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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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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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Lake Windemere
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  • Starts / EndsCarlisle
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The Highlands by Steam
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Norwich & Norfolk
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Spectacular Springtime in Amsterdam
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  • DestinationThe Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Worcester Cathedral
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Lighthouse at the Needles
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  • Starts / EndsPortsmouth
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The Peak District
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Our customers love our Short Breaks by Train tours
Norwich & Norfolk
22 Oct 2023
Kim “Google user”
5 stars
“Loved this Tour. Great guide and holiday full of activities. Exceptional!
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Isle of Wight
12 Oct 2023
Anonymous
5 stars
“Did what it said on the tin
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The Peak District
09 Oct 2023
Jeannette Elrick
5 stars
“A beautiful area to visit, lovely market towns like Buxton and Bakewell (and the yummy Bakewell Pudding), historic houses and heritage railways. We travelled on a Rail Discoveries tour which was excellent, all trips included and a great tour manager to ensure it went without a hitch.
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Cotswolds & The Severn Valley
19 Sep 2023
Charlotte
5 stars
“We loved the the whole trip, especially the Heritage train journeys. Wonderful visits to Broadway, Cheltenham with Worcester as an excellent base.
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Explore Yorkshire by Rail
25 Oct 2023
R Adams
4 stars
“The trip was really good especially our lovely tour guide Wendy Simms. On the whole the hotel was fine just a bit disappointed with the dull layout in the entrance otherwise a great holiday.
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Edinburgh & the Highlands by Steam
18 Oct 2023
Mrs Ann Lawson
4 stars
“Lots of trains, some disappointments (beyond our tour manager's control). Rail strikes, broken funicular and Flying Scotsman shunt). But most trips salvaged and a good time was had.
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Lakes and Dales by Rail
05 Oct 2023
Jan J
4 stars
“Well organised holiday with a helpful 'Hostess'. An excellent hotel in Wetheral, and good choice menus, but a lift to the bedrooms would have been much appreciated for those less mobile!
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The Netherlands in Springtime
21 May 2023
Mr Michael Ventress
4 stars
“An excellent tour but for one thing. You use public transport between Delft and Amsterdam. All the return trains from Amsterdam back to Rotterdam were cancelled leaving our group of 36 elderly people stranded. We had to pay from our own pockets taxi fares ((40 euros) to get back to Delft. Maybe better if you used private transport.
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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.