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Rhine Cruise to Switzerland with Glacier Express Extension

Selected departures up to October 2020 & May to September 2021

Experience more with so much included

  • Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views 
  • Return scheduled flights from 7 regional airports or seats on Eurostar from London St Pancras International and TGV
  • Stay three nights at a hotel in world-famous Zermatt, home to the iconic Matterhorn and a perfect base for exploring the breathtaking Alpine scenery
  • Seven visits and tours during the cruise including guided tours of Strasbourg, Koblenz, Rüdesheim and Speyer, a drive through the Black Forest to Titisee, a full-day excursion to Lucerne and the Bernese Oberland, and a visit to Breisach
  • Live classical quartet recital on board 
  • Visit historic Chur, spectacularly located at the heart of this magical Aplpine landscape
  • Experience the legendary Glacier Express, Europe’s most scenic rail journey
  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure (except one lunch), including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner 
  • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides 
  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
  • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge 
  • All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers 
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At a Glance
7 nights on board a 5-star ship
3 nights in hotel accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Travel on the legendary Glacier Express
10 visits & tours
Full board cruise, B&B hotels
Expert cruise director & concierge during cruise
Expert tour manager during extension
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

On our journey through the Rhine valley, we visit historic Koblenz where we have time to explore the old town at the confluence of both the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Next, we continue our navigation through the dramatic Rhine Gorge where the sheer valley walls tower over 400m above our heads and onto Rudesheim, where we enjoy another evening complemented with an excellent dinner on board.

As the Rhine widens and the landscape becomes less rugged, our cruise continues south, stopping in fascinating Rudesheim onto medieval Speyer with its stunning Romanesque Basilica that dominates this pretty town.

Next day we arrive at the city of Strasbourg where you enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continuing, we drive through the typical rolling tree-clad massif of the Black Forest onto the charming town of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its namesake lake. Our final destination is Switzerland where we moor in Basel.

Experience the most breathtaking Alpine scenery on earth on a mountain rail journey into the spectacular Bernese Oberland, seeing the majestic Eiger and Jungfrau, then discover Switzerland’s most attractive city, magnificent Lucerne, on our included tour.

Your Itinerary

Meet Cruise Director Hanna

Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a cabin and hotel room. Single cabins/rooms are available at the relevant supplement. The price includes: 

  • Full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day of the cruise; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant 
  • Morning/afternoon tea and coffee on board the ship
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned
  • All overseas trasnfers
  • Coach travel as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge during the cruise

Extension

The price of this extension is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at Hotel Stern in Chur and Hotel Simi in Zermatt
  • Train transfer from Basel to Chur,
  • Standard class journey on Glacier Express
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage per person
  • The services of a Riviera tour manager

Please note that in Switzerland beds are often one bed base with two mattresses and individual bed linen.

Our Drinks Package


 

7 night drinks package available from £109 per person

Tea, coffee and water will be served complimentary throughout your cruise, but should you wish to indulge in a glass of wine or a beer with your lunch or dinner, we would recommend adding our drinks package to your booking.

Simply relax and when it’s time to dine in the restaurant, take your pick from a range of: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rosé house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu by the glass.

If you choose not to purchase a drinks package, there is a vast selection of drinks on board each ship available for individual purchase. To see an example bar list please click here.

To purchase the drinks package please call our reservations team.

Please note that drinks packages must be purchased by all guests occupying the same cabin or suite, and do not include drinks from the bar. The bar menu is an example, with brands and prices varying across ships and itineraries.

Personalise Your Holiday

Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet - from €6.30 per person

Embark on a fantastical adventure into the world of automatic musical instruments. See the impressive collection of fascinating musical instruments that function like computers, ranging from tiny, delicate music boxes to an enormous orchestrion.

Please contact us for more information.

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currencies: Euro, Swiss Francs
  • Deposit: £250 per person
  • Flight Time: Approx. 2 hrs
  • Languages: German, Swiss
  • Time Zone: GMT+1
  • Countries: Germany, Switzerland

Wi-Fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for the duration of your cruise. Please note that speeds may vary.

Visa Information

UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Germany or Switzerland however must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany/entry-requirements and https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland/entry-requirements

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport or train station Ship or hotel location Transfer time
Dusseldorf Airport Cologne (ship) 1 hr
Cologne Airport 30 mins
Zurich Airport Zermatt (hotel) 3 hrs 40 mins including a change of train


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