Paris to Sofia by Rail
21 days from Paris to Sofia
From $ 4849
Duration21 days

This three-week tour will leave you wondering why you waited to explore Europe's Eastern rails less travelled in the first place. Begin in Paris before setting off throughout the charming countryside. Stop by Swiss Alps villages, stroll through Munich and Sofia, and hike in the hills of Veliko Tarnovo. Extensive enough to see plenty, but not so long that your plants are doomed, these often-skipped villages and cities are ones you'll miss as soon as you leave.

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  • Duration: 21 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Paris
    Physical Grading: Light
  • Ends in: Sofia
    Ages: 12+
Paris to Sofia by Rail - Tour Map


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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

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Enjoy a full day for exploration in Budapest. Opt to visit Buda Castle, the famous thermal baths or take a bike tour of the city.

End place: Budapest

Day 13: Budapest/Sibiu

Start place: Budapest

Take another free day to explore Budapest before boarding an overnight train to Sibiu.

End place: Sibiu

Day 14: Sibiu/Sighișoara

Start place: Sibiu

Explore Sighișoara's medieval walled citadel with its cultural attractions and great restaurants and bars.

Sample some Romanian cuisine—the Casa Dracula (original home of Vlad, the model for Count Dracula) is now a restaurant specializing in hearty meat and game dishes of the region.
Travel by train from Sibiu to the enchanting town of Sighișoara. Use your free time here to explore the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture.
Meals: B
Day 15: Sighișoara/Braşov
Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Sighisoara's countryside. Take in the beautiful rolling scenery and visit medieval villages and fortified churches.

In the early evening, transfer to the city of Brasov, the best preserved medieval city in Romania.
With a local guide, venture into the Romanian countryside to visit traditional villages. Get a true sense of life in this less-visited region. Visit charming Brasov.
Meals: B
Day 16: Braşov
Impressively situated on a rock outcrop and dominating the valley, this 14th century castle is steeped in history and folklore. Soak in the gorgeous countryside as you learn about the creepier side of Romania.
Visit the picturesque Bran Castle and learn the history (and rumours) of this fascinating place.
Meals: B
Day 17: Braşov/Bucharest
Travel to Bucharest and enjoy an orientation walk. Take time to explore the Soviet-esque architecture, the beautiful cathedral, or indulge in Bucharest's international cuisine.

End place: Bucharest

Meals: B
Day 18: Bucharest/Veliko Tarnovo

Start place: Bucharest

Enjoy this charming town and opt to visit the Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city.
Enjoy some free time to explore more of Bucharest in the morning before travelling to Bulgaria and one of the oldest cities in the world, Veliko Tarnovo. Wander the medieval town, visit the museums, or sample your first taste of Bulgarian cuisine.

End place: Veliko Turnovo

Meals: B
Day 19: Veliko Tarnovo

Start place: Veliko Turnovo

Enjoy the morning in the medieval town of Veliko Tarnovo. In the afternoon, visit the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo.

End place: Veliko Turnovo

Day 20: Veliko Tarnovo/Sofia

Start place: Veliko Turnovo

A mix of western grandeur and Soviet bulk, Sofia boasts a gold-domed church and delicious international dining.

Sample modern takes on Bulgarian and international food, with some great trendy dining opportunities.
Travel to Sofia and take an orientation walk of the capital city. Later, wander down the pedestrian street or visit the eclectic Ladies' Market.

End place: Sofia

Meals: B
Day 21: Sofia

Start place: Sofia

Depart at any time.

End place: Sofia

Meals: B



  • Your G for Good Moment: Magdas Hotel, Vienna Your G for Good Moment: Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar, Budapest Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Paris Your Discover Moment: Budapest
  • Paris orientation walk
  • TGV train
  • Lausanne orientation walk
  • Zermatt stay
  • The Glacier Express train
  • Salzburg orientation walk
  • Vienna orientation walk
  • Budapest orientation walk
  • Romanian villages and countryside tour (half-day, from Sighisoara)
  • 'Dracula's Castle' (Bran)
  • Bucharest orientation tour
  • Arbanasi village visit
  • Sofia orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Train, Public bus, Metro, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hotels/pensions (20 nts), Overnight train (1 nt)

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