Cox & Kings has launched its new Europe brochure for 2010, featuring escorted group tours and private journeys throughout Eastern, Western and Southern Europe as well as tailor-made travel ideas and short breaks throughout the continent.

The company’s European travel programme has steadily expanded over the last few years. New for 2010 is a collection of private journeys in Germany, Austria and Spain featuring the countries’ rail networks.

Cox & Kings’ Europe product manager, Michael Fleetwood, said: “Cox & Kings’ European programme is diversifying every year, and we are very excited to launch some new private journeys in Western Europe based on the region’s excellent rail network. Travelling by public transport is a great way to get quickly to the heart of a destination. By surrounding yourself with local travellers, you get an authentic taste of that country. It is also a more eco-friendly way to travel than by road. We also have a number of breaks and tailor-made travel ideas that involve travelling to the Continent by Eurostar for those that wish to avoid flying altogether.”

Splendours of Austria (Page 43) is a new six-night private journey that combines the cities of Habsburg, Vienna, Salzburg and Graz by the Semmering mountain railway, and discovers their ornate baroque palaces, spectacular castles and fascinating Imperial history. The Semmering railway line was constructed over 150 years ago, and passes through picturesque mountain scenery with many tunnels and viaducts. The six-night journey costs from £995 per person.

NEW: Exploring Bavaria (Page 42): Travelling along the ‘Romantic Route’ by the high-speed ICE train network, this six-night private journey combines some of Germany’s most picturesque scenery with the cultural heritage of Munich and Nuremberg, and the Residenz in Wurzburg. The itinerary includes superior hotels that showcase the best of Bavaria. From £975 per person.

NEW: Potsdam & Saxony (Page 42): The cities of Potsdam, Leipzig and Dresden, each with their own majestic imperial palaces and fine art galleries, are connected by short train journeys on this six-night private journey that reveals some of Germany’s most significant cultural monuments. Highlights include the grand Sansoussi Palace at Potsdam and the magnificent Frauenkirche Church in Dresden. From £1,245 per person.

The 2010 brochure includes a sample of the range, from Prague to Porto and from Reykjavik to Istanbul, but the full collection can be seen at www.coxandkings.co.uk

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