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Wanted: travellers for a fabulous European rail adventure

Interrail and Airbnb are giving away a cross-Europe tour of glamorous historical homes

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

Are you a sucker for train travel and fascinating historical homes? Well, boy, have we got the dream trip for you. Accommodation behemoth Airbnb and veteran train ticketer Interrail are hooking up to offer the chance for six very, very lucky people to win a bespoke cross-Europe train journey, with overnight stays at some of the continent’s most glamorous rentals.

The trip is called the Airbnb Heritage Tour and it’ll visit five different countries over 19 days. It’s designed partly to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Interrail and partly to show off Airbnb’s new ‘historical homes’ category, which lets users search for and stay at spectacular rentals around the world.

And the rentals on offer are exactly as you’d expect from one of Airbnb’s most luxurious categories. They include a 400-year-old Tuscan villa, a nineteenth century German castle and a classic English country home. The tour kicks off at London’s Paddington station before heading over to swish abodes in Bath, Saint-Georges-sur-Cher, Sant Pere de Ribes, Lucca and Behren-Lübchin. And you get to bring five friends (or relations, for a very classy family holiday).

Needless to say, the tour promises to be a bit classier than your usual boozy, manic Interrail trip. Far less of a whistlestop tour, the trip includes several extended stays, to let guests take time to enjoy the history of each rental. The trip begins on August 31 2022 and sounds well worth burning through all your paid time off.

If all this sounds exactly like your kind of holiday (and, to be honest, why wouldn’t it?), you’ve got until Wednesday, July 20 to apply for the tour. You can find out more and apply on Airbnb here.

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