Climb to the highest railroad station in Europe and uncover the majesty of the Rhine.
About the Tour
Before you set sail on the magical waters of the Rhine, venture to the top of Europe on the Jungfrau Railroad to Jungfraujoch, the continent's highest railroad station. Experience the majesty of the Swiss Alps by Rail, as the mountains serenade you with spectacular views across the peaks below.
Itinerary is also available from Amsterdam to Interlaken based on your travel preference.
Your vacation start or end can be tailored to meet your travel needs.
- All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
- Journey on the Jungfrau Express to the Jungfraujoch
- 7 nights on board Ms Amadeus Silver III*
- Hotel accommodations for 3 nights
- 26 meals
- The Drachensfelbahn, Heidelberg, Speyer, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne and the Rhine Gorge
- Choice between a tour of Amsterdam or journey on the Medemblik Steam Train
- Choice between a tour of Strasbourg or visit to the Black Forest
- The services of a professional Tour Manager
Day 1 - London to Strasbourg
We meet in St Pancras International at our dedicated departure office before boarding the Eurostar to Paris. Here we transfer to the high-speed TGV service for Strasbourg where we spend one night. Overnight Strasbourg. (D)
Day 2 - Interlaken, Switzerland
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Strasbourg, giving you some free time to explore the delights of the town. You may like to visit the city's Old Town, dominated by the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, this church has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. Petite France, located on the Grande Île, is the ancient heart of the city and well worth a visit. This afternoon, we board our train bound for Switzerland. Upon arrival in Interlaken, we check into our hotel, the 4-Star Hotel Metropole where we enjoy dinner tonight. Overnight Interlaken. (B, D)
Day 3 - Journey on the Jungfrau Express
We travel on the Jungfrau Railway to the Jungfraujoch - Europe's highest railway station. We 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. We then join the Wengeralp Railway, continuing our ascent through ever-changing scenery to Kleine Scheidegg, where we 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. Overnight Interlaken. (B, D)
Day 4 - Boarding your ship
We depart Interlaken today, traveling to Basel by rail, before boarding the Amadeus Silver III*. This evening, we enjoy a welcome cocktail before a delicious Swiss-themed meal. Overnight ship. (B, D)
*Departures on May 30 and July 17, 2021 will sail on the MS Amadeus Imperial .
Day 5 - 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 colorful 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. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Speyer & 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 townhouses. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Rüdesheim & the Rhine Gorge
We 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 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 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 centerpiece, 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. We sail this evening into the enchanting city of Koblenz, you may wish to visit one of the famous wine taverns here. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - The Lower Rhine & the Drachenfelsbahn
We depart from Koblenz this morning and discover the marvelous Lower Rhine, a stretch of river characterized 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). Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - 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 that 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.
Tonight is an opportunity to dress up in our finest as we enjoy a Gala dinner with the captain and crew. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Amsterdam & the Medemblik Steam Train
We arrive into Amsterdam this morning, the Dutch capital, where 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. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - 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. (B)
Hotel Metropole, Interlaken
The 4-Star Hotel Metropole is ideally located in the center of Interlaken, on the main street, lined with chic boutiques. The hotel offers very spacious public areas and from the higher floors magnificent views of the Jungfrau.
The hotel has two restaurants, the Bellini on the 4th floor, a traditional Swiss specialty restaurant, which will impress you with first-class service and exquisite cuisine; and the Top O'Met on the top floor, the highest restaurant in the area, and affording unrivaled views, where you can take coffee or cake in the daytime whilst enjoying the panorama. Leisure facilities in the hotel include a sun deck and a sauna.
Rooms are attractively furnished and feature a telephone, television, minibar and a safe. All rooms offer wonderful views of Interlaken and the surrounding mountains, and many feature a balcony.
MS Amadeus Silver III*
The MS Amadeus Silver III is an enchanting vessel and excellent floating hotel, cruising along the rivers of northern Europe. Charming interiors, impeccable service, and 5-star catering make this ship one of the finest ways to experience the natural and human beauty of the European rivers as you relax, sleep and dine against spectacular backdrops and wonderful scenery. Enjoy the serene tranquility that only river cruising can bring on board the MS Amadeus Silver III.
Amenities on board include a restaurant serving international and domestic food, a panoramic bar with specially designed windows, a fitness suite and a hair salon. On top of the ship is the Sun Deck with deck games, loungers, and deck chairs. Each cabin has a television, an en-suite bathroom, a walk-in wardrobe, and a minibar. The suites all have walk-out exterior balconies.
*Departures on May 30 and July 17, 2021 will sail on the MS Amadeus Imperial .
Travel on the Drachenfels Cog Railway, that starts at the bottom of Königswinger and takes us up 722 feet to the top of Drachenfels Mountain, and past Schloss Drachenburg - a stunningly beautiful villa that is said to have inspired the castle in Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty'. On arrival at the top of the mountain, you will see the ruins of Burg Drachenfels, a castle that was built in the 12th century, and destroyed 500 years later. The line started running in 1883, using steam-powered trains, changing to electric traction in 1953, and continues to run today.
The high-speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which are arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop-down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers traveling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The wonderful train journey up to Jungfraujoch is the highlight of a number of our holidays and includes travel on the Bernese Oberland Railway, the Wengernalpbahn, and the Jungfrau Railway. Providing visibility is good, passengers not only enjoy spectacular views from Jungfraujoch, but also throughout the journey itself. The sections that follow describe each stage of this journey in turn.
Introduced in 1981, France's TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) was the original European high-speed train. Linking Paris with Lyon, the new service revolutionized train travel and meant that travelling by air over medium and short distances was no longer seen as the best option, even for business travel.
The network has expanded rapidly, and today these sleek, stylish trains offer links to over 60 destinations throughout France. Operated by SNCF, the French national rail operator, TGV trains travel over specially-constructed high-speed lines. The trains can achieve speeds of up to 186mph (300km/h) on most long-distance routes and 200mph (320km/h) on the new TGV Est line, which links Paris with Strasbourg, Luxembourg, and Basel. With the exception of shorter journeys, TGVs almost always have an onboard buffet car, serving a selection of drinks and light refreshments.