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Be they multi-centre breaks or cross continent journeys, Grand Tours are the trip of a lifetime. Some tours favour breadth, covering vast tracts of land across a wide region, while others focus on more detailed explorations of smaller areas. We offer both types from the longest railway line in the world, to music-centric tours of the USA's Deep South.

The traditional Grand Tours became a trend in Britain around the seventeenth century but was the preserve of the super rich. With the introduction of train travel the Tour became open to the upper middle classes. Unfortunately the number of people taking the Grand Tour has declined in recent years as more and more young people are taking gap years in exotic locations rather than learning more about their own part of the world. In honour of the original Grand Tour we have compiled a selection of train journeys which are in keeping with the ideals of education and enlightenment as well as reflecting the make up of the modern world.

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The Great Wall of China
2022Sep
2023MarAprMayAugSepOct
13 days from
£2,595 pp
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  • DestinationChina
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Tigers, the Taj Mahal and Mumbai
2022SepOct
2023JanFebMarAprSep...
11 days from
£1,695 pp
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Grand Imperial Cities
Small Group
4.6 stars(37 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
13 days from
£2,295 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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USA Coast to Coast
4.8 stars(24 reviews)
2022JunAugSepOct
2023AprMayJunAugSepOct
18 days from
£3,995 pp
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, 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
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer train tour
4.2 stars(13 reviews)
2022Sep
2023MayJunAugSep
14 days from
£4,895 pp
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Angkor Wat
2022SepOctNov
2023FebMarOctNov
14 days from
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Tracks of the Deep South
4.2 stars(12 reviews)
2022JunSepOct
2023FebAprMayJunSepOct
14 days from
£2,795 pp
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Portugal & the Douro
Small Group
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4.3 stars(19 reviews)
2022JunAugSepOct
14 days from
£3,395 pp
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  • DestinationPortugal
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Canada Coast to Coast rail holiday
4.5 stars(11 reviews)
2022JunAugSep
2023MayJunAugSep
16 days from
£4,695 pp
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Taj Mahal, Agra
4.7 stars(7 reviews)
2022SepOctNov
2023JanFebMarAprSepOct
14 days from
£1,995 pp
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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A Grand Tour of Italy
Small Group
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4.6 stars(20 reviews)
2022JunSepOct
12 days from
£2,795 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Our customers love our Grand Tours tours
Grand Imperial Cities
26/May
Mr R Yates
5 stars
“Very professionally managed in a friendly way. All hotels were of a high standard, particularly in Vienna where the 4pm tea was an opportunity to review the day with travelling companions. The Prague hotel was near the castle rather than the town but there was a convenient tram service (free for seniors) and also a funicular railway from the monastery gardens next door. The monastery gardens also included a restaurant of high quality. City tours were very informative. Luggage transfer from Vienna onwards worked well.
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Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro
24/May
stuart morris
5 stars
“Well run & with just enough activity for an old wreck
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Portugal and the Douro
19/May
K Hillier
5 stars
“Great trip. Would highly recommend.
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A Grand Tour of Italy
12/May
Mr Kim Ward
5 stars
“Great tour great guides great time
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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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Sri Lanka's Leopards and Temples
28/Feb
Peter Grieve
5 stars
“Absolutely fantastic holiday. Martyn the tour manager and Ravi the local guide were brilliant. Such an interesting and varied tour - Sri Lanka is a beautiful island. Would highly recommend.
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India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers and Shimla
Mar 13 2020
Mrs K Harper
5 stars
“EXCELLENT HOLIDAY, PROFESSIONAL FRIENDLY SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDES.
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Ultimate Australia and the Ghan
08 Mar 2020
Mr N Larvin
5 stars
“A well organised experience. You leave everything to the tour manager. Just turn up when they say. Australia is a lovely country to visit.
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