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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 12 days, you’ll go from 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: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: EFBR/201315
  • Starts: Paris, France
  • Finishes: Budapest, Hungary
You will Visit
  • Paris
  • Lausanne
  • Zermatt
  • Chur
  • Munich
  • Salzburg
  • Vienna
  • Budapest

Itinerary

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Day 1: Paris

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Paris

Spend the day with free time to visit dozens of museums, patisserie shops, sidewalk cafés or grand boulevards.
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.

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Day 3: Paris/Lausanne

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

04

Day 4: Lausanne/Zermatt

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.

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Day 5: Zermatt/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.

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Day 6: Chur/Munich

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.

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Day 7: Munich

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

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Day 8: Munich/Salzburg

Travel 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 offer. Opt of visit the concentration camp of Dachau, right outside the city centre. Learn of the atrocities of war and the triumph of the human spirit.

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Day 9: Salzburg

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 10: Salzburg/Vienna

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.

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Day 11: Vienna/Budapest

Travel to Budapest, Hungary this morning by train. Take an orientation walk upon arrival, then opt to enjoy a night out in this charming city.
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.

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Day 12: Budapest

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

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Magdas Hotel, Vienna
    • Paris orientation walk
    • TGV train
    • Lausanne orientation walk
    • Zermatt stay
    • The Glacier Express train
    • Salzburg orientation walk
    • Vienna orientation walk
    • Budapest orientation walk
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/pensions (11 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts
    Transport
    • Trains, subway, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • See some of Europe’s classic cities with time to explore
  • Get the best view of the Alps from your train seat
  • Enjoy the charm of the countryside
  • Sample regional flavours from Paris’ pastries to German beer