Cruise the Rhine to Switzerland 2019

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

10 days
per person
  • Koblenz
  • Lorelei Rock
  • Rudesheim
  • Speyer
  • Strasbourg
  • Rhine Castle
  • Breisach
  • Basel
  • Lucerne
  • Mannheim
KoblenzLorelei RockRudesheimSpeyerStrasbourgRhine CastleBreisachBaselLucerneMannheim
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

This sensational cruise showcases the highlights of the Rhine at every twist and turn, as we follow its course in the countries of Germany, France and Switzerland. You can explore the walled city of Koblenz before we cruise through the spectacular scenery of the Middle Rhine – one of the world’s most magnificent cultural landscapes, where fairytale castles line the valley and steep vineyards harbour the secrets of famous wines. The Alsace capital of Strasbourg is another delight, whose stunning centre is inscribed on the world heritage list, and we include an excursion into the scenic heart of Switzerland to visit Lucerne – Switzerland’s most attractive lakeside city. History, culture and natural beauty – the Rhine has it all for the perfect river cruise.

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 and savour the special atmosphere. 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 the city of Mainz, a region widely regarded as the wine capital of Germany.

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. Our optional walking tour is a great way to make the most of the visit. 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 and filled with beautiful architecture. You are free to explore at leisure, or during the afternoon we are offering a optional excursion, which takes you around the heart of Strasbourg aboard a glass-topped canal cruiser.

Day 5: Strasbourg – Breisach
Cruising through the flatter landscape of 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 scenic drive which 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 included excursion takes you by coach on a route that tunnels through the Jura mountains to the Swiss resort of Lucerne, where you have plenty of time to enjoy the views of mountains and lakes and explore the picturesque old quarter. We return to our ship in Schönau by coach 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, home of Germany’s oldest university. We return to our ship in Mainz and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 9: Mainz – Koblenz
Be sure to settle up on the sun deck for our final day of cruising 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 trip on the Koblenz cable car which leads to the magnificent Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. 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 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


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 or 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 or 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 start from £55 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.

Meet at your cruise ship

Make your own travel arrangements at your convenience to join your selected cruise, simply board your cruise ship at the embarkation point.

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.


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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!

Rudesheum Highlights excursion

Rüdesheim Highlights


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.


Speyer walking tour


Our walking tour takes you to Speyer’s main town square. The magnificent 11th century Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the Holy Roman empire’s most exquisite monuments with the most beautiful crypt in Germany. Nearby we can relax with a drink in one of the many bars and restaurants in the main shopping area.

Strasbourg Canal Cruise

Strasbourg canal cruise


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.

The alluring Alsace

The alluring Alsace


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.

Rhine Falls

The Black Forest & Rhine Falls


We take a scenic drive through the Black Forest region to Lake Titisee, before visiting the Rhine Falls. This is a full day tour therefore a packed lunch is provided.




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.


Heidelberg highlights


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.


Koblenz cable car & Ehrebreitustein Fortress


Enjoy an exhilarating ride across the Rhine to visit the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Europe’s second largest surviving fortress where you can immerse yourself in a world of Celts, Romans and knights. The Koblenz Cable Car was built for the 2011 BUGA Flower Show and is one of the largest cable cars in Europe outside the Alps, which offers amazing views of Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

Excursion Package Price

Excursion Package Price


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 or Newcastle
  • Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull or Newcastle
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Meet at your cruise ship
10 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Nine nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get together and Party Night
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Included visit to Lucerne
  • Visits to Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Mainz, Speyer, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel, Mannheim & Mainz
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager


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