Europe by Rail with the Glacier Express

London to Budapest 

13 days from 2199

Overview

Europe is full of magnificent train rides, so why not come with us and hop aboard as many of them as you can? Over 13 days, you’ll go from London to Paris via the Eurostar and Paris to Switzerland on the TGV while admiring picturesque scenery zooming by. Take in the alpine sights by way of the famous Glacier Express, and disembark in Germany to fill up on beer and bratwurst in Munich. With additional train rides to Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest, this is your one-stop – okay, multiple-stop – shop for seeing Europe by rail.

Day 1 London

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting- 18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Day 2 London/Paris

Board the famous Eurostar train for the journey through the Chunnel to Paris. Enjoy an orientation walk and free time to visit the city.

It’s hard to run out of things to do in a city like Paris. Visit the Eiffel Tower, dozens of museums, Luxembourg Garden, wander the banks of the Seine or sip wine and eat cheese at a sidewalk café like a local.

 Train
London – Paris  2h30m
Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Orientation Walk 30m-1h
Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Free Time
Paris Afternoon
Don’t waste a minute in the City of Light. Indulge in some delicious French cuisine, take advantage of some of the best shopping on the globe, or tour some of the amazing landmarks. If you haven’t seen the Eiffel Tower up close, here’s your chance.

Accommodation – Villa Alessandra [Hotel]
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3 Paris

Spend the day with free time to visit dozens of museums, patisserie shops, sidewalk cafés or grand boulevards.

The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and Rodin Museum are all worth a visit. Stop by Notre Dame or Sacre Coeur to add some spirituality to your day. Shop on the Champs-Élysées or explore the Left Bank.

 Carte Blanche
Paris Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Paris, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like getting acquainted with Mona Lisa at the Louvre, marvel at the architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral, and visiting the Arc de Triomphe. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Day 4 Paris/Lausanne

Take a morning TGV train to Lausanne, Switzerland. Spend the afternoon in this charming town.

Train – Paris – Lausanne 4h
Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 Orientation Walk 30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Free Time –Lausanne Afternoon
Check out this sleepy but picturesque town.

Optional Activities – Day 4

Cathedral of Notre Dame of Lausanne Visit

Lausanne 30m-1h [Free]

Stop at the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Lausanne to marvel at the impressive architecture and the detailed rose window dating back to the 13th century. Construction on the church started in the late 1100s, finally consecrated in 1275. The medieval architecture is stunning and stands out from the charming setting of Lausanne.

Accommodation
Ibis Lausanne Centre Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:Breakfast

Day 5 Lausanne/Zermatt

Board another train for the journey to Zermatt, a tiny village in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Enjoy the afternoon in the car-free centre or hiking in the nearby mountains.

 Train – Lausanne – Zermatt 3h
Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time
Zermatt Afternoon
Get out and explore on foot by meandering through the town or setting out on an exhilarating hike. If you’d prefer to travel a little more leisurely, seek out of the local horse-drawn carriages used as cabs.

Optional Activities – Day 5
Hiking – Zermatt  {2h30m-3h, 10-11km} Free
Hit some mountain trails to stretch your legs and soak in the incredible Alpine views.

Accommodation – Hotel Alphubel (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Zermatt/Chur

Board the Glacier Express for a slow and stunning ride through the Alps. Pass meadows, rushing streams, bridges, villages and massive mountains as the train heads towards Chur. Arrive in the evening after a full day of soaking in the scenery.

Train – Zermatt – Chur [5h-6h]

Board the Glacier Express and enjoy the stunning view out of the domed glass roof.

 Free Time –Chur Evening
Take some time to wander this scenic village. Stop for a delicious meal at a local restaurant or find a great spot for taking photos of the towering mountains.

Accommodation – Hotel Drei Konige (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7 Chur/Munich

Take a full day to reach Munich, in the heart of Bavaria. Arrive in time for an optional evening out at a local brewery with a few steins of beer and some typical German fare.

Train- Chur – Munich [5h-8h]
Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Optional Activities – Day 7
Hofbräuhaus Visit- Munich [30m-3h] Free -30EUR per person

Grab a stein and some local Bavarian food at the Hofbräuhaus, where local beer was brewed for the Duke of Bavaria in 1589. While the building has changed over the years it’s still a favourite in Munich, for a good reason. With a capacity for 1300 guests, the space isn’t exactly intimate, but with its rich history and local Bavarian-style music, there’s no shortage of good fun.

Accommodation – Hotel Helvetia (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Munich

Explore the city or head further afield to visit Füssen and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

 Free Time – Munich Full Day
Time’s a wastin’. Get out and explore the city or use Munich as a hub to branch out and see nearby landmarks or villages.

Accommodation- Hotel Helvetia (or similar)
Meals included:Breakfast

Day 9 Munich/ Salzburg

Visit Dachau before a short train ride to Salzburg, Austria. This charming city is brimming with history and character.

Visit the concentration camp of Dachau, right outside the city centre. Learn of the atrocities of war and the triumph of the human spirit. Return to the city for a short train ride to Salzburg, Austria. This charming city is brimming with history and character. Known for the nearby salt mines, Mozart and the setting for The Sound of Music, Salzburg has plenty to pack into a day and a half.

 Dachau Concentration Camp Visit
Take a sad but significant tour through this historical site that was used as a model for the other concentration camps of Germany and Poland. At the end of the subway line, located in a residential area, Dachau is a testament both to the evil of mankind and the overwhelming will to survive. Learn of the atrocities of war and come away with a great understanding of the not so distant past.
Train – Munich – Salzburg [1h30m]
Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time- Salzburg Afternoon
Start exploring this lovely town.
Optional Activities – Day 9
Salzburg Old Town Visit [1h30m-2h] 
Explore the Old Town of Salzburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most charming areas in Europe. Set on a river with picturesque bridges and diverse architecture, the pedestrian-only area is perfect for wandering and window shopping. Opt to walk the mountain paths to a fortress for panoramic views of the region.
Accommodation- Hotel Lasserhof (or similar)
Meals included:Breakfast
Day 10 Salzburg

Make the most of a free day in Salzburg. Opt to visit the salt mines or take the famous Sound of Music tour.

 Free Time- Salzburg Full Day
Get out and explore.

Accommodation- Hotel Lasserhof (or similar)
Meals included:Breakfast

Day 11 Salzburg/Vienna

Continue by train to Vienna. Opt to visit the famous opera house, join a city tour or visit world-class museums. Stay overnight at a G Adventures for Good supported hotel that supports migrant workers.

 Train Salzburg – Vienna [3h]
Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time- Vienna Afternoon
Vienna’s a great city to take a tour of famous landmarks or try some local specialities and enjoy a piece of strudel in a café.

Accommodation Magdas Hotel (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Vienna/Budapest

Take a morning train to Budapest, Hungary. Take an orientation walk upon arrival, then opt to enjoy a night out in this charming city.
Journey by train to Budapest, the ‘Pearl of the Danube’. The city, split into Buda and Pest by the river, retains its eastern charm with Buda Castle and Turkish-style thermal baths.
Depending on arrival time, opt to visit some city sights or soak in one of the famous baths.

 Train-  Vienna – Budapest [ 4h]
Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time – Budapest Evening
Start exploring this charming city.
Orientation Walk  [30m-1h]
Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Accommodation – Hotel Hungaria City Center (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Budapest

Depart at any time.

We highly recommend booking extra time in this vibrant city.

Meals included:Breakfast

13 days London to Budapest 

From 2199

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Rail

Get closer to the big cities, isolated communities, and stunning landscapes of the world’s greatest destinations via train-based adventures on iconic rail routes like the Glacier Express, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, and the Trans-Siberian.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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