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Festive Rail Holidays

From gloriously scenic settings to exciting cities, we offer festive holidays by rail to celebrate Christmas and bring in the New Year in style.

Festive Rail Holidays

Festive Rail Holidays with Rail Discoveries

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and New Year! Sparkling winter rail journeys, resplendent Christmas excursions, fantastic New Year's Eve celebrations - the most wonderful time of the year is on full display with Rail Discoveries' festive tours.

A dazzling array of festive experiences await. From traditional German Christmas markets complete with mulled wine and Christmas cake, to a happy New Year in Yorkshire, discover the festive season across the world with Rail Discoveries and enjoy our award winning approach to escorted rail holidays with iconic journeys, enthralling experiences and more - all against a stunning winter wonderland of snow, ice and frost.

Christmas Tree Baubles

For that extra magical touch to your winter expedition, a Christmas holiday makes for a memorable and fairytale experience as you see the lights, traditions and buildings come to live in towns and cities across the continent. Embark on a Christmas markets tour, experience the big day itself, celebrate New Year or even just enjoy Christmas on your doorstep in the UK - the festive season is just waiting to be discovered!

So take a look at the tours below, and embark on your very own wonderful festive Rail Discoveries adventure!

We’ve found 17 tours for you matching: Festive Rail Holidays

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.

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Christmas on the Catalan Coast

Enjoy a relaxing Christmas break on the rugged Catalan Coast. From charming Roses we visit Cadaqués, Girona, Figueres and Barcelona.

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The Festive Markets of Yorkshire

Soak up the festive atmosphere in 'God's own county' on this superb pre-Christmas break. In addition to the Christmas Markets in historic York, you will enjoy a vintage steam journey and a festive rural village festival.

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Christmas in Wales

Enjoy a delightful Christmas escape in beautiful Wales. Discover the panorama of the countryside on three fantastic rail journeys, and greet the festive season in style.

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Festive Mont Blanc & the Matterhorn

Eat, drink and be merry in the Swiss Alps on this festive tour which celebrates Christmas by visiting chocolate box towns, journeying on beautiful railways and discovering iconic Alpine peaks.

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Jungfrau Express All Inclusive at Christmas

Discover the spectacular and remarkable beauty of the Swiss Alps at one of the most wonderful times of the year on this all inclusive rail adventure to the highest railway station in Europe.

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New Year on the Danube

Experience the magic of southeastern Germany from your spectacular base in Passau. Explore the wild Bavarian Forest, and welcome the New Year in style with an unforgettable evening cruise along the iconic Danube River.

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Christmas in the Cotswolds

Enjoy the epitome of all things English in the Cotswolds at Christmas, as you discover this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at one of the most wonderful times of the year.

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The Lakes & Dales at Christmas

Discover two of England's most breathtaking counties at Christmas on this marvellous tour by rail. Travel on two magnificent railway lines, and enjoy a cruise across iconic Windermere.

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Norwich & Norfolk at Christmas

Explore the meandering waterways and heritage trains of Norfolk over the Christmas period. Discover this charming region from your base in Norwich.

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Rhine Christmas Markets & The Vulkan Express

Discover the splendid Christmas markets of the Rhineland and indulge in some festive retail therapy in the most beautiful towns of the region.

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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.

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