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Discover the iconic Glacier Express and enjoy a sensational leisurely paced cruise on the magical Rhine with an itinerary that provides the perfect relaxed introduction to river cruising.

2024 Tour code: RGR24

About the tour

Experience one of the world's finest rail adventures aboard the legendary Glacier Express before descending the valley for a luxury cruise on the spectacular Rhine. Sailing only in daylight hours means that you won't miss a single moment of the breathtaking scenery, as we drift gracefully alongside the riverbanks, discovering the picturesque towns nestled on both sides, each filled with their own unique atmosphere and culture.

Marvel at the legendary Rhine Gorge, gazing in awe at the majestic castles, vineyard covered hills, and lush forests of this a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the varied wonders of beautiful Strasbourg, the landscapes of the Black Forest, the castle ruins of Heidelberg, and the quaint alleys of Rudesheim. Unwind and explore on a luxury adventure that promises relaxation, discovery, and a front-row seat to Europe's most spectacular landscapes.

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.
Zermatt
Zermatt
Stay in picture-perfect Strasbourg, and idyllic Zermatt, waking to views of the mighty Matterhorn mountain.
The Rhine Gorge
The Rhine Gorge
Sail the enchanting, Romantic Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site with spellbinding castles, verdant forests, vineyard-clad slopes, and the dramatic Lorelei Rock.
Rüdesheim
Rüdesheim
Explore Rüdesheim on a tour through the vineyards aboard a land train and enjoy time to wander the famous Drosselgasse, a quaint narrow alleyway lined with traditional pubs and wine cellars.
Drachenfels Railway
Drachenfels Railway
Reach the summit of the majestic Drachenfels on the exhilarating Drachenfelsbahn cog railway to enjoy the splendid views.
Heidelberg
Heidelberg
Visit the ‘Jewel of Germany’, Heidelberg on a guided tour, delving into the highlights of this picturesque riverside city.
Cologne
Cologne
Discover the lively streets of Cologne and its Gothic cathedral, a timeless masterpiece.
The Black Forest
The Black Forest
Venture into the Black Forest to witness stunning fairytale panoramas and discover Strasbourg’s grand architecture.

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 arty boutiques, 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 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, Dinner
Day 5 - To Strasbourg where we 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 - The enchanting Black Forest or striking Strasbourg

Today, you have a choice of two wonderful excursions. The first is a magical trip into the Black Forest, to witness stunning fairytale panoramas. Experience the beauty of Germany's largest nature park filled with rolling hills, picturesque villages, dense forests, and meadows dotted with wildflowers. As you explore this fairytale setting, you'll learn about the enchanting history and folklore of the region.

Alternatively, you could enjoy a city tour of Strasbourg. The city sits on the French-German border and blends the best of the two cultures, with colourful half-timbered houses and cobbled streets. On our tour, we visit the cathedral and the quaint La Petite France district.

Later this afternoon, you're at leisure in Strasbourg until dinner this evening. Discover the city's fascinating history, admire its grand architecture and experience its unique character at your own pace.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Traditional Heidelberg and lovely Speyer

Early this morning, we set off on our first relaxing sail toward charming Speyer. Arriving in the afternoon, we disembark and join our coach for an excursion the picturesque university town of Heidelberg, known for its lovely Old Town and stunning riverfront which is perfect for a relaxing stroll.

We enjoy a guided tour including a visit to the magnificent ruined, red sandstone castle that towers over the city. From here, we take in the amazing views of the surrounding forests, river, and cityscape. Returning to Speyer, we board our ship again in time for dinner.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Charming Rüdesheim

We spend our morning sailing past the old Roman city of Mainz and spa town of Wiesbaden, to the captivating town of Rüdesheim, famous for its delicious white wine, especially the dry Riesling variety. This afternoon, we get to know the history and stories of the renowned wine town during a guided tour through the vineyards aboard a land train and a visit to the Niederwalddenkmal for outstanding views over the Rhine.

After our tour, there's time to wander its cobbled streets at leisure. Meander the charming half-timbered houses and quaint shops. You could even drop in at one of the enticing wine bars in the Drosselgasse alley for a glass or two before dinner this evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - The magical Rhine Gorge and picturesque Koblenz

After breakfast, we depart Rüdesheim and 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. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the quaint, friendly town. We recommend strolling to Deutsches Eck where you'll be surrounded by inspiring vistas including the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Back onboard later, we cruise the enchanting Middle Rhine, sailing by riverbanks lined with lush green meadows and pretty villages. During dinner this evening, we dock in Königswinter where we spend the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 - The wonderful Drachenfelsbahn and lively Cologne

After breakfast, 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.

During lunch, we enjoy an afternoon sail to vibrant Cologne. Here, we enjoy a tour of the city and explore its lively streets and squares. We admire the Romanesque townhouses before visiting the city's impressive Gothic cathedral which is the largest in Northern Europe. The intricate spires and magnificent stained glass windows of this UNESCO-listed landmark are captivating as we marvel at the grand architecture. We then head back to our cruise ship for our Gala dinner onboard.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 - Homeward bound

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

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

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
Gornergrat Mountain Railway

Ship

MS Amadeus Star

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