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Glacier Express & Rhine Cruise

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(Tour code: GER20)

Discover one of Switzerland’s most impressive railways and sail on the mighty Rhine

Embark on one of the world's fi nest rail adventures aboard the Glacier Express before descending down the valley for a cruise on the spectacular Rhine. Enjoy picture-postcard river gorges, iconic cities, cheerful riverside towns and much more.

Highlights
  • The Glacier Express
  • Journey on the Gornegrat Mountain Railway
  • Strasbourg
  • Speyer and Heidelberg
  • Rüdesheim and the Rhine Gorge
  • The Lower Rhine
  • Journey on the Drachenfelsbahn
  • Cologne
  • Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train
What’s Included
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    6 lunches
    3 nights hotel accommodation
  • 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Silver III
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

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
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.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Glacier Express
Glacier Express

The Glacier Express and Zermatt

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 Park Hotel Beau Site.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Gornergrat Mountain Railway
Gornergrat Mountain Railway

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Amadeus Silver III
Amadeus Silver III

Boarding your ship

Today, we travel from Zermatt to Basel by rail, where you'll be met by a Great Rail Journeys representative who will escort you to the ship, the Amadeus Silver III. This evening, we enjoy a welcome cocktail before a delicious Swiss themed first meal.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Strasbourg
Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Our vessel sails into the charming French city of Strasbourg today. Strasbourg's position on the German-French border has seen it change hands between the two nations frequently throughout history. Because of this, Strasbourg represents the best of both cultures, with colourful half-timbered houses and cobbled streets.

You have two choices here. Your first option is a city tour of Strasbourg, uncovering its charm and history. Your second choice sees you travel along the Schwarzwaldhochstraße into the famous Black Forest, passing through stunning fairytale panoramas.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Heidelberg
Heidelberg

Speyer and Heidelberg

We arrive in Speyer this morning, where there's 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. Featuring an entire jumbo jet, army vehicles, emergency vehicles, a submarine and much more, this museum is a treasure trove of vehicular delights and is well worth a visit.

Later in the afternoon, we have an excursion to the delightful university town of Heidelberg where we are treated to a guided tour. Heidelberg is famous for a magnificent ruined castle that stands guard over the riverbanks, proudly looking over the town below.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Rüdesheim
Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim and the Rhine Gorge

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.

Our lunch today sees us tuck into a wonderful themed buffet with a suckling pig as the striking centrepiece, and several smaller dishes from this part of the world. We sail this evening into the enchanting city of Koblenz; you may wish to visit one of the famous wine taverns here.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Drachenfels Railway
Drachenfels Railway

The Lower Rhine and the Drachenfelsbahn

After an evening in Koblenz, we depart and discover the marvellous Lower Rhine, a stretch of river characterised by lush green meadows and postcard villages.

Our Cruise Director provides us with the history of this area, and highlights points of interest. 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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Cologne
Cologne

Cologne

Arriving in Cologne this morning, 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 World War Two. We also wander through the many bustling squares and labyrinthine streets, seeing Romanesque town-houses. Tonight is an opportunity to dress up in our finest as we enjoy a gala dinner with the captain.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Medemblik Steam Train
Medemblik Steam Train

Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train

We arrive in Amsterdam this morning where we have a choice of two excursions, the first is a city tour of Amsterdam. One of the most popular of all the European cities, Amsterdam is as modern as it is historic, as young as it is old. 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 enchanting Dutch scenery.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Return to the UK
Return to the UK

Homeward bound

After a buffet breakfast, we disembark the ship and here your cruise concludes. Make your way back to the railway station with your Tour Manager to board your train back to London St Pancras.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Airport waiting room

Recommended Airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Travel Options

We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for departures on this tour. You can find out which class each departure is by clicking on the information button in the pricing grid. (Look for S - Standard Class and F - First Class)

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

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 including 1 night at the 4-star Romantik Hotel Stern in Chur and 2 nights at the 4-star Park Hotel Beau Site in Zermatt
  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinner
  • Journey on the stunning Glacier Express, Switzerland's most dramatic and panoramic railway
  • 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.
  • 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.

 Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers
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