16 Day Ultimate Train Journeys of Central Europe

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Day 1: Arrival in Prague

On your arrival at Prague airport, our driver will meet you in the arrivals halls, ready to take you to your centrally located hotel. You can start your explorations of Prague in the Old Town, the heart of the historical center. Here you will find sights such as the Old Town Square, the famous Astronomical Clock, and the Týn Church, with a multitude of spires. As you wander through the Old Town, you will discover numerous other delights, including several beautiful churches, a plentiful supply of cozy cafes and pubs, and an outdoor market dating back to the Middle Ages.

Day 2: Private Walking Tour & Sightseeing

Start your first full day in Prague with a 3 half-hour private guided walking tour of some of the city's highlights. Explore Prague Castle, take a stroll across Charles Bridge and pass through the enchanting Little Quarter. After your tour, further, explore the grounds of the castle and perhaps visit St.Vitus, in the center of the castle complex. You may also wish to re-visit the Little Quarter, home to the John Lennon Wall, Kampa Park and the beautiful Wallenstein Palace and Gardens.

Day 3: Day Trip to Dresden, Germany

Travel by train through the stunning landscapes of Bohemian Switzerland on a day trip to Dresden. Located two hours north of Prague, Dresden was long the royal residence of the Kings of Saxony. During WW2 the city was almost completely destroyed, and today you'll have the opportunity to admire the many restored architectural gems, rich art collections, and fabulous views.

Day 4: Guided Excursion to Konopiště Chateau by Hiking Trail & Rail

Situated 50 km southeast of Prague, the dramatic Konopiště Chateau rises above dense forests. Konopiště was the last residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, whose assassination in Sarajevo triggered World War I. Travel to the castle on the Sázava Pacific train route, which passes through the beautiful natural wilderness from Prague. On arrival at the castle, stroll through the Rose Garden and English style gardens before touring the castle. Visit residential rooms of Franz Ferdinand as well as his large collection of antlers.

Day 5: Rail Journey to Munich

As you leave Prague today by train, you'll pass through yet another beautiful stretch of beautiful landscapes as you journey towards Munich. Take a taxi from the train station before venturing out to Munich's Altstadt (Old Town). Here you will discover many Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings, as well as several stunning examples of modern architecture. Pleasant cafes, beer halls, cozy restaurants, and great shopping all add to the charming atmosphere.

Day 6: Private Walking Tour & Sightseeing

This morning will begin with a 2 half-hour private guided walking tour of Munich's Altstadt and surroundings. Your guide will show you the highlights of Munich and point out the many hidden treasures. Sites visited will include the Marienplatz with its City Hall, Frauenkirche (Munich's most famous landmark), Odeon Square, the Synagogue, the Residence (the 500-year-old Palace of the Bavarian Dukes), and much more.

In the afternoon, you can re-visit the Residence Palace and take a tour of the beautiful palace and in the afternoon, stroll through the English Gardens, one of Europe's largest parks. For those still full of energy, you may also want to take a visit to Maxvorstadt, Munich's central nightlife hotspot for dinner.

Day 7: Garmisch & Journey to Salzburg

Today you will depart Munich and take a regional train towards Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the German capital of alpine skiing and summer hiking. Store your luggage at the station before setting off to explore the area. Take a ride on the famous Zugspitzbahn railway, go hiking amid some of the most stunning scenery in Germany around the Eibsee Lake or head straight up the Partnach Gorge from the Garmisch train station and immerse yourself in some more exquisite landscapes. In the late afternoon, take the train to Salzburg. The journey from Munich to Salzburg is very scenic, as you pass through Mittenwald and Seefeld.

Day 8: Sightseeing in Salzburg

Begin your explorations of the city of Mozart today with a private guided walking tour in the morning! Then in the afternoon, you may wish to visit the Fortress Hohensalzburg and enjoy breath-taking views of the city and surrounding Alps and explore the richly decorated staterooms. In the evening, discover the Altstadt (Old Town), filled with narrow lanes, elegant squares and an abundance of ornate baroque architecture. If you wish, you can also take a stroll along the Monchsberg mountain that sits as a backdrop the Salzburg's Old Town. Here you can also find the historic Augustiner Beer Hall. 

Day 9: Sound of Music Private Tour

On this 9 hour private tour you will relive the most magical moments from the Sound of Music while taking in the breath-taking beauty of Salzburg's surroundings. On the tour, you will see the places where the movie was filmed, and will also learn how these places tie into Salzburg's history. Train enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the peak of Schafberg with unparalleled views of Salzkammergut and surrounding alpine world via the Schafbergbahn, the steepest steam-powered cog railway in Austria, from the township of St. Wolfgang.

Day 10: Salzburg Sightseeing

Spend your morning visiting Salzburg's Neustadt and the famous Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Although it may be slightly newer than the Altstadt, it still boasts hundreds of years of history in it's winding and narrow Medieval lanes. The Mirabell Palace, a Baroque masterpiece built in 1606 by the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg for his concubine, is the most famous site in the Neustadt. In the afternoon, board a train and travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. On arrival, take a taxi to your centrally located hotel.

Day 11: Excursion to Postojna Cave

Today you'll visit Postojna Cave, a wondrously vast complex of naturally formed underground chambers with an astonishing array of stalactite and stalagmite formations. Train lovers will enjoy the open-topped electric train that shuttles visitors around the 2km (1.2mile) cave system before the guided tour begins. In the afternoon, you may want to visit Slovenia's most dramatic castle, Predjama – the largest cave castle in the world. This evening you'll have time to further explore Ljubljana's Old Town.

Day 12: Train Journey from Ljubljana to Vienna

This morning you'll take another train journey to Vienna, the capital of Austria! For those interested in a scenic train route, you may be interested to change trains along the way for an opportunity to experience the famous Semmering railway. Often referred to as the world's first true mountain railway, the journey covers very difficult mountainous terrain, crossing 16 viaducts and passing through 15 tunnels. The Semmering railway was the first in the world to be declared a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1998.

You will arrive in Vienna sometime in the late afternoon, which gives you plenty of time to head out and explore Vienna's Innere Stadt, home to the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of St.Stephan (Stephansdom), Mozart's House and the famous Graben shopping street.

Day 13: Guided Walking Tour & Sightseeing

Your 2 half-hour private guided walking tour takes you back in history to explore Vienna that stood within the old city walls. You will learn about the humble beginnings of Vienna before it became the capital of a great empire and one of the most important cities in Europe. In the afternoon spend time discovering the Habsburg Empire with the possibility to visit the Spanish Riding School, Imperial Treasury, and the Albertina Museum. You may also want to spend time visiting the numerous attractions around the Ringstrasse, or the Ring Street or the Prater and the unusual Hundertwasserhaus is one of Austria's architectural highlights.

Day 14: Journey to Budapest

Your last train journey for this trip will be 3 hours to Budapest. Our driver will collect you from the station and take you to your centrally located hotel. In the early afternoon our guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a private walking tour of some of Budapest's highlights. Later you can then explore Central Pest, home to St Stephen's Basilica and the iconic Chain Bridge.

Day 15: Sightseeing Budapest

János Hill lies just on the edge of Budapest, and reaching it is an adventure in itself. This morning you'll take a bus ride through the leafy villa filled neighborhoods of the Buda hills. Then you'll take a chairlift up to the top of Janos Hill, your feet dangling beneath you as you watch the treetops pass beneath you. At the top of the hill, you'll ascend a stone tower for a breathtaking, 360° view of Budapest and the surrounding countryside. You can then take a short hike to a rail station in the forest, where you will travel back to Budapest on a miniature railway operated by children! In the afternoon head back into the city and visit Andrassy Avenue and the famous Szechenyi Baths.

Day 16: Departure from Budapest

Today you say goodbye to Budapest and journey home. Our driver will collect you from your hotel and take your directly to the airport at your chosen departure time. Speak to one of our travel consultants if you wish to extend your trip!

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