Jungfrau Express & Rhine Cruise 2019 Great Rail Journeys

Before you set sail on the magical waters of the Rhine, venture to the top of Europe on the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch, the continent's highest railway station. Experience the majesty of the Swiss Alps by rail, as the mountains serenade you with spectacular views across the peaks below.

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Itinerary

Meet your Tour Manager at a dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras to board the Eurostar service to Paris. From here, you continue to Interlaken by rail. Then check into your hotel, the 4-Star Hotel Metropole where you enjoy dinner tonight.

You travel on the Jungfrau Railway to the Jungfraujoch - Europe's highest railway station. You begin on the Bernese Oberland Railway, trundling through the foothills of the Alps from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, through flower-filled pastures and past pretty villages. You then join the Wengeralp Railway, continuing our ascent through ever changing scenery to Kleine Scheidegg, where you join the Jungfrau Railway. Climbing further from Kleine Scheidegg, the train arrives at Jungfraujoch, the 'Top of Europe', located 3454m above sea level. With free time at the summit station, you will have plenty of time at the summit to explore the Ice Palace and its many ice sculptures as well as visit the café here.

You depart Interlaken today, travelling 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 II or III. This evening, you enjoy a welcome cocktail before a delicious Swiss themed meal.

Your 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 Schwarzwaldhochstraße into the famous Black Forest of Germany, passing through stunning fairytale panoramas and enjoying free time in the charming spa town of Baden Baden.

You 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.

You sail into the classic German town of Rüdesheim 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 the ship departs for Koblenz.

This afternoon includes one of the highlights of the tour as you 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. You enjoy a commentary from our knowledgeable Cruise Director during this passage.

Your lunch today sees you 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 you'll enjoy a lunch on the sun deck as you take in the majesty of the glorious Rhine Gorge. You sail this evening into the enchanting city of Koblenz, you may wish to visit one of the famous wine taverns here.

You depart from Koblenz this morning and discover the marvellous Upper Rhine, a stretch of river characterised by lush green meadows and postcard villages. Your Cruise Director provides you with the history of this area, and highlights points of interest. In the afternoon, you dock in Koenigswinter, where you 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, you 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).

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

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

You arrive into Amsterdam this morning, the Dutch capital, where you 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 you board the splendid Medemblik Steam Train and enjoy a nostalgic trip through splendid Dutch scenery.

After a buffet breakfast, you 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.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
29 May 2019 £2,095
02 June 2019 £2,095
16 June 2019 £2,595
08 September 2019 £2,695
22 September 2019 £2,095

What's Included

  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour and a fully escorted return journey by rail back to London
  • Exclusive meeting point at a dedicated Great Rail Departure Office in St Pancras
  • 2 nights' hotel accommodation and 7 nights' cruise
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Journey on the magnificent Jungfrau Express to the Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station
  • Time at the summit of the Jungfrau Mountain
  • 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.