Luxury Prague, Vienna & Budapest by Rail
- First Class rail throughout, with UK rail from your local station included (terms and conditions apply)
- Berlin, once divided, now thriving city at the centre of Europe
- Relax and indulge in the Czech capital, Prague
- Magnificent Vienna with its Imperial palaces, sweeping boulevards and rich cuisine
- Stunning Budapest astride the Blue Danube
- Musical Salzburg in its picture-perfect alpine setting
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Change your hotels
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- First Class rail travel with seat reservations
- Upgrades to Business on Prague-Vienna, Vienna-Budapest and Budapest-Salzburg
- 11 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Private meet-and-greet car transfers on arrival at stations where necessary
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Enjoy complimentary First Class travel from your local station to London this morning, and connect with a late-morning Eurostar to Brussels. Here, you hop across the platform onto a German ICE train to Cologne, in the shadow of the famous cathedral. Then take your final German ICE train across to Berlin, perhaps taking a visit to the restaurant car for dinner.
On arrival, you will be met by a car and driver, who will take you straight to the Regent Hotel Berlin (or similar) for 2 nights.
You have the best part of two days to enjoy Berlin to the full. Explore its best-known sights including the Brandenburg Gate, the TV Tower, the Reichstag (German parliament), the Tiergarten park and the Berlin Wall Memorial. Take in the excellent German History Museum, and the DDR Museum, which chronicles life in East Germany.
Spend the evenings in the many bars and restaurants around Hackescher Markt, the glitzy Kurfurstendamm or head out to the popular suburbs of Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain or Kreuzberg. Ask our team for more recommendations!
Depart this morning on a EuroCity train running south through the former East Germany, stopping briefly in Dresden, dubbed the Florence of the Elbe. After Dresden, the scenery hots up along the Elbe Valley, through what is known as ‘Saxon Switzerland’. Don’t miss a visit to the excellent restaurant car.
On arrival in Prague’s main station, you will be met by a driver who will transport you to the Hotel Augustine (or similar), home for the next 2 nights.
Enjoy exploring one of Europe’s most popular capitals. Stroll through the Old Town in the morning to beat the tourist rush. Cross the Charles Bridge and take an energetic walk up to the famous castle and treat yourself to a drink and hearty Czech meal alongside the Vltava River.
An unmissable museum is the Franz Kafka Museum, a fascinating insight into the complex mind of one of Prague’s most famous sons. Wenceslas Square also evokes memories of the 1968 Prague Spring and today contains a range of shops, bars and entertainments.
Board your first of three RailJets of your holiday. These are modern, sleek units operated by Austrian Railways, and this particular one will be transporting you from the heart of Prague to the heart of Vienna. Relax in your Business Class seat, a form of “super-first” class, as you twist and turn through the hills of Bohemia and into the gentle topography of northern Austria. A restaurant car is available, so you can choose to mosey along to the restaurant, or order food and drink to be served to your seat (both options payable on board).
Upon arrival at Vienna’s shiny Hauptbahnhof (main station) you will be met and chauffeured to your hotel, the Sans Souci Hotel (or similar) for a 2-night stay.
Enjoy a full day in the regal Austrian capital, Vienna today and take time to appreciate its full year-round splendour.
Head to Ringstrasse to admire the endless stunning architecture, epitomised by the State Opera House. Stop for Sacher Torte in the famous hotel of the same name, and be sure to visit the impressive St Stephen’s Cathedral in the heart of town. For some rest and relaxation, head to the famous Prater Park, next to the Danube.
The relatively short journey from Vienna to Budapest is covered in around 3 hours on an Austrian Railways (OBB) RailJet train. Relax into your luxurious Business Class seat as you race across the plains of eastern Austria, then through the west of Hungary before arriving into the magnificent Budapest Keleti station.
On arrival, your private meet-and-greet transfer will ferry you to the Corinthia Hotel (or similar) for a 2-night stay.
Spend your time exploring all that Budapest has to offer. Don’t miss the glorious Hungarian parliament on the banks of the Danube and take a selfie or two next to the famous Chain Bridge. Heroes’ Square contains monuments to great Hungarians past and present, and Fisherman’s Bastion provides unrivalled city views from up on the Buda Hills. Unwind with a bathe in the various thermal spas that are dotted around the city, and head out for a hearty goulash with paprika, washed down by a glass or two of fabulous Tokay wine.
Board another sleek Austrian RailJet train at Budapest Keleti station today for the direct journey to Salzburg. The journey is likely to run across lunchtime, so why not order a delicious goulash from the on-board restaurant to be served at your seats? Have a look at the extensive on-board menu HERE.
On arrival in Salzburg, you are met at the station and taken to your hotel, the Radisson Blu Altstadt (or similar), your home for the next 2 nights.
Located on the River Salzach, the town of Salzburg is famous its musical links to W. A. Mozart who was born here, and to the Rogers & Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music. If you are a fan of either, then there are plenty of attractions and tours to entertain you. Elsewhere, you can also enjoy exploring the old town and visiting the hilltop castle.
Board a mid-morning civilised-timed EuroCity train that takes you immediately across the border into Germany, stopping at the busy Munich Hbf and the north through the German countryside to Frankfurt.
On arrival in Frankfurt, you step outside the station and straight into the Steigenberger Metropolitan (or similar) for an overnight stay. Head out and have a look around Frankfurt, Europe’s banking capital and much more besides.
Take a civilised mid-morning German ICE train after breakfast, heading to one of the main Eurostar hubs at Brussels. Here, you have ample time to change onto your afternoon Eurostar service back to London, which will be in Standard Premier, so a light meal and drinks will be served to your seat on a complimentary basis.
Don’t forget, you have your UK rail travel included to get back home should you need it, which can also be in First Class.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
The Regent is a stylish oasis of calm amongst the bustle of Berlin, yet perfectly situated in the heart of the city. Bedoooms provide a series of creature comforts to make your stay as relaxing as possible. Come evening, guests have a choice of a restaurant, bar and two lounges in which to unwind and they can also indulge themselves at the on-site spa.
Located next to the Wallenstein Gardens, the stunning Augustine Hotel offers luxurious accommodation in the heart of the city. The property comprises seven historic buildings, one of which is the 13th century Augustinian St Thomas Monastery for which the hotel is named. On site facilities include a spa, a restaurant, a bar, and a brewery where the hotel’s own St Thomas beer is brewed.
Located right next to the inspiring and stylish Museums Quarter, the Sans Souci is a fabulous boutique hotel in keeping with its artistic surroundings. Rooms are tastefully decorated and provide all modern comforts including Wi-Fi and a pillow menu to ensure you get the perfect night’s rest. The hotel operates an excellent on-site spa as well as a wonderful bar and restaurant to help you unwind.
Blending the sumptuous decor of royal Budapest with the five star comfort of a modern hotel, the Corinthia Hotel boasts luxurious facilities including a classic spa area with steam baths, hot tubs, mud baths and an indoor swimming pool. There are also three restaurants, a lobby bar and a cafe.
The Radisson Blu Altstadt occupies a building that dates back to 1377. All bedrooms and suites are individually decorated with all the amenities that you would expect from a 5 star hotel. The hotel also boasts a restaurant overlooking the river and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in all areas.
Located next to Frankfurt’s main station, the Steigenberger Metropolitan offers luxurious accommodation and facilities. All non-smoking bedrooms come with a flat-screen TV, minibar, iPod docking station and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is also a health club with a sauna, steam room and gym as well as a brasserie and bar with an outdoor terrace.