Warsaw, Krakow and Prague
- Combine two Polish cities with the Czech capital
- Krakow: the Wawel Hill, Castle and bustling Jewish Quarter
- Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock
- Journey back through Bohemia, Bavaria and the picturesque Rhine Gorge
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- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 11 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Depart London St Pancras on a Eurostar bound for Brussels, where you connect with the German rail network to take you across to the city of Hannover. On arrival, check in at the Crowne Plaza Hannover (or similar).
If you are heading out for dinner, carnivores will appreciate the local dish of Schlachteplatte, containing a range of Saxon meats. For a traditional local restaurant, try the excellent Broyan Haus, right in the heart of the city.
Board an excellent German ICE train in the morning, bound for Berlin. Here you’ll change onto the Berlin-Warszawa-Express, which crosses the Elbe into Poland and delivers you into the heart of Warsaw in time for dinner.
Your accommodation for the next 3 nights is the centrally located Polonia Palace Hotel (or similar).
Explore the highlights of Warsaw – the Old Town, the Plac Zamkowy (Castle Square) and the Royal Castle, both of which are lavishly decorated. The historic avenue, Szlak Krolewski (Royal Way) links the Old Town with the New Town, and boasts the impressive Chopin Museum, dedicated to the life of Poland’s most revered composer. We recommend visiting the beautiful Saxon Gardens and Lazienski Park, as well as the Warsaw Rising Museum, which commemorates the city’s brave insurrection against its Nazi occupiers during World War Two. For one of your evening meals, try the excellent Stary Dom restaurant for traditional Polish grilled meats and warm hospitality.
Take a brand-new Polish high-speed train between Warsaw and Krakow. Relax and take in the countryside as you speed down to Poland’s second city in just 3 hours. On arrival, make your way to the Francuski Hotel (or similar), where you have a 3-night stay.
The capital of Royal Poland until 1596, the city of Krakow is one of Europe’s highlights. Packed with stunning architecture and a rich cultural history, Krakow boasts a hilltop castle, the Wawel, and the bustling Jewish quarter of Kazimierz as two of many attractions.
Enjoy two days at leisure in historic Krakow. The Old Town is focused on the vast Rynek Glowny (Main Square), with its 15th-century town hall tower and cloth hall at the centre of the square.
If you prefer to head out of town for a day trip, the poignant Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp has been preserved as a sobering open air museum and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Wieliczka Salt Mine features grand underground chapels and rock salt sculptures.
Board a EuroCity train for the journey into the Czech Republic, changing in Ostrava onto a superb Czech SuperCity Train. You will arrive into Prague in time for an evening stroll and dinner. Check in at the Jury’s Inn Hotel (or similar) for a 3-night stay.
A hotbed of artistic and cultural heritage, the Czech capital has captivated visitors for centuries. The Castle district on the west of the River Vltava offers panoramic views over the 15th-century Charles Bridge and Old Town, whose Astronomical Clock and beautifully-restored Municipal House are must-see sights.
To avoid the often vast crowds of this popular city, we recommend heading down to the Charles Bridge at dawn, where you will have this magical setting almost to yourself. Take a siesta back at the hotel, then head out into the late afternoon, ready for a glass of local Pilsner and some wild game specialties at U modré kachnicky restaurant in the Old Town.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Take day trip to the charming town of Cesky Krumlov. You could even spend a night or two there. Ask one of the team for more information.
Take a local ALEX train in the afternoon through the forests of Bohemia and then into Bavaria before arriving at the beautiful Bavarian city of Nuremberg.
Check in at the Victoria Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay before heading out for the evening to explore. There’s plenty to see and do here so you may want to spend an extra night.
Leave at lunchtime for one final scenic ride as you travel along the Rhine Gorge route to Cologne. With the train twisting and turning in time with the mighty river, you can gaze through the large windows at the steep-sided vineyards, castles and charming villages that adorn what has always been a lifeblood of this region.
Change in Cologne for the high-speed ICE train to Brussels and onwards to London via Eurostar.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
The Crowne Plaza Hannover Schweizerhof is a modern hotel conveniently located just 400 yards from the main train station. All 200 stylishly furnished bedrooms are non-smoking with flat-screen TVs and tea & coffee making facilities. Dine out on the on-site restaurant’s outdoor terrace during the summer months.
This historic hotel is ideally situated, just opposite the Palace of Culture and Science and within walking distance of the main station. The Polonia Palace features spacious air-conditioned rooms with a minibar and heated bathroom flooring. Enjoy Polish and European cuisine at the Strauss Restaurant.
Located between Krakow’s main station and the Market Square in the heart of the Old Town, the Francuski Hotel is an historic hotel with bedrooms furnished in an Art Nouveau style. Facilities include a restaurant, a bar and a fitness centre.
This is a comfortable, central property within easy walking distance of the Old Town. The 214 guest rooms are furnished in a contemporary style with free wireless internet and tea/coffee making facilities. The on-site restaurant serves a variety of dishes throughout the day.
Set in an attractive 1896 building, this stylish, independent hotel sits opposite Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof rail station and within the city’s historic quarter. The cosy rooms have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, and the hotel boasts an Italian terrace cafe and a bar.
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The luxurious Hotel Stary is located in the heart of Kraków’s Old Town. The air-conditioned rooms and suites have bathrooms with a bathtub and shower. Plasma TVs with satellite channels are also available in every room. There is also an on-site spa, which includes a sauna, gym, steam bath and massage parlour.
Nuremberg’s finest property is ideally positioned opposite the main railway station and within easy walking distance of the charming Old Town, St Lorenz Church and the Kaiserburg Castle.
Bedrooms are immaculately presented and make for an ideal Bavarian sojourn.