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Glacier Express, the Rhine and Moselle Cruise


Cruise one of Europe’s quieter waterways combined with one of the world’s most iconic train journeys

10 days From £2,995 per person
Operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys

2023 Tour code: GMR23

About the tour

Combine one of the world's most iconic train journeys with the towns and cities of the meandering Moselle. Explore some of Switzerland's most famous Alpine destinations before boarding the panoramic Glacier Express train.


What’s included


Day 1 - London and Trier

We meet at London St Pancras ahead of our Eurostar journey to Paris. From here, we continue by rail to Trier. Transferring to the waterfront, we board our ship and are welcomed with a cocktail ahead of dinner. Later tonight, our ship casts off and begins sailing to Remich.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Luxembourg and Grevenmacher

From Remich, we board a coach to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, one of the smallest countries in the world. In the capital, Luxembourg City, we enjoy a guided walking tour that introduces us to the local history and attractions. We see Constitution Square, a beautifully maintained public space dedicated to fallen soldiers of WWII, the Grand Duke's Palace, the residency of Luxembourg's Grand Duke to this day, and the Kirchberg Plateau. Located in the city's business district, this elevated area overlooks this historic centre and the scenic Pfaffenthal Valley. Our final stop is the train station, surrounded by an impressive array of stunning Art Deco and Art Nouveau buildings. Returning to the ship for lunch, we cruise to Grevenmacher, on the German-Luxembourg border, where you have free time to look around. You could take a relaxed stroll through this quaint riverside town or head to one of the local Moselle wine makers.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Trier and Bernkastel-Kues

We moor in Piesport and board a coach that returns us to Trier for a tour of Germany's oldest city. Dating back to the Roman period, there's plenty to see as we explore with our local guide. The immense Porta Nigra guards the entrance to the northern part of the city and was built by the Romans around 200 AD. It's now a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, along with St Peter's Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady, which we also see. We continue sailing to Bernkastel-Kues as we enjoy lunch on board, arriving mid-afternoon. We get to know Bernkastel-Kues on a guided tour that includes insights into some of the town's more unique aspects. Sat in the heart of the Moselle Valley, Moselle wines are a particular speciality here and we enjoy a stroll through a nearby vineyard and a special tasting of different vintages, including the world-famous Bernkasteler 'doctor wine'. With a town motto that translates as 'wine and health', we also learn about the supposed restorative properties of this popular drink.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Zell and Cochem

Arriving into riverside Zell, you have free time after breakfast to explore. Centred around its wineries, you can do some shopping in the quaint Old Town or make a visit to the 16th-century castle or black cat fountain in the town's market place. You'll see black cats everywhere you look in Zell, as they're the official town mascot. In the afternoon, we continue to Cochem, nestled in the Moselle Valley and surrounded by lush vineyards. The town, in particular its old quarter, is dominated by a Gothic castle, the Reichsburg, which we tour with our local guide. With a fantastic viewpoint from the castle's turrets, take a moment to admire the topography of the Moselle Valley with its dreamy forests, wild meadows and sprawling vineyards. There's also a preserved mustard mill that was built around 1810 and is the only surviving example of its kind in Europe, while the old quarter of Cochem is where you'll find well-preserved sections of the ancient town walls; there's even a fascinating arts centre housed in Cochem's former monastery.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Koblenz and Rüdesheim

Sat at the meeting point of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, Koblenz takes its name from its position at their 'confluence'. The modern town has ancient roots that go all the way back to the Romans, who established a strategic settlement and military stronghold here in 8 BC. We uncover the area's history on a walking tour, wandering the charming streets between the St Castor Basilica and the Liebfrauenkirche (the Church of our Beloved Lady). Next, we take a cable car ride over the Rhine to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for unforgettable views over the Rhine Valley. After sailing through the Rhine Gorge, our evening is spent in Rüdesheim, where the unique Winzerexpress train takes us from our mooring point to the centre of town. This is the starting point of our walking tour and from here we make our way along the world-renowned Drösselgasse - a street lined with traditional pubs and wine cellars - to the market square, surrounded by noble courtyards and half-timbered buildings from the 16th century. We end with a warming cup of Rüdesheimer coffee, a local specialty featuring the town's own-brand brandy, 'Asbach'.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Speyer and Strasbourg

We enjoy a walking tour of lovely Speyer today, home to a beautiful Old Town. Among the highlights we take in include the city's cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A basilica with four towers and two domes, it was founded by Conrad II in 1030, then remodelled at the end of the 11th century, and is still one of the most important Romanesque monuments from the time of the Holy Roman Empire. It's also been the burial place of German emperors for the last 300 years and its network of arcades, added in the 1200s, was a first in architectural history.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Strasbourg and Zermatt

Disembarking the ship at the end of our cruise, we travel by rail to Zermatt, checking into our hotel for two nights. A pretty resort town, Zermatt offers up quintessential Swiss charm in abundance, with carfree streets lined with traditional wooden chalets all set against the backdrop of the striking Matterhorn.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - The Gornergrat Mountain Railway

We enjoy our first heritage rail journey today, travelling on the Gornergrat Mountain Railway. Our journey begins as the electric train leaves Zermatt and begins its ascent, overcoming a height difference of 4,873 feet across the route. Crossing over the Findelbach River, the train soon reaches its first station in Findelbach before climbing sharply. Passing through a series of short, curved tunnels to gain height amongst the imposing mountain landscape, we arrive at Riffelalp station. This idyllic hamlet boasts wonderful vistas over the towns lower in the valley. From here, the train continues across an increasingly dramatic landscape; the line twisting and turning through the rocky crags on its upward path as we approach the summit station of Gornergrat. With views over 29 other mountains in the Alps, including the mighty Matterhorn, the scenery really has to be seen to be believed. We return to Zermatt where we get to know the town a little better on an insightful guided tour of its main sights.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - The Glacier Express and Chur

We board the magnificent Glacier Express for a spectacular journey that offers unparalleled views of the most awe-inspiring mountain ranges in the world. We spiral up the mountains, crossing enormous viaducts, burrowing through tunnels and rising above the clouds. We travel alongside the River Rhône to Visp, where we change tracks on our way to Chur, home for the night, which takes us through eight tunnels and across 42 bridges, the steep ascent requiring cogwheels to be engaged. Leaving the lofty scenery of Zermatt behind, enjoy free time on arrival to soak up the atmosphere of Switzerland's oldest town.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Chur and London

We make the journey home today, travelling via Basel and Paris on our way to London St Pancras.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

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Mobility information

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.


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Glacier Express, the Rhine and Moselle Cruise

Cruise one of Europe’s quieter waterways combined with one of the world’s most iconic train journeys


Simon Laverack
Ashleigh Howe
Lynne Broadley