The UK’s leading escorted tour operator, Great Rail Journeys has released its 2018 Europe, UK & Cruising by Rail brochure.  The portfolio has been expanded to include 12 NEW tours in some of the current best-selling destinations including the UK, Portugal, France, Eastern Europe and Italy.

The brochure includes over 115 tours to more than 17 European countries, including 4 Cultural Collection tours and 3 NEW Oberammergau tours.

Customers can also save up to £225 per person with the newest Early Booking Offer, valid on over 90 tours.

A truly charming new tour is the All-Inclusive Tuscan Villa. 10 days exploring the heart of the Italian countryside by first-class rail, starts from £2,495 per person. On this tour customers can sample fine wines at the Il Palagetto vineyard, explore Renaissance Florence, see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and discover Vinci – the birthplace of Leonardo de Vinci. This tour departs from April – September 2018.

Customers can save £100 per person when booking on or before 31st October 2017.

Discover some of the most breath-taking scenery of Central and Eastern Europe with the new Continental Classic Express This 11-day adventure starts from £4,095 per person. Customers will fully explore cities such as Budapest, Belgrade and Dubrovnik, with guided tours included.  With two journeys on the Continental Express, guests can also admire stunning views from the comfort of the newly renovated vintage-feel carriages. “The journeys on the Continental Classic are truly luxurious and definitely a highlight of this tour. I love the look and feel of the refurbished interiors, which still carry an air of history in their design.” says David Schofield. This tour departs in May and August 2018.

Customers can save £150 per person when booking on or before 31st October 2017.

The unique laid-back way of life in Southern Portugal can be enjoyed in the new Lisbon and Southern Portugaltour. Charming cities, beautiful palaces and the illustrious capitol Lisbon can all be discovered on this 10-day adventure, which starts from £1,395 per person. The trip includes guided tours of Lisbon, Sintra, Elvora and Elvas. Tours depart from May – September 2018.

Customers can save £40 per person when booking on or before 31st October 2017.

For those that want to stay closer to home The Isles of Scilly is a great new tour. 7 days exploring the islands starts from £1,635 per person. Customers can expect azure waters and magical beaches on this stunning tour. With a trip on the St Ives Bay Line, Tresco and Abbey Gardens, the Isles will enchant all who visit. This tour departs in April and June 2018.

Customers can save £40 per person when booking on or before 31st October 2017.

Peter Liney, CEO said “Every year we endeavour to bring the best selection of escorted holidays by rail and this year is no exception. With new experiences and destinations, plus some old favourites I feel this brochure offers a great selection of tours to our customers. Also with some brand-new transport options, adventuring has never been easier for our customers

All tours include the services of a dedicated professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish, quality hotel accommodation, local guides, a comprehensive programme of excursions, many meals in the hotel and at local restaurants and first class service from specialist tour advisors.

With their new Europe, UK and Cruising by Rail Brochure, award-winning Great Rail Journeys has over 15 tours with No Single Supplement. From Cornwall to Italy, there is a huge variety of tours for customers to choose from, so solo travellers don’t have to miss out on incredible adventures.

Celebrating its 35th year anniversary in 2018, the Classic Glacier Express is a brilliant choice for solo travellers. Nine days discovering the majestic Swiss Alps by First Class Rail starts from £2,195 per person. Stunning scenery and spectacular views have made the Glacier Express world famous. The narrow-gauge Bernina Express connects northern and southern Europe and is a spectacular way to cross the Alps.

The journey on this train on this tour starts in the oldest town in Switzerland, Chur, and meanders past glaciers, an alpine garden and rushing mountain streams. This scenic journey is definitely a highlight of this tour.” says David Schofield. The itinerary also includes Historic Brig, First Class journey on the iconic Glacier Express and Interlaken. There is No Single Supplement on ALL 2018 departures.

​Other tours with No Single Supplement are:

Italian Rivera – All 2018 departures

Highlights of Tuscany – All 2018 departures

Puglia & Basilicata – All 2018 departures

Glacier Express & St Mortitz – All 2018 departures

Traditional Glacier Express – All 2018 departures

Jungfrau Express 5-Star Inclusive – All 2018 departures

Jungfrau Express – All 2018 departures

Wengen & the Jungfrau Express – All 2018 departures

Austrian Alps All-Inclusive – All 2018 departures

Roses, Cadaques & the Catalan Coast – All 2018 departures

South Devon & the Dawlish Coast – All 2018 departures

Coastal Cornwall & it’s Captivating Gardens – All 2018 departures

A Portrait of the Impressionists’ Seine – Selected 2018 departures

5-Star Garonne & Dordogne – Selected 2018 departures

Peter CEO said, “Escorted tours are a great choice for solo travellers. They are in a group with like-minded people that have similar interests. Many of our customers become life-long friends after their journey with us, which is why we like to offer No Single Supplement where possible. It’s not fair for solo travellers to miss out, or pay more, when we can make it possible for them to come along with us.

All tours include the services of a dedicated professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish, quality hotel accommodation, local guides, a comprehensive programme of excursions, many meals in the hotel and at local restaurants and first class service from specialist tour advisors.

For More Information, contact: Great Rail Journeys (www.greatrail.com / 01904 527 180 / 0800 240 4470)