Try these Best Multi-Country Rail Journeys in Europe
Rail journeys are fast becoming the preferred means of transit amongst modern travelers and it’s easy to see why: stations are close to city centers, travelers save on luggage fees, and you can count on incredible views along the way! This is particularly true in Europe, where a comprehensive network of rail links ensures easy access to a mind-boggling array of destinations.
So, what are the most popular country-hopping routes? From history crawls to foodie trips, we have rounded up a list of transcontinental rail itineraries that promises authentic activities and experiences at every stop:
Culture Lovers’ Express
Route: London, UK → Paris, France → Brussels, Belgium → Amsterdam, Netherlands
Train-hopping across Europe takes travelers to some of the world’s most iconic cultural destinations. One of the most prominent art cities in the world, London swells with top galleries, museums and architecture. Culture lovers can start their trip at the Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, before taking a private tour through the 2,300-some European masterpieces at the The National Gallery. Travelers will fall head over heels for the beautiful historic quarters of Paris, home to ancient monuments, the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Champs-Élysées, and the Louvre. In Brussels, an insightful one-day tour explores iconic landmarks such as the Atomium, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam which holds the world’s largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces is another gem that is not to be missed!
Great Gourmet Route
Route: London, UK → Paris, France → Milan, Italy → Rome, Italy
Combining the gastronomical travel with the recent train travel trend, this route covers England, France and Italy, all by rail. British food is more than the stereotypical fish ‘n’ chips! London is home to one of the most diverse food scenes in the world, which foodies can experience at the world-famous Borough Market or on the Sunday Shoreditch Secret Food Tour. A short Eurostar across the Channel presents yet more gastronomical delights in Paris, with the Private Food Favourites Tour, which includes 10 delicious tastings across the city. Foodies craving Italian cuisine can tease their taste buds with regional favorites like saffron risotto and cotoletta in Milan. Those hungry for more can join a three-hour food tour around the city’s renowned Navigli District to sample local cheese, panzerotto (Milanese fried fish with cold cuts and cheeses), and street snacks. Rome marks the end of the gourmet route and here the choices are endless: budding chefs can learn how to sling dough at a Pizza Making Course, take a delicious stroll around the city on Private Rome’s Food Favorites Tour, or dress up for a Private VIP Michelin Star Food Tour in Rome.
Munich, Germany → Salzburg, Austria → Vienna, Austria → Budapest, Hungary
Urbanites will be swept away by this rail route, taking explorers to iconic cities in Germany, Austria and Hungary. Known for its world-class beer and beautiful architecture, Munich is a joy to explore on foot, whether it’s by embarking upon the ‘Munich and its Beer’ tour, or taking the Munich City Tour and Guided Visit to Bavaria Film City. From Munich, explorers can board the train to Salzburg to watch the hills come alive on the The Original Sound of Music Tour, which traces the film’s original shooting locations. Heading east, a few nights in Vienna, the capital of classical music, allows music lovers to savor the masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss at a Schloss Schönbrunn Concert. Following a picturesque train ride to Budapest, the baroque and neoclassical architectural masterpieces showcase the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ from two different perspectives: a Private Helicopter Sightseeing Over Budapest and a Budapest City Segway Tour.
#4 Green Machine
Paris, France → Zurich, Switzerland → Lucerne, Switzerland → Venice, Italy
Replacing air travel with train travel allows nature lovers to reduce their carbon footprint as well as immerse themselves fully in the great outdoors. Paris is the perfect place to unwind, with its historic Tuileries Garden or the sprawling Bois de Vincennes, the largest green space in the city. A train ride away, outdoor enthusiasts can visit Grindelwald and Interlaken, the Rhines Falls, and Jungfraujoch – home to the highest train station in Europe and UNESCO-listed Aletsch Glacier. From there, the medieval hill town of Lucerne will dazzle travelers with its marvelous views of Mount Pilatus from a Panorama Gondola, followed by a boat ride around the beautiful Lake Lucerne. After all the outdoor fun, travelers can cap off an epic adventure in the floating city of Venice where the matrix of canals provides an ultra-romantic backdrop for a Venice Gondola Ride accompanied by live music.
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