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Europe by Rail with the Glacier Express

  • 13 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAEEBR

Europe is full of magnificent train rides, so why not come with us and hop aboard as many of them as you can? 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. 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.

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Day 1 London

Arrive at any time.

Arrive at any time.

Days 2-3 Paris (2B)

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

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 (1B)

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

Take a morning TGV train about four hours to Lausanne, Switzerland. Spend the afternoon in this charming town visiting the cathedral, wandering car-free roads, opting for a cruise on Lake Geneva or visiting the local museums.

Day 5 Zermatt (1B)

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.

Board another train for the roughly three hour 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. Opt to board the historic Gornergrat Train for the 33 min ride into the mountains for a stunning view. Operating since 1898, the train rises into the mountains to just above 3000m providing a view of 29 different 4000m peaks.

Day 6 Chur (1B,1L)

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.

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, enjoying lunch on board. Arrive in the evening after a full day of soaking in the scenery. Stretch your legs with a walk around town and opt to visit the 800-year-old cathedral.

Days 7-8 Munich (2B)

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 Fü

Day 7 is a full travel day to reach Munich, in the heart of Bavaria. Arrive by regional train 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. Füssen is a typically charming Bavarian city with bakeries and cobblestoned streets. You might even glimpse some lederhosen and feather caps! Crazy King Ludwig bankrupted Bavaria building himself castles and they are on display for you to explore in the area. Neuschwanstein Castle is the most famous, mostly because it was the inspiration for Disney's Cinderella's Castle.

Days 9-10 Salzburg (2B)

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

In the morning, visit the nearby concentration camp of Dachau. Just at the end of the subway line, it's stunning to see how close Dachau was to the big city. Acting as a model for the other concentration camps of Germany and Poland, Dachau has an upsetting and important place in history. Return to Munich and take 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 Sound of Music, Salzburg has plenty to pack into a day and a half. The pedestrian centre is perfect for strolling around, stopping in to a pub or café for a break.

Day 11 Vienna (1B)

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.

Continue another three hours 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 specialities and enjoy a piece of strudel in a café.

Day 12 Vienna/Budapest (1B)

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

Enjoy a free morning before a four hour train to Budapest, Hungary. Opt to enjoy a night out in this western city with eastern charm.

Day 13 Budapest (1B)

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

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

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  • Austria > Germany > Switzerland > France > Hungary > United Kingdom

Is this for me?

  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Physical Demands: There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

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.

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