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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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North Yorkshire Moors
4.2 stars(213 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
5 days from
£339 pp
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Railways of Wales
4.4 stars(130 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
6 days from
£549 pp
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Isle of Man
No Solo Supplement
4.7 stars(50 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
6 days from
£699 pp
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Scottish Highlands
4.2 stars(17 reviews)
2021SepOct
6 days from
£599 pp
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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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Lake Windemere
3.9 stars(56 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
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£349 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsCarlisle
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Railways of Wales
4.4 stars(130 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
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6 days from
£549 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Glacier Express All Inclusive
No Solo Supplement
4.4 stars(48 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
9 days from
£1,649 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Scottish Highlands
4.2 stars(17 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunSepOct
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£599 pp
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£599
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow, Edinburgh / Glasgow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Glacier Express
Great Rail Journeys
2021Sep
2022MayJunJulAugSep
11 days from
£2,995 pp
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, Holland, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Jungfrau Express All Inclusive
No Solo Supplement
4.5 stars(54 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
8 days from
£1,499 pp
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8 days from
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail
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£3,595
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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12 days from
£4,095
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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16 days from
£2,595
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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13 days from
£3,495
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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8 days from
£1,599
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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8 days from
£1,599
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Our customers love our Classic Rail Journeys tours
Loch Lomond & The Scottish Highlands
3/Jul
Philip M Heath
5 stars
“Great tour
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Jungfrau Express All Inclusive
14 Nov 2019
Mr S Humphreys
5 stars
“we found the hotel, tour manager, fellow tourists, trips, etc all excellent ( also the weather). We like staying in one centre and going on trips from that location.
Collected by Rail Discoveries
Glacier Express All Inclusive in Winter
08 May 2019
Mr P Driver
5 stars
“Our tour manager Graham Carter did a great job in making every day of our holiday run perfectly. He sorted any issues when necessary. He even gave valuable advice for our free days.
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Railways of Wales
3/Jul
cliff hayes
4 stars
“well organised. social distancing on coaches,trains and in the hotel was excellent. tour guide was very helpfull and informative. coach drivers were top quality and gave interesting facts along thewhole journeys
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Lakes and Dales by Steam
3/Jul
Mr Stretton
4 stars
“Most of this trip was excellent, from booking, postponing and rebooking, the day-today programmes and particularly our Tour Manager Nicky. The Hotel was convenient, next to the station and right in the middle of Carlisle, and individual staff were friendly and helpful. The reasons I only gave 4 stars were a) The food. For the Welcome Dinner on first evening the chicken was dried out and the potatoes undercooked. Breakfasts - a good selection but the cooked elements left open and were frequently dried up. Bedroom tea tray. We understood why daily full cleaning of bedrooms was on hold due to Covid restrictions, but why was it necessary to have to fill in a form to replace every tea-bag or milk portion? b) bedrooms. The original antislip pattern in the bath had worn a bit thin, so a note by the bath advised 'If you can't find your bathmat please ask'. Why not leave it IN the bathroom and not hide it in the wardrobe? The toilet needed 5 go's to make it flush properly The hot water was not as hot as it should be. c) Cleanliness. A note outside the lift said 'This lift is cleaned regularly'. It clearly wasn't. the same bits of rubbish and marks on the wall were present for 4 days. We could sympathise with the slightly worn stair carpets in several places but, but again they did not appear to have been hoovered for a week. Overall it fell short of our expectation of an AA 3 star hotel
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Glacier Express All Inclusive
29 Oct 2019
Ms J Stokes
4 stars
“Thoroughly enjoyable. Lots of good scenery. A good train experience with 26 trains in all.
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