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Glacier Express & Rhine Cruise

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(Tour code: GER20)

Embark on one of the world's finest Glacier Express before a cruise on the spectacular Rhine

Embark on one of the world's finest rail adventures aboard the Glacier Express before descending down the valley for a cruise on the spectacular Rhine. Switzerland's incredible natural beauty is on full display throughout this panoramic rail journey. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

  • The Glacier Express
  • Journey on the Gornegrat Mountain Railway
  • Strasbourg
  • Speyer and Heidelberg
  • Rüdesheim and the Rhine Gorge
  • The Upper Rhine
  • Journey on the Drachenfelsbahn
  • Cologne
  • Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train
What’s Included
  • Journey on the Glacier Express
    Journey on the Gornegrat Mountain Railway
    Journey on the Drachenfelsbahn
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Lunches
    Selected Evening Meals
    3 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • 5* Cruise Ship
    MS Amadeus Silver III

Glacier Express & Rhine Cruise 2020Tour Details

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Some departures run a reversed itinerary – View reversed Amsterdam - Basel itinerary (EGR20)
Day 1 Chur

To Chur

Meet your Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras to board the Eurostar service to Paris. We continue by train through France across to Chur in Switzerland.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Glacier Express
Glacier Express

Journey on the Glacier Express

Today, board the magnificent Glacier Express for a spectacular journey that offers unparalleled views of the most awe-inspiring mountain ranges in the world.

Enjoy the views as the train spirals up the mountains, crossing enormous viaducts, burrowing through tunnels and rising above the clouds on its way to Zermatt, under the Matterhorn. Here you stay at the 4-Star Park Hotel Beau Site.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Gornegrat Mountain Railway
Gornegrat Mountain Railway

Journey on the Gornegrat Mountain Railway

Enjoy another mountain railway journey today, venturing forth on the Gornegrat Mountain Railway. This cog rail trip covers 4819 feet in its ascent of the Gornegrat, arriving at the summit where you can soak up the magical views of the surrounding mountains, including the imposing, indomitable Matterhorn.

Return later to Zermatt for a guided tour that includes the highlights of this pedestrianised town

  • Breakfast
Days 4-5 Strasbourg

Zermatt and embarkation

Travel today from Zermatt to Basel by rail, where you board your ship, the Amadeus Silver III, this afternoon.

Sail into the charming German town of Kehl on Day 5. You have two choices here. Your first option is a city tour of Strasbourg, uncovering its charm and history. Your second alternative sees you travel along the Schwarzwaldhochstraße into the famous Black Forest of Germany, passing through fairytale panoramas with free time in the spa town of Baden-Baden.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6-7 Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Rudesheim & The Rhine Gorge

We arrive into Speyer this morning, where you have free time to explore. This town is home to one of the largest privately owned collections of vehicles in the world, the Technik Museum Speyer. Later in the afternoon, we have an excursion to the delightful town of Heidelberg where we are treated to a guided tour.

On Day 7 we sail into the classic German town of Rüdesheim am Rhein, known for its formidable wine production, especially of the dry Riesling variety. Perhaps walk along the river during your free time here this morning, before our ship departs for Koblenz. This afternoon includes one of the highlights of the tour as we pass through the glorious Rhine Gorge, one of the most beautiful sections of the river and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sheer banks rise up, towering over the river below, covered in deep forests and miles of green vineyards, lending an almost ethereal feel to the waterway.

We enjoy commentary from our knowledgeable Cruise Director during this passage. Our lunch today sees us tuck into a wonderful themed buffet with several dishes from this part of the world making up the delicious offerings. Weather permitting, we'll enjoy our lunch on the sun deck as we take in the majesty of the glorious Rhine Gorge. We sail this evening into the enchanting city of Koblenz.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 8-9 Drachenfels Railway
Drachenfels Railway

The Upper Rhine and the Drachenfelsbahn

We depart from Koblenz this morning and discover the marvellous Upper Rhine, a stretch of river characterised by lush green meadows and postcard villages. In the afternoon, we dock in Koenigswinter, where we embark on a journey on the Drachensfelbahn railway. This rack railway rises into the mountains and high into the forests for wonderful views across the Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. In the evening, we indulge with a traditional gourmet dinner which features Spargelzeit, a kind of white asparagus famous in this area. (Please note, Spargelzeit depends on seasonal availability).

On Day 9, we arrive into Cologne, we venture forth into this vibrant German city on a walking tour. We see the resplendent cathedral, a centuries-old building which survived 14 aerial hits during bombing carried out in World War Two. Tonight we enjoy a gala dinner with the captain.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 10-11 Amsterdam

Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train

We arrive in Amsterdam this morning, the Dutch capital, where we have a choice of two excursions, the first of which is a city tour of Amsterdam. From idyllic canals and large parks to contemporary art galleries and futuristic architecture, this is a city that boasts something for everyone. The second option is an excursion to Hoorn where we board the splendid Medemblik Steam Train and enjoy a nostalgic trip through splendid scenery.

On Day 11, we disembark the ship and here your cruise concludes. Here, you are escorted to the railway station for your train to London, with your Tour Manager.

  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast
What’s included
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from London to Basel and from Amsterdam to London
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • All rail and coach travel through your tour
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation and 7 nights' cruise
  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinner
  • Journey on the stunning Glacier Express to Zermatt
  • Journey on the Gornegrat Mountain Railway and time at the summit
  • The Drachensfelbahn, Heidelberg, Speyer, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne and the Rhine Gorge
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: Tours of Amsterdam and of Strasbourg, a visit to the Black Forest and a journey on the Medemblik Steam Train.
  • Select your cabin number at no extra cost

Not Included

  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Helen Laverack
Luke Simpson
Glacier Express & Rhine Cruise

Embark on one of the world's finest Glacier Express before a cruise on the spectacular Rhine


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