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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
    Ref: RAUSOB08
  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. 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
  4. 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
    Ref: RELCA081920
  5. Porto

    Porto & Heritage Railways of Portugal

    8 Jun 2020 - 5 Oct 2020

    Porto, where even the walls of the São Bento Railway Station have a story to tell, is just one of many highlights on this fantastic tour to discover historic Portugal and its railway heritage

    7 days from £1,125
    Ref: REDOU0720
  6. Lake Maggiore

    Lake Maggiore & The Borromean Islands

    3 Jun 2020 - 14 Oct 2020

    On this European rail holiday, enjoy spending time on the stunning shores of Lake Maggiore, in the resort of Stresa. From our base, you will explore the very best of this corner of Italy, as you visit three of the beautiful lakes, Lake Como, Lake Lugano & Lake Orta. Enjoy a ride on the Centovalli Railway plus take a scenic boat trip to the island of Isola Bella. It’s sure to be a holiday of dreams.

    8 days from £1,245
    Ref: REILMB08
  7. Zadar

    Venice & Croatian Coastal Cruise by Rail

    3 Jun 2020 - 14 Jun 2020

    Cruising Croatia’s spectacular coastline amongst archipelagos of islands and islets studded in the sparkling Adriatic is a simply magical experience

    11 nights from £1,895
    Ref: RVCROAT1220
  8. Bran Castle

    Fairytale Castles & Railways of Transylvania

    2 Jun 2020 - 8 Sep 2020

    Join us on an exciting journey taking us by coach and rail into the heart of Transylvania.

    11 days from £1,499
    Ref: RERTRA1120
  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. 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
  11. 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
    Ref: RNOGW0520
  12. 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
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  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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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  16. 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
  17. 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
  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
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  19. 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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  20. Yorkshire Dales

    Railway Tracks & Walking in the Yorkshire Dales

    13 Apr 2020 - 5 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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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  25. 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
  26. 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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  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
    Ref: REGNY0619
  30. 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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