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Exclusive Small Group Tours

Our new Small Group Tours enjoy a maximum group size of just 20 allowing access to accommodation and excursions that simply would not be possible with a larger group.

Exclusive Small Group Tours

Sometimes less is more, which is why on our Small Group Tours numbers are capped at 20. This means we can include activities that just aren't possible for larger groups; enjoy a private tour with the key keeper of the Vatican, stay in memorable mountaintop hotels in the Swiss Alps, go truffle hunting in Umbria, and drink wine cultivated on the fertile slopes of a volcano.

Boutique Hotels
Tulloch Castle

Tulloch Castle still boasts many original features, including its 250-year old Great Hall. With just 20 rooms on site, it has never been possible for us to book this incredible hotel for our customers before.

Private tours
Eilean Donan Castle

A small group tour provides many experiences our larger group tours to some areas simply cannot. 

Bespoke excursions
Montbazon Chateau D'Artigny

Relish an intimate look around one of the region's most historically significant castles and sample distinctive wines from a rising star of the French vintnery scene.

Why small groups?

Journey into the Scottish Highlands and spend time at the remarkable Alladale Wilderness Reserve, where your meals will be prepared by a private chef, or perhaps head to Switzerland for a tour that combines some of the world's most acclaimed railroads with mountain top accommodation that will make you feel like you're on top of the world. Over in Sicily, you could enjoy a private tour from a princess while supping on a traditional Italian aperitif, before finding out exactly how it's possible to produce wine on the slopes of a volcano. From the secret treasures of Wales' stately homes, to unlocking the mysteries of Edinburgh's intriguing past, we've brought together some of the most exclusive vacation experiences, with each itinerary completely unique to Great Rail Journeys.    

Avignon Pont du Gard

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Sicily & The Aeolian Islands

Uncover the charms of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, discovering a captivating combination of historic towns, glorious natural wonders and a rich and compelling Italian culture. Visit one of the world's most active volcanoes, discover historic architecture, and enjoy a magnificent taste of Italy when you sample incredible Sicilian wines and delectable local street food.

With our small group tours, you have all the advantages of traveling in a group as well as access to certain experiences and hotels not suitable for larger parties.

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8 days from $2,285 pp

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Cities of Provence & The French Riviera

Explore the south of France from Avignon to Nice on this small group tour, with capacity for just 20 travelers.

Enjoy exclusive accommodation in some of the region's most impressive boutique hotels, experience the high life of the sparkling French Riviera with afternoon tea at the famous summer retreat of the Rothschild family, and immerse yourself in the culture of Provence and the Côte d'Azur with sightseeing tours led by local guides.

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7 days from $2,625 pp

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Hidden Italy & The Keys to the Vatican

Allow yourself to be immersed in the captivating culture, cuisine and history of Italy on this special tour. From pasta making and truffle hunting in the Umbrian countryside and staying at an authentic 'trulli' resort, to watching the Vatican City come to life before your eyes on a private visit, this vacation takes you off the beaten track to showcase the very best hidden experiences Italy has to offer.

Discover this different side to Italy on an exclusive small group tour, as part of an intimate group of no more than 20 like-minded travelers. With our small group tours, you have all the advantages of traveling in a group as well as access to certain experiences and hotels not suitable for larger parties.

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12 days from $4,165 pp

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Castles and Wildlife of Scotland

A small group tour to Scotland means you have access to some of the country's most spectacular sights and experiences that just aren't possible with a larger group. Enjoy accommodation at two bespoke hotels, step back to the golden age of rail travel with an overnight journey on the Caledonian Sleeper Train, and meet the local wildlife.

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7 days from $2,235 pp

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Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Discover the alluring charms of the Loire Valley on a small groups tour to France. Relish an intimate look around one of the region's most historically significant castles, sample distinctive wines from a rising star of the French vintnery scene, and enjoy accommodation in a prestigious 5-Star hotel, which is of course another Château.

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6 days from $2,595 pp

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Edinburgh, Glencoe & Isle of Skye

From journeys on the West Highland Line and discovering previously hidden streets in Edinburgh, to exploring the history of some of Scotland's famous clans, the heritage of Scotland is fascinating.

On a small group tour, you have the benefit of enjoying more exclusive entrances and special experiences such as the fantastic Mary King's Close and Armadale Castle, both of which are closed off to larger groups.

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9 days from $2,455 pp

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Mountaintops of Switzerland

Three of Switzerland's most unique hotels all contribute to this very special small groups tour around Switzerland. Spend nine days with your head in the clouds at these peerless mountaintop properties, and enjoy journeys aboard impressive mountain railroads, with dinner served aboard the Glacier Express as you journey through the ever-changing vistas.

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9 days from $4,085 pp

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Yorkshire Dales & Moors

Enjoy an immersive visit to 'God's Own County' as we explore Yorkshire as part of an intimate small group, enjoying fantastic local experiences from our base in an elegant 19th-century mansion house. Discover the charms of the Yorkshire moors, enjoy local cuisine, and embark on two incredible heritage railroad journeys on this exclusive tour of Yorkshire.

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5 days from $1,085 pp

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Premium Brazil, Argentina & Patagonia

Experience the allure of South America on a wonderful tour from vibrant Rio to Buenos Aires. From here, fly to Bariloche, in the heart of Patagonia, take a journey on the 'End of the World' Train, and visit the stunning natural phenomenon that is the Perito Moreno Glacier.

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14 days from $12,045 pp

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Premium Trans-Siberian Express in Winter

Witness the true splendour of Dr Zhivago landscapes from the warmth of your luxurious carriage, enjoying sleigh rides and choirs, saunas and yurts en-route to Vladivostok. Travel on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express train for an unforgettable 8,000-mile winter adventure. The maximum group number for this tour will be capped at 20, allowing for a more intimate, personal experience.

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15 days from $13,275 pp

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Anglesey and Mount Snowdon Summit by Steam

Castles, gardens and railroads all make an appearance on this enchanting adventure to the beautiful isle of Anglesey, uncovering the sublime charm of North Wales. The small group size of this tour grants us access to another side of such a fairytale nation, granting us entrance to stately homes and gardens as well as a stay at the boutique Trearddur Bay Hotel.

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Avignon and The Ardèche

This small group tour provides many experiences our larger group tours to this area simply cannot. Soak up the atmosphere of your 12th century hotel, taste wine made from grapevines whose predecessors date all the way back to the first Elizabethan era, and journey through a genuine area of undiscovered France aboard the memorable Train des Gorges.

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