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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
Small Group
4.4 stars(94 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£775 pp
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£775
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
Small Group
3.9 stars(36 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
7 days from
£1,045 pp
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£1,045
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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4 days from
£635
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
Small Group
3.9 stars(29 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
7 days from
£995 pp
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7 days from
£995
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Northern Lights & Lapland
Small Group
4.7 stars(14 reviews)
2022JanFebMar
10 days from
£2,395 pp
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Andalucian Explorer
Small Group
4.7 stars(10 reviews)
2021Sep
2022AprMayJunSep
11 days from
£3,295 pp
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  • DestinationSpain
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Machu Picchu
2021Oct
2022MayOct
15 days from
£3,495 pp
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  • DestinationPeru
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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7 days from
£1,595
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Tracks of the Deep South
4.2 stars(12 reviews)
2021Oct
2022FebAprMayJunSepOct
14 days from
£2,995 pp
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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15 days from
£7,995
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  • DestinationArgentina, Brazil
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Our customers love our The Cultural Collection tours
Yorkshire and Northumberland
3/Jul
Mr Leslie Halls
5 stars
“Great experience, well organised, not to rushed and ample free time. All in all a great experience and exceeded my expectations. In theses troubled times that we are living in I thought the organisation during the whole tour was simply the best
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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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Railways and Castles of Wales
2/Jul
Therese Dunn
4 stars
“The holiday was very enjoyable, hotel was fine. Our guide Elaine was very helpful and everything was well organised.
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
2/Jul
R Brook
4 stars
“Very good itinerary in spite of Covid restrictions and the cancellation of the West Highland train journey to Oban and the ferry crossing to Bute. Both situations dealt with quite promptly. Stonefield Castle suited us very well with good food and genuine old fashioned hospitality. Wonderful position and outstanding views.
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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
21/Jun
Mrs Frances Pullan
4 stars
“Because of Covid restrictions service was limited in the dining room. Otherwise hotel was fine Also it would have been useful to have a little more background info on the outings and specific features to look out for.
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The Harrogate Flower Show
05 Oct 2017
Mrs L Godson
4 stars
“It was an excelkent holiday. The only reason for 4 rather than 5 stars was because of one or two reservations about the hotel.
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Northern Belle & The Edinburgh Tattoo
31 Aug 2017
Mr A Hadwick
4 stars
“The travel document was not adhere to Going from London it stated breakfast in hotel lunch on train dinner in hotel.we had breakfast in hotel then when we boarded train we had a large brunch then 7 course dinner followed by lunch. and then expected to have another dinner in the hotel. Also there was no Entertainment as the document stated..Coming home we again did not get the advised meals there were less on this trip.
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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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