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Climb to the highest railway station in Europe and uncover the majesty of the Rhine.

10 days From £3,195 per person

2024 Tour code: EMR24

About the tour

A holiday which combines a rail trip to the top of Europe and a stay in beautiful Interlaken with 7 nights on a luxurious Rhine Cruise into the magical Rhine Gorge, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, visiting idyllic German towns and medieval cities.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Amsterdam

Today, meet your Tour Manager and the rest of your group at London St Pancras before travelling on the Eurostar service to Amsterdam, where you'll be escorted to the ship. This evening we enjoy a welcome drink and a 5-course dinner onboard, accompanied by songs from the Dutch Sea Shanty Choir.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train

This morning 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 its idyllic canals and vast parks to its great museums and unique architecture, the city has wide appeal. The second option is an excursion to Hoorn where we board the Medemblik Steam Train and enjoy a nostalgic trip through enchanting Dutch scenery. After lunch onboard we set sail for an overnight sailing to Cologne.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Cologne

We arrive into Cologne after lunch where we moor for the night. This afternoon we take a walking tour of the city. We visit the imposing Gothic cathedral, the largest in Northern Europe. We also wander through bustling squares and labyrinthine streets of Romanesque townhouses. This evening we enjoy dinner with drinks once again on our cruise ship.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - The Upper Rhine and the Drachenfelsbahn

We depart Cologne this morning and discover the marvellous Upper Rhine, a stretch of river characterised by lush green meadows and pretty 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 fabulous cog railway rises high into the forests, passing the fairytale Drachensfel castle and experiencing wonderful views across the Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. In the evening we enjoy another delicious dinner onboard our ship as we continue our cruise to Koblenz where we moor for the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Koblenz, Rüdesheim and the Rhine Gorge

This morning we have some free time to explore Koblenz, once a Roman stronghold. We return to our cruise ship for a Bavarian themed lunch, with a suckling pig, as we set sail for the enchanting German town of Rüdesheim am Rhein, known for its white wine, especially the dry Riesling variety.

Over lunch and this afternoon we experience one of the highlights of the tour, as we travel through the glorious Rhine Gorge, one of the most beautiful sections of the river and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The river banks deepen here, and we are surrounded by dense forests and endless miles of green vineyards. During this passage we see the extraordinary Lorelei Rock, a site of myth and legend.

On arrival in Rüdesheim am Rhein, there's free time to wander its cobbled streets and see its charming half-timbered houses, quaint shops and enticing wine bars. We are served dinner with drinks onboard our ship. We sail overnight to Speyer.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Speyer and Heidelberg

This morning we arrive into Speyer where we are docked for the day. After breakfast you have a free morning to explore. Following lunch onboard we take a coach excursion to the delightful university city of Heidelberg for a guided tour. Our excursion includes entrance to the magnificent Heidelberg castle, which stands proudly above the city, with fabulous views across the surrounding forest and down to the river. We return to our ship for dinner and an overnight sailing to Strasbourg.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Strasbourg or The Black Forest

Strasbourg's position on the German-French border has seen it change hands between the two nations throughout history. As a result, 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, discovering its charm and history. Your second choice is an excursion into the wonderful Black Forest, passing through stunning fairytale panoramas. We return to our ship for dinner and drinks, with an optional Gala dinner with the captain and crew.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Interlaken

After breakfast we transfer to the station and continue our journey by rail to the beautiful resort of Interlaken, set between two idyllic Alpine lakes, in Switzerland. We check into our hotel for two nights then the rest of your afternoon is at leisure to explore or relax. This evening we dine at our Interlaken hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - The Jungfrau Express

This morning we travel by train to Kleine Scheidegg via Lauterbrunnen, for a stupendous journey to the summit of the Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway. Here you have free time to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountain from the Sphinx observatory, maybe visit the extraordinary Ice Palace to see the fabulous ice sculptures, or enjoy lunch with a view from one of the restaurants. We return to Interlaken via the scenic Swiss mountain village of Grindelwald where there's some free time to look around. This evening we dine at our four-star hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 10 - Homeward bound

After breakfast, our holiday concludes. We transfer to the railway station with our Tour Manager then travel by rail via Basel to Paris. There we join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

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.

Hotel

Hotel Metropole Interlaken, Interlaken

Hotel Metropole Interlaken, Interlaken

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Trains

Drachenfels Railway
Eurostar
Jungfrau Railway
TGV

Ship

MS Amadeus Star

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