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Romantic Rhine & Swiss Delights 2019

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

9 days
from
£1049
per person
  • Amsterdam
  • Cologne
  • Rudesheim
  • Mannheim
  • Speyer
  • Strasbourg
  • Basel
AmsterdamCologneRudesheimMannheimSpeyerStrasbourgBasel
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.

Romantic Rhine & Swiss Delights

There’s no better way to see the spectacular sights along the Rhine than from the river itself and on this leisurely cruise you can witness the countless treasures of four countries as we glide through Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. Along the way you can enjoy all the amenities of our ship as we cruise between the sheer valley walls of the Rhine Gorge and across the lush plains of the Alsace, before crossing the Swiss border where you can venture into some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Our ship is never far away, so after a day of exploring you can return to comfortable surrounds and relax as the crew take care of you – it’s what river cruising is all about.

Day 1: UK – Amsterdam
We travel to Amsterdam, the vibrant capital of the Netherlands, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Cologne
This morning you are free to explore Amsterdam. Famous for its canal network, take a relaxing boat trip to see the best views of the city. Visit one of the many museums on offer including the Anne Frank House or browse the vintage-themed shops. We cast off this afternoon for Cologne.

Day 3: Cologne
Watch the scenery glide by as we cruise along to the largest city on the Rhine, Cologne. You are then free to enjoy the remainder of the day in this beautiful city which is dominated by its huge gothic cathedral.

Day 4: Cologne - Rüdesheim Relax on the sun deck as we cruise along the Rhine, which leads us through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and past the legendary Lorelei. We stop at the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim where you can enjoy many highlights on our optional excursion, including a cable car ride for panoramic views across the Rhine valley. Join our evening optional excursion visiting a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s delicious wine. Tonight we set sail for Mannheim.

Day 5: Mannheim - Speyer
We arrive in Mannheim this morning and our optional coach excursion departs this morning visiting the majestic city of Heidelberg, home of Germany’s oldest university. We board the ship on the Rhine’s broader waters in Speyer. You are free to explore this charming city. Our ship sets sail this evening and cruises overnight towards Strasbourg.

Day 6: Strasbourg
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 or take a walk around the old city. You can enjoy a fantastic optional excursion as we cruise along Strasbourg’s waterways, which is a great way to see the city. We set sail for Basel in the evening.

Day 7: Basel
A leisurely cruise through the Rhine Plain takes us to the old university city of Basel. Enjoy free time or join our included full day coach excursion which takes you on a route that tunnels through the Jura Mountains to the Swiss resort of Lucerne, the historic and scenic heart of Switzerland. (A packed lunch will be provided today).

Day 8: Basel – Overnight Hotel (Coach) / UK (Air & Rail)
After breakfast we bid farewell to our captain and crew, disembark our ship and travel by coach to our overnight hotel, where dinner and breakfast are included. Those travelling by air or rail will commence the return journey back to the UK.

Day 9: Overnight Hotel – UK (Coach)
This morning we travel back to the UK.

On the 15, 16 & 30 May departures the cruise operates in the reverse order. Your itinerary will be:

Day 1: UK – Overnight Hotel (Coach)
We travel by coach to our overnight hotel.

Day 2: Overnight Hotel – Basel (Coach)/ UK – Basel (Rail & Air)
After breakfast we travel by coach and board our ship in old University City of Basel. Those travelling by rail and air join today. We spend a relaxing evening in Basel.

Day 3: Basel
Enjoy free time or join our included half day coach excursion which takes you on a route that tunnels through the Jura Mountains to the Swiss resort of Lucerne, the historic and scenic heart of Switzerland. (A packed lunch will be provided today). This evening we set sail for Strasbourg.

Day 4: Strasbourg
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 or take a walk around the old city. You can enjoy a fantastic optional excursion as we cruise along Strasbourg’s waterways, which is a great way to see the city. In the evening we cruise towards Speyer.

Day 5: Speyer – Mannheim
Today our route takes us into the Rhine’s broader waters to stop in Speyer. You are free to explore this charming city or join our optional coach excursion which departs this morning visiting the majestic city of Heidelberg, home of Germany’s oldest university. We rejoin the ship in Mannheim. We set sail for Rüdesheim in the evening.

Day 6: Rüdesheim – Cologne
Relax on the sun deck as we cruise along the Rhine, which leads us through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and past the legendary Lorelei. We stop at the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim where you can enjoy many highlights on our optional excursion, including a cable car ride for panoramic views across the Rhine valley. Join our evening optional excursion visiting a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s delicious wine. Tonight we set sail for Cologne.

Day 7: Cologne
Relax on the sun deck as we cruise along to the largest city on the Rhine, Cologne. You are then free to enjoy the remainder of the day in this beautiful city which is dominated by its huge gothic cathedral.

Day 8: Cologne – Amsterdam
This morning we set sail for Amsterdam, the vibrant capital city of the Netherlands. We spend the evening in Amsterdam.

Day 9: Amsterdam
This morning we travel back 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 or Newcastle

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 or Newcastle

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover or Newcastle, 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. Newcastle crossings take place overnight, adding 2 days to the cruise duration.

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 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 London Heathrow

Air travel is included as an air inclusive option with flights and return transfers to the ship included.

Meet at your cruise 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

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.

Departures

From
To

Ship

DepartureTravel optionsBooking
2019-05-08
08 May 2019
for 11 days


Coach
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Ferries
Join ship at Amsterdam
11 days from
£1299
Passengers
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2019-05-09
09 May 2019
for 9 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
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9 days from
£1099
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2019-05-09
09 May 2019
for 8 days


Flights
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8 days from
£1049
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2019-05-09
09 May 2019
for 8 days


Eurostar
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8 days from
£1099
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2019-05-15
15 May 2019
for 9 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Basel
9 days from
£1099
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2019-05-16
16 May 2019
for 8 days


Flights
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8 days from
£1049
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2019-05-16
16 May 2019
for 8 days


Eurostar
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8 days from
£1099
Passengers
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2019-05-22
22 May 2019
for 11 days


Coach
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Ferries
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11 days from
£1345
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2019-05-23
23 May 2019
for 9 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Amsterdam
9 days from
£1145
Passengers
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2019-05-23
23 May 2019
for 8 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Amsterdam
8 days from
£1145
Passengers
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2019-05-23
23 May 2019
for 8 days


Flights
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8 days from
£1095
Passengers
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2019-05-29
29 May 2019
for 9 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Basel
9 days from
£1145
Passengers
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2019-05-30
30 May 2019
for 8 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Basel
8 days from
£1145
Passengers
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2019-05-30
30 May 2019
for 8 days


Flights
Join ship at Basel
8 days from
£1095
Passengers
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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!

Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim highlights

£26

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.

Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim by night (8,9,22, 23 May only)

£27

Visit a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s best wines, before exploring the captivating Drosselgasse, which is filled with little taverns and courtyards and is the cultural heart of the town.

Heidelberg

Heidelberg highlights

£19

We visit Heidelberg, one of the most popular destinations in Germany. Our tour takes in the highlights including the castle, with its terrace offering fine views of the city.

Strasbourg canal cruise

Strasbourg canal cruise

£29

Our excursion is aboard a small glass topped canal cruiser which offers a great vantage point and views of the city. Afterwards, you can disembark in the heart of Strasbourg, close to the old pedestrianised walled city and cathedral.

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.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price

£85

SAVE £16 PER PERSON
Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 9 days

From: Amsterdam

Ends: Basel

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover or Newcastle
  • Ferry crossing at Dover or Newcastle
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air London Heathrow
  • Meet at your cruise ship
9 days
from
£1049
per person

Customer feedback

Included in the Price

  • Return travel from the UK
  • Seven nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together & party night
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Visits to Amsterdam, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Mannheim, Speyer, Strasbourg and Basel
  • Excursion to Lucerne
  • Overnight hotel accommodation with dinner and breakfast in France (coach only)
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

 


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