Weekend City Breaks

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It has never been so easy to discover Europe by train so we are delighted to work with Road, Rail & Sea and recommend some Continental short breaks. Below are just a few suggestions of ways to explore Europe's great cities. Visit www.roadrailandsea.co.uk for more details quoting the reference numbers in brackets or view alternative city breaks. Entrance to tourist attractions can be arranged by Ffestiniog Travel in advance of your trip.

Brussels – Fairytale Streets, Modern Shopping and Cultural Charm (RRS004)

From 3 days

Brussels - © Simon Buckley

Spend a weekend time-travelling in this lovely old city, which offers the ancient charms of guildhalls and galleries alongside sleek, modern bars and restaurants. Big enough to suit every taste but small enough to stroll around, Brussels is curious, creative and complex.

Price from £365pp based on second class Eurostar and accommodation based on twin share (B&B basis)

Paris – Enjoy the Romance, Charm and Fun of the French Capital (RRS005)

From 3 days

Eiffel Tower at Night - © Simon Buckley

Whether you prefer serious sightseeing or gentle strolling, Eurostar takes you to the heart of Paris with no stress – so you’re ready to embrace the city’s charms as soon as you step off the train.

A thousand and one books have surely been written about travellers journeying from London to Paris – but the trip never becomes less enticing or romantic. There is guaranteed delight in three days exploring the French capital, and travelling by train means the journey becomes part of the pleasure. There will be time for plenty of sightseeing – the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre and the Pompidou Centre are the big game of Paris and always rewarding – but Paris is also a city that’s perfect for wandering – find boutiques in the Latin Quarter, stroll the banks of the Seine, or take the Metro to the flea market at Porte de Clignancourt.

Price from £375pp based on second class Eurostar and accommodation based on twin share (B&B basis)

Lille – Discover Europe’s Hidden jewel, where France meets Flanders (RRS008)

From 3 days

Lille roofscape - © Simon Buckley

Explore the cobbled streets and medieval squares of beautiful Lille – just over an hour from London. Leave St Pancras on Friday afternoon, and spend three days exploring the fairytale charms of Lille. This magical long weekend promises lifelong memories of cobbled, medieval streets, hidden candlelit bars and pleasures of great art, in this unique corner of Europe where France and Flanders seamlessly meet.

Price from £285pp based on second class Eurostar and accommodation based on twin share (B&B basis)

Lyon – Spend the Weekend in the Food Capital of France (RRS017)

From 3 days

Dining out in Lyon - © Simon Buckley

Spend a wonderful weekend in Lyon, the food capital of France. Travel by train and stop off in Paris for a luxurious lunch, before speeding through the heart of the French countryside to arrive in Lyon just two hours later. On the way back, there’s time to see more of Paris. A weekend in Lyon is an escape into food, history and culture, in one of France’s most beautiful cities, built around the Rhone and Saone rivers that converge here. Famous for its gastronomy, Lyon is also a busy, working city, with a thriving centre full of quirky shops and bars.

Price from £275pp based on second class Eurostar and accommodation based on twin share (B&B basis)

A Long Weekend in Salzburg – An Austrian Gem (RRS029)

From 4 days

Salzburg - © Simon Buckley

Take the train to beautiful Salzburg; the birthplace of Mozart, where music fills the streets and theatres every night of the year. Ringed by snow-peaked mountains and crossed by a sparkling jade river, this beautiful city combines ancient, onion-domed churches with cosy restaurants and lofty medieval palaces.

Anyone wondering what to do in Salzburg will be overwhelmed by possibility – spend the weekend exploring the old town, with its unchanged artisan shops and centuries old inns, visit the beautiful churches and cathedral, which resonate with history, or follow the skipping steps of the Von Trapps through the city’s famous squares, before taking a horse drawn carriage through the streets.

Price from £490pp based on second class rail, a 2-berth sleeper on overnight train and accommodation based on twin share (B&B basis)

Overnight to Budapest (RRS 0039)

From 5 days

Liberty Bridge over Danube river in Budapest, Hungary - © shutterstock.com

Visit the dreamlike capital of Hungary without having to fly with this simple, fast option for getting to Budapest by train. This trip would make a great long weekend break.

Budapest is one of Europe's great capitals and there's an almost dreamlike quality as you explore its wide boulevards, lined with Art Nouveau buildings and cafes. If you catch a morning train from London, you'll arrive in Paris in time to connect with the modern double decker TGV to Munich, before boarding the EuroNight overnight sleeper service to Budapest. You arrive in Budapest by 9.00am the following morning.

Price from £593pp sharing in twin/double to include standard class travel, seat reservations on day trains, berth in 2 berth sleeper both ways on night trains and 2 nights hotel on b&b basis

Take the Dutch Flyer to Rotterdam, Den Haag and Utrecht (RRS 0053)

5-6 nights

Den Haag

The Dutch Flyer is the easy way to reach Holland from London and takes you back to the Golden Age of travel and the romance of the overnight boat train. Once in Holland explore 3 great cities, Rotterdam and its extraordinary architecture, the magical Dutch capital of Den Haag and the historic city of Utrecht.

Leave London Liverpool Street station in the early evening and connect with the modern Stena Line ferry from Harwich to Holland. Once you arrive early next morning it's just a short ride into Rotterdam. Spend the night in this exciting city before taking the metro journey to Den Haag, with its inspiring old town and nearby beach. After 2 nights in Den Haag take the train to Utrecht and see the famous Dom tower and explore its charming medieval streets before heading back to the Hook of Holland for the overnight return.

Price from £460pp sharing in twin/double to include standard class travel, berth in 2 berth cabin both ways on night boats and 3 nights hotel on b&b basis

Bern - Medieval Capital of Switzerland (RRS 0045)

From 3 nights


Take the train from London, change at Paris onto a super fast TGV and be in the medieval Swiss capital of Bern in just 8 hours.

Bern more closely resembles a medieval fairytale town, with its Astrological Clock Tower, bear pits (containing real brown bears, which live under the bridge, like furry trolls) and four miles of covered sandstone arcades, filled with ancient apothecaries and mirrored cafes. The twelfth-century Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, full of ramshackle charm, vintage shops and potted geraniums, the Town Hall and the towering Munster Cathedral are 15th century, while the newer areas, near the banks of the jade-green River Aare, feature grand museums, theatres, wide boulevards and cosy bars and restaurants.

Famous past residents include Albert Einstein and artist Paul Klee, both of whom have very impressive museums dedicated to their lives and works. Also, from Bern, you can easily reach the extraordinary landscape around Interlaken, such as Lake Brienz and the Jungfrau.

Price from £690pp sharing in twin/double to include standard class travel, seat reservations and 3 nights hotel on b&b basis

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