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London to Budapest by Train

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The one that takes you on an epic train adventure through Europe, including London, Paris, Berlin & Budapest

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  • Duration

    15 days

  • Countries

    7 Countries

  • Meals

    14 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Train

  • Group Size

    Maximum 24 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest

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About this trip

This one makes tracks through some of Europe's coolest cities, taking the train from London to Budapest and spending time in dreamy Paris, quirky Amsterdam, bohemian Prague and opulent Vienna along the way. Foodie walking tours, street art, e-scooter tours, Berlin's iconic nightlife & a dinner cruise on the Danube are just a few of the highlights, while scenic train rides show you authentic Europe from a classic mode of transport.

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Map & Itinerary

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  • Trip day
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  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    London

  2. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  3. 2 2 nights

    Amsterdam

  4. 2 2 nights

    Berlin

  5. 2 2 nights

    Prague

  6. 2 2 nights

    Vienna

  7. 2 2 nights

    Budapest

DAY 1 - Arrive London

London

Your European train adventure begin here in the famous city of London. Tonight we'll get to know each other over a three course dinner in London's premier entertainment district, the West End. Cheers!

Stay

Ibis Styles Gloucester Road (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Enjoy a 3-course meal in London's West End

DAY 2 - London

London

We'll get started early this morning on our London adventures with a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER™ experience - a not-for-profit tour of iconic Covent Garden and London's West End, hosted by the men and women who once lived on the streets of London. They know this grand old capital better than anyone, and will show you the secrets of London's historic hidden alleys not usually seen by tourists. Then you have a free day to explore this city your way - head to Southbank to check out the London Eye, the Thames, views of Big Ben and the famous skyline, browse the stalls at Portobello Road or Camden Stables Market, stroll through Hyde Park or Hampstead Heath, promenade on Primrose Hill, or explore some of the world famous exhibits at the V&A and Natural History Museum. Early this evening you have the option to join an East End food walking tour around Brick Lane, tasting British, European and international street food from pie & mash to Jewish-style filled beigels and the UK's number one favourite dish, curry.

Stay

Ibis Styles Gloucester Road (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take an ‘Unseen Tour’ of Covent Garden, hosted by ex-homeless & vulnerably housed Londoner (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • East End Food Tour

DAY 3 - London to Paris

London

Say ta-ra to the Thames after your buffet breakfast. It's time to hop on the Eurostar through the channel tunnel to Paris today.

Paris

An iconic train journey later, and we're in Paris. We'll waste get no time getting acquainted with the city's 'ooh la la' worthy sites with a free afternoon to see the icons and maybe check out one of Paris's coolest neighbourhoods, Montmartre or Le Marais, close to our hotel. You can even take an optional E-Scooter tour and whizz between the city's most quintessential sites on two wheels.

Stay

Ibis Styles Gare de l’Est Château Landon (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glide around Paris on an E-scooter, touring the icons on two wheels with a local guide

    EUR 29.00

DAY 4 - Paris

Paris

We'll start the next morning with an optional patisserie walking tour, winding our way around the cutest cafes in Paris while enjoying an array of delicate flaky creations. Afterwards, we'll have all day to explore. Want to see the Mona Lisa in the Louvre? Aching to get a snap of the Arc de Triomphe?  The city is yours to uncover. How does a picnic in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower sound? As evening draws in, our hearts will be stolen by the city of love, and that's before we get an option to end on a high, watching dancers, acrobats and singers whizz by at an authentic Parisian cabaret show - with an included dinner, of course. Can you can can?

Stay

Ibis Styles Gare de l’Est Château Landon (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore Paris through Tasty pastries with a Patisserie Walking Tour

    EUR 22.00

  • Cabaret Dinner and Show Year Round

    From EUR 124.00

DAY 5 - Paris to Amsterdam

Paris

Another day, another train journey to an incredible European city...

Amsterdam

Pulling into Amsterdam, we'll immediately fall in love with the cute gable houses, canals, neo-Gothic architecture and friendly locals. First up, an option to sample cocktails whilst cruising the UNESCO World Heritage Listed canals of Amsterdam. In the evening, we'll head to Foodhallen, with its eclectic bars, live music and art exhibitions and sample some of the best food in Europe.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam North Riverside (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Grab dinner in Amsterdam’s famous Foodhallen – a street food market full of Europe’s best food

DAY 6 - Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Rise and shine! This morning you'll have the option to get an exclusive morning entry pass to the A'Dam Tower and Swing, skipping the queues to enjoy epic views over the sprawling city below. The rest of the day is all about exploration - from Anne Frank's museum to the Heineken Factory. You'll also have the option to captain your own boat down the canals. Then, the night is yours to explore this vibrant city and experience its legendary nightlife.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam North Riverside (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Captain your own electric boat along the canals of Amsterdam and explore the city at your own pace (Summer departures only)

    EUR 28.00

  • Gain exclusive access to the A'DAM Lookout Tower & Swing and get an enthralling view of the city

    EUR 15.00

  • Dine on family recipes in the homes of locals with EatWith Amsterdam

    EUR 43.00

DAY 7 - Amsterdam to Berlin

Amsterdam

You've been a blast, Amsterdam, but we're making tracks for the next adventure today.

Berlin

Hallo Berlin! This eclectic, richly historical and culturally charming city will blow us away as soon as we arrive. We'll waste no time in checking out the cutting-edge culinary scene. Berlin is considered the vegan capital of Europe... and there is plenty for the carnivores too! Then the evening is yours to explore the city's world-famous nightlife. The buzzing scene here is a joyous tribute to German reunification, and since the fall of the Berlin Wall the city has staked its claim as the techno capital of the world.

Stay

Moxy Humboldthain (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included dinner at a local restaurant

DAY 8 - Berlin

Berlin

This morning we'll get to enjoy an exclusive Contiki Cares experience with a social enterprise called Refugee Voices, learning from young refugees on a fascinating walking tour that draws parallels between the city's turbulent past and the situation in modern Syria. The rest of the day is yours - why not spend the afternoon eating your way through Berlin's hipster Kreuzberg district?

Stay

Moxy Humboldthain (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Refugee Voices: A guided tour of Berlin with refugee hosts to give a fresh perspective on the city’s turbulent history (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take an alternative walking tour and uncover a different side to Berlin (Summer Departures Only)

    EUR 26.00

DAY 9 - Berlin to Prague

Berlin

Berlin you've been a blast, but we're making tracks for new adventures today, jumping on the train to Prague.

Prague

Arriving in Prague, we'll explore the cobblestones, cathedrals and castles on a walking tour, before refuelling with a traditional Czech dinner in an spectacular converted wine cellar. Believe us when we say that the beer here is the best in Europe.

Stay

Meet Me 23 (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a guided walking tour through the winding cobbled streets of Prague and the grand Prague Castle District

  • Enjoy an included traditional Czech dinner in a converted wine cellar

DAY 10 - Prague

Prague

Make the most of your free day today by signing up for a morning bicycle tour, the perfect way to navigate the narrow alleyways and quaint corners of the city otherwise forgotten. Afterwards, maybe catch the tram to one of Prague's outer neighbourhoods like hipster Vršovice, boasting art nouveau buildings, offbeat coffee haunts and streets lined with communal pianos. Prague is a paradise for beer lovers and in the afternoon you have the chance for a local expert to take you on a tour of some of Prague's coolest and best micro-breweries.

Stay

Meet Me 23 (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the cobbled streets of Prague on two wheels with a city bike tour (Summer Only)

    EUR 23.50

  • Taste beers & Czech out some of Prague’s best beers on a craft beer tour

    EUR 29.00

DAY 11 - Prague to Vienna

Prague

We're jumping on another train today and making our way to Austria.

Vienna

Ah Vienna! We'll kick things off in this grand capital with a walking tour and explore the opulent classical architecture and wide streets. Summer evenings can be spent like a local, watching the sun set over the Donaukanal at a gorgeous beach bar. In the winter, cosy up in a classic Viennese coffee house.

Stay

A&O Hauptbahnhof (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Sightseeing walking tour of Vienna

  • Check out Vienna's 'beach bars' where the locals like to hang

DAY 12 - Vienna

Vienna

Waking up in the stunning capital of Vienna, a city known for its coffee culture and baroque architecture, we'll have plenty of adventures to pursue today. Opt to take a Kick Bike tour to explore the city's heritage-rich streets and buildings on two wheels. Finish your day at one of the world's most historic theme parks: Prater, and eat some schnitzels in the leafy surrounding park.

Stay

A&O Hauptbahnhof (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the spectacular city of Vienna on two wheels with a Kick Bike tour

    EUR 34.00

  • Eat Schnitzels & take thrill rides at one of the world's oldest theme parks, Prater in Vienna

    EUR 34.00

DAY 13 - Vienna to Budapest

Vienna

Today we're making our way to Hungary!

Budapest

Another scenic train ride will take us into the grandeur of Budapest. Tonight, something a bit different, as we have the option to escape the masses and cook dinner with the locals. This immersive, fully interactive experience will bring us closer than ever before to Hungary’s rich history and culinary culture.

 

 

 

Stay

A&O Budapest City (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Learn how to make authentic Hungarian dishes and dine with the locals with an immersive cooking class

    EUR 43.50

DAY 14 - Budapest

Budapest

This morning choose to learn about the past & present of Hungarian history and culture culminating at Budapest's most famous thermal baths - Szechenyi - enjoying the most traditional spa experience in the world. The water here is supplied by 2 thermal springs to make up the largest medicinal baths in Europe. Tonight we'll enjoy the best way to experience the city's flamboyant architecture, as we take a dreamy nighttime cruise down the Danube, getting to see all of Budapest's historical buildings from the water as we enjoy an authentic feast.
 

Stay

A&O Budapest City (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a step back into Budapest’s dark history with a guided tour & soak your worries away in the famous Széchenyi traditional thermal baths

    EUR 32.00

  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast

    EUR 43.00

DAY 15 - End Budapest

Budapest

Today we say farewell to our Contiki family and our European adventure, but we'll stay in touch, and we'll no doubt be back soon enough.

Top Experiences

9 included & 15 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Take an ‘Unseen Tour’ of Covent Garden, hosted by ex-homeless & vulnerably housed Londoner (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

    Included

    London

  • Eat With Amsterdam

    EUR 43.00

    Amsterdam

  • Refugee Voices: A guided tour of Berlin with refugee hosts to give a fresh perspective on the city’s turbulent history (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

    Included

    Berlin

  • Explore the spectacular city of Vienna on two wheels with a Kick Bike tour

    EUR 34.00

    Vienna

  • Learn how to make authentic Hungarian dishes and dine with the locals with an immersive cooking class

    EUR 43.50

    Budapest

  • Captain your own electric boat along the canals of Amsterdam and explore the city at your own pace

    EUR 28.00

    Amsterdam

London to Budapest by Train

9 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Enjoy a 3-course meal in London's West End
  • Take an ‘Unseen Tour’ of Covent Garden, hosted by ex-homeless & vulnerably housed Londoner (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)
  • Grab dinner in Amsterdam's famous Foodhallen - a street food market full of Europe's best food
  • Included dinner at a local restaurant
  • Refugee Voices: A guided tour of Berlin with refugee hosts to give a fresh perspective on the city’s turbulent history (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)
  • Take a guided walking tour through the winding cobbled streets of Prague
  • Enjoy an included traditional Czech dinner in a converted wine cellar
  • Sightseeing walking tour of Vienna
  • Check out Vienna's 'beach bars' where the locals like to hang (Summer Departures Only)

15 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • East End Food Tour
  • Glide around Paris on an E-scooter, touring the icons on two wheels with a local guide EUR 29.00
  • Paris Patisserie Tour EUR 22.00
  • Cabaret Dinner and Show Year Round From EUR 124.00
  • Captain your own electric boat along the canals of Amsterdam and explore the city at your own pace EUR 28.00
  • Gain exclusive access to the A'DAM Lookout Tower & Swing and get an enthralling view of the city EUR 15.00
  • Eat With Amsterdam EUR 43.00
  • Alternative Berlin (Summer Departures Only) EUR 26.00
  • Explore the cobbled streets of Prague on two wheels with a city bike tour (Summer Departures Only) EUR 23.50
  • Microbrewery Tour EUR 29.00
  • Explore the spectacular city of Vienna on two wheels with a Kick Bike tour EUR 34.00
  • Eat Schnitzels & take thrill rides at one of the world's oldest theme parks, Prater in Vienna EUR 34.00
  • Learn how to make authentic Hungarian dishes and dine with the locals with an immersive cooking class EUR 43.50
  • Szechenyi Baths and Walking Tour EUR 32.00
  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast EUR 43.00

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