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Christmas Rail Tours

Celebrate the festive season with an escorted rail holiday to some of Europe's most enchanting locations and indulge in the spirit of Christmas in Cologne, Prague, Vienna, Norwich and many other famous cities.

Browse stalls selling baubles and traditional gifts, mulled wine and hot food; wonder at bright Christmas trees and enjoy a sleigh ride through snow-laden forests - our festive rail tours offer diverse and exciting experiences, and an opportunity to see Europe in a new light.

Picture postcard locations such as the Austrian Tyrol, the Harz Mountains, and Lake Garda provide the backdrop to many of our festive holidays, which you are able to explore independently as well as part of planned excursions.

Browse our range of Christmas holidays below or speak to one of our professional Tour Advisors for more information about spending the festive season in Europe. Alternatively, why not take a look at our unique Christmas Markets or New Year tours?

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Three Countries Christmas Markets

Compare the lights, sounds and smells of Christmas Markets across three different countries: Belgium's oldest, Liège; joyful Aachen in Germany and Valkenburg's unique grotto markets in the Netherlands.

Departs from November 2016 to December 2016.
Late departures available
4 days from £485per personView tour details
Christmas on the Catalan Coast

Enjoy a relaxing Christmas break on the rugged Catalan Coast. From charming Rosas we visit Cadaqués, Girona, Figueres and Barcelona and discover the works and inspiration of Salvador Dalí.

Departs in December 2016.
Late departures available
8 days from £845per personView tour details
Norwich & Norfolk at Christmas

Explore the meandering waterways and heritage trains of Norfolk over the Christmas period. Based in Norwich, discover charming woodland gardens and historic guided tours, experiencing the very best the region has to offer.

Departs in December 2016.
Late departures available
6 days from £565per personView tour details
A Christmas Cruise Along the Rhine

The romantic Rhine carries you past cliff-top castles and quaint villages on this Rail Discoveries tour. Travel in style on the MS Bellejour and visit an exciting collection of famous cities, each rich in their history.

Departs in December 2016.
Late departures available
6 days from £975per personView tour details
Christmas in the Harz Mountains

Discover breathtaking mountain landscapes, charming historic towns and enjoy a journey on the Harz narrow-gauge Railway in picturesque Germany.

Departs in December 2016.
Late departures available
7 days from £975per personView tour details
Grand Imperial Cities at Christmas

Beginning in historic Berlin, take in enchanting Prague, the 'Golden City of 100 Spires', before continuing to elegant Vienna on this festive tour.

Departs in December 2016.
Late departures available
9 days from £1,095per personView tour details
Black Forest & Strasbourg at Christmas

Enjoy a delightful festive break in the heart of the romantic Black Forest. From our base in idyllic Titisee, we visit medieval Freiburg, admire the Triberg Waterfalls and journey through stunning winter scenery by rail.

Departs in December 2016.
Late departures available
7 days from £1,145per personView tour details
Christmas in the Tyrol

Spend the festive season in the fantastic Austrian Tyrol on this exciting tour. Visit charming Innsbruck and ride on the Zillertalbahn steam train.

Departs in December 2016.
Late departures available
6 days from £1,095per personView tour details
Christmas in the Moselle Valley

Relax in the scenic Moselle Valley, experiencing a lovely Christmas Market, a wine tasting, a scenic boat trip on the Rhine and a heritage rail journey.

Departs in December 2016.
7 days from Please call for detailsView tour details
A Flavour of Yorkshire at Christmas

From our base in the spa town of Harrogate, enjoy the festive spirit of beautiful Yorkshire. Our holiday takes us to famous monuments, vintage railways and the magnificent city of York.

Departs in December 2016.
6 days from Please call for detailsView tour details
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Explore a Winter Wonderland on an Escorted Tour

Christmas time is perfect for discovering a new destination as the festivities create a cosy and friendly atmosphere regardless of which city you choose to visit.

To help you get the most from your holiday, we devise the itineraries of our Christmas rail tours to include the most important cultural, historic, and social attractions in a location; these range from a visit to the Salvador Dalí Foundation in Barcelona to a journey on the Mount Rigi Railway in Switzerland.

The services of a professional Tour Manager are included in the price of all our festive rail tours. With a passion for travel, these knowledgeable individuals will take care of all the arrangements, give advice, and happily answer any questions you may have about your destination.

Our tours also feature a number of other services and arrangements including quality accommodation, several delicious meals, and fantastic excursions.


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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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