Reminiscent of the 19th-century “Grand Tour,” this unique and popular journey features the heart of Western Europe—with both river cruising and train travel. In Amsterdam, board your deluxe river ship for a five-night cruise through Holland, Germany, and France, and then enjoy panoramic vistas of the Swiss Alps from the windows of historic trains.

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 Historic Swiss train with the Matterhorn in the distance  <i>Amadeus Silver II</i> passing Cologne  Bikes along the canal, Amsterdam  Typical canal in Amsterdam  City of Cologne, showcasing the High Gothic cathedral   The idyllic Rhine River, near Kaub  Hilltop medieval castle overlooking the Rhine River near Oberwesel  The medieval town of Rüdesheim, located along the Rhine  The German university town of Heidelberg, along the Neckar River  The delightful Alsatian city of Strasbourg, France  Strasbourg, along the Rhine River  A view of historic Bern, Switzerland   The charming Swiss town of Lucerne with its famous bridge  Matterhorn peak in the Swiss Alps  View of Lake Lucerne, the town of Lucerne, and Mt. Pilatus in the distance  The <i>Gornergrat Bahn</i>, highest cog railway in Europe, with the Matterhorn  The <i>Glacier Express</i> traveling through a tunnel in the Alps  View of Mt. Pilatus and the <i>Pilatus Railway</i>, the world's steepest cogwheel railway

Great European Journey

A River Cruise and Train Trip from Holland to Switzerland Aboard Amadeus Imperial

11 days | Full tour details to be announced soon

Reminiscent of the 19th-century “Grand Tour,” this unique and popular journey features the heart of Western Europe—with both river cruising and train travel. In Amsterdam, board your deluxe river ship for a five-night cruise through Holland, Germany, and France, and then enjoy panoramic vistas of the Swiss Alps from the windows of historic trains.

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was our first experience with Smithsonian and our first river cruise. It was amazing, wonderful, and exceptional! You won't be disappointed. 

- Mary and Glen N.

A captivating experience with in-depth knowledge of the areas visited.

- Elizabeth D.

Great scenery, fun transport, lots to see and learn. Nice group of Smithsonian travelers with good chances to connect and make friends apart from the larger group

- Barbara B.

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Hotel Schweizerhof Zermatt

Zermatt, Switzerland

Featuring a wellness area, a treatment room and a hot tub, Schweizerhof Hotel is set at a 20 minutes' walking distance to Sunnegga. Renovation of this Alpine-style building was in 2007. Set next to Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, the venue is located in the heart of Zermatt. Ricola herb garden is about 20 minutes' walk away.It is set a short walk to mountains and a valley as well as slopes. Forest Fun Park Zermatt lies near the property. Rooms have central heating, a sitting area and a sofa at the venue. The hotel has a scenic view over the lake. They also have adjustable beds, single beds and twin beds with a pillow-top mattress, a down comforter and foam pillows as well as marble flooring. Start your day with a rich breakfast served at the dining room. The property offers a grill restaurant serving dishes of fusion cuisine. Drinks are available at the cocktail bar. The hotel has an indoor pool equipped with a sauna, parasols and sun loungers. Guests can workout in a gym.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne

Lucerne, Switzerland

Built in 1845, this deluxe, Victorian-style hotel has been owned and operated by the same family for five generations. It enjoys a central location along a promenade overlooking Lake Lucerne.

Number of nights: 2