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Trip Overview

Get a taste of the cultural and historic diversity of some of Europe’s most iconic cities on this 13-day exploration by rail. Journey from the romance of Paris to the shimmering canals of Venice, the regal majesty of Vienna, and the significant history of Krakow, Prague and Berlin. Enjoy immersive tours and access to popular attractions along the way, making this trip the perfect discovery of this wonderfully diverse continent.

Highlights

  • Discover six European city gems on one vacation by rail
  • Explore the wonders of the Louvre in Paris
  • See how the famous decorative glass of Murano and Burano is made in Italy
  • Experience the majesty of imperial Vienna
  • Tour the grounds and preserved artifacts of Auschwitz
  • Stroll across the historic Charles Bridge in Prague
  • Visit Berlin’s many cultural and historic attractions

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel throughout
  • 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 Vienna
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Krakow
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Prague
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Berlin
  • Louvre Museum pass in Paris
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Murano and Burano from Venice
  • Auschwitz/Birkenau Museum Tour
  • 48-hour Prague Card
  • Berlin Pass
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Why Not...

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.

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 PARIS
Welcome to Paris! The ‘City of Light' is every bit as romantic, elegant and sophisticated as you might have imagined, and you'll be able to explore plenty of the city's famous wonders and hidden gems in your time here. Perhaps start with a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower or stroll the famous shops along the Champs Elysees, starting at the Place de la Concorde and ending at the Arc de Triomphe. (Overnight in Paris)

DAY 2 - PARIS
Discover the wonders of the Louvre today! With your included museum pass, you’ll be able to bypass the lines and head straight inside, leaving more time to discover masterpieces ranging from the Mona Lisa and Nike of Samothrace to the Venus de Milo and many more! Come the evening, why not head up to the bohemian, romantic district of Montmartre to take in a meal and a show (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 3 – PARIS TO GENEVA
Take the direct train from Paris to Geneva today and on arrival, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay. Make the most of your time in Geneva - spend the evening enjoying a tasty meal at a local restaurant or take a relaxing boat trip out on the lake and admire the city's cosmopolitan feel against the stunning backdrop of the Alps and the Jura mountains.  (Overnight in Geneva) B

DAY 4 – GENEVA TO VENICE
After breakfast, depart Geneva en route to Venice, and enjoy scenic views along the way. On arrival in Venice, check in at your hotel and begin discovering the beautiful city. Perhaps take a Gondola ride through the canals at sunset to get acquainted with the ‘City of Water.” (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 5 - VENICE
Venice is a dazzling canal-side sanctuary, and certainly a unique place to explore. Make the most of the city and get your bearings by walking through St. Mark's Square and the winding, architecturally magnificent backstreets. Take the included half-day excursion to the northern lagoon of Venice by boat to visit the famous islands of Murano and Burano. Famed for its stunning Murano glass products, the cluster of little islands that comprise Murano are as popular for their glassmaking heritage as they are for their attractiveness. (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 6 – VENICE TO VIENNA
After breakfast this morning, board the train to Vienna and check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Discover the majestic sights of the imperial city at your leisure, including St. Stephan’s Cathedral, Hofburg Palace, the Museum of Military History, Danube Tower and the Imperial Crypt. Don’t forget to enjoy a cup of Viennese coffee, or sample one of the city’s signature dishes, like delicious wiener schnitzel. (Overnight in Vienna) B

DAY 7 - VIENNA
Discover more of Vienna today. Take a ride on the Riesenrad, Vienna's 212-foot high ferris wheel, for fantastic views of the city. Stroll the gorgeous gardens at Schönbrunn Palace. If time allows and you are interested in art, venture over to the MuseumsQuartier, where you will find a cluster of classic and contemporary exhibition spaces. (Overnight in Vienna) B

DAY 8 – VIENNA TO KRAKOW
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and board a direct train to Krakow. On arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Start your adventures by exploring the 13th-century Main Square, and wander from there through the medieval heart of the city. You'll find plenty to see and do around this area, as well as many fantastic opportunities for a traditional Polish meal. (Overnight in Krakow) B
 
DAY 9 - KRAKOW
Spend the day today gaining fascinating insights into the city’s past. Included today is a half-day trip from Krakow to Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, where you will be taken on a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed former Nazi concentration camp complex, learning more about this dark time in history. Back in Krakow, wander through the Old Town area and marvel at its soaring Gothic churches, or relax in one of the many bars, restaurants or cafes which are tucked away down its cellars and narrow alleyways. (Overnight in Krakow) B

DAY 10 – KRAKOW TO PRAGUE
Catch the train directly to Prague, where you'll check 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, cobblestone streets. Use your 48-hour Prague Card to spend the rest of the day getting your bearings in the Czech capital and exploring everything else the city has to offer. In the evening, perhaps head to the Old Town for a traditional dinner. (Overnight in Prague) B

DAY 11 - PRAGUE
After breakfast this morning, continue using your Prague Card to discover the city! Gain free access to Prague Castle, the world-class Jewish Museum, and other top attractions like Old Townhall and Petrín Tower. 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 12 – PRAGUE TO BERLIN
Travel from Prague to Berlin and check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Set out to explore the German capital city, where the streets are embroidered with important history and the culture is vibrant yet laid back. (Overnight in Berlin) B

DAY 13 - BERLIN
See all the major sights of Berlin today with your Berlin Pass, including the Berliner Dom, Pergamon Museum, Checkpoint Charlie and much more. Later in the day, perhaps visit the vibrant public square of Potsdamer Platz, filled with fine examples of the city's modern architecture as well as shopping centers, cinemas, bars, a theatre and a casino. (Overnight in Berlin) B

DAY 14 – DEPART BERLIN
After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and continue with your travels. If you wish to extend this vacation with additional nights in a particular destination, or take this journey in reverse, one of our Rail Specialists can help you with all the details. B

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

Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront

The hotel boasts 40 sq. meter guest rooms, proximity to a metro train station and a pool alongside the Danube. Enjoy wine or hearty local beer on the terrace at the Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront. Austrian dishes sourced from the river and the sea make regular appearances here.

Hilton Vienna

Combining a magnificent location in the heart of the city with great amenities and services, Hilton Vienna is the place to stay when visiting the Austrian capital. Walk to all of the main attractions with ease and reach the international airport in only 16 minutes via direct link.

Hilton Vienna Plaza

Experience a part of Vienna’s rich heritage at Hilton Vienna Plaza. With a 1920s Art Deco flair, our unique Vienna hotel offers the perfect combination of historical splendor and modern comfort. We are proudly located on the famous Ringstrasse, home to Vienna's most important sites and architectural masterpieces - the State Opera, Art History Museum, City Hall, the Burgtheater, and Vienna Stock Exchange. Heritage hotel with Art Deco, Golden Era design on the famous Ringstrasse. Decorated with 1,000 art works and Carrara marble floor in lobby.

Hotel Zeitgeist Vienna Hauptbahnhof

Situated just a stone’s throw from Vienna’s main train station, the Hotel Zeitgeist offers the perfect base for exploring the city. The hotel’s 254 rooms all boast modern decor, flat screen TVs and large windows. Guests can dine in ‘Lokal-Café-Bar Pergola’ restaurant, relax in the rooftop sauna, workout with a game of badminton or make use of the fitness suite.

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.

Hôtel Cristal Geneva

Hotel Cristal welcomes guests in the heart of Geneva meters away from a cathedral and a museum. The hotel occupies 7 floors and was renovated in 2001.The property is located in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes district, 3.5 km from PalExpo. Hotel Cristal is within about 20 minutes' walk of the center of Geneva. Offering climate control, high-speed internet, a laptop-size safe, TV and a refrigerator, modern guestrooms boast an English interior. Hotel Cristal offers rooms with the lake view. The bathrooms come with a bathtub, a shower and a hairdryer for more comfort.

Hotel Les Nations Geneva

Les Nations Hotel is a 3-star property in Petit-Saconnex / Servette district of Geneva close to restaurants and pubs. Featuring original architecture, the hotel occupies a 7-story building opened in 1975. This comfortable hotel is situated 1.7 km from Lake Geneva. Set within a 30-minute walking distance from Geneva city center.

K+K Hotel Central

Unique art nouveau architecture characterises the sophisticated and modern, elegant and stylish K+K Hotel Central in Prague. Enjoy its exceptional architectural ambiance, giving the K+K Hotel Central in Prague’s Old Town its unmistakable flair. The luxurious decor entices and enhances any visit, whether on holiday or on your business trip to Prague. Indulge yourself!

NH Prague City

On the fringe of Prague’s historic centre, the NH Prague offers unparalleled views over the city. The property is set in two separate buildings, connected by a cog railway, and boasts 440 rooms complete with air conditioning, flat screen TVs and tea and coffee service. Guests can relax on the hotel’s terrace, which overlooks the whole city, or unwind in the bar after a long day of sightseeing. The NH Prague features steam bath and sauna facilities and a fitness centre, while a jogging path, tennis courts and playgrounds for the kids are just a stone’s throw away.

The Grand Mark Prague

The Grand Mark Prague is a luxury hotel situated in a residential palace dating back to the 17th century. The hotel has 75 rooms which have a combination of tradition and modern design. The hotel also has a spa, wellness centre, restaurant, and 1800 m² garden where you can relax after a busy day enjoying all Prague has to offer. The Grand Mark Prague is centrally located and is within walking distance to the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge or Wenceslas Square.

IntercityHotel 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.

Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz

The tallest hotel in Berlin, the Park Inn by Radisson in Mitte, combines stunning views with an unrivaled location. Close to iconic landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, it’s also well placed for visiting the Berlin Congress Center, 100 meters away.

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.

Louison Hotel Paris

Treat yourself to an authentic getaway in the heart of Paris' Left Bank. In the 6th arrondissement, a short walk from Luxembourg Gardens, the Hôtel Louison reserves a thoughtful and courteous welcome for you: in this old royal family residence, you will feel at home.

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.

Santa Chiara Hotel

The area of Piazzale Roma is a meeting point of two worlds, Venice and the mainland, and the Santa Chiara hotel is the synthesis of this meeting: its one door in the street and another one on the water.

When you enter in the main building, you discover the interior décor in Venetian stylewith a touch of modernity: the attention is captured by the Murano glass chandeliers, precious fabrics and operas of Venetian artists.

Locanda Vivaldi

Hotel Locanda Vivaldi was inaugurated at the end of 1999, after painstaking and long restructuring works on the building adjacent to the Church of Pietà.

In 1703 Antonio Vivaldi was ordained a priest and started to work as a violin teacher in the Pietà conservatory, where he remained until 1740.

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.

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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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