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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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4.3 stars(158 reviews)
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Lake Windemere
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4.1 stars(16 reviews)
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£349 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsCarlisle
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Highlands by Steam
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4.2 stars(34 reviews)
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£599 pp
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Norwich & Norfolk
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4.5 stars(63 reviews)
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsNorwich
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Worcester Cathedral
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4.5 stars(14 reviews)
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsWorcester
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  • DestinationBelgium, Holland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Lighthouse at the Needles
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4.2 stars(17 reviews)
2021MayJunAugSepOct
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsPortsmouth
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsHarrogate
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  • TransportRail
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Penzance
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2021Sep
2022JunSep
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsLostwithiel
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Peak District
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsDerby
  • AccommodationHotel
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  • DestinationHolland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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  • DestinationBelgium
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Our customers love our Short Breaks by Train tours
Lakes and Dales by Steam
27 Oct 2020
Miss Jayne Eastwood
5 stars
“I really enjoyed this holiday. Jacqui, the Tour Manager, was very good, friendly and approachable. She organised everything very well indeed.
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Edinburgh & the Highlands by Steam
23 Oct 2020
Mrs Doris Wellstead
5 stars
“Even with the Covid pandemic this tour was excellent. Graham the Tour Courier was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The Ibis hotel in Edinburgh was not up to standard, would have been better in a Premier Inn. Atholl Arms hotel was very good, would have preferred all meals in hotel.
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Isle of Wight
16 Oct 2020
Mr Matthew Kay
5 stars
“It was great to be able to tour the Isle of Wight during a pandemic. Lots of precautions were taken (sanitisers, face masks, etc.). We did manage to visit all places in the schedule come rain or shine; and credit to our tour manager Ivan for seeing all went to plan.
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Flanders & The Somme
03 Oct 2019
Mrs M Standing
5 stars
“The whole experience of the battlefields and that the tour manager was excellent on the history of the war added to the experience..
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Edinburgh Tattoo
02 Sep 2019
Mrs V Matthews
5 stars
“Excellent hotel and tour guide
Collected by Rail Discoveries
The Moselle Valley
13 Jul 2019
Mr D Cobb
5 stars
“Other than a long trip to get to Cochem everything went very well. The Tour Manager David Hobson did a very good job. The hotel was great and Cochem is a lovely place.
Collected by Rail Discoveries
Alluring Rhine Valley
26 Nov 2018
Mrs B Alexander
5 stars
“Comfortable travel,excellent accommodation &food&also good included excursions
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A Short Break in Bruges
19 Oct 2018
Miss H Leathes
5 stars
“The travel manage was excellent. The hotel good, transport and tur bus very good. The organised tours on the second day were very well done and the local tour guide very good indeed.
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The Harrogate Flower Show
10 Oct 2018
Mr J Goucher
5 stars
“I found the holiday overall Excellent
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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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