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From winding around the Swiss Alps on narrow-gauge railways to relaxing by the beautiful coast at the Côte d'Azur, Rail Discoveries' classic rail journeys visit some of Europe's most exquisite places. Whether you are looking for areas of outstanding natural beauty or places that are culturally rich, we have a classic tour to suit you.

These exciting holidays have proven themselves popular with customers year upon year and new guests are continually thrilled when they embark on one of our classic tours. Everyone from groups of friends to solo travellers are welcome on these holidays which boast a friendly group atmosphere along with exciting excursions and exploration into the area the holiday is based. Browse our full range of classic rail journeys.

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Jacobite Steam Train

What to see

"My most memorable rail experience is the Jacobite Steam Train in the Highlands of Scotland. From a rain-soaked Fort William, the grey clouds miraculously cleared as the train puffed over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Sitting in the carriage at the rear end of the train, we were treated to the whole curving expanse of the viaduct and the steep drop into the valley below."

Karen Priest, Tour Manager

Jungfrau Express

What to do

"The summit station of the Jungfrau Express is inside the mountain, and there is so much to see and do upon arrival. There are exhibitions, a chocolate making experience, ice sculptures inside the glacier, restaurants, and on a good day in summer you can walk outside in the snow, or even sit at a bar made out of snow, and enjoy your favourite tipple in the sun."

Beverley Goring, Tour Manager

Manx Electric Railway

What to discover

"The Electric Railway ride from Ramsey to Douglas is an unforgettable experience. On a clear day, you can see across to the Lake District. It goes along the edge of the rugged coastline for 17 miles and the views are stunning. It dates back to the 1890s and still uses some of the original carriages. In the early season, the railway is edged with stunning yellow gorse which is replaced later in the season with a display of wild pink fuchsias."

Caroline Bryan, Tour Manager

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Yorkshire's Steam Railways

With its wild heather moorlands, glorious coastlines and villages that transport you back in time, God's Own Country is seemingly made for exploring by rail. From the Gothic arches of Whitby Abbey to landscapes made famous in the 1970's movie, 'The Railway Children', discover the best of scenic Yorkshire on the Discovery Blog. 

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Glacier Express All Inclusive
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4.2 stars(208 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunJul...
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Lake Windemere
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsCarlisle
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Railways of Wales
4.4 stars(313 reviews)
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
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Scottish Highlands
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2023MayJunJulSepOct
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
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Jungfrau Express All Inclusive
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail
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North Devon & Somerset
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  • Starts / EndsBarnstaple
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, Holland, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, Holland, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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13 days from
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail
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  • DestinationGermany, Luxembourg, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Our customers love our Classic Rail Journeys tours
Glacier Express All Inclusive in Winter
3/Feb
MRS A WOOD
5 stars
“First time on a train holiday and it was very well organised. The Swiss trains are amazing and the scenery is stunning.
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Glacier Express All Inclusive at New Year
17/Jan
customer
5 stars
“It was a wonderful experience at a very special time of the year.
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Loch Lomond & The Scottish Highlands
09 Nov 2022
Mr David Harold White
5 stars
“Great holiday ??
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Glacier Express All Inclusive
28 Oct 2022
K Brown
5 stars
“Brilliant and Spectular mountain scenery by rail.
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North Devon & Somerset
27 Sep 2022
DavidHollingdale
5 stars
“Good value tour
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Glacier Express All Inclusive at Christmas
14/Jan
William Fyans
4 stars
“Lovely places to see/be in, but too much time pressure and stress during travel. Took days to recover. Better for the young/fit. Everyone was very disappointed as the actual Glacier express we were on, being I believe a special extra train due to demand, offered no buffet or refreshments at all, all the way. Much cynical laughter at the lavish videos.
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Jungfrau Express All Inclusive
10 Nov 2022
B Roberts
4 stars
“A well run and very interesting trip. Very well fed and there were indeed free drinks! Thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.
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Railways of Wales
08 Nov 2022
Mr Brian Golding
4 stars
“Really pleasant Hotel, we enjoyed the trains and the visit to Carnarvon and Protmerion. A stunning area of natural beauty.
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Lakes and Dales by Steam
18 Oct 2022
Ann Henstock
4 stars
“Very good hotel with excellent breakfasts. The tours were good. Pity we hit a day of train strikes. Would recommend the holiday. Ann Henstock
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