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Short Rail Breaks

6 days or less

Enjoy a short break with Arena Rail Holidays and experience everything from the heritage railways of Norfolk in the UK, to the mesmerising Monet’s Garden in France.

A short break offers the perfect opportunity to experience a new destination and whether you choose a weekend getaway or a mid-week break- there’s no better way than to travel by train.

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  1. Monet's Garden

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

    13 Sep 2019 - 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 £499
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  2. Poppy Line

    Little Trains of Norfolk

    26 Sep 2019 - 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
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  3. Gloucester & Warwick Railway

    Heritage Railways of the Cotswolds & Avon Valley

    26 Sep 2019 - 13 Aug 2020

    Hidden deep within the beautiful British West-Country is a picture-perfect blend of history and the finest rail travel that this corner of the Country has to offer. On this rail holiday we visit Swindon and Broadway and travel on railways including the Avon Valley and Gloucestershire to Warwickshire - it's a rail enthusiasts dream!

    5 days from £395
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  4. Snowdon Mountain Railway

    Snowdon, Portmeirion & Welsh Mountain Steam

    7 Oct 2019 - 14 Sep 2019

    Stay in the spectacular surroundings of North Wales and treat yourself to this relaxing UK holiday combined with the wonders of rail. Joining journeys you could only dream of, you will travel along to some of the country's most spectacular railways visiting destinations from Snowdon, to Lake Padarn, Betws-y-coed and Portmeirion.

    5 days from £549
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  5. York Christmas

    York & Harrogate Christmas Markets

    15 Nov 2019 - 18 Nov 2019

    Get in to the festive spirit with this wonderful short break by rail, as we explore the UK Christmas markets of York and Harrogate. The perfect break to kick start the festive seasons, not only will your enjoy time browsing the many stalls at the festive markets, but be able to indulge in a exclusive cream tea and Betty’s Tea Room in the spa town Harrogate – if that isn’t treating yourself, then we don’t know what is!

    4 days from £395
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  6. Cologne Cathedral

    German Christmas Markets featuring Aled Jones

    11 Dec 2019 - 14 Dec 2019

    Shop and soak up the atmosphere of picturesque Bonn and the stunning city of Cologne, before enjoying an exclusive Christmas concert featuring Aled Jones, followed by a post concert CD signing and Q&A with Aled himself. This is a festive holiday you won’t forget in a hurry! .

    4 days from £1,095
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    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
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  8. 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
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  9. 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
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  10. 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
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  11. 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
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  12. 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
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  13. 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
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  14. Lake Windemere

    The Lake District by Rail

    31 May 2020 - 4 Oct 2020

    Gently rising fells, craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering waters, the Lake District is an exceptionally old landscape shaped over time by wind, rain and glacial erosion into one of the most beautiful corners of the world.

    5 days from £495
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  15. Durham

    Historic Railways and Medieval Durham

    15 Jun 2020 - 21 Sep 2020

    With its winding cobbled streets, famous Cathedral and Castle, Durham is a captivating city with a timeless quality

    5 days from £479
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  16. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

    Settle to Carlisle Railway & Yorkshire Steam

    22 Jun 2020 - 7 Sep 2020

    This UK rail break has it all, from rolling country meadows to historic castles and a cruise on the Leeds and Liverpool's canal. We traverse the tracks of some truly stunning railways such as; the Embsay and Bolton Abbey and Settle to Carlisle, and include visit to famous sites such as Haworth, home to the Brontë Sister and Ripley Castle.

    5 days from £469
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