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Pre- and Post-River Cruise Train Vacations: All You Need to Know

Extend Your European River Cruise with a Train Journey

Railbookers’ offers an appealing selection of pre- and post-cruise rail vacations throughout Europe, including journeys to places such as the magical fjords of Norway, the famed lakes and mountains of Switzerland, and the bustling city centers of Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Berlin, and Budapest.

There is no shortage of memorable moments to be had by combining the two. However, many travelers are so focused on planning and booking their cruise, that they often don’t consider adding on extra nights in iconic destinations to the front or back end of their trip beyond their ports of call.

Whether enjoyed before or after your river cruise, our pre- and post-cruise rail vacations will allow you to explore further and discover more than you ever could with just your river cruise. The vacations include all rail travel, accommodations and transfers, and tours and sightseeing and are customizable, so travelers can add additional days and/or reverse the itinerary.

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Old city center of Basel with Munster cathedral and the Rhine river, Switzerland









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Europe's Top 6 Scenic Train Journeys

GoldenPass Line

The GoldenPass Line’s panoramic train spans Switzerland from the beautiful shores of Lake Geneva to Gstaad and up to Zweisimmen and Spiez at Lake Thun. Pass the majestic mountain peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in Interlaken. Then, continue along to Lake Brienz, Meiringen and over the Brünig Pass to Lucerne.


Glacier Express

The Glacier Express, the “Slowest Express Train in the World,” is an incredible, bucket-list train journey. This legendary, eight-hour ride slowly weaves more than 150 miles across 291 bridges and through 92 tunnels in the picturesque Swiss Alps from the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt to St. Moritz.

Bernina Express

This route is the highest altitude train journey in Europe. The Bernina Express takes you through breathtaking alpine landscapes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It travels from Chur all the way to Tirano in Italy. During summer months, you can catch the Bernina Express Bus from Tirano along Lake Como to Lugano.

Bergen Line with Flåm Railway

The Flåm Railway is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Onboard the train,  you’ll experience the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, and the high mountains at Myrdal station. Be prepared for the most stunning scenery in Western Norway.