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Short Breaks by Train

Make the journey part of the holiday by choosing one of Rail Discoveries' escorted short breaks by train. From Europe's fairy-tale castles to the hidden gems of the UK, our rail tours offer you the chance to see some of the most famous attractions of the continent in the peace of mind that comes with knowing that every aspect of your holiday is taken care of before departure.

No matter how little time you have to spare, we have a wide range of reasonably priced holidays to many of Europe's most popular destinations, including the Swiss Alps, the Dordogne region of France, Holland and the Netherlands, and the beautiful countryside of Yorkshire.

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North Yorkshire Moors
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4.0 stars(387 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
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£369 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Highlands by Steam
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4.0 stars(109 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
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£649 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Lake Windemere
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3.9 stars(150 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
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£479 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsCarlisle
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Norwich & Norfolk
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4.3 stars(139 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
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£399 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Peak District
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4.0 stars(56 reviews)
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
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£399 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsDerby
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Lighthouse at the Needles
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4.1 stars(37 reviews)
2022AprMayJulAugSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsPortsmouth
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Worcester Cathedral
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4.1 stars(45 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsWorcester
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Penzance
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4.0 stars(14 reviews)
2022May
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNewquay
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A Flavour of Yorkshire at Christmas
2.7 stars(6 reviews)
2022Dec
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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  • DestinationBelgium, Holland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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  • DestinationHolland
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  • DestinationBelgium, Germany, Holland
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Our customers love our Short Breaks by Train tours
Yorkshire by Steam
4/Jan
P Rippington
5 stars
“Our tour guide Asa was outstanding. I can't praise her highly enough.
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Isle of Wight
03 Nov 2021
Adrian McCarthy
5 stars
“As I said in the review I did last week, it was an excellent holiday, well run and good value.
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Cotswolds & The Severn Valley
28 Sep 2021
Chris Marchant
5 stars
“A wonderfully organised and led trip. The train rides in the Forest of Dean and on the Warwickshire and Gloucestershire Railway were brilliant and the tour of Worcester was so informative with a lovely guide. The hotel staff were all brilliant at the White House. The only slight downer was the cuisine. The vegetables were tasteless. Maybe this was down to the Brexit driven shortages both of staff and fresh produce.
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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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Edinburgh & the Highlands by Steam
06 Nov 2021
Valerie Holt
4 stars
“Good organisation. Ibis hotel very basic. Food at Blair Atholl ok but small choice. Bus driver good. Tour managers very helpful
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The Peak District
23 Oct 2021
D Hewitt
4 stars
“A good tour, well organised and full. Guide was very good and helped in the understanding of the various places visited. Hotel facilities reasonable.
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Norwich & Norfolk
20 Oct 2021
Eric Russell
4 stars
“ we enjoyedo the trip it was worth the money. the courierror was excellent
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Captivating Cornwall
20 Oct 2021
Annie
4 stars
“Lovely holiday but a bit last minute. Was not what we originally signed up for
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The Netherlands in Springtime
31 May 2018
Mrs R Jupp
4 stars
“The attention to detail at the hotel wasn’t up to your usual standard.
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Culture, History, and Natural Wonders

At the heart of our short breaks in Europe is a range of excursions, designed to introduce you to the most significant natural, cultural, and historical attractions that a destination has to offer. These might be a journey on a heritage railway, a visit to a national park, or a guided tour of a city centre.

Local guides sometimes join our excursions to give you an even richer experience on your short break, sharing their intimate knowledge of an area or suggesting unique places to visit. However, our guides and Tour Managers are not there to tell you how to enjoy your holiday; you are free to explore independently, if you wish.

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We choose our accommodation based on the quality of facilities and the value for money offered, as well as the hotel's proximity to nearby attractions and the local train station. Local families run many of our European hotels as we find they offer a more personal, friendly atmosphere to our guests.

The services of one of our professional Tour Managers are included in the price of your holiday to ensure that your time in Europe is as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. Our Tour Managers can assist you with anything from travel advice to suggestions about the best places to eat, and they are always happy to help.

Browse the extensive range of holidays listed below to find one that suits you or call one of our Tour Advisors on 01904 730 148 for more information about our short breaks by rail.

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