River Cruises with the River Cruise Line


Mr Bridge booking number 01483 489961

Join Bernard Magee onboard ms Serenity for these spectacular river cruises.

 

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest - 30th Anniversary Cruise

By coach: 5-14 October 2017; by air: 6-13 October 2017
10 days from £1099

or

By coach: 12-21 October 2017; by air: 13-20 October 2017
10 days from £1099

Discover the delights of the Danube as you enjoy a full bridge programme with Bernard Magee or Sandy Bell, on one of the most scenic journeys through the heart of Europe. From the pretty city of Passau on the Austrian border to the Hungarian capital of Budapest, we cruise in comfort and style aboard the ms Serenity, passing through the beautiful scenery of the Wachau valley and dipping into the history and culture of amazing cities along the way. With a full day in the musical city of Vienna and Budapest as well as a visit to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, this is a wonderful opportunity to sail the waters that are beautifully immortalised by the composer Strauss, in the classical waltz The Blue Danube

Click here to see prices and travel options for the 5 & 6 October departure

Click here to see prices and travel options for the 12 & 13 October departure


Rhine Cruise & Swiss Delights

By coach: 16-24 May 2018; by rail or air: 17-24 May 2018

9 days from £1119

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 three countries as we glide through Switzerland, France and Germany. Along the way you can enjoy all the amenities of our ship whilst taking in the beautiful scenery as we cruise from Switzerland towards the lush plains of the Alsace and onwards between the sheer valley walls of the spectacular Rhine Gorge. 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.

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MS Serenity

MS Serenity

This stylish 4-star vessel allows passengers to explore the great waterways of Europe whilst being under the care of a friendly and attentive crew.

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest Excursions

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call,

Rhine Cruise & Swiss Delights Excursions

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 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 that rises 37 metres up the hillside to reach the iconic Niederwald monument. This is a unique experience, taking you over the sloping vineyards for an amazing panoramic view of the romantic Rhine valley.

Rüdesheim by night
£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 highlights
£19
Heidelberg is one of the most popular destinations in Germany, situated on the edge of the Denwald Forest where the Neckar river reaches the Rhine Plain. The main attractions are its castle, the Church of the Holy Ghost, and its university – the oldest in Germany. A 15-minute climb or funicular ride leads you to view the restored areas of the castle which are used for public events. The castle’s terrace in particular offers fine views of the city, while at the castle down in the adjacent cellar we encounter the Heidelberg Tun, one of the largest wine vats in the world.

Strasbourg canal cruise
£27
Strasbourg is well known for its historical 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 offers a great vantage point. Having seen some of the sights from the water, you can disembark in the heart of Strasbourg, close to the old pedestrianised walled city and the cathedral.

 

Strasbourg guided tour
£19
The historic centre of Strasbourg is an island in the Ill river, inscribed on the Unesco world heritage list. It is a beautiful place with much to tell: its past, its architecture, its art, its traditions, its great men, and with the help of our guide you can enjoy explanations, commentaries and anecdotes which bring the city to life as we explore by coach and on foot.



Koblenz cable car & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
£19
Enjoy an exhilarating ride across the Rhine to visit the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Europe’s second largest surviving fortress where you can immerse yourself in a world of Celts, Romans and knights. The Koblenz Cable Car was built for the 2011 BUGA Flower Show and is one of the largest cable cars in Europe outside the Alps, which offers amazing views of Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

 

Lucerne
Included
With its colourful pitched-roof buildings that perch on the edge of a blue lake, and a magnificent mountain range backdrop, Lucerne is a picture postcard scene of a Swiss resort. Our excursion stops on the lake’s northwest shore where you can relax at leisure and may be enjoy a steamer ride on the lake or, time permitting, take a train ride up nearby Mount Pilatus. Today is a full day tour therefore a packed lunch is provided.

 

Black Forest & Rhine Falls
£22
Rising above the lush Rhine Plain are the cooler mountain slopes of the Black Forest region, which offers much more than cuckoo clocks and black forest gateau as we learn on our unforgettable scenic drive to the picturesque Lake Titisee. We also visit the Rhine Falls, the mightiest falls in central Europe that surge over a ledge of Jurassic limestone. Today is a full day tour therefore a packed lunch is provided. 

 

Excursion Package Price
£125
SAVE £36 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!

Rhine Cruise & Swiss Delights

  • Basel
  • Rhine River
  • Rhine River
  • Speyer
  • Strasbourg
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Mr Bridge booking number 01483 489961

Join Bernard Magee onboard ms Serenity for this spectacular river cruise.

By coach: 16-24 May 2018; by rail or air: 17-24 May 2018
9 days from £1119

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 three countries as we glide through Switzerland, France and Germany. Along the way you can enjoy all the amenities of our ship whilst taking in the beautiful scenery as we cruise from Switzerland towards the lush plains of the Alsace and onwards between the sheer valley walls of the spectacular Rhine Gorge. 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.

Click here to see prices and travel options 

 

MS Serenity

MS Serenity

This stylish 4-star vessel allows passengers to explore the great waterways of Europe whilst being under the care of a friendly and attentive crew.

Offers SAVE up to £400

Up the Rhine & Down the Danube by air & rail NOW from £1799 saving £400pp 

Cruise the Rhine to Switzerland in October by coach NOW from £799 Saving £180pp

Rhine Cruise and Swiss Delights by coach NOW from £899 saving of £170pp, by rail NOW from £999 saving £200pp & by air NOW from £999 saving £220pp

Rhine & Moselle Explorer by rail NOW from £999 saving £250pp & by air NOW from £999 saving £200pp

Bavaria & the Romantic Rhine by rail NOW from £999 saving £300pp & by air NOW from £899 saving £350pp

Cruise the Danube to Vienna and Budapest in October by coach NOW from £999 saving £100pp & by air NOW £1049 saving £100pp

 

 

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Holiday by Rail

Glacier Express

STEP ABOARD AND LET YOUR ADVENTURE BEGIN

With a holiday by rail the journey to your destination is all part of the experience, and now it can start even earlier with low cost travel to St Pancras International from your local railway station. Stylish resorts along the Côte d’Azur, lakeside retreats in Italy, legendary trips high in the Alps, cultural delights in magnificent cities – you can visit some stunning places in Europe on our escorted tours. And it all starts with an amazing train journey there.


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Cruises for all Seasons

Spring Image - Keukenhof Gardens

Cruises for all seasons

The time of year makes a huge difference to your river cruise experience. You could be relaxing on the sun deck as you cruise past swathes of ripe vineyards, or you could be sat in the cosy lounge enjoying pretty winter scenes through panoramic windows. It all depends on when you travel, so here’s a look at the highlights each season brings to river cruising.

SPRING

It all starts in the Netherlands, where millions of flowering bulbs herald the start of the river cruise season. As well as floral extravaganzas, there’s beautiful architecture, medieval villages and ancient castles to admire, all of which take on a fresh appearance following the winter slumber.

Rhine Cruise & Swiss Delightsaboard ms Serenity, 9 days from £899

Springtime in the Gardens of Holland & Belgiumaboard ms Serenity, 7 days from £779

Rhône & Saône Cruise through Burgundy & Provenceaboard ms Amadeus Provence, 8 days from £1499

Elegant Elbe, Berlin & Prague aboard ms Princess, 9 days from £1169


SUMMER

Summer brings out the best in everything: culture, arts, music, food and wine – even the weather can surprise you as you enjoy relaxing days on the river, taking in beautiful scenery along the way. And because it’s such a lovely time of year, you can make the most of it on a longer cruise.

Up the Rhine & Down the Danube aboard ms Serenity, 15 days from £1999

The Danube to the Black Sea aboard ms Serenity, 15 days from £1999

Baltic Isles, Berlin & Poland aboard ms Princess, 9 days from £1399

Rhine & Moselle Explorer aboard ms Serenity, 9 days from £999

 

AUTUMN

There’s something particularly special about a river cruise in the autumn, with vibrant colours reflecting all along the river. This is when the grapes that grow in the valleys are harvested for wine, an important occasion that’s celebrated in the towns and villages along the riverbanks.

Rhine in Flames aboard mps Lady Anne, 8 days from £819

Cruise the Rhine to Switzerlandaboard mps Lady Anne, 10 days from £979

River Douro Cruise aboard ms Douro Spirit, 8 days from £1399

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest aboard ms Serenity, 10 days from £999

 

 WINTER

Many streets and squares across Europe are taken over every winter by festive markets, each one bursting with quality, originality and character. It creates a wonderful atmosphere as everyone begins to wind down and enjoy the festivities, so it’s a magical time to cruise.

German Christmas Marketsa board mps Lady Anne, 4 days from £289

Strasbourg Christmas Market aboard ms Serenity, 4 days from £399

Christmas Rhine Cruise aboard mps Lady Anne, 7 days from £749

New Year Cruise aboard ms Serenity, 7 days from £699


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A winner at Group Leisure

group awards

WINNER of Best Group Tour Operator – Short Haul

Group Leisure Awards 2016

When Rebecca, Tim and Janet attended the Group Leisure Awards in October 2016 they were looking forward to an amazing evening – little did they realise just how amazing it would be.

Not only were we nominated for three different awards, we were unexpected finalists for the
Best Coach or Tour Operator - UK Tours, and we went on to win one of the top awards of the evening: Best Group Tour Operator - Short Haul.

One of the highlights of the group travel calendar, the Group Leisure Awards recognise the very best in the group travel industry, with those nominated ranging from small specialists to household names. This is what Tim had to say:

“We were nominated in this category against some very well-respected competition, so to pick up the top prize is a huge achievement. We are so proud of the whole team for making this happen and it’s a reflection of how well everyone works together that we’ve been voted as one of the best in the industry.”

 

 

 


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Travellers Tales

ms Serenity

TRAVELLER’S TALES FROM TOUR AND CRUISE MANAGER PAMELA SMITH

Pamela Smith has been working with The River Cruise Line for seven years, so knows exactly what our passengers expect from a river cruise. We caught up with her to find out what she loves about river cruising and the secret to a successful trip.

How did you first become a Cruise Manager?

“I have been in the travel industry for approximately 17 years, the first two years of this I was part-time and also worked part-time in finance. I was working seven days a week so eventually chose to take the tourism path full time as travel has always interested me. I came to The River Cruise Line about seven years ago and since then have worked on mps Lady Anne, ms Serenity and on Croisi Europe ships, all of which I love.”

Which countries have you worked in?

“I have worked in western Europe for The River Cruise Line and have travelled with other companies to eastern Europe, mainly on cruises.”

What do you consider the most important aspects of your role to be?

“In my opinion, my most important role is to ensure the guests get as much as they possibly can from their holiday, whether it’s a four day break or a two week cruise. I do this by getting to know them,  learning about why they have chosen that particular tour and by ensuring the information
I give is relevant.”

What do you like about meeting passengers?

“I do enjoy working with The River Cruise Line as the guests are always enthusiastic and friendly. I love meeting the guests as strangers and waving goodbye as friends. Also meeting previous guests again on following tours is always nice, they always seem to remember me – for good reasons I hope!”

How do you know if a cruise has been successful?

“Being a temporary friend to passengers while they are away and them going home with good memories of their holiday experience to me is a success.”

Where is your favourite destination?

“My favourite destination has to be France. I speak French and I always feel at home there.”

Which is your favourite River cruise?

“I enjoy all I do but if I had to choose one it would be a difficult decision between the Best of the Rhine & Moselle aboard mps Lady Anne and Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest aboard ms Serenity.”

Which new River cruise would you like to  do Next?

“It would have to be the Rhône & Saône Cruise through Burgundy & Provence or the Moscow to St Petersburg cruise.”

What are you looking forward to in the future?

“I look forward to working with The River Cruise Line until I retire, or maybe until I win the lottery!”

 

 


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African Queen

African Queen

ANOTHER HAPPY CRUISE CUSTOMER
BUT DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

In October last year, Margaret Haughey joined us all the way from New Zealand for our Thames cruise on the African Queen. Here’s a snippet of a beautiful write up we received from her.

The cruise was exactly what I’d been looking for, but it exceeded all my expectations. Living on a barge for days on end; getting back to nature and seeing the English countryside up close; enjoying the hospitality and companionship onboard; having restaurant-quality food every day; mooring near small villages. It was different, and hugely enjoyable.

Bonnie and Andy, our hosts, welcomed us onboard and we couldn’t have had anyone better. Andy is a natural storyteller and kept us entertained. Bonnie’s excellent organisation kept everything going smoothly. And hard-working Liza and Gabriel, who did so much, were absolutely lovely.

Bonnie, Liza and Gabriel did an amazing job of keeping us fed. The first night set the standard with a wonderful Cape Malay dinner, sitting together at a long table in the warm and comfortable lounge/dining room.

On the sun deck, where we lived most of the time, it was magical: sitting with a cup of coffee warming your hands, chatting to the others or silently taking in the peacefulness of the scene. Going through locks or waiting your turn to go through; Andy on the helm, bantering with the lock keepers; Gabriel leaping down to tie the barge to a mooring.

On this reach of the Thames we were in Wind in the Willows country, and we loved being part of the scene, knowing that for the time being we belonged to the community of the river. There was also the variety of mooring and having time to explore or walk further along the towpath.

What has stayed with me most, though, is the feeling of being enclosed by nature as we cruised through the countryside – and also the togetherness we developed as a group. After our final meal, we told Bonnie and Andy what a great time we’d had and what a great group it had been. They replied, “Every group says that!” 

That’s what the African Queen does for you.

To book or for more information on the cruise click here

                                   


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Six great deals for 2017 River Cruises

WIN A GOLDEN TICKET WORTH UP TO £2500!

If you book by the 5th December you will automatically be entered into our FREE prize draw for the chance to win a Golden Ticket worth up to £2500 to spend with The River Cruise Line.  

 

THE DANUBE TO THE BLACK SEA

20 & 21 July departures 

15 days from £1,999

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UP THE RHINE & DOWN THE DANUBE


12 June 2017 departure

15 days from £1,799

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BAVARIA & THE ROMANTIC RHINE



12 June 2017 departure

9 days from £899

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RHINE & MOSELLE EXPLORER


4 June 2017 departure

9 days from £999

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RHINE CRUISE & SWISS DELIGHTS


May 2017 departure

9 days from £899

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SINGLE SAVERS ABOARD SELECTED

MS SERENITY CRUISES

No single supplement = Worth up to £1299pp*

The Danube to the Black Sea

Springtime in the Gardens of Holland & Belgium

The Delights of Amsterdam & the Dutch Bulbfields

Rhine Cruise & Swiss Delights

 

*Based on The Danube to the Black Sea cruise by air, Panorama Deck cabin. Limited availability on each sailing – please call for details.

Offers apply to new bookings made by 5 December 2016. Prices are per person, based on two people sharing the lowest category cabin – cabin upgrades are available at a supplement – please call for details. Reservations are subject to availability and our booking conditions which are available on request or online at www.rivercruiseline.co.uk. Offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other unless otherwise stated. All prices are correct at the time of going to print.

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