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39-Days Full Europe Rail Trail

Day 1: Amsterdam

Meet your guide and explore Amsterdam

Our journey begins in the lively city of Amsterdam at 4:00 PM, where you’ll meet up with your fellow travelers and our fantastic guide. It’s not just a gathering – it marks the commencement of an exciting adventure. Forge new friendships, share your travel tales, and settle in with the group. Amsterdam was chosen as our starting point due to its rich tapestry of experiences packed into a compact geographic area, offering a captivating blend of history, culture, and modernity to explore.

Later, we’ll set out to discover the enchanting historical canals, marvel at centuries-old architecture, sample the local delicacy ‘Hollandse Nieuwe’, and take a glimpse into the renowned red-light district. A single night in Amsterdam is where unforgettable travel anecdotes are born!

Included activities: Guided Amsterdam walking tour
Accommodation: Twin and triple centrally located sustainable hostel rooms

Day 2: Amsterdam to Bruges

Enchanting Bruges, Moules-Frites and Belgian-style Ale

We begin with an early morning train ride from Amsterdam to the enchanting mediaeval town of Bruges, a true gem in Belgium, with a history that dates back to the 9th century. Bruges is like a town frozen in time, with intimate narrow cobblestone streets, well-preserved colourful architecture, endless rows of chocolate shops, Belgian beer breweries, and majestic canals which have coined it the nickname as the Venice of the North.

The afternoon promises an engaging tour of Bruges, where you’ll discover its rich history, from the prosperity of its trading past to its beautifully preserved Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Prepare to be captivated by the fairytale atmosphere as we explore its winding canals and stunning squares.

We suggest trying Belgian waffles with loads of cream and jam, or the local Moules-Frites, the national dish of Belgium – paired with a local Belgian-style ale or witbier (wheat beer) for a truly iconic experience!

Included activities: Guided Bruges walking tour
Accommodation: Triple and quad share hotel

Day 3: Bruges to Paris

Relax, Sit Back and Enjoy the Journey

We continue our journey South as we depart the old-world charm of Brugge and make our way to the iconic “City of Love,” Paris. The train ride offers a perfect opportunity to relax and soak in the magic and pleasure of journeying through tumbling green fields and through quaint picturesque villages.

Upon arrival in Paris, you’ll have the evening free to explore this enchanting metropolis at your own pace. Discover the city’s romantic evening ambiance by strolling along the Seine River, savouring delicious French cuisine, or admiring the Eiffel Tower’s shimmering lights.

Paris by night is a memorable experience, so be brave and explore with the group and enjoy the sights and smells of Paris at dusk.

Included activities: Guided evening Paris walking tour
Optional activities: Moulin Rouge cabaret
Accommodation: Shared hostel rooms

Day 4: Paris

There’s no Cure for Paris!

Paris is a lot of things, but boring is not one of them. It’s hard to choose what to do today so we’ll start with a city tour in the morning which will bleed into the afternoon, exploring famous landmarks like the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. We’ll meander through famous streets and ‘cafe’ on bustling sidewalks as we make our way around this beautiful city.

You are welcome to leave our walking tour after lunch if you want to spend the afternoon enjoying a ‘behind the scenes’ culinary tour in a local bakers workshop, or if you wish to head out on your own. Cuisine is everything to the Parisians, so the option to join a traditional baker and discover the art of crafting the perfect French baguette, croissant or pain au chocolat in the city of gastronomy is pretty special!

After a day of culture and culinary delights, we’ll re-connect and head out on an evening cruise on the River Seine and enjoy the setting sun over this most memorable day in this most enchanting city!

Included activities: Guided Paris walking tour, U. Impact! Experience – river cleanup
Optional activities: The secrets of French baking experience
Accommodation: Shared hostel rooms

Day 5: Paris to Lyon

What’s more French than a glass of Beaujolais? (…Two glasses)

We continue to head south from Paris to the “Gastronomic Capital of France”, Lyon. Its location, situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers has meant the culinary scene has developed as a hub in France over millennia, with a focus on the
agricultural produce of meats, dairy, seasonal veggies, fine wines and rich olive oils.

In a city bursting with Renaissance architecture, rivers and fertile lands, it’s no wonder there are over 20 Michelin-starred restaurants!

We arrive in the early evening, check in and store our bags at our accommodation, and then head off to find dinner and enjoy stretching our legs amongst the cobblestoned alleyways of the old city.

Included activities: Evening exploration of Lyon
Accommodation: Twin and triple rooms in local hostel

Day 6: Lyon

Walking tour, Wine tour and Picnics & Petanque in the park!

We’ll start the morning exploring Lyon’s charming Old Town (Vieux Lyon), filled with cobblestone streets, Renaissance architecture, and traboules (hidden passageways). No wonder it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage site recognition.

We’ll aim for a picnic just outside of the old city for lunch at one of the oldest Petanque courts in Lyon – red wine, baguettes, patè, cheeses and local meats – it’ll be a delightful way to spend lunch

We make our way home via the historical silk production commune before joining a Beaujolais wine tasting tour in the early afternoon!

Included activities: Walking tour of Lyon, local pétanque, segway and wine tasting
Accommodation: Twin and triple rooms in local hostel

Day 7: Lyon to Avignon

Palace of the Popes in Provence

This morning we’ll head directly south into the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region on a short train ride to the historic town of Avignon, arriving late morning allowing plenty of time to explore after lunch. Avignon is a fairytale destination with grand masonry architecture and engineering.

It’s a beautiful quintessential French town which was the seat of the CatholicPopes during the 15th century. This means we get to explore fortified walls and cobblestoned streets as the township rises from the Rhône River. We’ll visit the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) – a grand mediaeval palace that was once the papal residence, the charming Old Town and the iconic Pont
Saint-Bénézet bridge.

By night, Avignon has a surprising culture of craft beer pubs and eateries influenced by Roman, Spanish and Mediterranean cultures. It’s an evening to relax and appreciate the best part of French culture!

Included activities: Exploration of Orange and entry into Roman Theatre, walking tour of Avignon
Accommodation: Twin and triple rooms in hotel

Day 8: Avignon to Nice

Sublime Mediterranean Coastline on the Côte-d’Azur

Next stop, Nice! Once the ultimate playground of the rich and famous, we move from historically impactful to fun, high end beach vibes. Nice is known for its stunning Mediterranean coastline and vibrant culture. Our train journey takes us out of the Rhone Valley and along the mediterranean coast – passing the trading city of Marseilles on the
way.

Once in Nice, we take time, space and freedom to explore this charming coastal city at your own pace. You can take a leisurely walk along the Promenade des Anglais, relax on the beach, or explore the vibrant Old Town (Vieux Nice) with its colourful markets and delightful street cafes. Nice offers a wonderful blend of seaside relaxation and buzzing
nightlife, making it the perfect place to get a little dolled up and partake in the French Riviera’s luxurious charm during the evening.

Included activities: Evening exploration of Nice, sunset on Promenade des Anglais
Accommodation: Triple and quad rooms in Mediterranean Villa

Day 9: French Rivera, Nice and Monaco

Experience The French Riviera – Nice & Monaco

Today promises a picturesque adventure as you explore the enchanting French Riviera. Eze: Begin by visiting the charming mediaeval hilltop village of Eze, known for its stunning views of the Mediterranean and its secrets of French perfume. You’ll have the chance to learn about the art of perfume-making, a craft deeply rooted in the region’s history.

Monte Carlo/Monaco: Next up, it’s the glamorous city of Monte Carlo, home to the famous Monte Carlo Casino, opulent superyachts and its legendary F1 street circuit. Saint Paul-de-Vence: Next, you’ll explore the artists’ haven of Saint Paul-de-Vence. This picturesque village has inspired countless artists over the years and is known for its
charming streets, galleries, and creative energy.

Cannes: Your day concludes with a visit to the world-famous city of Cannes. Explore the bustling Croisette Promenade, lined with luxury boutiques and glamorous hotels. Cannes is not only renowned for its film festival but also for its stunning Mediterranean beaches and upscale lifestyle. This day offers a perfect blend of culture, art, and glamour along the French Riviera, ensuring you experience the region’s rich diversity

Included activities: Guided French Riviera tour – Eze, Monaco, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Cannes, secrets of Perfume experience
Accommodation: triple and quad rooms in Mediterranean Villa

Day 10: Nice to Milan

From Foie Gras and Bellet Blanc to Pizza and Pinot

It’s a late wake up and an easy start to the day on our penultimate day. We’ll take the opportunity to enjoy a final French coffee over the french Riviera as the sun rises before heading to our final destination, Milan.

It’s a stunningly scenic trip along the coast to Genoa, passing through San Remo and Arenzano before winding our way through the foothills of Liguria and Piedmont and crossing over into Lombardy and into Milan. This is what train travel is all about. Sit back, relax and just enjoy the stunning views!

We arrive in Milan early evening with enough time to do what we have all been craving – that fancy French is wonderful, but give me Pizza. We will head into town for a group dinner shout by your guide in a wonderful piazza – welcome to Italy and thank you France and Belgium for an incredible journey so far.

Included activities: Pizza frenzy
Accommodation: Triple and quad rooms in city hotel

Day 11: Milan

Buongiorno e benvenuto in Italia!

Welcome to the land of the once mighty Roman empire, where your passionate love affair with food and wine will flourish and the vistas are bountiful and the locals are generous.
Today we connect with your guide and your group in the beautiful fashion capital, Milan. It’s your opportunity to put to rest any last minute questions you have so you can free yourself for full immersion in this cool 10 day train trip around Northern Italy.

We head out after the meeting to find a local pizzeria for the first of many pizza and pasta evenings! Luigi, stand aside, Rail Trail Travellers are on the move!

Included activities: Meet & Greet with your U.Guide and fellow travellers.  Evening tour of Milan central with a vino in the cobbled Piazza del Duomo
Accomodation: Twins and triples in Milan hotel

Day 12: Milan - Riomaggiore

Iconic Riomaggiore on the Lugirian coast

We kick off the adventure in stunning style. Our destination.. The picturesque coastal
town of Riomaggiore.
Exuding tons of charm and insta worthy backdrops, Riomaggiore is part of the famous Cinque Terre region, known for its colourful buildings and tower houses, stacked side by side and separated by narrow lanes called carruggi. Framed by dramatic seaside landscapes, this is one heck of a way to kick off your Italian dream tour

In the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to meander through Riomaggiore’s vibrant streets, explore its historic centre, and visit the local shops and restaurants. Immerse yourself in the laid-back coastal atmosphere, sample delicious Ligurian cuisine, and savour the local wines.

As the day transitions into evening, you’re in for a real treat. We’ll grab a bottle of vino, and maybe even some stuzzichine and witness the sun gracefully sinking into the Ligurian Sea from the harbour. The view is nothing short of mesmerising, and it’s an ideal insta moment to capture the village’s unique charm!

Included activities: Hiking the historical villages of Cinque Terra
Accomodation: Twins and triples at a Riomaggiore hotel

Day 13: Riomaggiore - Rome

Vino, Pasta, & Tiramisu in the “Eternal City”

Today we head into the cultural capital of Italy, and the seat of the ancient Roman Empire – Rome.
After arriving mid afternoon, we’ll make our way to our accommodation, drop our bags off, take a breather and then head out a little later for a private cooking class where we’ll discover the secrets to creating outstanding fettuccine and tiramisu. Our local chef will welcome us into her kitchen and we’ll learn the tricks of the trade when tackling Italian
cuisine!

After making both meals, sit back and relax, enjoy the company and a glass of local red wine, while your pasta is prepared with a sauce of your choosing and the meal is topped off by your homemade Tiramisu, an Italian coffee and a sneaky Limoncello!

Included activities: Visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italian cooking class
Accomodation: Triple and quad share in a funky Roman hostel

Day 14: Rome

Rome wasn’t built in a day

But we’ll do our best to take it all in today! So, chuck on the sneakers, pack a spare charger, and prepare for a big day of exploring this timeless city on foot. Rome, breathtaking Rome, with its intensive metropolitan vibe and thousands of monuments, hundreds of churches, spectacular fountains and one of the deepest archaeological heritages in the world!

From the coliseum to the Vatican, from Tivoli fountain to local trattorias – today is going to be a day of huge experiences and cultural immersion. We’ll explore from sun up to sun down, then find a bolt hold in a local restaurant to enjoy a genuine Italian pizza and a local brew.

Included activities: Guided Rome walking tour
Accomodation: Triple and quad share funky Roman hostel

Day 15: Rome to Florence

Florence, the ‘Jewel of the Renaissance’

It’s a relatively late start to the day today as we leave mid morning and head back north to Florence, the powerhouse city of mediaeval Europe and home to the start of the Renaissance period.

We arrive early in the afternoon, which gives us plenty of time to deal with our bags and freshen up before heading out to explore Florence by foot. The old town of Florence is compact with a charming network of cobblestone streets that wind their way around famous places such as the Uffizi Gallery, the iconic Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and Piazzale Michelangelo.

It’s also a shoppers paradise if you’re looking to pick up a leather jacket or bag!

Included activities: Florence guided tour by your U.Guide
Accommodation: Superior triple rooms in boutique hostel

Day 16: Florence - Tuscan exploration

Local wine, local food and friendly locals!

When in Florence, you can’t just stick to the city streets, you’ve got to conquer those magnificent Tuscan hills like a boss! Under that Tuscan sun is some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes anywhere in the world.

We kick off the day at the crack of dawn because, you know, the early bird catches the worm, or in this case, the best grapes! Our mission? To uncover not one, but two totally rad wineries nestled in the jaw-dropping Chianti Hills on this half-day excursion. A trip to Florence wouldn’t be complete without exploring the beautiful Tuscan hills that frame this iconic city.

We head out early to discover two awesome wineries in the stunning Chianti Hills on this half-day tour. Besides the pure beauty of the Tuscan landscape, we’ll meet cool local winemakers, stroll through gorgeous vineyards, and taste delicious local
wines and local produce. It’s an authentic day spent soaking in the heart of Italian wine and food.

Returning back to Florence by mid afternoon, you’ll have the afternoon to revisit many of your favourite sights at your own pace and time.

Included activities: Tuscan wine and food exploration
Accommodation: Accommodation: Superior triple rooms in boutique hostel

Day 17: Florence to Venice

Serenissima – “Most Serene Republic” in Italy

As we take a later train to Venice today, you have time this morning to grab brunch, and pick up any last minute shopping or souvenirs for family and friends.

We depart just after 1pm and arrive in Venice in the evening. The journey itself is worthy of a thousand postcards so grab that window seat and keep your eyes on the view! Venice is always a highlight of any trip. It’s everything you could possibly imagine and more.

This evening we’ll drop our bags and head out immediately to find a local restaurant to try the local seafood with an Aperol Spritz along one of the many iconic canals.

Included activities: Guided Venetian evening tour
Accommodation: Twin and triple hotel rooms on Grand Canal

Day 18: Venice

Blowing glass, canals and living like a local in Venice

Rise and shine team, we’re going to go ‘balls out’ today and walk, ferry and gondola as much as we possibly can in one day, spending the majority of the time on the main island before heading over to Burano late in the afternoon.

Sights? We tick all the boxes including the Basilica San Marco, the Doges Palace & the Canal Grande, the Ponti di Rialto & the Mercati di Rialto, and the Laguna di Venezia and a few of our own in between!

If we still have legs after lunch, we’ll grab a ferry across to Murano and check out the famous Venetian tradition of glass blowing at an artisan’s workshop. Back on the main island, we’ll close off the last night of our tour with a sunset cocktail over
the Lido, before a giro di bacharie back to our accommodation. If you want to stay out and make the most of your last night on tour, then we encourage you to do so (safely!).

Included activities: Guided Venetian walking tour, glass blowing at an artisan workshop, giro di baccari
Optional activities: Gondola ride
Accommodation: Twin and triple hotel rooms

Day 19: Venice to Milan

Arrivederci, addio, buon viaggio

After an enormous sightseeing day yesterday we’re going to make our way back to Milan mid morning.

Stay tuned to the sights outside your train window as we move through the rolling hills of the industrial north, arriving into Milan late afternoon
So you’ve done the Pizza and Pasta, and sampled your way across Northern Italy.

If this is the end of your journey with us, then arrivederci, addio, and buon viaggio! But, …why not stay with us for more adventures as we depart tomorrow on our alpine Cheese and Alps trip through Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Germany and Austria!

Included activities: Verona walking tour
Accomodation: Twins and triples in a Milan hotel

Day 20: Milan

Connect with your guide and go exploring

Ciao e benvenuto a Milano, Hallo und willkommen in Mailand, Bonjour et bienvenue à Milan!

Day 1 of your adventure commences in the vibrant city of Milan, where you’ll gather with your fellow travellers at 4pm for a meet and greet and to answer any questions you might have for your experienced guide. This meeting marks the beginning of an exciting 10-day journey through the stunning landscapes of the Alps. Get ready for breathtaking mountain views, outdoor activities, and memorable experiences.

Included activities: Evening exploration of Milan
Accommodation: Triples and quad share in central Milan hotel

Day 21: Milan to Zermatt

Swiss Delights

After a beautiful journey from Milan to Zermatt, we’ll arrive early in the afternoon into Zermatt’s car free zone. Nestled at the base of the famous Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt is a charming alpine village with year round adventure activities. It’s also the gateway to the Swiss Alps so we’ll get our first slice of the beautiful mountains we’ll be traversing over the next week.

This afternoon we’ll stroll around the pedestrian streets and take a small hike around the village which offers the most beautiful of views. Besides these spectacular vistas, you have time, if you choose, to take the three gondolas up to the top of the Matterhorn! Otherwise, Zermatt is known for its local swiss mountain cuisine so we head out tonight to find raclette for a truly local dining experience.

Included activities: Exploring Zermatt village and surrounds, Zermatt glacier train
Accommodation: Quad share local hostel

Day 22: Zermatt to Interlaken

From mountains to lakes, Raclette to Fondue

It’s a relaxed start to day 3 as we take a short train ride to the jaw-dropping beautiful swiss town of Interlaken. Interlaken, in the middle of Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, is a picture-perfect mountain township. For its size, it feels cosy, nestled between the peaceful Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, complete with cute old wooden houses and green parks which line the Aare River.

The town is framed by epically beautiful mountains, with dense forests, meadows, and sparkly glaciers – a perfect stop to enjoy all things Swiss – great fondue, raclette, mountains and lakes, swiss chocolate, or a few adventure activities. Arriving early afternoon will give us plenty of time to settle into our accommodation and then head out to explore this super beautiful location. If you were dreaming of a traditional swiss meal tonight, then we’ve got you covered! We know of a great local place to have a traditional Fondue meal!

Included activities: Traditional Swiss fondue
Accommodation: Triple and quad share local hostel

Day 23: Interlaken

Adventure day

We pause in Interlaken to truly absorb your Swiss surroundings. They say when in Rome do like the locals, but when in the Swiss Alps – simple, adventure like the Swiss. So today we have an a la carte menu of adventures as long as your arm.

We have a number of activities planned today including a thrilling Jet boat ride and then your choice of afternoon activities. Jet boating on the lakes gives you a unique perspective on the local sights. Our jet boat adventure happens on Lake Brienz as your captain and guide shares local stories while zipping around the lake and making 360 turns!. You’ll even get up close and personal with the famous Giessbach Falls. It’s an adrenaline-packed adventure with stunning scenery, a unique lake experience!

Skydiving and para-gliding high above the Swiss Alps is hugely popular and gives you really amazing views of the lake and surrounding Jungfrau and Monch peaks. If getting to the top of the mountain is your preference, then jump on the famous rack-and-pinnion train to head to Europe’s highest train station on the 4,158 metre Jungfrau mountain.

Alternatively, a short train ride will take you to the incredibly beautiful Swiss village of Grindlewald. An amazing place for a hike in Gletscherschlucht, a glacial gorge just outside Grindelwald with the iconic views of the north face of Eiger Mountain.

This afternoon we all re-group after our day of adventuring, complete with stories and boasting, to join your guide on a brewery tour of the old town!

Included activities: Old town brewery tour
Accommodation: Triple and quad share local hostel

Day 24: Interlaken to Zurich via Lucerne

City break in Zurich

We’re on the move again today, nice and early and we’re rewarded with an arrival time into Zurich just after 3pm.

Zurich is a vibrant metropolitan Swiss city jam packed with culture, shopping, and history. We venture out this afternoon to explore the charming Old Town, Lake Zurich, and yes, it’s the perfect place for a chocolate tour around the town! which will bleed into a bar crawl to our favourite Zurich hotspots!

If bars after dark aren’t your scene, then you are welcome to explore Zurich at your own pace and make your way back to the accommodation safely!

Included activities: Lucerne walking tour, exploring Zurich Old Town, Swiss chocolate tour
Accommodation: Triple and quad share central hotel

Day 25: Zurich to Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Venture way off the beaten track

We know waking up today may be a little tough, so we’ve scheduled a later departure than normal! Although, this won’t impede our fun times as we head to Lichtenstein for the night!

This picturesque alpine country is so small, it’s one of the least visited in Europe – which makes it pretty special and definitely unique in our eyes! We’ll arrive into Vaduz mid to late afternoon. Its compact size makes it easy to explore, from charming streets to the iconic Vaduz Castle with stunning mountain views. Despite its small stature, Vaduz packs a cultural punch and we’ll spend the rest of the day getting lost in some incredibly amazing back streets!

Let’s find a little local restaurant and try their national dish Käsknöpfle, kind of like a crepe but served with a local cheese, fried or caramelised onions and an apple puree. Weird but wonderful!

Included activities: Liechtenstein walking tour
Accommodation: Shared rooms in unique local hostel

Day 26: Vaduz to Munich

Bratwurst and Bier Stube – Bavarian style!

It’s up and at ‘em as we continue our Alps n Cheese adventure and head into Bavaria, Germany!

We arrive in Munich in time for a late lunch so save some appetite for the Bratwurst! Some would even say that Munich is the true home of the modern brewhouse culture! What we do know is that Munich is heavily steeped in tradition and offers us a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in all things Bavarian!

After dropping our bags at our accommodation we’ll head out for an afternoon city walk and back it up with a fun Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour! We’ll hit up the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum and appreciate the Bavarian brewing culture by visiting beer gardens, beer halls, and the famous Hofbrauhaus!

Included activities: Beer and Oktoberfest Museum, Bavarian beer tour
Accommodation: Triple and quad share central hostel

Day 27: Munich - Bavaria Romantic Road

Day tripping amongst the best of Bavaria

Today we switch our trains for a bus as we head out on a full 1 day road trip to visit two exceptionally picturesque mediaeval villages along Germany’s ‘Romantic Road’. First stop of the day is the insta worthy Harburg Castle (tour optional, own expense), home to one of the oldest, largest and most well-preserved castles in Southern Germany! We’ll then make the picture-perfect historical township of Rothenburg for lunch – considered the most perfectly preserved mediaeval town in the whole of Europe. You can wander around the old city, walk the city wall, admire the views from the look-out and enjoy a Bavarian beer in a local beer garten!

We arrive back to Munich late, but the evening is yours to explore at your own leisure!

Included activities: Bavarian Romantic Road tour, Harburg and Rothenburg castles
Accommodation: Triple and quad share central hostel

Day 28: Munich to Salzburg

Schnapps and Grüner Veltliners amongst baroque

We make quick work of our trip between Munich and Salzburg, leaving mid morning and arriving just on lunch, in time to find an eatery which serves a traditional Salzburger Nockerl.

Salzburg, Austria is a cultural charmer known for its baroque beauty, Mozart’s birthplace, and must-see attractions like the Old Town and Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Your fantastic guide will take you on a historical journey this afternoon so that you can enjoy Salzburg both by day, and then after dark! It’s also our last night on the trip so lets make it a memorable one by enjoying a meal out together, soaking in the atmosphere, dining on Bosna, and downing a few Grüner Veltliners or Schnapps in the old town!

Included activities: Salzburg exploration
Accommodation: triple and quad share central hostel

Day 29: Salzburg

A symphony of hellos as our Norther and Eastern journey begins!

As we bid farewell to those departing after the Cheese n Alps route, we seize the much-needed opportunity to sleep in, reconnect with old friends on Instagram, and hastily tackle some laundry because this afternoon, our extraordinary journey northward continues.

In the enchanting city of Salzburg, we welcome those joining us for the Northern Stomp and embark on a guided stroll through its streets. Here, UNESCO heritage sites abound, mirroring the harmonious notes of a symphony, while the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress stands sentinel like a vigilant conductor overseeing the orchestra.

With its skyline graced by the majestic Austrian Alps and Mozart’s legacy imbued in every cobblestone, Salzburg sets the stage for our grand Northern European adventure. While tonight may not see us painting the town red, it’s more about a subtle pastel hue as we gather for a group meal, paving the way for the exciting journey ahead tomorrow!

Included activities: guided Salzburg walking tour
Accommodation: Triple share central hostel

Day 30: Salzburg to Vienna

Where elegance, history and cuisine blend in perfect harmony.

Enjoy the flavours and ambiance of this elegant city, where history and cuisine come together in perfect harmony.

We have an earlyish departure today, so I hope last night wasn’t too outrageous! It’s a short trip (approx. 3 hours) to Vienna, the magnificent capital of Austria, and a city that seamlessly blends architectural grandeur and culture together. Stay close to the window, the views are going to be spectacular!

Whether you’re a history buff, a music lover, or just a foodie, Vienna’s is a great stop full of immersive experiences. We arrive around lunch, so we’ll head to our accommodation, stow our luggage and optimise our time here with an amazing walking tour amongst Vienna’s historical streets, and as the day transitions into the evening, we recommend your local culinary adventure begins with a classic and iconic Austrian dish – Wiener Schnitzel!

Included activities: Guided Vienna walking tour
Accommodation: Quad and triple share central hotel

Day 31: Vienna to Prague

A charming fairytale city

Good afternoon! Yes, today you have the whole morning to continue strolling through Vienna. Gotta say, it’s a perfect opportunity to try a local Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel) in the old city. Our train to Prague departs after midday, arriving into Prague in the early evening. It’s a scenic journey so relax and enjoy the comfort of train travel!

Prague, the Czech Republic’s capital, is a fairy tale come to life. Imagine charming cobblestone streets, epic castles, and history seeping from every building. The Old Town Square is electric, and Charles Bridge is a masterpiece, a truly magical European city!

You can join our guide on his/her wanderings to find a local eatery, or have some space to explore on your own. Prague at night is a fairytale come to life, a magical atmosphere with charming streets, historic architecture, and vibrant nightlife. You’re in for a memorable evening in this beautiful city, with no rush to see it all as we have a full day to explore tomorrow too!

Accommodation: Deluxe apartment or hotel

Day 32: Prague

Explore one of Europe’s finest cities

Ok, let’s get local! We kick off with a comprehensive local walking tour, delving into the city’s hugely entertaining history and culture.

Prague has always attracted iconic names and travellers wanting a more authentic European experience. From film locations to hilarious anecdotes, we’ll beat the feet and take a journey to uncover stories, rumours and folklore about visiting musicians such as the Rolling Stones, great political scandals, Russian invasion blunders, and why the Czech have a crazy love for beer. There may even be a ghost story or two!

So we join many other explorers, travellers, musicians, artists, and Hollywood stars, who have experienced the city’s culture and architectural beauty. Your U.Guide will take you to loads of seriously great Insta locations for the best photo opportunities from castles to clock towers! And because we like beer, and because the locals like beer, we’ll find a beer house to experience a medieval tavern show to finish the day!

Included activities: Guided local Prague walking tour, Medieval Tavern dinner
Accommodation: Central apartment or Hotel

Day 33: Prague to Krakow

Grand historic and cultural centre

It had to happen eventually… we’ll spend much of the day today transitioning between Prague and Krakow. So grab a seat that you know you’re going to be comfortable in and settle in for a super relaxing scenic day as we take in picturesque landscapes along the way.

We arrive early into Krakow in the early evening and we’ll make our way directly to our accommodation. We have a full day to explore Krakow tomorrow, so tonight we’ll head out as a group to find a local spot to try Bigos Stew – a hearty ‘Hunters’ dish nearly always containing sauerkraut, polish sausage and fresh cabbage.

Krakow has a vibrant nightlife, renowned for its bustling and diverse entertainment scene, so you have the freedom to explore and enjoy the night in your own way. Save some energy for tomorrow, you have a big day ahead of you!

Accommodation: quad share central hostel

Day 34: Krakow and Auschwitz

A inspirational U. Impact! Experience

Krakow lies on the banks of the Vistula River, in a valley at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, and dates back to the 7th century. Often voted one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, UNESCO declared Karków’s Old Town with Wawel Royal Castle a World Heritage Site in 1978. The first UNESCO Heritage Site in the world!

But here is where we pause to learn and understand a small part of human history that has had a profound effect on our world today – WW2. Today you have the option to take a journey to Auschwitz, or stay local and explore the historical township.

Option 1: Take a U.Impact Experience tour that explores the historical significance of Auschwitz & Birkenau, followed by a trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mines. We encourage you to be brave and take this trip to the most famous Nazi concentration camp of WW2, where you’ll gain profound insights into the history and the horrors that mark this important site. We believe that from being courageous and open minded, we can learn from experiencing these past horrors first hand. On the way home, we’ll take a breath, reset and celebrate the creativity of the awe-inspiring Wieliczka Salt Mines, where local artists have carved incredible chambers and sculptures from salt.

Option 2:  For those wanting to stay local, we’ll head out on a Krakow Bike Tour. This 3-hour adventure takes you to a remarkable 25 sites around Krakow. It’s a perfect way to discover the city’s history while enjoying the freedom of cycling. Stops along the way include the former ghetto and the historic Old Town, each offering a unique window into Krakow’s rich past.

Whether you choose to delve into history’s darker chapters or prefer to explore the city by bike, your day in Krakow promises to be both educational and memorable! Tonight let’s reconnect as a group and share the stories of the day over a shred meal. We suggest trying sernik krakowski – a typical cheesecake, or torcik piszyngier – a Polish dessert made of crispy wafer with a splash of liquor.

Included activities: U! Impact Experience Auschwitz & Birkenau
Accommodation: Quad share central hostel

Day 35: Krakow to Warsaw

Trendy towns and a rewarding night out!

It’s up and at ‘em as we leave relatively early for the Polish capital, Warsaw. It’s another beautiful journey through rolling landscapes before arriving late morning, giving us the whole day to explore the trendy vibes of another UNESCO historical old city! Rich heritage merges with a lively art and emerging cuisine culture which makes for a fun city adventure. Your U.Guide will again take to the streets and lead you through the old city to explore the very best historical and cultural locations. We spend the most part of the day meandering the streets and investigating the sites.

Warsaw is known for its diverse entertainment options, from trendy bars to lively clubs, and offers a unique blend of traditional and contemporary Polish culture. We only have one night here, so we suggest hitting a few of the more lively bars in the old city!

Included activities: Guided Warsaw walking tour
Accommodation: Twin and triple central city hotel

Day 36: Warsaw to Berlin

Legendary nightlife and cultural immersion

Taking into account a few of us may have ‘post night out’ sore heads this morning, we’ll catch a slightly later midday train to the vibrant capital of Germany. It is, after all, all about balance of having fun and experiences! We arrive in Berlin in the early evening in time to embrace the city’s eclectic nightlife and vibrant atmosphere – from energetic underground clubs to historic pubs and trendy bars.

If you are into EDM and clubbing then stay out and enjoy yourself (but please be safe!). Berlin is a surprisingly funky city with many of the clubs honouring the “authenticity, openness and acceptance as the core values of Berlin’s club culture”.

We love inclusivity in all its forms so tonight is yours to be exactly whoever or whatever you want to be!

Accommodation: Twin and triple in awesome East Berlin hostel

Day 37: Berlin

A fusion of history and modern cool!

Berlin is so much more than the history of ‘West vs East’. Yes, there are monumentally significant sites to behold, from the remains of the Berlin Wall, to Hitlers Bunker and Checkpoint Charlie. But Berlin is also a hive of modern art with super cool galleries and street art everywhere. Our immersive discovery tour this morning promises a unique and unapologetic perspective on the city’s history, complete with raw humour and candid storytelling. It’s a big day, and we’ll stop along the way to refuel.

In the late afternoon, you have the freedom to explore Berlin on your own. The city offers a wide array of attractions, from its iconic landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate to its numerous museums, parks, and cultural venues.

Included activities: Berlin guided walking tour and local street art scene
Accommodation: Twin and triple in awesome East Berlin hostel

Day 38: Berlin to Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the city that truly never sleeps

After a relaxed start, we hop on the direct mid morning train to Amsterdam. Arriving late afternoon, we have time to wander many of the 165 canals and enjoy our last meal together, reflecting on the incredible experiences we’ve shared throughout our Northern Stomp Rail Trail adventure.

As a group, your guide will walk you through De Wallen, the medieval city centre, bustling with narrow alleys, old school bars and surrounded by canals and the neon lights of the red-light district. It’s up to you how the night progresses from there and we give you space to enjoy the delights and embrace the local culture.

Included activities: Guided Amsterdam walking tour
Accommodation: Quad and triple rooms in central hostel

Day 39: Depart Amsterdam

Good bye, farewell, & safe travels

Auf wiedersehen, lebewohl und gute reise…
Do widzenia, żegnamy i bezpiecznej podróży…
Tot ziens, tot ziens en veilige reis…
Sbohem, sbohem a bezpečné cestování…

It’s departure day, and we wish you all the best on your onward journeys. We hope your time with us on the Northern Stomp has been fun, adventurous, insightful and full of happy meaningful travel memories.

You’ve toured iconic cities, and breathed in the magical atmosphere of many of Europes UNESCO sites. You’ve experienced the incredible sadness and bone deep loss of war, but balanced it with an insightful peek into a world of creativity where strength and inclusion have grown from adversity. You’ve enjoyed many traditional and authentic meals and drunk in local taverns and bars.

You have, over 11 days, experienced new and fabulous cultures and we bet you’ve grown as a person.  And you have done and experienced all of this while travelling responsibly and as sustainably as you could. Congratulations!

Is this trip all drinking?

Absolutely not. We realise it sounds like we are one big party with beers in Beligum and wine in France and so on. But, so many of our travellers do not actually drink at all. We like to try all the different specialties, but there is absolutely no need for you too if you don’t want to and you are certainly not missing out on anything if you don’t drink. U. trips are about learning new cultures, improving yourself, getting immersed in the local way of life – we are not about drinking your way around Europe!

How common is access to ATMs?

There will be ATMs at every destination on this trip. It can cost up to €5 euro per transaction to draw money out so we suggest you draw a little bit more at one time.

How much should I budget for meals and spending money?

If you are a big boy with a healthy appetite, you may need to budget on 40-60 € a day for food + (some) alcoholic drinks. You’ll get well fed for that as an average pasta dish costs, depending on the restaurant, between 10 and 15 € a dish in France and €7 and €12 in Italy. Most travellers can travel for around 30 to 40 € per day.

In both France and Italy we also like to grab a fresh baguette and some local cheeses and salamis, or fresh fruit, from the local markets and make our own meals. This works well on the trains too where we often travel over lunch time.

How do I get to Amsterdam and from Milan

Talk to the U. crew as we can book you flights directly to Amsterdam or from Milan from almost any major city in the world. As well there is a lot of discount airlines in Europe such as Ryan Air, Easy Jet, German Wings and Volotea that fly around Europe. The Eurostar train goes from London to Amsterdam, and there is also an excellent overnight train from Milan to Paris should you need them.

What if I’m allergic to Gluten?

Finding GF easily in Italy is an exception rather than the norm. Italian cuisine will always have a meat or fish dish so there is always food available. Your U.Guide will know how to ask for a GF option so stick close to them and remind them early!

Total European immersion through Netherlands, Belgium, France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and Poland

Embark on an immersive journey through Europe, delving deep into local experiences as you hop on and off trains, meet locals, and immerse yourself in everything each destination has to offer.

Begin your adventure amidst the medieval marvels of Amsterdam and Bruges before heading south. Paris will captivate you with its charm and allure, while Lyon adds a spicy twist with games of Pétanque, Segway wine tours, and sumptuous feasts fit for royalty. Avignon, Nice, and Monaco beckon with VIP beach vibes, lavish accommodations, and breathtaking sunsets.

Italy steals the spotlight with 10 days of pizza-fueled adventures. From the historical wonders of Rome to the artistic treasures of Florence, the dreamy canals of Venice, the enchanting landscapes of Tuscany, the romantic allure of Verona, and the picture-perfect beauty of Cinque Terre, each moment promises to be unforgettable.

Then, it’s time for an Alpine escapade! Swiss train rides reveal the grandeur of the Matterhorn, the charm of Grindelwald, the wonders of Lauterbrunnen, the vibrant vibes of Zurich, and the medieval magic of Lucerne. Heart-pounding adventures await in Interlaken, while Vaduz surprises with hidden charms in Liechtenstein. And let’s not forget the cheese and chocolate – indulgences aplenty!

Bavaria and Austria add sizzle to your journey with savoring bratwursts, sampling beer, exploring romantic castles, and immersing yourself in the cultural symphonies of Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. Dive into the wonders of Krakow and Warsaw by both day and night, and pay homage to history with a poignant visit to Auschwitz.

Finally, rock across Northern Europe, exploring Berlin’s vibrant art scene by day and experiencing its wild alter ego by night, before concluding your life-changing almost six-week guided train adventure amidst the eclectic charm of Amsterdam. This journey promises to showcase the absolute best of Europe and create memories to last a lifetime!

A train-hopping journey from medieval wonders to sun-soaked splendors, sampling local flavors and cultural delights along the way.

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Always included: 

  • Travel with a company dedicated to working towards 100% climate-neutral travel
  • Professional travel experts and local guides
  • Packing list and advice
  • All entrances and fees for experiences, as listed in the itinerary
  • All tour accommodation

Experiences:

  • 5 countries, 17 cities/towns
  • All accommodation and train transport – no extra supplements
  • Amazing guided walking tours in Amsterdam, Bruge, Paris, Lyon, Avignon, Nice, Milan, Pisa, Rome, Florence, and Venice
  • Day trip to Eze, Monaco, Cannes and the French Riviera
  • Segway and wine tour in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France
  • UNESCO sites across Western Europe
  • Games of pétanque, drinks on the coast, sunsets and sunrises, Promenade des Anglais, Roman theatres and historical bridges
  • Picturesque train rides through the Rhone Valley and the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur
  • Perfume making and baguette baking
  • Evening Cruise on the Seine, Paris
  • Belgium chocolates and Belgium beer breweries
  • Tuscan wine and food explorer tour
  • Murano artisan glass blowing
  • Cocktails and spritzer tasting
  • Learn to cook like a local in Rome
  • Leather markets in Florence
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Cinque Terra village hike
  • Juliet’s balcony in Verona
  • Local giro do baccari in Venice

Optional Activities:

  • Moulin Rouge cabaret
  • The secrets of French baking experience

U. Impact! Experience:

  • River cleanup in Paris

Transport:

  • Trains
  • Bus
  • Segway
  • Boat
  • Feet

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