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Escorted holidays by train

From the Petit Train Jaune through the sun-soaked French Pyrenees to Japan's iconic bullet trains and the "toy train" that winds through the Himalayan foothills from Kandaghat to Shimla, the world is criss-crossed by unique, unforgettable rail journeys. 

Travel with us and explore the world, from historic cities and towns to scenic mountains and valleys, on our wonderful rail holidays. Watch the winding river canyons and pristine forests of Canada's most scenic train ride roll by from the comfort of the Rocky Mountaineer, or embark on an unforgettable mountain expedition through the Pyrenees, where every step unveils captivating vistas and thrilling escapades amidst the grandeur of these majestic peaks. Take a vintage UK rail holiday through the rolling hills and pastures of the Isle of Man, or across the glens and moors of the Scottish Highlands.

Take in the extraordinary wonders and sights of Europe on an escorted rail holiday. Explore the glorious scenery of the Dolomites on board the Renon railway, or soak up the astonishing Alpine views as you ride the Bernina Express to St Moritz. Travel to St Petersburg from Moscow's Leningrad Station, or see the forest-filled valleys of Norway's fjordlands as the world-famous Flamsbana railway carries you from Myrdal to Flam.

Whether your carriages are steam-hauled along lovingly restored lines or diesel-hauled on scheduled routes, and whether your rail holiday takes you to Europe, Canada or even further afield, you'll be free to let the train take the strain as you travel to fascinating destinations, and explore exhilarating heights often inaccessible by road.

Our featured rail holidays

Choose your next rail holiday from our selection of escorted holidays, and explore with us - enjoying breathtaking scenery along the way.

Popular No single supplement

Scottish Highland Railways

Scotland, United Kingdom, British Isles
  • 3 Excursions Included, 8 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 9 Airports
  • 62 Dates - Jul 2024 - Oct 2025
Popular

Historic Railways of the Isle of Man

Isle of Man, United Kingdom, British Isles
  • 3 Excursions Included, 8 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 6 Airports
  • 17 Dates - Aug 2024 - Oct 2025
Popular

Classic Scotland

Scotland, United Kingdom, British Isles
  • 8 Excursions Included, 7 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 4 Airports
  • 4 Dates - Jul 2024 - Oct 2024
Popular
  • 3 Excursions Included, 14 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 11 Airports
  • 16 Dates - Jun 2024 - Oct 2025
Popular No single supplement
  • 4 Excursions Included, 14 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 11 Airports
  • 8 Dates - Sep 2024 - Sep 2025
Popular

The Royal Caledonian

Scotland, United Kingdom, British Isles
  • 14 Excursions Included, 9 Meals Included
  • Train Travel Included - 1 Train Station
  • 8 Dates - Sep 2024 - Oct 2025
Popular
  • 3 Excursions Included, 7 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 6 Airports
  • 26 Dates - Jun 2024 - Oct 2025
New Popular
  • 15 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 27 Dates - Nov 2024 - Nov 2026
Popular
  • 5 Excursions Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 4 Dates - May 2025 - Sep 2025
No single supplement
  • 3 Excursions Included, 12 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 6 Airports
  • 13 Dates - Jun 2024 - Oct 2025
  • 1 Excursion Included, 4 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 10 Dates - Sep 2024 - Oct 2025
  • 1 Excursion Included, 24 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 1 Airport
  • 2 Dates - May 2025 - Sep 2025

Where to go on a rail holiday

Whether your heart is crying out for snow-capped peaks and lush valleys - with those exhilarating moments of spotting wildlife roaming free! - or whether you have always wanted to pass through fascinating cities and quaint villages, you will find your dream escape in a rail holiday. From the Rockies to the Pyrenees, we have plenty of beautiful rail holidays on offer.

Rail Holiday FAQs

First time on a rail holiday? Here are some questions (and answers!) you may find useful...

  • A rail holiday is a holiday that involves sections of travelling done by rail. 

  • Our rail holidays go to a variety of destinations that have iconic railways, including Scotland, the Isle of Man, Japan, Switzerland, Canada and India.

  • No. Our rail holidays incorporate journeys on iconic railways, but not long 30-hour trips. Every rail holiday is different, but you can look always look forward a comfortable bed at the end of each day. 

  • Rail holidays allow you to sit back and relax in comfort and style as you take in the wonderful scenery of the word's most iconic train journeys, often inaccessible to road vehicles.   

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