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Relive the golden age of European train travel with this grand tour taking in the best of the continent! Visit capital cities and cultural centers via mountain ranges and river gorges, all from the comfort of a high-speed train. Your journey takes you to Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Geneva before whisking you through the Alps to the Italian cities of Venice and Rome.

Highlights

  • Visit six of Europe's iconic cities on one amazing rail vacation
  • Explore the fascinating Berlin Wall in Berlin
  • Discover Amsterdam's winding canals and exciting museums
  • See famous landmarks in Paris such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre
  • Enjoy the beautiful lakeside sights of cosmopolitan Geneva
  • Ride on a Gondola in Venice
  • Visit the enthralling historic Colosseum in Rome

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Berlin
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Amsterdam
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Paris
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Geneva
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Venice
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Rome
  • Standard class train travel as specified in the itinerary
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN BERLIN
Arrive in Berlin today and check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. The city of Berlin is like a living museum of 20th century Europe. From the newly rebuilt Reichstag, famously razed to the ground by the Nazis in 1933, to the Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtnis Church, whose half-bombed spire still dominates the skyline, not to mention the museums and monuments dedicated to the Berlin Wall, the city is endlessly fascinating for anyone interested in recent history. On the other hand, Berlin is also a city of the future, with a vibrant culture and plenty of great galleries, shopping and attractions. In the evening, head to the Mitte or Prenzlauer Berg areas of the city for great restaurants and bars. (Overnight in Berlin)

DAY 2 - BERLIN
Spend another full day exploring Berlin today. For a further insight into Berlin's turbulent history, visit the fascinating Checkpoint Charlie or view the vibrantly colored fragments of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery. On a sunny day, spend time strolling through the verdant Tiergarten, or head to the Alexanderplatz Tower to admire the spectacular views over the city. Many of the city's oldest and finest museums are housed on Museum Island, which is well worth a visit if you love art and culture. (Overnight in Berlin) B

DAY 3 - AMSTERDAM
After breakfast, catch a high-speed train for the journey to Amsterdam. On arrival, check in for two nights at your hotel. Often referred to as ‘the Venice of the North,' Amsterdam has more than 62 miles of canals, around ninety islands and fifteen hundred bridges. The 17th century network of three main canals in the center has now been granted UNESCO World Heritage status, and makes the perfect backdrop for a dream afternoon stroll. The city is also a world-famous center of culture, with 75 festivals a year and some great galleries including the ornate and imposing Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. (Overnight in Amsterdam) B

DAY 4 - AMSTERDAM
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel, and then why not enjoy a cruise along the canals? It's a great way to soak up the views of the traditional Dutch architecture and observe the laid-back yet lively pace of life from a different vantage point. Don't miss a trip to the fascinating Anne Frank House or the 800-year-old Oude Kirche. Shop until you drop in the Nine Streets (negen straatjes), checking out the jewelers, boutiques and vintage stores the area is famous for. When you need a break, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants to discover. Or you could even go further afield and find a stretch of beach to relax on at Zandvoort or Bloemendaal aan Zee. (Overnight in Amsterdam) B

DAY 5 - AMSTERDAM TO PARIS
After breakfast, travel at high-speed from Amsterdam to Paris. On arrival in Paris, check in for two nights at your hotel. Paris, the city of lights and love, is a must-see destination on any tour of Europe. Visit the Louvre or Musée d'Orsay for dazzling art collections, wander down the Champs Elysées for essential shopping, or view the beauty of the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower. In the evening, relax in one of the many fashionable districts of Paris. Catch a performance at the beautiful Opéra Garnier, the city's largest opera house, or a revue at the Moulin Rouge or book dinner at a traditional Parisian brasserie. (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 6 - PARIS
Spend another day sightseeing in Paris. Why not view the sights of Paris from a different perspective on a cruise down the Seine. Speak to one of our Travel Consultants about booking one of these boat tours! You might also like to visit the history museum located within the Arc de Triomphe or marvel at the Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, which boasts incredible views from the North and South Towers. (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 7 - PARIS TO GENEVA
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and take to the rails through the rolling French countryside to Geneva. On arrival, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay and set out to explore. Make the most of your time in Geneva - spend the evening enjoying a tasty meal at a local lakeside restaurant, or take a relaxing boat trip out on the lake and admire the city's cosmopolitan feel and the stunning backdrop of the Alps and the Jura mountains. (Overnight in Geneva) B

DAY 8 - GENEVA TO VENICE
After breakfast, depart Geneva in the morning and travel to Venice on one of the most scenic routes in Europe, the Simplon Pass. Relax while the train follows the shores of Lake Leman and across Swiss vineyards, with stunning views of the Alps in the background. Travel further south after crossing the border into Italy before arriving in Venice. On arrival, check in at your hotel and enjoy a three-night stay. Stretched across 117 islands within the Venetian Lagoon, there is no doubt Venice is a unique city. Famed for its canals, its history and its ethereal beauty, the city continues to enchant visitors from all over the world, as it has done for centuries. (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 9 - VENICE
Venice, ‘the floating city', still casts its spell on visitors each year as it has done since the 18th century, when it became a major hub for the original Grand Tour. Discover for yourself with a gondola ride down the Grand Canal, a stroll through the city's labyrinthine streets and campos (squares) or by just sitting in a pavement café and enjoying the spectacular views with a glass of local Prosecco. (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 10 - VENICE TO ROME
After breakfast in Venice, take the high-speed train across Italy from Venice to the Italian capital - Rome. On arrival, make your way to your hotel and check in for a two-night stay. A fitting end to your vacation, Rome can be described as the cradle of Western Europe. The evidence of the city's 2,700 year history is written in the buildings, monuments and artworks on display around every corner, and a stroll through the city's streets will feel like wandering through a history book. Come the evening, don't miss a trip to the Trevi Fountain, which is beautifully illuminated after dark. Grab a gelato from one of the surrounding stores and toss a coin over your shoulder into the fountain to ensure you'll return to Rome some day! (Overnight in Rome) B

DAY 11 - ROME
Spend another day exploring Rome today. Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators at the imposing Colosseum and experience the wonders of the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Why not mix art and nature at the lush Villa Borghese gardens or take a well-earned break with a large ice-cream sundae in the Piazza Navona and reminisce on your fantastic vacation. (Overnight in Rome) B

DAY 12 - YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN ROME
Check out of your hotel after a leisurely breakfast and continue with your onward journey. If you'd like to extend your vacation, speak to one of our Rail Specialists about taking the train south to the Italian Riviera and the ancient, preserved town of Pompeii. The fine food, wine and Renaissance architecture of Florence are only a short, direct train ride away too! B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Hotel Cornavin Geneva

The superior Cornavin Hotel in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes district offers cozy rooms with views over Lake Geneva. Built in 1932, the hotel is a combination of traditional architecture and contemporary facilities. The hotel is nestled in the heart of Geneva, steps away from Gare de Cornavin train station. The property is set within 2 km distance from the city center.

Hampton by Hilton Berlin City West

The Hampton by Hilton Berlin City West is a contemporary hotel with 214 bedrooms. The hotel has Wi-Fi access throughout and a modern gym. Drinks and light meals are available in the hotel's 24-hour snack area.

Intercity Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Right on the doorstep to the main train station, the IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof is just a few short steps away from the city and everything it has to offer in terms of shopping and entertainment. Berlin's hotspots are easy to reach on foot: Federal Chancellery (approx. 6 minutes), Brandenburg Gate (approx. 20 minutes), Potsdamer Platz (approx. 30 minutes).

InterCityHotel Berlin Ostbahnhof

The IntercityHotel Ostbahnhof is conveniently located in Berlin next to the Ostbahnhof train station. The Spree River is within easy walking distance (approx. 5 min), and the Mercedes-Benz Arena is only about 9 minutes away. Using public transport, the Brandenburger Gate and Berlin Mitte can be easily reached in approx. 15 minutes.

Regent Berlin

The Regent Berlin is a luxury hotel with 195 elegant well-equipped bedrooms and suites, including Nespresso coffee machines. The Regent has a gourmet restaurant called Fischers Fritz, boasting two Michelin stars as well as the Regent Health Club, offering a gym, sauna and a range of beauty treatments. Wi-Fi internet access is also available in all rooms and public areas. The hotel is on Gendarmenmarkt square in the centre of Berlin, near Berlin's famous Friedrichstraße and Unter den Linden boulevard.

Le Marceau Bastille

Le Marceau Bastille Hotel is a contemporary design hotel with a choice of 55 urban or ecological style bedrooms. The hotel also boasts a funky lobby bar which plays host to its own regularly updated art collection. Le Marceau Bastille is located in the Bastille district of Paris, a short walk from the lively Marais area and the Opera Bastille. The location offers easy access by metro to all of Paris's main sights and attractions.

Saint Paul Rive Gauche Paris

The beautiful Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche is located between the world-famous Sorbonne and the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in the centre of Paris. The 17th century boutique hotel is housed in a former 17th century grand residence and is known for its beautiful arched cellar. Each room comes fully air-conditioned and is equipped with modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Other tourist attractions nearby include Notre Dame, the Pantheon, Palais Garnier and The Louvre.

Terrass Hotel Paris

The Terrass Hotel is a classic 19th century building with 98 individually decorated rooms. The hotel features a Piano Bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and bar snacks and a seventh floor summer roof terrace with great views across Paris. The hotel is located a short stroll away from famous landmarks such as the Sacré-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.

See our special offer package with a free tour and Musée d'Orsay tickets!

Grand Hotel Dore Paris

Located in Paris’ 12th Arrondissement, the Grand Hotel Dore is a traditional hotel in the centre of Paris. Just a stone’s throw from the nearest Metro stop, the whole of Paris is your oyster. Rooms are cosy and comfortable, boasting en suite bathrooms and TVs with satellite channels.

Grand Hotel Francais

The Grand Hotel Francais is a chic, modern hotel located in the centre of Paris, just 550 yards from Nation. Rooms are individually decorated, and come equipped with en suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs and air conditioning. The property is ideally located for sightseeing, nestled just 150 yards from a Metro Station.

Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

From the entrance, our hotel welcomes you in our beautiful baroque open, spacious and comfortable lobby. Perfectly equipped, you can consult the many newspapers and magazines at your disposal, enjoy a delicious espresso or enjoy computers with Internet access and printers.

Hotel Ariston Rome

Located in the centre of Rome, just a stone's throw from Termini Station, the Ariston Hotel provides a fantastic vantage point for exploring all the Italian capital has to offer. The hotel's colourful guestrooms are all decorated in a modern style, and come complete with LCD TVs, minibars and air conditioning.

The Inn At The Roman Forum

Located just a few steps from some of the oldest and most precious ruins in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this Inn is a proud member of the small luxury hotels of the world with a 5 star service. It boasts charming views of the Campidoglio, Palatin Hill, the Roman Forum and Venice Square.

The Inn At The Spanish Steps

The Inn at the Spanish Steps, located in Via Dei Condotti 85, is one of Rome's best-kept secrets. Member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the world is uniquely located on Rome's famed shopping street near Spanish Steps and and other famous monuments such as the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain.

Mascagni Hotel Rome

The Mascagni Rome is a beautiful hotel set within an Umbertine style palace. Decorated with elegant antiques, this hotel offers comfortable surroundings, personalised service and spacious rooms featuring high ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Mascagni features a fully licensed bar, charming lounge serving Italian snacks and a free Wi-Fi area. The Mascagni hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the main train station and within easy reach of Rome's attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Colosseum.

Hotel Dei Mellini Rome

Welcome to the wonderful world of Mellini, where every detail has been carefully put in place and where guests are surrounded by works of modern art made by artists from the Italian and Roman schools. Proud of being an independent Roman hotel! Our objective is to improve and grow by learning from our guests, from their needs and requests!

Morgana Hotel Rome

Situated just 200 yards from Rome's main Termini Station, the Morgana Hotel has the perfect location for anyone travelling in by train. The hotel's 108 rooms are traditionally decorated, and all come equipped with flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can make use of the fantastic transport links, and are free to use the gym in front of the hotel.

Bauer Palazzo Hotel Venice

Located in the heart of the city, a short distance from the city’s main attractions and designer shops, BAUER PALAZZO it’s the only hotel with two different styles and souls: the wing overlooking the Baroque church of Campo San Moisè with its art-deco inspired interiors has a distinctive urban vibe, while the rooms located in the authentic 18th century palazzo combine modern luxury with sumptuous hand crafted Venetian fittings and furnishings, offering a spectacular vantage point in Venice on the Grand Canal.

Ai Mori D Oriente

The Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel is a historic hotel set in a palace which was once home to Turkish merchants, known as the 'Mori'. The hotel and bedrooms are decorated in an exotic Byzantine style throughout; the Ai Mori d'Oriente also has a bar and a relaxing reading room. The hotel is located in one of the quietest parts of the city called Cannaregio, within walking distance of all the main sights.

Bauer Palladio Hotel And Spa

The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is a boutique hotel made up of 38 bedrooms and 12 suites. Designed by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, the hotel boasts a private garden, a luxury spa and spectacular views over the Venetian Lagoon. The hotel features spacious rooms with a historic decor, including fine Italian tapestries, fabrics and paintings. Other room features include access to Wi-Fi and a satellite TV service. The hotel is in a quiet setting on Giudecca Island, across the Lagoon from St Mark's Square only a short trip by a complimentary hotel water taxi.

Hotel Ca’ D’Oro Venice

The Ca’ D’Oro hotel is a traditional Venetian hotel nestled just a five minute walk from the famous Rialto Bridge. The hotel’s 27 rooms all feature air conditioning, minibars and satellite TV. Guests can make use of the stunning roof terrace, admire the canal views or make use of the spectacular location, which is just 200 yards from a vaporetto water bus stop.

Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli & Gran Canal

The Palazzo Giovanelli e Gran Canal is a historic hotel in the heart of Venice. Dating back to the 16th century, the property offers panoramic views over the Grand Canal and lies just two stops from Saint Mark’s Square on the water bus. The elegant rooms boast satellite TV, air-conditioning and elegant decor. The sophisticated lounges here are befitting of the hotel’s history – the palace was once home to the Doge of Venice and, later, Mozart’s family. The Venice Casino is just a two minute ride across the canal.

Starhotels Splendid Venice

A luxury boutique hotel in Venice city centre, the Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezione is as elegant as the city itself. Gondolas drift past the window. Cafés bustle in St Marks's Square. You have discovered the best location to experience the Venetian atmosphere in one of our 165 rooms and suites designed with luxury in mind.

NH Collection Doelen Amsterdam

Built in the 17th century, the NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen is Amsterdam’s oldest hotel! The five star property is nestled on the banks of the Amstel River, and offers recently renovated rooms just a short walk from Dam Square. The hotel’s 81 guest rooms are all well furnished, and feature cable television, air conditioning, minibars and private bathrooms. Guests can rent bikes to explore the city, enjoy a drink on the terrace or make the most of the hotel’s magnificent location, withing walking distance of Leidseplein, Museumplein and Amsterdam Central Railway Station.

NH Museum Quarter Amsterdam

You’ll find the NH Amsterdam Museum Quarter hotel just outside Amsterdam’s center, sandwiched between a scenic canal and the city’s famous Museum Square. We have 163 spacious guest rooms, many of which overlook rows of traditional Amsterdam houses.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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