotland's most important castles.

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2020Aug

4 days from £595 pp

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Steam Trains & Tulips of Holland

From our base in beautiful Delft, we visit the popular Keukenhof Gardens, the superb Royal Delft Porcelain factory and vibrant Amsterdam. We also make a wonderful journey across the countryside by vintage steam train.

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2020MarAprMay

6 days from £895 pp

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Yorkshire & Northumberland

Scenic rail journeys bring to life the history and wild, natural beauty of Yorkshire and Northumbria on this wonderful eight day tour. Follow in Viking and Roman footsteps, visiting historic York, Chester's Roman Fort, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne and the glorious Alnwick Gardens.

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2019Oct
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8 days from £795 pp

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Rhine FallsRhine Falls

Romantic Rhine, Black Forest & Lake Constance

Our base is in the pretty town of Konstanz at Lake Constance, a spectacular lake which is bordered by three countries. We discover mighty waterfalls, a medieval lakeside town and a beautiful garden island.

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2020MayJunSep

10 days from £2,095 pp

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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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