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Adventure Holidays Easily Accessible by Rail

During post-coronavirus times travelling by train rather than by plane might be much safer and logistically not as challenging. It is environmentally friendly too, leaving a significantly smaller carbon footprint. Many of our French and Benelux walking and cycling holidays – as well as some of our German, Swiss, Spanish and Italian adventures – can be reached comfortably within a day from London St Pancras. The added bonus: you will be able to take the slow lane and appreciate the scenery much better than you can from a plane or a car. Here are some of the best walking and cycling holidays for an easy getaway from the UK by rail.

Featured Adventures: Our Top Walking and Cycling Holidays Easily Accessible by Rail from the UK

Walking the D-Day Landing Beaches
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Walking the D-Day Landing Beaches

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Country
France
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April – October

Experience the D-Day landing beaches and retrace the steps of those who gave their lives for the liberation of Europe, taking in Sword Beach, Juno Beach, Gold Beach, Omaha Beach and Utah Beach. This is a hike of remembrance, but also of pleasure, as you walk along beautiful cliff-side and beach trails. 

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Lake Constance Cycle Path and the Rhine Falls

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Country
Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Activity type
Self Guided Cycling
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate, Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
March – October

Take Europe’s most popular cycling route; visit ancient castles and museums and bike through rolling orchards and vineyards. After completing the Path, ride on to the Rhine Falls – one the largest and most impressive waterfalls in Europe.

Brittany's Pink Granite Coast
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Brittany’s Pink Granite Coast

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Country
France
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
6 days & 5 nights
Difficulty
Easy, Easy to Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April – October

Explore Brittany’s Côte de Granite Rose from Perros Guirec to Lannion. With its bizarre rock formations, pink tainted rocks, white beaches and clear blue waters, it is considered one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe.

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The Coast and Mountains of Costa Brava

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Country
Spain
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
September – July

This is our most popular walking holiday in Catalonia for a reason. Costa Brava is a walker’s paradise, boasting a thousand-year-old network of footpaths and offering diverse natural landscapes, warm hospitality and great cuisine – and there is something to suit everyone.

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Via Francigena in Switzerland: Lausanne to Aosta

Country
Italy, Switzerland
Activity type
Self Guided Walking, Camino Tours
Duration
10 days & 9 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
June – September

Starting from Lausanne at Lake Geneva, the Swiss route goes across the Alps to Aosta in Italy. The path reveals amazing Alpine sceneries, cultural heritage and history, the highlight being the Great St Bernard Pass. This section of the Via Francigena is, without doubt, one of the most spectacular pilgrims’ paths in Europe!

Adventure Holidays Easily Accessible by Rail from the UK: Full List, Amsterdam to Bruges on Wheels 46
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Amsterdam to Bruges on Wheels

Country
Belgium, Netherlands
Activity type
Self Guided Cycling
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April – October

We invite you on a wonderful cycling holiday through the Netherlands down into Belgium, past towns, villages, canals – all the time on well-maintained cycling paths. In eight days of cycling, you will discover many delightful places off the beaten track and take in the most picturesque historic towns in the Netherlands and Flanders.

Classic Provence: Alpilles and Luberon
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Classic Provence: Alpilles and Luberon

Country
France
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
7 days & 6 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
March – June, September – November

Explore the most beautiful parts of the Provence, taking in both the Alpilles and the Luberon mountain ranges. Staring in Avignon, your journey will take you through the famed villages of Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes, Goult, Bonnieux and Saignon. You will finish in the beautiful Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with its Venice-like canals.

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Aravis Range to Lake Annecy

Country
France
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
7 days & 6 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
June – September

The Aravis massif is a hidden gem, rising between the Rhône Valley to the West and the Mont Blanc range to the East. The range is footed by old farming villages, famous among the locals for their artisanal cheese production. The tour ends with a beautiful arrival at Lake Annecy, one of the most spectacular panoramas in the Alps.

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Pyrenees Coastal Trails: Cadaqués to Collioure

Country
France, Spain
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
7 days & 6 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
January – July, September – November

Bathed in warm Mediterranean sunshine, and with the peaks of the Pyrenees providing a dramatic backdrop, the Spanish and French Catalan coast invites exploration on foot. By walking from Cadaqués to Collioure along the coast, you will discover for yourself the lure and enchantment of this beautiful region.

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King Ludwig Way

Country
Germany
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April – September

Follow one of Germany’s most romantic footpaths, from Lake Starnberg through beautiful Upper Bavaria to the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Ammergauer Alps, the Zugspitze and the Allgäu and stay in charming small hotels and guesthouses to experience the best of Bavarian hospitality.

Tour du Mont Blanc from Les Houches in Comfort
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Tour du Mont Blanc from Les Houches in Comfort

Country
France, Italy, Switzerland
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
12 days & 11 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
June – September

Walk the Tour du Mont Blanc from Les Houches through France, Italy and Switzerland, staying in comfortable private hotel rooms on most nights. The tour takes 12 days (10 walking days) to complete. It is the perfect Alpine trek for those who are seasoned trekkers but still prefer the comfort of hotel accommodation.