Romantic Rhine & Swiss Delights 2018

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

9 days
per person
  • Basel
  • Breisach
  • Koblenz
  • Rhine
  • Rhine
  • Rudelsheim
  • Speyer
  • Strasbourg
  • Strasbourg
  • Basel
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

There’s no better way to see the spectacular sights along the Rhine than from the river itself and on this leisurely cruise you can witness the countless treasures of four countries as we glide through Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. Along the way you can enjoy all the amenities of our ship as we cruise between the sheer valley walls of the Rhine Gorge and across the lush plains of the Alsace, before crossing the Swiss border where you can venture into some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Our ship is never far away, so after a day of exploring you can return to comfortable surrounds and relax as the crew take care of you – it’s what river cruising is all about.

Day 1: UK – Amsterdam
We travel to Amsterdam, the vibrant capital of the Netherlands, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Cologne
This morning you are free to explore Amsterdam or join our optional city tour which takes in the main sights. We cast off this afternoon for Cologne.

Day 3: Cologne
Relax on the sun deck as we cruise along to the largest city on the Rhine, Cologne. Here you can join our optional walking tour which also visits the enormous gothic cathedral.

Day 4: Cologne - Rüdesheim
Relax on the sun deck as we cruise along the Rhine, which leads us through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and past the legendary Lorelei. We stop at the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim where you can enjoy many highlights on our optional excursion, including a cable car ride for panoramic views across the Rhine valley. Join our evening optional excursion visiting a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s delicious wine. Tonight we set sail for Mannheim.

Day 5: Mannheim - Speyer
Today our route takes us into the Rhine’s broader waters to stop in Speyer. You are free to explore this charming city or join our optional coach excursion which departs this morning visiting the majestic city of Heidelberg, home of Germany’s oldest university, we board the ship in Speyer. Our ship sets sail this evening and cruises overnight towards Strasbourg.

Day 6: Strasbourg
This morning we arrive at the magnificent city of Strasbourg, which is well known for its world heritage status. Enjoy some free time to explore the main sights or take a walk around the old city. You can enjoy a fantastic optional excursion as we cruise along Strasbourg’s waterways, which is a great way to see the city. We set sail for Basel.

Day 7: Basel
A leisurely cruise through the Rhine Plain takes us to the old university city of Basel. Enjoy free time or join our included half day coach excursion which takes you on a route that tunnels through the Jura Mountains to the Swiss resort of Lucerne, the historic and scenic heart of Switzerland.

Day 8: Basel – Overnight Hotel (Coach) / UK (Air & Rail)
After breakfast we bid farewell to our captain and crew, disembark our ship and travel by coach to our overnight hotel, where dinner and breakfast are included.

Day 9: Overnight Hotel – 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


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 Harwich

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 Harwich

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover or Harwich, 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. Harwich 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.

By Air London Heathrow

Air travel is included as an air inclusive option with flights and return transfers to the ship included.

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

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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!


Amsterdam city tour


Our city tour is aboard a tourist bus with a fully transparent roof (which opens in good weather), offering panoramic views of the city, canals, squares and main attractions.


Cologne guided tour & cathedral


The Cathedral of Cologne is one of Germany’s most important architectural monuments, a gothic masterpiece which boasts the highest church spires ever built. We have a visit here before we venture into the old town for an insight into the city’s 2,000 year history.


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.


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.

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.




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


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: Amsterdam

Ends: Basel

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover or Harwich
  • Ferry crossing at Dover or Harwich
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air London Heathrow
  • Meet at your cruise ship
9 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Return travel from the UK
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together & party night
  • En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the ms Serenity
  • Seven nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Visits to Amsterdam, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Mannheim, Speyer, Strasbourg 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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