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Paris to Sofia by Rail

Paris to Sofia by Rail

From {{totalPrice}} EUR Extra expenses at the destination
Flight tickets are not included. Our travel advisors will gladly help you find the cheapest flights. The price above is based on 2 adults traveling together.
What's included?
From 3499 EUR
Flight tickets are not included. Our travel advisors will gladly help you find the cheapest flights. The price above is based on 2 adults traveling together.
What's included?
Duration
21 days
Starts in
Paris
Ends in
Sofia
Group size
Max 16, avg 12.
Travel type
Rail
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.
Itinerary

Paris to Sofia by Rail

Day 1 - Paris

Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Day 2 - Paris

Spend the day with free time to visit dozens of museums, patisserie shops, sidewalk cafes or grand boulevards. The Louvre, Musee d'Orsay and Rodin Museum are all worth a visit. Stop by Notre Dame or Sacre Coeur to add some spirituality to your day. Shop on the Champs-Elysees or explore the Left Bank.

Day 3 - Paris/Lausanne

Take a morning TGV train to Lausanne, Switzerland. Spend the afternoon in this charming town.

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.

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.

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.

Day 7 - Munich

Explore the city or head further afield to visit Fussen and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

Day 8 - Munich/Salzburg

Travel to Salzburg, Austria. This charming city is brimming with history and character. Known for the nearby salt mines, Mozart, and the setting for The Sound of Music, Salzburg has plenty to offer. Opt of visit the concentration camp of Dachau, right outside the city centre. Learn of the atrocities of war and the triumph of the human spirit.

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.

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.

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 cafe and head out for an orientation walk. Opt to enjoy a night out in this charming city. Journey by train to Budapest, the 'Pearl of the Danube'. The city, split into Buda and Pest by the river, retains its eastern charm with Buda Castle and Turkish-style thermal baths. Depending on arrival time, opt to visit some city sights or soak in one of the famous baths. To gain deeper insight on local history, opt to pre-book the "Budapest History Walking Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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. Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

Day 13 - Budapest/Sibiu

Take another free day to explore Budapest before boarding an overnight train to Sibiu. For a taste of everyday Hungary that ends at Great Market Hall, opt to pre-book the "Budapest Morning Walking Tour" on the checkout page to include this optional on your tour.

Day 14 - Sibiu/Sighisoara

Travel by train from Sibiu to the enchanting town of Sighisoara. Use your free time here to explore the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture. Explore Sighisoara's medieval walled citadel with its cultural attractions and great restaurants and bars. Sample some Romanian cuisine??the Casa Dracula (original home of Vlad, the model for Count Dracula) is now a restaurant specializing in hearty meat and game dishes of the region.

Day 15 - Sighisoara/Brasov

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. Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Sighisoara and nearby countryside. Take in the beautiful rolling scenery and visit medieval villages and fortified churches. In the early evening, transfer to the city of Brasov, the best preserved medieval city in Romania.

Day 16 - Brasov

Visit the picturesque Bran Castle and learn the history (and rumours) of this fascinating place. Impressively situated on a rock outcrop and dominating the valley, this 14th century castle is steeped in history and folklore. Soak in the gorgeous countryside as you learn about the creepier side of Romania.

Day 17 - Brasov/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.

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. Enjoy this charming town and opt to visit the Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city.

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.

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. A mix of western grandeur and Soviet bulk, Sofia boasts a gold-domed church and delicious international dining. Sample modern takes on Bulgarian and international food, with some great trendy dining opportunities.

Day 21 - Sofia

Depart at any time.
Summary

What’s included?

Accommodation

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

Local transport

Train, public bus, metro, walking.

Meals

Allow USD705-920 for meals not included. 18 breakfasts

Please be aware

Paris
- Eiffel Tower Visit (16EUR per person)
- Luxembourg Garden Visit (Free)
- The Louvre Visit (12-16EUR per person)
- Walk Along the Seine River (Free)
- Musée d'Orsay Visit (11EUR per person)
- Musée Rodin Visit (12EUR per person)
- Sacre Coeur Visit (Free)
- Palace of Versailles Visit (18EUR per person)
- Napoleon's Tomb - Les Invalides Army Museum (12EUR per person)
- Moulin Rouge Dinner & Show (175-185EUR per person)
- Champs-Élysées Visit (Free)

Giverny
- Monet's Giverny Gardens (10.20EUR per person)

Lausanne
- Cathedral of Notre Dame of Lausanne Visit (Free)
- Cantonal Botanical Museum and Gardens (Free)

Zermatt
- Hiking (Free)
- Gornergrat Train (47-94CHF per person)
- Lunch on the Glacier Express (10-50EUR per person)

Munich
- Hofbräuhaus Visit (Free-30EUR per person)
- Dachau Concentration Camp Visit
- Bavarian National Museum (7EUR per person)
- Alte Pinakothek Art Gallery (7EUR per person)

Füssen
- Neuschwanstein Castle Visit (51EUR per person)
- Füssen Visit

Salzburg
- Salzburg Old Town Visit (Free)
- Sound of Music Tour (40EUR per person)
- Salzburg Salt Mines Visit (16EUR per person)

Vienna
- Belvedere Gallery Visit (19EUR per person)
- Vienna State Opera House Visit (8EUR per person)
- Schönbrunn Palace Visit/Tour (11-15EUR per person)
- View Lipizzaner Horses at Spanish Riding School of Vienna (14EUR per person)
- Saint Stephen's Cathedral Visit (Free)
- Vienna Boys' Choir Visit (35EUR per person)

Budapest
- Buda Castle Visit (1500HUF per person)
- Thermal Baths Visit (4200-5000HUF per person)
- Budapest Bike Tour (28EUR per person)
- Parliament Building Visit (5200HUF per person)
- Great Market Hall Visit (Free)
- Hungarian State Opera House (2900HUF per person)
- Danube River Cruise
- Hungarian National Museum (1600HUF per person)
- Budapest History Walking Tour
- Chain Bridge (Free)
- Budapest Morning Walking Tour

Sighișoara
- Clock Tower Visit (Free)
- Casa Dracula (Vlad Dracul Restaurant) (10-50RON per person)
- The History Museum (Muzeul de Istorie) (5RON per person)
- The Church of the Dominican Monastery Visit (Free)

Braşov
- Catherine's Gate (Poarta Ecaterinei) Visit
- Schei District Visit
- Black Church (Biserica Neagră) Visit (8RON per person)

Bucharest
- Arch of Triumph Visit (Free)
- National Village Museum Visit
- National History Museum Visit
- Palace of the Parliament Visit
- Bucharest Bike Tour (20RON per person)
- Museum of the Romanian Peasant

Arbanasi
- Nativity Church Visit (6BGN per person)

Sofia
- Ladies' Market Visit (Free)
- St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Visit (Free-6BGN per person)
- Vitosha Boulevard Visit (Free)

Paris to Sofia by Rail

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