When you book with Rail Discoveries, your holiday includes so much more than just travel and accommodation. Our tours include far more than a simple package holiday. When you book with Rail Discoveries, we'll take you to your destination in style and comfort, and you'll be accompanied throughout by an experienced Tour Manager who'll take care of the important details for you. From start to finish, the logistical arrangements are handled by your friendly Tour Manager - so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the experience of travelling by rail.
In each destination, we stay in comfortable, centrally located hotels. On most tours we include breakfast every day, as well as many dinners, either served in the hotel or in a local restaurant. On each tour, we also include a superb programme of interesting excursions and informative sightseeing tours. You can travel on local mountain railways, enjoy excursions to local places of interest and enjoy guided walking tours of the towns and cities we visit. With Rail Discoveries, this is all included in the price of your holiday, making our tours superb value for money.
From the Norfolk Broads to the Isle of Man and from the North Wales coast to the Highlands of Scotland, our exciting collection of UK tours has something for everyone - without the need for you to bring a passport or change any currency. Our incredibly popular UK tours are packed with exciting excursions - a daily itinerary of sightseeing tours, heritage railway excursions, visits to interesting towns and tours of historic stately homes. We stay in comfortable, conveniently located hotels on all of our UK holidays and take full advantage of the excellent local heritage and steam railways available in the region. On most of our UK tours, dinner is included every evening. Wherever in the UK you choose to visit, you'll find a tour which ticks all the boxes and which provides you with incredible value for money.
From the scenic and gastronomic treasures of the beautiful Dordogne to the glitz, glamour and enviable climate of the Cote d'Azur, Rail Discoveries offers a wonderful collection of holidays by rail in France. There can be no better introduction to holidaying by rail than with a tour to the fabulous Dordogne region of France. Easily accessible from London by rail, the Dordogne combines two of France's most appealing assets - terrific scenery and mouth-watering cuisine. Once you've combined this with quality hotel accommodation and excursions by heritage train and river boat, you have the perfect recipe for a wonderful French experience. Our French Riviera holidays whisk you from London to the Mediterranean in only a few hours as you travel by Eurostar to Paris and then by high-speed TGV to Nice. Once settled into your hotel in the heart of the city, you'll be able to enjoy excursions to the fabulous resorts of Antibes and Cannes and the glamorous principality of Monaco.
Our range of Italian tours offers you the chance to discover this remarkable country in style, racing from city to city on the excellent Italian rail network. Our tours showcase the greatest Italian cities and regions, from the Eternal City of Rome to the enchanting floating city of Venice; from the Tuscan hills to the beautiful Bay of Naples. Choose an Italian sightseeing tour and discover the highlights of amazing cities like Florence, Venice, Rome and Pisa, or opt for a relaxing break with an Italian lakeside holiday by Lake Garda or Lake Maggiore. Enjoy the breathtaking coastal scenery on a tour of the Italian Riviera, or discover the destructive power of Mount Vesuvius on a tour of Pompeii.
Our remarkable collection of Germany holidays offers you the opportunity to discover many of the highlights of Europe's most populous nation. Using high-speed trains to travel in comfort from city to city, you can enjoy any number of different experiences in Germany. These include a short break to the town of Cochem, a visit to the Harz Mountains and a horticultural tour of Germany's Royal Gardens. Our range of tours to the Rhine Valley, arguably Germany's most picturesque region, is particularly impressive. You can explore the region by rail and coach, enjoying all-inclusive hotel accommodation and a superb itinerary of included excursions. Alternatively, you could take a truly relaxing rail-cruise tour, floating serenely along the mighty River Rhine to visit the picturesque wine towns and quaint riverside villages which line its banks.
With Rail Discoveries, you can explore the sights of Europe entirely by train. Tours to the Continent begin on the fast, efficient Eurostar, racing across the south-east from London on 'High-Speed One', currently the UK's only section of high-speed track. After a remarkably short time in "the Tunnel", you'll emerge in France, ready to join Europe's incredible integrated rail network for your onward journey across the Continent.
At Rail Discoveries, we offer a wonderfully diverse collection of rail tours in Europe - from a short break in Belgium to an adventurous cruise along the Danube; from the Chateaux of the Loire to the iconic Glacier Express. Our European rail tours include France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Holland, Hungary, Slovakia and the stunning ports which surround the Mediterranean. Whatever your style, we have a holiday by rail to Europe that will capture your imagination.
On a worldwide holiday with Rail Discoveries, we might not be able to travel to the destination by rail from London, but we certainly take full advantage of the excellent railway network in the countries we visit. In India, a country where rail travel is a way of life and embraced by millions every day, we use the railways to travel through the beautiful countryside from bustling city to bustling city. We travel alongside ordinary Indians going about their daily lives and making their daily commute, providing us with a unique insight into life and culture in their amazing country.
On our USA tours, you'll enjoy the experience of travelling by rail on impressive 'Superliner' trains - each with inspiring names like 'California Zephyr' and 'Coast Starlight'. You'll see the wonderful continent that is best seen from a train, and travel by rail from big city to big city. In between rail journeys you'll enjoy unforgettable American hospitality and discover the incredible sights of this wonderful country.
There is something magical about steam railways - a sense of nostalgia for a bygone age of travel - the glory days of rail. On our steam tours, we embrace the golden age of rail travel by including excursions which take advantage of those steam railways which are still in operation today. Whether that's a journey through the scenery of the North York Moors or an adventure through the Harz Mountains, our steam tours showcase the very best of steam trains across Europe. For possibly the best nostalgic rail experience, you can book our Isle of Man holiday, where steam railways are combined with historic and heritage lines, horse drawn trams and preserved electric railways - providing a real taste of the 1950s.
Trains are the perfect mode of transport to discover Europe's wonderful lakes and mountains scenery. From a train you can enjoy views across tranquil lakes before heading into the mountains and climbing towards the majestic snow-capped peaks. Our lakes and mountains tours offer both relaxing lakeside hotel accommodation and exhilarating mountain railway excursions, taking you from the shores of a glacial lake to the peak of a towering mountain by rack-and-pinion railway. You can spend one day on a peaceful lake cruise before spending the next climbing to the highest railway station in Europe. You can enjoy a stroll by the lake or a horse and carriage ride through the forests surrounding an Alpine resort. With Rail Discoveries, a lakes and mountains holiday by rail offers the perfect mix of sights and scenery, relaxing and excitement.