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
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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.


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

Day to day

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.

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.


Extend your trip with additional nights in any stops along the way
  • Paris from €65 p.p.p.n.
  • Amsterdam from €93 p.p.p.n.
  • Heidelberg from €85 p.p.p.n.
  • Salzburg from €63 p.p.p.n.
  • Zürich from €136 p.p.p.n.
  • Overnight stays in other cities (which are not part of the tour) before, after or during the rail tour can be added as well.


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


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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.