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London to Istanbul by Rail

25 days, London to Istanbul

The blue mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
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Whether you’re looking for Europe’s most famous highlights or its undiscovered treasures, the answer lies aboard the trains running between London and Istanbul. This 25-day Rail journey allows you to check out the dramatic landscapes across Europe, as well as experiencing both medieval charm and modern cool in tiny villages and capital cities. Take in the Alpine scenery from the windows of the Glacier Express, step off to visit 'Dracula’s Castle' in Transylvania and revel in as much ancient eastern European charm as you can get. Once you’ve seen the countryside gliding by from a comfortable train, you’ll never forget it.

25 days

London to Istanbul

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Trip Code: EEIR

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Whether you’re looking for Europe’s most famous highlights or its undiscovered treasures, the answer lies aboard the trains running between London and Istanbul. This 25-day Rail journey allows you to check out the dramatic landscapes across Europe, as well as experiencing both medieval charm and modern cool in tiny villages and capital cities. Take in the Alpine scenery from the windows of the Glacier Express, step off to visit 'Dracula’s Castle' in Transylvania and revel in as much ancient eastern European charm as you can get. Once you’ve seen the countryside gliding by from a comfortable train, you’ll never forget it.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Rail

Get closer to the big cities, isolated communities, and stunning landscapes of the world's greatest destinations via train-based adventures on iconic rail routes.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

25 days

London to Istanbul

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: EEIR

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Itinerary

Day 1London

Arrive at any time.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2London/Paris

Board the famous Eurostar train for the journey through the Chunnel to Paris. Enjoy an orientation walk and free time to visit the city.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Paris

Spend the day with free time to visit dozens of museums, patisserie shops, sidewalk cafés or grand boulevards.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Paris/Lausanne

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

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Lausanne/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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Zermatt/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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7Chur/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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Munich

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

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Munich/Salzburg

Visit Dachau before a short train ride to Salzburg, Austria. This charming city is brimming with history and character.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Salzburg

Make the most of a free day in Salzburg. Opt to visit the salt mines or take the famous Sound of Music tour.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Salzburg/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.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Magdas Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Vienna/Budapest

Take a morning train to Budapest, Hungary. Take an orientation walk upon arrival, then opt to enjoy a night out in this charming city.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 13Budapest

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.

Day 14Budapest/Sibiu

Take another free day to explore Budapest before boarding an overnight train to Sibiu.

Day 15Sibiu/Sighișoara

Arrive in the enchanting town of Sighisoara. Use your free time here to explore the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture.

Day 16Sighișoara/Braşov

With a local guide, venture into the Romanian countryside to visit traditional villages. Get a true sense of life in this less-visited region. Transfer to charming Braşov.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 17Braşov

Visit the picturesque Bran Castle and learn the history (and rumours) of this fascinating place.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 18Braşov/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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 19Bucharest/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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 20Veliko Tarnovo

Hike to the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo. Opt to go mountain biking or view the murals at the Church of the Nativity.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 21Veliko 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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 22Sofia/Plovdiv

Travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second-largest city. Visit the hilly old town, museums, or the Theatre of Ancient Philippopolis, one of the many Roman ruins found here.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 23Plovdiv/Istanbul

Spend the day exploring more of Plovdiv before boarding an evening bus to Istanbul.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 24Istanbul

Enjoy a city tour with a local Turkish guide. Opt to visit the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, Aya Sofya, and the Topkapı Palace.

Day 25Istanbul

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Magdas Hotel, Vienna
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Discover Moment: Paris
  • Your Discover Moment: Budapest
  • Eurostar ride through the Chunnel
  • Paris orientation walk
  • TGV train
  • Lausanne orientation walk
  • Zermatt stay
  • The Glacier Express train with lunch onboard
  • Dachau tour (Munich)
  • 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
  • Hike to Arbanasi village
  • Sofia orientation walk
  • Istanbul city tour with local guide
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels/pensions (23 nts), overnight train (1 nts).

Meals

20 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Allow USD765-995 for meals not included.

Transportation

Train, public bus, metro, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Departures

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Please Contact Us to inquire about dates for next season, or to discuss other tour options.

London to Istanbul by Rail

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