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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Rhine and Switzerland National Geographic

Explore historic Dutch, German and French towns en route to Switzerland on this all-inclusive luxury Rhine cruise holiday, accompanied by a National Geographic expert who will give talks and join guests on excursions, and a National Geographic photographer who will help guests hone their photography skills. Includes return flights from the UK, hotel stays in Lake Geneva, Bern and Zurich, shore excursions, butler service and all gratuities

Fly Cruise
11 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • Lucerne
  • Amsterdam
  • Cochem
  • Cologne
  • Heidelberg
  • Koblenz
  • Lake Geneva
  • Rudesheim
  • Strasbourg
  • Zurich

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Cruise along the legendary River Rhine past charming towns and riverside vineyards, through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and on to Switzerland where hotel stays in Lake Geneva, Bern and Zurich allow for an in-depth exploration of this fascinating country. Accompanying the cruise is a National Geographic expert who will give talks and join guests on excursions, and an on-board National Geographic photographer who will teach photography skills to guests. Excursions include hikes, bike rides and in-depth learning experiences that focus on the natural world, culture and history.

See the 17th-century architecture in Amsterdam before cruising along the Rhine to Germany. Discover the history, art and culture of Cologne and Koblenz, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum and enjoy a cable car ride in Rudesheim for fantastic views over the Rhine, and explore the picturesque city of Heidelberg. Explore the stunning Alsace region of France or the Black Forest region of Germany before your luxury cruise concludes in Switzerland.

Tour Charlie Chaplin's World Museum then enjoy a 2-night hotel stay on the shores of Lake Geneva. Enjoy a train ride to Chateau d'Oex where there is a cheese-making demonstration followed by a cheese tasting, then ascend the French Alps for a visit to Gstaad and an overnight hotel stay in Bern. Discover the picturesque town of Lucerne then stay overnight in Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland.

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Rhine National Geographic Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Holland)

Fly from a choice of UK regional airports to Amsterdam where a representative will transfer you to your luxury ship. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception. (D)

Day 2 - Amsterdam

There is a choice of included excursions in Amsterdam today. See the 17th-century architecture on a sightseeing canal cruise, go cycling on the outskirts of the city, tour the renowned Rijksmuseum or travel to the village of Volendam and on to Edam to sample the local cheese. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Cologne (Germany)

Enjoy a ride on the oldest cog railway of Germany and visit Drachenburg Castle, or take a stroll through the city's historic quarter, with sights including the impressive Gothic cathedral. Alternatively visit the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Koblenz

Explore the historic city of Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers on a guided tour. Alternatively, head to picturesque Cochem for a sightseeing tour which culminates in a visit to the spectacular Reichsburg Castle. There is the also the option to visit a local winery or join a guided cycling tour. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Rudesheim

Board the 'Winzerexpress' mini train this morning to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum where you'll enjoy a guided tour. Then take a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument which offers fantastic views over the Rhine. Alternatively enjoy a vineyard hike with picturesque views of Rudesheim. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Heidelberg

Enjoy a historic tour of Heidelberg including the magnificent Renaissance castle, or take a funicular ride up the hill for spectacular views. Alternatively join the excursion to the UNESCO-listed Grube Messel fossil site. Scenic Enrich: Private classical concert at a stunning Baroque palace. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Strasbourg (France)

Today, choose from a walking tour of Strasbourg with its half-timbered houses and beautiful La Petite France district, a wine tasting in the Alsatian village of Mittelbergheim or a guided hike of the Black Forest region, the setting of the fable, Hansel and Gretel. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Basel (Switzerland) - Montreux

Disembark ship in Basel and transfer to Vevey, once home to Charlie Chaplin. Visit Chaplin's World Museum then spend the afternoon relaxing at your hotel located on the shores of Lake Geneva where you will enjoy a 2-night stay. (B)

Day 9 - Montreux

Enjoy a panoramic train journey to Chateau d'Oex to see a traditional cheese-making process followed by a tasting of the freshly-made cheese.

Day 10 - Montreux - Bern

Travel through the French Alps to visit the stunning village of Gstaad then continue to Bern where there is an overnight hotel stay.

Day 11 - Bern - Lucerne - Zurich

Discover the picturesque town of Lucerne on a guided orientation tour then continue to Zurich, Switzerland's largest city, for an overnight hotel stay.

Day 12 - Zurich - UK

After breakfast transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night all inclusive cruise
  • 2-night hotel stay in Lake Geneva
  • 1-night hotel stay in Bern
  • 1-night hotel stay in Zurich
  • Return flights from up to 9 regional UK airports
  • Overseas transfers
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottled water (Selected premium beverages not included)
  • Personal butler service with all cabins
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Included shore excursions (as mentioned in itinerary)
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • On board entertainment and insightful lectures
  • National Geographic expert and photographer on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All port charges, airport taxes, security charges and UK Air Passenger Duty
Map for Rhine and Switzerland National Geographic