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The Mighty Rhine to Switzerland 2020

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

8 days
from
£849
per person
  • Basel
  • Heidelberg
  • Lucerne
  • Mainz
  • Rhine
  • Strasbourg
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Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

Mighty Rhine to Switzerland

Experience the very best of the Rhine on this romantic journey that’ll see you taking in the sights of three different countries. Explore Germany, France and Switzerland, using the comfort of the 4 star MS Arena as your base. Discover ancient old towns, gothic cathedrals and captivating museums as you go. You’ll get to see some of the Rhineland’s most spectacular sights, from the dizzy heights of the Rüdesheim cable car overlooking the Rhine Valley to sailing by the sheer cliff faces of the mythical Rhine Gorge and the lush plains of the Alsace. This is river cruising at its very best.

Day 1: UK – Cologne
We travel to Cologne where we join our ship. This evening we enjoy a relaxing dinner onboard as we sail overnight towards Rüdesheim.

Day 2: Rüdesheim
Relax onboard as we cruise along the Rhine which leads us through the Rhine Gorge and past the Legendary Lorelai. This afternoon we arrive at the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim. Here you can enjoy the town’s many highlights on our optional excursion, including a cable car ride for panoramic views across the Rhine valley. This evening we set sail for Speyer.

Day 3: Speyer – Strasbourg
This morning we arrive in the charming town of Speyer. Easily explored on foot, Speyer has a magnificent Romanesque Cathedral, as well as an abundance of museums and the remains of a medieval synagogue. You can also take advantage of our optional excursion to the Speyer Technical Museum which houses vintage cars, locomotives and an original Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. Lunch is served onboard before we sail overnight to Strasbourg.

Day 4: Strasbourg – Basel
This morning we arrive at the magnificent city of Strasbourg, which is well known for its world heritage status. Enjoy some free time to explore the main sights at leisure or take a walk around the old city. You can enjoy our fantastic optional excursion cruising along Strasbourg’s waterways, which is a great way to see the city. We return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Basel.

Day 5: Basel – Lucerne – Breisach
We arrive this morning into the old University City of Basel. Here you can join our included full day excursion by coach to the Swiss resort of Lucerne. This scenic journey follows a route that tunnels through the Jura Mountains, before arriving at Lucerne - the historic and scenic heart of Switzerland. Here you can visit the beautiful Chapel Bridge with its prominent water tower, one of the most photographed landmarks in Switzerland. Tonight we sail overnight to Breisach.

Day 6: Breisach – Alsace – Mannheim
This morning we arrive into Breisach, where the Black Forest meets the Alsace. Here you can join our optional excursion into the beautiful Alsace, stopping at the little village of Riquewihr where we enjoy wine tasting at the famous Dopff & Irion vineyard. This afternoon we set sail for Mannheim.

Day 7: Mannheim – Heidelberg – Mainz
We cruise to the river port of Mannheim where you can join our optional guided excursion to the majestic city of Heidelberg, home of Germany’s oldest university. We return to our ship for lunch onboard as we cruise to Mainz where we arrive later this afternoon. Mainz is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers and has been the capital of the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate since 1946. Join our optional guided walking tour, taking in the university, the pretty pedestrian precincts and the fabulous Romanesque cathedral. We also include entrance to the Gutenberg Museum. This evening enjoy your final night onboard as we set sail for Cologne.

Day 8: Cologne – UK
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and set off on the return journey to the UK.

 

Discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Strasbourg

Take a cable car ride to the heights of the Rhine Gorge

Head to the home of Germany’s oldest university – Heidelberg

Sample some delicious wines this region has to offer and visit the vineyards that produce them

See breathtaking views of the Swiss mountains and lakes at the historic and scenic heart of Switzerland

Venture into the Black Forest in Switzerland

Ships

We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Coach via Dover

On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and onwards to meet the ship.

Ferry crossing at Dover

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary.

Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices start from £55 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and include parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

By Air from London Heathrow

Air travel is included on selected cruises, whereas on other cruises it is offered alongside our rail or coach options – please note a supplement will apply and transfers to the ship are not included. Regional flight options are available, call our Holiday Advisors for details.

Join at the Ship

Make your own travel arrangements at your convenience to join your selected cruise, simply board your cruise ship at the embarkation point.

Dates and pricing

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2020-05-18
18 May 2020
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18 May 2020
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18 May 2020
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25 May 2020
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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Lucerne

Lucerne

Included

We stop on the lake’s north-west shore in picturesque Lucerne; you can relax at leisure or maybe enjoy a steamer ride on the lake. Today is a full day tour therefore a packed lunch is provided.

Rudesheim Highlights

Rudesheim Highlights

£24

A road train ride transports you to view fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems at Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. We also include a cable car ride to reach the Niederwald monument, with spectacular views along the way.

Strasbourg Canal Cruise

Strasbourg Canal Cruise

£39

Strasbourg is well known for its historic and cultural sights, which are best seen from the unique canal system surrounding the city. Our excursion is aboard a small glass-topped canal cruiser which is perfect for sight-seeing.

Alluring Alsace

Alluring Alsace

£24

Our excursion visits the medieval village of Riquewihr, which nestles between the Vosges mountains and some of the most famous vineyards in the Alsace.

Heidelberg

Heidelberg

£19

Explore Heidelberg's main attractions, including the castle, Church of the Holy Ghost and its university - the oldest in Germany.

Mainz Guided Tour & Gutenberg Museum

Mainz Guided Tour & Gutenberg Museum

£24

Roman Mainz, the cathedral, the old quarter and the modern city centre. This is a tour of Mainz’s history, from its beginnings to the present day. We also take a tour of the Gutenberg Museum, which is dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg and his inventions. Here we experience the history of printing, writing and books, plus we enjoy a demonstration of the printing press.

Speyer Technical Museum

Speyer Technical Museum

£28

See vintage cars, locomotives and an original Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet our optional excursion to the Speyer Technical Museum.

Package Price

Package Price

£158 per person

You can book our excursions individually or as a package, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Premium Package

Premium Package

£140 per person

Our Premium Package is a great way to add a touch of something special to your MS Arena river cruise experience. This exclusive package is a pre-bookable addition available across all cabin grades, and includes drinks with your meals, 10% off excursions, a welcome basket of fruit on arrival, water delivered to your cabin, a selection of complimentary toiletries and free use of the wellness and fitness suite aboard MS Arena. For more information call our Holiday Advisers.

At a glance

Length: 8 days

From: Cologne

Ends: Cologne

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover
  • Ferry crossing at Dover
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air from London Heathrow
  • Join at the Ship
8 days
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£849
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Included in the Price

  • Seven nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Welcome Drink
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and cake & late evening snack
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and WiFi
  • Visits to Cologne, Rudesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, Basel, Lucerne, Breisach, Mannheim & Mainz
  • Services of a Cruise Manager

 

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