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Top of Europe & Highlights of the Rhine

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8 days From £2,495 £2,195 per person

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Journey to the 'Top of Europe' on the Jungfrau Express and discover the wonders of cruising with a luxurious journey along the enchanting Rhine River.

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2024 Tour code: MSR24

About the tour

Come and be a part of this exciting new 8-day holiday and experience a stunning rail adventure to the 'Top of Europe' on the Jungfrau Express coupled with a luxurious 4-night cruise on the magical Rhine. Drift through the enchanting Rhine Gorge, enveloped by inspiring landscapes, and explore charming German towns and medieval cities.

Unforgettable experiences

Interlaken
Interlaken
Stay in beautiful Interlaken, surrounded by Swiss mountains and Alpine meadows.
Jungfraujoch
Jungfraujoch
Travel on the spectacular Jungfrau Express to Jungfraujoch, the ‘Top of Europe’, enjoying jaw-dropping 360 views of snow-capped peaks.
The Rhine Gorge
The Rhine Gorge
Sail through the lush scenery of the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site defined by fairytale castles, green forests and the legendary Lorelei Rock.
Cities of the Rhine
Cities of the Rhine
See the highlights of the glorious Rhine from our luxurious cruise ship, visiting Heidelberg and Speyer, Rüdesheim, Koblenz and Cologne.
Drachenfels Railway
Drachenfels Railway
Enjoy a fabulous rail excursion on the Drachenfels Railway to the summit of the Drachenfels mountain 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 the first night of our holiday.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 – Stunning Interlaken

We're bound for the stunning setting of Interlaken today. We make our way by rail to this picturesque town, set between two idyllic Alpine lakes, in Switzerland.

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 wonderful, offering a panoramic vista of the stunning Bernese Oberland.

As we settle into our hotel for the next two nights, you can explore the town at your leisure or simply relax and soak up our new incredible surroundings before dinner this evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – 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 4 – To Strasbourg where we board our luxurious ship

Waking up in our beautiful alpine surroundings, we enjoy breakfast this morning before travelling the scenic rail route to Strasbourg. Here we're escorted to our luxury cruise ship where our friendly crew greets us with a welcome cocktail before dinner.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 – 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 8 – 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

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
Jungfrau Railway

Ships

MS Amadeus Imperial
MS Amadeus Star

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