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Experience the History & Culture of Europe

Europe is a beautifully diverse continent, home to the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands as well as the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean. Traveling Europe by train or a river cruise allows you to soak in the landscapes as you move between cities. On our well-planned itineraries the journey is part of the adventure.  

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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4.5 stars(160 reviews)
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Giants Causeway
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Florence
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Loire Valley Chateaux
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Paris
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Kleine Scheddeg to the Jungraujoch
4.5 stars(86 reviews)
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Cuisine & Culture
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4.6 stars(44 reviews)
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Europe by Train

Europe is home to some of the world's most beloved cities and acclaimed travel locales. Your dream may be to stroll the Champs-Elysees in Paris, to make a wish in the Trevi Fountain in Rome, to relax along the Amalfi Coast or to visit any number of big cities, medieval villages and coastal towns that lie in between these destinations. Perhaps you desire to soak in the culture of Eastern Europe's Imperial Cities or to be surrounded by the fairytale scenery of Bavaria. Many tour packages depart from London St. Pancras, giving you an easily accessible starting point for your grand adventures through Europe.

European train tours are a wonderful way to get a closer look at the landscape as you move between cities, thanks to the vast rail network that spans to virtually every country on the continent. As you make your way between destinations aboard local, regional and high-speed trains, such as the Eurostar or TGV, or upon scenic specialty trains, like Switzerland's Glacier Express, relax in your comfortable onboard accommodations and drink in the local scenery, which ranges from coastal passages and lush vineyards to majestic mountains and quaint villages. Select vacations include rail journeys on Europe's famous luxury trains, including the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, the Royal Scotsman and the Golden Eagle Trans Siberian Express.

For an even more unique experience, select an escorted rail and cruise vacation that presents the best of Western Europe and beyond by train and deluxe cruise ship. Sail along the winding waters of the romantic Rhine River, surrounded by castles and dramatic scenery, or along the mighty Danube, which weaves through 10 countries. Like our guided land tours, these combination holidays are thoughtfully designed with packages ranging from just a few nights to upwards of 14 days.

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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4.5 stars(160 reviews)
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Giants Causeway
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Florence
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Glacier Express in the Goms Valley
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4.5 stars(22 reviews)
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Glacier Express over Stone Bridge
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4.4 stars(76 reviews)
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$4,295 pp
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Cuisine & Culture
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4.6 stars(44 reviews)
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  • DestinationItaly
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13 days from
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  • DestinationEngland, France, Italy, Switzerland
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Scenic Switzerland & Glacier Express
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4.9 stars(14 reviews)
2024Jul
10 days from
$3,195 pp
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13 days from
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Landwasser Viaduct Glacier Express
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Up to $300 Off
4.6 stars(41 reviews)
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Zermatt & St. Moritz featuring Glacier Express
2/Feb
HELEN DIANE STALLINGS
5 stars
“Visiting these charming sites in Switzerland in winter was delightful! The vistas were beyond description and made all the more glorious with the beautiful snow. The train arrangements and hotel bookings were all well planned and easy to implement.
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland in Winter
9/Jan
DENYS and THELMA WEBSTER
5 stars
“We did our Grand Tour of Switzerland in December. Getting around Switzerland by train was easier than we had expected, and all of the rail and hotel bookings went seamlessly. The scenery was simply fantastic. Thank you to Vacations by Rail who arranged and customised the trip to our specific requirements, inluding securing hard to get tickets in Excellence Class on the Glacier Express. Our only suggestion is that it would have been better if Vacations by Rail could have provided our final ticket documentation a little earlier than just a few days prior tio our departure.
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Cuisine & Culture: Rome, Florence & Venice
17 Nov 2023
CHARLES SOUCEK
5 stars
“This was my first independent tour with vacations by rail and I like the balance of planned activities and free time. The tour guides we had were very good.
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Cuisine & Culture: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville
16 Nov 2023
JOHN ALEXANDER WILSON
5 stars
“Wonderful trip. The hotels were all interesting, clean, well located. The culture was well represented and we both learned much about Spain’s history. The highlight was the guided tour of the Prado.
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
14 Nov 2023
LOMMEL, JODEEN ANN
5 stars
“Sandra Neep is a wonderful Tour Manager as she can Pivot quickly!!! We had our train canceled from Inverness to Edinburgh and she we to each group to discuss this, she's a Pro!!! The final Dinner was a perfect way to send us home with so cherished Memories!!!
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Cuisine & Culture: Lisbon & Porto
01 Nov 2023
ELIZABETH LORRAINE DEATHERAGE
5 stars
“Our trip went off perfectly and our guides were fabulous. It exceeded our expectations.
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Best of Italy featuring Lake Como & the Amalfi Coast
26 Oct 2023
Mitzi Rauth
5 stars
“The tour is amazing, great timing. We certainly can't say we saw the Almalfi Coast.
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
20 Oct 2023
Franny
5 stars
“Beautiful. I recommend up grading to 1st class
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Switzerland by Rail: Glacier Express, Jungfrau & Bernina Express
19 Oct 2023
PAULA FYNN
5 stars
“The train journeys were great. The accommodation was good. Communication with your company was good.
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