Amsterdam to Budapest Rail Explorer - 11 Days

Amsterdam to Budapest Rail Explorer - 11 Days

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Amsterdam to Budapest Rail Explorer - 11 Days

11 Days Starting in Amsterdam, Netherlands and ending in Budapest, Hungary

Visiting: Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Budapest

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Expat Explore Travel

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 51

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All Ages / Not applicable

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Active, Budget


Cultural, Rail Tours

$2570 (USD)

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Tour Overview

5 Countries. 11 Days. A perfect blend of history, architecture and culture. Explore Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest with a guide and on your own


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Day 1: Start Of Tour In Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam

Welcome to one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Amsterdam has so much to offer its visitors. From the picturesque canals and bridges to the rich culture, museums and nightlife, it is so easy to fall in love with this exciting city. Tonight’s welcome dinner will allow you to get acquainted with your fellow travellers in the lead-up to an epic rail tour adventure. After dinner, enjoy free time to explore Amsterdam and all it has to offer.

Day 2: Amsterdam - Berlin
Location: Amsterdam, Berlin

After breakfast, head to the largest railway station in Amsterdam to start the train journey to Germany. Sit back and soak up the scenery as the landscape transforms and the train moves into a new country. Upon arrival and after checking into the hotel in Berlin, venture out for a guided tour. With such a rich history there is so much to experience. See top sights including the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie to name a few! Dinner tonight is at a traditional German beer hall. Prost!

Day 3: Berlin: Free Day
Location: Berlin

Berlin’s turbulent history has certainly shaped it into what it is today. This city has a fascinating history, a buzzing modern atmosphere and so much more to offer travellers! With a vibrant art scene and modern landmarks, you will be spoiled for choice with how to spend your free day. Why not join the Berlin optional excursion for a full day of exploration and a unique insight into Germany’s capital city? This tour includes visits to the East Side Gallery, the German Democratic Republic at the Museum in the Kulturbrauerei and the Hackescher Markt. End off the day with a trip to the top of the Berlin TV Tower for magnificent views of the city!

Day 4: Berlin - Dresden - Prague
Location: Berlin, Dresden, Prague

It's time to rock the rails again as our European train journey continues. Today’s itinerary is jam-packed and kicks off with a morning visit to Dresden. Embark on an orientation tour of Dresden and see the Dresden Castle and the Frauenkirche with its grand dome before exploring the city on your own. Make your way to Furstenzug and see why Dresden used to be called “the Jewel box” as you walk along the 102-metre-long display of porcelain murals. Later, continue on to Prague, the Czech Republic’s beautiful capital city. Tonight, share a traditional Czech dinner with the group and look forward to tasting delicious local cuisine.

Day 5: Prague
Location: Prague

The cobblestoned streets of Prague will be our playground today! Begin the day with a guided tour of the “City of a Hundred Spires”. See the well-preserved castles and cathedrals and fall in love with the dreamy bridges across the Vltava River. Your guide will explain more about the history of the city and showcase sights around the Old Town and Jewish Quarter. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore on your own or join the Prague optional excursion! This exciting excursion includes a tour of Prague Castle, a cruise on the Vltava River and more! Tonight, choose to enjoy some traditional Czech music and dancing along with a four-course dinner.

Day 6: Prague - Vienna
Location: Prague, Vienna

The train journey continues onward to the capital of Austria today. Intellectuals and artists like Mozart, Beethoven and Freud helped shape the legacy of what is known as Europe’s cultural capital. Arrive and embark on a guided tour of Vienna which will showcase the beauty of this enchanting city. Be charmed by the beautiful architecture of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera and much more. Tonight’s dinner setting is a triple-level wine cellar dating back to the Romanesque and Gothic periods!

Day 7: Vienna: Free Day
Location: Vienna

Continue your exploration in Vienna as today is free to spend however you wish! Today’s highly recommended optional excursion is an in-depth visit to Schonbrunn Palace. The palace offers a look into the history, interests and taste of the Hapsburg rulers as this was their main summer residence. The extravagant interior of the palace is really something to behold, and the gardens are an enchanting continuation of the lavish palace. End off this excursion with coffee and cake at a stunning Viennese café! Tonight, why not soak up the musical culture that Vienna is known for with a classical music concert?

Day 8: Vienna: Free Day
Location: Vienna

By now you will have ticked off some of the major travel bucket-list items in Vienna. So, today it is time to do as the locals do! Grab a coffee and a slice of Sachertorte or apple strudel. Visit one of the main squares and immerse yourself in the local culture and music. For an extraordinary culinary experience, the Vienna Naschmarkt offers fruit, vegetables, delicacies and many restaurant options; this spot is very popular with locals. Alternatively, add another country to the list and join the day trip to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia! This charming capital is known as Vienna’s twin city and features incredible architecture.

Day 9: Vienna - Budapest
Location: Vienna

Say auf Wiedersehen to Vienna and hello to Hungary as the group boards the train to Budapest, Hungary’s enchanting capital city. Arrive and embark on a guided walking tour of Budapest’s Castle district. Learn more about how this city evolved on the banks of the Danube River. Afterwards, enjoy free time to experience the sights and sounds on your own. Tonight, get a taste of local Hungarian cuisine as the group will enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10: Budapest: Free Day
Location: Budapest

Budapest is said to be one of the most photogenic cities in Europe. Architectural wonders like the Parliament Building and a collection of stunning basilicas make for a very dramatic skyline that simply begs to be adored (and photographed of course!). Why not visit one of the city’s thermal baths on your free day? Budapest is known as the “City of Spas” as over 100 natural thermal springs bubble up beneath the city’s foundations. The Széchenyi Baths in City Park are perhaps the most well-known. Why not end the day with a memorable dinner cruise along the Danube river? The lights of Budapest by night are truly a sight to behold!

Day 11: End Of Tour In Budapest
Location: Budapest

Expat Explore’s train vacation packages showcase the best of Europe in an unforgettable way and this rail tour is no different! This morning, this 11-day European rail tour from Amsterdam to Budapest comes to an end. It is time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers and reminisce about your favourite memories. We hope you have enjoyed your adventure!

What's Included

  • 10 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities.

  • Single travelers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.

  • 10 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners.

  • *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request.

  • 12 Included Experiences.

  • All rail travel throughout your tour with reserved seat selection .

  • Standard Class Rail.

  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days).

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  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our team.

  • Children on tour?

    Our tours are not suitable for young children which is why we have a minimum age limit of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email. Minors (between 10 and 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts full responsibility for them. Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted on tour. Expat Explore reserves the right to decline any booking at our discretion. Any minor (between 10 and 18 years of age) is priced the same as an adult.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    The health and safety of our travellers and employees are our top priority. Which means, when you travel with us, our enhanced hygiene protocols will ensure you do so in a safe and responsible way - ask for details of current policies.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Expat Explore we value responsible travel and are committed to exploring the world consciously and kindly. We are proud to make responsible travel possible with a number of our sustainable travel practices!

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Relate is a South African based not-for-profit organisation that Expat Explore supports. The group aims to help those less fortunate create better lives for themselves through a variety of fundraising initiatives. On our South Africa tours, each passenger will receive an Expat Explore branded Relate bracelet. We donate the cost of these bracelets to our chosen Relate charity: the Nelson Mandela Sc

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    Up to 45 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 44 days before tour starts: Forfeit 40% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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