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Rob Lippitt - Tour manager

Welcome

I’m Rob Lippitt, Award Winner Tour and Cruise Manager for Great Rail Journeys & Rail Discoveries.

My rail tours enable you to simply sit back and relax, admiring the views of ever-changing scenery from Europe's fabulous high-speed rail network, with space to stretch out or get up and walk about. The journey from the UK to your destination is no longer a necessary hassle, but instead a truly enjoyable part of your holiday.

My river cruises offer you the opportunity to explore picturesque countryside, historic & cultural landmarks, stunning scenery and famous destinations, travelling in luxury, comfort and style along Europe’s magnificent rivers.
Whether you have experienced our tours or river cruises previously or are considering us for the first time, rail is a great way to travel.

Meet Tour Manager Rob Lippitt

Holidays should be a completely stress-free experience for the traveller - and this is why all of our holidays are escorted by a professional and dedicated UK based Tour Manager, with you from start to finish to oversee the smooth running of all the arrangements, ensuring that you enjoy the holiday you want, without stress problems or hitches and you can simply relax.

As part of the team, I am passionate about Travel, based on over 20 years’ experience across all sectors of the travel industry, including retail Travel Agency Manager, airline bmi Sales & Marketing, Commercial & Operational experience and Birmingham Airport Customer Service.

Also from a personal perspective I have travelled extensively worldwide and love visiting new destinations, both as Tour Manager & Cruise Manger or on personal holidays. I enjoy meeting new people and helping my clients to really get the most out of some of the amazing destinations and cultures which we travel too.

On all tours & cruises, I work hard not just to meet, but to exceed the expectations of my entire group. I try to ensure that all my clients feel that they are on holiday with a trusted friend who is as enthusiastic as they are about the places we visit together.

For me working as a Tour Manager & Cruise Manager is a passion, not just a job, and hopefully my enthusiasm, local knowledge, organisational ability, people skills, commitment and thoughtfulness in the event of any problem, all help to ensure you have the best possible holiday.

I try to ensure helpfulness and a smile at all times and to demonstrate that I care as passionately about your holiday as you do.

Testimonials

Its always nice to receive comments from my clients on how they enjoyed there holiday, here are just some of my client comments:

"Rob is a brilliant Tour Manager! Weather was not good on three days but he kept us all cheerful! Wonderfully Enthusiastic"

"Rob is an excellent tour manager and we would definitely travel with him again & recommend him to others"

“Very impressed with our Tour Manager Rob Lippitt, Iv’e travelled with tours before and not one of these Tour Managers come close to the competance, frindleness and entertainment as
shown by Rob”

“Thank you so much for making it such a splendid holiday. It was great fun to meet you. Hope to meet up again at the Christmas Markets”

“Thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. All best wishes for you in the future. Maybe one day we will meet again on a Great Rail Journey.”

“Rob, a great holiday with thanks to all your efforts and thoughtfulness”

‘Thanks Rob for making this one of the best holidays i've been on. Will never forget my 65th birthday - curling etc - Hope to see you again in the not to distant future"

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Rob's planned tours - why not join me...

Below are a list of my tours which are planned for this year, exciting times to find out where I will be heading, whilst I endeavour to be tour manager on tours when specifically requested, this is not always possible.

If you fancy joining me then click on the tour, check it out and call 01904 521949 and quote: GRA189/Rob Lippitt:

December 2019 | March 2020 | April 2020 | May 2020 | June 2020 | July 2020 | August 2020

PLEASE NOTE: MY FULL 2020 TOUR ALLOCATION IS STILL PENDING - WATCH THIS SPACE...


.:| DECEMBER 2019 |:.


Lake Garda at Christmas

Lake Garda at Christmas
21st December - 29th December 2019
From: £1795.00 per person
Quote Tour Code: GVX2001

Lake Garda at Christmas

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Enjoy the beauty of Lake Garda and its surrounds at Christmas

One of our favourite Italian destinations takes on a festive twist as we enjoy the beauty of Lake Garda and its surrounds at Christmas. Enjoy a beautiful train journey through the Dolomites, iconic cities, and the wonders of Italy's most famous lake on this wonderful tour.

Lake Garda at Christmas


.:| MARCH 2020 |:.


Great Rail Journeys

Five-Star India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla

15th March - 28th March 2020
From: £2495.00 per person
Quote Tour Code: LTC2015

India

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Marvel at historic temples, spot an elusive tiger and visit beautiful palaces

Marvel at historic temples, spot an elusive tiger and visit beautiful palaces and gardens as we explore kaleidoscopic India, taking in the tranquillity of Shimla, enigmatic Delhi, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Agra with its resplendent marble icon, the Taj Mahal.

India

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Delhi
  • All rail and Volvo coach travel throughout
  • Toyota Innova car transfers in Shimla
  • Porterage included from Delhi to Shimla, Shimla to Delhi, and Delhi to Agra

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 12 nights' hotel accommodation including 4 nights at the 5-Star Taj Palace in Delhi, 3 nights at the 5-Star Oberoi Cecil Hotel in Shimla, 1 night at the 5-Star ITC Mughal Hotel in Agra, 2 nights at the 5-Star Sawai Vilas in Ranthambore, and 2 nights at the 5-Star ITC Rajputana Sheraton in Jaipur

Delicious meals included

  • 30 meals including 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, including 2 packed lunches, and 12 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Journeys on the Shatabdi Express and UNESCO-listed Toy Train
  • Guided city tours in Delhi, Shimla and Jaipur
  • The Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and the Amber Fort
  • 2 game drives in Ranthambore National Park
  • Specialist guest speaker

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade your flight to Premium Economy from £400 per person each way
  • Upgrade to a double occupancy Valley View room at the Oberoi Cecil Hotel from £175 per person

British Citizens require a visa to enter India. We can help you with visa applications up to 21 days before departure - please see the Visa section of 'Things You Should Know' for further details.

Not Included

  • In India it's customary to leave a tip for local guides, coach drivers and assistants. Tipping is at your discretion, but should you wish to leave a token of your appreciation, we recommend £28 to cover all necessary services, which can be arranged with the Tour Manager at end of your holiday.

.:| APRIL 2020 |:.


Great Rail Journeys

Cornwall Spring Flower Show (Pending allocation)
3rd April - 7th April 2020
From: £595.00 per person
Quote Tour Code: CFE2001

Cornwall Flower Show

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From the Eden Project to Heligan's Lost Gardens

Usher in the spring season on this colourful flower-filled tour. From our beautiful woodland base in St Austell, we visit the Cornwall Flower Show, see the famous Eden Project and Heligan, and explore the Cornish countryside by heritage train.

Cornwall Flower Show 2020


Great Cruise Journeys

Five Star Tulips cruise & Keukenhof gardens
15th April - 22nd April 2020

From: £1495.00 per person
Quote Tour Code: NEZ2001

Tulips

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Netherlands and Belgium, on a glorious 5-Star cruise.

Spectacular floral displays, poignant battlefield tours and fairytale cities await on this scenic cruise along the waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands.

From the decks of a luxurious river cruise ship, get to the heart of what makes these two charming countries so special as you are joined for on board talks from gardening television celebrity Charlie Dimmock, and World War I specialist Col. Piers Storie-Pugh

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.:| MAY 2020 |:.


Great Cruise Journeys

Five Star Danube cruise
5th May - 12th May 2020
Budapest to Passau
From: £1595.00 per person
Quote Tour Code: DLZ2001

Danube cruise

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A harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty

On this marvellous cruise, experience the magic of the blue Danube from the elegance of Imperial Vienna, to the twin cities of Buda and Pest.

Step back in time to the eras of the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of the Habsburgs, all whilst enjoying the surroundings of your ultra modern and comfortable cruise ship. There are also lots of included opportunities to taste the specialties of each region you sail through, creating a cruise that is a real treat for all the senses.

Tulip Cruise - April 2019


.:| JUNE 2020 |:.


Great Cruise Journeys

Five Star Danube cruise
13th June - 20th June 2020
Passau to Budapest

From: £1595.00 per person
Quote Tour Code: DDZ2002

Danube cruise

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A harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty

Aboard the state of the art Amadeus Queen, which comes replete with its own swimming pool amongst other cutting-edge facilities, experience the magic of the blue Danube from the elegance of Imperial Vienna, to the twin-cities of Buda and Pest.

Step back in time to the eras of the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of the Habsburgs, all whilst enjoying the surroundings of your ultra modern and comfortable cruise ship. There are also lots of included opportunities to taste specialties of each region you sail through, completing a cruise that is a real treat for the senses.

Danube Cruise Banner

Great Cruise Journeys

Five Star Danube cruise
20th June - 27th June 2020
Budapest to Passau
From: £1595.00 per person
Quote Tour Code: DLZ2003

Danube cruise

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A harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty

On this marvellous cruise, experience the magic of the blue Danube from the elegance of Imperial Vienna, to the twin cities of Buda and Pest.

Step back in time to the eras of the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of the Habsburgs, all whilst enjoying the surroundings of your ultra modern and comfortable cruise ship. There are also lots of included opportunities to taste the specialties of each region you sail through, creating a cruise that is a real treat for all the senses.

Tulip Cruise - April 2019


.:| JULY 2020 |:.


Great Cruise Journeys

Black Sea Delta Cruise
25th July - 1st August 2020
Budapest to Black Sea
From: £1795.00 per person
Quote Tour Code: DSZ2002

Black Sea

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Soak up the very best of Eastern Europe

From the Bulgarian coast to the bustle of Budapest, follow the path of the Black Sea inland and soak up the very best of Eastern Europe on this incredible cruise. From the unique natural environment of the Danube Delta, discover the vibrant cities of Serbia and Bulgaria as well as the vast expanses and traditions of the Great Hungarian Plains.

Along the way you'll be able to spend time relaxing aboard your exclusive 5-star cruise ship, enjoying extensive and delicious meals, made from local ingredients, and making the most of the panoramic windows and evening entertainment.

Black sea


.:| AUGUST 2020 |:.


Great Cruise Journeys

Black Sea Delta Cruise
1st August - 8th August 2020
Black Sea to Budapest
From: £1595.00 per person
Quote Tour Code: DLZ2004

Black Sea

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Soak up the very best of Eastern Europe

From the Bulgarian coast to the bustle of Budapest, follow the path of the Black Sea inland and soak up the very best of Eastern Europe on this incredible cruise. From the unique natural environment of the Danube Delta, discover the vibrant cities of Serbia and Bulgaria as well as the vast expanses and traditions of the Great Hungarian Plains.

Along the way you'll be able to spend time relaxing aboard your exclusive 5-star cruise ship, enjoying extensive and delicious meals, made from local ingredients, and making the most of the panoramic windows and evening entertainment.

Black sea

Great Cruise Journeys

Black Sea Delta Cruise
26th August - 2nd September 2020
Black Sea to Budapest
From: £1595.00 per person
Quote Tour Code: DLZ2004

Black Sea

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Soak up the very best of Eastern Europe

From the Bulgarian coast to the bustle of Budapest, follow the path of the Black Sea inland and soak up the very best of Eastern Europe on this incredible cruise. From the unique natural environment of the Danube Delta, discover the vibrant cities of Serbia and Bulgaria as well as the vast expanses and traditions of the Great Hungarian Plains.

Along the way you'll be able to spend time relaxing aboard your exclusive 5-star cruise ship, enjoying extensive and delicious meals, made from local ingredients, and making the most of the panoramic windows and evening entertainment.

Black sea

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All our tours benefit from the presence of a professional Tour Manager, who will ensure that your holiday runs smoothly, along with experienced local guides sharing their in-depth knowledge of each destination, ensuring that you are travelling with a holiday expert who knows all the ins and outs.


 

About Great Rail Journeys and Rail Discoveries

With 40 years' experience Great Rail Journeys are the UKs leading rail holiday company covering over 60 countries and specialising in escorted rail tours. Our sister-company Rail Discoveries Rail Discoveries has more than three decades' experience providing outstanding rail holidays.

Tours include rail travel, transfers, a Tour Manager, quality hotels and many meals, a full programme of exciting excursions, guided tours and sightseeing and free time to allow you to gain a true insight into the region visited - often by using the local transport network.

Couples and single travellers choose our tours for a relaxing, rewarding holiday, which is why the holidays are inclusive and welcoming to the single traveller offering the flexibility to be as involved as desired.

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Find Out More or Make a Booking

If you are considering or planning a tour with Great Rail Journeys or Rail Discoveries, our websites or brochures are a good starting point for information on the tours, dates and destinations available, along with any special offers.

Though we hope these websites provide you with a wide range of information on each of our tours, we do appreciate that you may have some questions that can only be answered by talking to someone. Our friendly, welcoming team of specialist Tour Advisors are there to help you make the right choice of holiday, and to make the booking process as easy and as enjoyable as possible.

The Tour Advisors will guide you through the booking process and will let you know about all of the services we offer. They'll make sure that you've given us all the details we need, as well as ensuring that you have all the information you require about your holiday.

Remember, when making your booking, quote reference GRA189 along with my name, and, who knows I may even be Tour Manager on your next tour.

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