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Germany & Eastern Europe Escorted Rail Holidays

Step into the pages of your favourite childhood fairytale book when you explore Germany or Eastern Europe. There is no denying the nostalgic sense of magic evoked as we uncover dreamy Bavarian castles, ancient emerald forests, and pastel-tinged villages. Peppering these enchanting landscapes, forward-thinking cities reveal an abundance of history and culture, blended with Imperial architecture, poignant monuments and lively piazzas.

Between explorations, tuck into some of the most delicious comfort food around; tasty Polish pierogi and hearty Montenegrin stew. Or retire to a traditional beer hall and indulge in a 'stein' of some of the world's best beer.

From the contemporary shopping centres of Berlin to the primeval forests of Belarus, the countries of Eastern Europe are diverse in culture, environment and history. Great Rail Journeys tours through Eastern Europe include a selection of holidays to amaze even the most seasoned of travellers. By using the knowledge of local guides we bring out hidden details in famous attractions and unearth a range of sights known only to the natives.

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Zell am See
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Grand Imperial Cities
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Harz Mountains & the Rhine Gorge
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Slovenia, Croatia & Montenegro
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Where to go and what to see

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York Minster

 

  • Berlin
  • Prague
  • Vienna
  • Budapest
  • Warsaw
  • Dubrovnik

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Top 5 sights

Stonehenge

 

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Neuschwamstein Castle
  • Prague Castle
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Hungarian Parliment Building

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Grand Imperial Cities
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
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Rhine Gorge
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
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Salzburg
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Budapest
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Glacier Express
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
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Harz Mountains & the Rhine Gorge
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Slovenia, Croatia & Montenegro
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  • DestinationCroatia, Montenegro, Slovenia
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Pfalzgrafenstein Castle
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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
30 Dec 2023
Dale Buche
5 stars
“It was overall a wonderful trip. The trains were great. The accommodations were wonderful and most of all our tour guide was exceptionally great. The towns we visited were everything I hoped they would be.
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
25 Dec 2023
Melanie Gold
5 stars
“This 4-city cruise was a great introduction to the Rhine and the fabulous German Christmas markets. Food was excellent, the stateroom felt luxurious, the walking tours informative, and for travelers who speak only English, there are no language barriers. Most helpful was our Great Rail Journeys coordinator, who gave me such helpful advise when I opted to spend an additional day in Germany and return to the UK on my own.
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Bavarian Christmas Markets
23 Dec 2023
Susan Rose
5 stars
“A truly lovely trip. All places visited very interesting and full of Christmas atmosphere. Rothenburg is so very quaint and beautifully preserved. Highlight of the trip for us was visit to Thurn & Taxis Market in Regensburg, quite magical after dark. The local Germans flock to this market which speaks for itself. GRJ need to rethink train times to and from Regensburg to give the whole group a chance to see that market as it doesn't open until 3pm. We were lucky because we'd been on this tour in 2016 and knew this market wasn't to be missed so our outstanding TM, Graham, made sure we had our own tickets do we could travel back to Nüremburg separately later, along with another couple who trusted our recommendation and agreed the rest of the group had missed out. Graham was truly the best TM throughout the trip and it was proven again when one of our German trains home was cancelled and he rearranged the whole schedule so we arrived, as planned, at St. Pancras.
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Grand Imperial Cities
28 Oct 2023
Joanne Hulbert
5 stars
“All round great experience. Tour Manager (Kevin) was great, organised and prepared. The cities were great, just the right split between guided and free time. Have already recommended to others.
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The Majestic Rhine
14 Oct 2023
Robert
5 stars
“Modern boat with competent staff and excellent cuisine. Good balance with excursions and free time to relax and excellent value for money. Helpful and customer focused on board tour manager..
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Top of Europe & The Majestic Rhine
13 Oct 2023
Melinda Roe
5 stars
“Was a fantastic trip in some of the most beautiful places Reps were really helpful food on cruise was amazing also met some lovely people
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Harz Mountains and Rhine Gorge
12 Oct 2023
keith tomlinson
5 stars
“an excellant tour from beginning to end !! train travel worked like clock work!!! no rushing about! lovely hotels beautiful scenery very well organised by our tour manager john grundy nothing to much trouble!! luggage in advance would have helped but problems with german customs prevented prevented that ! a holiday to remember!" thank you" to all at "great rail journeys" best wishes keith tomlinson and shirley knott
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The Classic Blue Danube
27 Sep 2023
J W Smail
5 stars
“Wonderful cruise from start to finish. Extremely comfortable ship (Amadeus Riva). Delightful crew who provided first class service throughout - nothing was too much trouble. Menu choice and all meals incredibly high standard for a relatively small ship. All excursions interesting and well organised by cruise directors. Would highly recommend to others.
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Imperial Cities & Delights of the Danube
27 Sep 2023
Gill Cox
5 stars
“Excellent from start to finish
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