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Winter Sun Escorted Holidays

The winter season has many charms, but as the nights draw in and the temperatures begin to drop, often you begin to yearn for a bit of winter sun. At Great Rail Journeys we have a magnificent and varied collection of sunshine holidays which run throughout the winter season that are sure to appeal to you.

Exactly what the holiday itinerary includes can vary greatly between tours; you could be tiger-spotting on safari in India, exploring the frenetic city of Tokyo or discovering the world-famous Machu Picchu. But one thing they all have in common is a warm - or certainly very agreeable - climate during the UK's winter months. And whichever tour you take, you can expect the excursions to be complemented by free time for you to enjoy the sunshine if you wish.

Just as with all of our other tour collections, our winter sun holidays are led by a friendly and professional Tour Manager, and of course they include some fabulous railway journeys. Some of these, such as the Overlander in New Zealand, are picturesque daytime trips, that provide a fantastic insight into the country visited. Others like the Pride of Africa in Namibia are luxury hotel trains, which offer a different kind of rail experience. But whichever winter sun holiday you choose, you can be sure that you'll enjoy some truly unforgettable experiences by rail.

Many of these winter sun holidays travel to destinations outside of Europe and therefore depart the UK from an airport. Yet we do offer some tours that depart from St Pancras International, such as the Bulbfields Cruise and the exotic Marrakech Express, which travels right through Spain and into northern Africa. So if you like the idea of a break in Puglia & Basilicata, or even discovering the many delights of Australia, you can escape the UK this winter and make sure you have a fabulous winter sun holiday by rail to remember. With such a wonderful range of holidays to pick from, you are bound to find your ideal holiday in our collection.

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Taj Mahal, Agra
4.7 stars(202 reviews)
2024SepOctNovDec
2025JanFebMarAprSep...
14 days from
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta
4.7 stars(106 reviews)
2024SepOctNovDec
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£3,295 pp
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Cape Town, the Blue Train & Kruger
4.6 stars(25 reviews)
2024Nov
2025FebMarOctNov
13 days from
£4,995 pp
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Kerala & Exoctic Southern India
No Single Supplement
2024OctNov
2025JanFebOctNovDec
16 days from
£2,495 pp
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Milford Sound
4.5 stars(48 reviews)
2024SepNov
2025JanFebMarNov
21 days from
£5,995 pp
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  • DestinationNew Zealand
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Angkor Wat
No Single Supplement
4.5 stars(30 reviews)
2024SepOctNov
14 days from
£2,695 pp
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Sri Lanka, Temples and Tea
4.9 stars(11 reviews)
2024OctNovDec
2025JanFebMarOctNovDec
15 days from
£2,995 pp
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  • DestinationSri Lanka
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Coach
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Blue Mountains
4.6 stars(23 reviews)
2024SepOctNov
2025JanFebMarSepOctNov
21 days from
£6,295 pp
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  • DestinationAustralia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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16 days from
£8,495
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  • DestinationArgentina, Brazil
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Grand Tour of India & Nepal
4.3 stars(31 reviews)
2024OctNov
2025FebAprSepOctNov
18 days from
£3,695 pp
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  • DestinationIndia, Nepal
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Halong Bay
New Tour
2025JanFebMarSepOctNov
14 days from
£2,295 pp
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  • DestinationVietnam
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Cruise, Coach
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The Maharajas Express
2024SepOct
16 days from
£9,995 pp
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Our customers love our Winter Sun tours
Grand Tour of Vietnam and Cambodia
6/May
D Phillips
5 stars
“The tour was informative including all modes of travel,fantastic scenery, informative local tour guides and same minded people in the tour group. Wonderful experience.
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India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers and Shimla
1/May
Heather Dickinson
5 stars
“A well organised, wonderful trip to India. Enchanting!
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Victoria Falls, Cape Town and Botswana Safari
30/Apr
Christine Lawrence
5 stars
“This was a very enjoyable trip. There were 5 flights, which enabled us to see a wide variety of places, people and animals. Although busy there was always time to chill, have a drink at the bar and a chat to others in the group. The quality of the service and the hotels was very good. I especially liked the fact that we often ate in local restaurants, recommended to us. The food was excellent, especially in South Africa where it was also surprisingly cheap. Besides our tour guide, who was with us for the whole trip, we had a variety of local guides. Their knowledge was extensive and it gave me a real feel of what it is like to live in the places we visited..We had a delay of 2 days with the plane home from Johannesburg. These circumstances were dealt with promptly and efficiently by Great Rail and turned into a bonus rather than a negative.
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Grand Tour of New Zealand
11/Apr
Bev
5 stars
“This was a full-on itinerary but worth the effort. We really experienced New Zealand in all its glory. The tour was well organised, the guides and Tour manager were excellent. We recommend Great Rail Journeys, this was our 9th holiday with them.
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Cape Town, The Blue Train and Kruger National Park
4/Apr
David Dodds
5 stars
“Three great holidays in on trip! First of all the trip would not have been as good without our tour manager Angie and the excellent guides and drivers. Angie had all the info needed and kept us up to date with everything. Hotels were excellent. Staff friendly, rooms very well appointed, food very good and varied. Cape Town - from Cape Point to Table Mountain to Boulders Bay Penguin colony; much to see and enjoy. Hout Bay and Seal Island for seals and dolphins. Cape Town Waterfront area is lively with a great selection of places to eat and shop with very friendly staff. Added to this the visits to a winery in Stellenbosch (and "Uncle Samie's Store"in the town), lunch at another estate and the obligatory visit to Robben Island there was so much to see and the time was filled without any boredom. The group gelled brilliantly with members passing on info about their own travels and recommending further travels. The Blue Train - this is NOT your ordinary train journey. From embarkation to disembarkation we were looked after by a staff whose total commitment was to those on board and their enjoyment of the journeys experience. Excellent food, selection of wines and an ambience that ensured all passed the time in comfort and enjoyment. The journey was not fast as the train is subject to the requirements of the railway but that gave enough time to view the passing country and the ever changing scenery. The stop at Kimberley, the visit to "the Big Hole" diamond mine museum was worth it. A big hole and a long way down from the viewing platform! The old town is set out with all the shops, store and facilities right down to the shale covered streets. Last but not least, Kruger National Park. Two game drives with an early start of 4.30am. We were able to see the "big five" and a number of other species. Knowledgeable guides and drivers, adequate stops for comfort and food and great company. There is nothing to beat seeing the animals in the wild and realising that they are but metres away! Great photographs! But all too soon it has to end, the journey back to Johannesburg and the airport and home. An excellent holiday and great memories!
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Grand Tour of India, Nepal and the Himalayas
3/Apr
Pooniavadee Ungapen
5 stars
“we had a wonderful time . Just to remind the organiser the road to kathmandu was too hard and a lot of time wasted
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Sri Lanka's Leopards and Temples
3/Apr
C Woods
5 stars
“This is a lovely tour, busy, but a great experience. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country and you get to see a lot of sights. The hotels are great with gorgeous swimming pools. The food was good and all buffets so you get to choose what you want. This tour was really good value as well.
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Ultimate Australia
24/Mar
Danny Rodwell
5 stars
“Saw and learned a lot about Australia and its people and history. Enjoyed the train travel available at the time we toured. Our tour manager was very efficient and fun. Local guides/drivers added to the experience.
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Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia
4/Apr
J Tuson
4 stars
“Very good though a bit full on could have done with more down time
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