Glacier Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise 2021 Great Rail Journeys

Discover one of Switzerland's most impressive railways and sail on the mighty Rhine.

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.

Glacier Express

Itinerary

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

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

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. Return later to Zermatt for a guided tour.

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, enjoy a welcome cocktail before a delicious Swiss themed first meal.

Your 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 Schwarzwaldhochstra\xDFe into the famous Black Forest, passing through stunning fairytale panoramas.

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, have an excursion to the delightful university town of Heidelberg where you 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.

Sail into the classic German town of R\xFCdesheim 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 your 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 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.
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. Sail this evening into the enchanting city of Koblenz; you may wish to visit one of the famous wine taverns here.

After an evening in Koblenz, depart and discover the marvellous Lower Rhine, a stretch of river characterised by lush green meadows and postcard villages.
Your Cruise Director provides us with the history of this area, and highlights points of interest. In the afternoon, dock in Koenigswinter, where you'll 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.

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

Arrive in Amsterdam this morning where you 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 you'll board the splendid Medemblik Steam Train and enjoy a nostalgic trip through enchanting Dutch scenery.

After a buffet breakfast, 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 Standard Class (pp) First Class (pp)
20 May 2021 £2,795 £3,095
29 May 2021 £2,895 £5,545
3 June 2021 £2,995 £3,295
17 June 2021 £5,445 SOLD OUT
12 August 2021 SOLD OUT £5,545
6 September 2021 £2,895 £5,355
9 September 2021 £2,995 £3,595

What's Included

  • First and Standard Class rail options available
  • Journey on the Glacier Express
  • Journey on the Gornegrat Mountain Railway
  • 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 MS Amadeus Silver III or Amadeus Imperial
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from London to Basel and from Amsterdam to London
  • 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinner
  • Dinner drinks included every night of your cruise
  • 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.