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.
It is possible to add train tickets to Paris to your booking. Additional fees will apply.
Day 2 - Amsterdam
Total travel time: 3:15 hours
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
Total travel time: 11 hours
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.
Heidelberg has been a university town since 1386, making it the oldest university in Germany and one of the most treasured in all of Europe. You will be staying in the Baroque old town, from where you can stroll along the river Neckar or take the Philosopher’s Walk up the Heiligenberg (Saint’s Mountain), which offers a beautiful view of the town and castle.
Day 4 - Salzburg
Total travel time: 6:15 hours
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. Not surprising they chose this place, as the views of the surround mountains are inspiring. Stroll through the old town or visit the Hohensalzburg, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe, dating back to the 11th Century.
Your hotel is situated at 6 minutes walking distance from the train station and close to the river Salzach.
Day 5 - Zürich
Total travel time: 5:30 hours
A direct train will take you to Zürich today, trading views of Austrian mountains for Swiss mountains. Ranked several times as the city with the “best quality of life in the world”, 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
Total travel time: 4:15 hours
A direct high speed train will take you back to Paris, arriving in the afternoon.
It is possible to add train tickets to another destination than Paris to your booking. Or an overnight stay in Paris upon return. Additional fees will apply.