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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 75th VE Day Commemorations & 40’s Steam

    75th VE Day Commemorations & 40’s Steam

    7 May 2020 - 9 May 2020
    VE Day is celebrated and remembered by people around Britain each year and the 75th anniversary, on the 8th May 2020, will provide our nation, and our friends around the world, with an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through the darkest period of our history.
    3 days from £695
    Ref: RVEDAY
  4. 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 £579
    Ref: RECHM041920
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Gloucester & Warwick Railway

    Heritage Railways of the Cotswolds & Avon Valley

    14 May 2020 - 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 £459
    Ref: REUCA051920
  8. Enchanting Peak District & Historic Railways

    Enchanting Peak District & Historic Railways

    28 May 2020 - 17 Sep 2020

    Discover the delights of the Peak District on this enchanting break by rail. Join us as we journey back to a bygone era and experience preserved historic railways, restored to their former glory, offering a glimpse into times gone by.

    5 days from £495
    Ref: REUDD0520
  9. 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
    Ref: REULD0520
  10. 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
    Ref: REUDH0520
  11. Snowdon Mountain Railway

    Snowdon, Portmeirion & Welsh Mountain Steam

    15 Jun 2020 - 12 Oct 2020

    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
    Ref: REUSN041920
  12. 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
    Ref: REUYO051920
  13. Highlights of the Jurassic Coast

    Highlights of the Jurassic Coast

    20 Jul 2020 - 5 Oct 2020

    The hugely diverse landscape of the Jurassic Coast is a feast for the senses, and what better way to explore it than on a journey by rail? On this short break, combine charming heritage rail travel with some of the most spectacular coastal scenery the UK has to offer.

    5 days from £549
    Ref: REUBO0520
  14. Belgian Ales & the Poperinge Hop Festival

    Belgian Ales & the Poperinge Hop Festival

    18 Sep 2020 - 21 Sep 2020

    The charming Belgian town of Poperinge is the hop growing centre of Flanders, and every three years holds a unique festival celebrating its proud hop growing history, gastronomic culture and internationally known breweries.

    4 days from £595
    Ref: REPBF0420

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