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Short Breaks

If time is limited but you still want to get away, our Short Breaks by Train travel to some of the finest destinations in Europe. With a relaxing rail journey to and from your destination your short break will leave you feeling refreshed.

Short Breaks by Train

Make the journey part of the holiday by choosing one of Rail Discoveries' escorted short breaks by train. From Europe's fairy-tale castles to the hidden gems of the UK, our rail tours offer you the chance to see some of the most famous attractions of the continent in the peace of mind that comes with knowing that every aspect of your holiday is taken care of before departure.

No matter how little time you have to spare, we have a wide range of reasonably priced holidays to many of Europe's most popular destinations, including the Swiss Alps, the Dordogne region of France, Holland and the Netherlands, and the beautiful countryside of Yorkshire.

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Yorkshire by Steam

Discover glorious Yorkshire, from the edge of the rugged Dales to its spectacular coastline, via the majestic North York Moors. Enjoy ancient York, delightful Brontë country and scenic railway journeys.

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2020MarAprMayJunJulAugSepOct

5 days from £349 pp

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Railways of Wales

Explore the rugged mountains and winding waterways of North Wales. Enjoy picturesque journeys aboard historic steam trains and admire delightful towns and ancient history on this Welsh adventure.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

6 days from £499 pp

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The Isle of Man

A superb tour to the charming Isle of Man, with three full days of varied excursions to the island's old fashioned towns, pretty fishing ports and breathtakingly picturesque coastline on the different historic railways.

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2020MayJunJulAugSep

6 days from £659 pp

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Norwich & Norfolk

Explore the meandering waterways and heritage railways of Norfolk. Based in historic Norwich, this rural getaway takes in the North Norfolk Coast, the royal residence of Sandringham and quaint market towns.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

5 days from £399 pp

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Alluring Rhine Valley

From your base at riverside Remagen, this beautiful Rhine Valley tour introduces you to the spectacular landscapes of the Rhine Gorge. Enjoy the fantastic scenery and travel aboard the Drachenfelsbahn, the oldest cog railway in Germany.

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2020AprMayJunAug

5 days from £499 pp

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The Festive Markets of Yorkshire

Soak up the festive atmosphere in 'God's own county' on this superb pre-Christmas break. In addition to the Christmas Markets in historic York, you will enjoy a vintage steam journey and a festive rural village festival.

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2019NovDec

5 days from £395 pp

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The Charming Dordogne The Charming Dordogne

The Charming Dordogne

Based in pretty Le Bugue, this rail holiday takes you to one of the most beautiful parts of France, where you can marvel at medieval towns, and outstanding countryside, and journey on a unique heritage railway.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

6 days from £749 pp

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Christmas in Wales

Enjoy a delightful Christmas escape in beautiful Wales. Discover the panorama of the countryside on three fantastic rail journeys, and greet the festive season in style.

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2019Dec

5 days from £970 pp

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Canterbury & The Garden of England

Explore this beautiful region from its charming steam railways. Discover cities steeped in rich history, and the picturesque gardens which have earned the area the nickname 'the garden of England.'

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2020MayJunAugSep

5 days from £549 pp

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Oban, Isle of Skye & The Sound of Mull

From the proud city of Glasgow, make the exciting journey through the mesmerising scenery of the Scottish Highlands on one of the world's great railways, before visiting the beautiful Isle of Skye and embarking on a scenic cruise on the Sound of Mull.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

6 days from £549 pp

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No Solo Supplement*
The Jurassic Coast By SteamThe Jurassic Coast By Steam

The Jurassic Coast By Steam

From your base in Bournemouth, discover the charms of Dorset and Hampshire, including the fascinating eras of natural and cultural history on display here.

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2020MayJunOct

5 days from £399 pp

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The Peak District

Uncover some of the best landscapes that rural England has to offer in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Visit pretty Buxton, admire the splendour of Chatsworth House and gardens, and step back in time on a nostalgic rail journey.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

5 days from £399 pp

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Culture, History, and Natural Wonders

At the heart of our short breaks in Europe is a range of excursions, designed to introduce you to the most significant natural, cultural, and historical attractions that a destination has to offer. These might be a journey on a heritage railway, a visit to a national park, or a guided tour of a city centre.

Local guides sometimes join our excursions to give you an even richer experience on your short break, sharing their intimate knowledge of an area or suggesting unique places to visit. However, our guides and Tour Managers are not there to tell you how to enjoy your holiday; you are free to explore independently, if you wish.

We choose our accommodation based on the quality of facilities and the value for money offered, as well as the hotel's proximity to nearby attractions and the local train station. Local families run many of our European hotels as we find they offer a more personal, friendly atmosphere to our guests.

The services of one of our professional Tour Managers are included in the price of your holiday to ensure that your time in Europe is as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. Our Tour Managers can assist you with anything from travel advice to suggestions about the best places to eat, and they are always happy to help.

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Browse the extensive range of holidays listed below to find one that suits you or call one of our Tour Advisors on 01904 730 148 for more information about our short breaks by rail.

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