Paris to Istanbul by Rail

Resort: Paris to Istanbul by Rail
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: France
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Over View

Some say Europe is best seen by train, so why not see a whole lot of it as you zoom along for 24 days? Beginning in Paris, your European rail odyssey will take you past plenty of picturesque scenery not to worry, you’ll be making plenty of pit stops. Fill up Bratwurst in Munich then grab a beer andor a bite in Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest as the rest of your senses are overwhelmed by stunning architecture. Then you’re back aboard to see the roads (or rails, rather) less travelled of Eastern Europe. The countryside of Sighioara can be followed by a stop at Hungary’s royal palace: Buda Castle. Finally, cycle your way through Veliko Tarnovo, one of the oldest cities in the world. It’s a fitting end for a European adventure that will, ahem, really move you.


Day 1

Arrive at any time.

Day 2

Spend the day with free time to visit dozens of museums, patisserie shops, sidewalk cafs or grand boulevards.

Day 3

Take a morning TGV train to Lausanne, Switzerland. Spend the afternoon in this charming town.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

Explore the city or head further afield to visit Fssen and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

Day 8

Travel to Salzburg, Austria. This charming city is brimming with history and character.

Day 9

Make the most of a free day in Salzburg. Opt to visit the salt mines or take the famous Sound of Music tour.

Day 10

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.

Day 11

Travel to Budapest, Hungary this morning by train. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink at a G Adventures-supported social enterprise caf and head out for an orientation walk. Opt to enjoy a night out in this charming city.

Day 12

Take another free day to explore Budapest.

Day 13

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

Day 14

Head to the enchanting town of Sighioara. Use your free time here to explore the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture.

Day 15

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.

Day 16

Visit the picturesque Bran Castle and learn the history (and rumours) of this fascinating place.

Day 17

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.

Day 18
BucharestVeliko Tarnovo

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.

Day 19
Veliko Tarnovo

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.

Day 20
Veliko TarnovoSofia

Travel to Sofia and take an orientation walk of the capital city. Later, wander down the pedestrian street or visit the eclectic Ladies’ Market.

Day 21

Travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city. Visit the hilly old town, museums, or the Theatre of Ancient Philippopolis, one of the many Roman ruins found here.

Day 22

Spend the day exploring more of Plovdiv before boarding an evening bus to Istanbul.

Day 23

Enjoy a city tour with a local Turkish guide. Opt to visit the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Hagia Sophia (or Aya Sofya), and the Topkap Palace.

Day 24

Depart at any time.

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