This route is an 8 day trip taking you from London to Budapest by rail. You’ll spend 7 nights in your accommodation and you’ll travel by train during the day
This route is wheelchair accessible ♿️
This trip only creates 47.4 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 364.8 ♻️
Start from home and tread the path from West to East. Taking the Eurostar to Paris makes it totally stress free way to explore the best of both parts of Europe in just a week. Perfect for first time travellers, families or for a short break, it makes for a chilled out week of exploring.
Kick off your travels close to home
Start your 1 week rail trip in the UK’s buzzing capital, London. Whether you live in Britain already, or want to experience the UK for the first time as part of your travels, you’d be a fool to overlook the glorious sights of our biggest and most famous city. A metropolis of almost 8 million people, London is the beating heart of the UK, home to the nation’s finest museums, theatres, food and sightseeing. Start your trip in style by spending a couple of nights, before heading over to the continent via Eurostar – the most relaxing and comfortable way to cross the channel!
Arrive fresh and ready to explore the French Capital. By day, tick off the classics: the Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe, the stunning Champs Elysees and the Louvre. By night, settle into a cosy pavement cafe with a glass of French wine or local beer and drink in the atmosphere of Belle Paris.
From here, head Eastwards into Germany to the Bavarian capital of Munich. Famous for beer gardens, green parks, grand Gothic buildings and, of course, Oktoberfest, Munich is a perfect bridge between East and West. You’ll certainly start to feel the Eastern European influence when it comes to the price of your pints… Spend an easy day exploring this gracious city before relaxing in one of the many traditional beerhalls.
Continue eastward along the picturesque Danube, to finally reach Budapest, the alternative little sister to Berlin. Take in its stunning architecture, friendly locals, and cool ruin bars – there’s no place like it! Be sure to get the locals to tip you off about the best of Budapest’s famous spas for a quick pamper session. You’re going to need the relaxation before rounding your last night off with a toast of the local wine, Tokaji…
Don’t fancy stopping here? Extend your trip into a loop to finish back in the UK via Eurostar.
- All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
- Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
- Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
- Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
- Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
- Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
- A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
- Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
- Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
- Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
This is a mid-paced trip offering a great combination of Eastern and Western European destinations. Journeys are short to mid-length, between 2-6 hours each, travelling by train. We’ll always ensure that you arrive in good time to make the most of each city.
London is home to the UK’s biggest and best known museums, sights and attractions – why not add a few nights here if you want to make the most of what the city has to offer?London Guides
- Check out the country’s top museums, all of which are free!
- Explore the alternative markets at Portobello road and Camden.
- Try all the international foodie delights in Brixton Village or Brick Lane
Paris (2 Nights)
Despite being credited with certain recreational pastimes, there is actually a lot more to the city than the stereotypical picture, with its abundance of engaging museums, beautiful townhouses and canals. Find out what makes Amsterdam the beating heart of the Netherlands.Paris Guides
- Visit the Van Gogh Museum
- Discover Europe’s biggest historic centre by bike
- Take a tour of the red light district
Munich (2 Nights)
The capital of Bavaria and Germany’s second city will draw you in with its elegance and attractions to match the big names in Europe, with its pedestrianised city centre and impressive monuments, museums and art galleries; as well as beer, and plenty of it at Oktoberfest.Munich Guides
- Learn about the city at the Stadtmuseum
- Walk across the sprawling Englisher Garten
- Join the Bavarian beer festival of Oktoberfest
Budapest (3 Nights)
Proudly guarding the Danube, the once twin cities of Buda and Pest show off every architectural style from Baroque to Art Nouveau. With its rickety trams and turn-of-the-century feel you’ll be charmed by its past while you cure your hangover at the multitude of hot baths.Budapest Guides
- Relax in the 15th Century thermal spas
- Take panoramic photos from the scenic Buda castle
- Go to Sziget rock and indie festival in August
How to get there
Your transport from the UK is included, and the quickest way back from Budapest is to purchase a budget flight – try using Kayak or Skyscanner to find the cheapest fares. We can also look into this for you. Looking to make your trip a loop and go away for longer? Just ask us about customising your trip.
3 weeks ago
I had the most amazing time on the Iron Curtain Tour! We managed to fit so much into the week, with so many great recommendations by our awesome tour leader. Any difficulties as a cause of current travel situations were resolved without issue, and I always felt safe. Euroventure tours are to the best places, with the best people, and I cannot recommend them enough. Please do yourself a favour and book with them!
3 weeks ago
I had an amazing time on the iron curtain tour which was well organised so I could see a lot in a short space of time. Our tour leader was great; very knowledgeable and made good recommendations in each city. I was also pleased with the quality and location of the hostels. I will definitely consider booking with euroventure again.
3 weeks ago
The Iron Curtain Tour I went on was a great adventure! Euroventure was responsive with communication and on the tour the hostels were wonderful! My group was affected by the pandemic closures, but we made the most of it and Euroventure kept us updated throughout the week. No issues during travel!
3 weeks ago
Can't Fault Euroventure team for everything and creating the trip of a lifetime! Even with the current coronavirus issues, they are flexible, understanding and dealt with any concerns of the virus to reroute the trip. Will definitely be using them again!
1 month ago
Had a wonderful trip organised with Euroventure. All hotels fab and instructions on how to get to places spot on. No issues at all and I definitely recommend. Hil
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