- The wooded hills of the Ardennes and the beautiful valleys of the Moselle and Rhine rivers
- The route over the mountains from Germany to Austria, via Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Innsbruck
- The Arlberg Pass in western Tyrol
- World famous Swiss scenic train journeys with the Bernina and Glacier Expresses
- Stay in Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn
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Check in at the Strand Palace Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay before your European scenic journey by rail begins.
This evening you have the chance to experience the British capital’s vibrant night-life. With a huge range of bars, restaurants, theatre, music venues, river cruises, art galleries and more besides, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Depart London’s St Pancras station and after an easy platform change at Brussels Midi and an hour’s journey to Liege, it is time to enjoy the beautiful Ardennes as you travel to Luxembourg. The comfortable train continues through wooded valleys and past glacial streams before crossing into the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
You arrive in Luxembourg City in time for an evening meal. Your base for the next 2 nights is the Novotel Luxembourg Centre (or similar).
Straddling a dramatic gorge, Luxembourg’s old town offers visitors ancient narrow lanes, open squares and imposing architecture to explore and enjoy. Discover a range of museums, most notably the Luxembourg City History Museum and the recently renovated National Museum of History and Art (MNHA), both of which are firm recommendations.
In the evening, sample some of the excellent local cuisine – we recommend Am Tiirmschen restaurant in the Old Town for good local food.
A day of scenic travel awaits as you board your InterCity train and head north through the historic city of Trier and along the banks of the Moselle river as it cuts through the landscape towards the town of Koblenz, before emptying into the mighty Rhine.
It is in Koblenz that you change trains, picking up a direct service to Nuremberg. The first hour of this journey is a particular highlight with vineyards, castles and beautiful villages adorning the picturesque Rhine Valley. Once in Nuremberg, check into the Victoria Hotel (or similar) for your overnight stay.
After a morning strolling through Nuremberg’s historic CBD, it’s time to board a high-speed train for Munich. In the Bavarian capital, change onto a regional service, taking you across the Austrian border to Innsbruck. This journey is one of Europe’s hidden treasures: passing through the famous ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you will get your first taste of Alpine rail travel as the train navigates dramatic valleys and lush meadows.
You arrive into Innsbruck in the afternoon and check in for 2 nights at the Hotel Innsbruck (or similar).
One of the largest resorts in the Alps, this pretty Austrian town offers a wide-range of outdoor pursuits in the spring and summer, such as hiking, mountain biking, paragliding and fishing, as well as world-class winter sports. Otherwise, there are cobbled squares with welcoming cafés which might tempt you into spending a whole day in the Old Town. Especially when you sample the delicious ice creams!
If you want to take another train journey, why not take a day-trip to the east towards the resort towns of Kitzbuhel and Zell am See?
Today you take one of the excellent Austrian RailJet trains west towards Switzerland. Your fast and comfortable train takes you over the Arlberg Pass, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful scenery through the wide picture windows. The train then heads through the tiny principality of Liechtenstein and down to the charming and historic town of Chur. You have 2 nights here, at the ABC Swiss Quality Hotel (or similar), located near the station.
The oldest city in Switzerland, Chur has a medieval centre and an interesting Roman neighbourhood, the Welschdörfli, to explore.
One of the most famous and beautiful rail journeys in all of Europe, the Bernina Express provides a magnificent and breathtaking day of travel through the Alps.
Using valleys, tunnels and viaducts, including the 65 metre-high Landwasser Viaduct, your comfortable train will take you close to the famous resort of St Moritz, before heading further south and eventually across the Italian border to the town of Tirano. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy an authentic Italian lunch before heading back to Chur in the afternoon.
Another scenic journey awaits as you take your seat in the distinctive glass-roofed Glacier Express. Get comfortable, plug in your headphones and enjoy the English commentary as you roll past picture-perfect landscapes, made all the more visible thanks to the train’s clever design. Lunch is served at your seat (payable locally) as you continue your journey over the Oberalp Pass and alongside the mighty Rhone river.
The train then heads towards Zermatt at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn. Check into the Astoria Hotel (or similar) for a 2-night stay.
Enjoy a day exploring Zermatt and its beautiful surroundings. Take the cog railway to Gornergrat which offers panoramic views of the Alps, including the instantly-recognisable Matterhorn. Alternatively, stroll along one of the numerous well-marked trails from the village, or take a cable car to a viewpoint where you can relax with a drink and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
In the evening, if you are trying Swiss raclette or fondue, we recommend heading to Schaeferstube – a local restaurant in the heart of the village.
Leave Zermatt today for your onward journey. Travel north out of Zermatt to Basel, then connect with a French TGV service to Paris. Or stay in Switzerland and see more of this beautiful country. We can help plan an extension to this itinerary or return travel to an airport. Just let us know!
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Just a ten minute stroll from the medieval Old Town, the modern Novotel Luxembourg Centre is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring. Rooms are well-equipped with free Wi-Fi, a large work space and flat-screen TVs, and they also benefit from plenty of natural light.
Set in an attractive 1896 building, this stylish, independent hotel sits opposite Nuremberg’s main rail station and within the city’s historic quarter. The cosy rooms have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, and the hotel boasts an Italian terrace café and a bar.
Located in the old town area of Innsbruck, close to the famous ‘Golden Roof’ building, this hotel boasts modern bedrooms with air-conditioning, safe and flat-screen TV as well as an indoor swimming pool and two spa areas, one on a roof terrace overlooking the city. Guests can enjoy local and international cuisine in the hotel’s onsite restaurant.
This modern hotel is located just 350 metres from the railway station, making it the perfect base for a short stay in Chur. The hotel also offers a sauna and a steam room on site along with a pleasant bar lounge where you’ll find the perfect place to have a drink. Guests are also welcome to make use of the free high-speed Wi-Fi available throughout the property.
Located near Covent Garden and close to the north bank of the River Thames, this hotel offers excellent access to London’s West End. There’s also a bar and restaurant which serves a traditional high tea, plus a gym to work off any indulgence! Rooms are comfortable and modern, and have flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi internet access.
This small, but elegant and cosy hotel offers welcoming guest rooms with satellite TV, a safe, and a minibar, as well as balconies overlooking the village or the surrounding mountains. The Astoria Hotel also has a bar and an on-site restaurant, as well as a wellness area with a sauna and a steam bath.
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Experience luxury with a French twist in this 5-star hotel, ideally located near the centre of Luxembourg. Overlooking the Alzette and Petrusse Valleys, the luxurious Sofitel Luxembourg le Grand Ducal offers a unique viewpoint on the heart of the capital. On the top floor of the hotel is a high-class restaurant.
Le Meridien Grand is ideally positioned opposite the main railway station and within easy walking distance of the charming Old Town, St Lorenz Church and the Kaiserburg Castle. Guest rooms are immaculately presented and make for an ideal Bavarian sojourn. Regional specialities and international favourites are served in the hotel’s brasserie-style restaurant and the Art Deco-style Atelieroffers a large selection of drinks and cocktails.
Conveniently located across the road from the station in Innsbruck, the Grand Hotel Europa is a luxurious property combining modern comforts with an elegant Italian design and Tyrolean warmth. Bedrooms are equipped with flat screen TVs, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi access.