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Escorted Winter Rail Holidays

Embark on a winter escape and step into a world of snow-globe seasonal beauty, discovering a new side to a place you thought you knew. Visit chocolate-box towns set against wintry mountain backdrops, or explore culture-rich cities where enticing cafés offer respite from the winter air. No matter where you go, there's no denying the magic of this time of year.

Travel in comfort through pretty winter wonderlands, seeing the scenery in a whole new light and reaching places that wouldn't be possible on any other form of transport. There's nothing quite like enjoying the cosy warmth of a train carriage as you speed past icy scenery outside, the train's windows serving as the perfect picture frame. Then, once you're in the heart of your destination, soak up culture without the bustling summer crowds. Sample delicious local flavours, experience spectacular seasonal excursions, and enjoy time to explore off-the-beaten-path - we've perfected the recipe for the dream winter getaway.

Whether you're winding through snow-dusted landscapes on a classic train or wrapped up warm seeing the sights on a city tour, let us show you the world in a whole new light this winter.

Holiday Ideas for Winter

The Northern Lights & Lapland
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4.5 stars(75 reviews)
2023JanFebMar
10 days from
£2,295 pp
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Glacier Express in Winter (Chur-Kandersteg) 2016
4.7 stars(35 reviews)
2023JanFebMar
8 days from
£1,695 pp
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The Harz Mountains
4.5 stars(23 reviews)
2023JanFeb
7 days from
£1,295 pp
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First Class Glacier Express in Winter (Brig-Chur) 2016
4.6 stars(43 reviews)
2023JanFebMar
9 days from
£1,995 pp
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Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express in Winter
4.4 stars(22 reviews)
2023JanFebMar
7 days from
£1,595 pp
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The Northern Lights & Lapland
Flight Upgrade Offer
4.5 stars(75 reviews)
2023JanFebMar
10 days from
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Glacier Express in Winter (Chur-Kandersteg) 2016
4.7 stars(35 reviews)
2023JanFebMar
8 days from
£1,695 pp
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8 days from
£1,695
per person
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Harz Mountains
4.5 stars(23 reviews)
2023JanFeb
7 days from
£1,295 pp
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7 days from
£1,295
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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First Class Glacier Express in Winter (Brig-Chur) 2016
4.6 stars(43 reviews)
2023JanFebMar
9 days from
£1,995 pp
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9 days from
£1,995
per person
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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7 days from
£1,795
per person
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express in Winter
4.4 stars(22 reviews)
2023JanFebMar
7 days from
£1,595 pp
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7 days from
£1,595
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Highlights of Canada at Christmas
2022Dec
11 days from
£2,995 pp
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11 days from
£2,995
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Highlights of Canada in Winter
3.7 stars(10 reviews)
2023Feb
10 days from
£2,495 pp
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10 days from
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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7 days from
£1,795
per person
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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13 days from
£4,395
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Fountains Abbey
2022Dec
7 days from
£1,095 pp
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7 days from
£1,095
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  • DestinationEngland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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8 days from
£2,095
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Our customers love our Winter Rail Holidays tours
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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Interlaken and the Jungfrau Express in Winter
29/Mar
John Jago
5 stars
“We done the same tour in the summer however the Winter version is like a different holiday.Amazing scenery.
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Glacier Express in Winter
29/Mar
Mr DAVID pollard
5 stars
“a great holiday
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Classic Glacier Express in Winter
29/Mar
Customer
5 stars
“Great holiday. Great tour leader. Superb group. Scenery unbelievable.
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A Scottish Christmas
10/Jan
Anne
5 stars
“I was really pleased that I made the decision to take this trip. The group, smaller than it would have been, gelled really well. I think we were let down by ScotRail. The tour manager was very efficient and helpful. The hotel in Edinburgh was much more geared up to deal with my having Coeliac disease and therefore follow a gluten free diet but I was rather disappointed by the attitude of the hotel in Inverness who did not seem to be prepared although I had advised of my special diet on booking and I cannot believe that I was the only guest in the hotel who had this need. I enjoyed the excursions on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.
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The Alps of the Austrian Tyrol in Winter
18 Apr 2019
Mrs C Maskell
5 stars
“Lovely hotel, excellent tour manager , met some lovely people, plenty of snow
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Highlights of the Canadian Rockies in Winter
30/Mar
Sue Cook
4 stars
“Disappointed with timing and stopping points on train. Things were closing or closed in Winnipeg and Jasper and no time to really get to experience those places. I realise you don't set the timetable but I hadn't realised the stops would basically be in freightyards. Having said that the tour was very enjoyable. A great group and Tim was an excellent tour leader.
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The Harz Mountains in Winter
29/Mar
Richard from Berkshire
4 stars
“If you like Steam Trains and Snow this is an amazing trip. Many Steam Train trips. But Clip on studs that go over your shoes ie 'Crampons' should have been recommended for the top of 'The Brocken' as it can be treacherously icy. We saw many falls. The surrounding towns has some wonderful buildings and appears almost desolate. Very little is in English so you may need to rely on a guide, especially in restaurants. The escort was wonderfully organised and most necessary, especially with organisation and signage as despite what we think the train services in Europe are not too different to ours regarding efficiency and sometimes very much worse. Also having a central point/hotel in Wernigerode from which to explore the area meant we only had to unpack once to enjoy all the different trips. Being old we were surprised to find we could manage much of what was available to see and the guide took care to ensure we were catered for. You can very much imagine it was still part of Eastern Germany when it was controlled by Russia. Strongly recommended. Without a professional guide we would have missed a lot.
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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
29 Dec 2021
Cliff Bolding
4 stars
“Very well organised, only spoilt by German trains not adhering to the timetables and the closure of Markets, both out of GRJ control.
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