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Special Interest Holidays

From walking breaks to religious festivals, carnivals and historical celebrations, we have a wide variety of great special interest holidays. We plan these tours to suit an array of different tastes and interests, from activity specific holidays to tours that focus on a particular event. Experience some of the most fabulous carnivals in Europe that are filled with music, dance and extravagant costumes, a truly remarkable sight. For something a little more active and invigorating, a walking holiday through the picturesque landscapes of Europe could be perfect. As you travel to your destination by rail the incredible landscapes will enchant you and allow you to relax fully before you arrive. Take one of our remarkable special interest tours and explore something or somewhere you love.

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There are 17 holidays in this category
Showing 1 to 10 of 17 holidays
Huskies and the Northern Lights

Join us on a remarkable adventure into the mysterious Arctic on this tour that features some unique and unforgettable experiences. Discover the magic of Norway in winter as husky dogs lead you through the snow, chase the incomparable northern lights, and ride aboard the most northern railway in the world.

Departs from January 2017 to March 2017.
6 days from £1,495per personView tour details
The Yorkshire Dales

Discover the beauty of the famous Yorkshire Dales, from its medieval ruins to its picturesque market towns and idyllic heritage railways. You can also admire Harrogate's stunning RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

Departs from May 2017 to October 2017.
5 days from £395per personView tour details
Bruges & Ypres

Become immersed in beautiful Bruges with its enchanting cobbled streets, and experience a poignant excursion to Ypres and surrounding cemeteries and trenches, preserved in tribute to the fallen of the First World War.

Departs from March 2017 to September 2017.
4 days from £345per personView tour details
Venice Carnival

Uncover the delights of beautiful historic Venice. Experience the wonders, magic and romance of its spectacular carnival, and visit the stunning islands of Murano and Burano.

Departs in February 2017.
7 days from £995per personView tour details
The Netherlands in Springtime

Enjoy spring in the Netherlands, home to tulips, windmills and waterways. Discover Delft, visit the Keukenhof Gardens, and explore Amsterdam with a guided tour.

Departs from March 2017 to May 2017.
5 days from £615per personView tour details
Flanders & The Somme

This four-night tour to Lille introduces us to the fascinating, poignant First World War sites of Flanders and the Somme where some of Europe's fiercest fighting took place.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
5 days from £445per personView tour details
Walking in Switzerland

The quaint village of Kandersteg is our base for a fantastic walking holiday. The region, at the heart of the Swiss Alps, is ideal for walking at all levels - especially in the company of our expert guides.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
8 days from £1,145per personView tour details
Holland & its Tulips Cruise

Enjoy Keukenhof Gardens on a wonderful cruise from Antwerp in Belgium to the Netherlands. Relax on board as the ship sails through picturesque scenery, and explore the enchanting destinations along the route.

Departs in April 2017.
5 days from £775per personView tour details
Floralia Spring Flower Show & Keukenhof Gardens

From Belgium's forgotten gem, Antwerp, discover the magnificent flowers of Floralia and kaleidoscopic displays of Keukenhof Gardens on this enchanting tour celebrating the best of Dutch and Belgian horticulture.

Departs in April 2017.
5 days from £475per personView tour details
Nice Carnival & The French Riviera

The Nice Carnival is one of the largest in the world, with decorated floats, fancy dress and many musicians and dancers. Enjoy a fantastic view of this colourful procession during a break to the glamorous French Riviera.

Departs in February 2017.
7 days from £825per personView tour details
Showing 1 to 10 of 17 holidays

Each of our special interest breaks has been carefully tailored around specific events or activities to give guests an incredible experience. The excursions included in the tours are chosen to reflect the theme of the holiday, whilst free days are often incorporated into our special interest tours to give guests the opportunity to revisit their favourite places or to explore something new. All accommodation and travel is included in the price of the holiday, as well as a selection of meals and excursions.

Travelling to your destination by train allows the journey to become an enjoyable part of our special interest tours, as guests can sit back and relax whilst beautiful landscapes roll past the window. From the moment you step on the first train to when you depart after your journey home, one of our professional and experienced Tour Managers accompanies the holiday ensuring everything goes to plan. Your Tour Manager takes care of things such as checking into hotels and knowing the correct platform from where to catch the next train. You can enjoy complete peace of mind on our special interest holidays from the moment you leave your home.

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Rail Discoveries has more than three decades' experience providing outstanding rail holidays.

Our escorted tours benefit from the presence of a professional Tour Manager, who will ensure that your holiday runs smoothly.


Allow Rail Discoveries to take the stress out of organising a holiday; our tours include rail travel, a range of superb accommodation, and a number of meals.

Embark on a wealth of included excursions or enjoy the complete dining experience on one of our all-inclusive tours.


Call us on the dedicated phone number above or speak to one of our award-winning Tour Advisors in person at our offices in York.

We can arrange connecting UK rail from your local station, porterage services or extra nights in a favourite city.

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