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World-famous rail journey with a fantastic river cruise along the Danube

13 days From £3,095 £2,995 per person
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2021 Tour code: WER21

About the tour

Relax on Lake Geneva, take an incredible journey on the Glacier Express to the heart of the Austrian Tyrol before setting sail along the Danube for a 7-night cruise. Voyage through Budapest, admiring the illuminated sights before sailing onwards to Bratislava, Vienna, and cruising the Wachau Valley. Enjoy guided tours, as well as time to explore independently on this relaxing holiday, the first ever of its kind to pair this world-famous rail journey with a fantastic river cruise along the Danube.

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What’s included

Itinerary: Budapest - Passau

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Days 1-2 - London and Lake Geneva

We meet at our Departure Office in London St Pancras to board the Eurostar to Paris. We continue by train Vevey, in Switzerland, before transferring to our hotel for 2 nights, close to the shores of Lake Geneva.

On Day 2, we take a short walk to Vevey station, boarding a local train to Cully in the Lavaux region, where terraced vineyards rise from the shores of Lake Geneva. We enjoy a guided tour of the vineyards from on board a charming local land train before visiting a nearby winery for a talk and a wine tasting. Later, we return to Vevey by rail where the rest of your day is free to relax.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Vineyards in Lavaux region
Day 3 - The Glacier Express

After breakfast this morning, we embark on what is undoubtedly one the highlights of our holiday, enjoying a journey on the iconic Glacier Express. Affectionately referred to as 'the slowest express train in the world', we wonder at the panoramic views across sprawling Alpine landscapes as the train makes its way through quintessentially Swiss mountain scenery.

The climax of our journey comes as we cross the famous Landwasser Viaduct and traverse the terrain of the upper Rhine Valley. The train climbs steadily up and over the Oberalp Pass, the peak of the route, then spirals downwards past countless villages before reaching the town of Chur. Here, we transfer into our hotel* for the night.

*Hotel may vary depending on departure date.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Glacier Express
Day 4 - Innsbruck

This morning we travel by rail to Innsbruck. Located in the Inn Valley and set against the dramatic backdrop of the Alps, Innsbruck is known for its imperial buildings and quaint Old Town. Magnificently preserved, this area still reflects the Tyrolean capital's historic and cultural past, boasting wonderful Renaissance and Baroque buildings, as well as traditional Tyrolean architecture. After checking into our hotel, the rest of our evening is free to explore or relax.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Innsbruck
Days 5-6 – Lake Achensee and Budapest

We take a trip on the superb Achenseebahn Railway today, travelling to Seespitz. After journeying to Jenbach by mainline rail, we board one of the heritage steam trains that have run constantly since 1889. The train makes its way through areas of unparalleled beauty, allowing us to admire the emerald waters of Achensee and the Karwendel Mountains. Disembarking, we take a relaxing cruise across the crystal-clear waters towards Pertisau, on the western shores of the lake. With free time here, perhaps visit Karwendel Alpine Park, the largest national park in Austria. This evening, we return to Innsbruck by rail.

Our destination on Day 6 is Budapest. After breakfast we make the rail journey to Salzburg, where we change trains for Budapest. On arrival in the Hungarian capital, we board our Amadeus ship and are welcomed with a cocktail in the lounge. This evening we take in the illuminated sights of this city, which is split into 2 halves, 'Buda' and 'Pest'. During our tour, we sail past impressive riverside attractions such as the Parliament building, Buda's Castle Quarter, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and Gellért Hill with its Liberty Statue standing proud, sat above spotlights. After a delicious welcome dinner, we are treated to an on-board performance from a local Hungarian folk band.

Includes
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Achenseebahn Railway
Days 7-8 – Budapest and Bratislava

This morning we enjoy a guided coach tour, introducing us to Budapest's main sights. We pass imposing buildings and monuments on both sides of the Danube, including the neo-Gothic Parliament building, the magnificent State Opera House and St Stephen's Basilica, Budapest Castle, Matthias Church and Fishermen's Bastion. We return to the ship for lunch, after which you have some free time before we begin cruising to Bratislava, passing through the splendid Danube Bend along the way. This section of the river has a long and fascinating history, and from the sun deck or panoramic windows in the bar, you'll be able to see castle ruins, churches, pretty houses hidden in the hills and dense forests.

We moor in Bratislava, setting out after lunch on Day 8 for a guided coach tour of the Slovakian capital. Bratislava straddles the Danube, neatly dividing the city into 2 parts; the Baroque Old Town (Stare Mesto) and the new city. This picture-postcard destination boasts historic Gothic buildings, several universities, a wealth of museums and galleries, and a refreshing cosmopolitan atmosphere. The historic centre features delightful cobblestoned roads, pedestrianised plazas, 18th-century Rococo buildings and street cafés galore where you can try Slovak dishes such as bryndzové halušky (dumplings with sheep's cheese) or pierogis. Following our excursion, we return to the ship for another delicious 5-course dinner.

Includes
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budapest Parliament Building
Days 9-10 – Vienna and the Wachau Valley

After a calm night of cruising, we arrive in glorious Vienna for a comprehensive sightseeing tour. The tour starts at Südtiroler Platz and takes us along the Ringstrasse boulevard, where we see many of the popular tourist attractions. Firstly, we take a look at the impressive Vienna State Opera, one of the most acclaimed opera houses in the world and home to the famous "Opera Ball" which takes place every year. Next, we see the monumental buildings of the Museums of Fine Art and Natural History, the neo-classical Parliament, the acclaimed Burgtheater, and the striking City Hall, where the legendary Life Ball takes place. Tonight, after dinner, a real treat awaits us on board as we are joined by musicians from Vienna's Philharmonic Orchestra for an exclusive, private recital. Be whisked away by the music and immerse yourself in this singularly exceptional experience as we're serenaded by members of one of the most skilled orchestras in the world.

On Day 10 we reach Austria's Wachau Valley, a famous wine-making region. We arrive in the idyllic town of Dürnstein where you have free time to explore its castle and learn about its history. Or perhaps the family-owned wineries and vineyards take your fancy? Later, we sit down to lunch on board our ship and begin cruising along the Wachau Valley, a scenic region characterised by tiered vineyards, picturesque riverside towns, and commanding fortresses. Arriving into Emmersdorf, we journey by coach to Melk Abbey, enjoying entrance to this 11thcentury Benedictine Abbey. We re-join our ship in the evening to begin sailing to Linz.

Includes
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Melk Abbey
Day 11 – Linz

This morning we disembark in Linz, where you have a choice of excursions: you could head into the countryside for a day amidst the spectacular Austrian lakes. Make stops in UNESCO-listed Hallstatt, one of Austria's most photographed villages thanks to its traditional, pastel-coloured houses, as well as Mondsee. This pretty town is set on the lake of the same name and its most famous sight is the 15th-century parish church, which featured in 'The Sound of Music'. Otherwise, travel by coach to Salzburg, via Mondsee, one of Austria's most famous cities and known as the birthplace of Mozart. A guided sightseeing tour here reveals the city's renowned Baroque architecture that makes it a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage site. We join the ship again in Passau.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Salzburg
Days 12-13 - Regensburg and London

Regensburg is our port of call this morning, which we explore on foot. This medieval town contains many buildings that testify to its history as a prosperous trading centre. Our tour takes us around Regensburg's beautiful Old Town, where sights include the Porta Praetoria, the Old Town Hall, and the medieval patrician houses - the old city homes of wealthy landowners - with their impressive towers. Back on board tonight, we attend the captain's gala dinner, a chance to don our finest evening wear and celebrate.

On Day 13 we disembark after breakfast, bidding a farewell to Regensburg. We board our train at Passau station and travel to Frankfurt. Here, we continue to Brussels before boarding the Eurostar to London St Pancras. Arriving in the evening, our holiday comes to an end.

Includes
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast
Regensburg
Days 1-2 - London and Lake Geneva

We meet at our Departure Office in London St Pancras to board the Eurostar to Paris. We continue by train Vevey, in Switzerland, before transferring to our hotel for 2 nights, close to the shores of Lake Geneva.

On Day 2, we take a short walk to Vevey station, boarding a local train to Cully in the Lavaux region, where terraced vineyards rise from the shores of Lake Geneva. We enjoy a guided tour of the vineyards from on board a charming local land train before visiting a nearby winery for a talk and a wine tasting. Later, we return to Vevey by rail where the rest of your day is free to relax.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Vineyards in Lavaux region
Days 3-4 – The Glacier Express

After breakfast this morning, we embark on what is undoubtedly one the highlights of our holiday, enjoying a journey on the iconic Glacier Express. Affectionately referred to as 'the slowest express train in the world', we wonder at the panoramic views across sprawling Alpine landscapes as the train makes its way through quintessentially Swiss mountain scenery.

The climax of our journey comes as we cross the famous Landwasser Viaduct and traverse the terrain of the upper Rhine Valley. The train climbs steadily up and over the Oberalp Pass, the peak of the route, then spirals downwards past countless villages before reaching the town of Chur. Here, we transfer to our hotel* for the night.

On Day 4 you have a free morning before we travel to Innsbruck this afternoon and check into our hotel for the next 2 nights.

*Hotel may vary depending on departure date.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Glacier Express
Days 5-6 – Lake Achensee and Passau

We take a trip on the superb Achenseebahn Railway today, travelling to Seespitz. After journeying to Jenbach by mainline rail, we board one of the heritage steam trains that have run constantly here since 1889. The train makes its way through areas of unparalleled beauty, allowing us to admire the emerald waters of Achensee and the Karwendel Mountains. Disembarking, we take a relaxing cruise across the crystal-clear waters to Pertisau, on the western shores of the lake. With free time here, perhaps visit Karwendel Alpine Park, the largest national park in Austria.

On Day 6 our destination is Passau. After breakfast we make our way to Innsbruck station where we board a train to Passau, via Linz. On arrival, we meet the Amadeus Queen or Silver II and are welcomed with a cocktail in the lounge before dinner. This evening we enjoy a delicious welcome dinner and set sail.

Includes
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Achenseebahn Railway
Day 7 – Regensburg

This morning we enjoy our first breakfast and free time on board, before we disembark in Regensburg in the afternoon. On arrival we take a walking tour around Regensburg's beautiful Old Town introducing us to the city's history, from the Roman era to the present. We will see all the most important sights including the Stone Bridge, the Cathedral, the Porta Praetoria, the Old Town Hall, and the patrician houses with their impressive towers. Afterwards we enjoy free time to explore this beautiful city before returning to our ship for a delicious 5-course meal, as we leave Regensburg behind and continue sailing to Passau.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Regensburg
Day 8 – Passau and Linz

We disembark in Passau this morning, where you have a choice of excursions: you could head into the countryside for a day amidst the spectacular Austrian lakes, making stops in UNESCO-listed Hallstatt, one of Austria's most photographed villages thanks to its pastel-coloured houses, as well as Mondsee. This pretty town is set on the lake of the same name and its most famous sight is the 15th-century parish church, which featured in 'The Sound of Music'. Otherwise, travel by coach to Salzburg, via Mondsee, one of Austria's most famous cities and known as the birthplace of Mozart. A guided sightseeing tour here reveals the city's renowned Baroque architecture that makes it a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage site. We join the ship again in Passau.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Salzburg
Days 9-10 - Melk Abbey & Salzburg or the Austrian Lake District

We arrive into Passau this morning where you have a choice of excursions. You could head further into the countryside for a day spent amidst the spectacular scenery of the Austrian lakes. Make stops in UNESCO listed Hallstatt, one of Austria's most photographed villages thanks to its traditional pastel-coloured houses perched on the tiny plain between the mountains and Hallstättersee Lake, as well as Mondsee.This pretty town is set on the lake of the same name, and its most famous sight is the 15th-century parish church, which featured in the wedding scenes of 'The Sound of Music'.

Otherwise, travel by coach to Salzburg, via Mondsee, one of Austria's most famous cities and known as the birth place of Mozart. A guided sightseeing tour reveals the city's internationally renowned Baroque architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

On Day 10 we reach Austria's Wachau Valley, a famous wine-making region. We arrive in the idyllic village of Dürnstein where you have time at leisure. As we sit down to lunch on board we begin cruising along the picturesque Wachau Valley, an extremely scenic area with green valleys and vineyards rising up from the river, picturesque riverside towns, and commanding fortresses with sweeping views. We then journey by coach to Melk Abbey, enjoying entrance to this 11th century Benedictine Abbey which stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube and is home to the Abbey Church, considered one of the most beautiful Baroque churches north of the Alps.

Includes
  • Day 9 & 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Melk Abbey
Days 11-12 – Bratislava and Budapest

This morning we moor in Bratislava, setting out after lunch on Day 8 for a guided coach tour of the Slovakian capital. Bratislava straddles the Danube, neatly dividing the city into 2 parts; the Baroque Old Town (Stare Mesto) and the new city. This picture-postcard destination boasts historic Gothic buildings, several universities, a wealth of museums and galleries, and a refreshing cosmopolitan atmosphere. The historic centre features delightful cobblestoned roads, pedestrianised plazas, 18th-century Rococo buildings and street cafés galore where you can try Slovak dishes such as bryndzové halušky (dumplings with sheep's cheese) or pierogis. Following our excursion, we return to the ship for another delicious 5-course dinner.

On Day 12 we cruise to Budapest, passing through the splendid Danube Bend along the way. This section of the river has a long and fascinating history and from the sun deck or panoramic windows in the bar, you'll be able to see castle ruins, churches, pretty houses hidden in the hills and dense forests. On arrival we enjoy a guided coach tour, introducing us to Budapest's main sights. We pass impressive buildings and monuments on both sides of the Danube, including the neo-Gothic Parliament building, the magnificent State Opera House and St Stephen's Basilica, Budapest Castle, Matthias Church and Fishermen's Bastion. This evening we take in the illuminated sights, as we sail around the city.

Includes
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budapest Parliament Building
Days 13-14 – Budapest and London

Today, we disembark in Budapest and travel by rail to Munich. Here, we transfer by rail to Stuttgart, checking into our hotel for the night. On Day 14 we leave Stuttgart behind and catch the train to Cologne, before we transfer to London St Pancras on the Eurostar.

Includes
  • Day 13 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 14 - Breakfast
Eurostar

Additional information

Info - Travel Options

We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for departures on this tour. You can find out which class each departure is by clicking on the information button in the pricing grid. (Look for S - Standard Class and F - First Class)

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Romantik Hotel Stern, Chur

Romantik Hotel Stern, Chur

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Hotel Grauer Bär, Innsbruck

Hotel Grauer Bär, Innsbruck

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Hotel Alpina

Hotel Alpina, Klosters

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Astra Hotel, Vevey

Astra Hotel, Vevey

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Trains

Achenseebahn Railway
Eurostar
The Glacier Express
TGV

Ships

MS Amadeus Queen
MS Amadeus Silver II
MS Amadeus Imperial

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