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About Rail Discoveries

Rail Discoveries provides sophisticated rail tours to the USA, India, China, Vietnam, Europe and the UK. From the dramatic landscape of the Highlands to the exotic sights of the Mediterranean, our rail holidays explore the most scenic regions of the continent, seeking out breath-taking vistas, charming medieval villages and stunning lake side settings.

Great value rail holidays

Many of our guests are surprised by how little extra they spend whilst they are away. Our escorted rail tours include all travel and accommodation as well as a selection of meals and excursions. Our passengers have the option to travel in first class on selected tours, which ensures that our holidays are as relaxing as possible.

Each rail holiday has an individual programme of excursions that has been carefully selected to introduce guests to all of the natural, cultural and historic highlights of the regions that they visit. The many activities and excursions that are included on our rail holidays vary from river cruises to concerts and sightseeing tours. Many of our breaks also feature journeys on heritage railways, which visit regions that often cannot be reached by other modes of transport. All our rail holidays are escorted by a Tour Manager.

How to book

Once you have decided which of our relaxing rail holidays you would like to experience, simply choose from the following options to book:

Book online:

It's very quick, easy and convenient to book our rail holidays online and our website is fully secure. You can check the availability and book our tours online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On our website you can also order brochures and view our latest range of holidays.

Call our Tour Advisors:

Our experienced Tour Advisors are ready to help you choose a rail holiday and answer any questions that you may have about the itinerary, accommodation, excursions or the level of mobility required for certain parts of the tour. Please note that calls maybe recorded to ensure high levels of customer service.

Book with Confidence

When you book with Rail Discoveries you can rest assured that your booking is secure and your money is protected. We are a member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA number V2170) and follow its strict code of conduct. This means that in the unlikely event of our insolvency all monies paid to us in advance of a rail holiday will be refunded or, if necessary, arrangements made for repatriation if you are already abroad.

We are also a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators and all our rail holidays which include air travel are fully-bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL license number 3278).

Price Promise

Rail Discoveries has a promise of "No Surcharges Guaranteed", which means that you can book early without the worry of price increases. If the price of the tour lowers we promise to apply the reduction to all bookings meaning that early bookers will never miss out.


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Rail Discoveries has more than three decades' experience providing outstanding rail holidays.

Our escorted tours benefit from the presence of a professional Tour Manager, who will ensure that your holiday runs smoothly.


Allow Rail Discoveries to take the stress out of organising a holiday; our tours include rail travel, a range of superb accommodation, and a number of meals.

Embark on a wealth of included excursions or enjoy the complete dining experience on one of our all-inclusive tours.


Call us on the dedicated phone number above or speak to one of our award-winning Tour Advisors in person at our offices in York.

We can arrange connecting UK rail from your local station, porterage services or extra nights in a favourite city.

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We are members of ABTA and AITO. All our tours are ATOL-protected and backed by the Rail Discoveries Price Promise.

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