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Railway Journeys & Rail Holidays

Many people love rail holidays, rail tours and rail journeys along spectacular routes. There's some spectacularly beautiful scenery to be seen from the window, and some fascinating history surrounding the lines. Some of the themed rail holidays on steam trains with historic carriages conjure nostalgic feelings about Steam trains and times gone by. Rail journeys through beautiful countryside give a real sense of adventure.

Sadly most steam trains were replaced by diesel and electric trains in the early sixty's. However, it is still possible to have a fantastic rail holiday following some the magnificent routes that remain. Some rail tours still use steam trains and you can peer out of carriage windows at the beautiful countryside with smoke and ash billowing high above and the engine driver 'tooting' his distinctive horn every once in a while.

Many famous steam trains were rescued and restored and a number of these can be seen preserved at the National Railway Museum in York. Many others are maintained by enthusiast and still offer short rail journeys along preserved rail tracks. Alongside some of the rail tours some companies offer 'Drive the train' experiences and this helps to fund the maintenance.

Popular Rail trips, tours and holidays

    Highland explore tours

This is the ultimate tour taking in the very best that Scotland has to offer. Highlights include dramatic Glencoe, mysterious Loch Ness and the incredible Isle of Skye. We also include the chance to experience Speyside, famous for producing the finest single malt whiskies, and an unforgettable trip on the Jacobite Steam Train.

    Yorkshire train journeys and tours

Discover England's largest county with one of Great Rail Journeys' Yorkshire holidays. From the fabulous coastline to historic towns and cities, our Yorkshire holidays include superb hotel accommodation and fascinating excursions. On our exciting programme of Yorkshire holidays you can experience the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, visit the ancient city of York, explore the Yorkshire Dales on the Wensleydale Railway, travel to Bronte country on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and relax in the attractive town of Harrogate.

    Vintage Railways of the isle of man

Reminiscent of a bygone age, the Isle of Man is famous for its stunning coastline, superb sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and gentle pace of life. This charming island also boasts some of the most impressive heritage railways found anywhere in the British Isles, not to mention the historic horse-drawn trams.

    Canterbury and the railways of Kent

Known as the 'Garden of England', Kent boasts beautiful countryside and attractive towns. We discover these on our exciting break to the old-world city of Canterbury and experience two vintage steam railways of Kent.

    Great scenic railways of Devon and Cornwall

From stunning coastal views to rolling green countryside, heavily wooded valleys to fine river crossings and the almost lunar landscape of the Cornish china clay industry, train travel in Devon & Cornwall offers a very different view of the two counties.

Classic Rail Journeys

Classic rail journeys are quintessential adventures. From the beaches of Cape Town to the snowbound peak of Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps our flagship tours combine the luxury of a great rail holiday with the excitement of global travel and have proven themselves favourites with our customers year after year. Our classic rail journeys section covers a broad selection of our favourite holidays but for longer epic adventures see our Grand Tours section.

Lakes and Mountains

Come summer or winter our lakes and mountains holidays have an adventure suitable for everyone. Cinnamon and spices from the Christmas markets mix with crisp mountain air on our Alpine Christmas tours and in the summer the shores of Lake Garda make a beautiful setting from which to explore the lakes and mountains of the Alps.

Special Interest Tours

Experience some of Europe's finest carnivals, with music flowing from every street corner and elaborately costumed dancers parading through the city street. Experience Christmas markets, the Edinburgh Tattoo, a Viennese ball, bulb fields in bloom, the Florence and Venice Carnival, etc. Lots of events and activities to choose from.