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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.