If you are looking for short breaks with a difference, an escorted rail tour from Great Rail Journeys could be exactly what you want.
Taking short breaks by train will allow you to visit a number of fascinating cities and attractions in just a few days, without having to worry about transport or accommodation.
Just choose your trip and let Great Rail Journeys take care of everything from travelling to your destination to booking high-quality hotels and arranging excursions to the most interesting and picturesque attractions.
Great Rail Journeys has been organising successful short breaks by train for 25 years and our experienced tour managers know how to ensure you enjoy your holiday. We will provide assistance and expertise if you want it, but will let you get on with your break independently if you prefer.
Short breaks by train in the United Kingdom
When you imagine holidays by rail, you may well think about the great train journeys in North America or Asia, but there are also some picturesque places to enjoy such short breaks in the United Kingdom.
Among the short breaks by train in the UK offered by Great Rail Journeys is a trip to Bournemouth and the New Forest.
The holiday is based in a four-star hotel in Bournemouth and will give you the opportunity to explore the stunning Dorset coastline at your leisure.
Great Rail Journeys will also arrange for you to take a trip to Corfe Castle on one of the Swanage Railway's steam trains, to view scenic Poole harbour from a cruise boat and to enjoy the beauty of the New Forest.
You may also enjoy the Edinburgh, Lochs and Glens, or the Torquay and the Eden Project short breaks.
Both of them involve staying in luxurious hotels and taking trips by boat and steam train to experience the best of the local sights.
Short breaks by train in Germany and Switzerland
Great Rail Journeys also offers a wide range of short breaks in Europe, including trips to Germany and Switzerland.
You could enjoy the magnificent Black Forest on a holiday which includes first-class travel on Eurostar and the TGV and four nights in a lavish hotel in Titisee.
While in Titisee you will be able to take part in excursions on cruise boats and steam trains to ensure you see the area's most scenic attractions.
You may prefer the Little Trains of Switzerland short break, which will allow you to experience the thrill of seeing the country's lakes and mountains from the comfort of some of its oldest railways, as well as to enjoy the beautiful city of Lucerne.
Great Rail Journeys also organise short breaks by train to the Rhine Valley, Montreux and the picturesque Moselle Valley.
Short breaks by train in France
The range of short breaks in Europe offered by Great Rail Journeys also includes a number of trips to France's most beautiful areas.
Book a Chateaux of the Loire break and you will enjoy the cuisine, wine, scenery and historic buildings of the area.
Alternatively, you may prefer to head to France's Atlantic coast and the glamorous resort of Biarritz.
A luxury hotel in the Basque city provides the base for a visit to Bayonne and a trip on the La Rhune mountain railway as part of the Biarritz and the Atlantic Pyrenees short break.
Great Rail Journeys also organises short breaks by train to Avignon and the Rhone Valley, as well as to the historic towns of Normandy - a holiday which will provide you with the opportunity to visit the battlefields of the D-Day landings.
Last-minute short breaks from Great Rail Journeys
You don't need to plan your short break by train too far in advance, as many of the trips can be booked on a late availability basis.
If you are looking for the ideal gift for your partner for a special occasion or simply decide that you deserve a few days of relaxation, booking a short break may be the perfect solution.
A list of the available last-minute short breaks can be found on the Great Rail Journeys website.
In addition to tours in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and France, you may also find that there are short breaks to the Netherlands and Belgium available.
You will receive exactly the same quality of service on last-minute short breaks as on any other holiday with Great Rail Journeys.
So you can be assured you will be staying in a top-quality hotel and that a friendly tour manager will be on hand to provide you with all the advice you need to make the most of your holiday.