Following in the footsteps of the TEE Trans Europe Express network, EuroCity trains connect important European cities with speed, comfort and more than a hint of nostalgia. This tour pays homage to the network of cross-border trains and international co-operation on a grand tour of Europe, featuring its most celebrated routes.

16 Days From $4169pp

DEPARTS

Thursday 24 May 2018

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Berlin, a city with a unique history
Nostalgic journeys on the ‘Hungaria’ EuroCity express train
Relax in your seat through Saxon Switzerland
Uncover beautiful Prague on a guided tour
Enjoy dinner at a traditional Prague brewery tavern
Discover Budapest on our guided tour
Experience Budapest’s charming Children’s Railway
Cruise the Danube whilst enjoying dinner
Travel across the UNESCO Semmering Viaduct on board the ‘Zagreb’ EuroCity
Stay in charming Graz & visit the Lippizaner horses
Take the ‘Transalpin’ Eurocity through the Alps to Innsbruck
Steam on the Achensee cog railway
Take the Zillertalbahn to Mayrhofen
Soar up the mountains on the Spieljochbahn
Visit Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol
Continue through the Tyrol into Switzerland on the ‘Transalpin’
Return to Germany along the Rhine Gorge on the ‘Rätia’ EuroCity
Final evening in Cologne at a Brewery Tavern
Also included in your Tour Fare:

15 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal
Services of experienced Rail Tour Manager
Hotel Porterage

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

We depart London St Pancras by Eurostar to Brussels and onwards through Germany to Cologne for our first night at the conveniently situated Maritim Hotel.

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DAY 2

Our journey continues to Berlin for two nights at the InterCity Hauptbahnhof and, if you wish, your Tour Manager will take you for a short introductory walk along Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate.

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DAY 3

Today begins with a half-day guided sightseeing coach tour of Berlin, which uncovers this unique city’s turbulent past. The tour will introduce both the east and west of this once divided city, including part of the remaining Berlin Wall. The afternoon is then free to explore independently using your transport ticket.

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DAYS 4 & 5

This morning we board the Hungaria service bright and early. Many of the trains feature comfortable and nostalgic compartment seating, with great views from your picture window. Travelling through Saxony, the spires of historic Dresden come into view, followed by Saxon Switzerland’s table mountains as we meander along the Elbe Valley. Crossing into Bohemia, we arrive in Prague. A guided tour introduces the city, from the Castle district to Charles Bridge and Old Town Square. Our hotel for two nights is the NH Hotel Prague. The following day is free to explore at leisure, but features traditional dinner at the New Town Brewery.

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DAYS 6 – 8

Rejoining the Hungaria, our journey crosses into Slovakia at Brno, then onwards through the Hungarian Plain to Budapest for three nights at the Three Corners Lifestyle Hotel. During our stay in Budapest we uncover both Buda and Pest sides of the river on a guided sightseeing tour, including the Matthias Church, Fishermen’s Bastion and the famous Danube panorama. We also include a ride on the charming Children’s Railway in the Buda hills and a Danube dinner cruise, with a free day to explore independently on Day 8

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DAY 9

Departing Budapest we head westwards by EuroCity train to Vienna. On arrival a coach and guide await to take you on a panoramic tour of Austria’s impressive capital. After seeing the impressive Habsburg buildings, we depart Vienna late afternoon on the ‘Zagreb’ EuroCity train, crossing the UNESCO World Heritage Semmering Viaduct on our way to Graz for two nights at the Austria Trend Europa Hotel.

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DAY 10

A morning excursion into the Styrian countryside visits the Lippizaner Stud Piber, the nursery for the horses of the famous Spanish Riding School. Back in Graz, itself a UNESCO World Heritage site, the afternoon is yours to sightsee independently.

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DAY 11

Our journey across Europe by EuroCity takes a scenic turn today as we depart Graz on board the ‘Transalpin’. Crossing Styria, the route cuts through the heart of the alpine Tyrol region, passing famous resorts such as Zell am See and Kitzbühel, passing through the Inn Valley and into the Ziller Valley for three nights at the Kohlerhof Hotel in Fügen.

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DAY 12

Today we visit Europe’s oldest steam-hauled cog railway, travelling on the scenic Achenseebahn Mountain Railway from Jenbach to Seespitz on the shores of Lake Achensee. Operating since 1889, the railway still features some of the restored carriages from its early years. At Seespitz we board a cruise, gently traversing the largest lake in the Tyrol.

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DAY 13

A short train journey takes us to Innsbruck for a day’s sightseeing. Perhaps visit the Golden Roof, set amidst Innsbruck’s Old Town, framed by a stunning backdrop of the Alps.

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DAY 14

This morning we join the Zillertalbahn for the scenic steam-hauled journey to Mayrhofen at the head of the valley. This afternoon we reboard the ‘Transalpin’ EuroCity, travelling through the mountains of West Tyrol, into Liechtenstein and finally arriving in Switzerland and the train’s terminus, Zurich. Here we connect to Basel, where we stay for one night at the Gaia Hotel.

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DAY 15

Today we depart Basel on the Rätia EuroCity, which takes the traditional and scenic route along the Rhine Gorge, hugging the riverside surrounded by vineyards and castles. Our final night is at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, with a farewell dinner at a local brewery tavern.

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DAY 16

We return to London via Brussels.

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OTHER INFORMATION

HOTELS

InterCity Hotel Berlin

A modern hotel, built just a few years ago, situated just a short walk from Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof station, which provides a local transport ticket for the duration of your stay.

NH Hotel Prague City

On the face of it this is a regular 4* hotel in the Andels district of Prague. Yet walk through the door and you realise that the hotel is on two levels, connected by funicular railway. We couldn’t resist it; we are Railtrail after all!

Hotel Three Corners Lifestyle, Budapest

A brand new 4* hotel in a convenient yet quiet part of Budapest, the Lifestyle Hotel features modern, air-conditioned rooms with minibar, safe and tea/coffee making facilities. During our stay in Budapest we dine in local restaurants, one of which is a Danube river cruiser.

Austria Trend Hotel Europa Graz

A modern 4* hotel situated close to Graz main station, boasting a restaurant and bar.

Hotel Kohlerhof, Fügen

Set on the outskirts of the Zillertal village of Fügen right next to the Spieljochbahn cable car, the 4* Hotel Kohlerhof boasts leisure facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, amidst stunning alpine scenery.

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel

Including Standard Eurostar

Price from $4169pp

First Class rail travel including

Standard Premier Eurostar

Price from $4869pp

Single Traveller Supplement

Price from $939

15 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

International Rail Travel in the class of your choice (short internal journeys Standard Class only)

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

USEFUL LINKS

InterCity Hotel Berlin HauptbahnhofNH Prague CityLifestyle Hotel BudapestHotel Europa GrazHotel Kohlerhof, FügenNew Town BreweryPrague InformationChildrens RailwayLippizaner at PiberBudapest InformationVienna InformationAchenseebahn

 

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