Customers who haven't been on a Great Rail Journeys holiday before sometimes think that an escorted holiday means that they will be thrown together with people who have nothing in common and herded around like sheep. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Whilst you will be accompanied throughout - from before you board the train to the moment you step off at the end - you will be treated as an individual, with every opportunity to mix with the group of like-minded travellers or to do your own thing. Groups are small enough for you to get to know everyone if you wish, but large enough to ensure you'll find someone whose particular company you'll enjoy.
Whilst our customers may be couples or single travellers, and come from all backgrounds, they are usually aged between 45 and 75 and share a passion for travel with a touch of adventure. Common interests often include current affairs, gardening and history.
In the end, it's entirely up to you how much time you wish to spend with other members of the group, whether you want to share a table at mealtimes, go sight-seeing together or share your experiences at the end of the day.
A UNIQUE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE
With a Great Rail Journeys holiday you have all the advantages of travelling in a group, such as the opportunity to socialise with people who have a similar outlook to you, people to swap experiences with, the possibility of making new friends and, of course, the knowledge and expertise of a Tour Manager. The tours and excursions that you take together are where you're most likely to share mutual interests and will provide plenty of talking points amongst the group.
On the other hand, you can be as individual as you wish. Over the years, we've come to know our customers well and because they are often experienced travellers who may take several holidays a year and know what they want, we ensure that we don't patronise you or try to shoe-horn you into a rigid holiday format that you simply aren't comfortable with. Each of our escorted tours is as unique as the people who are on it.
It's hardly surprising, then, that everyone comes home having had a holiday which is a very personal experience. To the left are just a few of their stories.