Europe on the Rails

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Group Size: Avg 4-20

Trip code: EOTR

Duration: 14 or 28 days

Group rail travel around Europe
7 European countries; 10 buzzing cities
10 excursions & activities included

Go on an epic 14 or 28 group rail adventure of 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, and Austria, to Italy, Spain, and France, you'll get to explore the canals, architecture, palaces, castles, and cobbled streets in each country, and take part in some pretty awesome activities and excursions on route. With ample time to explore by yourself as well as with the group, we'll sort out all of 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 fun!

Trip highlights

  • Explore seven amazing countries by rail over the course of four weeks and discover some of Europe's top city destinations
  • Discover Amsterdam's quirkiest highlights, try paddleboarding in Berlin, sail along the Danube in Prague, and tour Vienna's palaces
  • Take a gondola ride in Venice, visit Rome's Collosseum, and soak up some romance in Florence
  • Enjoy a Mediterranean boat 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
Further trip information

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.

Day 2: Amsterdam. Explore Amsterdam's quirks and highlights, then join the group for an afternoon of fun at the 'This is Holland' Flying Experience or the Heineken Experience.

Day 3: Amsterdam to Berlin. Jump on the train to Berlin. On arrival, head to Berlin's TV Tower for some pretty incredible sunset views over the city.

Day 4-5: Berlin. Spend the next couple of days discovering one of Europe's coolest cities. Join the group for an optional afternoon at the Badeschiff to enjoy a bit of poolside fun and paddleboarding.

Day 6: Berlin to Prague. Catch up on a bit of sleep on the train to Prague. Arriving in the heart of the city, we'll make our way to the Danube for a leisurely river cruise and dinner on deck. 

Day 7-8: Prague. Enjoy a couple of free days in this magical city. Book excursions and activities via the helpful hostel staff, or go it alone and discover the city's highlights for yourself.

Day 9: Prague 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.

Day 10: Vienna. Go on a group tour of the famous Schonbrunn Palace – the former imperial summer residence. Afterwards, chill out at a bar on the riverbanks of the Danube. 

Day 11: Vienna to Venice. From Austria to Italy, we'll make the journey to Venice via sleeper train, bunking down in 6-berth couchettes.

Day 12-14: 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.

Please note: If you've booked the 14-day option, you'll spend day 12 in Venice and go on the included gondola ride, but on day 13 you'll board an overnight train arriving in Paris on day 14, where you'll then head back to London.

Day 15: Venice to Rome. Making the journey to the most southerly point of our trip, we'll get to chill out in the afternoon and have a think about what we'd like to do over the next couple of days.

Day 16-17: Rome. Enjoy an included tour of the Collosseum and Roman Forum, take an optional foodie tour, and visit Vatican City.  

Day 18: Rome to Florence. Take some time to soak up the romantic atmosphere in Tuscany's capital this afternoon.

Day 19: Florence. Once you've had your fill of pasta and art galleries, join the group on an included excursion to neighbouring Pisa to visit the leaning tower.  

Day 20: 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 21: Nice. Head out on an epic boat trip to experience the diving and snorkelling scene in the Mediterranean. Later, catch the sun setting from the Promenade des Anglais.

Day 22: Nice to Barcelona. Entering Spain this afternoon, we'll get to take a look around the busy streets of Barcelona before chilling out in the evening.

Day 23-24: Barcelona. Tour the Sagrada Familia with a full access ticket and go on an alternative city tour to witness the grittier underground culture for yourself.

Day 25: 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 26-27: Paris. Spend the next couple of days getting to know Paris. We'll finish the tour with spectacular views from the Montparnasse observation deck.

Day 28: Au revoir. It's time to head home. Hop on the Eurostar from Paris and travel back to London.

Two-week Central Europe option

If you only have two weeks to spare, rather than four, you can just do the Central Europe trip. This shorter trip follows almost exactly the same itinerary other than on days 12 to 14, where you'll spend one night in Venice, get to explore the city, and go on a gondola ride before boarding an overnight sleeper train on day 13 to arrive in Paris on day 14. You'll then head back to the UK by Eurostar.  

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