European Train Tours

Written by Liza Hartung
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When you go on European train tours, you won't be on the train the entire time. Some people hear "train tour" and they think they will be riding a train for hours with someone giving a running commentary on what's going by. This is not so. The train tours are called that merely because you take a train to get somewhere. Once you arrive, you exit the train and your tour begins.

You might have a meal included in your tour, depending on what time you arrive. If you are staying somewhere in England, you might opt for the Paris Day Trip tour. For this, you would take the Chunnel at 5:30 a.m. into Paris. The ride is three hours, most of which is underwater. Be prepared to sit in the dark for a while. At that hour of the morning, you are likely to be thankful of the dark.

Once you arrive in Paris, you have breakfast waiting for you. Then, you could take an open-topped bus tour through the City of Lights. After that, you are free to do what you want until you have to be back on board the Chunnel. I recommend bringing cards or some sort of game for the Chunnel ride. My favorite on that ride is UNO.

Coastal European Train Tours

For some absolutely breathtaking tours, try the ones along the Mediterranean coast of Italy. There are tours along the coastlines of Amalfi, Positano, Capri and Sorrento. Most are for four days, include breakfast and three nights in a hotel. This is a train ride you want to be fully awake for.

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