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Rhine Cruise & Swiss Delights 2017

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

9 days
from
£899
per person
  • Basel
  • Breisach
  • Koblenz
  • Rhine
  • Rhine
  • Rudelsheim
  • Speyer
  • Strasbourg
  • Strasbourg
  • Basel
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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.

 

Rhine Cruise & Swiss Delights Itinerary

Explore the beautiful landscape and cities of the Rhine with The River Cruise Line on our Rhine Cruise and Swiss Delights trip. Relax on our nine-day cruise as you glide through the treasures of the Rhine in Germany, France and Switzerland aboard our premier four-star ship, the ms Serenity.

You can explore the German towns of Koblenz, Rüdesheim and the ancient city of Speyer before heading to France for an overnight stop in stunning Strasbourg. We move onto Switzerland and the cultured city of Basel before returning to Breisach for our final stop.

On our trip down the Rhine, you can take advantage of our excellent excursions to make your trip even more special. Take to the waterways in Strasbourg to get a unique view of the city, embark on a day trip to Lucerne for a glimpse at Switzerland’s mountainous heartland, or hop off at Breisach for a chance to explore the nearby Black Forest and Rhine Falls.

To see full details of our Rhine Cruise and Swiss Delights River Cruise you can use the tabs on this page to access information on each section.

Day 1: Koblenz (Air, Coach & Rail)
We travel to the quaint town of Koblenz and board our ship for a relaxing evening..

Day 2: Koblenz – Rüdesheim
This morning, we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and stop at Rüdesheim, a pretty wine town on the banks of the river. Here you can join our optional excursion which features a panoramic ride to the heights of the gorge by cable car, whilst another optional excursion later on takes you to a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s best wines, before exploring the captivating street called the Drosselgasse.

Day 3: Rüdesheim – Speyer
Sailing out of the narrow Rhine gorge into the Rhine’s broader waters, we head up river for an afternoon stop in the Celtic Roman city of Speyer. You are free to explore or why not join our optional coach excursion to visit the majestic city of Heidelberg, home of Germany’s oldest university. This evening our ship will sail overnight towards Strasbourg.

Day 4: Strasbourg
We arrive at the magnificent city of Strasbourg around midday, which is well known for its rich heritage and UNESCO listed centre. Our optional excursion lets you see the main sights by coach before taking you on a walking tour of the old city. Enjoy another fantastic excursion this evening for a small cost as we cruise along Strasbourg’s waterways, which is a great way to see the city. Our ship berths overnight in Strasbourg.

Day 5: Strasbourg – Breisach – Basel
Cruising through the Rhine Plain, we arrive at the small town of Breisach around lunchtime. Here you can join our ‘Alluring Alsace’ optional excursion to Riquewihr, one of the most romantic and beautiful villages in France, and enjoy wine tasting at the renowned Dopff & Irion vineyard. We sail overnight across the border into Northern Switzerland, where we stop at the old university city of Basel.

Day 6: Basel
Today, we have the full day to spend in Basel. Join our half day coach excursion which takes us on a route that tunnels through the Jura Mountains to the Swiss resort of Lucerne, the historic and scenic heart of Switzerland. We berth overnight in Basel ready to set sail again in the morning.

Day 7: Breisach
This morning, as our ship sails back to Breisach, you can venture into the cooler mountain slopes of the Black Forest and the Rhine Falls on our optional full day coach excursion. We rejoin our ship in Breisach for a relaxing evening.

Day 8: Breisach – Overnight Hotel (Coach) / UK (Air & Rail)
After breakfast, we disembark our ship and travel by coach to our overnight hotel, with evening meal and breakfast included. Those travelling by air and rail depart today.

Day 9: Return to the UK (Coach)
This morning we travel back to the UK.

Rhine Cruise & Swiss Delights

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• Discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Strasbourg

• Take a cable car ride to the heights of the Rhine Gorge

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

• Sample some delicious wines this region has to offer and visit the vineyards that produce them

• See breathtaking views of the Swiss mountains and lakes at the historic and scenic heart of Switzerland

• Venture into the Black Forest in Switzerland

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 & 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.

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.

Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull & 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.

By Air London Gatwick

Air travel is included on selected cruises, it includes taxes, one item of checked in baggage per couple, a seat in economy class and return transfers from the airport to the ship.

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

From
To

Ships

DepartureTravel optionsBooking
2017-05-07
07 May 2017
for 8 days


Flights
Join ship at Andernach
8 Days from
£1099
Passengers
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2017-05-07
07 May 2017
for 8 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Koblenz
8 Days from
£1049
Passengers
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2017-05-07
07 May 2017
for 9 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Andernach
9 Days from
£1069
Passengers
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2017-05-07
07 May 2017
for 9 days


Join ship at Andernach
9 Days from
£1069
Passengers
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2017-05-12
12 May 2017
for 11 days


Coach
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Ferries
Join ship at Breisach
11 days from
£999
Passengers
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2017-05-13
13 May 2017
for 9 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Breisach
9 days from
£899
Passengers
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2017-05-14
14 May 2017
for 8 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Breisach
8 Days from
£999
Passengers
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2017-05-14
14 May 2017
for 8 days


Flights
Join ship at Breisach
8 Days from
£999
Passengers
Select Travel options and Passengers, then click Book.
2017-05-21
21 May 2017
for 8 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Koblenz
8 Days from
£1099
Passengers
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2017-05-21
21 May 2017
for 8 days


Flights
Join ship at Andernach
8 Days from
£1099
Passengers
Select Travel options and Passengers, then click Book.
2017-05-21
21 May 2017
for 9 days


Coach
Enter postcode and click go to show pick ups closest to you
Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Andernach
9 Days from
£1069
Passengers
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2017-05-26
26 May 2017
for 11 days


Coach
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Ferries
Join ship at Breisach
11 days from
£1219
Passengers
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2017-05-27
27 May 2017
for 9 days


Coach
Enter postcode and click go to show pick ups closest to you
Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Breisach
9 Days from
£999
Passengers
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2017-05-28
28 May 2017
for 8 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Breisach
8 Days from
£999
Passengers
Select Travel options and Passengers, then click Book.
2017-05-28
28 May 2017
for 8 days


Flights
Join ship at Breisach
8 Days from
£1099
Passengers
Select Travel options and Passengers, then click Book.

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

Rüdesheim highlights

£26

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.

Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim by night

£27

Visit a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s best wines, before exploring the captivating Drosselgasse, which is filled with little taverns and courtyards and is the cultural heart of the town.

Heidelberg

Heidelberg highlights

£19

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.

Strasbourg

Strasbourg guided tour

£21

The historic centre of Strasbourg is an island in the Ill River, inscribed on the UNSECO World Heritage Site List. Our guide helps bring the beautiful city to life as we explore by coach and on foot.

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.

Alsace

Alluring Alsace

£19

Our excursion visits the medieval village of Riquewihr, which nestles between the Vosges Mountains and some of the most famous vineyards in the Alsace. We also visit the Dopff & Irion winery, where you taste a sample of the wines.

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.

Black Forest & Rhine Falls

Black Forest & Rhine Falls

£22

This excursion discovers the cooler mountain slopes of the Black Forest region on a scenic drive to Lake Titisee. We also visit the Rhine Falls. Today is a full day tour and therefore a packed lunch is provided.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price

£125

SAVE £36 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: 9 days

From: Andernach

Ends: Breisach

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover, Hull & Newcastle
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull & Newcastle
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • By Air London Gatwick
  • Join at the Ship
9 days
from
£899
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Return travel from the UK
  • Return ferry crossing
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together & party night
  • En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the ms Serenity
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Visits to Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, Breisach and Basel
  • Excursion to Lucerne
  • Overnight hotel accommodation with dinner and breakfast in France (coach only)
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

 


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