The Beautiful Rhine and the Glacier Express
Glide along the river Rhine and uncover the quaint towns and historic cities that decorate its shoreline. You’ll potter along the cobbled alleys and beautiful lakeside scenery in little Speyer, Rüdesheim and Breisach, passing through the magnificent Lorelei Passage along the way.
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Your cruise ends in arty Basel, but your adventure doesn’t. After a day in Montreux, board the famed Glacier Express as you whirl through spectacular scenery en route to Chur.
The Beautiful Rhine and the Glacier Express Itinerary
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Düsseldorf. On arrival, we’ll transfer to Cologne and embark MS Serenade 1 (4T) where light refreshments are available.
Where the Rhine and the Moselle rivers meet sits Koblenz, a park and flower-filled city on the brink of the beautiful Rhine valley. We’ll spend the morning wandering the city’s string of charming squares as part of our included tour, before taking the cable car up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Nestled up on the bank of the Rhine, overlooking Koblenz opposite, this fortress is the perfect vantage point to snap a postcard view of the rivers below.
After breakfast, take your spot up on the sundeck to get the best views of the magnificent scenery as we pass the Lorelei Passage - famed as the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine. We arrive in pretty Rüdesheim with the afternoon to explore. The old quarter is made up of secret alleys decorated with timber-framed houses. Surrounded by vineyards, you might choose to go for a scenic walk, or perhaps take the cable car into the hills behind the town for some beautiful views.
Speyer is easily explored by foot, which is a real treat as it boasts so many original pre-WWII features. We’ll enjoy a walking city tour taking in the incredible synagogue and looming cathedral, then you’re free to wander more or return to the ship for the evening.
Having changed hands a few times over the years, Strasbourg has both French and German influences, giving it a wonderful multi-cultural flavour. Here, the great Gothic cathedral sits obediently next to the quaint Petite France district. It’s two worlds in one - and it’s lovely. We’ll see all the best bits on our city tour and canal cruise this afternoon.
Nestled among the vineyards between the Rhine and the Black Forest - with French neighbours just across the river in Alsace, it’s little wonder Breisach is a town of good food and good wine. The town’s cobbled streets and pastel buildings are overlooked by St Stephen’s Cathedral. Explore at leisure, or join us on an optional excursion to Lake Titisee, where you’ll enjoy a cruise and some free time soaking up the peaceful ambience.
The ‘city for art lovers’, Basel is known for its wealth of galleries, museums and iconic buildings. You’ll have the whole day at leisure to discover the charming architecture and winding streets. Alstadt, on the Rhine’s south bank, and Kleinbasel are two particularly appealing areas, both great for people-watching.
This morning, we disembark and transfer to our hotel in Montreux, Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic (4T). Nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva surrounded by snow-covered Swiss Alps, Montreux has an irresistible elegance that has kept visitors coming since the writers, artists and musicians of the 19th century. We’ll head out this afternoon to try our first glass of delicious regional wine.
From the flower-lined promenade that runs along the water’s edge, you’ll see the magnificent Chillon Castle in the distance. We start the day with a scenic boat ride to the castle. This wonderful lakeside fortress has been a toll station and a summer residence of the Counts of Savoy, as well as an arsenal and a prison. Take some time to explore independently before we continue to Aigle Castle. Surrounded by sprawling vineyards, this turreted medieval château has strong roots in the local wine industry. We’ll explore the Vine and Wine Museum before tasting the fine wine produced here.
We wave goodbye to Montreux this morning as we board a train to Brig, where we join the mythical Glacier Express, the world’s slowest express train, to Chur. The spectacular journey takes us along the river Rhone and into the narrow Upper Rhone Valley, across the Oberalp Pass and down into the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera. On arrival in Chur, we’ll check into the ABC Swiss Quality Hotel (4T) for the evening.
This morning we transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
- International and internal flights (when applicable)
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Selected meals
- Excursions as noted
- Services of a Titan tour manager
- Airport/port taxes