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Glacier Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

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(Tour code: GER19)

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 II or III

Glacier Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise 2019Tour Details

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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

Departing Chur today, we board the magnificent Glacier Express for a spectacular journey offering 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 on our way to Zermatt, under the Matterhorn staying at the 4-Star Hotel National.

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

Journey on the Gornegrat Mountain Railway

We enjoy another mountain railway journey today, venturing forth on the Gornegrat Mountain Railway. This cog rail trip covers 1,469m in its ascent of the Gornegrat, arriving at its summit where you can enjoy magical views of the surrounding mountains including the imposing, indomitable Matterhorn. We return later to Zermatt for a guided tour.

  • Breakfast
Days 4-5 Strasbourg

Zermatt and embarkation

Travel today from Zermatt to Basel by rail, where you board your ship, 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, or alternatively travel along the Schwarzwaldhochstraße to the Black Forest and enjoying free time in the charming 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. This afternoon we pass through the glorious Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 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. In the afternoon, we dock in Koenigswinter, where we embark on a journey on the Drachensfelbahn railway.

On Day 9, we arrive into Cologne, and venture forth into this vibrant German city on a walking tour.

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

Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train

We arrive into Amsterdam where we have a choice of two excursions, the first of which is a city tour of Amsterdam. The second option is an excursion to Hoorn where we board the splendid Medemblik Steam Train.

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.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Julie Pacalon
Helen Laverack
Glacier Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

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


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