Grand Tour of Europe
- See many of Europe’s main highlights in this 10-centre itinerary
- Travel by train from city centre to city centre
- Watch the contrasting scenery from your train window
- Experience a huge variety of culture, language and cuisine as you criss-cross the continent
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- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 21 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Canals, bikes and beautiful museums are just some of the attractions that lie in wait at your first stop, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Take time to visit the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and the impressive Van Gogh Museum, and maybe hire a bike to fit right in with the locals.
Your hotel in Amsterdam is the Hotel JL No. 76 (or similar), where you will have a 2-night stay.
Leave the Netherlands on a high-speed Thalys train bound for Paris. You will call at the diamond capital, Antwerp and Brussels, the home of the European Commission. Speed through northern France at speeds approaching 300 kph before pulling into Paris in the early evening. Check in at the Mercure Montmartre Sacré-Coeur (or similar) for 2 nights.
The City of Light, the City of Love, Paris is rightly one of the most visited cities anywhere in the world. Stroll along the River Seine, take a trip up the Eiffel Tower or sip coffee on the Champs-Élysées in view of the Arc de Triomphe for a true Parisian experience.
Travel from the French to the Catalan capital in just 6 hours 25 minutes. Watch the countryside change from arable land around Paris to the pine trees and olive groves of Provence, before heading through the Perthus Tunnel into Spanish Catalonia and through to mighty Barcelona.
Host of the 1992 Olympic Games, Barcelona is a bustling port, cultural centre and vibrant city, whose museums, churches and architectural wonders like the Sagrada Familia, are just some of the sights not to be missed. Your hotel for the next 2 nights is the Gran Torre Catalunya (or similar).
Heading back into France this morning, your TGV train deposits you in the town of Valence, where you change onto another high-speed French train that travels along the Mediterranean coastline, past the glamorous city of Cannes, into Nice. Here, you’ll spend 2 nights at the Hotel Ellington (or similar).
The capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice has a glorious sandy beach on the Baie des Anges, serenaded by the famous, palm-tree-lined Promenade des Anglais. One particular highlight is Vieux Nice, the pretty old town area.
The journey from Nice to Milan is beautiful, heading along the Ligurian Coast, before continuing inland to Milan. Here, change platforms and catch a train on to Venice in time for an evening meal. Your hotel for the next 2 nights is the Hotel Bisanzio (or similar).
Uniquely situated on islands in a lagoon, Venice is a city like no other. Everything travels by boat or on foot here, with dreamy canals, hidden gems and stunning open squares just waiting to be explored. Don’t miss the fascinating Doge’s Palace or the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.
Heading back to Santa Lucia station today, board an excellent Italo train from Venice to Rome’s Ostiense station, close to the Colosseum, by mid-afternoon. Check in for a 2 night stay at the Empire Palace Hotel (or similar).
The Eternal City, Rome has a plethora of some of the world’s top attractions. Choose from Roman history at the Colosseum or Forum Magnum, through to Ecclesiastical history at the Vatican City and St Peters Square, or the beautiful classical attractions of the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens.
Board a high-speed Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) train this morning to whisk you up the spine of Italy to Milan. From here, you’ll continue onwards from there by Swiss train up through the Gotthard Pass high in the Alps (pictured), one of Europe’s most scenic rail journeys.
On arrival in Lucerne, it’s just a short walk to the Hotel Waldstätterhof (or similar), where you have a 2-night stay.
Right at the heart of Switzerland and situated on a spectacular lake, Lucerne is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds, as you sample the local specialities of fondue and raclette. Take time for a boat cruise on the lake, or photograph the famous covered bridge, the Kapellbrücke (pictured).
You might also like to go and see the ‘Lion of Lucerne’, a famous monument hewn into a cliff face which honours the Swiss Guards who were massacred during the French Revolution.
A sleek German ICE train awaits today, to escort you out of Switzerland and through the bulk of Germany, delivering you seamlessly into the German capital in time for dinner. Stay 3 nights in the Park Plaza Wall Street (or similar).
Celebrating more than 25 years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall, this cosmopolitan city is one of Europe’s true highlights. Museums, parks, wide boulevards and bohemian inner suburbs all contribute to a city destination which has it all, and which you won’t want to leave.
Today’s journey takes you across the former East Germany through Dresden, the “Florence of the Elbe”. Some beautiful riverside scenery is there to be enjoyed once you cross through “Saxon Switzerland” and into the Czech Republic near Usti nad Labem. Check in for 2 nights at the Hotel Botanique (or similar).
The Old Town, historic hilltop castle and Charles Bridge are the main highlights of the Czech Capital, not forgetting the famous Wenceslas Square and Astronomical Clock.
Make your way on a direct service from Prague, through the wooded hills of Moravia and eventually into Hungary in the afternoon. Arrive into Budapest in the early evening and check into the Adina Apartment Hotel (or similar) for a 2-night stay.
With its iconic parliament building on the banks of the Danube, this iconic European capital is one of Europe’s most revered. Take in Heroes’ Square, the boutiques of Andrassy utca and the panoramic views from the Gellert Hill.
Your tour ends today in the Hungarian capital, where you can transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Alternatively we can extend your European tour. Why not visit imperial Vienna or head down to the Croatian coast? The choices are endless! Call us for more inspiration.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Hotel JL No.76 is a boutique hotel housed in adjoining 18th century mansions in the heart of Amsterdam’s museum district. Bedrooms offer modern amenities such as iPod docking stations and a Nespresso coffee machine. You can enjoy a light meal or drink in JAN Eat & Drink or help yourself at the honesty bar.
This traditional Parisian hotel is located in the lively Montmartre district of the city, within walking distance of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the historic, upscale area of St Germain-des-Pres. The bright and comfortable rooms are all equipped with flat-screen TV, work desk and free Wi-Fi internet.
Located next to Barcelona Sants station, the Torre Catalunya offers easy access to the sights of the city. Spacious, bedrooms are decorated in a contemporary style and feature large windows, some with panoramic views of Barcelona. You can also take in breathtaking views from the roof top restaurant and lounge.
This boutique hotel is located in the centre of Nice, within walking distance of the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais. The hotel is themed around the jazz era of Duke Ellington, with a popular bar called Duke Bar & Lounge, featuring an outdoor terrace. There is also a private beach, just 10 minutes’ walk away.
Combining the traditional Venetian style with a great location and modern facilities, the Hotel Bisanzio is a great base in Venice, just 10 minutes’ walk from St Mark’s Square. Guest rooms come with free Wi-Fi, wooden floors and Murano-glass lamps. There is also a delicious buffet breakfast served daily.
Set between Via Veneto and Piazza Barberi in a restored 19th-century palazzo formerly owned by a noble family, this upscale hotel features refined rooms decorated in a classic style along with marble bathrooms. Highlights include a Mediterranean restaurant, piano bar, attractive courtyard, and fitness centre.
Conveniently located just 5 minutes’ walk from Lucerne’s main station, the Waldstaetterhof is the perfect base for a stay in this lakeside city. Bedrooms are spacious and furnished in a classic style with flat-screen TVs and tea & coffee making facilities. You can also enjoy a delicious menu of local and international dishes in the hotel’s on site restaurant.
This upscale hotel is set in a grand stone building in an excellent location between Alexanderplatz and Potsdamer Platz. The stylish rooms and suites come with Wall Street-inspired decor, and upgraded rooms include Nespresso machines. Guests can enjoy breakfast and dinner in the 23 Wallstreet restaurant, or sip cocktails in the chic bar. Facilities include an exercise room and a sauna.
This is a comfortable and central property within easy walking distance of Prague’s Old Town. The guest rooms are furnished in a contemporary style with free wireless internet and tea & coffee making facilities, and the welcoming on-site restaurant serves a variety of dishes throughout the day.
Well located in the heart of historic Budapest, this comfortable hotel is close to many of the main sights and attractions of Hungary’s capital. Guests have access to excellent in-room facilities including cable TV, a mini-bar and air-conditioning whilst the hotel also offers a gym, pool, and massage service.
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Occupying neighbouring canal houses along the famous Prinsengracht canal, the Hotel Pulitzer offers luxury and style in the heart of the city. All 230 bedrooms feature marble bathrooms with heated floors as well as flat screen TVs and typical Dutch decoration. Enjoy classic dishes at the canal-view restaurant or a drink in the courtyard bar.
Occupying a central location just a short walk from the Place de la Corcorde and the Palais du Louvre, the Sofitel le Fabourg is a luxurious hotel with classically furnished guestrooms. The elegant bar with its pavement terrace is the perfect place to relax after a busy day of sightseeing.
Hotel Arts Barcelona rises 44 stories above the seafront, making this Barcelona hotel’s façade of blue glass and exposed steel a true beacon of luxury. From a contemporary collection of art, to award-winning dining, this luxury Barcelona hotel provides guests with unparalleled access to all this vibrant destination has to offer.
One of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Luna Baglioni is simply the best in Venetian opulence. Housed in a magnificent Venetian Palace, the hotel boasts an award-winning restaurant, Canova, as well as Caffe Baglioni, where delicious coffees and pastries are available throughout the day.
The Hotel Adlon was built in 1907 and has been famous for its luxurious accommodation and fantastic location next to the Brandenburg Gate ever since. The Adlon Kempinski boasts a Neo-Classical style indoor pool, a spa and an 800 sqm gym. There is also a two Michelin starred restaurant and a shopping arcade.
An exquisite hotel from the Rocco Forte group, The Augustine Hotel boasts trademark opulence and attention to detail. The 100 rooms are beautifully decorated and have been recently renovated to provide a true luxury experience in the heart of this great city.
Blending the sumptuous decor of royal Budapest with the five star comfort of a modern hotel, the Corinthia Hotel boasts luxurious facilities including a classic spa area with steam baths, hot tubs, mud baths and an indoor swimming pool. There are also three restaurants, a lobby bar and a cafe.