The Hungaria

The Hungaria

Our tour through central Europe celebrates one of the longest-running international express train services, the Hungaria, which has served the route from Berlin to Budapest since 1960. Comfortable and nostalgic, we have split the journey into bite-sized pieces to enjoy Berlin, Prague and Budapest, all intriguing cities, whilst our route covers great scenery too, plus a stay in historic Nuremberg.

11 Days From £1895

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 9 May 2019

Thursday 10 October 2019

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour Berlin, a city with a unique history

  • Nostalgic journeys on the ‘Hungaria’ express train

  • Relax in your seat through Saxon Switzerland

  • Uncover beautiful Prague on a guided tour

  • Enjoy dinner at a traditional Prague brewery tavern

  • Discover Budapest on our guided tour

  • Experience Budapest’s charming Children’s Railway

  • Cruise the Danube whilst enjoying dinner

  • Stay in historic Nuremberg

  • Visit the German Railway Museum

  • Farewell Dinner & Tour at the Altstadthof

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 10 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

DAY 1

We depart London St Pancras by Eurostar to Brussels and onwards through Germany to Wuppertal for our first night at the conveniently situated InterCity Hotel. Why not use your included transport ticket to experience Wuppertal's Schwebebahn suspended railway. (Please Note that this won't apply to the October departure, which stays at the Tryp Hotel in Cologne)

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DAY 2

Our journey continues to Berlin for two nights at the Maritim Pro-Arte Hotel in the heart of the city at Friedrichstrasse, and, if you wish, your Tour Manager will take you for a short introductory walk along Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate, where many of the city's most interesting sights are clustered together. This was the site of the former Royal Prussian Palace, the Soviet 'Palast der Republik', Bebelplatz where the Nazi book burning took place, the State Opera, Museum Island, the Holocaust Memorial and, of course, the Brandenburg Gate itself.

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DAY 3

Today begins with a half-day guided sightseeing coach tour of Berlin, which uncovers this unique city's turbulent past. The tour will introduce both the east and west of this once divided city, including part of the remaining Berlin Wall. The afternoon is then free to explore independently. Perhaps head west to the famous KuDamm, visit the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church or enjoy the fascinating food hall of the KaDeWe store, Berlin's answer to Harrod's. Alternatively, a short ride to the east brings you to Alexanderplatz, the former main square of East Berlin with its TV Tower and World Clock.

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DAY 4

This morning we board the Hungaria service bright and early. Many of the trains feature comfortable and nostalgic compartment seating, with great views from your picture window. Travelling through Saxony, the spires of historic Dresden come into view, followed by Saxon Switzerland's table mountains as we meander along the Elbe Valley. Crossing into Bohemia, we arrive in Prague. A guided tour introduces the city, from the Castle district to Charles Bridge and Old Town Square. Our hotel for two nights is the NH Hotel Prague.

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DAY 5

Today is free to explore at leisure. Prague is a city of two halves and many contrasts, but is relatively compact. Visit the Castle District on the hilly bank, then descend to the famous Charles Bridge across the River Vltava. From here the Astronomical Clock is a short walk, followed by Old Town Square, flanked by the Tyn Church, Town Hall and many ornate buildings, with the Jan Hus Monument as a centrepiece. This evening we feature a traditional dinner at the New Town Brewery.

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DAY 6

Rejoining the Hungaria, our journey crosses into Slovakia at Brno, then onwards through the Hungarian Plain to Budapest for three nights at the Three Corners Hotel, a brand new hotel close to the Museum and Market Hall. Dinner will be provided in a local restaurant.

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DAY 7

Uncover both Buda and Pest sides of the river on a guided sightseeing tour, including the Matthias Church, Fishermen's Bastion and the famous Danube panorama. We also include a ride on the charming Children's Railway in the Buda hills. Operated since Soviet times, when it was called the Pioneers' Railway, the Children's Railway is operated by children under adult supervision (apart from the driver, who is most definitely an adult!) and gives valuable work experience to young people considering the railways as a career.

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DAY 8

A day at leisure enables you to discover the Hungarian capital for yourself. The Market Hall, close to the hotel, is a great starting point, before taking in the Vaci Utca shopping street. This evening a gentle Danube dinner cruise completes our visit to Budapest, with the spectacular parliament building on one side and the hills of Buda flanking the opposite bank, dining as we cruise amidst this breathtaking backdrop.

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DAY 9

Departing Budapest, our journey heads westwards on an Austrian train. Changing at Vienna, we continue through Upper Austria and into Bavaria by high-speed train to Nuremberg for two nights at the InterCity Hotel

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DAY 10

After a morning visit to the German National Railway Museum, which houses a fascinating collection of mementoes and locomotives depicting the history of the German railways, the afternoon is free to explore Nuremberg's beautiful centre, its city walls and castle. We complete our stay with a farewell dinner tonight at the Altstadthof Brewery with a tour of its labyrinthine cellars and tasting of the local 'red beer'.

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DAY 11

We depart Nuremberg for Cologne, changing for Brussels to board our Eurostar to London St Pancras.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Maritim Pro-Arte, Berlin

A 4* design hotel with great facilities, such as bars, restaurant, swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre, yet its location is probably the biggest plus. Situated on Friedrichstrasse, the Pro-Arte couldn’t be closer to Berlin’s cultural epicentre.

 

NH Hotel Prague City

On the face of it this is a regular 4* hotel in the Andels district of Prague. Yet walk through the door and you realise that the hotel is on two levels, connected by funicular railway. We couldn’t resist it; we are Railtrail after all!

 

Three Corners Hotel Lifestyle, Budapest

A brand new 4* hotel in a convenient yet quiet part of Budapest, the Lifestyle Hotel features modern, air-conditioned rooms with minibar, safe and tea/coffee making facilities. During our stay in Budapest we dine in local restaurants, one of which is a Danube river cruiser.

 

InterCity Hotel Nuremberg

A convenient hotel, situated close to the main station and German Railway Museum, yet also just a short walk from the city walls.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel

Including Standard Eurostar

£1895

First Class rail travel including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£2345

Single Traveller Supplement

£450


MAY Departure Supplement £50

 

10 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

Rail travel to & from Budapest in the class of your choice

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

 

GUARANTEED FARE

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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