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Great Rail Journeys

3.7 | Great
  • 72% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1981
Headquarters
  • York, UK
Trips
  • 10

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Great Rail Journeys Reviews & Ratings 72% Recommend

3.7 out of 5
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Tour Reviews

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Will travel with GRJ again! January 2017

4.0
  • 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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RU

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Excellent! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just came back from the Classic Glacier Express trip to Switzerland. Excellent in practically all respects and our tour manager, Joe Mutch did a tremendous job and struck a perfect balance being authoritative without being authoritarian. You definitely felt looked after but without unnecessary restrictions and indeed we were encouraged on our free days to explore and useful suggestions were offered. The only criticism of the whole trip was that the food in the two hotels outside Switzerland, on the route there and the route back, was a little disappointing. But then both hotels were right opposite the train station so were probably being chosen for other than their culinary proficiency. The food in the hotels in Brig and Chur, on the other hand, was very good.
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Absolutely fabulous! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from our Jungrau Express holiday in Switzerland. Absolutely fabulous! Our Tour Manager Mark Buxton was excellent, giving support, help and advice where needed without intruding into our holiday. We were encouraged to see that some of our fellow travelers were on their second or third Great Rail holiday and one couple were even on their fourteenth! Off to book our holiday for next year with Great Rail Journeys.
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VD

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Amazing holiday! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We went on the golden triangle trip to India in October 15 ! It was an amazing holiday and very well organized 10/10 to our tour manager Alan for an excellent trip! Hotels were very nice and all our excursions well planned and very interesting thanks to our Indian guide Dilip! Thus is our second trip with Great Rail and we would highly recommend them, a bit more expensive than some other companies but well worth it when you don't have to worry about getting to your next destination ! We have also done coast to coast USA and would highly recommend this tour as well ! Would like to see some younger people on these trips and you don't have to be a rail enthusiast to go !
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Thoroughly enjoyed the trip! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We thoroughly enjoyed the Avignon, The Rhone and Provence holiday in Mid June. The Tour Manager Gilly Sewell was fantastic and our fellow travelers friendly and fun. Hotel de l'Horloge ideally positioned in the center of the old City of Avignon close to plenty of restaurants and the main sites such as the Popes Palace and the Pont St. Benezet. Highlights of the holiday were the village of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with an excellent lunch at La Balade des Saveuro, and the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct. Our 4th GRJ holiday and will not be our last.
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DB

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Well organized tour! January 2017

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Just back from the golden triangle India tour. Very well organized and the tour manager Ed was terrific. We stayed in wonderful hotels in Delhi, Shimla, Agra and Jaipur and saw some stunning sights. We used the recommended company to obtain visas - this was extremely expensive and I would not use them again - it is difficult, but not impossible, to get visas yourself or there are companies that will do it for you at a fraction of the cost GRJ charge. We also upgraded our flights through GRJ - never again - the cost was £1400 instead of £1000 direct through BA. One small gripe on the tour itself - we were taken to three different wholesale outlets which was too many - the time would have been much better used with trips to other sights with only one, or at most two, wholesale outlets.
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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.

Associations:

Association of British Travel Agents , Association of Independent Tour Operator

Awards:

11 days
Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
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From: $ 4,375

Highlights

  • Toronto including a guided tour
  • Niagara Falls
  • Jasper
  • 4 nights on board the Canadian
  • The Canadian Shield
  • Vancouver including a guided tour
  • Winnipeg
  • Edmonton
  • Farewell dinner in the 'Top of Vancouver' revolving restaurant
  • The Rockies
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22 days
Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 8,903

Highlights

  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • The Ghan and Alice Springs
  • Uluru and dinner under the stars
  • Adelaide and Melbourne
  • The Great Ocean Road
  • Phillip Island’s penguin parade
  • 3 scenic railway journeys
  • Barossa Valley wine tour
  • Sydney and the Blue Mountains
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51 days
Group Tour
Luxury - 5 star
Physical :
From: $ 30,681

Highlights

  • New York, Washington DC and Chicago
  • America's Golden West, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon
  • Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Shanghai, Beijing and the Great Wall of China
  • Xian and the Terracotta Warriors
  • Tsar's Gold Private Train from Mongolia
  • Lake Baikal, Siberia, Irkutsk & Novosibirsk
  • Moscow
  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice
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4 days
Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 431

Highlights

  • Bristol and its Christmas Market
  • Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage City
  • Bath Christmas Market
  • The Avon Valley Railway
  • Lacock Abbey and village
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