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About Great Rail Journeys

It's been almost 50 years since we ran our first escorted rail holiday, and while a lot's changed in that time, one thing we still firmly believe is that the journey should be a part of the adventure. And while you sit back and enjoy the views, our work behind the scenes means you can truly experience the destinations you visit.

With Premium Small Group Tours, made up of an exclusive 25 passengers only, throughout our European programme and across many UK tours, there's no better way to see the sights and take part in excursions specially designed for more intimate numbers. We've also introduced a Complimentary Luggage Service, so you never have to touch your suitcase while on the move.

Another popular aspect of our holidays is that an experienced Tour Manager escorts you from beginning to end. Our customers love the personal touch it brings to excursions and how easy it makes travelling from place to place. Always on hand, your Tour Manager will deal with all the logistics, giving you complete peace of mind while you're away.

Then there's the unforgettable experiences you'll take part in, hand-selected by our Destination Specialists and designed to connect you with local cultures and traditions. Showcasing the beating heart of each country we run tours to means we're always looking for unusual and authentic excursions that guarantee you'll take home memories to last a lifetime.

Why travel with us?

We believe that a holiday doesn't just start when you reach your hotel, but the moment you leave your front door. Journeys by rail are the perfect way to get yourself into that holiday feeling, as you enjoy a smooth ride to your destination, luxuriating in the varied views outside your window. And to keep things running smoothly, our amazing Tour Managers accompany you every step of the way, ensuring effortless transfers, swift hotel check ins and generally making your destination all that more accessible than it might be travelling alone.

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Fantastic excursions

Whether it's partaking in a cooking lesson in a rustic Italian farmhouse, experiencing the sunrise aboard a traditional Vietnamese ship as you sail through Halong Bay, or enjoying a trip on an Alpine heritage railway, you can be certain that your holiday will be filled with fantastic adventures that you will remember for years to come. Our award-winning itineraries are handcrafted so you know you'll truly get the most out of a destination, and each one delves into fascinating local history and culture, as well as offering exciting journeys to lesser-explored attractions. Our extensive industry experience means that over the years we've been able to tweak and refine the hundreds of tours in our programme, delivering a wonderful balance of cultural, historical, and social experiences in the regions you visit.