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From the romance of steam engines to sleek, modern high-speed trains, there are so many reasons to choose a holiday by rail. Rail Discoveries offers a wide range of escorted tours so you can find your perfect short break or holiday in the UK or abroad, with fabulous scenery, plenty to see and fantastic experiences every day. Choose Rail Discoveries for inclusive holidays by rail with a range of excursions, many meals and the services of a Tour Manager. 

Let your journey begin

Travelling by train has unique and enduring appeal, providing freedom and flexibility, convenience and comfort. The journey is also very much part of the holiday as you pass through ever changing scenery, with interesting sights and pleasurable stopovers en route.

Whisking you into Europe

Most Rail Discoveries holidays depart from St Pancras International in London, with the Eurostar taking just two hours to reach Paris or Brussels. A high-speed rail network makes every corner of Europe ever quicker and easier to reach by train.

Your dedicated Tour Manager

An integral part of a Rail Discoveries holiday is an experienced and friendly Tour Manager who will meet you at St Pancras International and remain on hand throughout the tour. They provide all the information or assistance you may need and ensure all the arrangements for hotels and excursions run smoothly.

Well-researched itineraries

From scenic rail journeys on vintage trains to river cruises and sightseeing tours of beautiful cities, we include fantastic things to see and do as a key part of every tour. We also make sure there's plenty of free time for relaxing, exploring and dining independently.

Hotels and meals

From stopovers to your holiday base for several days, we've carefully selected hotels that provide high standards of quality, comfort and facilities, in convenient locations and often with distinctive style and character. Many meals are also included in the tour prices as specified, either at the hotels or as part of the excursions.

Personal and relaxed

The average group size is between 30-35 on most tours. We take every care to ensure customers enjoy a personal experience rather than feeling part of a crowd. Casual dress is perfectly acceptable for most tours although you may choose dressier options for special dinners and some of our cruising holidays.

Perfect for single travellers

Travelling as part of a group can be ideal for single travellers by providing the ease and confidence to explore independently, with the opportunity to share experiences and enjoy a convivial atmosphere as much as you please.

Travel light

Less is more when it comes to luggage. Although trains don't have the same restrictions as airlines, you may well have to lift your bags on and off trains, into luggage racks and into the hotels. As such we recommend one average size suitcase and one piece of hand luggage per person which should allow for all you'll need on our tours. The vertical suitcases with wheels and retractable handles are particularly appropriate.

The sightseeing excursions and transfers can be relatively demanding for travellers with limited mobility and porterage is not available. If you're in any doubt, our helpful advisers will be very happy to provide guidance on any tours you have in mind.

Door-to-door luggage service

To avoid carrying heavy suitcases, we provide the services of the Rail Discoveries Luggage Concierge Service - supported by The Baggage man, available on a one-way or return basis. Your luggage is collected from your home and delivered to your specified hotel in time for your arrival. Details and prices will be sent approximately 10 weeks before departure.

The personal touch

We have a dedicated team of friendly Tour Advisors just a phone call away to provide all the information, advice and assistance you could need to choose and book your ideal tour with Rail Discoveries. We also provide helpful customer service support right up to your departure.

You'll also find full details of all our escorted tours on our website and you can check availability and book your holiday securely, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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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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