The 2014/15 brochure from Diamond Rail Holidays offers the company's largest collection of holidays to date, and features nine new itineraries to its range of escorted rail holidays, including trips to French châteaux, Italian carnivals and famous Christmas markets, with departures ranging from September through to June 2015. The trips all begin on the Eurostar from St Pancras with a variety of rail and coach options taking guests across Europe and beyond.

New holidays include a four-day 'Monet’s Gardens, Chartes, Versailles and the Loire Valley', which offers the opportunity for art fans to follow in the footsteps of two of the greatest artists of all time. Guests will visit Monet’s famous garden, wander through medieval streets, visit Leonardo Da Vinci’s former home and explore the palace of Versailles. Prices start from £449 per person, with departures between April and May 2015.

A six-day Venice Carnival option is available for a February 12 departure and leads in at £799. Every February the city of Venice comes alive as the Carnevale di Venezia come to town; this traditional and vibrant celebration is one of the big dates on the Venetian calendar. The itinerary travels by train from Paris to Milan, stopping in some of Italy’s most iconic cities before reaching Venice on Valentine’s Day.

Other new options include a six-day L’île de Ré and La Rochelle tour from £759, a seven-day Springtime in Menton on the French Riviera from £699, a six-day Château in the Dordogne from £949, an eight-day Lisbon, Porto and the Douro Valley from £1,149 and a six-day Christmas on the French Riviera from £799.

All prices are based on two adults sharing and include travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras; all rail journeys; accommodation; main visits and excursions; many meals, and the services of a tour manager. Also available with a number of holidays are regional rail departures. 

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