The Great Rail Journeys Tour Managers
On every Great Rail Journeys holiday you are met at the very start of the tour by a professional and dedicated Tour Manager. Experienced and incredibly well prepared, your Tour Manager stays with you throughout the entire tour. From start to finish, you are free to relax and enjoy your holiday - safe in the knowledge that the complex logistical arrangements of rail travel are handled for you by Tour Managers, who have done all the preparation and research for you.
Tour Managers: a cut above the rest
Great Rail Journeys work with over 250 professional Tour Managers to escort groups on holidays across the UK, Europe and all over the world. Tour Managers are chosen from a variety of different professional backgrounds, but they are all "people people" and share the same essential qualities and passion for travel.
The complexities of rail travel can seem daunting to organise, but Tour Managers are chosen for their ability to plan ahead and be flawlessly prepared for the tour. They will always be ready to offer advice and suggestions for how to spend your free time. Their enthusiasm for each destination and excursion is highly infectious. They help you make the best of each day, remind you when to have your camera ready and know when to fade into the background.
Great Rail Journeys Tour Managers are friendly, approachable and unfailingly sociable - but most of all, they are good company. They are usually a similar age to the majority of our customers and are often retired or semi-retired from an interesting career that was not necessarily related to travel, tourism or the railways.
Working with local guides
The Tour Managers are widely travelled and are there to share their knowledge of the places you will visit. On many tours they also work closely with expert local guides who are ready to answer your questions about local sights of interest and share their passion for the area - the best way to enhance the wonderful programme of excursions included on each tour.
You can find out more about some of our most experienced Tour Managers by clicking on the names shown to the left.
Why not meet some of our Tour Managers by watching our Tour Manager video?
The key qualities every Tour Manager must possess:
Tour Managers are interesting and engaging - invariably good company - with a passion for your holiday. Many Tour Managers applied for the role after taking a Great Rail Journeys holiday.
Tour Managers are always available to answer your questions, and they are always delighted to discuss ways to enhance your holiday and free time options. They are also there to help if things aren't quite as they should be or if they don't meet your expectations.
Well drilled and well prepared, Tour Managers know just what to do in the event of delays and missed connections... or when the train simply doesn't turn up.
In the competitive world of tour management, Tour Managers face a tough selection process and go through rigorous training every year, ensuring that they are the best of the best - experts in their field.
Becoming a Tour Manager
If you are interested in working for Great Rail Journeys as a Tour Manager, please see our Working for Us section to find out what it entails and how to apply.