30 Day Grand European by Rail
Grand European by Rail
From: Rome to Budapest
Countries Visited: Italy, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary
( Brochure Price:
$ 23,390 pp )
Our Price: $22,221 pp
1. Arrive Rome
Arrive before midday and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a stroll through Rome, then tonight, get to know your fellow travellers during a Welcome Reception.
Tour the Vatican, including St. Peter’s Basilica. Delight in the chance to witness Michelangelo’s renowned frescoes which sprawl across the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
3. Rome, Florence
Enjoy pre-reserved tickets to the Colosseum, Rome's iconic oval amphitheatre. Afterwards, board your rail journey to Florence, where you'll enjoy dinner this evening.
Be guided by a local expert as you enjoy a morning visit to Florence, including a visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo’s Statue of David.
5. Florence, Venice
Farewell Florence and board your business class rail journey to Venice, where you will enjoy a serene gondola ride before dinner this evening.
Personalise your time in Venice with a choice of excursions, before an exclusive experience.
7. Venice, Milan
Enjoy your business class rail journey to Milan. Upon arrival, take in the wonders of this fashionable city as you embark on a guided city tour.
8. Milan, Lucerne
Travel to Lucerne by train today and, in the evening, choose where to dine.
Enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Lucerne. Afterwards, ride the world’s steepest cogwheel train to Mt Pilatus, then descend by a scenic gondola.
10. Lucerne, Montreux
Board your scenic glass-dome first-class journey aboard the GoldenPass to Montreux, where you will enjoy an orientation tour.
11. Montreux, Lavaux
The day is set aside for an experience most memorable.
12. Montreux, Geneva, Lyon
Board a train to Geneva for a stop, then cross the border into France and arrive in Lyon, where you will enjoy dinner tonight.
13. Lyon, Paris
Enjoy a guided city tour of Lyon, then board your train to Paris.
14. Paris, Versailles
After a guided tour of Paris, discover the splendour behind Louis XIV’s transformation of the Palace of Versailles.
Choose your activity before a meal and a memorable show at the Moulin Rouge.
16. Paris, Amsterdam, Embark Ship
Travel by rail through northern France and into Belgium. Arrive in Amsterdam and board your river ship. After dinner on board, you may like to explore at your own pace.
Spend today on your selected activity. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner on board with your fellow travellers.
18. Cologne, Bonn, Andernach
Enter Germany and cruise into Cologne, a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral. Here, your day takes one of two paths on your chosen activity. Later, rejoin your ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach where a special experience awaits.
Approach the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River today, where crumbling ruins cling to rocky cliffs and rolling hillsides are marked with perfectly planted vineyards. Your ship later docks at the town of Rüdesheim.
Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning. After the day’s activity, return to your ship for a delicious dinner.
Seize the day with your preferred sightseeing activity.
This morning your ship will arrive in World Heritage-listed Bamberg, one of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II. Here, you will explore the Old Town with a guide to discover a range of historic churches and buildings, including the town hall on the River Regnitz. Following your tour, rejoin your ship to cruise onto the Main-Danube Canal. Having taken 32 years to construct, the canal links the North and Black seas and is recognised as a feat of modern engineering.
Choose your sightseeing in Nuremberg. Back on board, sample some delicious freshly baked gingerbread while cruising the Main-Danube Canal.
Tailor your holiday with a selection of sightseeing choices today.
25. Passau, Linz
Select from a diverse range of sightseeing options today.
26. Melk, Dürnstein
Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today. Disembark in Melk and select from a number of activities. Later, take the opportunity to roam Dürnstein's cobblestone lanes at your leisure.
Arrive in Vienna, home to an array of striking architecture as well as a rich classical music culture and vibrant cafes. Take in many of the city’s most important landmarks during a tour along the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s famous ring boulevard officially opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1865. You’ll also enjoy a guided walk to St Stephen’s Cathedral.
Personalise your time in Vienna with a choice of touring options today.
Enjoy a guided tour of Budapest. Back on board after dinner, see the city lights sparkle during a twilight cruise.
30. Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest
Be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.