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Great Rail Journeys

UK's largest rail holiday company

About Great Rail Journeys

Great Rail Journeys is the UK's leading operator of holidays by rail. There is no-one who understands rail holidays like they do - and no other company offers a better choice of escorted holidays by rail anywhere else in the world.


They pride themselves on providing you with a truly first class holiday experience, in every aspect of their tours:

The Best Rail Travel

They have been organising outstanding tours for more than 30 years. In that time, they have built on their detailed understanding of both UK and international networks, and are true rail experts. They ensure that they travel on the most convenient trains and (where applicable) the most comfortable sleeper trains.


On most of their holidays, rail journeys are made in the highest class available on the train - and this is included in the price of the holiday, rather than being offered as an upgrade option with more to pay. On the Eurostar they generally travel in Standard Premier Class, the first class option for leisure travellers, with a light meal, alcoholic drinks and tea/coffee served on board. On most holidays they continue in First Class on inter-city routes across Europe all the way to your destination.

Brilliant Hotels

In their three decades of experience, they have carefully selected their hotels based on their individual style, warm welcome and excellent service - ensuring that they meet the high standards their customers have come to expect. They have worked closely with several of their hoteliers for a number of years, and many of the hotels they use have become firm favourites with Great Rail Journeys' customers in that time; they use them year after year because their customers tell them how much they enjoyed their stay.


They know how important it is to stay in a hotel within easy reach of the attractions, and so their hotels are generally ideally located for the station and the places of interest. Each hotel boasts comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms and plenty of storage, whilst minibars, hairdryers, in-room safes and telephones are a feature in almost every hotel on their programme. The star rating of each hotel varies between 3 and 5 stars; they look for their hotels to have the perfect mix of excellent facilities, a great location, and which offer fantastic value for money to their customers.

Many Meals

They include many meals on their tours. These are served in the hotel - or sometimes in a popular local restaurant. As they dine together, meal times are often the most sociable times of the day.

Fantastic Excursions

Also included in the price of your holiday is the exciting programme of excursions listed in the itinerary. Their excursions have been meticulously planned, and have been carefully refined and tweaked over the years, to give you a wonderful balance of cultural, historical and social experiences of the regions you visit.


On most of their excursions, in addition to your Tour Manager, you will be accompanied by a local guide - enabling you to get a true insight into the area. In some cases, they include excursions to off-the-beaten-track destinations that simply would not be stumbled upon without this local knowledge.