Glacier Express & Rhine Cruise GER20

Resort: Glacier Express & Rhine Cruise GER20
Operator: Great Rail Journeys
Destination: Europe
Price From: Contact for latest offers

Overview

Embark on one of the world’s finest rail adventures aboard the
Glacier Express before descending down the valley for a cruise on
the spectacular Rhine. Enjoy picture-postcard river gorges, iconic
cities, cheerful riverside towns and much more.

Highlights

  • The Glacier Express
  • Journey on the Gornegrat Mountain Railway
  • Strasbourg
  • Speyer and Heidelberg
  • Rdesheim and the Rhine Gorge
  • The Lower Rhine
  • Journey on the Drachenfelsbahn
  • Cologne
  • Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train

whats Included

  • 4 nights’ hotel accommodation including 1 outbound stay in Strasbourg, 1 night at the 4-star Romantik Hotel Stern in Chur and 2 nights at the 4-star Park Hotel Beau Site in Zermatt
  • 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Silver III
  • First and Standard Class rail options available
  • Journey on the Glacier Express
  • Journey on the Gornegrat Mountain Railway
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from London to Basel and from Amsterdam to London
  • The Drachensfelbahn, Heidelberg, Speyer, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne and the Rhine Gorge
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: Tours of Amsterdam and of Strasbourg, a visit to the Black Forest and a journey on the Medemblik Steam Train.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 – To Chur

Meet your Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure Office in
London St Pancras to board the Eurostar service to Paris. We
continue by train through France to Strasbourg where we overnight.
On Day 2 you head to the station to
continue your jouney by rail to Chur in Switzerland

Day 3 – The Glacier Express and Zermatt

Today, we board the magnificent Glacier Express for a
spectacular journey offering unparalleled views of the most
awe-inspiring mountain ranges in the world. We spiral up the
mountains, crossing enormous viaducts, burrowing through tunnels
and rising above the clouds on our way to Zermatt, under the
Matterhorn staying at the 4-Star Park Hotel Beau Site.

Day 4 – Gornergrat Mountain Railway

We enjoy another mountain railway journey today, venturing forth
on the Gornergrat Mountain Railway. This cog rail trip covers
1,469m in its ascent of the Gornergrat, arriving at its summit
where you can enjoy magical views of the surrounding mountains
including the imposing, indomitable Matterhorn. We return later to
Zermatt for a guided tour.

Day 5 – Boarding your ship

Today, we travel from Zermatt to Basel by rail, where you’ll be
met by a Great Rail Journeys representative who will escort you to
the ship, the Amadeus Silver III. This evening, we enjoy a welcome
cocktail before a delicious Swiss themed first meal.

Day 6 – Strasbourg

Our vessel sails into the charming French city of Strasbourg
today. Strasbourg’s position on the German-French border has seen
it change hands between the two nations frequently throughout
history. Because of this, 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, uncovering its charm and history. Your second choice
sees you travel along the Schwarzwaldhochstrae into the famous
Black Forest, passing through stunning fairytale panoramas.

Day 7 – Speyer and Heidelberg

We arrive in Speyer this morning, where there’s free time to
explore. This town is home to one of the largest privately-owned
collections of vehicles in the world, the Technik Museum Speyer.
Featuring an entire jumbo jet, army vehicles, emergency vehicles, a
submarine and much more, this museum is a treasure trove of
vehicular delights and is well worth a visit.

Later in the afternoon, we have an excursion to the delightful
university town of Heidelberg where we are treated to a guided
tour. Heidelberg is famous for a magnificent ruined castle that
stands guard over the riverbanks, proudly looking over the town
below.

Day 8 – Rdesheim and the Rhine Gorge

We sail into the classic German town of Rdesheim am Rhein,
known for its formidable wine production, especially of the dry
Riesling variety. Perhaps walk along the river during your free
time here this morning, before our ship departs for Koblenz.

This afternoon includes one of the highlights of the tour as we
pass through the glorious Rhine Gorge, one of the most beautiful
sections of the river and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sheer banks
rise up, towering over the river below, covered in deep forests and
miles of green vineyards, lending an almost ethereal feel to the
waterway.

Our lunch today sees us tuck into a wonderful themed buffet with
a suckling pig as the striking centrepiece, and several smaller
dishes from this part of the world. We sail this evening into the
enchanting city of Koblenz; you may wish to visit one of the famous
wine taverns here.

Day 9 – The Lower Rhine and the Drachenfelsbahn

After an evening in Koblenz, we depart and discover the
marvellous Lower Rhine, a stretch of river characterised by lush
green meadows and postcard 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 rack railway rises into the mountains and high into
the forests for wonderful views across the Rhine- Westphalia region
of Germany.

Day 10 – Cologne

Arriving in Cologne this morning, we venture forth into this
vibrant German city on a walking tour. We see the resplendent
cathedral, a centuries-old building which survived 14 aerial hits
during World War Two. We also wander through the many bustling
squares and labyrinthine streets, seeing Romanesque town-houses.
Tonight is an opportunity to dress up in our finest as we enjoy a
gala dinner with the captain.

Day 11 – Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train

We arrive in Amsterdam this morning where 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 idyllic canals and
large parks to contemporary art galleries and futuristic
architecture, this is a city that boasts something for everyone.
The second option is an excursion to Hoorn where we board the
splendid Medemblik Steam Train and enjoy a nostalgic trip through
enchanting Dutch scenery.

Day 12 – Homeward bound

After a buffet breakfast, we disembark the ship and here your
cruise concludes. Make your way back to the railway station with
your Tour Manager to board your train back to London St
Pancras.

Info – Travel Options

We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for
departures on this tour. You can find out which class each
departure is by clicking on the information button in the pricing
grid. (Look for S – Standard Class and F – First Class)

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 cocktail before dinner this evening.

Day 2 – Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train

After Breakfast this morning, we have a choice of two
excursions, the first of which 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 idyllic canals and
large parks, to contemporary art galleries and futuristic
architecture, this is a city that boasts something for everyone.
The second option is an excursion to Hoorn where we board the
splendid Medemblik Steam Train and enjoy a nostalgic trip through
splendid Dutch scenery.

Day 3 – Cologne

Arriving into Cologne this morning, we venture forth into this
vibrant German city on a walking tour. We visit the resplendent
cathedral, a centuries-year-old building which survived 14 aerial
hits during bombing across the Second World War. We also wander
through the many bustling squares, labyrinthine streets and see
Romanesque town-houses.

Day 4 – The Upper Rhine and the Drachenfelsbahn

We depart from Cologne this morning and discover the marvellous
Upper Rhine, a stretch of river characterised by lush green meadows
and postcard 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 rack railway rises into the
mountains and high into the forests for wonderful views across the
Rhine- Westphalia region of Germany. In the evening, we indulge
with a traditional gourmet dinner which features Spargelzeit, a
kind of white asparagus which is famous in this area. (Please note,
Spargelzeit depends on seasonal availability).

Day 5 – Rdesheim and the Rhine Gorge

You have free time here this morning to explore Koblenz.

This afternoon includes one of the highlights of the tour as we
pass through the glorious Rhine Gorge, one of the most beautiful
sections of the river and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sheer river
banks rise up, towering over the river below, covered in deep
forests and miles of green vineyards, lending an almost ethereal
feel to the waterway. We enjoy a commentary from our knowledgeable
Cruise Director during this passage.

Our lunch today sees us tuck into a wonderful themed buffet with
a suckling pig as the striking centrepiece, and several smaller
dishes from this part of the world making up the rest of the
offerings. Weather permitting we’ll enjoy our lunch on the sun deck
as we take in the majesty of the glorious Rhine Gorge. 

This evening we sail to the classic German town of
Rdesheim am Rhein, known for its formidable wine production
especially of the dry Riesling variety.

Day 6 – Speyer and Heidelberg

We arrive into Speyer this morning, where you have free time to
explore. This town is home to one of the largest privately owned
collections of vehicles in the world, the Technik Museum Speyer.
Featuring an entire jumbo jet, army vehicles, emergency vehicles, a
submarine and much more, this museum is a treasure trove of
vehicular delights and is well worth a visit. Later in the
afternoon, we have an excursion to the delightful academic town of
Heidelberg where we are treated to a guided tour. Heidelberg is
famous for a magnificent ruined castle, proudly stood high above
the town below, gazing down onto the river and the attractive town
houses.

Day 7 – Strasbourg

Our vessel sails into the charming German town of Kehl today.
Sat across the Rhine from Kehl is the beautiful city of Strasbourg,
whose position on the German-French border has seen it change hands
between the two nations frequently throughout history. Because of
this, 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, uncovering its charm and history. Your second
alternative sees you travel along the Schwarzwaldhochstrae into
the famous Black Forest of Germany, passing through stunning
fairytale panoramas and enjoying free time in the charming spa town
of Baden Baden.

Tonight is an opportunity to dress up in our finest as we enjoy
a Gala dinner with the captain and crew.

Day 8 – To Zermatt

After a buffet breakfast, we disembark the ship in Basel and
transfer by rail to Zermatt. On arrival in Zermatt we make our way
to the 4-Star Park Hotel Beau.

Day 9 – Gornegrat Mountain Railway

We enjoy a mountain railway journey today, venturing forth on
the Gornegrat Mountain Railway. This cog rail trip covers 1,469m in
its ascent of the Gornegrat, arriving at its summit where you can
enjoy magical views of the surrounding mountains including the
imposing, indomitable Matterhorn. We return later to Zermatt for a
guided tour.

Day 10 – The Glacier Express

Today, we board the magnificent Glacier Express for a
spectacular journey to Chur offering unparalleled views of the most
awe-inspiring mountain ranges in the world. On arrival in Chur we
make our way to the hotel, the Romantik Hotel Stern.

Day 11 – Homeward bound

After breakfast, we make our way by rail to Paris where we catch
the Eurostar service back to London St Pancras.

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