​Rail Discoveries (www.raildiscoveries.com/01904 734 812) announce 12 new tours, all to be included in their latest brochure Europe, UK & Cruise 20919 Early Preview Edition. Just launched, the brochure features a total of 79 holidays. The operator, sister brand to Great Rail Journeys, has also included the GRJ five-star charter cruise launching in April 2019 into the programme.

Along with popular European tours, The Charming Dordogne (Link) (page 11), The Best of the Italian Lakes (Link) (page 18) andGlacier Express All Inclusive (Link) (page 25), the operators’ iconic trips on home soil are featured; Yorkshire By Steam (Link) (page 46), Railways of Wales (Link) (page 47) and Isle of Man (Link) (page 53).


NEW FOR 2019


Offering a new approach to river cruising, and operated by sister company Great Rail Journeys, Cruising by Rail takes in the very best of the European cities and countryside from its network of beautiful waterways. Flexible ways to connect with the ship –  Fly & Cruise, Escorted Rail & Cruise or Escorted Tour & Cruise – ensure guests can plan their perfect getaway. Variations of three cruise itineraries are featured in seven new holidays starting from an affordable £1,395 pp on selected* itineraries.

·         Five-Star Tulips Cruise*

·         Five-Star Rhine Cruise*

·         Glacier Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

·         Jungfrau Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

·         Five-Star Danube Cruise*

·         Fairytale Bavaria & Five-Star Danube Cruise

·         Imperial Cities & Five-Star Danube Cruise

Each holiday includes breakfast, lunch and dinner every day on board, taken in panoramic restaurants aboard Amadeus vessels. All-inclusive drinks package available for £95 pp.



Two of Europe’s most iconic mountains are a key feature of this new seven-day winter tour, The Mont Blanc & The Matterhorn Winter Splendours (LINK) (page 88).  2019 departures 6 Jan, 18 Feb and 24 Mar are fully escorted starting from £1,195 pp. Holiday includes all rail and coach travel throughout, hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner each day, a journey on the Mont Blanc Express to Chamonix, excursion to Montreux, free time in Leysin and a visit to Zermatt, described as the jewel in the crown of the swiss alps.



This itinerary also features as one of the four new tours in the 12-tour Festive Breaks collection, where customers enjoy Christmas Day dinner in Leysin;  Festive Mont Blanc & the Matterhorn (LINK) (page 69) starts from £1275 pp. A world away from the ever growing commercialism of Christmas and offering plenty of options for a celebratory rail tour at Christmas or New Year, Rail Discoveries new tours also include New Year on the Danube (LINK) (page 73), Christmas in Wales (LINK) (page 76) andStratford-Upon-Avon at Christmas (LINK) (page 78 ).



Bookings made on or before 14th August 2018 for selected 2019 Rail Discoveries holidays. Forty holidays qualify for a saving up to £100 pp.

With regional add-on rail fares to connect to the meeting point, St Pancras Departure Office (European departures only) and optional luggage concierge at additional cost, Rail Discoveries offer those of the age of 50 an easy way to discover the continent or convenient and stress free breaks at home.