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Glacier Express and Rhine Cruise

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

From $ per person


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. Enjoy picture-postcard river gorges, iconic cities, cheerful riverside towns and much more.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

What’s included

Day 2 - Chur

On Day 2 you head to the station to continue your jouney by rail to Chur in Switzerland

Departure Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Eurostar
Eurostar

The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.

Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!

The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.

For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.

The Glacier Express
Glacier Express

The Glacier Express is undoubtedly Switzerland's best known train. The 181 mile (290km) trip from Zermatt to St Moritz lasts around eight hours winding its way through some of Europe's most dramatic and beautiful scenery.

Beginning in Zermatt, a pretty Alpine resort close to the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express glides northwards from under the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn and follows the Matter Vispa River and the Rhône Valley to Visp. The train then heads east to Brig, before climbing through Betten, Grengiols and Oberwald on its journey to the 9¼ mile (15km) long Furka Base Tunnel.

The train emerges and makes its way to the village of Andermatt, before beginning its ascent towards the Oberalp Pass which at 6,670 feet (2,033m) is the highest point on the line. It then makes the steep descent towards Disentis, where the train is attached to an RHB locomotive. From here we pass the historic town of Ilanz, descending to the stunning Rhine Gorge where we continue on to the attractive cantonal capital of Chur.

Gornergrat Mountain Railway
Gornergrat Mountain Railway

The Gornergrat Mountain Railway runs for just less than six miles from the pretty town of Zermatt to the summit of the Gornergrat some 10,135ft above sea level. It is the highest railway in Europe to run and mostly in the open air (the Jungfrau Railway runs to a higher point but is predominantly in a tunnel).

TGV
TGV

Introduced in 1981, France's TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) was the original European high-speed train. Linking Paris with Lyon, the new service revolutionised train travel and meant that travelling by air over medium and short distances was no longer seen as the best option, even for business travel.

The network has expanded rapidly and today these sleek, stylish trains offer links to over 60 destinations throughout France. Operated by SNCF, the French national rail operator, TGV trains travel over specially-constructed high speed lines. The trains can achieve speeds of up to 186mph (300km/h) on most long distance routes and 200mph (320km/h) on the new TGV Est line, which links Paris with Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Basel. With the exception of shorter journeys, TGVs almost always have an on-board buffet car, serving a selection of drinks and light refreshments.

Hotels
Hotel Stern, Chur
Hotel Stern, Chur

A traditionally Swiss hotel, the stunning Hotel Stern has stood for 360 years in central Chur and is just a short walk from the train station. A property that perfectly blends rustic heritage and modern convenience, the well-established, on-site restaurant specialises is delicious Swiss cuisine and you can access the rooftop terrace for wonderful views across the stunning surrounding countryside.

Hotel National, Zermatt
Hotel National, Zermatt

The 4-Star Hotel National is located in the very centre of Zermatt, only five minutes' walk from the railway station. The hotel has a superb spa including a 360 metre-square indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym, as well as other facilities including a restaurant, bar and garden terrace. All rooms are south facing with balconies and include a mini bar, bath robes and slippers, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi internet access and tea/coffee making facilities.

Hotel Schweizerhof, Zermatt
Hotel Schweizerhof

Just across the street from Zermatt's bustling train station, the 4-Star Hotel Schweizerhof is a popular hotel boasting an onsite restaurant, specializing in regional cuisine, a bar and a French bistro-style café. Each room is well appointed and comes equipped with standard facilities including a living room area, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and tea/coffeemakers.

Hotel Simi, Zermatt
Hotel Simi

The 4-Star Hotel Simi is watched over by the Matterhorn and is close to Zermatt's railway station. This hotel is housed in a classic Zermatt building with wooden finishes and impressive interiors, designed to make the most of the bright Swiss summer and to shield from the Swiss winter. Amenities include a restaurant, a bar and a sauna, steam bath and a Jacuzzi. Rooms all have a hairdryer, a television, a minibar and a safe.

Hotel Sonne, Zermatt
Hotel Sonne

Set at the foot of Switzerland's Pennine Alps, in the shadow of the recognisable Matterhorn, the 4-Star Superior Hotel Sonne in Zermatt is within walking distance of the resort's main attractions and transport links. Enjoy the terrace and outdoor hot tub, perfect for admiring the scenery. There's also a well-stocked wine cellar, a gym, indoor pool, sauna and steam bath. The tastefully-decorated guest rooms all come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, Nespresso machines, a minibar and a balcony.

Ships
MS Amadeus Silver III
MS Amadeus Silver III

The MS Amadeus Silver III is an enchanting vessel and excellent floating hotel, cruising along the rivers of northern Europe. Charming interiors, impeccable service and 5-star catering make this ship one of the finest ways to experience the natural and human beauty of the European rivers as you relax, sleep and dine against spectacular backdrops and wonderful scenery. Enjoy the serene tranquillity that only river cruising can bring on board the MS Amadeus Silver III.

Amenities on board include a restaurant serving international and domestic food, a panoramic bar with specially designed windows, a fitness suite and a hair salon. On top of the ship is the Sun Deck with deck games, loungers and deck chairs. Each cabin has Egyptian cotton bed sheet, television, an en-suite bathroom with luxurious toiletries, a walk-in wardrobe and a minibar. The suites all have walk-out exterior balconies.

MS Amadeus Imperial
MS Amadeus Imperial

Launched in 2020, the AMADEUS Imperial effortlessly blends the vibrant energy of a day of river cruising with an increasingly calm and intimate ship experience.

This ship is made up of 4 decks and features facilities including an international restaurant, a panoramic bar, a quiet lounge area, a fitness suite and a salon. On the Sun Deck, there are loungers and deck chairs, perfect for sitting and socialising with fellow passengers. Each well- appointed cabin features Egyptian cotton bed sheets, a television, a walk-in wardrobe, an en-suite toilet, a hairdryer and a minibar.

MS Amadeus Cara

The Amadeus Cara joined the Amadeus fleet in 2021. Offering impeccable cabin spaces with 73 deluxe cabins and 12 Amadeus suites, each room onboard comes with a spacious en-suite bathroom, a mini bar, a flat screen television, and a walk-in wardrobe. Some rooms also offer panoramic windows or a balcony, as well as a comfortable corner sofa. Made up of four decks, the ship features many amenities including the river terrace, a restaurant, a hair salon and a fitness centre where you can work out or book a relaxing massage.

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

Door to door luggage from £180
Door to door luggage from £130

Whether as an added luxury, or essential to your enjoyment of the tour, door-to-door luggage collection and delivery services can really enhance your holiday experience. Travelling across Europe by train is so much more relaxing without the burden of your suitcase, and we can help arrange for your case to be collected from home prior to the holiday and for it to be waiting for you on your cruise ship as you arrive.

We are pleased to provide the services of the GRJ Luggage Concierge Service - supported by our partner The Baggage Man, offering luggage transport from as little as £180 for one suitcase and £260 for two suitcases.

Please contact us for details of this service.

London Hotels
London hotels

Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your return to London, you would like to break your journey with an overnight stay before continuing home.

We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.

Hotel       Room Rate From Price 
The Ambassador Hotel      From £65 per person

Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805. 

UK rail connections
UK train tickets

Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.

We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.

For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.

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