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Why travel with Rail Discoveries?


Whether you are planning a holiday in the UK, mainland Europe or further afield, a Rail Discoveries tour offers you a superb way to experience some of the world's most beautiful destinations. You can watch the wonderful and ever-changing scenery glide past; after all, rail journeys often go where no other form of transport can. You may feel inclined to take a stroll to the buffet, enjoy your holiday reading - or just close your eyes for a nap. When you arrive at your destination, you'll be in the perfect frame of mind for all the discoveries that await you - with an experienced Tour Manager on hand to make sure that you don't miss a thing.

Our pedigree

We believe experience counts - and as part of the Great Rail Journeys group, we have 30 years of it. No other company offers the range of itineraries that we do, and the care we take of every aspect of your holiday is also unmatched.

The best of both worlds

We create interesting and exciting holidays, combining the best or most scenic rail journeys with conveniently located hotels and inclusive excursions so that you enjoy the journey out and back as much as your time exploring each new destination.

Inclusive Value

We pride ourselves on ensuring that all our holidays give you great value. That means co-ordinating the best travel arrangements, hand-picking good quality hotels, many meals and excursions. Each holiday boasts a carefully-researched itinerary, with plenty of sightseeing as well as built-in free time.

Escorted Experience

It's what makes a Rail Discoveries holiday so special, the expertise of a UK Tour Manager from start to finish and the good company of your fellow travellers. Many customers have found that sharing their holiday with others makes it a very special experience. Rail Discoveries know that your holiday will not only give you pleasure and enjoyment at the time, but will leave you with lifelong memories to relive over and over again.

Our Price Guarantee

Quite simply, we guarantee that we'll never offer your holiday at less than the price you pay and there are no hidden surcharges after. That means you can book as far in advance as you wish, confident that you won't be paying a premium. We also know that the unforeseen does sometimes happen so if you aren't able to travel on the dates you've booked, we'll offer you an alternative or even a different holiday for just a small administration fee, provided you tell us within the applicable cut-off date.

Flexibility for your peace of mind

We know that the unforeseen does sometimes happen so if, for any reason, you aren't able to travel on the dates you've booked, we'll offer you an alternative or even a different holiday for just a small administration fee, provided you tell us within the applicable cut-off date.

Financial Protection

Book with Rail Discoveries and you have the peace of mind of 100% financial protection, provided by way of an ATOL (ATOL number 3278) administered by the Civil Aviation Authority for holiday packages that include a flight, and a bond held by ABTA (ABTA number V2170) for holidays without flights.


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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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Payments are covered by Verified by Visa, MasterCard SecureCode or American Express SafeKey℠, and protected by Thawte technology.

We are members of ABTA and AITO. All our tours are ATOL-protected and backed by the Rail Discoveries Price Promise.

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