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Picturesque locations, incredible natural beauty and awe-inspiring landscapes await on our lakes and mountains holidays. As glistening lakes sparkle in the sunlight and majestic mountain peaks appear to touch the sky, the mountains and lakes of Europe provide a breath-taking backdrop to any holiday. There's no end to the incredible natural beauty on offer, with famous sights, such as the magnificent Alps and pretty Lake Garda, just waiting to be explored.

Enjoy a different view over beautiful surroundings as you glide between mountains and beside lakes. So many unexpected delights are uncovered on rail holidays as you marvel at the panoramic views from your carriage window. Breathe in the crisp air of a winter wonderland or relax in the warm sun reflecting off attractive lakes; whichever time of year you want to get back to nature, we've got the holiday to suit.

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Bernina Express

What to see

Climbing the Alps in extravagant loops while exclaiming at the scenery seen through huge panoramic windows on the Bernina Express from Italy up to St Moritz.

John Cockerill, Tour Manager

Gornergrat Mountain Railway

What to do

The Gornergrat railway in Zermatt, Switzerland. A 30-minute train ride aboard a 19th-century electric cog railway delivers you to a spectacular viewing area overlooking the Matterhorn and Gorner Glacier, at the foot of the Monte Rosa massif. Viewed on a day of clear blue sky, this is an amazing experience, especially when an ibex turns up unexpectedly to pose for a photo!

Patricia Niroumand, Tour Manager

Grindelwald

What to discover

Grindelwald, Switzerland - most travellers based here think of the nearby train to the top of the Jungfrau (and rightly so), but don't forget the cable car directly from the town to the summit of the First - a fantastic ride, particularly so after a fresh snowfall. Go towards the end of the day to avoid the crowds of skiers and have the cabin to yourself!

Brian Packer, Tour Manager

Jungfrau Railway

Lakes, mountains and iconic railways: discover Switzerland

Switzerland. Home of exquisitely crafted wristwatches, chocolate-box alpine views and amazing railway journeys.

Read more about Switzerland's natural highlights and discover the sights you absolutely shouldn't miss with our expert blog. Take me there

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Glacier Express All Inclusive
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Jesus Enters Jerusalem, Passion Play
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Scottish Highlands
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The Highlands by Steam
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Lake Windemere
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The Little Yellow Train of the Pyrenees
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Lake Garda All Inclusive
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Pembrokeshire Coast Wales
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Canadian Rocky Mountains
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Walworth Castle
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The Outer Hebrides & The Highlands
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Our customers love our Lakes & Mountains tours
Oban, Isle of Skye & The Sound of Mull
31 Oct 2021
Ms Edwards
5 stars
“Had a great time, food was lovely in all hotels, trips were very organised, we do fancy going on some trips that are abroad with rail discoveries and after the trip we have just been on would definitely book again with rail discoveries. Maggie our tour operator was very helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, very enjoyable trip.
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Glacier Express All Inclusive
24 Oct 2021
K Brown
5 stars
“Great Value
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Catalonia & Little Trains of the Pyrenees
20 Oct 2021
Michael Avery
5 stars
“Excellent service and a great job done by our tour manager Raquel who helped us through all the COVID paperwork and testing stuff. The train trips into the Pyrenees were great fun and our coach driver was brilliant. The Hotel Mediterraneo Park in Roses was very good and the staff were very helpful and welcoming, always happy to help. Travel by train instead of flying made a pleasant change
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Lake Maggiore
06 Nov 2019
Mr G Trent
5 stars
“Our first group organised holiday and we really enjoyed it!
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Lake Garda All Inclusive
11 Oct 2019
Mr P Clayden
5 stars
“2nd time with you and both times we were impressed with tour managers, hotels and food. Angela our manager was always available, friendly and professional especially when my wife had serious injury and required assurance.
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Essential Norway
06 Aug 2019
Mr S Janicki
5 stars
“great scenery and go organisation
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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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Loch Lomond & The Scottish Highlands
10 Nov 2021
J Pownceby
4 stars
“Beautiful scenic locations, varied transport - rail, coach and boat - all organised for us. Luggage transported for us from Glasgow to hotel In Crianlarich.and back to Glasgow at end - much appreciated. Hotel very good, comfortable, good food , pleasant bar and adjacent areas. shame no real ale but can't have everything! Stopover in Glasgow - well located hotel on River Clyde - in beginning perhaps a bit over-long - we arrived Sunday and didn't leave till 4.30 next day which meant later part of journey was in dark and it would have been nice to have time to settle in the hotel and take a stroll, instead of just arriving in time for dinner. But cruise on Loch Lomond, train to Oban and sailing to Mull, then travelling through the majestic Glencoe scenery to the steam train to Mallaig -what's not to like?! Tour manager ever present but never intrusive, could just relax and let it all happen! Would recommend.
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Lakes and Dales by Steam
08 Nov 2021
S Hornbuckle
4 stars
“We had a lovely time but I wish we could have got off the train to see the viaduct. The new hotel was good (especially the pool) but we would have liked to have been staying in Carlisle to see more of the city.
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