Submerge yourself in these cities’ rich history
Free standard class return tickets to London from your local station, on selected 2019 European holidays by rail when you book between 15th February 2019 and the 10th May 2019.
A wonderful opportunity to savour the majestic glories of three of central Europe's great imperial capitals. Contrast Vienna's elegance with Prague's unique charm and Berlin's history on a ten-day tour by rail.
Board the Eurostar to Brussels after meeting at the St Pancras Departure Office, continuing on to Nuremburg, via Frankfurt, where you overnight. On Day 2, you travel to the stunning city of Vienna.
The rest of the day is at leisure ahead of dinner this evening. Vienna has plenty to occupy you; perhaps visit the Mozarthaus, where legendary composer Mozart resided for a number of years. Tour the apartment where 'The Marriage of Figaro' was composed, noting that curators from the Wien Museum have carefully placed objects from Mozart's time to replicate the feel of 18th century Vienna.
For the next three nights, your hotel is the 4* Falkensteiner Hotel Am Schottenfeld, which is conveniently located within walking distance of Vienna's Museum Quarter and the Ringstrasse Boulevard.
Today begins with a coach and walking tour of Vienna. On it, you view the famed sights of the city, including the Prater. The rest of your day is at leisure. Why not visit Schönbrunn Palace? Set in hundreds of acres of beautiful gardens, the elegant palace is one of Vienna's architectural highlights, and boasts of a UNESCO World Heritage status.
Designed by Jean Trehet in 1695, the gardens boast an orangerie, a palm house, which dates back to 1882 and features plants from around the world, and a maze. Alternatively, you could take the lift up the Donauturm, with its 150-metre (492 feet) high viewing terrace, for panoramic views across the skyline. Day 4 is yours to explore this fine city.
Today you set out by train for Prague. Here, you check into the 4* Hotel Diplomat for a two night stay. With its convenient central location, the Diplomat is the perfect base from which to explore the sights of Prague. The rest of your day is free to relax in this fine city. The historical centre of Prague boasts UNESCO World Heritage status, due to its well-preserved architecture, including the famous astronomical clock, known as the 'Orloj.' Mounted on the oldest part of the 14th century Old Town Hall, this unique clock features the twelve apostles, who appear every hour between 9am and 11pm.
On Day 6, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Prague, discovering some of the 'Golden City's' most famous sights, including the medieval Hradcany Castle district - the largest castle complex in Europe - and the historic Old Town Square, as well as Charles Bridge with its striking Baroque statues. Dating back to the 14th century, Charles Bridge is 1,700 feet in length, featuring 16 arches and 30 statues of religious figures. As well as serving as the main pedestrian route between the Old Town and Prague Castle, the bridge offers the city's best views over the Vtlava River.
Leave Prague by rail, bound for Berlin in Germany. The train travels along the scenic valley of the Elbe and through an area of rocky gorges known as 'Saxon Switzerland', an enchanting journey. We arrive in Berlin and spend three nights at the 4* Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz. Situated opposite the television tower on Berlin's famous Alexanderplatz, the Park Inn is known as 'Berlin's highest hotel', due to its 150 metre height, spread over 39 floors. With its excellent proximity to local attractions, the Park Inn is the perfect spot from which to explore Berlin - or, indeed, to experience stunning panoramic views of the city, from the hotel's rooftop terrace.
This morning take a guided tour of the once divided German capital. Your afternoon, and Day 9, is at leisure to explore Berlin at your own pace, perhaps visiting the famous Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag, or the Checkpoint Charlie Museum with its history of the Berlin Wall. You could also visit Potsdam, a former seat of the Prussian monarchs famed for its magnificent palaces. Known for its beautiful landscape and castles, Potsdam is home to Park Sanssouci, a Baroque flower garden surrounding the elegant Sanssouci Palace. Take in the splendid park and learn the history of King Frederick II, who ruled Prussia from the estate.
Today you say goodbye to mainland Europe, and begin your journey home. After breakfast, you leave Berlin by rail, travelling via Cologne to Brussels. Here, you board the Eurostar service back to St Pancras International, where your tour concludes.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
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We liked all our dealings with you staff
The tour was generally excellent, but let down by the hotel in Berlin.
We had very good weather and a very good tour manager with a lot of experience
It was well organised with a good balance of free time to explore.
I have a little difficulty with walking and slight instability. Of course we realised that these might cause some problems. The access to the continental expresses proved a little difficult, that is the gap from the platform to carriage and deep steps. I must say that the tour manager was very good and both he and other travellers very helpful. We found the arranged outings and those we arranged for ourselves very interesting. I have yet to view my photos! Tony
Excellent manager. We had a good amount of free time to explore on our own but he was always there for helpful advice on local transport and directions.
Lots of experiences good value for money
It was a very well organised trip, from standing in the right area at Ebbsfleet to board the EUROSTAR right through the holiday.. Train timings and seat allocations for every journey city to city given to us by our very organised and efficient guide Neil Hamilton.Good hotels,great weather and good company.
Excellent tour manager who went above and beyond expectation. The whole tour was very interesting and well organised.
Great first experience of a rail tour with an excellent tour manager.
Submerge yourself in these cities’ rich history