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River Rhine to Switzerland Cruise

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

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

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.

Koblenz

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.

Lucerne

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Lord Byron

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RT133: Departure Dates 2014/15
Cologne to Basel
2014: May 12; Jun 9; Jul 7, 17; Aug 14;
Sep 18; Oct 2, 9; 2015: May 7, 18;
Jun 4, 15, 18; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 17, 31;
Sep 15, 28
Basel to Cologne
2014: May 19; Jun 16; Jul 14, 24; Aug 21;
Sep 25; 2015: May 14, 25; Jun 11, 22, 25;
Jul 20; Aug 3, 24; Sep 7, 22; Oct 5
RT133: River Rhine to Switzerland 2014/15£ price per person
All prices shown above are per person based on double occupancy
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

River Rhine to Switzerland Itinerary
Day 1
UK - Cologne (Germany)

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.

William Shakespeare

The price includes
  • 7-night full board cruise on Lord Byron or William Shakespeare
  • Rail cruise prices include Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels and return from Paris to London St Pancras
  • Fly cruise prices include flights from the UK to Dusseldorf or Cologne and return from Zurich or Basel. Regional flights may be available at a supplement
  • Overseas transfers from Brussels, Dusseldorf or Cologne to the ship, and return from the ship by TGV to Paris or the aiport in Basel or Zurich.
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Tea and coffee facilities
The price does not include
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
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