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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 Wales
4.4 stars(232 reviews)
2022JulAugSepOct
6 days from
£695 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.1 stars(94 reviews)
2022JulAugSepOct
7 days from
£945 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
  • AccommodationHotel
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
4.1 stars(105 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
7 days from
£1,095 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Northern Lights & Lapland
4.5 stars(75 reviews)
2023JanFebMar
10 days from
£2,295 pp
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
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Tracks of the Deep South
4.2 stars(16 reviews)
2022SepOct
2023FebAprMayJunSepOct
14 days from
£2,795 pp
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
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4 days from
£635
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  • DestinationScotland
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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
3.8 stars(44 reviews)
2022SepOct
5 days from
£595 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsTorquay
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Andalucian Explorer
Small Group
4.5 stars(13 reviews)
2022Sep
11 days from
£3,395 pp
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  • DestinationSpain
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Lille, Flanders & the Somme
5.0 stars(15 reviews)
2022Sep
5 days from
£675 pp
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  • DestinationBelgium, France
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Machu Picchu
4.7 stars(6 reviews)
2022Oct
2023MayJunSepOct
15 days from
£3,495 pp
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  • DestinationPeru
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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8 days from
£1,495
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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8 days from
£1,695
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Our customers love our The Cultural Collection tours
Andalucian Explorer
10/May
Lesley Shuttlewood
5 stars
“A good and informative insight into Spanish history and culture.
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The Northern Lights and Lapland
5/Apr
Carol Collinson
5 stars
“This was 4th GRJ trip we’ve done. Everything is well organised and you feel safe while away. We must admit it’s the Tour Guide that either makes or breaks it. Kate was absolutely brilliant on this trip.
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The Cote d'Azur and Nice Carnival
29/Mar
Roger Witt
5 stars
“A well organised holiday. The carnival was amazing
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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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Railways and Castles of Wales
5/Jul
Deei
4 stars
“We enjoyed the trip. Annoying itinerary was changed, something they would have been aware of beforehand. Hotel good, had superior room which was quiet and comfortable. Food good, just Wish it had been hotter. Tour guide Elaine Sloane experienced and knowledgeable. Coach driver also knowledgeable and good
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
4/Jul
Frances Williams
4 stars
“Lovely holiday but a lot of coach travel because of location of hotel. Excursions wonderful!
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Yorkshire and Northumberland
4/Jul
Elke Dipper
4 stars
“I have already given feedback. Trip went well but had bad experience in 2nd Hotel due to being woken at 4.30 am due to noise. Please read my previous feedback form Elke Dipper
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Tracks of the Deep South
2/Jul
M Entwistle
4 stars
“There were only two sections of criticism. Firstly the standard of the hotels was below that which we expected and secondly the were one or two too many visits to venues between destinations which gave the impression of pouring a quart into a pint pot and left the impression of a race not a relaxed holiday
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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast
1/Jul
Iris McLean
4 stars
“Relaxing few days with a lovely hotel with good meals and facilities and trips including visits to interesting places by steam trains and a boat trip. The location by the coast for walks was great and our tour manager was friendly and helpful.
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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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