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Classic Rail Journeys

From winding around the Swiss Alps on narrow-gauge railways to relaxing by the beautiful coast at the Côte d'Azur, Rail Discoveries' classic rail journeys visit some of Europe's most exquisite places. Whether you are looking for areas of outstanding natural beauty or places that are culturally rich, we have a classic tour to suit you.

These exciting holidays have proven themselves popular with customers year upon year and new guests are continually thrilled when they embark on one of our classic tours. Everyone from groups of friends to solo travellers are welcome on these holidays which boast a friendly group atmosphere along with exciting excursions and exploration into the area the holiday is based. Browse our full range of classic rail journeys.

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North Yorkshire Moors
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4.3 stars(158 reviews)
2021AprMayJunJulAug...
5 days from
£339 pp
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Isle of Man
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4.7 stars(50 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAugSepOct
6 days from
£599 pp
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Railways of Wales
Flexible Booking
4.5 stars(98 reviews)
2021AprMayJunJulAug...
6 days from
£499 pp
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Scottish Highlands
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4.2 stars(13 reviews)
2021MayJunSepOct
6 days from
£549 pp
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Jacobite Steam Train

What to see

"My most memorable rail experience is the Jacobite Steam Train in the Highlands of Scotland. From a rain-soaked Fort William, the grey clouds miraculously cleared as the train puffed over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Sitting in the carriage at the rear end of the train, we were treated to the whole curving expanse of the viaduct and the steep drop into the valley below."

Karen Priest, Tour Manager

Jungfrau Express

What to do

"The summit station of the Jungfrau Express is inside the mountain, and there is so much to see and do upon arrival. There are exhibitions, a chocolate making experience, ice sculptures inside the glacier, restaurants, and on a good day in summer you can walk outside in the snow, or even sit at a bar made out of snow, and enjoy your favourite tipple in the sun."

Beverley Goring, Tour Manager

Manx Electric Railway

What to discover

"The Electric Railway ride from Ramsey to Douglas is an unforgettable experience. On a clear day, you can see across to the Lake District. It goes along the edge of the rugged coastline for 17 miles and the views are stunning. It dates back to the 1890s and still uses some of the original carriages. In the early season, the railway is edged with stunning yellow gorse which is replaced later in the season with a display of wild pink fuchsias."

Caroline Bryan, Tour Manager

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Yorkshire's Steam Railways

With its wild heather moorlands, glorious coastlines and villages that transport you back in time, God's Own Country is seemingly made for exploring by rail. From the Gothic arches of Whitby Abbey to landscapes made famous in the 1970's movie, 'The Railway Children', discover the best of scenic Yorkshire on the Discovery Blog. 

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Glacier Express All Inclusive
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4.4 stars(48 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAugSepOct
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9 days from
£1,499 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Railways of Wales
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4.5 stars(98 reviews)
2021AprMayJunJulAug...
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£499 pp
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  • DestinationWales
  • Starts / EndsLlandudno
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Lake Windemere
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4.1 stars(16 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAugSepOct
5 days from
£349 pp
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  • DestinationEngland
  • Starts / EndsCarlisle
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Jungfrau Express All Inclusive
Flexible Booking
4.5 stars(54 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAugSepOct
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
8 days from
£1,499 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Glacier Express All Inclusive in Winter
4.7 stars(12 reviews)
2022JanFeb
8 days from
£1,549 pp
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£1,549
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Scottish Highlands
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4.2 stars(13 reviews)
2021MayJunSepOct
6 days from
£549 pp
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6 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsGlasgow, Edinburgh / Glasgow
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  • TransportRail
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Glacier Express
Great Rail Journeys
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2021MayJunAugSep
2022MayJunJulAugSep
12 days from
£2,995 pp
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Great Rail Journeys
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, Holland, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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14 days from
£4,495
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Jungfrau Express
Great Rail Journeys
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2021MayJunAugSep
2022MayJunJulAugSep
11 days from
£2,695 pp
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Great Rail Journeys
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11 days from
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, Holland, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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8 days from
£1,599
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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8 days from
£1,599
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail
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Vineyards In Lavaux
Great Rail Journeys
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2021MayJunJulAugSep
2022JunJulAugSep
13 days from
£3,195 pp
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Great Rail Journeys
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Our customers love our Classic Rail Journeys tours
Lakes and Dales by Steam
27 Oct 2020
Miss Jayne Eastwood
5 stars
“I really enjoyed this holiday. Jacqui, the Tour Manager, was very good, friendly and approachable. She organised everything very well indeed.
Collected by Rail Discoveries
Loch Lomond & The Scottish Highlands
09 Oct 2020
Mrs Eileen Hedley
5 stars
“Very organised given currant suitation with virus & felt safe in both hotels. Tour Manager was very approachable and helpful. The Coach Driver was very knowledgeable & enjoyed his commentary as we travelled around.
Collected by Rail Discoveries
Railways of Wales
08 Oct 2020
Mr Patrick Woodcock
5 stars
“Most enjoyable and well organised
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Jungfrau Express All Inclusive
14 Nov 2019
Mr S Humphreys
5 stars
“we found the hotel, tour manager, fellow tourists, trips, etc all excellent ( also the weather). We like staying in one centre and going on trips from that location.
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Glacier Express All Inclusive in Winter
08 May 2019
Mr P Driver
5 stars
“Our tour manager Graham Carter did a great job in making every day of our holiday run perfectly. He sorted any issues when necessary. He even gave valuable advice for our free days.
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Majorca & the ‘Orange Express’
30 Oct 2018
Mr W Kift
5 stars
“Everything was wonderful .
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Glacier Express All Inclusive
29 Oct 2019
Ms J Stokes
4 stars
“Thoroughly enjoyable. Lots of good scenery. A good train experience with 26 trains in all.
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