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Travelmarvel

Edinburgh, The Highlands & Islands with European Gems

Edinburgh to Budapest

Trip Code: EUTCSHS23P
23 Days
57 Meals
7 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • Eight nights in premium accommodation
  • 14 nights cruising on a premium Travelmarvel river ship
  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort, Travelmarvel Cruise Director, Entertainment & Activities Coordinators, and local guides
  • 57 meals - 22 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 22 dinners
  • Onboard water stations, plus tea and coffee, soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping

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The Jacobite Steam Train cutting through the Scottish countryside

West Highland Line

Journey on one of the world's most incredible railway lines, the West Highland Line.

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Traditional Scottish Fare

Taste traditional Scottish fare and listen to a chorus of bagpipes and drums during a Scottish-themed evening.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Rail itinerary operated by Travelmarvel’s partner Great Rail Journeys
  • *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
  • Itinerary and hotels may be subject to change
  • Prices include a flight from Edinburgh to Amsterdam (unescorted)
  • Prices are for rail/cruise and flights as specified only
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Order of touring is subject to change
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Edinburgh to Budapest

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

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

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  • Dinner

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)

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Venture to the town of Oban where you’ll board a ferry and cruise to Craignure on the Isle of Mull.


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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover the picturesque waters of Loch Linnhe and set off on a cruise.


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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


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)

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.


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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Kessock bridge leading to St Mary's Catholic Church, Inverness, Scotland

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.


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, Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar)

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travelmarvel Jewel ship sailing past blue church, Durnstein, Europe

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.


Learn how the twin spires of Cologne’s famous cathedral, the Kölner Dom, took over six centuries to complete as you cruise into this picturesque city. Disembark and take the short drive to Brühl for your Insider Experience.

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  • Lunch
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Dock in Rüdesheim, and board the Winzerexpress mini-train, bound for Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.


Discover Miltenberg today, exploring this well-preserved town’s half-timbered buildings dating from the 15th to 18th century.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Board a coach and travel through the rolling hills to Würzburg. Admire the baroque palace and walk through the beautiful Court Garden. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional visit to medieval Rothenburg, a true fairytale town.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The Old Town Hall in Bamberg, Bavaria Germany

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.


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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, or travel to Salzburg and enjoy the sights from ‘The Sound of Music’.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Join a local guide to see Melk Abbey, an active Benedictine monastery since 1089. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, then continue to Dürnstein, where you have a free afternoon to explore.

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  • Lunch
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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’.

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Today is yours to explore Vienna. Perhaps visit the Hofburg area and the Imperial Treasury. Otherwise, enjoy an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, or head to Bratislava.

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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.

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  • Dinner

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

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