Rhine in Flames 2019

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

8 days
per person
  • Rhine in Flames
  • Koblenz
  • River Rhine
  • Rhine in Flames
  • Rudesheim
  • Cologne
  • River Rhine
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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

As the summer sun sets over the Rhine valley, a flotilla of beautifully illuminated ships makes its way down the legendary Rhine, which basks in the glow of a thousand Bengal lights, while hilltop fireworks create shimmering cascades of colour high above the mountains, castles and vineyards. This is the Rhine in Flames, an annual celebration of the wine harvest season which brings joy to the towns and villages along the river, drawing visitors from near and far. Join the festivities on this relaxing cruise and visit treasured spots, including the cathedral city of Cologne and the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim, before taking up position for this breathtaking event. Nowhere is there a more extraordinary display of fire, water and light, as a fusion of sounds echo around the valley and a blaze of colour lights up the velvet night sky. It’s the legendary Rhine as you’ve never seen before and it’s nothing short of spectacular!


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 you can relax on the sun deck as we cruise to one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Germany, Koblenz. Here you can join our optional excursion for a trip on the Koblenz cable car, which offers breathtaking views across the region 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. To really appreciate this region you can join our optional Rüdesheim highlights excursion, which features a panoramic ride to the heights of the gorge by cable car, while 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, at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers. You can explore at leisure or join our optional guided walking tour which is the perfect introduction to Mainz, a fascinating city heralded as the wine capital of Germany. Join us as we explore the old quarter and the modern city centre, plus we visit the Gutenburg Museum opposite the cathedral.

Day 5: Mainz – Boppard
Our Rhine in Flames festival day gets off to a gentle start as we cruise back through the Rhine Gorge and around the Lorelei to reach Boppard. Tonight we witness the thrilling Rhine in Flames spectacle – see festival panel for details.

Day 6: Boppard – Andernach
We cruise to Andernach. Join our optional excursion to enjoy a spot of wine tasting and free time in Ahrweillier before returning to our ship, where the evening can be spent exploring the narrow streets and riverside promenades of Andernach.

Day 7: Andernach
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.


Days 1 – 6: As per 7 day option Itinerary

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 Dragon Rock Railway which leads to the top of Drachenfels, a hill surrounded by legends. We then cast off for the final time and cruise to the mighty city of Cologne. You are then free to enjoy the remainder of the day in this beautiful city which is dominated by its huge gothic cathedral.

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


10 August
Boppard: Rhine Aflame on the River Rhine 
For our August departure 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.

14 September
Sail with the flotilla Oberwesel: The Night of the Thousand Fires
We sail with the flotilla on the 10 September departure when a fantastic musical fireworks display is held near the town of Oberwesel on the Rhine.

21 September
St Goar: The Night of the Lorelei
For the 16 and 17 September departures we sail with the flotilla and be part of 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.


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 or Hull

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 or Hull

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!


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.


Mainz walking tour & Gutenberg Museum


Roman Mainz, the cathedral, the old quarter and the modern city centre. This is a tour of Mainz’s history, from its beginnings to the present day. We also take a tour of the Gutenberg Museum, which is dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg and his inventions. Here we experience the history of printing, writing and books, plus we enjoy a demonstration of the printing press.

Ahr Valley

Ahr valley wine tasting (August only)


Join our coach as we venture into the most northerly winemaking region in Germany to enjoy an evening of wine tasting. The grapes that grow here on steep, terraced vineyards make glowing, velvety red wines which are among the best of their kind. It’s a tradition established by the Romans and one that continues to this day.


Frankfurt city tour (September only)


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.

Dragon Rock Railway

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.

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: 8 days

From: Andernach

Ends: Cologne

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover or Hull
  • Ferry crossing at Dover or Hull
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Meet at your cruise ship
8 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get together and Party Night
  • Seven nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • 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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