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Our most popular rail tours at Great Rail Journeys

Planning a vacation can be a daunting prospect, and here at Great Rail Journeys we endeavor to make the process as simple as possible for you. That is why all of our tours are escorted by a professional Tour Manager, we include all accommodation and travel while at your destination, and clearly outline all included meals, excursions and leisure time, to make budgeting for your trip simple. All that's left for you to do is decide where in the world you want to explore.

To help provide a little inspiration, we would like to present our tried and tested, bestselling tours. As our customers' favorites, these tours showcase some of the best travel experiences that we have to offer, from delightful tours around the British Isles and Ireland, to the joys of the Swiss Alps. Visit some of the world's most celebrated natural attractions, beautiful landscapes and bustling cities, and journey on fantastic, heritage railroads, all on a Great Rail Journeys escorted tour.

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9 results matching: Our most popular rail tours at Great Rail Journeys

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Grand Imperial Cities
4.6 stars(33 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
12 days from
$2,995 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
  • Starts / EndsVienna / Berlin
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
4.4 stars(114 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Glacier Express
4.4 stars(49 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Railroads & Castles of Wales
4.4 stars(94 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highland Adventure
4.4 stars(102 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsInverness
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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A Castle On The Shore Of Loch Fyne
3.9 stars(79 reviews)
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Yorkshire & Northumberland
4.1 stars(63 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate / York
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Grand Tour of the UK
4.5 stars(6 reviews)
2022MaySep
12 days
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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  • DestinationScotland
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Our customers love our Popular Rail Tours tours
Yorkshire and Northumberland
22/Oct
J Denerley
5 stars
“Interesting and well thought-out six days, excellent guide and accommodation Lovely to see a steam train back in Whitby.
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Grand Imperial Cities
11 Oct 2019
Ms A Townsend
5 stars
“Excellent service and value for money. A full action packed vacation with lots to see and do. We experienced a problem with the trains one day and our agent was superb dealing with everything in an efficient and professional manner. This is our 5th hol with GRJ and would definitely use them again
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Western Highlands and Hebrides
03 Aug 2019
Mr P Johnson
5 stars
“Thoroughly enjoyed the round of experiences in this vacation. A bit spoilt by the weather.
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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
23/Oct
jennie phillips
4 stars
“Stonefield Castle is beautifully situated on Loch Fyne. The excursions were very enjoyable and we had enough free time to enjoy each location. The tour manager was very good. The restaurant service at Stonefield improved. The other staff were very good. I would recommend this vacation.
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Highland Adventure
19/Oct
Diane
4 stars
“Beautiful Hotel, Very nice Tour Manager. The first day of the vacation was wonderful and left us very excited for the following two days, but the second day was slightly disappointing in that we had a Scotrail Deisel train rather than a "Great Steam Train Rail H=Journey of The Highlands" and were back at Inverness station by about 4:15pm. The third day was the drive to Aviemore by coach followed by a steam train ride on the Strathspey line. Scenery was nice but all in all quite disappointing, an extremely short train ride with a ten minute stop at Boat of Garten station, then another ten minute stop at the end of the line. We had been told this was the Glen Bogle Village, and most people seemed to think we would see the castle, but it was just a platform with a sign saying Glenbogle! That afternoon we were deposited back at the Hotel by 3:15pm, which was really the end of the Great Rail Journeys vacation as all that was left was to have dinner in the hotel and breamkfast the following morning and that was that. We were not expecting miracles, considering restrictions over the past year, but really this was only a three day vacation and NOT a five day one as advertised. We did still enjoy the trip as we were with friends, but it is doubtful that we would book another vacation with Great Rail Journeys. The Jacobite Express was really the only decent rail journey of the whole trip. Sorry.....
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Traditional Glacier Express
12/Oct
J Mott
4 stars
“We enjoyed our vacation with Glacier express for various reasons. The organisation was good though the first days travel was too long. We only had 8 couples on our trip including the tour manager, which seemed a good amount.
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Grand Tour of the UK
1/Oct
Leslie Blake
4 stars
“The tour was good with excellent local guides, the tour manager Peter Scott had to deal with a number of setbacks very successfully including the Sunday train strike in Scotland and arranging for alternative transport. The only drawback was only staying in hotels for one night and moving on to the next phase, this proved to be quite tiring.
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
3/Jul
J Wheatley
4 stars
“Good choice of places, experiences etc. Covid restrictions adhered to without affecting the trip.
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Railroads and Castles of Wales
2/Jul
Therese Dunn
4 stars
“The vacation was very enjoyable, hotel was fine. Our guide Elaine was very helpful and everything was well organised.
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Why not discover the breathtaking scenery and imposing, turreted castles of Scotland on one of our most popular tours of this remarkable country? Scotland has a wealth of culture to offer, which we discover on our tour of 'Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands'. This trip offers a myriad of fascinating experiences, from scenic train rides through the remote landscapes of the Highlands, to time in Scotland's vibrant capital city, Edinburgh. Our tour, 'A Castle of the Shores of Loch Fyne' allows passengers to take in this stunning, unspoiled region by rail, with the opportunity to explore an imposing 19th century baronial castle which overlooks the striking Loch Fyne. Or, take in the spectacular and stark landscapes of northern Scotland on our superb 'Highland Adventures' tour, which includes journeys on many nostalgic steam railroads.

'The Emerald Isle' is as resplendent as the name would suggest, and our Irish program introduces you to some of the country's incredible cultural highlights and verdant scenery. From a tasting at the famous Guinness Storehouse in lively Dublin, to an excursion to the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most dramatic natural attractions, this tour is an amazing way to experience this exciting destination. Alternatively, travel to Switzerland and explore the magnificent scenery and quaint, traditional towns of the Swiss Alps, with a journey through the rocky landscapes on the iconic Glacier Express, all on our bestselling 'Traditional Glacier Express' tour.

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