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Rail & Sail

It has never been easier to ‘Rail and Sail’! Travel by rail to your chosen river cruise straight from your home town train station to the ship.

We can arrange rail to accompany most of our river cruise journeys, simply call our team of river cruise experts, who will be more than happy to put this together for you, or perhaps take a look at our selection of pre-planned ‘Rail and Sail’ holidays.

10 Day Rail & Sail French River Cruising

Cruise along the Seine River into the beautiful Normandy region to Le Havre on the rugged Atlantic Coast. Normandy was the stage of one of the most pivotal military operations in history: D-Day during World War II. Idyllic Normandy villages, the “museum town” of Rouen and the picturesque harbour town of Honfleur are among the wonders to be explored during this cruise. Finish your cruise with a 2 night hotel stay in Paris.


La Belle France: Paris, Normandy and the River Seine
Departs 26th October 2022 | 10 Days
Paris - Paris
Aboard MS Amadeus Diamond

Price from £1,899pp

Alternative dates available on request.

Please call on 0800 035 6411  for more details.

What's included

  • Return Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Paris
  • 2 nights' 4* hotel stay in Paris (breakfast included)
  • 7 night full board cruise on board Amadeus Diamond
  • Large, outside river-view stateroom, River View or French Balcony cabins and suites
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
  • Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe's famous wine regions with every dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
  • All local taxes & port charges include

12 Day Rail & Sail Lake Garda, Bernina Express & Rhine Cruise

Combine the Italian Lakes and a Rhine cruise via one of the most beautiful and varied rail lines in Europe. Rail across Europe to the shores of Lake Garda where you stay 3 nights, before taking the spectacular Bernina Express through the verdant north of Italy, across the alps and into Switzerland to embark on your Amadeus Rhine cruise. Enjoy 7 nights cruising the Rhine with a complete package of included excursions, sightseeing and sumptuous meals onboard your floating hotel all the way to Amsterdam, before railing home.

ITINERARY

Days 1 - 4
Leaving UK today - you catch the Eurostar to Paris, change trains and head to Milan for an overnight stay. On day 2 take the train from Milan to Desenzano at Lake Garda and transfer to your hotel for a 3-night stay. You’ll have 3 days to relax and enjoy the lakeside resort at your leisure. But if you would like to do a little more with your time in Italy, we can arrange day trips for you to other connecting towns and cities, such as Venice or Verona – or perhaps you would prefer a trip into the impressive Dolomites Mountain range, or a sunset cruise on the lake? Just ask our friendly team of travel specialists to help you create the right balance of sight-seeing and recharging. 

Day 5
Leaving Lake Garda this morning we rail via Milan to Tirano and embark the Bernina Express – bound for the Alps and beyond. There’s plenty of time to admire the incredible views as we climb towards the mountainous terrain and leave Italy behind. We travel along the spiral viaduct at Brusio before taking in the highest point of the journey at 2328m as we skirt the shores of Lago Bianco and pause in front of the glacier at Alp Grüm. Not content with boasting some of the most glorious scenery the world of rail has to offer, the Bernina Express travels along the Albula and Bernina Lines; two masterpieces of engineering. Both completed in the early 1900s, each railway line has UNESCO World Heritage status, successfully and inconspicuously blending the practicality of rail travel into the awe-inspiring backdrop. Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery we pass through St Moritz and into the Grisonian Rhine Valley to Chur, Switzerlands oldest city, where we overnight 

Days 6 - 12
After a free morning in Chur we travel by rail to Basel where we board our luxurious ship for 7 nights as we set sail along the Rhine river. 

Day 13
This morning disembark your AMADEUS river cruise ship and transfer to the rail station for your return journey directly from Amsterdam to London.


Departs 21 Jun 2023

PACKAGE COST:

Cabin Category
C-4: £ 2,995 pp
C-1: £ 3,255 pp
B-4: £ 3,560 pp
B-1: £ 3,745 pp
A-1: £ 3,995 pp
Suite:  £4,435

Please call on 0800 035 6411 for more details.

What's included

  • Return standard class rail from London

  •  night hotel with breakfast sharing a twin/double room in Milan outbound 
  • 3 night’s 4-star accommodation on the shores of Lake Garda with breakfast 
  • Journey on the Bernina Express 
  • Overnight 4-star accommodation in Chur with breakfast

 7 night Amadeus river cruise on the Rhine - which includes:

  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Gourmet dining
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included

9 Day Rail & Sail Rhine in Flames

Experience the magic of the Rhine in Flames this September on this 8-night luxury river cruise holiday, including rail travel from the UK and an overnight stay in the swiss city of Basel.

Discover the beauty and charm of the Rhine and Moselle rivers on this iconic 7-night river cruise from Basle to Amsterdam during the Rhine in Flames festival. Enjoy visits to Strasbourg, Speyer, Cochem, Koblenz and Cologne as well as experiencing the mesmerising firework display, illuminating the picturesque Rhine Valley and its fairytale castles.

Your 5* river cruise ship, AMADEUS Imperial, is one of a small number of ships privileged to be part of the Rhine in Flames festival. From the sun deck of your brightly illuminated ship enjoy amazing fireworks and rousing music as the Rhine river becomes alive with thousands of lights and flames. Thrilling hilltop fireworks light up the sky and reflect in the water, while thunderous echoes rebound off the hillsides. As other ships depart, the AMDEUS Imperial stays in Oberwesel, where the party continues ashore with live music and festivities – a truly spectacular experience. 

ITINERARY

Day 1. Rail from London to Basle (via Paris) for an overnight stay at the centrally located Pullman Hotel (or similar) in Basle, Switzerland.

Day 2 -8 . Spend the morning at exploring the swiss city of Basle at Leisure, before embarking your AMADEUS ship for your 7-night river cruise itinerary from Amsterdam to Basle: Rhine Cruise 

Day 9. This morning disembark your AMADEUS river cruise ship and transfer to the rail station for your return journey directly from Amsterdam to London.


PACKAGE COST:

Cabin Category
C-4: £ 1,999 pp
C-1: £ 2,245 pp
B-4: £ 2,499 pp
B-1: £ 2,695 pp
A-1: £ 2,895 pp
Suite:  SOLD OUT

Please call on 0800 035 6411  for more details.

What's included

  • Return Rail from London
  • All overseas transfers
  • 1-night 4* hotel in Basle on a B&B basis
  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges include