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Knowledge and Experience


  • The Railtrail brand has been operating quality escorted rail holidays for 39 years

  • Our Railtrail Founder & Managing Director, Dave Felstead, is still at the helm

  • Tour itineraries are full of vibrancy and imagination reflecting our unrivalled knowledge

  • Tours to destinations and events that only occur occasionally each year and are of no interest to larger companies due to there being no opportunity for multiple departure dates

  • Our clients consistently say that Railtrail Tours always include that unexpected something extra

  • The services of a Railtrail Tour Manager with a good knowledge of the tour destination

  • A family sized company where you are classed as an individual person not just a number to reach a sales target

  • The online FeeFo (customer feedback) organisation gives Railtrail Tours a high star rating and an incredible Customer satisfaction rating

  • Over 95% of our clients say they would recommend Railtrail Tours to their friends

  • Over 94% say they will Definitely/Probably travel with Railtrail Tours again

  • Please view on our website ‘On Tour With Railtrail’ for unique short films of our clients on our tours

  • We received a Silver at the 2015 British Travel Awards in the ‘Best Rail Holidays Company’.


Railtrail Services


  • Our website contains all our brochures in easy to read e-brochure format

  • A total brochure or just a single page can be forwarded from our website to friends / relatives by all forms of social media

  • A secure 24 hour online booking service

  • A facility to place an option on a departure for 7 days without financial payment or penalty if you choose not to travel

  • On your Booking Confirmation receipt there is the name of a specific member of our Customer Services team. That person is then your personal contact for any queries you may have about your forthcoming holiday.

  • For UK tours it’s your choice as to whether to make your own way to the Tour Base or utilise our rail inclusive fares from your home station

  • Again for UK tours we are the only rail holiday company to include rail travel and seat reservations* from your home station as part of the published holiday fare. * please note some local trains do not offer seat reservation facilities

  • You have a choice of travelling First* or Standard class on your journey to and from the Tour Base. * some local and regional trains do not have First Class seating.

  • We give fare discounts on all UK tours for holders of National Railcards.

  • We are the only rail holiday company to operate a client's Loyalty Rewards Scheme


UK Tours:


  • We have unique and imaginative tour itineraries, personally compiled by Railtrail Tours and not available elsewhere

  • An option of First Class or Standard Class rail travel, with seat reservations where applicable, to and from the tour base

  • Alternatively, if you wish to travel independently to the tour hotel we also offer a 'Tour Base' fare for all tours

  • All of our excursions and admissions during the tour are included in the tour fare (no hidden costs)

  • We have half Board accommodation, with choice menu, included every night on all tours

  • A detailed tour itinerary and connecting rail travel sheet to and from the Tour base showing times of trains you are booked on, your seat reservation details, the name of the train company you are travelling with, and the ultimate destination of each train service to make it easier for you to spot the right train and platform on monitors at connecting stations

  • Contact details for a free luggage assistance service for the elderly or infirm

  • If you have a mobility restriction we are happy to discuss any tour on a day by day basis to see if it meets your mobility requirements so we can be sure it is the right holiday for you.

  • The UK rail tickets we issue as part of your holiday package are not restricted to travelling on a specific train service or with a specific train company, so if a hic-cup should occur during your journey your tickets are valid on subsequent trains.

  • We make sure there is stress free travel. If there should be a hiccup on your journey to and from the tour base (e.g. missed train) your itinerary includes a Railtrail Helpline number to our office where we advise you on your onward journey, monitor that journey, whilst maintaining contact with you throughout - using our immense knowledge of the UK rail system to ensure you have stress-free travel

  • Fully flexible rail tickets ensuring that if a hiccup has occurred your tickets are still valid for onward travel

Continental Tours:


  • A private Meeting Point facility at London St Pancras International including complimentary refreshments at Searcy's. 

    Located above StPancras International on the Grand Terrace, our 1920s Art Deco style restaurant & innovative open air champagne bar.

  • We offer First or Standard Class rail travel to and from your European destination from London St Pancras International

  • Tours feature an extensive range of  quality 4* or 3* hotels on a half-board basis

  • All of our excursions are detailed on the itinerary (no hidden costs)

  • Our tours are smaller maximum group sizes allowing the Tour Manager to give personal, but not intrusive, assistance.

  • Special UK fare connecting rail tickets to and from London for clients wishing to spend a night in London before the tour departure

  • The services of a Tour Manager with a good knowledge of the tour destination



Railtrail Protection:


  • We have a 100% security of client’s money via a Lloyds Bank Trust Account – A Trust Account means that any monies paid for your holiday remain in the Trust Account until the day after you return from holiday when the Trustee transfers the money to Railtrail Tours current account.

  •  This gives clients complete peace of mind as in the unlikely event of  Railtrail Tours ceasing to trade all of your pre-paid monies are in the Trust Account at Lloyds and the Trustee would simply return your monies in full via the method you paid (cheque, debit card, credit card) please note credit card administration charges are non-refundable.

  • This system of financial protection removes any requirement whatsoever for you to make a claim for your money, no stress, no form filling, and a 100% guarantee that your monies will be returned in full (with the exception of credit card charges should you have chosen to pay by that method)

  • Railtrail are ATOL Protected ATOL 9056

  • We are a Member of Association of European Rail Agents (AERA)

  • Also a member of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) Rail Ticket Agent

UK & European Tours 2020

Award Winning rail holidays in the UK , Europe & Australia, departing 2020

Amsterdam, Tulips, Cheese & Steam

From Price: £1,049.00
Duration: 6 Days
2 departure(s) between 08/04/2020 and 22/04/2020

The Big Five versus the Stoosbahn

From Price: £1,599.00
Duration: 8 Days
2 departure(s) between 06/06/2020 and 26/09/2020

Canals, Steam & Historic Chester

From Price: £535.00
Duration: 5 Days
4 departure(s) between 19/04/2020 and 20/09/2020

Dorset Coast & Isle of Wight Steam

From Price: £525.00
Duration: 5 Days
2 departure(s) between 18/05/2020 and 14/09/2020

Germany's Hanseatic Heritage

From Price: £1,049.00
Duration: 6 Days
2 departure(s) between 16/07/2020 and 13/08/2020

The Grand Tour - Land's End to John O'Groats

From Price: £2,289.00
Duration: 12 Days
Departure Date: 15/09/2020

Six Wonders of the Waterways

From Price: £1,230.00
Duration: 10 Days
2 departure(s) between 02/05/2020 and 12/09/2020

Highland Adventure

From Price: £459.00
Duration: 4 Days
4 departure(s) between 11/05/2020 and 21/09/2020

Springtime Highlander

From Price: £445.00
Duration: 5 Days
2 departure(s) between 17/03/2020 and 31/03/2020

Heart of Wales Steam & the Brecon Beacons

From Price: £530.00
Duration: 5 Days
4 departure(s) between 18/06/2020 and 10/09/2020

Harz Mountains Steam - the jewel of Germany

From Price: £1,095.00
Duration: 7 Days
3 departure(s) between 06/06/2020 and 05/09/2020

Isle of Man Explorer

From Price: £575.00
Duration: 5 Days
4 departure(s) between 14/05/2020 and 10/09/2020

Jersey, Guernsey, Herm & Sark

From Price: £1,215.00
Duration: 9 Days
3 departure(s) between 14/05/2020 and 14/09/2020

The Orkney & Shetland Explorer

From Price: £1,139.00
Duration: 7 Days
2 departure(s) between 17/06/2020 and 09/09/2020

The Rhine in Flames

From Price: £695.00
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Date: 30/04/2020

Roses Steam & Harrogate Flower Show

From Price: £449.00
Duration: 5 Days
2 departure(s) between 23/04/2020 and 17/09/2020

Scottish Steam, Malt & Ale Trail

From Price: £465.00
Duration: 5 Days
4 departure(s) between 16/04/2020 and 24/09/2020

Steam & Sail in the Elegant English Riviera

From Price: £479.00
Duration: 5 Days
4 departure(s) between 12/05/2020 and 22/09/2020

Australia - Steam on Five Gauges (Ground Only)

From Price: £3,250.00
Duration: 15 Days
Departure Date: 06/04/2020

Roses Battle By Steam

From Price: £975.00
Duration: 8 Days
Departure Date: 22/06/2020

Switzerland's Steam-powered Six

From Price: £1,779.00
Duration: 8 Days
2 departure(s) between 04/07/2020 and 29/08/2020

Australia - Steam on Five Gauges Flight Inclusive

From Price: £4,425.00
Duration: 17 Days
Departure Date: 05/04/2020

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