Rhine in Flames 2017

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

8 days
per person
  • Andernach
  • Boppard
  • Boppard
  • Koblenz
  • Rhine in Flames
  • Mainz
  • Rüdesheim
  • Rhine in Flames
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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 in Flames Itinerary

The River Cruise Line’s eight-day Rhine in Flames cruise will take you through the heart of German Rhineland as the region celebrates the annual wine harvest. Take in the beauty of the occasion, as illuminated vessels sail down the river under the glow of fireworks as they burst over the hillsides. The Rhine in Flames River Cruise will guide you through the heart of the festivities as you relax and take it all in.

You will get the chance to visit the picturesque town of Koblenz, as well as the bustling cities of Mainz and Cologne. After seeing the spectacular Rhine Gorge and Lorelei rock, you can relax in Europe’s biggest spa in Boppard. Later, you will experience one of the highlights of the trip as you gaze in awe at the Rhine in Flames spectacle in the evening.

We offer numerous chances to embark on optional extra excursions throughout the trip. You can taste some of the Rhineland’s finest wines in Rüdesheim, ascend to the top of the Koblenz cable car for panoramic views of the town, or visit the beautiful towns of Nassau and Bad Ems from Boppard. We like to make sure that we cater for everyone at The River Cruise Line, so if you have any questions or need more information you can get in touch with us and we will do our best to answer your queries.

Day 1: UK – Andernach
We travel to the quaint town of Andernach and board our ship for a relaxing evening.

Day 2: Andernach – Koblenz
This morning we cruise to one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Germany, Koblenz. Join our optional excursion for a trip on the Koblenz Cable Car, which offers breathtaking views along with entrance to the magnificent Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Day 3: Koblenz – Rüdesheim
Cruising further along the Rhine and into the spectacular Rhine gorge, we reach the town of Rüdesheim. Join our optional Rüdesheim highlights excursion, which features a panoramic ride to the heights of the gorge by cable car, whilst our Rüdesheim by night optional excursion takes you to a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s best wines, before exploring the Drosselgasse – a narrow street lined with traditional wine houses and garden taverns.

Day 4: Rüdesheim – Mainz
Today we cruise to the city of Mainz. You can explore at leisure or join our optional excursion which takes you to the historic spa town of Wiesbaden for a coach tour, before visiting the charming medieval town of Eltville.

Day 5: Mainz – Boppard
Today we cruise back through the Rhine gorge and around the Lorelei Rock to reach Boppard. Here you can join our optional excursion which takes you through the beautiful Lahn Valley to visit the towns of Bad Ems and Nassau. Tonight we witness the thrilling Rhine in Flames spectacle – see festival details below.

Day 6: Boppard – Andernach
We cruise back to Andernach, where you can join our optional excursion for a trip on the Volcano Express. We also enjoy a spot of wine tasting before returning to our ship, where the evening can be spent exploring the narrow streets and riverside promenades of Andernach.

Day 7: Andernach – Bonn – Cologne
We cruise to Bonn, the former capital of western Germany and birthplace of Beethoven. You can explore at leisure or join our optional trip on the cog railway which leads to the top of Drachenfels (Dragon Rock). We then cast off for the final time and cruise to the mighty city of Cologne. For the best view of the city, join our optional excursion which takes you up the 100 metre observation deck before joining a local guide for a walking tour of the old town and the cathedral.

Day 8: Cologne – UK
This morning we bid farewell to our Captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.

2017 festival dates

12 August - sail with the flotilla
Boppard: Rhine Aflame on the River Rhine
For our August departures we visit Koblenz where the festival will be in full swing and a huge fireworks display takes place with the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in the background.

9 September - Sail with the Flotilla
Oberwesel: The Night of the Thousand Fires
We also have the chance to sail with the flotilla on the 6 September departure when a fantastic musical fireworks display is held near the town of Oberwesel on the Rhine.

16 September
St Goar: The Night of the Lorelei
For the 11 and 12 September departures we travel by coach to join the festival in the twin towns of St Goar and St Goarshausen, where the fireworks will be amid the breathtaking surroundings of the legendary Lorelei and the romantic castles of Katz and Rheinfels.(Meal arrangements may be revised on the festival day to suit festival timings/programme).

The order and times of any optional excursions are subject to change due to the timings of the festivals. Any alterations to the published times and days of the Rhine in Flames festivals are beyond our control.

 Rhine in Flames

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Be a part of an exclusive number of the River Cruise Line customers to travel on this illuminating journey

Witness a stunning fireworks display in the spectacular Middle Rhine

Experience the Lorelei Rock in spectacular fashion

Sample some of the finest German wines during this eight day journey

Visit charming towns and cities full of history and wonderful buildings

Have views of the Rhine Gorge via cable car

Spend time in Boppard ‘the Pearl of the Rhine’

Take in the history of Beethoven’s birthplace, the city of Bonn


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 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.




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07 August 2017
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08 August 2017
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05 September 2017
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11 September 2017
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12 September 2017
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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!

Koblenz Cable Car & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Koblenz Cable Car & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress


Enjoy an exhilarating ride across the Rhine on the Koblenz Cable Car, one of the largest cable cars in Europe outside the Alps, to visit the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Europe’s second largest surviving fortress.


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.


Rüdesheim by night


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.

Wiesbaden & medieval Eltville

NEW Spa town of Wiesbaden & medieval Eltville


Wiesbaden is renowned for the healing effects of its 26 thermal springs which draw visitors from near and far. Our sightseeing coach tour shows you the highlights and afterwards we enjoy free time in the medieval town of Eltville.

Lahn Valley

NEW The Lahn Valley – Bad Ems & Nassau


Join our scenic tour through the Lahn Valley on the opposite side of the Rhine, a beautiful region offering miles of unspoilt countryside. During our tour we visit the spa town of Bad Ems, Nassau with its beautiful castle.

Ahr Valley

NEW Volcano Express & Ahr Valley wine


Enjoy a nostalgic ride on the Volcano Express, through one of the most scenic valleys of the Rhine. Our coach then takes us back down to the twin towns of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler where we enjoy some wine tasting.

Dragon Rock

NEW Dragon Rock Railway


We take the mountain railway to the top of the Drechenfels, the landmark of the Siebengebirge and home to one of Germany’s most famous legends, where Siegfried slew the dragon that lived in a cave.


NEW Cologne panorama


Enjoy breathtaking views of the city, the cathedral and the Rhine from the roof of the KölnTriangle. After admiring the cityscape we meet our guide for a walking tour around the old town before visiting Cologne’s famous Gothic cathedral.

Excursion Package

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: 8 days

From: Andernach

Ends: Cologne

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
  • Join at the Ship
8 days
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 Cologne, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Mainz, Boppard, Andernach and Bonn
  • Excursion to see the Rhine in Flames
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager


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