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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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  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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Norwich & Norfolk
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  • Starts / EndsNorwich
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The Highlands by Steam
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Lake Windemere
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  • Starts / EndsCarlisle
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Worcester Cathedral
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The Peak District
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Lighthouse at the Needles
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  • Starts / EndsPortsmouth, Sandown / Portsmouth
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Spectacular Springtime in Amsterdam
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  • DestinationThe Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Our customers love our Short Breaks by Train tours
Explore Yorkshire by Rail
20/Jun
Andrea
5 stars
“So nostalgic and such fun.
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Cotswolds & The Severn Valley
20/Jun
Mrs Lynne Spencer
5 stars
“A lovely hotel, centrally located in Worcester.Tour manager readily accessible at all times. Hotel management and staff very kind, professional and friendly.
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Edinburgh & the Highlands by Steam
16/Jun
Joy Bilbrough
5 stars
“An amazing holiday. Well organised an excellent manager well informed throughout the holiday. A lovely friendly group. I highly recommend the trip amazing views the train journeys were informative & friendly stunning views.
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The Peak District
6/Jun
Raymond
5 stars
“Good hotel .Wonderful scenery, lovely towns. Chatsworth is awesome. And 2 steam trains.
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Norwich & Norfolk
19/Jun
MrDavidRussell
4 stars
“Great location but difficult to get to with a 7 hour drive from Exeter.Norwich is a really interesting city and one of the oldest in the UK.
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Isle of Wight
15/Jun
Helen
4 stars
“Loved the Isle of Wight
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Lakes and Dales by Rail
11/Jun
Harrogate
4 stars
“Good tour but perhaps a bit too busy for us. Disappointing that for reasons beyond their control we did not enjoy as many steam hauled journeys as we expected.
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The Netherlands in Springtime
11/May
Deborah Leppard
4 stars
“The trip was lovely. The only downside was the coach was rather tatty.
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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.