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Europe by Rail with the Glacier Express

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, youll go from London to Paris via the Eurostar and Paris to Switzerland on the TGV while 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.


Duration: 13 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145317
Starts: London, United Kingdom Finishes: Budapest, Hungary
You will Visit
  • London
  • Budapest

Itinerary

01

Day 1: London

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: London/Paris (1B)

It's hard to run out of things to do in a city like Paris. Visit the Eiffel Tower, dozens of museums, Luxembourg Garden, wander the banks of the Seine or sip wine and eat cheese at a sidewalk café like a local.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Train (2.50 hour(s))

03

Day 3: Paris (1B)

The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Rodin Museum are all worth a visit. Stop by Notre Dame or Sacre Coeur to add some spirituality to your day. Shop on the Champs-Élysées or explore the Left Bank.

04

Day 4: Paris/Lausanne (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Train (4.00 hour(s))

05

Day 5: Lausanne/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 car-free centre or hiking in the nearby mountains.

Transport:
Train (3.00 hour(s))

06

Day 6: Zermatt/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.

Transport:
Board the Glacier Express and enjoy the stunning view out of the domed glass roof.
Train (5.00-6.00 hours)

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Day 7: Chur/Munich (1B)

Take a full 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.

Transport:
Train (5.00-8.00 hours)

08

Day 8: Munich (1B)

Explore the city or head further afield to visit Füssen and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

09

Day 9: Munich/Salzburg (1B)

Visit the concentration camp of Dachau, right outside the city centre. Learn of the atrocities of war and the triumph of the human spirit.

Return to the city for 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.

Included Activities:
Dachau Concentration Camp Visit

Transport:
Train (1.50 hour(s))

10

Day 10: Salzburg (1B)

Make the most of a free day in Salzburg. Opt to visit the salt mines or take the famous Sound of Music tour.

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Day 11: Salzburg/Vienna (1B)

Continue by train to Vienna. Opt to visit the famous opera house, join a city tour or visit world-class museums. Stay overnight at a G Adventures for Good supported hotel that supports migrant workers.

Included Activities:
Magdas Hotel Stay

Transport:
Train (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 12: Vienna/Budapest (1B)

Journey by train to Budapest, the 'Pearl of the Danube'. The city, split into Buda and Pest by the river, retains its eastern charm with Buda Castle and Turkish-style thermal baths.

Depending on arrival time, opt to visit some city sights or soak in one of the famous baths.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Train (4.00 hour(s))

13

Day 13: Budapest (1B)

We highly recommend booking extra time in this vibrant city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/pensions (12 nts)
    • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    Transport
    • Trains, subway, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Travel across Europe by train
  • Explore tiny villages and big capital cities
  • Soak in gorgeous Alpine scenery from the window of the Glacier Express
  • Sample cuisine in six different countries.