• Share your creativity and enjoy a train adventure in Europe

    Many artists and writers have been inspired by the beauty of train travel in Europe. Trains are a fantastic place to unplug, relax, and focus on getting work done. We want to give YOU the chance to take a beautiful, inspiring, and exciting week-long train trip through France and Switzerland so that you can work on a creative project. Whether it’s a project you’re trying to start, finish, or just make some progress on, we want to help you with it!

    We’ll fly you out to Paris, where you’ll travel by train with us for a week into Switzerland – your flight, hotels, and food are on us. And we’ll bring along a videographer to document all of the fun. UPDATE: ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED! Enter by June 15, 2016. We hope to see you on the rails!

Day 1 : Paris Like a Local

Our adventure begins in Paris, where we will spend the day like the locals do: delicious croissants and espresso at the café, a stroll along the Seine, window-shopping in Saint-Germain-des-Pres, dinner in a classic Parisian brasserie, and a surprise or two along the way.

Day 2: Lyon and Avignon

Many artists and writers before us have fled the busy city life of Paris to seek relaxation and inspiration in the colorful, playful south of France. The second day of the trip will take us through Lyon, the capital of French gastronomy, and Avignon, one of the gems of Provence.

Day 3: Avignon to Montreux

After we’ve had our fill of wine in Avignon, it’s off to Montreux via Geneva. Lying on sparkling Lake Geneva in the heart of the Swiss Riviera, the city is said to be the most beautiful lake promenade in Switzerland.

Day 4: The Chocolate Train

This is what train dreams are made of: a trip from Montreux to Gruyeres, home to the renowned Gruyeres cheese (where we’ll pay a visit to a cheese-making factory). Then it’s onward to Broc, home to the Cailller-Nestle Chocolate Factory, for some delicious chocolate desserts before heading back to Montreux.

Day 5: The GoldenPass Line

After we’ve recovered from all of the chocolate and cheese, we’re taking one of the most beautiful scenic train rides in the world: the GoldenPass Line. Stretching nearly 150 miles from Lucerne to Lake Geneva, the train offers unforgettable views (from panoramic windows!) of so many of Switzerland’s highlights from Montreux to Zweisimmen.

Day 6: Mountain Cable Car

From Lucerne, we’ll end the trip with a stunning view of Switzerland from one of its most famous and unique viewing points: the cable car ride. Then it’s back down the mountain via the equally famous cogwheel railway. Now we've done our part to make sure you see, eat, and ride through some of the most inspiring spots in France and Switzerland. It's your turn to take your project to the next step!

How to Enter

5 Easy Steps
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    Create an entry on your blog or website that tell us why you want a chance to take this train trip and work on a creative project.

    - Give us an idea of what your project is: a book, essays, a photography collection, building your Influencer audience on Instagram or other social channel, a video series, a documentary – whatever it is, we want to know about it!

    - Here are the three types of entries to choose from:

    Written entry: if you are entering as a writer or blogger, your entry must be at least 300 words. Example.

    Photo entry: if you are entering as a photographer, your entry must be at least 300 words + include examples of your photos (or a link to somewhere we can see your photos). Example.

    Video entry: if you are entering as a videographer, your entry can be in video format, and it must be at least a minute long so that you can explain to us why you want to win and what your project is. Example.

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    In your entry, please include a link to the contest landing page: www.raileurope.com/talesonrail/ and encourage your friends and family to head on over to our page to check out the contest details!

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    Share the love on Twitter! Tweet out your entry and tag us @raileurope. We will also share and re-tweet entries!

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    IMPORTANT: Please make sure you scroll down on this contest page and fill out your name, email, and link to your entry. You can also leave us a brief comment telling us why you love train travel! This is also where you’ll read the Terms and Conditions and check the box to tell us you’ve read them, so this step is very important.

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    That’s it! Our panel of judges will vote on the best entries at the end of the contest period, and winners will be contacted by email.

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