Our new great rail holiday explores Bristol’s fascinating industrial and maritime past. Join us as we discover iconic modes of transport that have influenced global passenger travel over hundreds of years from Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the ship that changed maritime voyaging, to the world’s fastest passenger jet, supersonic Concorde. During our transport themed tour we also enjoy a harbour boat tour, nostalgic steam train journey and even ride on a vintage bus!

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Twin/Double share$1249 per person


Thursday 28 May 2020

Thursday 3 September 2020


  • Visit the world’s first great luxury liner, Brunel’s SS Great Britain

  • Explore Bristol’s Floating Harbour by boat

  • Step aboard supersonic Concorde at Aerospace Bristol

  • Discover the history of the Clifton Suspension Bridge on a guided tour

  • Steam along the Avon Valley Railway with a cream tea

  • Enjoy free time at leisure in the beautiful city of Bath


We arrive in Bristol where our hotel is conveniently situated a short walk from the railway station. You may wish to relax upon check-in in the hotel’s leisure facilities ahead of dinner this evening in the hotel restaurant. D



This morning we explore Bristol’s waterways as we board our boat tour discovering the fascinating history and contemporary culture of Bristol’s Floating Harbour. Following this, we keep the Maritime theme going as we head to the Being Brunel Museum and the SS Great Britain, a museum ship and former passenger steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This afternoon is free to explore the city’s many attractions including the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol Cathedral and The M Shed Museum. B, D



Today we experience 100 years of British aerospace industry as our vintage bus takes us to Aerospace Bristol. We enjoy a guided tour and talk on the supersonic Concorde, the museum is home to the last of these iconic passenger jets to be built and flown. In the afternoon we transfer to the Grade I listed Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the beautiful Avon Gorge. Here we have a guided tour of the bridge and learn about its construction, completion and how it is maintained to this day. B, D



This morning we once again board our vintage coach and make our way to the Avon Valley Railway, here we enjoy a return journey from Bitton along the former Midland Railway branch line. Onboard we sample a cream tea as we take in the sights, sounds and scent of nostalgic steam. Following our relaxing train ride we continue to Bath by vintage bus, we have time at leisure to explore this beautiful and historic city, famed for its Georgian Royal Crescent and Roman Baths. Following our visit we return by train from Bath to Bristol Templemeads. B, LR, D



We bid farewell to Bristol with its proud Maritime history and make our way home. B


B=Breakfast, LR=Light Refreshments, D=Dinner

Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa, Bristol

Situated close to the heart of Bristol, the Mercure Holland House is set amongst Bristol’s waterways and harbour. The en-suite bedrooms offer modern facilities including flat screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi. The hotel features a stylish bar and restaurant, along with leisure facilities including an indoor heated pool and fitness

  • 4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal
  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)
  • Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described
  • All excursions and admissions as detailed
  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
  • Hotel Porterage

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