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Great Rail Journeys

4.0 | Great
  • 79% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
  • Global Operator
  • 1981
  • York, UK
  • 15

Great Rail Journeys Reviews & Ratings 79% Recommend

4.0 out of 5
Excellent 12 Great 6 Average 1 Disappointing 3 Terrible 2
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Tour Reviews



Had an amazing time September 2018

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Had an amazing time on the Jungfrau Express 5* All Inclusive 11/09/18-19/09/18. Can’t wait to book another trip with Great Rail Journeys.


Does Not Recommend

Our Tour Manager was excellent and provided amazing assistance and information. He was personable, knowledgeable and always available for questions or just conversation of the day's events. However, our group of 7 would never take another trip with Grea June 2018

  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0
Definitely not a trip for Seniors. No consideration or assistance given to travellers handling luggage.


Does Not Recommend


  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

I went to this Hotel some years back arranged by GT Rail Journeys.

The whole trip way fantastic apart from this Hotel The food was of "tour standard" A fish pie was served sans fish.

If you were a travelling guest service & food fine. It was so awful Gt Train Journeys deleted from their tour itinerary following numerous complaints .I am amazed it has been included again Once bitten

The other funny thing was feed back from Gt Train Journey travellers were suddenly "REMOVED" from their web
10 months ago Answer
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Had a fantastic time May 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just back from tracks of deep south tour a must for any music fan had a fantastic time with a jam packed itinerary and a big thanks to the hard working Ken our tour guide



It was absolutely FANTASTIC! April 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from our third trip with GRJ- India's Golden Triangle and it was absolutely FANTASTIC! Every single part of it was simply wonderful- but must single out our tour manager Ian Sargeant who was wonderful, always had a smile on his face and completely on the ball with everything. The local guide/ driver and drivers assistant (Marvy, KP and Raj) made our holiday - they were superb. Professional with a great sense of humour and nothing was ever too much trouble. We felt so sad waving goodbye! The hotels were amazing (and we were not on the 5*!) and every single day was just brilliant. Would highly recommend this tour. Oh yeah, and we saw 3 tigers , a leopard and 3 sloth bears at Ranthambhore National Park which was so exciting! We wrote a blog all about it if you're interested on Adventuresinamotorhome (dot) com - can't put a link on here!
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Will travel with GRJ again! January 2017

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Just returned from Discovering Japan tour. Fantastic time, Tour Manager was Lydia Boyd, excellent organiser and lovely personality. Tour was well planned and hotels/porterage very good. Had previously done Golden Triangle and preferred the eating arrangements on that trip with evening meals in hotels included - we got a little weary of trawling round restaurants this time. Would have liked an extra evening towards the end of the holiday as it becomes a bit rushed.
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Stride Review

Great Rail Journeys provides private and small group escorted holidays by rail all around the world.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

Providing high class, quality holiday experiences, Great Rail Journeys knows how to craft the perfect itinerary for train enthusiasts. This mode of transport is unique, and Great Rail Journey’s takes full advantage of the more slow paced journey you get on a train. Their tours are specialized, with private excursions available, and high caliber customer service on board and off.

Who Travels With Them?

Rail journeys are perfect for large groups and families, but certain packages can also be great for a romantic getaway. Solo travelers are also welcome, but do be aware that a single supplement is charged. If you’re a more independent traveler, rail journeys can be a great way to see the world in safety and comfort. 

Where Do They Operate?

They offer exciting rail journeys all over the world, many with specialized focus, such as Christmas Rail tours in Europe. You can also choose from among “Iconic Trains” if you’re a history buff, or train journeys that include safari excursions in India or Africa.

Why Travel With Them?

They offer a fully escorted experience, ensuring all you have to do is relax. With a heavy emphasis on responsible tourism, they do their utmost to keep their effect on the surrounding landscape as minimal as possible.

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From Great Rail Journeys

Why travel with great rail journeys?

Great Rail Journeys is the UK's leading operator of holidays by rail. There is no-one who understands rail holidays like we do - and no other company offers a better choice of escorted holidays by rail anywhere else in the world.

We pride ourselves on providing you with a truly first class holiday experience, in every aspect of our tours:

The Best Rail Travel

We have been organising outstanding tours for more than 30 years. In that time, we have built on our detailed understanding of both UK and international networks, and are true rail experts. We ensure that we travel on the most convenient trains and (where applicable) the most comfortable sleeper trains.

On most of our holidays, rail journeys are made in the highest class available on the train - and this is included in the price of the holiday, rather than being offered as an upgrade option with more to pay. On the Eurostar we generally travel in Standard Premier Class, the first class option for leisure travellers, with a light meal, alcoholic drinks and tea/coffee served on board. On most holidays we continue in First Class on inter-city routes across Europe all the way to your destination.

Our New Departure Office At St Pancras International

Traveling on one of our European tours? To make sure your holiday gets off to a relaxing and stress-free start, we now have our own special dedicated departure office at St Pancras International station. From the very beginning, your Tour Manager will be there waiting to greet you. Then it's just a short step to your train and the start of your wonderful holiday experience.

Brilliant Hotels

In our three decades of experience, we have carefully selected our hotels based on their individual style, warm welcome and excellent service - ensuring that they meet the high standards our customers have come to expect. We have worked closely with several of our hoteliers for a number of years, and many of the hotels we use have become firm favourites with Great Rail Journeys' customers in that time; we use them year after year because our customers tell us how much they enjoyed their stay.

We know how important it is to stay in a hotel within easy reach of the attractions, and so our hotels are generally ideally located for the station and the places of interest. Each hotel boasts comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms and plenty of storage, whilst minibars, hairdryers, in-room safes and telephones are a feature in almost every hotel on our programme. The star rating of each hotel varies between 3 and 5 stars; we look for our hotels to have the perfect mix of excellent facilities, a great location, and which offer fantastic value for money to our customers.

Many Meals

We include many meals on our tours. These are served in the hotel - or sometimes in a popular local restaurant. As we dine together, meal times are often the most sociable times of the day. Included meals are clearly shown on each tour page.

Fantastic Excursions

Also included in the price of your holiday is the exciting programme of excursions listed in the itinerary. Our excursions have been meticulously planned, and have been carefully refined and tweaked over the years, to give you a wonderful balance of cultural, historical and social experiences of the regions you visit.

On most of our excursions, in addition to your Tour Manager, you will be accompanied by a local guide - enabling you to get a true insight into the area. In some cases, we include excursions to off-the-beaten-track destinations that simply would not be stumbled upon without this local knowledge.


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