Highlights of Central Europe

6-day tour of Central Europe
  • Delve deep into the heart of Europe
  • Paris, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Salzburg, Zürich
  • Cultural capitals, castles along the Rhine, Alpen views
  • € 1011 1st class
  • € 879 2nd class
Prices & Dates

This rail tour is a cross section of all the best things Europe has to offer: global cities, ancient castles, beautiful mountain views. Travel by high speed trains and by river boat into the heart of Europe. Starting point and finishing point of this tour is the City of Lights, Paris.

The train

  • Thalys from Paris to Amsterdam
  • High-speed ICE trains
  • Comfortable EuroCity and RailJet Express


European Hightlights including Paris, Amsterdam, the Rhine Valley and the mighty Alps Check extras

Day to day

Starting and finishing point

Want to start our rail tour somewhere else? Not a problem. Just let us know and we will book you connecting train tickets to Paris, and get you back home at the end of the tour. Additional fees will apply.

Day 1 - Paris

Your tour starts with an overnight stay in Paris in Hotel Alane, situated in the 10th Arrondissement – a neighbourhood that is known for its bohemian cafes and small bridges crossing the Canal Saint-Martin. Here you can experience the real Paris, away from the bustling tourist centres, and perhaps stumble upon a location from the movie Amelie.

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Take the high speed Thalys train to Amsterdam in the morning, arriving in the early afternoon. Your hotel is located right in the city centre, a stone’s throw away from the Royal Palace on the Dam. You will find beautiful canals just around the corner in every direction, and highlights such as Anne Frank’s house and the Rijksmuseum at easy walking distance. We recommend an extra night in Amsterdam, as there is plenty to see and do in this city on the water.

Day 3 - The Rhine River & Heidelberg

A high speed ICE train will take you to Germany today, following the Rhine river to Cologne. Then by regional train to Boppard, where you will take a 3-hour boat tour upriver to Assmannshausen through the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Castles plucked from a land of fairy tales stud the banks of the river. At Assmannshausen you will disembark and take connecting trains to Heidelberg, where you will stay for the night.

Day 4 - Salzburg

Today you will travel by connecting trains to the birthplace of Mozart. Salzburg’s historic town centre filled with Baroque architecture and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site stands on the site of a Roman settlement. Your hotel is situated at 6 minutes walking distance from the train station and close to the river Salzach.

Day 5 - Zürich

A direct train will take you to Zürich today, trading views of Austrian mountains for Swiss mountains. Zürich offers a plethora of cultural highlights. Some must-sees include the Kunsthaus, which holds one of the largest collections of modern art in the world, and the Zoological Garden. If you wish to take in as much of the city as possible, we recommend staying an extra night.

Day 6 - Return to Paris

A direct high speed train will take you back to Paris, arriving in the afternoon.

More info

Would you like to receive more information and details of this rail tour? Please send us an email: info@railtravelshop.com.


  • Train pass for all journeys that are part of the tour.
  • Seat reservations when necessary.
  • Ticket for the boat tour on the Rhine.
  • 5 overnight stays: a 2 person room with shower + toilet, breakfast included.
  • Day-to-day itinerary.


  • Additional nights in all towns of the rail tour can be added to the booking.
  • Overnight stays in other towns (which are not part of the tour) before, after or during the rail tour can be added as well.
  • Popular add-ons: Brussels, Cologne, Munich, Vienna, Innsbruck, Interlaken and Freiburg.


  • An upgrade to 1st class train travel is possible for €132 p.p.


  • Daily departure

Prices and Dates

Highlights of Central Europe
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Travellers aged 27 and younger get a youth discount.
Travellers aged 60 and over get a senior discount.
Please indicate your date of birth when making a booking so that the right price is calculated.

Additional nights and add-ons
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Discover the capital of the Netherlands from the water. Amsterdam has more than 100 kilometers of canals and is called the 'Venice of the north' for good reason. A visit to Amsterdam is not complete without a cruise through the canals dating back to the Golden Age of the Netherlands. The 17th century canal ring is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Take a canal cruise and be amazed by the beauty of the grachten and the monumental buildings along them. 

€ 18 p.p.

Paris Montparnasse Tower

The Montparnasse Tower offers magnificent views of the French capital Paris. An elevator will take you to the 56th floor of the tower for unmatched panoramic views. Spot iconic buildings from the top, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe and the Notre Dame. It is recommended to visit the tower around sunset when the illuminating glow of street and building lights give the city a magical and romantic feel.

€ 15 p.p.