Europe on the Rails
Discover Europe's top destinations by train!
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Group Size: Avg 4-20
Trip code: EOTR
Duration: 15 or 29 days
Go on an epic 15 or 29-day group rail adventure around Europe's most beautiful city hotspots and discover the culture, history, and romance of some of the continent's most charming destinations. Travel by train through the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Spain, and France, and explore the canals, architecture, palaces, castles, and cobbled streets in each country. You’ll also take part in some pretty awesome activities and excursions along the way. With ample time to explore by yourself as well as with the group, we'll sort out all your trains and accommodation, and introduce you to a whole bunch of brilliant new friends to enjoy the journey with. Get ready for some serious European fun!
- Explore eight amazing countries by rail over the course of four weeks and discover some of Europe's top city destinations
- Discover Amsterdam's quirkiest highlights, sail along the Vltava, and tour Vienna's top palaces
- Take a gondola ride in Venice, visit Rome's Colosseum, and soak up some romance in Florence
- Enjoy a scuba diving trip in Nice, get a culture dose in Barcelona, and fall in love with Paris
- Sit back and enjoy the ride! All your transport from the UK to every destination on the itinerary is covered
Day 1: London to Amsterdam. Meet your group near St Pancras International Train Station and board the Eurostar to Amsterdam via Brussels. Head out this evening to enjoy the city nightlife on a pub crawl.
Day 2-3: Amsterdam. Spend two days exploring Amsterdam's quirks and highlights, taking in the museums, historic streets and funky bars and restaurants at your own pace.
Day 4: Amsterdam to Berlin. Jump on the train to Berlin and enjoy a welcome drink before you check out our recommended budget eats!
Day 5-6: Berlin. Our first full day in Berlin will see us head to the remnants of the Berlin Wall to see the street art of the East Side Gallery. Enjoy discovering one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities over the next couple of days. Peg a few must-dos to go and see while you’re here and try out the local Badeschiff with the group followed by an evening of drinks and karaoke!
Day 7: Berlin to Prague. Today we’ll hop on another train, this time making our way to beautiful Prague. It’s a picturesque journey, so sit back and enjoy the view, or use the time to catch up on a bit of reading or sleep.
Day 8: Prague. Spend the day enjoying your fairy-tale surroundings before finishing up with a sunset cruise along the Vltava River with views to die for. Prague at night is stunning!
Day 9: Prague to Budapest. Journey southeast to Hungary today and roll into the beautiful city of Budapest. Settle into your accommodation and start getting a flavour of this exciting city.
Days 10-11: Budapest. Enjoy two days to explore Budapest. Enjoy an included Szechenyi baths experience that’ll help you soak your tired travelling muscles. Opt to visit the Hungarian Parliament or delve into the city’s quirky markets and boutique shops.
Day 12: Budapest to Vienna. Wander through the charming streets of Vienna to get a feel for the city's romantic vibe and treat yourself to some wiener schnitzel and apple strudel. See the city from a different angle with some included paddle boarding on the Danube.
Day 13: Vienna to Venice. From Austria to Italy, we'll make the journey to Venice via sleeper train, bunking down in 6-berth couchettes.
Day 14-16: Venice. Enjoy a bit of freedom to discover the 127 islands that make up the medieval city over the next few days and enjoy an included gondola ride & visit to Murano & Burano.
Please note: If you've booked the 15-day option, your tour will end in Venice on day 15. Say goodbye to your group and head to the airport, or stick around for some more solo travel adventures. Return flight not included.
Day 17: Venice to Rome. We’ll make our way to Rome where you’re free to explore and dine on amazing Italian food.
Day 18: Rome. Today, you’ll get to go on an included group tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum to tread in the footsteps of ancient warriors and learn more about the monument’s history. After a slice of Ancient Rome, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the smallest country in the world, the Vatican.
Day 19: Rome to Florence. Jumping onboard our next train, we’ll make our way to Florence. We’ll visit nearby Pisa to visit the Leaning Tower to learn more about its famous tilt before heading back to Florence for pizza & drinks.
Day 20: Florence. Take some time to soak up the romantic atmosphere in Tuscany's capital today or visit the art galleries and get your pasta fix.
Day 21: Florence to Nice. Travel through the French Riviera to Nice. On arrival, catch the last of the sunshine before heading into the glamorous city centre for a bar crawl.
Day 22-23: Nice. Head out on an epic boat trip for some scuba diving in the Mediterranean. Later, catch the sun setting from the Promenade des Anglais. Finish your stay in Nice with a day trip to Monaco, home to the rich & famous.
Day 24: Nice to Barcelona. Entering Spain this afternoon, we'll look around the busy streets of Barcelona before chilling out in the evening.
Day 25-26: Barcelona. Visit the Sagrada Familia and head to Park Guell for all things Gaudi
Day 27: Barcelona to Paris. Arrive in the city of love where we'll head straight to Montmartre for stunning views of the Sacre Coeur followed by drinks near the Moulin Rouge.
Day 28: Paris. Spend the day getting to know Paris. We'll finish the tour with spectacular views from the Montparnasse observation deck.
Day 29: Au revoir. It's time to head home. Hop on the Eurostar from Paris and travel back to London
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You will need to be in London, ready to meet up with the rest of your tour group near Kings Cross Station at 9am on day one of your itinerary. For those having to travel to London, you might want to consider pre-booking accommodation for the night before. We can advise you on how to arrange this.
The 15-day tour ends in Venice on day 15. A return journey to the U.K. is not included. Contact our flights team to book this journey in advance of departure.
The 29-day trip ends in St Pancras Station at around 3pm on day 29.
28 nights of accommodation are included in the cost of this trip, which will consist of 27 nights of boutique hostels and 1 night spent on a 6-berth couchette on a sleeper train from Vienna to Venice. You'll share comfortable mixed dorm-style rooms with 6-14 other members of your group.
If you are travelling on the 15-day tour, 14 nights of accommodation are included.
Some breakfasts may be included along the route, depending on availability at the hostels. You will need to purchase most of your meals yourself. This is the perfect opportunity to try out as much of the local cuisine as you like! Luckily, all the cities we'll visit have an abundance of delicious local delicacies on offer, with a range of restaurants and diners to suit every budget. Don't forget to try out the street and market food whenever you get the opportunity.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for 18 to 35 year olds.
UK citizens can travel to countries in the European Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days. Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.
All visa, passport and entry requirements are subject to change so we recommend travellers check the most up to date information with the relevant embassies before travel.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.