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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

No Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1199pp

  • Alpine Scenery
  • Koblenz
  • Lucerne
  • Lord Byron
  • William Shakespeare

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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 Alpine scenery.

RT133 Operated by Riviera Travel

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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 and transfer to your ship, moored in Cologne. 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
  • 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

Cruise Extensions

  • Glacier Express Extension Enjoy 1 night at the 4* Hotel Stern in Chur and 2 nights at the 4* Hotel Schweizerhof (2016) or Hotel Simi (2017) in Zermatt. Includes a journey on the legendary Glacier Express along one of Europe's most scenic railways - from £599pp
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2016 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Cologne - Basel

Departure Date Blue Water Price
Ship: Jane Austen
Jul 25; Aug 15£1399
Sep 05£1499
Sep 26£1449
Oct 10£1349
Ship: Lord Byron
Jul 11; Aug 01£1349
Ship: Swiss Tiara
Jul 07, 28£1249
Aug 25£1299
Sep 15£1349

Basel - Cologne

Departure Date Blue Water Price
Ship: Jane Austen
Aug 01, 22£1399
Sep 12£1499
Oct 03, 17£1349
Ship: Lord Byron
Jul 18; Aug 08£1349
Ship: Swiss Tiara
Jul 14; Aug 04£1249
Sep 01, 22£1349

2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Cologne - Basel

Departure Date Blue Water Price
Ship: Charles Dickens
May 09£1349
Aug 29; Sep 19£1449
Oct 03£1299
Ship: Emily Bronte
May 16£1499
Jun 06£1599
Jul 04; Aug 01£1499
Ship: Jane Austen
Jul 27; Aug 17£1399
Sep 07£1499
Sep 28£1449
Oct 12£1349
Ship: Oscar Wilde
Aug 14, 28£1499
Sep 18£1599
Oct 09£1449
Ship: William Shakespeare
May 04, 25£1349
Jun 15£1449

Basel - Cologne

Departure Date Blue Water Price
Ship: Charles Dickens
May 16£1349
Sep 05£1449
Sep 26£1399
Oct 10£1199
Ship: Emily Bronte
May 23£1499
Jun 13£1599
Jul 11; Aug 08£1499
Ship: Jane Austen
Aug 03, 24£1399
Sep 14£1499
Oct 05£1349
Oct 19£1299
Ship: Oscar Wilde
Aug 21£1499
Sep 04£1599
Sep 25£1549
Oct 16£1449
Ship: William Shakespeare
May 11£1349
Jun 01, 22£1449

Price Information

  • Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a Lower Deck cabin and travelling by rail. Flights are available at a supplement - please contact us for pricing
  • Single supplements and flight/eurostar upgrades are available
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements for Emily Bronte, Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen, Lord Byron and Swiss Tiara:
  • Middle Deck Standard/Superior: £300pp/£400pp
  • Upper Deck Standard/Superior/Superior Stern/Deluxe Suite: £400pp/£500pp/£450pp/£600pp
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements for Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare:
  • Middle Deck: £300pp
  • Upper Deck Standard/Deluxe Balcony: £400pp/£600pp
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