The Glacier Express & Sounds of the 60s & 70s Spirit of the Rhine
Cruise the Rhine in the company of DJ Johnnie Walker on this incredible music themed cruise.
Johnnie Walker MBE first gained notoriety in the 1960s as a DJ on the pirate ship Radio Caroline. He now presents a series of shows on BBC Radio 2, including Sounds of the 70s. Johnnie will give a talk alongside live performances by the resident band onboard.
Experience the rhythms of the Rhine. Marvel at the beauty of Lake Geneva and the majesty of the Alps as your holiday begins with two hotel stays in Switzerland. Your next two-night hotel stay is in St Moritz, and there is no better way to get there than an eight-hour journey through the Alps aboard the Glacier Express. Finally, embark on a cruise which pairs some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery and captivating cities with some of the best music ever written with the legendary BBC DJ Johnnie Walker.
Fly to Geneva and transfer by coach to the beautiful Chillon Castle, a water castle nestled on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva and one of Switzerland’s most beloved historic buildings.
After your included visit, transfer to Montreux where you will spend the next two nights at a locally rated 3-star hotel. The Montreux Riviera has long inspired the artists, writers and travellers who flock there in search of beauty and tranquility.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the station to board a train bound for Lausanne.
The second-largest city on Lake Geneva is officially known as the Olympic Capital as it was the original home of the International Olympic Committee and houses the unique and interesting Olympic Museum, as well as the headquarters of many global sporting bodies. Explore the city before boarding a funicular down to the lakeside to visit the iconic Olympic Museum itself.
After your visit cruise back to Montreux, enjoying coffee and cake en route, before dinner back at the hotel tonight.
After breakfast enjoy a morning at leisure in Montreux.
After checking out, board a coach and transfer to Brig, where you will board the Glacier Express for its journey to St Moritz. Dubbed the world’s slowest express train, the journey across the Alps takes around eight hours and passes through 91 tunnels and crosses 291 bridges. After drinking in the breathtaking scenery, look forward to a sumptuous three-course dinner on board.
When you arrive in St Moritz this evening you will be transferred to a locally rated 3-star hotel, where you will stay for the next two nights.
After breakfast at the hotel this morning make the short journey into the city centre for some time to explore at your leisure.
Late morning board a train for the short ride to Bernina Diavolezza from where you can travel by cable car up Mt Diavolezza to a vantage point almost 3,000 metres high, from where you can enjoy the stunning view of Dialezza Glacier.
After admiring the breathtaking views return by cable car to Bernina Diavolezza and then transfer back to St Moritz and your hotel, where dinner is served tonight.
Following breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the port in Basel where you will embark your ship, Spirit of the Rhine.
Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board this evening as you spend the night cruising towards Breisach.
Arrive in the early hours with a day to explore Breisach, an important medieval town of the Holy Roman Empire during the 16th century. It's overlooked by a 12th-century cathedral – St Stephansmünster – set high on a hilltop above. It's also known as the 'gateway to the Black Forest' and you'll have the chance to join an optional excursion to picturesque Colmar with its well-preserved old town, and the wine town of Riquewhir. Another optional tour visits Lake Titisee, in the Black Forest for a short cruise and lunch.
Depart later tonight and cruise to Strasbourg.
You'll arrive before breakfast in the beautiful capital of Alsace, with the whole day to discover its cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and magnificent cathedral. This morning an included city tour and canal cruise will help you get your bearings, then this afternoon you can explore further independently.
Alternatively, you might like to join an excursion to the pretty walled city of Obernai, where you can stroll along the ramparts and admire attractive 13th-century buildings with flower-filled balconies.
Your ship departs for Mannheim this evening.
Pause awhile in Mannheim this morning allowing you to join an included visit the home of Germany's oldest university, the city of Heidelberg.
Later, cruise to charming Rüdesheim, where you will moor for the night.
This evening you can take a stroll down the cobbled Drosselgasse, a narrow street lined with taverns, to enjoy a flagon of ale or perhaps join an optional excursion to a wine tasting session or an alternative visit to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.
Cruise a scenic stretch of the Rhine this morning past a collection of fairy-tale castles and villages, and the impressive Lorelei Rock, before arriving for an afternoon in Koblenz. Stroll along the pretty riverside promenade, overlooked by the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel, which sits on a hill across the river. Perhaps join an optional tour which also visits the fortress. Depart later tonight and cruise overnight to Cologne.
A morning in Cologne, considered Germany’s cultural capital, provides the opportunity to enjoy exploring using your state-of-the-art interactive map – don't miss one of Germany’s most popular attractions, the vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1248 to house the relics of the three Magi but not finally completed until 1880! You can see the magnificent shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – behind the high altar. Around lunchtime your ship sets sail for the final time, cruising through the afternoon and overnight bound for Amsterdam.
This morning you can join one a Unique Experiences which are designed to give you the chance to get under the skin of a destination by enjoying the local food and culture. After disembarking your ship and meeting your guide, take a tram to Central Station from where you will begin a walking tour of the city. Along the way look forward to tasting local delicacies including herring, cheese and croquettes and rounding it off with a sweet treat from a bakery.
Alternatively you could join an included tour of Amsterdam by coach and see the Royal Palace on Dam Square, the floating flower market, the Central Railway Station, which is built on thousands of wooden piles, and the grand 19th-century Rijksmuseum.
Afterwards, enjoy a canal cruise to see the city centre with its pretty bridges and attractive gabled houses up close. Remain moored in Amsterdam overnight.
Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
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- Low deposit of only £10pp
- Optional travel insurance or a discount of £54 if not required†
- A selection of return transport including UK flights, Eurostar or coach travel (subject to availability and some may carry a supplement)
- 2 nights in Montreux & St Moritz
- Journey on board The Glacier Express
- 7 nights on board Spirit of the Rhine
- 28 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 11 dinners
- All gratuities on board
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Saga cruise director & Saga cruise escort on board
- 6 included excursions & experiences