Ride the rails from west to east, taking in four historic European capitals in one holiday. Travel aboard comfortable, high-speed trains as you take in the colourful history of Berlin, the spire-woven skyline of Prague, the grandiose musical heritage of Vienna and the tranquil thermal baths of Budapest.
DAY 1 - LONDON TO BERLIN
Your holiday begins in London this morning, where you'll catch the Eurostar under the English Channel to Brussels. Make a quick hop across platforms in the Belgian capital and catch a high-speed train through to Cologne. Enjoy a brief pit-stop in the city, perhaps wandering just outside to see the Cathedral or indulging in a traditional dinner before completing your journey through to Berlin. On arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight in Berlin)
DAY 2 - BERLIN
Explore Berlin at your own pace today, being sure to visit the vibrant fragments of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery and the exquisite architecture of the Brandenburg Gate. Your included walking tour will prove to be the perfect introduction to the city as you discover landmarks and monuments with the commentary of an experienced guide. Your holiday also includes access to the Brandenburg Gate Museum in the centre of the city. (Overnight in Berlin). B
DAY 3 - BERLIN TO PRAGUE
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and make your way to Berlin's magnificent Hauptbahnhof station. Catch the train directly to Prague, checking in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Prague is known as the “City of a Hundred Spires” thanks to its steeple-woven cityscape, and you will find plenty of historic buildings to discover along the winding, cobbled streets. Spend the rest of the day getting your bearings in the Czech capital, perhaps heading to the Old Town for a traditional dinner. (Overnight in Prague) B
DAY 4 - PRAGUE
After this morning’s breakfast, spend a full day exploring Prague using your hop-on, hop-off pass. Marvel at the baroque St Nicholas Church, with its pure white frontage and stunning frescoes lining its interior, explore the quaint medieval lanes of the Castle Complex, and stroll by the meandering Vltava River. Cross the grand Charles Bridge, an iconic landmark from the 14th century, and admire the views from St. Vitus Cathedral. (Overnight in Prague) B
DAY 5 - PRAGUE TO VIENNA
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Prague this morning before checking out and catching the train directly to Vienna. On arrival, make your way to your hotel and check in for a two-night stay. Set out and explore the Austrian capital, famous for its opulent Opera House and grandiose architecture. Relax and indulge in the city's famed café culture, or perhaps tuck into a slice of Sachertorte, the city's famous chocolate cake. (Overnight in Vienna) B
DAY 6 - VIENNA
Spend a full day at leisure in Vienna! Your hop-on hop-off bus tour tickets will help you put together a wonderful itinerary, completely tailored to you, and your Vienna Pass will give you access to over 60 attractions across the city - together they're the perfect combination. Explore the Danube Tower, House of Music, Schönbrunn Palace and Schönbrunner Panorama Train, or visit the famous Tiergarten Schönbrunn (Vienna Zoo). (Overnight in Vienna) B
DAY 7 - VIENNA TO BUDAPEST
Depart Vienna after breakfast this morning, catching a direct, high-speed train through to Budapest. On arrival in the Hungarian capital, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Budapest is growing in popularity, and strolling along the banks of the sparkling Danube past extravagant, historic architecture it isn't hard to see why. Bisected by the Danube into Buda and Pest, be sure to cross the connecting 19th-century Chain Bridge in the evening to see both sides wonderfully illuminated at dusk. (Overnight in Budapest) B
DAY 8 - BUDAPEST
Spend the whole day exploring everything that Budapest has to offer. The city enjoys a unique geography atop thermal hot springs, which has resulted in a rich selection of baths across the city. The largest, and perhaps grandest, of these are the sunny yellow Széchenyi Medicinal Baths, complete with both indoor and outdoor pools or tranquil water to relax in. Explore the huge Hungarian art collection in Buda Castle, or discover the famous Hungarian Parliament Building, the largest of its kind in the world. Come the evening, relax with a glass of fizz on a river cruise down the gleaming Danube - a true bucket list experience. (Overnight in Budapest) B
DAY 9 - BUDAPEST TO LONDON
Enjoy the last breakfast of your holiday today before checking out of your hotel and making your way to Budapest airport for a flight back to the UK. Prefer to travel home by train via Cologne? One of our Rail Consultants would be happy to make these arrangements for you. B
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