River Rhine to Switzerland Cruise

A 7-night River Rhine cruise through Germany, France and Switzerland to riverside towns and the scenic Black Forest

River Rhine to Switzerland Cruise


7 nights from £1349pp

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  • Itinerary
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Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Rhine river, one of the most scenic waterways in Europe, taking in some of the beautiful Alpine scenery.

Join your luxury floating hotel in Cologne cruising through the Rhine Valley to historic Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Continue through the dramatic Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim. Visit medieval Speyer with its stunning Romanesque Basilica before cruising to Strasbourg in France.

Drive through the rolling hills of the Black Forest packed with pine trees and on to the charming town of Titisee, nestling on the shores of the Titisee lake. Finally reach Switzerland, mooring in Basel and visiting the magnificent city of Lucerne and the dramatic Bernese Oberland, gateway to some of the finest Apline scenery.

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River Rhine to Switzerland Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Cologne (Germany)
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Take the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels or fly from the UK to Dusseldorf or Cologne and transfer to your ship, moored in Cologne (2014 only). The dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your five-star floating hotel.
Day 2 - Koblenz
Cruise past the rolling hills along the Rhine including the Siebengebirge (seven mountains) to picturesque Koblenz. Founded by the Romans, this city is located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. This afternoon explore at leisure and see the medieval buildings, traditional shops and Rhineland cafes.
Day 3 - Rudesheim
Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and past the famous Lorelei Rock, a highlight of this cruise, as you continue along the Rhine to Rudesheim. This afternoon discover the town at leisure relaxing in the cafes, strolling through the vineyards or perhaps enjoying a cable car ride to the statue of Germania.
Day 4 - Speyer
Cruise past the vineyards which produce the popular Liebfraumilch wines. Moor in medieval Speyer. During the 16th century Martin Luther was excommunicated in nearby Worms, and his followers in Speyer protested at this and for the first time they were called 'Protestants'. Visit the neo-gothic Gedaechtniskirche, built to commemorate this event and the richy decorated Basilica.
Day 5 - Strasbourg
Relax on board as you cruise upstream to Strasbourg in France, capital of the Alsace region and now one of the centres of the European Union. Enjoy a walking tour of its unique 16th century old town. Captain's Dinner on board this evening serving delicious regional specialities.
Day 6 - Breisach (Germany) - Titisee
Visit the ancient town of Breisach before driving amidst some of the more stunning scenery of the Black Forest this afternoon. See the rugged vallets, cascading waterfalls and rolling hillsides covered in densley packed pine trees. Visit the archetyical town of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its crystal clear lake. Cruise to Switzerland this evening.
Day 7 - Lucerne (Switzerland) Bernese Oberland - Interlaken
Take a short drive to Lucerne this morning, Switzerland's most beautiful city, nestled among stunning mountain views. Stroll along the Chapel Bridge - a unique covered wooden walkway crossing the lake supported by stilts, lined with colourful window boxes. The scenery becomes even more dramatic as we enter the Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland. This is the Alpine heart of Europe. Take a short trip to Interlaken situated between two shimmering lakes.
Day 8 - Basel - UK
This morning take the TGV to Paris, connecting with the Eurostar back to London St Pancras or alternatively drive to the airport for your return flight home.
The Captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary to suit wind and weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on Lord Byron, Jane Austen or William Shakespeare
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels and return from Paris to London St Pancras. Flights are available at a supplement - please contact us for pricing
  • Overseas transfers from Brussels to the ship, and return from the ship by TGV to Paris
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities

2015 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Cologne - Basel

Departure Date Blue Water Price
Ship: Jane Austen
Jul 27; Aug 17£1399
Aug 31£1499
Sep 28£1449
Ship: Lord Byron
May 18£1399
Jun 15£1449
Jul 13; Aug 10£1349
Ship: William Shakespeare
May 07£1349
Jun 04, 18; Sep 15£1449

Basel - Cologne

Departure Date Blue Water Price
Ship: Jane Austen
Aug 03, 17, 24£1399
Sep 07£1499
Oct 05£1349
Ship: Lord Byron
May 25; Jun 22£1449
Jul 20£1349
Ship: William Shakespeare
May 14£1349
Jun 11, 25; Sep 22£1449
  • Please note: The 17 Aug departure operates in both directions. The forward itinerary is on Jane Austen and the reverse itinerary is on Lord Byron.
  • Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing an Emerald Deck cabin (Lord Bryon and Jane Austen) or Romeo Deck cabin (William Shakespeare) and travelling by rail. Flights are available at a supplement - please contact us for pricing
  • Single supplements and flight/eurostar upgrades are available
  • Lord Byron and Jane Austen Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Suite Emerald Deck - £100pp
  • Ruby Deck/ Suite Ruby Deck - £300pp/ £400pp
  • Diamond Deck/ Suite Diamond Deck - £400pp/ £500pp
  • Stern Suite Diamond Deck/ Deluxe Suite Diamond Deck - £450pp/£600pp
  • William Shakespeare Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Othello Deck - £300pp
  • Hamlet Deck/ Deluxe Suites Hamlet Deck - £400pp/ £600pp
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