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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

Group rail travel around Europe
8 European countries; 11 buzzing cities
13 excursions & activities included

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!

Trip Highlights

  • Explore eight amazing countries by rail/bus over the course of four weeks and discover some of Europe's top city destinations
  • Discover Amsterdam's quirkiest highlights and tour Vienna's top palaces
  • Take a gondola ride in Venice, visit Rome's ancient sites 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
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What's included
  • 28 nights' accommodation (14 nights on the 15-day tour)
  • All train/bus transport tickets
  • Dedicated tour leader
  • Seat reservations on high-speed rail and night trains
  • Some breakfasts
  • Amsterdam boozy bingo
  • Amsterdam pancake boat experience
  • Berlin TV tower visit
  • Medieval Tavern show including 5 course meal in Prague
  • Szechenyi baths visit
  • Visit to Prater Park in Vienna
  • Gondola Ride in Venice
  • Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands, Venice (29-day trip only)
  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel visit (29-day trip only)
  • Chianti wine tasting tour in Florence (29-day trip only)
  • Scuba diving in Nice (29-day trip only)
  • Tapas Cooking Class in Barcelona (29-day trip only)
  • Montparnasse Tower, Paris (29-day trip only)
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals (other than breakfast)
  • Optional activities
  • Return flights back to the UK (15 day trip)
Further trip information

Day 1: London to Amsterdam. Meet your group near St Pancras International Train Station and board the Eurostar to Amsterdam. Head out this evening to enjoy the city nightlife on boozy bingo trip.

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 Berlin TV tower for spectacular views of the city. 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 Medieval Tavern show, including 5 course meal and drinks. 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. Explore the oasis of greenery that is Prater Park and enjoy the amusements and giant ferris wheel!

Day 13: Vienna to Venice. From Austria to Italy, we'll make the journey to Venice via train.

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 Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. After a slice of artistic Rome, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the famous colosseum.

Day 19: Rome to Florence. Jumping onboard our next train, we’ll make our way to Florence. Home of renaissance art, this place is jam packed with things to do and food to try. 

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. You will also get to taste some of the finest local wine on an included chianti wine tour. 

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. Today you get to experience an included tapas cooking class then why not visit the Sagrada Familia and head to Park Guell for all things Gaudi today.

Day 27: Barcelona to Paris. Arrive in the city of love where you can experience one of the most stylish cities in the world. 

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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Arrival information

You will need to be in London, ready to meet up with the rest of your tour group near Kings Cross Station at 7am 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. You can depart at any time. A return journey to the UK is not included. A taxi to Marco Polo Airport should take around 30 minutes. A taxi to Treviso airport should take around an hour. Please allow plenty of time before your flight. 

The 29-day trip ends in St Pancras Station at around 5pm on day 29.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

28 nights of accommodation are included in the cost of this trip. 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.

Meals

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.

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for 18 to 27 year olds. For those aged 28 to 35, please contact us for details on how to get booked on the trip.

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.

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