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Thalys is a brand run by two companies, Thalys International, whose shareholders are French, Belgian and German rail companies, with Dutch Railways (NS) as a privileged partner, and also The Railway Company THI Factory, 60% of whose capital is held by SNCF, and 40% by SNCB.

It runs rail services linking Paris and Brussels with Amsterdam or Cologne. The trains are similar in design to French TGVs and can reach up to 190mph (305km/h) when travelling on dedicated high speed lines.

Comfort 1 (First Class) passengers benefit from spacious seating and are usually served complimentary light refreshments once underway. Both Comfort 1 and Comfort 2 (Standard Class) passengers have access to the Thalys Bar, which serves a selection of snacks, meals and hot and cold drinks during most journeys.

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Grand Imperial Cities
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4.6 stars(36 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
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£2,295 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Glacier Express & St Moritz
Small Group
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4.8 stars(16 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail
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Zell am See
Small Group
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4.6 stars(27 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationAustria
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Premium Rhine Cruise
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Harz Mountains & the Rhine Gorge
Small Group
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4.4 stars(37 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Discover Poland
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4.8 stars(5 reviews)
2022JunAugSep
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  • DestinationGermany, Poland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Grand Alpine Explorer
4.4 stars(5 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Romantic Road and Bavarian Alps
Small Group
4.4 stars(8 reviews)
2022Sep
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Vienna, Salzburg & the Danube
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4.2 stars(9 reviews)
2022JulSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • DestinationCzech Republic, Germany
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
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Harz Mountains and Rhine Gorge
24/May
Mr Beauchamp
5 stars
“Well organised and medium paced tour of picturesque locations led by an experienced knowledgeable tour guide. Thoroughly recommended.
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Berlin, Dresden and Prague
22 Oct 2019
Mr M Arnold
5 stars
“The tour manager was brilliant and the group made up of interesting and nice people who geld as a group of travellers. Hotel were very nice and the Eurostar was a great experience as was the German rail network.
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Austrian Alps All-Inclusive
16 Oct 2019
Mr D Thomas
5 stars
“Great Rail Journeys were faultless throughout, however, on the journey from Brussels to Austria the German railway system was abysmal. Both legs of the trip (Brussels to Cologne, and then Cologne to Munich ) were plagued with delays and two major engine failure on the locomotive. When we arrived in Austria everything was brilliant, great hotel, excellent food, friendly staff and a well organised and enjoyable itinerary. The GRJ tour manager Steven was amazing,
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Discover Poland
28 Sep 2018
Mr D Milne
5 stars
“A very well managed tour to an interesting country that we had not visited before
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Vienna, Salzburg and the Danube
05 Aug 2018
Mrs L Whiting
5 stars
“Good itinerary and helpful your manager
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Grand Imperial Cities
23/May
C Pipe-Wolferstan
4 stars
“I already much prefer travelling by train than aeroplane. I have a particular problem, being tall, with finding a seat with sufficient leg room. Also there sees to be a lot less waiting around in railway stations than there is in airports. Our tour director, Jon Cockerell, looked after us very well, giving us appropriate briefings and answering questions, and sorting things out when they went wrong. The guides in each city were very good with the exception of the one in Prague, but at least she was able to guide us to a good restaurant. Some of the information from the Prague guide was a little “long winded” and more up to date information would have been useful. The tour should also been renamed as a tour of Prague castle finishing it the town square rather than a Prague city tour. Perhaps the guide in Prague should have remembered to turn her microphone off while she was walking from one point on the tour to the next. The other guides (especially the one in Budapest) were prepared to “go the extra mile” and find the answers to questions. The advance luggage facility was very helpful so we didn’t have to carry our luggage between the first and fourth capital. The hotels in Frankfurt, Vienna and Budapest were very good. Prague: The Castle Hotel was quite good thought on the second evening there was only one rather eccentric waiter serving in the restaurant, who was also having to run the bar. All hotels so far were able to arrange to have our luggage outside our rooms by the time we arrived. However the last hotel, Checkpoint Charlie did not, and were causing difficulties about our luggage which arrived before we did. They claimed that they didn’t have room to store our luggage, which apparently they did. The breakfast staff at this hotel were good but the desk staff and at the bar were somewhat offhand and unhelpful. I would not recommend any friends to stay at that hotel. [I also had trouble with an unfriendly pianist who didn’t like me touching “his” piano]. I appreciate that hotels must be chosen for reasons of fair pricing but I would not recommend using this hotel again. Tipping: Tips and gratuities. We tipped out tour guides in each city accordingly. I also tipped hotel staff (except in Berlin) We both feel that high level tipping is an unwelcome import from the U.S.A and we do not like being “told” how much to tip. I was a little puzzled by your recommendation to tip our tour director by at least £5 per day and wonder if it might have been better to charge us a little more for the tour and leave supplementary tips to our discretion. A minimum £70 tip seems quite a lot. I appreciated having a “free day” in each city as being older I found the tour, particularly the days with walking guided tours, fairly tiring and the free day enabled me to catch up, so to speak, while more energetic members could visit whatever attractions appealed to them. I would certainly consider going on a similar tour as long as it was sufficiently leisurely. I also appreciated the opportunity for a quick visit to Cologne Cathedral during our return journey while Jon (and a weary tour member) guarded our cases. Charles Pipe-Wolferstan Pictures: 1. The sleek Eurostar Engine 2. Pho Ga in Xinh Xinh, Linienstr., my favourite Berlin cafe. 3. The curious pedestrian signals, the little man with the hat.
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The Glacier Express and St Moritz
11 Jul 2019
Les Mackey
4 stars
“We were downgraded on the Glacier Express because of overbooking. This was not the fault of GRJ. At the last minute we were reinstated for most but not all of it. It meant we had to travel on later trains to the group. The train journey from Cologne to St Moritz was tiresome and involved changes of stations, trains etc due to the problems on German Rail. This was not the fault of GRJ. However, the journey took 13.5 hours. Our tour guide was brilliant, he did his utmost to get us there as quickly as he could. He was constantly cheerful no matter what was thrown at him. He is a credit to GRJ. Overall the holiday was superb. Lovely scenery, hotels.
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Grand Alpine Explorer
16 Aug 2018
Mr M Ward
4 stars
“The hotels were of variable standard. We felt the hotel in Traunkirchen was not of 4 star standard with regard to facilities, room, and the hotel was not particularly well situated. The dinners served in St Moritz were of poor quality and appeared to have been prepared on an extremely tight budget. However the hotel in Innsbruck was excellent and we would have preferred more time there than in Traunkirchen. The total porterage worked excellently which is why we give the holiday 4 and not 3.
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Romantic Road and Bavarian Alps
11 Jul 2018
Mr R Lennon
4 stars
“It would have been 5 stars if the hotel meals had been better with more choice and larger portions.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
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