2018 Tours – Advance Notice

New for 2018 is a Small & Traditional tour to Albania, we also visit the beautiful island of Mallorca to explore its rail network and experience the tramways of France and Portugal. Or why not join us on our first dedicated tour of the ‘Golden State’ of California and enjoy its many scenic rail lines. We invite you to take a glimpse at our 2018 escorted tour programme in our Pre-brochure or scroll down the list of tours below. Full itinerary details and prices will be available in August 2017 but please contact us if you would like to discuss any of the tours in more detail.

UK Grand

The Orcadian – A Scottish Adventure

Crathes Castle - © Lynne MitchellSeptember 2018 – 14 Days

Savour the alluring Scottish Highlands and its majestic moors on this escorted 14-day adventure. We sample the delights of the astounding ‘Kyle of Lochalsh Line’, sail on Loch Katrine and much more. Scotland is a great destination for both rail and scenery enthusiasts.

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Wales: From North to South

Aerial View of the Italianate Village of PortmeirionSeptember 2018 – 13 Days

A comprehensive tour of the 'Great Little Trains of Wales' and some of Wales’ finest cultural highlights. Journey through the stunning scenery of Snowdonia National Park and along the scenic Welsh coast towards the capital, Cardiff. Visits include the Italianate village of Portmeirion, St Fagans open-air Museum and Caerphilly Castle.

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UK Connoisseur

Ffestiniog Railway – Behind the Scenes

Ffestiniog Railway at Dduallt - © Bob CableJune 2018 – 5 Days

An access-all-areas tour of one of the most famous railways in Britain, if not the world. Our close connection to the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways means we are in a unique position to take you behind the scenes of these heritage railways and visit parts not normally seen by the average passenger.

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Isle of Man

Snaefell Mountain TramwaySeptember 2018 – 7 days

Go behind the scenes of the Isle of Man’s railways to enjoy footplate rides and engine driving experiences. As well as museum visits we ride the Groudle Glen Railway, Laxey Mine Railway, Manx Electric Railway, Isle of Man Steam Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway, Douglas Bay Horse tram and the Orchid line.

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European Grand

Slovakia – Romantic Mountains and Ancient Towns

Spissky Castle, Slovakia22 May 2018 – 12 days

One of the lesser known Central European countries, Slovakia has a wealth of mountains, historic towns and unspoilt villages that are a joy to visit and will appeal to all. We explore Banská Bystrica, the UNESCO area around Banská Stiavnica , journey on the Forest Steam Railway at Čiernohronská, cross the High Tatra Mountains, visit Spisský Castle and much more.

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The Rhine – from Sea to Source

River Rhine, Cologne7 June 2018 – 13 days

Still one of Europe’s most important waterways for both goods and leisure traffic, we follow its course from the North Sea to its source in the heart of the Swiss Alps via Holland and Germany. A great way to discover this mighty river and the scenic and urban landscapes it passes through, but by train rather than river cruise.

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Green Hills of Spain – Plus La Rhune

La Rhune, SpainJune 2018 – 15 days

This wonderful holiday combines the spectacular northern “Green” coast of Spain with vibrant cities and includes a short visit to south western France. We travel on metre gauge lines, take the rack railway up La Rhune and spend time exploring the cities of San Sebastian, Bilbao, Leon and Santiago de Compostela.

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Swiss Alpine Holiday

Bernina Express crosses the famous Brusio Circular Viaduct - © Swiss-image.ch/Gorgio Murbach4 September 2018 – 10 days

This classic tour highlights some of the very best Alpine scenery. Staying in Chur and Interlaken with a first class Swiss Travel Pass there is ample free time for independent sightseeing allowing you to delight in memorable journeys through mountain scenery and visit traditional Swiss villages. Or why not join escorted optional excursions on free days with your tour leader (included in tour price).

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The Splendour of Corsica

Calvi - © Richard Stedman-JonesSeptember 2018 – 14 Days

Travel by train and ferry to this geographically diverse, Mediterranean paradise. Enjoy unlimited travel on the island's narrow gauge system with the travel card provided. Soak up Corsican culture with free time in the coastal towns of Bastia, Calvi and Ajaccio.

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The Far West of Ireland

West Clare Railway - © Martin ShrubsoleSeptember 2018 – 10 Days

A revisit to the Republic of Ireland where we experience the culture and heritage of this Emerald Isle. From Dublin we head west to Galway and Limerick where we visit the West Clare Railway and Foynes Flying Boat Museum. We then loop back to Dublin via Cork and Waterford before heading home to the UK.

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European Connoisseur

Mallorca Narrow Gauge – NEW

Palma Cathedral, Mallorca11 March 2018 – 6 days

This short break based in Palma combines travelling on the island’s rail network, including the famous Soller Tramway, with free time to explore the city itself. Visit Palma’s Medievel historic heart and majestic Gothic Cathedral, wander around its many galleries and craft studios and sample delicious food and drink at its many pavement cafes and restaurants.

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Dresden Steam Festival

Roundhouse, Dresden Steam Festival - © Dr. Christof SchröflApril 2018 – 8 Days

With a firm focus on steam, this holiday includes a comprehensive visit to the 10th Dresden Steam Engine Festival where we will have access to the festival area around the railway museum and the Dresden traffic museum, as well as an evening illuminated photo session of steam locomotives at Roundhouse 1. We also journey on the Lößnitzgrundbahn and have a day excursion by paddlesteamer to Saxon Switzerland.

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Tramways of France – NEW

LyonApril 2018 – 14 days

We continue our successful range of tramway tours by visiting France in 2018. This tour takes in Lyon, Grenoble, Marseille, Saint Etienne, Paris and Lille. There will be time in each to ride the many lines of the varying networks – a great way to explore each city.

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Trams and Trains of Portugal – NEW

Lisbon Old Town TramsJune 2018 – 9 days

We fly to Lisbon to explore the heavy and light rail networks on the Iberian Peninsula. We take a ride on the steam-hauled Douro historic train as well as visits to railway museums. The tour will include visits to the Coimbra trolleybus and Sintra tram as well as the modern tram networks.

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The Baltics: Steam, Trams and Trains

Riga showing railway stationJune 2018 – 15 Days

We follow in Michael Portillo's footsteps and explore the Baltic coastal region which has plenty to offer by way of trams and trains. Journey from Finland to Estonia, then via the Baltic Express to Moscow. We return to the coast via Latvia before flying home from Stockholm.

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Les Petit Trains de France Revisited

Vivarais Railway - © Bob CableJune 2018 – 15 Days

Journey through the Somme and Burgundy, sampling the railway delights en route. Our destination is southern France, known for its spectacular mountain scenery and famous little railways. We ride on the 'Little Yellow Train', the 'Train of Marvels' and the Vivarais system.

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Narrow Gauge Steam in Eastern Germany

Molli narrow gauge train - © Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH/shutterstockSeptember 2018 – 15 days

Visit the various steam hauled lines in the Dresden area including the Zittau, Cranzahl and Oberwiesenthal. Then head up to the Baltic coast to ride the Molli and the Racing Roland on the Isle of Rugen. We visit Berlin with a public transport card and of course ride the famous Harzerschmalspurbahnen.

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Worldwide Grand

Eastern Canada in the Fall

Algoma Central, Eastern Canada - © Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership CorporationOctober 2018 – 14 days

We take the train through Canada's great wilderness to Northern Quebec and Ontario, see the Fall colours along the St Lawrence River and enjoy the remoteness of James Bay. This is a tour for those who like something completely different and well away from the usual tourist beat.

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Peru & Bolivia

Women in traditional dressOctober 2018 – 21 days

This rail holiday embraces the best of Peru and Bolivia. Astonishing scenery, amazing train journeys and the wondrous Inca site of Machu Picchu. Includes a journey on the Andean Explorer, a visit to Ballestas Islands and an excursion across the awe inspiring salt flats of Uyuni.

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California - The Golden State – NEW

The Queen MarySeptember 2018 – 15 days

We include a stay on the RMS Queen Mary at Long Beach and a journey on the famous Coast Starlight Amtrak service. We visit the San Francisco cable cars and the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), as well as riding behind Shays at Santa Cruz and the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.

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Small & Traditional Tours 2018

Uzbekistan and the Silk Road

Bukhara in Uzbekistan13 April 2018 – 12 days

Silks, spices and Emperor Tamerlane explain how this small republic once governed most of Central Asia. Visit beautiful Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand plus the bustling capital Tashkent. Travel between Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara is by rail, including the new fast “Afrosiab” service.

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Romania’s Danube Delta and the Carpathians – a wildlife paradise

Great White Pelican, Danube Delta, Romania - © George Bouros14 May 2018 – 12 days

Study birdlife from close quarters whilst staying at a small guesthouse, reached by boat. Have the option to go on a night watch for bears in the Carpathians. From Zarneşti, visit a bear sanctuary and nearby Braşov. Special steam train on the Covasna and Comandau former forestry railway.

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Rural Romania – Where Time Stands Still

Viseu de Sus forestry railway - © Ramona Cazacu2 September 2018 – 12 days

Step back in time in the mountains and forests of northern Romania. Stay in family run “homestays” (en suite) and enjoy local produce. Visit remote Saxon villages with their fortified churches, the Painted Monasteries and ride the narrow gauge railways at Sovata, Vişeu de Sus and Moldovita.

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Moldova and Eastern Romania

Hancu Monastery, Moldova - © Alan Heywood6 October 2018 – 11 days

Explore Moldova’s famous wineries, monasteries and broad gauge railways. Experience a touch of the USSR in breakaway Transdniester and take the train into Romania for a tour of Iaşi by vintage tram. Ride the Moldovita narrow gauge steam railway and stay in a combination of good hotels and family run “homestays” (en suite).

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Romania – A Living Heritage

Bringing in the hay - © Ramona Cazacu15 June 2018 – 15 days

Medieval cities, remote villages with fields worked by horses, five narrow gauge steam railways and a vintage tram tour combine in a comprehensive tour of Transylvania, Maramureş and Bucovina. Enjoy home cooking in family run “homestays” and life as it used to be.

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Bulgaria’s Hidden Secrets

Plovdiv Roman Amphitheatre - © Lyuba Tours11 June 2018 – 11 days

Visit the historic towns of Veliko Tarnovo and Plovdiv, enjoy a vintage tram tour of Sofia, visit the national railway museum at Ruse and ride the narrow gauge line from Septemvri to Bansko. A mix of scenic rail and history staying in small hotels and rural guest houses (all en suite).

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Albanian Odyssey – NEW

Korce, Albania - © Alan Heywood9 May 2018 – 15 days

A comprehensive tour of Albania by rail (chartered where required) and road from the Greek border in the south to the remote and mysterious Albanian Alps in the north. Return via Montenegro and the famously scenic rail line from Podgorica to Belgrade.

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Easy Rail Holidays 2018

Bonn & the Rhine in Flames – NEW

Drachenfels hill ‘Dragon Rock’3 May 2018 – 5 days

A new tour to the historic city of Bonn on the River Rhine to coincide with the Rhine in Flames event . Enjoy a magical display of lights and fireworks that illuminate the River Rhine as Europe's largest boat parade sails by. Daily escorted excursions will also ensure you see the best of the Bonn area.

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Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne, SwitzerlandJune 2018 – 8 Days

Lucerne boasts glorious mountain and lake scenery and is an ideal destination to get to by rail. This holiday includes a variety of escorted daily excursions allowing you to explore this beautiful region by train, steam engine, paddle steamers and trolleybuses.

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Belgian Ardennes

Namur - © Alan HeywoodJune 2018 – 5 Days

The city of Namur, situated in the south of Belgium, lies deep in the wooded hills of the Ardennes and yet is easy to get to by rail from the UK. It will be our base for this five-day long weekend break which includes excursions to Luxembourg City, Maastricht, Dinant and a ride on the South Limburg steam train.

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Bernese Oberland

Spiez, Lake Thun - © Alan HeywoodSeptember 2018 – 10 Days

Majestic mountains, shimmering lakes and tiny alpine villages all await you on this classic escorted break to the very best of the Swiss Alps. Your stay for the duration will be in a village hotel full of character and within easy reach of the surrounding area for you to explore with your Swiss Travel Pass.

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