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River Rhine to Switzerland

Join your floating hotel in Cologne cruising through the Rhine Valley to charming riverside towns and the scenic Black Forest, home to some of the most picturesque Alpine scenery. Prices include excursions and Eurostar from London St Pancras or return flights from the UK

No Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1199pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Alpine Scenery
  • Koblenz
  • Lucerne
  • Lord Byron
  • William Shakespeare

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

Riviera Travel

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.

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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 or Cologne 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'. You can 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

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.

Day 8 - Basel - UK

This morning take the TGV to Paris, connecting with the Eurostar back to London St Pancras or alternatively transfer 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 or return flights from the UK. Supplement for Eurostar or regional flights may apply
  • Overseas transfers
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Complimentary tea and coffee facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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 Hotel Simi in Zermatt. Includes a journey on the legendary Glacier Express along one of Europe's most scenic railways - from £599pp

Special Features

  • A drinks package including draught beer, house wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner can be purchased for £99pp with 2018 itineraries
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2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Basel - Cologne

Departure Date Blue Water Price
Jane Austen
Oct 19£1299

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Cologne - Basel

Departure Date Blue Water Price
Charles Dickens
May 01£1349
Jun 19£1649
Aug 02£1499
Aug 21£1499
Sep 11£1699
Oct 02£1399
Emily Bronte
May 14£1599
Jun 04£1749
Jul 09; Aug 06£1599
Jane Austen
Jul 04£1499
Aug 01£1699
Oct 11£1399
Oscar Wilde
Apr 26£1349
May 24£1599
Jun 14£1749
Jul 05, 26; Aug 09£1599
Oct 11£1399
Robert Burns
Jul 13£1599
William Shakespeare
Aug 02£1499
Aug 30£1599
Sep 13£1699

Basel - Cologne

Departure Date Blue Water Price
Charles Dickens
May 08£1449
Jun 26£1649
Aug 09£1499
Aug 28£1499
Sep 18£1699
Oct 09£1199
Emily Bronte
May 21£1599
Jun 11£1749
Jul 16; Aug 13£1599
Jane Austen
Jul 11£1499
Aug 08£1599
Oct 18£1199
Oscar Wilde
May 03£1499
May 31£1599
Jun 21£1749
Jul 12; Aug 02, 16£1599
Oct 18£1199
Robert Burns
Jul 20£1599
William Shakespeare
Aug 09£1499
Sep 06£1649
Sep 20£1699

Price Information

  • Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a Lower Deck cabin and travelling by rail (2017) or flying from the UK (2018). Flights are available at a supplement - please contact us for pricing
  • Single supplements and flight/eurostar upgrades are available
  • Jane Austen Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Lower Deck Superior Suite - £100pp
  • Middle Deck Standard - £300pp
  • Middle Deck Superior Suite - 2017: £400pp 2018: £450pp
  • Upper Deck Standard - £400pp
  • Upper Deck Superior Suite - 2017: £500pp 2018: £550pp
  • Upper Deck Superior Stern Suite - 2017: £450pp 2018: £500pp
  • Upper Deck Deluxe Suite - 2017: 600pp 2018: £800pp
  • Emily Bronte, Oscar Wilde and Robert Burns Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Middle Deck Suite - £300pp
  • Middle Deck Superior Suite - 2017: £400pp 2018: £500pp
  • Upper Deck Suite - £400pp
  • Upper Deck Superior Suite - 2017: £500pp 2018: £600pp
  • Upper Deck Stern Superior Suite - 2017: £450pp 2018: £500pp
  • Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite - 2017: £600pp 2018: £900pp
  • Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Middle Deck Standard - £300pp
  • Upper Deck Standard - £400pp
  • Upper Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite - 2017: £600pp 2018: £900pp
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