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Cruise the Rhine to Switzerland 2017

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

10 days
from
£749
per person
  • Breisach
  • Lucerne
  • Lucerne
  • Mannheim
  • Rudesheim
  • Strasbourg
  • Strasbourg
  • Basel
BreisachLucerneLucerneMannheimRudesheimStrasbourgStrasbourgBasel
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

 

Cruise the Rhine to Switzerland Itinerary

Make 2017 a year to remember with a Rhine cruise to Switzerland from The River Cruise Line. This sensational trip showcases the highlights of the Rhine at every twist and turn, as we follow its course in the countries of Germany, France and Switzerland. We explore the walled city of Koblenz before we cruise through the Middle Rhine, where fairytale castles line the valley and steep vineyards harbour the secrets of famous wines. Strasbourg is another delight, and we include an excursion to Lucerne – Switzerland’s most attractive lakeside city. History, culture and natural beauty – the Rhine has it all.

Day 1: UK – Koblenz
We join our ship in Koblenz and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 2: Koblenz – Rüdesheim – Mainz
Cruising upriver through the spectacular Rhine gorge, we reach the pretty town of Rüdesheim where you can enjoy some free time. Alternatively, you can join our optional excursion which visits the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum and takes you by cable car above the vineyards for panoramic views of the Rhine. We then cruise to Mainz, the wine capital of Germany, where you can join our optional wine tasting excursion in the evening.

Day 3: Mainz – Speyer
We continue upriver and along the Rhine’s broader waters for a late afternoon stop in Speyer. This quaint city is a delight to explore or you can join our optional excursion to the Technik Museum, which impresses all visitors with its technological masterpieces. Our ship stops overnight at Iffezheim.

Day 4: Strasbourg
We set sail in the morning and continue our cruise route over the border into the Alsace region of France. We stop at Strasbourg, a picture book city whose historic centre is surrounded by the Ill river. You are free to explore at leisure or join our optional excursion to Baden-Baden, an elegant spa town on the edge of the Black Forest, before taking a trip on the Mercury Mountain Funicular Railway to enjoy incredible views from the top of Mercury Mountain. In the evening we offer a further excursion, which takes you around the heart of Strasbourg aboard a glass-topped canal cruiser.

Day 5: Strasbourg – Breisach
Cruising through the Rhine plain, we arrive at the small town of Breisach around lunchtime. Here you can join our optional excursion into the beautiful Alsace, stopping at the wine capital of Colmar and the little village of Riquewihr where we enjoy wine tasting at the famous Dopff & Irion vineyard.

Day 6: Breisach – Basel
This morning, as our ship sails to Switzerland, you can venture into the cooler mountain slopes of the Black Forest on our full day optional excursion. We start with a guided tour of Freiburg, a medieval town on the edge of the forest. A scenic drive then takes us to the must-see destination of Lake Titisee, before we visit the spectacular Rhine Falls – the largest in central Europe. We rejoin our ship in Basel, across the border in northern Switzerland, for a relaxing evening.

Day 7: Basel – Lucerne
After breakfast our coach takes us on a route that tunnels through the Jura mountains to the Swiss resort of Lucerne, where you have plenty of time to enjoy the and explore the picturesque old quarter. Alternatively, you can join our optional excursion by rail which takes you on a wonderful journey from Basel to Interlaken, passing the capital city of Bern and Lake Thun. We then take the train from Interlaken to Lucerne on a route that follows part of the renowned GoldenPass Line. We return to our ship in Schönau and retrace our route back to Iffezheim for an overnight stop.

Day 8: Mannheim – Mainz
We cruise to the river port of Mannheim where you can join our optional guided excursion to the majestic city of Heidelberg. We return to our ship in Mainz and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 9: Mainz – Koblenz
Relax on the Sun Deck and take in the magnificent scenery of the Rhine as we cruise to the historic town of Koblenz. You are free to explore at leisure or you can join our optional excursion into the Lahn valley where we enjoy a guided tour around the beautifully preserved town of Limburg. Our ship stays in Koblenz tonight.

Day 10: Koblenz – UK
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.

Cruise the Rhine to Switzerland

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Cruise through three countries on this journey along the Rhine

Discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Strasbourg

Take cable car rides in two stunning locations on the Rhine

Sample some delicious wines this region has to offer

See breathtaking views of the Swiss mountains and lakes

Head to the home of Germany’s oldest university – the city of Heidelberg

Visit Europe’s second largest preserved castle, Ehrenbreistein

Ships

We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Coach via Dover, Hull and Newcastle

On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and onwards to meet the ship.

Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull and Newcastle

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover, Hull or Newcastle, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary. Hull and Newcastle crossings take place overnight, adding 2 days to the cruise duration.

Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices for Ashford start from £59 per person per night and for Dover for £65 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and include parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

On selected cruises there are rail options included in the price, whereas on other cruises it is offered alongside our coach travel option – please note a supplement will apply and transfers to the ship are not included except for cruises certain cruises.

Join at the Ship

You are of course free to make your own way to and from the ship by booking your flight/ferry or train tickets independently – a small reduction applies. With your joining instructions we will send you a map of where the ship is berthed and also a boarding time.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.

Departures

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To

Ship

DepartureTravel optionsBooking
2017-05-03
03 May 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
Join ship at Koblenz
10 Days from
£929
Passengers
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2017-05-11
11 May 2017
for 12 days


Coach
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Ferries
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12 days from
£1079
Passengers
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2017-05-12
12 May 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
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10 Days from
£929
Passengers
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2017-07-12
12 July 2017
for 12 days


Coach
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12 days from
£1079
Passengers
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2017-07-13
13 July 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
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Eurostar
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10 Days from
£929
Passengers
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2017-07-22
22 July 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
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10 Days from
£929
Passengers
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2017-08-14
14 August 2017
for 12 days


Coach
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Ferries
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12 days from
£1079
Passengers
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2017-08-15
15 August 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
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10 Days from
£929
Passengers
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2017-09-19
19 September 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
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10 Days from
£929
Passengers
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2017-09-27
27 September 2017
for 12 days


Coach
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Ferries
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12 days from
£1079
Passengers
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2017-09-28
28 September 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
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10 Days from
£929
Passengers
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2017-10-06
06 October 2017
for 12 days


Coach
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Ferries
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12 days from
£899
Passengers
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2017-10-07
07 October 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
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Eurostar
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10 Days from
£749
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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Rüdesheim Highlights

Rüdesheim Highlights

£25

A road train ride transports you to view fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems at Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. We also include a cable car ride to reach the Niederwald monument, with spectacular views along the way.

Mainz wine tasting

NEW Mainz wine tasting

£27

Sample local wines at one of the wine villages on the outskirts of Mainz, such as Hechtsheim or Laubenheim. Find out all about the cultivation and origin of the grapes and how they are made into wine. Enjoy wine in its simplest and most beautiful form – right there at the vineyard where it is made.

Planes, trains & automobiles

Planes, trains & automobiles

£23

The Technik Museum Speyer houses an incredible collection of aircraft, classic cars, locomotives, fire engines and even musical instruments, whilst the Museum Wilhelmsbau houses a fascinating collection of rare objects from the 19th and 20th century.

Mercury Mountain

Baden-Baden & Mercury Mountain Railway

£17

After some free time exploring the spa town of Baden-Baden, we take a trip on the Mercury Mountain Railway for spectacular views. You can go even higher by taking the free lift up the Mercury Tower to the viewing platform.

Strasbourg canal cruise

Strasbourg canal cruise

£27

Our excursion is aboard a small glass topped canal cruiser which offers a great vantage point and views of the city. Afterwards, you can disembark in the heart of Strasbourg, close to the old pedestrianised walled city and cathedral.

Colmar & the alluring Alsace

Colmar & the alluring Alsace

£19

Our excursion visits the wine capital of Colmar and the medieval village of Riquewihr, which nestle in the Vosges Mountains. We also visit the Dopff & Irion winery in Riquewihr, where you can visit the cellars and sample delicious wines.

Freiburg, the Black Forest & Rhine Falls

Freiburg, the Black Forest & Rhine Falls

£19

We take a scenic drive through the Black Forest region to Lake Titisee, before enjoying a guided tour around the medieval town of Freiburg and visiting the Rhine Falls. This is a full day tour therefore a packed lunch is provided.

Lucerne

Lucerne or Scenic Swiss rail journeys – Basel via Interlaken to Lucerne

£52

We travel by rail from Basel to Interlaken, passing Bern and Lake Thun. We then continue by rail on a route that follows part of the GoldenPass Line and alight from the train in Lucerne, with plenty of time to explore.

Heidelberg

Heidelberg highlights

£15

We visit Heidelberg, one of the most popular destinations in Germany. Our tour takes in the highlights including the castle, with its terrace offering fine views of the city.

Medieval Limburg & the Lahn Valley

Medieval Limburg & the Lahn valley

£15

Join our coach for a scenic journey through the Lahn Valley to Limburg, one of the best preserved medieval centres in Germany. With the help of our guide we enjoy many highlights including the beautiful seven-towered cathedral.

Lucerne

Lucerne

Included

We stop on the lake’s north-west shore in picturesque Lucerne; you can relax at leisure or maybe enjoy a steamer ride on the lake. Today is a full day tour therefore a packed lunch is provided.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price

£190

SAVE £49 PER PERSON
Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 10 days

From: Koblenz

Ends: Koblenz

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover, Hull and Newcastle
  • Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull and Newcastle
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Join at the Ship
10 days
from
£749
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Executive return coach travel from your chosen departure point
  • Return ferry crossing
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get together and Party Night
  • En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the mps Lady Anne
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Visits to Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Mainz, Speyer, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel, Mannheim & Mainz
  • Included visit to Lucerne
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

 


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