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The Majestic Rhine

8 Days from £1,295per
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Itineraries and pricing may vary by departure year

(Tour code: RLZ20)

Sail along the glorious Rhine discovering its gastronomy, culture and history, on this 5-Star cruise

From Switzerland to the Netherlands, this spectacular cruise reveals the majestic allure of the Rhine River, in all of its fairytale glory. We uncover beautiful valley gorges, splendid halftimbered towns and all the remarkable cities along the banks of this grand old river.

Over the course of four different countries, discover some of the finest experiences these nations have to offer including a German heritage rail journey, a French city tour and Dutch steam trains, along with daytime cruising on some of the finest stretches of the Rhine.

Highlights
  • 7-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Silver III
  • Strasbourg
  • Speyer
  • Heidelberg
  • Rüdesheim and the Rhine Gorge
  • The Upper Rhine
  • Journey on the Drachenfelsbahn
  • Cologne
  • Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    6 Lunches
  • 5* Cruise Ship
    MS Amadeus Silver III

The Majestic Rhine 2020Tour Details

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Some departures run a reversed itinerary – View reversed Amsterdam - Basel itinerary (RHZ20)
Day 1 Basel
Basel

Basel

Fly from your choice of airport to Basel where you'll be met by a Great Rail Journeys representative who will escort you to the ship. This evening, we enjoy a welcome cocktail before a delicious Swiss themed first meal.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Strasbourg
Strasbourg

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 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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Heidelberg
Heidelberg

Speyer and Heidelberg

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

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Rüdesheim
Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim and 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 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.

Our lunch today sees us tuck into a wonderful themed buffet with a suckling pig as the striking centrepiece, and several smaller dishes from this part of the world. We sail this evening into the enchanting city of Koblenz; you may wish to visit one of the famous wine taverns here.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 The Drachenfelsbahn
The Drachenfelsbahn

The Upper Rhine and the Drachenfelsbahn

After an evening in Koblenz, we depart and discover the marvellous Lower Rhine, a stretch of river characterised 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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Cologne
Cologne

Cologne

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

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Medemblik Steam Train
Medemblik Steam Train

Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train

We arrive in Amsterdam this morning where we 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 we board the splendid Medemblik Steam Train and enjoy a nostalgic trip through enchanting Dutch scenery.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Buffet breakfast on board your ship
Buffet breakfast on board your ship

Homeward bound

After a buffet breakfast, we disembark the ship and here your cruise concludes. We transfer you to Amsterdam airport for your flight home.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise arrival and departure times.

What’s included
  • Escorted throughout your cruise by an on board Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • Flights from London to Basel and from Amsterdam to London, with return transfers from the airport to your ship
  • 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Silver III
  • 20 meals including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • On board live music every night
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Journey on the Drachensfelbahn Railway
  • Visits to Heidelberg, Speyer, Rüdesheim and Koblenz
  • City tour of Cologne
  • Sail through the Rhine Gorge
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: Tours of Amsterdam and Strasbourg, a visit to the Black Forest and a journey on the Medemblik Steam Train

Not Included

  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we 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.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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