Cruise Search
Go

Rhine to Strasbourg and Heidelberg

Discover contrasting towns and cities, from quaint Boppard to majestic Heidelberg and medieval Strasbourg on this relaxing voyage along the Rhine from the historic city of Cologne. Includes guided excursions and return Eurostar from London St Pancras

Rail Cruise
7 nights from £1599pp

River Cruise Holiday
Rhine Valley
Cologne
Koblenz
Boppard
Gutenberg Museum, Mainz
St Martin's Cathedral, Mainz
Heidelberg Castle
Strasbourg
Colmar
Rudesheim

Call us now on 01756 706500 to secure your cabin!

RT

This superb cruise from Cologne explores the beautiful towns and cities dotted along the Rhine, one of Europe's most loved rivers.

Enjoy a tour of Koblenz, an interesting city founded by the Romans and admire Boppard's impressive castle, before cruising the dramatic Rhine Gorge with its fairytale castles.

Discover Mainz, capital of the Rhineland and the birthplace of Gutenberg, the father of modern printing. Learn about printing methods on a tour of the museum and see the original Gutenberg Bibles, before heading to scenic Heidelberg, nestled in a stunning valley and dominated by a spectacular castle.

Arrive in the breathtaking Alsace region and explore its fascinating capital, Strasbourg. Wander along the meandering lanes of the Petite France district or visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral during your time here. Rudesheim in the heart of the Riesling wine region is the last stop before you head back to Cologne for an overnight stop, plenty of time to see the city's iconic sights.

RT110 Operated by Riviera Travel

.

Rhine to Strasbourg and Heidelberg Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Cologne (Germany)

Arrive at the airport for your flight to Düsseldorf or Cologne, or take the Eurostar to Brussels from London St Pancras International. On arrival, transfer by coach to your five-star cruise ship moored in picturesque Cologne. The dedicated English-speaking crew welcomes you on board and helps you to your cabin. After settling into your spacious and tastefully furnished accommodation, there’s time to familiarise yourself with this splendid ship.

Day 2 - Koblenz - Boppard

When you peek out from your cabin this morning, you’ll realise the ship has slipped quietly away from Cologne; the view that greets you is of vine-covered valleys sides aglow in the morning light, bidding you a warm welcome to the charms of the Rhine. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of anticipation when gliding alongside the promenade of a river port, snatching tantalising glimpses of what lies ashore, and Koblenz – beautifully located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers – doesn’t disappoint.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge - Mainz

Slipping our moorings in Boppard we cruise through the Rhine Gorge, where the waters narrow to one-fifth their normal width and flow more swiftly. Sheer valley walls soar 600 feet and magnificent birds of prey glide on the thermals above. Teutonic knights built the numerous redoubtable castles as symbols of their power and to extract tolls from ships, but the fortresses now stand as silent ruins on forested hillsides as reminders of how fortunes change with the passage of history. This really is the magical Rhine of our imagination, so find a comfortable spot on the Sun Deck or in the forward observation lounge and enjoy the experience of cruising this famous stretch of water. Your next port of call is historic Mainz for an unmissable guided tour. The city is renowned today as Germany’s wine capital but whose most famous son was Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the movable type printing press. You can visit the excellent museum housing a reconstruction of his workshop and, outstandingly, two original 1455 Gutenberg Bibles. The museum is in a beautifully restored 17th-century building in the heart of Mainz’s Old Town, opposite the impressive Romanesque cathedral.

Day 4 - Heidelberg

Overnight we cruise further downstream and, after breakfast, we take a short drive to Heidelberg, undoubtedly one of Germany’s most perfect architectural treasures and all the more remarkable because it escaped bombing during the Second World War. Set in an almost idealised German landscape, this jewel sits on the banks of the River Neckar, surrounded by forests and with an imposing castle dominating the church spires and terracotta gabled roofs of the compact Aldstadt – the romantic Old Town. Its 14th-century university, one of the most prestigious in Europe, lends Heidelberg a genteel atmosphere rather similar to its ‘twin’ town – Cambridge. During the 19th century it was the centre of Germany’s Romantic Movement, on the route of the ‘Grand Tour’ and visited by many artists including JMW Turner, who captured its splendours for eternity. There are few more delightful places to explore, as you’ll discover on our guided walking tour, which reveals its principal attractions – including the magical stone bridge with its twin white towers – and local secrets. Afterwards, you’ll have time to explore on your own before returning to the ship to enjoy the gorgeous views as the sun sets.

Day 5 - Strasbourg (France) - Colmar

By breakfast we’ve arrived in France and the charming city of Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region. The city is a complete delight – its centre a mosaic of winding alleys and lanes lined with quirkily crooked, half-timbered houses largely unchanged since the 14th century. During its history Strasbourg has been both German and French, and you see influences of both in its language, cuisine and appearance, creating a truly individual ambience. This morning, we explore this delightful city on a walking tour with a local guide leading us to its enchanting centre – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – taking in the Petite France quarter of pretty canals lined with classic pastel-coloured houses crisscrossed with timbers and with flower-filled window boxes, the famous multi-towered Ponts Couverts, or covered bridges, and, of course, the stunning Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, which Victor Hugo memorably described as a ‘veritable tiara of stone’. Just south of Strasbourg lies a picturesque wine route, virtually an open-air museum of romantic medieval villages, cobbled streets and Renaissance chateaux strung like pearls on a necklace against a sweeping backdrop of rolling hills. We enjoy all this on a splendidly scenic drive, soon arriving in the medieval town of Colmar, the best-preserved in Alsace. Little known outside the area, it’s a magical concoction of canals, former merchants’ houses, ancient religious buildings and antique shops. The cathedral quarter is surrounded by pastel-coloured half-timbered houses displaying the intricate wrought-iron hanging signs so typical of this area of Europe. We’ve plenty of time here to sit, enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by or just wander. We return to the ship in Strasbourg for dinner.

Day 6 - Rudesheim (Germany)

After a relaxing morning cruise, we arrive in Rüdesheim by late afternoon for a wonderful walking tour – if you imagine a typical Rhine town, then this would be it! Narrow crooked streets lead down to the sweeping river with a backdrop of wooded and vine-covered slopes. Riesling is the speciality grape here and Rüdesheim has many atmospheric Weinstuben where you can sample local wines produced from the surrounding vineyards. On board tonight, we enjoy a culinary spectacular – the Captain’s Dinner – featuring a range of irresistible specialities from the countries and regions we visit during our cruise. This special occasion is hosted, of course, by the Captain himself.

Day 7 - Cologne

This morning, early risers can enjoy phenomenal views as once again we pass through the Rhine Gorge where, in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the Rhine Maidens guard lost treasure, the ‘Rheingold’. What better way to spend the morning than relaxing on the Sun Deck beneath dramatic rocky, vineyard-topped valley sides dotted with romantic ruined castles. The valley sides dissolve and hills give way to plains as we progress majestically to Cologne. This afternoon you can discover this fascinating city on our tour led by a local guide who’ll help you get the most out of your visit, which of course takes in the twin-spired cathedral, the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe, miraculous survivor of Second World War bombing and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It took six centuries to complete, and among its many treasures are the magnificent stained glass windows and gilded sarcophagus said to contain the remains of the three kings from the Nativity story. We also see the vibrant Old Town, beautifully restored and boasting an abundance of excellent shopping and cosy bars, some of which still brew their own beer. As night falls, a sumptuous dinner provides the perfect finale to this memorable cruise through the romantic River Rhine.

Day 8 - Cologne - UK

Say farewell to your newly made friends and the crew before transferring to the airport for your return flight or to Brussels to connect with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras International.

The Captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary to suit wind and weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • Return Eurostar from London St Pancras. Flights are available at a supplement.
  • Overseas transfers from Brussels to the ship
  • 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

Special Features

  • A drinks package including draught beer, house wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner can be purchased from £109pp
  • Riviera PLUS:
  • Guests in superior suites and top deck cabins will benefit from the following added extras:
  • - Access to a smart handset allowing unlimited calls, text messages and internet usage onboard and ashore
  • - L'Occitane en Provence toiletries in the bathroom
  • - Bottle of Prosecco on arrival
  • - Platter of fresh fruits later on in the cruise
  • - Complimentary aperitif each evening
  • Local Flavours:
  • Expanded menus will allow guests to experience the flavours of each destination. Every evening, the onboard chefs will offer a choice of 'Local Flavours' options inspired by the area visited.
.

2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 27th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £2099
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2099 Blue Water Price: £2649 Blue Water Price: £3049 Blue Water Price: £2849 Blue Water Price: £3299 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £3199
  • June
    • Jun 17th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £2249
      Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3349 Blue Water Price: £2249 Blue Water Price: £2799 Blue Water Price: £3199 Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £3449 Blue Water Price: £3749
  • July
    • Jul 10th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Oscar Wilde From: £2199
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2199 Blue Water Price: £2749 Blue Water Price: £3149 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3299 Blue Water Price: £3699
    • Jul 18th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2199
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2199 Blue Water Price: £2749 Blue Water Price: £3149 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3299 Blue Water Price: £3699
    • Jul 26th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: George Eliot From: £2299
      Emerald Deck (Lower) Emerald Deck - Superior Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck (Middle) Ruby Deck - Superior Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck (Upper) Diamond Deck - Superior Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck - Deluxe Balcony Suite (Upper)
      Blue Water Price: £2299 Blue Water Price: £2649 Blue Water Price: £2849 Blue Water Price: £3249 Blue Water Price: £3049 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3799
  • August
    • Aug 15th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2199
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2199 Blue Water Price: £2749 Blue Water Price: £3149 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3299 Blue Water Price: £3699
    • Aug 26th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £2199
      Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £3299 Blue Water Price: £2199 Blue Water Price: £2749 Blue Water Price: £3149 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3699
  • September
    • Sep 12th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2399
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2399 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3349 Blue Water Price: £3149 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3899
    • Sep 17th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Oscar Wilde From: £2399
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2399 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3349 Blue Water Price: £3149 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3899
  • October
    • Oct 17th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: George Eliot From: £2199
      Emerald Deck (Lower) Emerald Deck - Superior Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck (Middle) Ruby Deck - Superior Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck (Upper) Diamond Deck - Superior Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck - Deluxe Balcony Suite (Upper)
      Blue Water Price: £2199 Blue Water Price: £2549 Blue Water Price: £2749 Blue Water Price: £3149 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3699
    • Oct 24th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £1799
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £1799 Blue Water Price: £2349 Blue Water Price: £2749 Blue Water Price: £2549 Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £2899 Blue Water Price: £3299

2025 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 29th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £1599
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £1599 Blue Water Price: £2149 Blue Water Price: £2549 Blue Water Price: £2349 Blue Water Price: £2699 Blue Water Price: £2799 Blue Water Price: £3099
  • May
    • May 9th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £1899
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £1899 Blue Water Price: £2449 Blue Water Price: £2849 Blue Water Price: £2649 Blue Water Price: £3099 Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £3399
    • May 27th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £2099
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2099 Blue Water Price: £2649 Blue Water Price: £3049 Blue Water Price: £2849 Blue Water Price: £3199 Blue Water Price: £3299 Blue Water Price: £3599
  • June
    • Jun 17th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £2249
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2249 Blue Water Price: £2799 Blue Water Price: £3199 Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £3349 Blue Water Price: £3449 Blue Water Price: £3749
  • July
    • Jul 10th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2199
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2199 Blue Water Price: £2749 Blue Water Price: £3149 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3299 Blue Water Price: £3699
    • Jul 18th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: George Eliot From: £2199
      Emerald Deck (Lower) Emerald Deck - Superior Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck (Middle) Ruby Deck - Superior Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck (Upper) Diamond Deck - Superior Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck - Deluxe Balcony Suite (Upper)
      Blue Water Price: £2199 Blue Water Price: £2549 Blue Water Price: £2749 Blue Water Price: £3149 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3699
  • August
    • Aug 14th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2199
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2199 Blue Water Price: £2749 Blue Water Price: £3149 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3299 Blue Water Price: £3699
    • Aug 26th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £2199
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2199 Blue Water Price: £2749 Blue Water Price: £3149 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3299 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3699
  • September
    • Sep 11th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2399
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2399 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3349 Blue Water Price: £3149 Blue Water Price: £3599 Blue Water Price: £3499 Blue Water Price: £3899
  • October
    • Oct 10th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Oscar Wilde From: £2199
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £2199 Blue Water Price: £2749 Blue Water Price: £3149 Blue Water Price: £2949 Blue Water Price: £3399 Blue Water Price: £3299 Blue Water Price: £3699
    • Oct 16th - Cologne and back - Sailing on: George Eliot From: £2099
      Emerald Deck (Lower) Emerald Deck - Superior Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck (Middle) Ruby Deck - Superior Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck (Upper) Diamond Deck - Superior Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck - Deluxe Balcony Suite (Upper)
      Blue Water Price: £2099 Blue Water Price: £2449 Blue Water Price: £2649 Blue Water Price: £3049 Blue Water Price: £2849 Blue Water Price: £3299 Blue Water Price: £3599
    • Oct 23rd - Cologne and back - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £1799
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price: £1799 Blue Water Price: £2349 Blue Water Price: £2749 Blue Water Price: £2549 Blue Water Price: £2999 Blue Water Price: £2899 Blue Water Price: £3299

Price Information

  • Prices shown are per person based on travelling by rail. Flights are available at a supplement - please contact us for pricing
  • Single supplements and flight/eurostar upgrades are available
  • Please note prices are updated regularly from a third party price feed and may fluctuate from those shown. Please contact us for latest prices
  • Prices shown usually include all available discounts
Map for Rhine to Strasbourg and Heidelberg