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  • Highlights of Berlin, Prague and Vienna rail tour

    Berlin

    Prague

    Vienna

    Highlights of Berlin, Prague and Vienna rail tour

    7 nights/8 days
    Berlin – Prague – Vienna

    This rail touring holiday offers highlights of three historical central and Eastern European cities in seven nights: Berlin, Prague and Vienna. Begin your rail holiday in Germany, exploring its capital, Berlin, before travelling south to Prague and the ancient capital of Bohemia. Your third destination is the capital of Austria and once focal city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
    This luxury touring holiday by train begins with your arrival in Berlin either by air or rail. You spend 2 nights in the German capital, Berlin, which allows you time to discover the plethora of museums, galleries, architecture and gardens that the city has to offer. The momentous events of recent history that Berlin has witnessed are ever-present, from the still obvious socialist architecture of Alexanderplatz, the old crossing point of Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial, the Soviet War Memorial and Bebelplatz where books were burned in 1933. Berlin is a vast and imposing city. Dresden, the capital of the state of Saxony, is rich in history and is easily explored on foot or by bicycle. From Berlin, you proceed south to the Czech capital, Prague. Explore Prague’s charming and cobbled lanes. Cultural highlights include Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and Old Town Square. From Prague, it is a train journey of about 4 hours to the Austrian capital, Vienna. Vienna, on the banks of the River Danube and at the heart of central European history since the Roman times. Vienna never fails to impress and satisfy the visitor eager for historical and cultural references. ‘Dream and reality’ still resonate and your days in Vienna can be filled with a mixture of galleries, museums, opera, concerts or eating and drinking in a ‘Heuriger’ in the Vienna Woods. The history of Vienna can be witnessed in the Roman Museum, the Neidhart frescoes dating from the 1400s, the mediaeval Basiliskenhaus, the Imperial Palace and the numerous Jugendstil buildings, and of course in the City of Vienna museum. You can return to London by air, or by overnight sleeper train to Cologne and then a daytime service via Brussels and Eurostar to London. If seven nights is not long enough for the things you want to see in each city, let us extend it for you by as many nights as you want in any place, or switch the three nights in Vienna for three nights in Berlin or Prague instead.

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    Sample Prices
    Out by rail, return by rail

    Rail from London to Berlin, Berlin to Prague, Prague to Vienna, Vienna to Cologne by sleeper train (2 berth), then Cologne to London.
    Standard class on Eurostar London to Brussels return and second class on all other trains included.
    Stay in 4-star hotels (Myer’s Hotel Berlin, Hotel BoHo, Prague, Hotel Kaiserhof, Vienna)
    Prices from £1,960 per person
    Stay in 5-star hotels (Hotel de Rome Berlin, Hotel Paris Prague, Hotel Bristol, Vienna)
    Prices from £2,195 per person
    Supplement: Standard premier on Eurostar and first class on all other trains £310 per person
    Out and back by air, rail in between
    By air to Berlin, second class rail from Berlin to Prague, Prague to Vienna, by air Vienna to London.
    Stay in 4-star hotels (Myer’s Hotel Berlin, Hotel BoHo, Prague, Hotel Kaiserhof, Vienna)
    Prices from £1,690 per person
    Stay in 5-star hotels (Hotel de Rome Berlin, Hotel Paris Prague, Hotel Bristol, Vienna)
    Prices from £1,935 per person
    Supplement: First class rail travel between cities £110 per person
    What’s included
    Scheduled flights or rail travel from the UK to Berlin and flight from Vienna to the UK
    Or train travel from London to Berlin, Vienna to London including sleeper service to Cologne.
    Train travel from Berlin to Prague, Prague to Vienna. 
    First or second-class travel on all trains
    Accommodation in a double or twin room based on two people sharing with
    2 nights’ bed and breakfast in Berlin
    2 nights’ bed and breakfast in Prague
    3 nights’ bed and breakfast in Vienna
    What’s not included
    Transfers in any cities. We recommend taking a taxi to your hotel for speed and cost.
    Click the tabs above to view our suggested day-by-day touring itinerary and to find out more about the hotels featured.

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    Highlights of Berlin, Prague and Vienna rail tour

    Day-by-Day Itinerary
    Berlin – Prague – Vienna
    DAY ONE: Travel from the UK to Berlin

    Begin your holiday by travelling to Berlin by air or by rail. If you opt to travel by rail, you catch an early morning Eurostar from London to Brussels. After a change of trains in Brussels, carry on to Cologne, where you will change trains once more before arriving in Berlin in the evening. Check in to your hotel for 2 nights.
    DAY TWO: Berlin
    You have one full day to explore Berlin at your leisure. Berlin has a fascinating history stretching back hundreds of years although it is really for its more recent history that it is best known. Berlin has been at the epicentre of two world wars and the Cold War in the course of the 20th Century and is now the capital of a re-united Germany. Its rich history means that there is a vast amount to discover. Major attractions include The Reichstag, German Parliament, which was built in the 19th century and destroyed in 1933 and Brandenburg Gate, which was inspired by the Acropolis in Athens, and at the head of the long boulevard, Unter den Linden (named after the rows of linden trees planted almost 400 years ago). Another important cultural place of interest is Museum Island where 5 museums are located. These include the Pergamon Museum which houses 3 separate collections; the Museum of Antiquities (from Greece and Rome), the Museum of Near Eastern Antiquities and the Museum of Islamic Art as well as Neues Museum which hosts Egyptian and prehistoric items. Apart from all of the museums that the city has to offer, Berlin is also home to one of the oldest zoos in Germany situated in Tiergarten park. Why not take a stroll by the Landwehr Canal which is seven miles in length which will take you through some of the cities sights including Kreuzberg’s café-lined embankments and part of Tiergarten Park. Berlin is a very large city and covers an area of just under 900 sq kms.
    DAY THREE: Berlin to Prague by rail
    After 2 nights in Berlin, depart your hotel and board a direct train to Prague. The last stop in Germany is the pretty spa town of Bad Schandau and the first stop in Czech Republic is Decin where you can observe the Decin Castle. The river views continue as the train runs along the river Vlatava. On the approach to Prague, you may be able to spot Prague’s old town cathedral towers in the distance.
    DAY FOUR: Prague
    You have one full day in Prague to take in the city’s cultural highlights. Take a stroll across Charles Bridge as it spans the River Vltava and links the old town with the Mala Strana (lesser or little town) and continue uphill towards Prague Castle, one of the city’s most popular sights. St Vitus Cathedral is near to the castle and can be seen from around the city. Spend another day exploring Prague’s old town where you can enjoy Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock (dating from 1410 and the oldest astronomical clock in the world that is still working) and Wenceslas Square. Prague enjoys a cultural reputation of immense stature in Europe and there are numerous opera and concert performances that can be booked. Unique to Prague is the Laterna Magika where classical principles of non-verbal theatre mingle with dance, film images and black light theatre.
    DAY FIVE: Prague to Vienna by rail
    The service from Prague to Vienna takes about four hours. You can arrive in Vienna mid-afternoon and then check-in to your hotel.
    DAYS SIX AND SEVEN: In Vienna
    You have two full days to explore Vienna at leisure. Vienna, on the banks of the River Danube, has been at the heart of central European history since the Roman times. Vienna never fails to impress and satisfy the visitor eager for historical and cultural references. ‘Dream and reality’ still resonate and your days in Vienna can be filled with a mixture of galleries, museums, opera, concerts or eating and drinking in a ‘Heuriger’ in the Vienna Woods. The history of Vienna can be witnessed in the Roman Museum, the Neidhart frescoes dating from the 1400s, the mediaeval Basiliskenhaus, the Imperial Palace and the numerous Jugendstil buildings, and of course in the City of Vienna museum. The Hofburg contains numerous national collections from the Crown Jewels to the Imperial armoury. Take time to listen to the Mozart Orchestra playing in the Musikverein, and to enjoy coffee and cake at Demel’s. A fun way to see the sights of the city is to take a tram around the Ringstrasse, hopping off and on as you want.
    DAY EIGHT: Return to London
    At the end of the tour you can fly back to the UK or you can leave Vienna in the evening on the overnight sleeper train (2 berth cabin included) to Cologne. Arriving in Cologne in the morning, you transfer to the Brussels train and then on to London by Eurostar.
    Click the ‘Hotel Information’ tab to find out more about the hotels featured in this touring itinerary.

    Click the tabs above to find out more, or click here to download a pdf with full details of this rail touring holiday.

    Hotel information

    These are our personally selected, luxury hotels that are featured in this touring holiday. Alternative hotels are available in some destinations – please contact us for full details.
    Berlin
    Hotel de Rome - 5-star

    Hotel de Rome is located in the Mitte district, within walking distance of Museum Island and Brandenburg Gate. The building of the hotel was once home to the headquarters of Dresdner Bank and the jewel vault is now the hotels 20-metre indoor pool. The hotel also enjoys an Italian restaurant, rooftop terrace with views across Berlin and spa area with pool, sauna and steam room.
    Myers Hotel Berlin – 4-star
    Myers Hotel Berlin is located a short walk from Alexanderplatz and Museum Island in a quiet area. The hotel was built in the late 19th century and maintains a classical style throughout with parquet flooring and historical furniture. There is a small spa, breakfast area and lovely garden to relax in after a day of sight-seeing.
    Prague
    Hotel Paris Prague – 5-star

    Hotel Paris Prague is situated in the old town of Prague and was built in 1904 in neo-Gothic style with Art Nouveau influences. The hotel was declared a historical monument in 1984 and guests can enjoy elegantly appointed rooms with replicas of original furniture. There is also a restaurant which combines French cuisine with modern Czech specialities and small wellness centre.
    Hotel BoHo – 4-star
    Hotel BoHo is located steps away from the Old Town Square making it an excellent location for exploring Prague, the city of 100 spires. The restaurant offers a range of international dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere and rooms are comfortable and modern.
    Vienna
    Hotel Bristol – 5-star

    Hotel Bristol occupies a fantastic location opposite the State Opera House. Guests can enjoy traditional Austrian grandeur in features such as velvet furnishings and intricate chandeliers and experience the highest standard of luxury in every guest room.
    Hotel Kaiserhof – 4-star
    Hotel Kaiserhof Vienna is situated a few steps away from Naschmarkt and the State Opera House. The hotel is family-owned and enjoys 74 comfortable rooms and suites.
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