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Special Interest Tours

From flamboyant carnivals to peaceful walking holidays in the mountains, our Special Interest Holidays are designed to suit a variety of interests and hobbies.

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.

We’ve found 16 tours for you matching: Special Interest Holidays

Low Deposit £99pp

Huskies and the Northern Lights

Join us in the mysterious Arctic and discover the magic of Norway as husky dogs lead you through the snow, chase the incomparable Northern Lights, and ride the most northern railway in the world.

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6 days from £1,595 pp

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France's Waterways from Paris to Champagne

Cruising down the famous Champagne route of France on the elegant Raymonde hotel barge, with excursions to the birthplace of Dom Pérignon and Meaux, this tour is a gastronomic delight. We also enjoy a grand tour of Paris during this all inclusive journey. This tour is operated by our sister comapny Great Rail Journeys.

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7 days from £2,095 pp

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Secrets of Provence

Sublime, sun-drenched towns and cities rich with history and glittering waterways await on this fabulous cruise holiday. This fabulous cruise brings you the very best of France's elegant Provence region. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

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7 days from £2,295 pp

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The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine

On this all inclusive cruise, explore the hidden gems of Alsace and Lorraine, discovering many sights that lie off the beaten path. With visits to the medieval towns of Saverne and Sarrebourg, we travel on board the MS Madeleine, along these scenic waterways. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

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7 days from £2,295 pp

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The Waterways of Burgundy

Indulge in the scenery and produce of the famous Burgundy region, travelling along its picturesque waterways. Experience the Grands Crus Wine Circuit for an authentic flavour of wine-rich France. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

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7 days from £2,195 pp

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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.

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5 days from £785 pp

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Lille, Flanders & The Somme

A short rail journey takes you close to the Battlefields of Ypres and the Somme, 2 of the most infamous and iconic sites of the First World War. Explore the fascinating city of Lille on a guided tour, which includes a traditional beer and waffle tasting.

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5 days from £599 pp

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Floralia Spring Flower Show & Keukenhof Gardens

From Belgium's forgotten gem, Antwerp, discover the magnificent flowers of Floralia and kaleidoscopic displays of Keukenhof Gardens.

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5 days from £595 pp

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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.

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7 days from £995 pp

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The Harrogate Flower Show

Explore the annual flower show, held close to the pretty spa town of Harrogate on this exciting tour. Enjoy a nostalgic journey on a heritage railway and visit charming Bolton Abbey.

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5 days from £379 pp

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Edinburgh Tattoo

Marvel at the awesome spectacle of the colourful Edinburgh Military Tattoo during this exciting tour based in Edinburgh. Completing the trip, enjoy a journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway and a visit to the Highland Wildlife Park.

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5 days from £529 pp

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The Malvern Spring or Autumn Show

Spend a day at the RHS Malvern Spring or Autumn Festival and enjoy a variety of scenic rail journeys and fascinating excursions.

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5 days from £489 pp

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Travelling with Rail Discoveries

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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