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Discover the best of Europe by Rail

Adventures await you with Arena Rail Holidays, browse our collection of great value escorted holidays by rail.

You can choose from inspirational journeys throughout Europe - from the shores of Lake Como, to the Swiss Glacier Express and souks of Marrakech - or a short break in the UK, travelling along some of the country’s most famous and historic railways.

With so many destinations to choose from, including; France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, as well as the UK, including Scotland, England and Wales. All of our rail holidays are carefully planned, include many meals and excursions, and have an emphasis on providing quality hotels and customer service.

You will be on the right track with Arena Rail Holidays.

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  1. Lille

    Bruges & Lille Christmas Markets

    27 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019

    All aboard to France and Belgium on this festive break by rail! Explore some of the very best Christmas markets as we spend time in Bruges, famous for its spectacular canals and medieval centre, and Lille one of France's largest markets with over 800 stalls. Treat yourself to the scenery and enjoy a medley of markets.

    4 days from £395
    Ref: REBRL0419
  2. Strasbourg

    Strasbourg & the Black Forest Christmas Markets

    2 Dec 2019 - 9 Dec 2019

    Board Eurostar for a festive rail journey like no other. On this four day break we visit some of Europe's best Chrsitmas markets, including the world famous Strasbourg markets, and even include a trip into the winter wonderland that is Germany's Black Forest and the markets of Freiburg.

    4 days from £459
    Ref: RESBF0419
  3. Lake Bled

    Christmas on Lake Bled

    20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

    Board our train to Slovenia for this magical rail holiday and discover the enchanting scenery of Lake Bled at this special time of year. From the Austrian Alps to the capital city of Ljubljana and the breathtaking Postojna Caves, you'll think all of your Christmas presents have come at once on this eight day Christmas holiday.

    8 days from £1,299
    Ref: REBLX0819
  4. Yellow Train of the Pyrenees

    Christmas in the Pyrenees

    22 Dec 2019 - 29 Dec 2019

    Snowy mountain peaks and warm festive treats – the perfect combination for a Christmas break by rail. From our base in the Spanish town of Roses, we enjoy a stocking full of activities, from a delicious Christmas lunch to four magical rail journeys and a visit to the historic Dali Museum - you’ll discover new sights only a few have had the opportunity to see, on this festive rail holiday.

    8 days from £995
    Ref: REXPYR0819
  5. Stratford-upon-Avon

    Stratford and a Shakespearean Christmas

    23 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

    Enjoy a festive escape to Stratford upon Avon and experience all things Shakespeare on this short rail holiday. As well as tucking into a traditional Christmas dinner, this Christmas break will see you take in stunning scenery as you enjoy a train ride on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway. You will also enjoy a tour of Shakespeare’s birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s quaint cottage and a Christmas Eve performance of Shakespeare’s King John at the famous Swan Theatre.

    5 days from £595
    Ref: REUSTX0519
  6. Festive Chateaux and Paris for Christmas

    Festive Chateaux and Paris for Christmas

    23 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

    Experience delicious food and twinkling lights as you treat yourself to a change of scenery this Christmas on this unforgettable rail break. Celebrate the festive season in style and indulge in the opulent surroundings of French Chateaux, as we explore the Château Vaux le Vicomte, Château de Chantilly and the Palace of Versailles. See the very best of Paris, the City of Light and make this Christmas one you will never forget.

    5 days from £895
    Ref: REPVX0519
  7. Ljubljana

    A New Year Celebration on Lake Bled

    27 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
    On this magical holiday travel to Slovenia by rail and explore the enchanting scenery of Lake Bled. Becoming all the more magical during wintertime, when the flurry of tourists is long gone and snowfall is virtually guaranteed on the mountaintops. It’s a place that is as beautiful as it is peaceful, and it’s ideal for a relaxing break to welcome in the New Year.
    8 days from £1,399
    Ref: REBLNY0819
  8. Stratford-upon-Avon, New Year, thumbnail

    Stratford and a Shakespearean New Year

    29 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020

    Join us this New Year and immerse yourself in all things Shakespeare, on this short break by rail. Discover the playwright’s birthplace, tucked away in the middle of Stratford’s pretty high street and visit the quaint cottage of Anne Hathaway, before taking in a performance of Shakespeare’s King John at the famous Swan Theatre

    5 days from £595
    Ref: REUSTNY0519
  9. Eiffel Tower, Paris

    A Parisian Winter Escape

    11 Jan 2020 - 25 Jan 2020

    Experience the iconic city of Paris on a short break this winter. From your carefully chosen hotel just a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, you are free to explore France’s romantic capital at your leisure – and even pick up some bargains from the January sales! Alternatively you can join our optional guided tour of the city, taking in the highlights in the company of a local guide, before enjoying a delicious three course dinner in a traditional Parisian restaurant in the Latin Quarter. Whichever you decide, explore at your own pace and immerse yourself in the beauty of the City of Light.

    3 days from £279
    Ref: REPAR0320
  10. Nice

    Nice Carnival Flower Parade & Menton Lemon Festival

    13 Feb 2020 - 25 Feb 2020

    Travel by train to the French Riviera for this colourful rail holiday, as we enjoy a fiesta of fruit and flowers at two of the region’s most vibrant events. Nice Flower Parade is an integral part of the city’s carnival and only one of its kind in the world. In Menton we see the spectacular Lemon Festival, where the golden fruit parade will be in full swing.

    5 days from £695
    Ref: RENIC051920
  11. Glacier Express

    Glacier Express Winter Magic

    14 Feb 2020 - 6 Mar 2020

    Be transported to a winter wonderland on this magical rail holiday, as you board the Glacier Express and journey into the heart of the Swiss Alps. Visit Lucerne, Chur, Brig, Bern and Mount Rigi and traverse some of the world’s most spectacular train journeys including the GoldenPass Line.

    5 days from £995
    Ref: REGLX0520
  12. Lake Bled

    Lake Bled Winter Wonderland

    16 Feb 2020 - 22 Feb 2020

    Immerse yourself in a fairytale winter wonderland as you explore enchanting Lake Bled and the highlights of Slovenia on this charming rail tour. Nestling in the foothills of the Julian Alps, Lake Bled provides the perfect base from which to explore. Discover Bled Island with a ride on a traditional Pletna boat, take some time to explore the fascinating Slovenian capital of Ljubljana and admire the magnificent Postojna caves, as we uncover the secret beauty that the Balkans has to offer.

    8 days from £1,295
    Ref: REBLW19
  13. Venice Carnival

    Milan and the Magic of the Venice Carnival Cruise

    21 Feb 2020 - 26 Feb 2020

    From Venetian masks to masquerade balls, no place in Italy does ‘Carnevale’ like Venice! This tour is a fantastic opportunity to explore the cosmopolitan city of Milan before travelling to Venice and joining in one of Italy’s biggest celebrations.

    6 days from £1,395
    Ref: RPOVEN
  14. Chefchaouen

    Marrakech Express by rail/air

    22 Mar 2020 - 11 Oct 2020

    A rail holiday like no other, join us on a magnificent journey as we travel by train through Spain into the depths of North Africa and Morocco. In Spain you'll enjoy time in the famous cities of Barcelona and Madrid before we continue travelling by rail to Morocco, where we visit Tangier, the blue city of Chefchaouen, Casablanca and Marrakech.

    10 days from £1,595
    Ref: REMEX101920
  15. Keukenhof Gardens

    Spring Gardens of Keukenhof & Floralia

    3 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020

    Combine two of Europe's most spectacular floral displays on this colourful short break by rail. On this four day holiday we enjoy time in the European countries of both Belgium & The Netherlands. From the spectacular gardens of Keukenhof and Belgium’s Floralia Flower Show, to the pretty cities of Delft, Brussels & Antwerp – this short rail holiday has it all!

    4 days from £599
    Ref: REKEF0420
  16. Yorkshire Dales

    Railway Tracks & Walking in the Yorkshire Dales

    13 Apr 2020 - 26 Oct 2020

    ‘Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales’, the charming market town of Skipton is our gateway to three days featuring fantastic rail journeys and stunningly scenic walks.

    5 days from £549
    Ref: REUYT0520
  17. Scotland’s Iconic Railways

    Scotland’s Iconic Railways

    16 Apr 2020 - 1 Oct 2020

    On this UK rail holiday travel along some of the greatest railways in the world and discover the outstanding beauty of the Scottish Highlands. From our base in Inverness we journey on three of Scotland's most famous trains, enjoy a journey along the Malt Whisky Trail and free time in Mallaig.

    6 days from £699
    Ref: REULT061920
  18. Yellow Train of the Pyrenees

    Little Trains of the Pyrenees

    19 Apr 2020 - 27 Sep 2020

    Based in the pretty town of Roses on the Spanish coast, we spend this rail holiday journeying through both the Spanish and French Pyrenees mountain range. Enjoy four spectacular train journeys, visit the famous Dali Museum in Figueres and relax in Roses as you take in the stunning coastal setting.

    8 days from £895
    Ref: REPYR081920
  19. Villa Taranto

    The Hidden Lakes & Gardens of Italy

    20 Apr 2020 - 12 Oct 2020

    A stylish and relaxed train journey through Europe transports you to a lakeside paradise in Northern Italy, where you can spend seven nights on the shores of Lake Orta. On this spectacular rail break you will also enjoy trips to the Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto, the Lakes of Como, Maggiore and Lugano, plus the cosmopolitan city of Milan.

    8 days from £1,099
    Ref: REILA081920
  20. Ahr Valley

    Walking the Rhine Valley Wine Trail

    22 Apr 2020 - 5 Oct 2020

    Historic railways, rambles and red wine! There’s no better way to explore the beautiful Rhine Valley.

    6 days from £795
    Ref: REHRVT0620
  21. Portofino

    Italian Riviera of Flowers

    27 Apr 2020 - 4 Oct 2020

    With the warm sea breeze of the Mediterranean and the shelter of the Maritime Alps, this beautiful stretch of Italian coast is the perfect destination for this rail holiday. Join us as we journey to Italy visiting breathtaking destinations from Dolceaqua and San Remo to Portifino and even Monaco, in the South of France.

    7 days from £795
    Ref: REROF071920
  22. Corte

    Highlights of Corsica

    1 May 2020 - 2 Oct 2020

    If you're looking for more adventure compared to your usual beach or sightseeing break - we're here to tell you why a rail tour of the French island of Corsica is the perfect break for you! Located in the Northern Mediterranean Sea, enjoy ten days exploring this spectacular island from Corte to Bastia aboard little trains that travel across mountainous landscapes and along stunning coastlines.

    10 days from £1,599
    Ref: RECOR101920
  23. Cinque Terre

    Tuscany, the Cinque Terre & the Riviera of Flowers

    2 May 2020 - 19 Sep 2020

    Enjoy the simple pleasures of Italy on this classic rail tour, which combines historic and scenic delights of Tuscany with a relaxing stay on the glorious Riviera of Flowers. Travelling by train you will visit some of the country’s most historic cities, including Florence and Pisa, as well as having time to relax in Diano Marina, on the glorious Italian Riviera.

    10 days from £1,149
    Ref: RETRF101920
  24. Dartmouth Steam Railway

    Railways of Somerset & the Devon Coast

    7 May 2020 - 24 Sep 2020

    Rolling country meadows and glistening blue sea go hand in hand to create a holiday of dreams for any heritage rail enthusiasts. Keeping close to the market town of Tiverton, we enjoy scenic journeys on no less than five different railways. From Buckfastleigh to Totnes, Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and more... you'll have the perfect escape.

    5 days from £449
    Ref: REUSW051920
  25. Monet's Garden

    Monet’s Garden, Chartres, Versailles & the Loire Valley

    8 May 2020 - 16 Oct 2020

    Board Eurostar for the ultimate French experience as you follow in the footsteps of two of the greatest artists of all time, along with the powerful Kings and Queens of France. On this spectacular short break by rail we visit the Loire Valley, Versailles and Monet's Garden! With a trip also to Amboise, the home town of Leonardo da Vinci - you'll feel the joie de vivre on this rail adventure.

    4 days from £549
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  26. Bernina railway

    Grand Swiss Railways

    8 May 2020 - 28 Aug 2020

    New & Improved Itinerary

    A grand Swiss adventure awaits for you in 2020! Take to the tracks on this tantalising rail holiday and be left in awe as you explore the very best of Switzerland by train. This ten day tour begins in Lucerne and includes rail journeys on the GoldenPass Line, the Glacier Express and more. You will also get the chance to see the Matterhorn, spend time in Lausanne and see the stunning Lake Lugano. It's Switzerland at its best.

    10 days from £1,995
    Ref: REGSR1020
  27. Vulkan Express

    Great Little Trains of the Rhine Valley

    11 May 2020 - 12 Oct 2020

    We travel to Germany and the mighty Rhine Valley, where we enjoy train journeys on the Drachenfels Railways, the Vulkan Express and through the Ahr Valley. We also include visits to Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven and Rudesheim, with its famous Drosselgasse lined with taverns - the perfect rail holiday.

    6 days from £695
    Ref: RERHV061920
  28. Walking Pyrenees

    Little Trains & Walks of the Pyrenees

    11 May 2020 - 13 Sep 2020

    By way of brightly coloured little trains and leisurely walking trails, discover the wilder side of the Pyrenees.

    8 days from £1,095
    Ref: REPYRT0820
  29. Tuscany

    The Tracks & Trails of Tuscany

    13 May 2020 - 23 Sep 2020

    Rolling hills, cypress groves and undulating shades of green are the rich canvas against which we’ll discover a host of Tuscan gems.

    6 days from £1,145
    Ref: RETUTW0620
  30. Poppy Line

    Little Trains of Norfolk

    13 May 2020 - 30 Sep 2020

    On this spectacular UK rail holiday, see the very best of Norfolk as we combine journeys on some of the UK's most beautiful heritage railway routes with visits to the seaside resort of Cromer and Holt. What’s more, with a paddle boat cruise to enjoy along the Norfolk broads - you'll discover all the charms of this picture perfect region.

    5 days from £399
    Ref: REUNO051920

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