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Take in the best sights of the incredible cities of Madrid, Malaga, Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam on this scenic rail journey through three European countries. First, discover the vibrant culture of Spain in with a journey to Madrid, Malaga and Barcelona - each city fascinating and unique in their own right. Then take the scenic high-speed rail journey to Paris, delighting in the views of the snow-capped Pyrenees Mountains along the way. Once to Paris, spend two full days in the ‘City of Light,’ exploring all the iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, and Notre Dame. Finally, take the quick and comfortable rail journey to Amsterdam and escape among the canals and cobblestoned lanes of this classic European city.

Highlights

  • Savor delicious tapas and unearth cultural riches in vibrant Madrid
  • Discover the Picasso Museum and fascinating Moorish history in Malaga
  • Explore Gaudi’s whimsical architectural in Barcelona
  • Be captivated by the elegance and romance of Paris
  • Escape among the canals and cobblestoned lanes of Amsterdam

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • High-speed rail travel as specified in the itinerary
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Madrid
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Malaga
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Barcelona
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Paris
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Amsterdam
  • Tapas and Wine Tasting tour in Madrid
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Malaga
  • Small group tour of Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló in Barcelona
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Paris
  • Hop-on, hop-off bus, boat and sightseeing tour of Amsterdam
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.

Daily Itinerary:

DAY 1 - MADRID

Welcome to Madrid! Check in at your hotel for a two-night stay and spend the day exploring this vibrant city at your leisure. If you like art galleries, then you are in the right place! Madrid's so called 'Golden Triangle of Art' includes three fabulous galleries, the Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (home to Picasso's Guernica), the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and most famous of all, the Prado, which offers one of the finest collections in the world. In the evening, why not do as the locals do and enjoy some al fresco tapas? Alternatively, chose from one of the huge choice of restaurants on offer. (Overnight in Madrid)

DAY 2 – MADRID

This morning head to the Plaza Mayor where you will find the beating heart of this great city. Then enjoy some refreshments and perhaps relax in the Casa del Campo for the rest of the day. Here you will find a large green oasis, a lake, zoo and a cable car offering fantastic views of the city. Stop by the Plaza de Cibeles and admire the grand architecture of its buildings and be entertained by live musicians and street performers. Embark this evening on a journey of culinary discovery with a small group tour led by an expert local guide who will lead you to some of the city's finest local eateries for 3 hours of delicious tapas and local wine (Overnight in Madrid) B

DAY 3 - MALAGA

Take the train from Madrid to Malaga today and upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Malaga is a vibrant, culturally-rich city blessed with a delightfully restored historic center featuring a range of modern and traditional restaurants and bars and a plethora of family-owned and contemporary shops. Perhaps wander around the Alcazaba, an 11th century Moorish castle with ramparts overlooking the city, visit the Picasso Museum for works by the famous artist who was born here, or relax in the tranquil surroundings of La Conception Botanical and Historical Garden, also with stunning views over the city and the Mediterranean coast. (Overnight in Malaga) B

DAY 4 - MALAGA

Today enjoy a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of the city and discover Malaga at your own pace. Visit popular attractions like Castle of Malaga, Contemporary Art Center, Malaga Beach and Museo Carmen Thyssen. Come the evening, enjoy a traditional meal in one of the many excellent restaurants or tapas bars that the dot the city. (Overnight in Malaga) B

DAY 5 - BARCELONA

After breakfast this morning, take the train from Malaga to Barcelona. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay and before heading out into the city to explore. Relax in the Parc Guell (Gaudi's garden city), or visit the house that Gaudi built for himself, the Casa-Museu Gaudi. Down at the harbor, you can walk along the seafront to one of Barcelona's sandy beaches for a relaxing afternoon. (Overnight in Barcelona) B

DAY 6 - BARCELONA

After breakfast take a small group tour of the fascinating Casa Batlló and then onto the majestic Sagrada Familia. At your leisure, spend time wandering along the city’s most famous shopping street, Las Ramblas. This tree-lined boulevard is packed with plenty of street artists, shops and great places to sit and people watch. After a busy day sightseeing, treat yourself to a glass of locally made sangria and delicious tapas. (Overnight in Barcelona) B

DAY 7 - PARIS

After breakfast this morning, board France’s fastest train direct to Paris on a scenic journey passing through the stunning Pyrenees mountain range. Upon arrival in Paris, make your way to your conveniently located hotel and check in for a two-night stay. (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 8 - PARIS

After breakfast this morning, see the best of the world’s most romantic city on your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Choose between the Classic Red Line which takes you to 11 of Paris’ best attractions, or the shorter Blue Line, and create your own itinerary for discovering the city. (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 9 - AMSTERDAM

Take the high-speed train to Amsterdam and upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Once settled in, head out to explore the laid back, canal-side city! In the evening, enjoy a tasty meal in one of the city's restaurants before retiring to the hotel for a good night's rest. (Overnight in Amsterdam) B

DAY 10 - AMSTERDAM

After breakfast today, explore the city further using your hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Make the most of the city's famous museums, such as the Hermitage Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum and many more. Your hop-on, hop-off bus tour will transport you to attractions such as the Anne Frank House and the Heineken Experience. Audio commentary is available on the bus and you can get on and off the bus as many times as you like. In the evening, why not enjoy a delightful meal in the vibrant Leidseplein area. (Overnight in Amsterdam) B

DAY 11 – END OF TOUR

After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and continue with your travels. If you wish to extend your vacation, perhaps with additional nights in a different destination, one of our Rail Experts can help you with all the details. B

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

NH Sants Barcelona

The NH Sants Barcelona hotel, formerly known as NH Numancia, is located in the heart of Barcelona’s financial district, just a few steps from the trade fair and the Sants train station. You can get to the city center in 15 minutes on the metro and Camp Nou, the home ground of Barcelona’s soccer team, is only 20 minutes away on foot.

Hospes Puerta De Alcala Madrid

The Hospes Madrid is a boutique luxury hotel located within a 19th century residence. Comprising 41 stylishly appointed guest rooms with Egyptian cotton sheets, and a choice of pillows from the pillow menu. The hotel also features a gourmet restaurant, spa and pool-jacuzzi. The hotel is located on the Plaza de la Independencia, a short walk from the Puerta de Alcalá square, Parque Retiro and the Prado Museum.

NH Collection Madrid Suecia

The NH Collection Madrid Suecia hotel, formerly known as NH Madrid Suecia, is in the heart of the city’s historic center. A trendy hotel on Madrid's Broadway, Gran Vía, it's ideal for shopping and musicals allike. Renovated in 2016, the hotel was originally opened in 1956 and served as Ernest Hemingway’s and the revolutionary Che Guevara's Madrid home.

Quatro Puerta del Sol

Quatro Puerta del Sol

If you’re looking for a hotel with its own personality in the heart of Madrid, you’ve come to the right place: Hotel Quatro Puerta del Sol is your best choice.

NH MÁLAGA

NH MÁLAGA

Completely renovated in 2018, the NH Málaga hotel is right in the center of Málaga, a short walk from the city’s shops, restaurants and tourist attractions.

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.

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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