Christmas Holidays 2024/2025
Christmas Train Holidays
Eat, drink and be merry as you discover Europe in a whole new light, seeing destinations transformed by Christmas magic. We've perfected the recipe for the dream festive escape; from sipping a glass of Prosecco on Christmas Day in Italy to taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through wintry Bavaria, join us and soak up the festivities in style.
13 days from £2,795PP
Enjoy the festive period in two of Europe's most spectacular settings on this truly memorable rail holiday. Innsbruck at Christmas is enchanting, and Lake Garda is the perfect place to enjoy a fantastic New Year.
6 days from £625PP
Explore the meandering waterways and heritage trains of Norfolk over the Christmas period. Discover this charming region from your base in Norwich.
9 days from £2,495 per person
Discover striking wintry scenery, glamorous towns and cities, and unforgettable festive rail journeys - including a journey through the snow-capped Alps on the iconic Glacier Express.
7 days from £1,395PP
Discover the spectacular and remarkable beauty of the Swiss Alps at one of the most wonderful times of the year on this all inclusive rail adventure to the highest railway station in Europe.
7 days from £1,995 per person
Experience an unforgettable Christmas as you soak up the views from the highest train station in Europe, ascend the mighty Schilthorn, and enjoy a carriage ride through charming Grindelwald.
7 days from £1,175PP
Spend Christmas in Inverness, with hearty food, warming drinks, entertainment and festive cheer. Enjoy the proud cities of Edinburgh and Inverness and travel through the yuletide scenery on beautiful rail trips.
7 days from £795 per person
Enjoy all the Christmas cheer that Yorkshire has to offer based in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. This festive holiday includes fantastic rail journeys, historic Ripley Castle, picturesque Fountains Abbey and the medieval city of York, adorned with seasonal decorations.
11 days from £2,995 per person
Celebrate the festive season with a fabulous, cross-continental journey through the Rockies on the iconic Canadian. Discover the sights, sounds and scents of Canada at Christmastime as we explore vibrant cities lit up with cheery lights, and enjoy a wonderfully festive Christmas lunch on the snow-capped Grouse Mountain.
Christmas Train Holidays
Christmas is the perfect time to get away and take time out to relax, and we have a plenty of options for you to choose from! Enjoy traditional Scottish hospitality in Inverness, spend Christmas Eve on board the Fichtelbergbahn, or welcome in the New Year amidst the Alps on the Glacier Express.
Chocolate box villages blanketed with fresh snow, the twinkling fairy lights of traditional Christmas Markets, dazzling fireworks lighting up the night sky, and impossibly beautiful railway journeys through enchanted icy landscapes; there is nothing quite like an escorted tour in the magical festive period. Join Rail Discoveries on a festive adventure this year and rediscover the nostalgic spirit of the festive season, as you delight in a Christmas or New Year like no other.
The welcoming twinkle of a traditional Christmas market, iconic trains steaming across pristine winter landscapes, sleigh rides through the snow, the taste of warming glühwein and sticky gingerbread, and New Year fireworks illuminating the night sky – there’s no denying the magic of the festive period. Make this year truly special when you embark on a festive rail holiday.
Iconic trains slowly winding their way through veritable winter wonderlands, charming horse-drawn carriage rides amidst soft flurries of falling snow, and warming mugs of spiced glühwein; there is no denying the captivating magic of the festive period. This year, celebrate the season in style on an unforgettable Christmas or New Year holiday. Take a look at our exciting festive departures below:
Step into Christmas with Us
Discover the magic of a festive holiday as the northern hemisphere’s transformed by the changing seasons. See familiar places in a whole different way or visit somewhere new and experience it at its shimmering best, blanketed in snow and lit up by twinkling lights. Leave the stress of the season at home this year and enjoy a Christmas that’s full of good cheer and excellent food.
FESTIVE ESCAPES ITALY & SWITZERLAND
From the calming waters of Lake Garda to a New Year spent across the border in Switzerland, travelling on the world-famous Jungfrau Railway, enjoy Europe at Christmas. Closer to home, savour the Christmas cheer of Yorkshire, home to the spa town of Harrogate and medieval city of York. Or why not celebrate in the heart of Stratford with two steam-hauled journeys.