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Classic Rail Journeys

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
No Solo Supplement
4.3 stars(75 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
9 days from
£1,499 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Jungfrau Express All Inclusive
No Solo Supplement
4.5 stars(66 reviews)
2022MayJunAugSepOct
8 days from
£1,599 pp
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8 days from
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Railways of Wales
4.4 stars(233 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
6 days from
£499 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Lake Windemere
4.0 stars(168 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
5 days from
£489 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsCarlisle
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Scottish Highlands
4.0 stars(52 reviews)
2022MayJunSepOct
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£599 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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North Devon & Somerset
2022JunSep
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£699 pp
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Glacier Express All Inclusive in Winter
4.7 stars(36 reviews)
2023JanFeb
8 days from
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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13 days from
£3,295
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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Scenic Switzerland by Rail
2022JunJulSepOct
8 days from
£1,399 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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14 days from
£4,895
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Glacier Express
Great Rail Journeys
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2022MayJunJulAugSep
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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Great Rail Journeys
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, Holland, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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8 days from
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Our customers love our Classic Rail Journeys tours
Railways of Wales
15/May
A Brealey
5 stars
“Brilliant value for money! The Kensington Hotel is great & a big shout-out for the staff, they are absolutely fantastic! Will definitely booking another Rail Discoveries trip! ??
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Loch Lomond & The Scottish Highlands
11/May
Colin Bones
5 stars
“Excellent tour with variety - Glasgow, amazing highland scenery & island visit. Hotels very good.
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Glacier Express All Inclusive in Winter
30/Mar
Tim Wheeler
5 stars
“Fantastic experience, well manaaged in all departments. John, our tour manager, always went out of his way to make sure everything happened smoothly. Well Done!
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Lakes and Dales by Steam
17/May
Wilson Aberdeen
4 stars
“Enjoyable holiday based in a good location with easy access to a lovely part of the country.
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Glacier Express All Inclusive
16/May
L Esson
4 stars
“Overall very good. Warning of steep walk from hotel to station would have been useful. Bernina Express much overrated - local trains better. Warning Switzerland is dead in May would also have been good. Tour guide well organised and very pleasant but could not give much advice on rest day activities as he had not been to this area before. Some scheduled transfer times were overambitious, and it would be a more pleasant experience if there were fewer transfers between the French overnight stops and the Swiss destination.
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Jungfrau Express All Inclusive
2/May
Amanda
4 stars
“Great tour, well paced, fabulous guide. We were blessed with lovely weather and travelling companions, which helped of course, but great choice of locations regardless.
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