Europe by Train - 9 Day Tour
Travel to the most popular European countries by train on this well-planned 9-day escorted tour of England, France, and Belgium. Discover important landmarks, historic sites, and beautiful architecture as you tour capital cities, and admire the lush countryside as you connect each destination with travel aboard Europe's sleek trains.
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- One-way high-speed rail transportation aboard the Eurostar from London to Paris
- One-way high-speed rail transportation aboard the Thalys train from Paris to Brussels
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- 9 meals
- Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach
- Sightseeing including city tours of London, Paris, and Brussels
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling
- Tower Bridge
- St. Paul's Cathedral
- L'Arc de Triomphe
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Place de la Concord
- Maison du Roi
- French countryside
Days Two through Four Thistle Kensington Gardens Hotel, London, England
Days Five and Six Mercure Gare de Lyon, Paris, France (Mercure Montmartre in 2013)
Days Seven and Eight Scandic Grand Place Hotel or NH City Center, Brussels, Belgium
Get Ready for a Dream Vacation!
If you thought the glamour of Europe was out of reach, you're in for a treat! Join us for the vacation of a lifetime as we tour the glittering cities and beautiful countryside of England, France and Belgium. Discover a treasure trove of historic sites and architectural wonders as you tour Europe's most vibrant capitals. Browse world-class museums, shop for designer haute couture, and immerse yourself in Old World ambiance. Then sit back, relax, and take in panoramic vistas of lush countryside as you speed by rail to your next exciting destination. A truly indulgent international experience can be yours with our "Affordable Europe by Train"!
Hail, Britannia! Three Days in London
The city of Shakespeare and Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens and Winston Churchill, London is rich in history, but it's also a cosmopolitan capital on the cutting edge of culture. We begin our European adventure in this remarkable city with a tour of London's highlights, seeing Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square and Tower Bridge. Each stop on your tour is like a step back in time!
Once you've gotten the lay of the land in this vibrant city, you're free to explore on your own and discover the charm and style that makes London a top destination of travelers worldwide. Or if you crave a bit of the royal touch, join us for an optional tour of Queen Elizabeth II's residence at Windsor Castle, a stately structure built in the 11th century.
Immerse Yourself in the City of Light
From London, we hop aboard the Eurostar for a high-speed train ride under the English Channel and into the French countryside. Everywhere you look, you'll see picturesque tableaux familiar from art, history and film, from the colossal Arc de Triomphe to the gothic arches and glorious stained glass windows of the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
All of Paris is yours to explore! Stroll down the Champs-Elysees and browse the many stylish shops that line this famous avenue, or take a break in a sidewalk café for a cup of creamy café au lait and a pastry. Travelers with a taste for luxury can join the guide for an optional tour of the opulent Palace of Versailles, which served as the royal residence for France's kings and queens for more than a century.
Exploring the Continent: Belgium
We board our high-speed Thalys train and head northeast to Brussels, capital of Belgium, which is over 1,000 years old and today the administrative center of the European Union. A city tour of this most beautiful European city will begin in the medieval square, The Grand Place which is surrounded by ancient guild houses magnificently decorated with soaring gables, ornate facades and incredible carvings. Here you will see the historic Town Hall, a Gothic masterpiece and the Maison du Roi as well as the Manneken Pis statue (the popular symbol of Brussels).
While in Brussels you may also opt to tour Bruges and Ghent which has some of the best preserved Renaissance architecture in Europe. While in Bruges, enjoy the sights of many bridges, palaces, the Old Market square, and some of the art work in the Memling Museum. Ghent is a traditional Flemish university town, where Emperor Charles V was born. In the St. Bavo Cathedral you will have time to admire the superb Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, a masterpiece by Jan van Eyck.
Your European vacation will also include an excursion through the Belgian countryside and into the province of Limburg, The Netherlands (known as "Little Switzerland") and to the town of Maastricht. Founded more than 2,000 years ago, this charming Dutch town has an ancient history stretching back to Roman times. As a wealthy medieval center of weaving, its fortunes were coveted and controlled, first by Burgundians and then by Austria, Spain, France and Holland. Enjoy walking along narrow winding lanes of the Old Town, through medieval squares to the historic Town Hall and central Market square. Browse the many boutiques and inviting cafés before returning to Brussels. Don't miss out on this chance to experience the splendors of Europe!
Day 1 - Depart USA for Jolly Old England
Board your international flight for the trip across the Atlantic. (Air travel not included in tour cost)
Day 2 - London
Arrive in London and meet your tour manager and fellow traveling companions. Waste no time getting acquainted with the city. Enjoy a panoramic city tour featuring London's most remarkable sights. Highlights include Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, and Tower Bridge. Your tour ends at your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore the city at your own pace. This evening enjoy a group welcome dinner. Overnight Thistle Kensington Gardens. (D)
Day 3 - London At Your Leisure
The day is yours to explore London on your own. Take a ride on the London Eye for panoramic views of the city, visit Westminster Abbey, and see stately Big Ben. Or, you may wish to take an optional half-day excursion to Windsor Castle, which dates back to the 11th century and is one of the Queen's official residences. Overnight Thistle Kensington Gardens. (B)
Day 4 - London Sightseeing
Take advantage of another full day at your leisure to explore London's amazing museums and historic sites. Or, you may elect to take a full-day excursion that includes Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds with its well-tended gardens and thatched roof cottages, and the university city of Oxford. Overnight Thistle Kensington Gardens. (B)
Day 5 - Eurostar to Paris
After breakfast, transfer to St. Pancras Station and board the famed Eurostar for the trip to Paris via the Chunnel. Travel through the French countryside to Paris' Gare du Nord station and embark on a city tour of the City of Lights. Highlights include the Champs Elysses, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, and the Place de la Concorde. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the city on your own. Overnight Mercure Montmartre. (B)
Day 6 - Paris At Your Leisure
The day is yours to explore Paris at your own pace. Visit the city's chic shops that line the Champs Elysses, travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower for incredible aerial views of the city, visit the galleries at the Louvre, or sip a coffee at a sidewalk café. Or, you may wish to take an optional excursion to Versailles, once the residence for France's royalty. This evening you may elect to take an illumination cruise along the Seine River. Overnight Mercure Montmartre. (B)
Day 7 - Thalys Train to Brussels
After breakfast transfer to the Gare du Nord station and board the high-speed Thalys train for your journey to Brussel Midi. In 80 minutes, you'll step off the train onto the streets of Brussels' capital city and the seat of the European Union, the 1,000-year-old city of Belgium. Embark on a city tour beginning at the Grand Place, where you'll be surrounded by some of Europe's most beautiful architecture. Highlights of your tour include the historic Town Hall, the Maison du Roi and the Mannekin Pis statue, the popular symbol of Brussels. Your tour ends at your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Scandic Grand Place Hotel or NH City Center(B)
Day 8 - Brussels at Your Leisure
The day is yours to explore Brussels at your leisure. Visit popular sites including the Royal Palace, the Atomium built for the 1958 World's Fair, and Coudenberg, featuring the remains of a palace dating back to the Middle Ages. Shop the Rue Antoine Dansaert Straat or Avenue Louise for stylish boutiques and chic fashion. Or dine in one of the 2,000+ restaurants within the city limits. Or, you may wish to take an optional excursion to Bruges and Ghent, showcasing some of the best-preserved Renaissance architecture. Enjoy the sights in Bruge including the Old Market Square and artwork in the Memling Museum. In the Flemish university town of Ghent, visit St. Bavo Cathedral to admire Jan van Eyck's masterpiece, Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight Scandic Grand Place Hotel or NH City Center. (B, D)
Day 9 - Return Flight Home
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home or you may wish to extend your stay in Europe and travel to nearby cities.
Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy.
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For this tour, you are required to carry a valid passport with an expiration date no less than six (6) months after the scheduled return date.
A copy of your passport must be provided to Vacations By Rail at least 75 days prior to your departure. The name on your passport must match the first and last name on your reservation.
Non-U.S. citizens must consult with appropriate consulates to determine if any visas are needed and are responsible for obtaining all visas and entry documents.
Optional excursions are available and can be purchased while on tour in local currency. Your Tour Manager will have complete details.