The Majestic Rhine Cruise (Rail & Cruise) 2020 Great Rail Journeys
From Switzerland to the Netherlands, this spectacular cruise reveals the majesty of the Rhine River in all its fairytale glory. Uncover beautiful valley gorges, splendid halftimbered towns and many of the remarkable cities that line the banks of this grand old river. Sailing through four countries, uncover unique experiences including German heritage rail journeys, French city tours and Dutch steam trains.
Today, meet your Tour Manager and the rest of your group at London St Pancras before travelling on the Eurostar service to Paris. From here, we continue to the Swiss city of Basel, where you'll be escorted to the ship. This evening, we 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, you 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 our 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 you 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. You'll 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 we enjoy a gala dinner with the captain.
Arrive in Amsterdam this morning where you'll 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.
|Date||Standard Class (pp)||First Class (pp)|
|20 October 2020||£1,595||£1,795|
- Escorted throughout your cruise by an on board Tour Manager and Cruise Director
- The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from London St Pancras to embarkation, and from disembarkation back to London St Pancras
- Exclusive meeting point at a dedicated Great Rail Departure Office in St Pancras
- 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Silver III
- 20 meals including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Dinner drinks included every night of your cruise
- Excursion to Strasbourg or the Black Forest
- Journey on the Drachenfelsbahn Mountain Railway
- Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train
- Although Great Rail Journeys pride themselves on excellent service as standard, they also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore they don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do they add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience