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Paris to Sofia by Rail

Paris to Sofia by Rail


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Travel across Europe by train, explore tiny villages and big capital cities, soak in gorgeous Alpine scenery from the window of the Glacier Express, sample cuisine across different countries, get spooked at Dracula's castle

This three-week tour will leave you wondering why you waited to explore Europe's Eastern rails less travelled in the first place. Begin in Paris before setting off throughout the charming countryside. Stop by Swiss Alps villages, stroll through Munich and Sofia, and hike in the hills of Veliko Tarnovo. Extensive enough to see plenty, but not so long that your plants are doomed, these often-skipped villages and cities are ones you'll miss as soon as you leave.

Day 1: Paris
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: The Originals Paris Montmartre Apolonia (or similar)

Day 2: Paris
Spend the day with free time to visit dozens of museums, patisserie shops, sidewalk cafés or grand boulevards.
Free Time: With so much to see and do, there's no time to waste.
Accommodation: The Originals Paris Montmartre Apolonia (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Paris/Lausanne
Take a morning TGV train to Lausanne, Switzerland. Spend the afternoon in this charming town.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Free Time: Check out this sleepy but picturesque town.
Accommodation: Ibis Lausanne Centre Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Lausanne/Zermatt
Board another train for the journey to Zermatt, a tiny village in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Enjoy the afternoon in the car-free centre or hiking in the nearby mountains.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time: Get out and explore on foot by meandering through the town or setting out on an exhilarating hike. If you'd prefer to travel a little more leisurely, seek out of the local horse-drawn carriages used as cabs.
Accommodation: Hotel Alphubel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Zermatt/Chur
Board the Glacier Express for a slow and stunning ride through the Alps. Pass meadows, rushing streams, bridges, villages and massive mountains as the train heads towards Chur. Arrive in the evening after a full day of soaking in the scenery.
Transport: Board the Glacier Express and enjoy the stunning view out of the domed glass roof.
Free Time: Take some time to wander this scenic village. Stop for a delicious meal at a local restaurant or find a great spot for taking photos of the towering mountains.
Accommodation: Hotel Drei Koenige (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Chur/Munich
Take a full day to reach Munich, in the heart of Bavaria. Arrive in time for an optional evening out at a local brewery with a few steins of beer and some typical German fare.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: AWA Hotel Munich (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Munich
Explore the city or head further afield to visit Füssen and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.
Free Time: Time's a wastin'. Get out and explore the city or use Munich as a hub to branch out and see nearby landmarks or villages.
Accommodation: AWA Hotel Munich (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Munich/Salzburg
Travel to Salzburg, Austria. This charming city is brimming with history and character.
Free Time: Explore this lovely town.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel Lasserhof (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Salzburg
Make the most of a free day in Salzburg. Opt to visit the salt mines or take the famous Sound of Music tour.
Free Time: Get out and explore.
Accommodation: Hotel Lasserhof (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Salzburg/Vienna
Continue by train to Vienna. Opt to visit the famous opera house, join a city tour or visit world-class museums. Stay overnight at a G Adventures for Good supported hotel that supports migrant workers.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time: Vienna's a great city to take a tour of famous landmarks or try some local specialities and enjoy a piece of strudel in a café.
Activity: The global refugee and migrant crisis has displaced more than 60 million people around the world, and it's estimated that well over 100,000 refugees have settled in Austria alone. Magdas Hotel is changing the lives of these newcomers and their families by employing a staff consisting almost entirely of refugees. Not only that, but the social enterprise was also decorated by renowned local architects and volunteer artists, who found ways to upcycle materials creatively while making a beautiful hotel.
Accommodation: Magdas Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11: Vienna/Budapest
Travel to Budapest, Hungary this morning by train. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink at a G Adventures-supported social enterprise café and head out for an orientation walk. Opt to enjoy a night out in this charming city.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Activity: Stop for a refreshment at Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar, whose proceeds help fund a non-profit by the same name, which means "Never Give Up." Most of the employees at this social enterprise café are living with a disability, and the charity advocates for rights for the disabled all over Hungary. Your meal helps this café to invest in the charity's efforts, which also includes supporting rural Roma communities through much-needed social programs.
Free Time: There is so much to see and do in this incredible city - start exploring.
Accommodation: Novum Hotel Golden Park (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12: Budapest
Enjoy a full day for exploration in Budapest. Opt to visit Buda Castle, the famous thermal baths or take a bike tour of the city.
Free Time: Get out and explore.
Activity: You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
Accommodation: Novum Hotel Golden Park (or similar)

Day 13: Budapest/Sibiu
Take another free day to explore Budapest before boarding an overnight train to Sibiu.
Free Time: So much to do in this city - get out and explore!
Transport: Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.

Day 14: Sibiu/Sighișoara
Travel by train from Sibiu to the enchanting town of Sighișoara. Use your free time here to explore the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture.
Free Time: Take some time to explore medieval Sighișoara.
Transport: Travel by private vehicle from Sibiu to the enchanting town of Sighișoara. Use your free time here to explore the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture
Accommodation: Hotel Sighisoara (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: Sighișoarabr/aşov
With a local guide, venture into the Romanian countryside to visit traditional villages. Get a true sense of life in this less-visited region. Visit charming Brasov.
Activity: Visit some of the city before heading further afield. Coast over rolling hills and into rural villages, learning about the life and folklore of olden times from our expert local guide.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Casa Wagner (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 16: Braşov
Visit the picturesque Bran Castle and learn the history (and rumours) of this fascinating place.
Activity: Visit the picturesque Bran Castle, impressively situated on a rock outcrop and dominating the valley. This 14th century castle is steeped in history and folklore and is an unmissable highlight. Sometimes called "Dracula's Castle", it served as a defense point to protect the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Rumours abound regarding Dracula's interaction with the castle. You'll have to visit to find out the truth.
Accommodation: Casa Wagner (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 17: Braşov/Bucharest
Travel to Bucharest and enjoy an orientation walk. Take time to explore the Soviet-esque architecture, the beautiful cathedral, or indulge in Bucharest's international cuisine.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Accommodation: Trianon Hotel Bucharest (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 18: Bucharest/Veliko Tarnovo
Enjoy some free time to explore more of Bucharest in the morning before travelling to Bulgaria and one of the oldest cities in the world, Veliko Tarnovo. Wander the medieval town, visit the museums, or sample your first taste of Bulgarian cuisine.
Free Time: Get out and explore.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel Tarnava (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 19: Veliko Tarnovo
Enjoy the morning in the medieval town of Veliko Tarnovo. In the afternoon, visit the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo.
Activity: Enjoy a visit to Arbanasi. This hilltop village was the residence of choice for the wealthy Roman elite and is still a country haven for the high-flyers of modern Bulgaria. The views all around and down to Veliko Tarnovo are amazing.
Accommodation: Hotel Tarnava (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 20: Veliko Tarnovo/Sofia
Travel to Sofia and take an orientation walk of the capital city. Later, wander down the pedestrian street or visit the eclectic Ladies' Market.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: St. George Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 21: Sofia
Depart at any time.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
18 breakfasts

Transport
Train, public bus, metro, walking.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Magdas Hotel, Vienna Your G for Good Moment: Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar, Budapest Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Paris Your Discover Moment: Budapest. Paris orientation walk. TGV train. Lausanne orientation walk. Zermatt stay. The Glacier Express train. Salzburg orientation walk. Vienna orientation walk. Budapest orientation walk. Romanian villages and countryside tour (half-day, from Sighisoara). 'Dracula's Castle' (Bran). Bucharest orientation tour. Arbanasi village visit. Sofia orientation walk. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels/pensions (20 nts), overnight train (1 nt).

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

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Accommodations
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Itinerary
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Professional Staff
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Repeat with Operator
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