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Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands with European Gems & Prague

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 Trip Starts
Edinburgh
 Trip Finishes
Prague
26 Day Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands with European Gems & Prague Itinerary (Travelmarvel)
Countries Explored: Scotland Holland Germany Austria Hungary
Accommodation
4 Star
Max. Group Size
40
Trip Style
River Cruise
Trip Code
EUTCSHS26

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 26 Day Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands with European Gems & Prague. Experience the wonders of Scotland on this Rail Journey. Begin with an exploration of the Scottish Countryside, cruise down the Danube River towards Budapest & listen to the sounds of Vienna.

Itinerary

Today you will arrive in Scotland's much-loved capital, Edinburgh. Discover its fascinating history, unsurpassed beauty and warm, friendly locals. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel, situated close to the station. Stay: Edinburgh, Apex Hotel Waterloo Place (D)

All aboard for Glasgow this morning, before changing trains for a journey on one of the world's most incredible railway lines, the West Highland Line. Travel along a hillside ledge overlooking Gare Loch before entering the spectacular Highlands, an idyllic, remote and untouched landscape.

The incredible route skirts the western banks of Loch Lomond and climbs quickly from Crianlarich to Upper Tyndrum and wild Rannoch Moor, a dramatic region of peat bogs, streams and ancient forests that are only visible from the comfort of your train. On arrival at Fort William, transfer to your hotel. Stay Three Nights: Ballachulish Hotel or similar (B/D)

Heading through the small islands and across to Mull, the incredible picture-postcard views are truly awe-inspiring. Think rugged coastline; hills rising sharply from the water's edge; endless greens, purples and browns of the moorland; and jagged, exposed rock faces. On approach to the island, you'll notice a lonely castle above the sea cliffs. This is Duart Castle, ancestral home of the Maclean Clan. Visit the castle, taking in its eclectic rooms and stunning views. Later, return to your hotel for the evening. (B/D)

Insider Experience: Venture to the town of Oban where you'll board a ferry and cruise to Craignure on the Isle of Mull.

Today you'll travel by coach to Neptune's Staircase. It takes approximately one-and-a-half hours to pass from one end of the staircase to the other, where water overcomes gravity and nature to climb the hillside. From here, pass the stunning mountain landscapes of Glencoe before returning to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner. (B/D)

Insider Experience: Travel to Neptune's Staircase, an impressive set of eight locks operated by a team of at least three lock keepers. Situated on the Caledonian Canal, the 22-ton lock gates were originally hand-powered, but are now operated by hydraulics.

Departing from Fort William, join the Jacobite Steam Train. Your train will steam past Ben Nevis before climbing into the mountains around Glenfinnan, a town famous as the rallying point for Bonnie Prince Charlie's assault on the British throne. At Glenfinnan, reach the line's most picturesque section and one of Britain's most iconic engineering works – the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct. A magical experience, it's no wonder this train was featured as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films.

As you head towards Mallaig, we drop down to the sea's edge and the landscape opens up with the first views of the rugged ‘Small Isles' – Rum, Eigg and Muck – which hang close offshore and tease in and out of view near the journey's end. After a lunch stop, it's time to return to Fort William. From there, you'll then continue by coach through the picturesque countryside to the city of Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Stay Three Nights: Inverness Palace Hotel and Spa or similar (B/D)

Insider Experience: Join the Jacobite Steam Train for a journey to Mallaig on the final leg of the West Highland Line.

This morning, you'll travel to the tranquil waters of Loch Ness, as famous for the elusive ‘monster' that allegedly swims in its depths as for its natural beauty. Later, return by coach to Inverness, and enjoy some time at leisure. (B/D)

Insider Experience: During a cruise, soak up the myth and mystery of Loch Ness and its monster before disembarking at the picturesque 13th-century ruins of Urquhart Castle.

Today, experience a picturesque rail journey. Enjoy countless photo opportunities as you wind through wooded hillsides and over sparse moors, climbing over the highlands and past charming loch-side and seaside towns. Arrive at Kyle of Lochalsh, the end of the line, located across a short stretch of water from the Isle of Skye. Afterwards, make a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, situated on a tiny island in Loch Duich. (B)

Insider Experience: Enjoy one of the most breathtaking railway journeys in Europe - the Kyle Line.

Leaving Inverness behind this morning, you'll travel south by rail through the Cairngorms and via the towns of Aviemore and Kingussie, as well as the burgh of Pitlochry, before arriving back in Edinburgh. Transfer from the railway station to your hotel. Stay: Edinburgh, Crowne Plaza Edinburgh Royal Terrace or similar (B/D)

Insider Experience: This evening, enjoy the opportunity to try some traditional Scottish fare. You'll also listen to a chorus of bagpipes and drums during a Scottish-themed evening to mark the end of your journey.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your included flight from Edinburgh to Amsterdam. Upon arrival, transfer to your premium river ship. Perhaps grab a map to explore this carefree, cosmopolitan city. This evening meet your Cruise Director and fellow passengers at a Captain's Welcome Reception. Stay 14 Nights: aboard your Travelmarvel river ship (B/D)

Board a glass-top boat and glide through Amsterdam's maze of waterways with a local guide, before enjoying some free time to explore this lively city. Later, travel by coach to Utrecht, via Rembrandt's Windmill. From here, your ship will set off along the Rhine as you prepare for tonight's special Gala Dinner. (B/L/D)

Learn how the twin spires of Cologne's famous cathedral, the Kolner Dom, took over six centuries to complete as you cruise into this picturesque city. Disembark and take the short drive to Bruhl for your Insider Experience. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Step back in time during a visit to the World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle. Listen to enthralling stories and enjoy a walk through the landscaped parks and gardens between the castle and the lodge.

Dock in Rudesheim, and board the Winzerexpress mini-train, bound for Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. (B/L/D)

Discover Miltenberg today, exploring this well-preserved town's half-timbered buildings dating from the 15th to 18th century. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Get a glimpse into local life as you are welcomed into the home of a friendly Miltenberg family. Enjoy coffee and cake made by your gracious hosts.

Board a coach and travel through the rolling hills to Wurzburg. Admire the baroque palace and walk through the beautiful Court Garden. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional visit to medieval Rothenburg, a true fairytale town. (B/L/D)

Cruise along the last stretch of the Main River before arriving at Bamberg. Here, choose between an afternoon of free time or a guided tour. Later on this evening, your ship will reach the Main-Danube Canal. (B/L/D)

Explore Nuremberg, the site of Hitler's now infamous rallies. Wander the cobblestone streets, discovering hidden boutiques and artisan stores. Finish your day cruising through the Main-Danube Canal, crossing Europe's Continental Divide thanks to the canal's 16 stair-step locks. (B/L/D)

Having reached the Danube River overnight, Regensburg awaits. Spend the day in this charming city, conveniently docked right in the heart of town so you can have easy access to all the main sites. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: This evening, enjoy an authentic Bavarian experience on board as you sample local beer and snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance.

As you enjoy your breakfast, arrive in the ‘Three Rivers City' of Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Explore the city at your leisure this morning, or grab a bike and set out to explore. Alternatively, join an optional tour to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, or travel to Salzburg and enjoy the sights from ‘The Sound of Music'. (B/L/D)

Join a local guide to see Melk Abbey, an active Benedictine monastery since 1089. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, then continue to Durnstein, where you have a free afternoon to explore. (B/L/D)

In Vienna, join a walking tour of St Stephen's Cathedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina. Afterwards, you may enjoy visiting the Naschmarkt. This evening, perhaps enjoy an optional concert featuring music from Mozart to ‘The Sound of Music'. (B/L/D)

Today is yours to explore Vienna. Perhaps visit the Hofburg area and the Imperial Treasury. Otherwise, enjoy an optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace, or head to Bratislava. (B/L/D)

After breakfast, join a local guide to explore the city. Tonight after a Captain's Farewell Dinner, set off on a magical twilight cruise through Budapest. (B/L/D)

After breakfast, board a coach and pass through the rural landscapes of Slovakia before crossing the border into the Czech Republic. Accented by verdant hills covered in vineyards, the southern countryside of the Czech Republic is a wine-lovers dream. With a three-night stay in Prague, you will have plenty of time to soak in the magic of this beautiful capital – a city of stone bridges, Gothic cathedrals and golden towers, overseen by a grand castle. Stay Three Nights: Prague, Grandior Hotel (B)

Your exploration of Prague begins with a tour of the World Heritage-listed Old Town. Travel across the Vltava River to Prague Castle, which dominates the city skyline. Believed to date back to the 9th century, this castle complex – with its network of palaces and churches – is considered the largest in the world. You'll then wander across Charles Bridge and arrive in Prague's Old Market Square. Stop for some time to explore if you wish, and continue to discover the incredible city of Prague on your own terms, with its multitude of sights. (B)

Having become familiar with the layout of Prague, enjoy today at leisure to explore as you please. The Jewish Quarter is a pulsing hub of Semitic history, so perhaps you'd like to head there, or have your camera ready at the Astronomical Clock, a masterpiece in the Old Town Square. A tour of Terezín is also possible today, and tonight you may like to enhance your journey further with a lively traditional Czech Folklore Dinner and show. (B)

Your adventure comes to an end today with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Discover the picturesque waters of Loch Linnhe and set off on a cruise
  • Join the Jacobite Steam Train for a journey to Mallaig on the final leg of the West Highland Line
  • Enjoy one of the most breathtaking railway journeys in Europe – the Kyle Line
  • Step back in time during a visit to the World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle

  • 11 nights in premium accommodation and 14 nights cruising on a premium Travelmarvel river ship
  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort, Travelmarvel Cruise Director, Tour Director, and local guides
  • Flight from Edinburgh to Amsterdam (unescorted)
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping

  • 59 meals - 25 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 21 dinners
  • Tea and coffee, soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise

  • Itinerary and hotels may be subject to change
  • *Scotrail services may replace the Jacobite Steam Train on early and late departures. Please enquire at time of booking
  • Accommodation in Ballachulish is the best available
  • Rail itinerary operated by Travelmarvel's partner Great Rail Journeys
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Order of touring is subject to change
  • Prices are for rail/cruise and flights as specified only
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Deck Plans

 
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  • 153 sq ft/ 14.2 sq m
  • Ensuite with a shower, air-conditioning, a hair-dryer, a safe and flatscreen TV
  • Superior queen or twin bedding with plush linen
  • Each room has windows that offer stunning views
  • Seating area with a chair and small desk
  • 167 sq ft/ 15.5 sq m
  • Ensuite with a shower, air-conditioning, a hair-dryer, a safe and flatscreen TV
  • Superior queen or twin bedding with plush linen
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door with french balcony
  • Seating area with a chair and small desk
  • 258 sq ft/ 24 sq m
  • Ensuite with a shower, air-conditioning, a hair-dryer, a safe and flatscreen TV
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door with french balcony and windows that offer stunning views
  • Seating area with chair

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