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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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Huskies
4.5 stars(27 reviews)
2023JanFebMar
6 days from
£1,599 pp
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Spectacular Springtime in Amsterdam
4.4 stars(8 reviews)
2023MarAprMay
5 days from
£749 pp
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  • DestinationHolland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Nice Carnival & the French Riviera
4.8 stars(13 reviews)
2023Feb
6 days from
£899 pp
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Atlanta
Great Rail Journeys
2022Oct
2023FebAprMayJunSepOct
14 days from
£2,795 pp
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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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  • DestinationBelgium, Holland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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  • DestinationBelgium, Holland
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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  • DestinationHolland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportCoach
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  • DestinationBelgium, France, Germany
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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  • DestinationEngland
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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  • DestinationBelgium, Holland
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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  • DestinationAustria, France, Germany, Italy
  • TransportRail
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Our customers love our Special Interest Holidays tours
Oberammergau & Lake Garda
27/Sep
SIMON QUICK
5 stars
“Great holiday to great location.
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Bavaria & Oberammergau
26/Sep
H Walker
5 stars
“Aged eighty, the C19-postponed booking for this once-in-a-lifetime journey stayed in the background through all the ups and downs of the last years, knowing that GRJ would somehow keep faith, and their promise, to get us to the Passion Play in 2022. Physically, it was absolutely as demanding as I expected, but everything that could be done for our security and comfort in the post-Brexit world was dealt with by our remarkable tour guide, whose calm, efficiency and kindness in the face of rail disruption, unexpected delays [including my own last-minute arrival for an urgent bus departure] and the sheer novelty of being able to travel for pleasure, were with us all the way.
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Oberammergau & the Rhine Valley
22/Sep
Mr Wells
5 stars
“Two wonderful places and experiences.
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Nice Carnival & The French Riviera
29/Mar
Edward Handley
5 stars
“Well organised, excellent guide. My only complaint is that the hotel room did not have any drawers in which to put clothes etc.
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Huskies and the Northern Lights
28/Mar
Mrs Shirley Outen
5 stars
“Everything we were expecting. Good hotels and very helpful tour manager and driver. Would recommend this to family and friends.
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Walworth Castle & Durham
2/Sep
Brenda
4 stars
“Walworth Castle is a beautiful location - The staff very helpful and friendly and the food excellent. As with any old building, the rooms vary considerably in terms of space and light. Durham is a lovely city and all the tours were interesting.
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Floriade, Keukenhof & Amsterdam
2/Jun
Helen Brown
4 stars
“The locations were amazing but the admin around the tickets each time meant that we had to queue for each local train that we took. We had Deutche Bahn tickets which did not work at the turnstiles. The hotel was fine and the food good.
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The Netherlands in Springtime
31 May 2018
Mrs R Jupp
4 stars
“The attention to detail at the hotel wasn’t up to your usual standard.
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Floralia Spring Flower Show & Keukenhof Gardens
01 May 2018
Mr J Cook
4 stars
“The trip to Delft was so disappointing. Not enough time to see this town. The walk from the coach park took such a chunk of our visiting time. Although the coach was not allowed ( seemingly only if you held a German international driving plate ). Both my wife and I were very greatly disappointed with the hotel room. No air conditioning. British station on TV not accessible. A bathroom that did not accommodate the size of an adult. Neither of us are grossly overweight but found using the bathroom extremely depressing inconvenient and bordering on claustrophobic. The toppers on our beds kept moving. To get into and out of one of our beds it was necessary to shuffle sideways. Noise not only of local building works but also in the hotel definitely interrupted my wife's sleep. Insufficient storage space. 5 coat hangers and only open shelving - no drawers. For one night ok but not for 4 nights for two people. No safe in our room as we had believed - only one in reception. Julie,our tour guide was excellent.
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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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