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Trip Overview

Discover some of Europe’s beautiful cities and mountain scenery on this 12-day rail adventure. Visit modern Frankfurt then historic Heidelberg and Munich before tasting all things Sound of Music in Salzburg. Then you head to the Alpine heights via one of the most scenic rail routes in Europe from Innsbruck and Zurich and finish your holiday on a high with a trip up the awesome Mount Pilatus near Lucerne.

Highlights

Package Highlights:

  • Scale the Frankfurt Main Tower for some brilliant views
  • Visit the spectacular ruins of Heidelberg Castle
  • Enjoy a small beer or 2 at the world famous Hofbräuhaus am Platzl in Munich
  • Discover Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg
  • Enjoy a cable car round-trip to the top of Innsbruck
  • Travel through to Alps via the impressive Alberg Pass from Innsbruck to Zurich
  • Head to the top of Mount Pilatus via boat and cog railway (seasonal)

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail Travel as per itinerary
  • 1 night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Frankfurt
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Heidelberg
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Munich
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Salzburg
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Innsbruck
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lucerne
  • Small group walking tour of Heidelberg
  • Salzburg Card
  • Cable Car round-trip to the top of Innsbruck
  • Mount Pilatus Day Trip
Trip Map

Why Not...

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

Daily Itinerary:

DAY 1 – FRANKFURT
On arrival into Frankfurt make your way to your hotel for one night. Enjoy a stroll around the Altstadt (Old Town) and marvel at the impressive Römer – the 14th century town hall.  That evening perhaps venture up Frankfurt Main Tower to enjoy some great views before dinner. (Overnight Frankfurt)

DAY 2 – FRANKFURT TO HEIDELBERG
Make the 1hr train ride from Frankfurt to Heidelberg for a 2-night stay.  Heidelberg is famed for its ancient University founded in the 14th century and its well-kept Gothic and renaissance architecture.  The town square in the heart of the old town has a great selection of traditional cafes to enjoy dinner. (Overnight Heidelberg) B

DAY 3 – HEIDELBERG
Today have a short-guided tour of the gems of Heidelberg, then spend the day discovering one of Germanys most beautiful towns. (Overnight Heidelberg) B

DAY 4 – HEIDELBERG TO MUNICH
Take the train to Munich via Mannheim and check into your hotel.  This afternoon enjoy a walk around the Marienplatz before dinner. (Overnight Munich) B

DAY 5 – MUNICH
Why not pay a visit to the Munich Residenz today, a rich museum located in an Imperial Palace complex. After work up an appetite by exploring the vast English garden prior to dinner and beers in a traditional Bavarian Tavern.  (Overnight Munich) B

DAY 6 – MUNICH TO SALZBURG
Take a short train ride from Germany to Austria and check in to your hotel.  Perhaps take a walk along the river, or even climb up to the wonderful Franziskischlössl inn and restaurant overlooking the city for dinner with a view.  (Overnight Salzburg) B

DAY 7 – SALZBURG
Make full use of your all-inclusive Salzburg Card today with free access to all museums including Mozart’s Birthplace and public transport, including the Festungsbahn funicular which rises to the famous Hohensalzburg Fortress. (Overnight Salzburg) B

DAY 8 – SALZBURG TO INNSBRUCK
Ride a highspeed RailJet service across Austria from Salzburg to Innsbruck.  Rest of day at leisure. (Overnight Innsbruck) B 

DAY 9 – INNSBRUCK
Today enjoy breath-taking vistas of the Austrian mountains with a round-trip cable car ride between Innsbruck city centre and the Nordkette, at the heart of the country’s nature park. Visit a cable car station designed by Zaha Hadid, then watch the ground drop away as you travel to Seegrube. Get a bird’s-eye view of Europe’s steepest ski slope, and spot climbers on the rocky face of the Karwendel. Explore the mountain at your own pace before boarding the cable car to make the return trip to Innsbruck. (Overnight Innsbruck) B

DAY 10 – INNSBRUCK TO LUCERNE VIA THE ARLBERG PASS
After breakfast board a highspeed RailJet service which crosses the Alps via the historic and spectacular Arlberg Pass to Zurich.  Change trains on arrival for the short ride to Lucerne and settle into your hotel. (Overnight Lucerne) B

DAY 11 – MOUNT PILATUS DAY TRIP
Between May to November enjoy a short boat cruise before the steepest cog railway in the world takes you to the top of Mount Pilatus. From November to April the peak can be reached via a short bus ride, then spectacular aerial gondola and cable car from the other side of this mystical mountain.  You can find out more about the tales of a dragon living within the mountain at the top, where you can also enjoy some lunch and soak up the views.  Make your way back down via Gondola and Cable car before enjoying the evening surrounded by the breath-taking scenery of lake Lucerne. (Overnight Lucerne) B

DAY 12 – END OF TOUR
Hope onto any of the direct trains to Zurich Airport, or speak to one of our Rail Experts about extending your holiday. B

Grand Hotel Europa Innsbruck

The Grand Hotel Europa in Innsbruck is a historic hotel with 112 bedrooms and suites decorated in either a traditional Tyrolean or modern Italian style. The hotel has an award-winnning restaurant called the Europa Stüberl, a bar and a fitness centre with a sauna and steam room. The hotel is in the centre of Innsbruck, opposite the main train station.

AC Hotel Innsbruck

The Hilton Innsbruck is a modern hotel with 176 contemporary bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and steam room, and the Casino Innsbruck is connected to the hotel. The hotel is close to the train station and a short walk from the old town area of Innsbruck.

Romantik Wilden Mann Luzern

The Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann is a traditional hotel with 51 bedrooms and suites set over seven historic Lucerne townhouses. The hotel has two restaurants, fine dining in the Wilden Mann Stube, and the Burgerstube, serving regional Swiss cuisine. The hotel is located in the centre of Lucerne's old town, 200 metres from the famous Chapel Bridge and a few minutes walk to the train station.

Waldstaetterhof Lucerne

The Waldstaetterhof is a modern hotel located in the centre of Lucerne. The hotel offers 78 comfortable ensuite bedrooms all with Wi-Fi internet access and tea & coffee making facilities. There is also a restaurant serving Swiss regional and national specialities as well as a comfortable lounge area. The hotel is situated opposite the railway station in the centre of Lucerne, offering easy access to all of the city's main sights, attractions, bars and restaurants.

InterCityHotel Munich

Situated at the main train station. Highlights: WiFi (free of charge), lavish buffet breakfast, brasserie and wine bar with barbecue and seafood specialties from our show kitchen, FreeCityTicket granting use of local public transport in Munich at no charge. All rooms come with soundproofed windows, flatscreen TV, radio, desk, safe and minibar and air conditioning.

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For more information or to make a reservation, call our rail holiday experts at:
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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

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