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Cruise one of Europe’s most peaceful waterways and travel to the ‘Top of Europe’ on the Jungfrau Railway

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2024 Tour code: MMR24

About the tour

A holiday which combines an iconic rail trip to the 'Top of Europe' - Europe's highest station - and a stay in beautiful Interlaken with a serene cruise through the delightful Moselle.

Experience wonderful Interlaken surrounded by alpine scenery, then sail past the castles, forests and mythical Lorelei rock of the stunning Rhine Gorge. Next, ancient Roman ruins sprinkle the Moselle landscape as we calmly drift through its natural beauty and enjoy the peaceful pace of life on this meandering river.

Unforgettable experiences

Jungfrau Express
Jungfrau Express
Journey on the mighty Jungfrau Express and be awestruck as you reach the “Top of Europe” to soak up stunning panoramic views of the majestic Alpine landscape at the summit.
Interlaken
Interlaken
Explore idyllic Interlaken, set between the stunning Lakes Thun and Brienz, overlooked by the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains.
Trier
Trier
Discover Trier - a UNESCO World Heritage site, with ancient Roman ruins occupying the same street corner as classic Baroque architecture and brightly coloured townhouses.
Wines of the Moselle
Wines of the Moselle
Sample wines of the Moselle, including the popular Riesling, at different destinations along the river.
Rüdesheim
Rüdesheim
Explore Rüdesheim and the famous Drosselgasse, a quaint narrow alleyway lined with traditional pubs and wine cellars.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - To stunning Interlaken

We depart from London St Pancras on the Eurostar, bound for Paris. From here, we continue onto the beautiful resort of Interlaken, a picturesque town set between two alpine lakes and surrounded by majestic mountains. Arriving at our hotel, we settle in for the first night of our holiday.

Our hotel is well located, allowing for a leisurely stroll through the charming historic streets. When the skies are clear, the view of the valley is simply incredible, offering a panoramic vista of the stunning Bernese Oberland. You can explore the town at your leisure or simply relax and soak up our new incredible surroundings before dinner this evening.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - An unforgettable trip to the "Top of Europe " on the sensational Jungfrau Express

We enjoy a highlight of our holiday today, a journey to Jungfraujoch - Europe's highest station. Boarding the sensational Jungfrau Express at Kleine Scheidegg, we're accompanied by an expert guide. As the train winds its way up the mountain, we soak up the breathtaking views of the surrounding alpine landscape and pause at the halfway station.

Our guide delights us with a fascinating talk about the mountains and geology around us, and describes the history and construction of this remarkable railway line as we keep climbing, the views getting more spectacular the higher we go. When we reach Jungfraujoch, the vistas from the Sphinx viewing platform are truly awe-inspiring. At the top, we're close to the stunning Aletsch Glacier - a World Heritage wonder - which stretches as far as the eye can see.

We return to Interlaken via the scenic Swiss mountain village of Grindelwald, nestled in the green valley beneath the immense Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. You have time to stroll around and take in the traditional wooden chalets, incredible views and charming atmosphere of the village before dinner at our hotel this evening.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - To Strasbourg where we board our luxurious ship

After a leisurely morning in Interlaken, we set off to Strasbourg. Here, we're greeted with a refreshing cocktail and a warm welcome aboard our ship. During dinner this evening, we set sail bound for Rüdesheim.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Charming Rüdesheim, the magical 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.

After this relaxing cruise, we arrive in Koblenz, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet. From the Deutsches Eck, there are amazing views of surrounding beauty with the Rhine on one side and the Moselle on the other. On a guided tour we wander the charming streets where the air is filled with scents of freshly brewed coffee and baked goods as we pass by and admire lovely shop window displays. We see the St Castor Basilica and the Liebfrauenkirche, also known as the Church of Our Beloved Lady. As we enjoy dinner onboard, we set sail for Bernkastel-Kues.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Colourful Bernkastel-Kues and fairytale Luxembourg

We moor in the heart of the Moselle Valley for lunch as the charming town of Bernkastel-Kues unfolds. The picturesque vineyards of the Valley climb up the hillsides, while half-timbered houses with blooming flowers add to the enchanting atmosphere.

You then have two fantastic excursion options, firstly you could discover Bernkastel-Kues and its renowned Moselle wines as we stroll through a nearby vineyard, tasting different vintages, including the world-famous Bernkasteler 'doctor wine'.

Alternatively, you could enjoy a coach and walking tour of the charming Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, one of the smallest countries in the world, where we're introduced to the local history and attractions.

During dinner onboard this evening, we continue cruising to Trier where we moor for the night.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - The ancient city of Trier

After breakfast onboard this morning, we explore Germany's oldest city, Trier, with a local guide. The ancient streets are known for their Roman ruins, medieval buildings, and Baroque churches and we delve into this impressive history on our tour.

We visit the immense Porta Nigra which guards the entrance to the north of the city, St Peter's Cathedral with its intricate stone carvings and stained glass windows, and the Church of Our Lady, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. After a relaxing afternoon at leisure, we set sail downstream as we enjoy dinner onboard.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Lovely Cochem – the heart of the Moselle wine trade

As our ship pulls into the port of Cochem, the stunning Moselle Valley surrounds us with rolling hills, half-timbered houses and the majestic castle (the Reichsburg) perched on top of a hill. The town itself is a maze of slender alleys adorned with pastel-coloured buildings, quaint boutiques and wine cellars.

Our guided tour includes a visit to the Reichsburg in the Old Town. With a fantastic viewpoint from the castle's turrets, we admire the Moselle Valley's landscape of dreamy forests, wild meadows, and sprawling vineyards. In the old quarter of Cochem, you'll find well-preserved sections of the ancient town walls and a fascinating arts centre in a former monastery.

After lunch onboard, we enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Moselle Valley this afternoon, as we continue our cruise past Winningen and towards Koblenz, where we rejoin the Rhine.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Discovering medieval Speyer

As we step into the beautiful Old Town of Speyer this afternoon, we enjoy a guided tour. Among the highlights, we see the city's cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest Romanesque churches in the world. Its impressive four-roomed crypt serves as the final resting place for many Holy Roman emperors and German kings. This evening, we enjoy our final dinner onboard as we cruise towards Strasbourg overnight.

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

Our cruise comes to an end today. After saying goodbye to our wonderful crew, we head to Strasbourg station for the train to Paris, where we join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras. Here, we bid farewell 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

Eurostar
Jungfrau Railway
TGV

Ships

MS Amadeus Imperial
MS Amadeus Star

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P Gordon

4 stars

Submitted 04 Sep 2022

In view of the need to change the itinerary, GRJ did a great job. The cruise was excellent, particularly the ship and service. I expect the Moselle cruise would have been more picturesque than the Main, but the excursions were good. The highlight of our trip was Interlaken and the Jungfrau, excellently led by Rosie Sharp.

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David Robinson

4 stars

Submitted 01 Sep 2022

I really enjoyed this holiday. I expected more added value on the rail travelling portion to make it more of an ‘experience’. The cruise was excellent the ‘hotel’ crew excellent and the Swiss / interlaken and jungfrau visit was a real quality experience. The ‘Great Rail’ staff / the Tour staff, Cruise direction staff and on shore tour staff were also excellent and great ambassadors for the company. I would undoubtedly consider doing a similar trip but would be more Circumspect about the major train journeys.

from Great Rail Journeys
Hello David, Thank you for your 4-star review. It sounds like you had a wonderful time away. The photos look spectacular! Your comments are greatly appreciated, and we hope to see you on another tour soon. Best Wishes, Nathan
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