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ESCORTED HOLIDAYS BY TRAIN

From the Petit Train Jaune through the sun-soaked French Pyrenees to Japan's iconic bullet trains and the "toy train" that winds through the Himalayan foothills from Kandaghat to Shimla, the world is criss-crossed by unique, unforgettable rail journeys. 

Travel with us and explore the world, from historic cities and towns to scenic mountains and valleys, on our wonderful rail holidays. Watch the winding river canyons and pristine forests of Canada's most scenic train ride roll by from the comfort of the Rocky Mountaineer, or admire Austrian mountain pastures from the carriages of the Zillertal Steam Railway. Take a vintage UK rail holiday through the rolling hills and pastures of the Isle of Man, or across the glens and moors of the Scottish Highlands.

Take in the extraordinary wonders and sights of Europe on an escorted rail holiday. Explore the glorious scenery of the Dolomites on board the Renon railway, or soak up the astonishing Alpine views as you ride the Bernina Express to St Moritz. Travel to St Petersburg from Moscow's Leningrad Station, or see the forest-filled valleys of Norway's fjordlands as the world-famous Flamsbana railway carries you from Myrdal to Flam.

Whether your carriages are steam-hauled along lovingly restored lines or diesel-hauled on scheduled routes, and whether your rail holiday takes you to Europe, Canada or even further afield, you'll be free to let the train take the strain as you travel to fascinating destinations, and explore exhilarating heights often inaccessible by road.

Scottish Highland Railways
  • 4.14 (2628 reviews)
  • United Kingdom, Scotland, British Isles
  • 3 excursions included
  • 8 meals included
  • Rail travel from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh - a truly spectacular ride through the remote northern Highlands and alongside Loch Carron
  • Journey on the steam-hauled Strathspey Railway through unspoilt Highland scenery and alongside the River Spey
  • Cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct, as seen in the Harry Potter films, on a train ride from Fort William to Mallaig
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    • Flights Included
  • 5 days from: £544pp
  • Was: £639pp
  • 9 airports
  • 50 dates available
  • Jul 2022 - Oct 2023
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Historic Railways of the Isle of Man
  • 4.47 (496 reviews)
  • United Kingdom, British Isles
  • 3 excursions included
  • 8 meals included
  • Journey on the narrow-gauge Isle of Man Steam Railway
  • Ride the Manx Electric Railway to historic Derby Castle Station
  • Take a trip on the Snaefell Mountain Railway
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    • Flights Included
  • 5 days from: £590pp
  • Was: £655pp
  • 8 airports
  • 50 dates available
  • Jul 2022 - Oct 2023
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Little Trains of the Pyrenees
  • 4.11 (204 reviews)
  • France, Spain
  • 4 excursions included
  • 1 meal included
  • Spend five nights on the beautiful Costa Brava
  • Enjoy the views from the Roses Express road train
  • Ride the Little Yellow Train to the French Pyrenees
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    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £752pp
  • Was: £835pp
  • 9 airports
  • 20 dates available
  • Sep 2022 - Oct 2023
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The Italian Dolomites
  • 3.82 (90 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Ride the Renon narrow-gauge railway to Collabro
  • Journey by rail from Mezzolombardo to Caldes
  • Enjoy the views from the Soprabolzano cable-car
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £855pp
  • Was: £949pp
  • 9 airports
  • 18 dates available
  • May 2023 - Oct 2023
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Little Trains of the Dolomites
  • 3.82 (90 reviews)
  • Italy
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Ride the Renon narrow-gauge railway to Collabro
  • Journey by rail from Mezzolombardo to Caldes
  • Enjoy the views from the Soprabolzano cable-car
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £914pp
  • Was: £1015pp
  • 12 airports
  • 6 dates available
  • Aug 2022 - Oct 2022
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Lake Como, St Moritz & the Bernina Express
  • 3.73 (227 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Discover Bellagio, "Italy's most beautiful town"
  • Enjoy a cruise on Lake Como
  • Ride the Bernina Express to St Moritz
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £968pp
  • Was: £1075pp
  • 8 airports
  • 21 dates available
  • Aug 2022 - Oct 2023
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India's Golden Triangle & Shimla
  • 4.55 (40 reviews)
  • India
  • 12 excursions included
  • 34 meals included
  • Watching the sun set (and rise) behind the Taj Mahal
  • Riding the "toy train" from Kandaghat to Shimla
  • Searching for Ranthambhore's tigers on two included safaris
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    • Flights Included
  • 14 days from: £1899pp
  • Was: £2109pp
  • 5 airports
  • 3 dates available
  • Sep 2022 - Nov 2022
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Japan - Land of the Rising Sun
  • 4.41 (58 reviews)
  • Japan
  • 8 excursions included
  • 13 meals included
  • Explore Himeji, Japan’s best-preserved feudal-era fortress
  • Take the train to Nara, Japan’s 6th-century capital with its sacred deer
  • Experience bustling Osaka, ‘Japan’s Kitchen’
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    • Flights Included
  • 12 days from: £3744pp
  • Was: £4159pp
  • 1 airport
  • 5 dates available
  • Feb 2023 - Sep 2023
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  • 5 excursions included
  • Gaze in awe at tumultuous Niagara Falls
  • Enjoy a journey on the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer
  • UNESCO-listed Québec City, Canada's only walled city
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    • Flights Included
  • 14 days from: £4041pp
  • Was: £4489pp
  • 7 airports
  • 6 dates available
  • Apr 2023 - Sep 2023
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 12 meals included
  • Spend a week in the celebrated resort of Chateau d’Oex
  • Rest and relax in the idyllic surroundings of the Pays d’Enhaut (Upper Country)
  • Discover medieval gem and cheese-making village Gruyères
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £896pp
  • Was: £995pp
  • 6 airports
  • 7 dates available
  • Sep 2022 - Oct 2023
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Discover some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches
  • Explore historic island capital, Cagliari, once a Roman stronghold
  • Ride the Little Green Train through the mountainous interior
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £1211pp
  • Was: £1345pp
  • 1 airport
  • 1 date available
  • 07 September 2022
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  • 12 excursions included
  • 26 meals included
  • Stay at some wonderful boutique ‘home-stay’ and Heritage hotels
  • Discover Old and New Delhi and enjoy a rickshaw ride
  • A guided tour of Agra, ‘City of Love’ and the ‘Taj’
    • Flights Included
  • 15 days from: £2453pp
  • Was: £2725pp
  • 2 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 04 November 2022
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  • 14 excursions included
  • 13 meals included
  • Uncover the secrets of one of the world’s most colourful countries
  • Tour Lima, the ‘City of Kings’ Fly to Cusco and the fabled Sacred Valleyour Lima, the ‘City of Kings’ Fly to Cusco and the fabled Sacred Valley
  • Narrow- gauge Vistadome train ride, to Machu Picchu – the lost city of the Incas
    • Flights Included
  • 14 days from: £2520pp
  • Was: £2799pp
  • 6 airports
  • 8 dates available
  • Sep 2022 - Nov 2023
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Canada's Rocky Mountaineer
  • 4.64 (22 reviews)
  • Canada
  • 1 excursion included
  • 4 meals included
  • Enjoy a journey on the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer
  • Stay in Banff, the capital of the Rockies
  • A two-night stay in the alpine town of Jasper
    • Flights Included
  • 11 days from: £2903pp
  • Was: £3225pp
  • 7 airports
  • 10 dates available
  • Sep 2022 - Oct 2023
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  • 25 excursions included
  • 24 meals included
  • Narrow- gauge Vistadome train ride, to Machu Picchu – the lost city of the Incas
  • Explore the Sacred Valley and the ruined Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo
  • Visit Cusco, a remarkable living citadel
    • Flights Included
  • 19 days from: £3600pp
  • Was: £4000pp
  • 6 airports
  • 9 dates available
  • Sep 2022 - Nov 2023
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  • 1 excursion included
  • 24 meals included
  • A journey on the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer
  • A seven-night cruise through the Inside Passage and awe-inspiring Alaskan waters
  • Visits to Juneau, Skagway and colourful Ketchikan
    • Flights Included
  • 16 days from: £4631pp
  • Was: £5145pp
  • 7 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 04 September 2023
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WHERE TO GO ON A RAIL HOLIDAY

Whether your heart is crying out for snow-capped peaks and lush valleys - with those exhilarating moments of spotting wildlife roaming free! - or whether you have always wanted to pass through fascinating cities and quaint villages, you will find your dream escape in a rail holiday. From the Rockies to the Pyrenees, we have plenty of beautiful rail holidays on offer.

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Rail Holidays for Solo Travellers

Be inspired to travel solo. Newmarket Holidays welcomes solo travellers on all our group tours. In fact, many of our customers choose to join our tours on their own. And the best part is: you won’t really be alone. With a group of like-minded travellers and a friendly, informative tour manager (as well as incredible locals all over the world!), you will love your holiday experience. Joining a tour as a solo traveller is also a guaranteed way to feel safe and confident when travelling alone. While you can join any of our regular tours on your own, we also have a range of tours designed exclusively for solo travellers.

Rail Holiday FAQs

First time on a rail holiday? Here are some questions (and answers!) you may find useful...

  • A rail holiday is a holiday that involves sections of travelling done by rail. 

  • Our rail holidays go to a variety of destinations that have iconic railways, including Scotland, the Isle of Man, Japan, Switzerland, Canada and India.

  • No. Our rail holidays incorporate journeys on iconic railways, but not long 30-hour trips. Every rail holiday is different, but you can look always look forward a comfortable bed at the end of each day. 

  • Rail holidays allow you to sit back and relax in comfort and style as you take in the wonderful scenery of the word's most iconic train journeys, often inaccessible to road vehicles.   

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