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Glacier Express & Highlights of the Rhine

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9 days From £2,495 per person

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Experience the iconic Glacier Express and discover the wonders of cruising with a luxurious journey along the enchanting Rhine River.

2024 Tour code: GSR24

About the tour

Join us on this brand new 9-day holiday and experience the unique combination of a stunning rail adventure on the celebrated Glacier Express with a luxurious 4-night cruise on the magical Rhine. Staying in picturesque Zermatt, beneath the Matterhorn, then sailing past the castles, forests and mythical Lorelei Rock of the lovely Rhine Gorge.

Unforgettable experiences

Glacier Express
Glacier Express
Journey through stunning mountain scenery on the renowned Glacier Express and enjoy some of the most sensational views of the Matterhorn on the Gornergrat Mountain Railway.
Rhine Gorge
Rhine Gorge
Sail into the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge - a magical area of castles, forests and the mythical Lorelei Rock.
Zermatt
Zermatt
Stay in delightful Strasbourg, picturesque Chur, and the alpine wonderland of Zermatt.
Heidelberg
Heidelberg
Explore the beautiful riverside city of Heidelberg on a guided tour, seeing wonderful medieval buildings and its fabulous ruined castle.
Drachenfels Railway
Drachenfels Railway
Climb to the top of the Drachenfels on the Drachenfelsbahn cog railway, with wonderful views across the shimmering river and beyond.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 – To delightful Strasbourg

Our holiday begins this morning as we meet at London St Pancras before travelling on the Eurostar service to Paris. From here, we continue by rail to the enchanting city of Strasbourg where we spend our first night. After dinner, you can enjoy a leisurely evening roaming the town's twisting alleys and crooked half-timbered houses. Or, cosy up in one of the delightful winstubs - traditional Alsatian taverns.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 – Charming Chur

As we finish breakfast this morning, we make our way to the station and journey by rail to Chur. After we arrive and check into our hotel this afternoon, you can explore the rich history, culture, and sights of Switzerland's oldest village, before dinner this evening. Wander the Altstadt - the Old Town - and discover the authentic restaurants and relaxed bars that add to the town's lovely atmosphere.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – The iconic Glacier Express and wonderful Zermatt

Today, we board the magnificent Glacier Express. Our panoramic journey takes us through undeniably Swiss scenes of green meadows, dense, evergreen forests and snow-capped mountains, ambling along the beautiful Rhine Valley aboard 'The Slowest Express Train in the World'. We spiral up the mountains, crossing vast viaducts, burrowing through tunnels and rising above the clouds on our way to Zermatt.

Here, we check into our wonderful hotel for two nights in this stunning, car-free mountain village. Sitting at the heart of the Swiss Alps, it has wonderful views of the surrounding alpine peaks including the mighty, Matterhorn mountain.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 – The beautiful Gornergrat Mountain Railway

Another exciting mountain journey awaits us today, the Gornergrat Mountain Railway. This cog railway trip ascends the Gornergrat, to its summit - the second-highest railway in Europe. As we reach the top, stunning views of glaciers, snow-capped peaks, and valleys below are revealed. From here, we enjoy magical views of the surrounding mountains including the imposing Matterhorn.

After lunch surrounded by the views of Gornergrat, we return to Zermatt and discover more of this wonderful resort on a guided tour. Strolling through the traditional streets we're surrounded by wooden chalets and shops selling traditional Swiss products as our guide shares the history of Zermatt giving us a deeper understanding of the beautiful resort. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy the scenery and tranquillity.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 – Strasbourg to board our luxurious ship

Waking up in our beautiful alpine surroundings, we enjoy breakfast before travelling by rail to Strasbourg. Here, we're escorted to our luxury cruise ship where we're greeted by our wonderful crew with a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – Charming Rüdesheim, the enchanting Rhine Gorge, and picturesque Koblenz

We sail into the captivating town of Rüdesheim, famous for its delicious white wine, especially the dry Riesling variety. There's time to wander its cobbled streets and see the charming half-timbered houses, quaint shops, and enticing wine bars in the Drosselgasse alley. Next, we enjoy a highlight of our cruising experience - sailing through the romantic Rhine Gorge.

This section of the Rhine is renowned for its spectacular views. The riverbanks plunge deeper here, and we wind around bends surrounded by endless miles of lush green vineyards, ancient castles, and picturesque riverside towns. It's also one of the narrowest points of the river with one of the strongest currents.

As we sail, we hear the fascinating story of the legendary Lorelei Rock which soars almost 500 feet out of the water. This monument has been the inspiration for countless myths and legends, and we hear of them as we sail by.

Our journey through the Rhine Gorge comes to a close, and we moor in the town of Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. After a guided tour, you have time to explore and we recommend strolling to Deutsches Eck where you'll be surrounded by inspiring vistas including the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Later, we make our way back to the ship, where dinner is served onboard.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - The magical Middle Rhine and the wonderful Drachenfelsbahn

Our ship remains moored in Koblenz overnight, and we set sail in the morning to explore the enchanting Middle Rhine. We sail passed riverbanks lined with lush green meadows and pretty villages as our Cruise Director narrates the region's history and highlights points of interest along the way.

In the afternoon, we dock in Königswinter, where we journey on the Drachenfelsbahn railway. This fabulous cog railway rises high into the forests, passing the fairytale Drachenfels castle - which is said to have been the inspiration for the castle in Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty'. We experience wonderful views across the Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany as we climb higher.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 – Lovely Speyer and traditional Heidelberg

Waking to views of charming Speyer, you can discover the city at your own pace. In the afternoon, we journey to the picturesque university town of Heidelberg, known for its lovely Old Town and stunning riverfront which is perfect for a relaxing stroll.

Here, we enjoy a guided tour including a visit to the magnificent ruined, red sandstone castle that towers over the city, providing amazing views of the surrounding forests, river, and cityscape. Returning to our ship for dinner, we set off on a restful overnight sailing.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 – Homeward bound

After breakfast, it's time to disembark in Strasbourg and say goodbye to our wonderful crew. We make our way to the railway station and head towards Paris where we catch the Eurostar to London St Pancras. Here, we say goodbye to new friends and fellow travellers.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Trains

Drachenfels Railway
Eurostar
The Glacier Express

Ships

MS Amadeus Imperial
MS Amadeus Star

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