Europe by Rail with the Glacier Express

Company : G Adventures
Activities: Tours / Rail passes & tours
Countries: Austria / France / Germany / Hungary
Duration: 1 week to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 1500 to 1750 £ Pound (UK)

Over 13 days, you’ll go from London to Paris via the Eurostar and Paris to Switzerland on the TGV whilst admiring picturesque scenery zooming by. 

Europe is full of magnificent train rides, so why not come with us and hop aboard as many of them as you can? Take in the alpine sights by way of the famous Glacier Express, and disembark in Germany to fill up on beer and bratwurst in Munich. With additional train rides to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest, this is your one-stop – okay, multiple-stop – shop for seeing Europe by rail.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 London
Arrive at any time.

Days 2-3 Paris
Board the famous Eurostar train for the journey through the Chunnel to Paris. Enjoy an orientation walk and free time to visit the Eiffel Tower, dozens of museums, Luxembourg Gardens, wander the banks of the Seine or sip wine and eat cheese at a sidewalk café like a local.

Day 4 Lausanne
Take a morning TGV train to Lausanne, Switzerland. Spend the afternoon in this charming town.

Day 5 Zermatt
Board another train for the journey to Zermatt, a tiny village in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Enjoy the afternoon in the auto-free centre or hiking in the nearby mountains.

Day 6 Chur
Board the Glacier Express for a slow and stunning ride through the Alps. Pass meadows, rushing streams, bridges, villages and massive mountains as the train heads towards Chur. Arrive in the evening after a full day of soaking in the scenery.

Days 7-8 Munich
Day 7 is a full travel day to reach Munich, in the heart of Bavaria. Arrive in time for an optional evening out at a local brewery with a few steins of beer and some typical German fare. Day 8 is free to explore the city or head further afield to visit Füssen and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

Days 9-10 Salzburg
Included visit to Dachau in the morning before a short train ride to Salzburg, Austria. This charming city is brimming with history and character. Known for the nearby salt mines, Mozart and the setting for The Sound of Music, Salzburg has plenty to pack into a day and a half.

Day 11 Vienna
Continue by train to Vienna. Opt to visit the famous opera house, join a city tour or visit world-class museums. Vienna's a great city to try some local specialties and enjoy a piece of strudel in a café.

Day 12 Vienna/Budapest
Enjoy a free morning before the train to Budapest, Hungary. Opt to enjoy a night out in this western city with eastern charm.

Day 13 Budapest
Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking extra time in this vibrant city.

 

What's Included

  • Eurostar ride through the Chunnel
  • Paris orientation walk
  • TGV train
  • Lausanne orientation walk
  • Zermatt stay
  • The Glacier Express train with lunch onboard
  • Dachau tour (Munich)
  • Salzburg orientation walk
  • Vienna orientation walk
  • Budapest orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch. (Allow EUR400-500 for meals not included.)
  • Trains, subway, walking
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Hotels/pensions (12 nts).

 

Trip Specifics

  • Duration: 13 days
  • Start / Finish: London to Budapest 
  • Price: £1699 (available to book in other currencies)
  • Code: EEBR

 

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