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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. Oberammergau Passion Play

    Oberammergau Passion Play & The Austrian Alps

    25 Jun 2020 - 18 Aug 2020

    The Oberammergau passion play came about following a vow made in 1633. If the residents of the village were spared from the great plague, they promised to re-enact the Passion of Christ every 10 years. In 2020 the people of Oberammergau are making preparations for the 42nd performance. Don’t miss out on this once-a-decade opportunity!

    8 days from £1,845
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  2. 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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  3. Carcassonne

    The Beauty of the Languedoc, Carcassonne & Provence

    14 Jun 2020 - 20 Sep 2020

    Often referred to as the 'real' South of France, Languedoc is a destination you're certainly going to want to discover. On this rail holiday we see the very best of France as we travel by train and visit Carcassonne. You'll spend time in Cap d'Agde - located at the foot of an ancient Volcano, visit the famous Pont du Gard and the ‘City of the Popes’ Avignon.

    8 days from £1,049
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  4. Lake Molveno

    Little Trains of the Dolomites by rail/air

    30 May 2020 - 6 Sep 2020

    Explore the highs and lows of northern Italy on this exciting holiday by rail. From our base on the shores of Lake Molveno we enjoy nine spectacular days touring this stunning country visiting sights such as Lake Garda, Bolzano and Trento. What’s more, we will journey along some of the most breathtaking rail routes in the world - what are you waiting for?

    9 or 10 days from £1,349
    Ref: REDOL0919
  5. Sandringham

    Sandringham and Norfolk by rail

    27 May 2020 - 31 May 2020

    On this unique rail holiday, visit Norfolk and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at Sandringham Estate, as well as a special guided visit of the parks spectacular grounds. Add to this the nostalgic feeling of travelling along heritage railways with a little steam train chugging away up front and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable experience.

    5 days from £459
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  6. 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
  7. 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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  8. 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
  9. 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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  10. 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
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  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
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  12. 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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  13. 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
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  14. Glacier Express

    New Year Glacier Express Magic

    28 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020

    See in the New Year in Switzerland and travel aboard the Swiss Glacier Express as you discover a world full of festive magic on this rail holiday. From the stunning alps to the capital city of Bern, you'll also enjoy seasonal celebrations, a journey to Lucerne & a cruise on Lake Thun. Tuck into a delicious gala dinner on New Year's Eve and enjoy a fabulous concert and firework display on New Year's Day.

    6 days from £1,395
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  15. 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
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  16. Rome

    A New Year Celebration in Florence by rail/air

    27 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020

    If you’re looking to get away to celebrate the start of a New Year, then our Tuscan rail trip should be at the top of your list! This December immerse yourself in a feast of art, culture and gastronomy as we transport you to destinations such as Florence, Lucca and the capital city of Rome. Rounded off with a fabulous five course dinner, celebrate the New Year in style on this fabulous rail tour of Italy’s Tuscan heart.

    7 days from £1,595
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  17. A Yorkshire Christmas

    A Yorkshire Christmas

    23 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

    This delightful rail holiday takes you on a magical journey to the classic countryside of Yorkshire at Christmas. Surely there's no better way to spend the festive season then surrounded by friendly Yorkshire folk. Explore medieval castles and journey along heritage railways, taking in the scenery of some of Yorkshire’s charming towns, enjoy the comfort of your hotel and indulge in festive food and celebrations.

    5 days from £689
    Ref: REUYX0519
  18. 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
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  19. 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
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  20. Glacier Express

    Christmas Glacier Express Magic

    23 Dec 2019 - 28 Dec 2019

    Experience a world full of festive magic on this enchanting Christmas rail holiday. Journey to the heart of the Swiss Alps and enjoy an unforgettable ride on the world famous Glacier Express. Join in with the local festivities and take in the winter wonderland scenery of Lucerne, Bern, Interlaken & more!

    6 days from £1,295
    Ref: REGXX0619
  21. Monaco

    Christmas on the Italian Riviera

    22 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

    Spend this Christmas relaxing in the milder climes of the Italian Riviera of Flowers, a region that certainly lives up to its name with glorious coastal scenery and year-round sunshine. You’ll be based in the charming resort of Diano Marina – the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate – and be treated to visits to stylish destinations, such as Monte Carlo on the neighbouring French Riviera and the historic village of Cervo. With a traditional Christmas dinner also waiting to be tucked into, this is a top pick for anyone wanting to get away this Christmas.

    6 days from £799
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  22. 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
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  23. 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
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  24. 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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  25. Strasbourg

    Strasbourg & the Black Forest Christmas Markets

    30 Nov 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
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  26. 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
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  27. 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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  28. Vulkan Express

    Great Little Trains of the Rhine Valley

    7 Oct 2019 - 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 £649
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  29. 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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  30. Scotland’s Iconic Railways

    Scotland’s Iconic Railways

    3 Oct 2019 - 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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