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Southern Europe & the Mediterranean by Rail

Vibrant culture, rich history and sensational weather are just some of the attractions that our escorted rail tours of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean have to offer. With a selection of epic journeys across these magnificent countries, we have a tour available to inspire and enthral every traveller. See the remarkable remains of the mighty Roman Empire, walk through the divine streets of Venice or simply take a relaxing siesta by the clear ocean as you travel across some of the hottest and most visually stunning countries in Europe.

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The Little Yellow Train of the Pyrenees
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4.1 stars(58 reviews)
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
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  • DestinationFrance, Spain
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Lake Garda All Inclusive
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4.3 stars(39 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
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£1,299 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Basilica di Santa Croce, Lecce
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4.4 stars(61 reviews)
2022AprMayJunSepOct
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£1,099 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick, London Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Coach
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Portofino
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4.0 stars(35 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulSepOct
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£1,199 pp
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  • DestinationFrance, Italy
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Tropea
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2022AprMayJunSepOct
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£1,199 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick, London Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight
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11 days from
£3,095
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  • DestinationPortugal
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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Taormina Sicily
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4.3 stars(12 reviews)
2022MayJunSepOct
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£999 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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The Catalan Coast
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4.6 stars(76 reviews)
2022AprMayJunSepOct
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£799 pp
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  • DestinationSpain
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Porto
Great Rail Journeys
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2022JunSep
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£2,295 pp £2,095 pp
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  • DestinationPortugal
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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Italian Explorer
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4.3 stars(15 reviews)
2022MayJunSepOct
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£1,599 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Lake Como All Inclusive
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4.1 stars(25 reviews)
2022Apr
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  • DestinationItaly, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Lake Maggiore
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4.5 stars(27 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulSepOct
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  • DestinationItaly, Switzerland
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Puglia All Inclusive
01 Nov 2021
Sansom
5 stars
“Good holiday. Visits to many interesting places in Puglia over the course of one week. Good leader and well organised holiday.
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Catalonia & Little Trains of the Pyrenees
20 Oct 2021
Michael Avery
5 stars
“Excellent service and a great job done by our tour manager Raquel who helped us through all the COVID paperwork and testing stuff. The train trips into the Pyrenees were great fun and our coach driver was brilliant. The Hotel Mediterraneo Park in Roses was very good and the staff were very helpful and welcoming, always happy to help. Travel by train instead of flying made a pleasant change
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Lake Maggiore
06 Nov 2019
Mr G Trent
5 stars
“Our first group organised holiday and we really enjoyed it!
Collected by Rail Discoveries
The Catalan Coast
14 Oct 2019
Mr M Haworth
5 stars
“Good travel arrangements; good hotel, including comfortable rooms, excellent food choice and plenty of optional activities to enjoy; all managed by an excellent, helpful, knowledgeable and friendly tour manager.
Collected by Rail Discoveries
Lake Garda All Inclusive
11 Oct 2019
Mr P Clayden
5 stars
“2nd time with you and both times we were impressed with tour managers, hotels and food. Angela our manager was always available, friendly and professional especially when my wife had serious injury and required assurance.
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Italian Explorer
18 Oct 2018
Miss J Walker
5 stars
“The holiday overall with the scenery was lovely . Although the journey from one place to another was long at times and the days long in travelling the scenery made up to it but I do think it could be explained more in the brouchures.
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The Italian Riviera
22 Oct 2021
S Williams
4 stars
“A very enjoyable holiday, spent with a lovely supportive group of fellow travellers and led by an extremely enthusiastic and helpful tour guide in James. Beautiful scenery, with plenty of interesting places to visit on our excursions. However, it involved a lot of walking and some places had lots of steps to negotiate with steep climbs. Day 1 from London to Turin was a very long one and the journey from Paris to Turin was particularly grewelling. We didn’t finish dinner until 11:15pm that evening. The transfer of luggage on this particular holiday is a very important consideration, and those with small suitcases had fewer problems. In hindsight those that had taken a larger suitcase between them as a couple would have been far better in taking a smaller one each. The staff at the Stella del mare hotel in Chiavari where we were based for the majority of the time were lovely, and the breakfast waitress couldn’t do enough for us. It was in a good location for our excursions. Dinner is not served at the hotel as inclusive on free days, which was somewhat disappointing as we found it difficult to find somewhere else to eat at that time of the season. There were issues at the hotel in Nice concerning dietary intolerances/preferences which could potentially have been fatal. The hotel in Turin was of a higher standard than the others. Although we were only based there for one night, it would have been preferable to have maintained this standard for the duration of the holiday. This was our first European trip with Rail Discoveries, and it was a very pleasant experience overall. We are now looking forward to deciding where to go with them next. Sue & Andrew - Selsey, West Sussex.
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Treasures of Andalucia
21 Oct 2019
Mr M Horsey
4 stars
“Excellent holiday especially the services of the tour manager Interesting trips and pleasant hotel. Only complaint was the number of guests trying to obtain a meal from the buffet at mealtimes. It was extremely crowded and spoilt the experience
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Lake Como
20 Oct 2018
Mrs H Rippon
4 stars
“We enjoyed the full experience from meeting Lyne at St Pacress to leaving her at same place, I think she made the holiday for us The euro star to Paris was comfortable and interesting. Then the trek through Paris went well. The Hotels both going and on return were first class. The organisation on our travels went well, the down side was rushing to get on and off trains with only 4 minutes with luggage, in furture may get the luggage package to save us the hassle
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There are many diverse and striking landscapes to see on your travels, from the sandy beaches and lush green plains to magnificent cities that combine a bustling culture with remarkable attractions and architecture. With so many interesting sights and scenic rail routes just waiting to be experienced across Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, a relaxing journey with Rail Discoveries is just the way to enjoy them.

As with all Rail Discoveries' holidays, the services of one of our experienced Tour Managers are included to ensure that every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly and to provide any advice or assistance that you may require.

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One of the most popular features of Rail Discoveries' escorted Rail Holidays is the sociable group atmosphere. Mealtimes are often included and enjoyed together, offering the perfect opportunity to talk about the day's events with your fellow passengers. However, you are free to spend your time how you wish; you can opt out of excursions if you would like to spend your time exploring independently or relaxing at the hotel. For more information on the accommodation, transport, meals and excursions that are included in each grand tour of Italy by train please read the itineraries that are listed above.

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There is plenty to see and do when exploring a new country and on one of our escorted rail tours, you will not miss a moment of your new surroundings. To ensure that all of your time and effort goes towards thoroughly enjoying your holiday, all of the main aspects of your tour such as accommodation, travel and excursions have been pre-arranged for your convenience.

Our invigorating rail holidays to Southern Europe and the Mediterranean aim to provide you with an insight into the local culture, history and landscapes. Carefully planning your route to include areas of interest and extreme beauty, there are ample opportunities for sightseeing. There is always something new to discover throughout your journey, whether it is from the unique perspective of your comfortable train seat, exploring the local area during your free time or on one of the exciting included excursions.

Each of our tours is designed to provide you with the best services and facilities that are available, which is one of the reasons why our main method of transport is rail travel. 

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