Europe by Rail with the Glacier Express
12 days from Paris to Budapest
From $ 2999
Duration12 days

Europe is full of magnificent train rides, so why not come with us and hop aboard as many of them as you can? Over 12 days, you’ll go from 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.

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  • Duration: 12 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Paris
    Physical Grading: Light
  • Ends in: Budapest
    Ages: 12+
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Day 1: Paris

Start place: Paris

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrive at any time.

End place: Paris

Day 2: Paris

Start place: Paris

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

End place: Paris

Meals: B
Day 3: Paris/Lausanne

Start place: Paris

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

End place: Lausanne

Meals: B
Day 4: Lausanne/Zermatt

Start place: Lausanne

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.

End place: Zermatt

Meals: B
Day 5: Zermatt/Chur

Start place: Zermatt

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.

End place: Chur

Meals: B
Day 6: Chur/Munich

Start place: Chur

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.

End place: Munich

Meals: B
Day 7: Munich

Start place: Munich

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

End place: Munich

Meals: B
Day 8: Munich/Salzburg

Start place: Munich

Known for the nearby salt mines, Mozart, and the setting for The Sound of Music, Salzburg has plenty to offer. Opt of visit the concentration camp of Dachau, right outside the city centre. Learn of the atrocities of war and the triumph of the human spirit.
Travel to Salzburg, Austria. This charming city is brimming with history and character.

End place: Salzburg

Meals: B
Day 9: Salzburg

Start place: Salzburg

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

End place: Salzburg

Meals: B
Day 10: Salzburg/Vienna

Start place: Salzburg

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.

End place: Vienna

Meals: B
Day 11: Vienna/Budapest

Start place: Vienna

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.
Travel to Budapest, Hungary this morning by train. Take an orientation walk upon arrival, then opt to enjoy a night out in this charming city.

End place: Budapest

Meals: B
Day 12: Budapest

Start place: Budapest

We highly recommend booking extra time in this vibrant city.
Depart at any time.

End place: Budapest

Meals: B



  • Your G for Good Moment: Magdas Hotel, Vienna Your G for Good Moment: Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar, Budapest Your Discover Moment: Paris
  • Paris orientation walk
  • TGV train
  • Lausanne orientation walk
  • Zermatt stay
  • The Glacier Express train
  • Salzburg orientation walk
  • Vienna orientation walk
  • Budapest orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Trains, Subway, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hotels/pensions (11 nts)

Dates & availability: Europe by Rail with the Glacier Express

Departing Finishing Catalog Price Sale Price Seats left
Departing Wed, 06/26/2019 Finishing Sun, 07/07/2019 Catalog Price $ 3199 Sale Price $ 3199 6 Book
Departing Wed, 07/17/2019 Finishing Sun, 07/28/2019 Catalog Price $ 3399 Sale Price $ 3399 16 Book
Departing Wed, 08/14/2019 Finishing Sun, 08/25/2019 Catalog Price $ 3399 Sale Price $ 3399 16 Book
Departing Wed, 09/11/2019 Finishing Sun, 09/22/2019 Catalog Price $ 3199 Sale Price $ 3199 16 Book
Departing Wed, 09/18/2019 Finishing Sun, 09/29/2019 Catalog Price $ 3199 Sale Price $ 3199 16 Book
Departing Wed, 10/09/2019 Finishing Sun, 10/20/2019 Catalog Price $ 2999 Sale Price $ 2999 15 Book

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