• Koblenz
  • Lucerne

Rhine to Switzerland

A 7-night River Rhine cruise through Germany, France and Switzerland to riverside towns and the scenic Black Forest. Includes excursions and return flights from Manchester

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Cruise along the River Rhine, taking in beautiful Alpine scenery, riverside towns and the scenic Black Forest.

From Cologne sail through the Rhine Valley to historic Koblenz and enjoy time at leisure to explore this picturesque town's medieval streets. Continue through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, past the famous Lorelei Rock, to Rudesheim. Visit medieval Speyer with its stunning Romanesque Basilica before cruising to Strasbourg in France for a walking tour of its unique 16th-century old town.

Drive through the stunning scenery of the Black Forest and on to the charming lakeside town of Titisee. Take a short drive to Lucerne and perhaps walk along the 14th-century Chapel Bridge, before sailing to Basel.

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Day 1 : UK - Cologne (Germany)

Arrive at the airport for your flight to Düsseldorf or Cologne, or take the Eurostar to Brussels from London St Pancras International. On arrival, transfer by coach to your cruise ship moored in the heart of picturesque Cologne. The dedicated English-speaking crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your luxurious, well-equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day 2 : Koblenz

As you wake to a sumptuous breakfast, the delights of this river cruise begin to emerge as we drift past the first rolling hills of the Rhine Valley. The forested Siebengebirge – Seven Mountains – a cluster of ancient volcanic hills that inspired many of the Brothers Grimm’s legends, including ‘Snow White’, act as the overture for even more dramatic scenery upstream. We cruise past the famous ruined bridge at Remagen, which was captured intact by the Allies towards the end of the Second World War, allowing thousands of troops to cross into Germany’s heartland. Pretty waterfront towns and carefully tended vineyards come into view as we glide gently into our mooring to visit delightful Koblenz for a guided tour. Founded by the Romans, this historic city is beautifully located at the confluence of the Rhine and its sister river the Moselle. Discover Koblenz’s maze of medieval buildings in the Altstadt – old town – which is studded with a fine array of traditional shops and classic Rhineland cafés. As you wander, historic buildings appear seemingly at every turn; see a former mint, the Four Towers – 17th-century houses with striking turrets set at a crossroads – and many fascinating squares and churches, including the 9th-century Basilica of Saint Kastor. Wherever you wander you’re never far from a riverbank, and it’s worth crossing the 14th-century stone Balduin Bridge across the Moselle for fine views back across the spires of the Altstadt. Tonight, enjoy a meticulously prepared dinner on board, and afterwards perhaps a quiet stroll along the riverside promenade to the Deutsches Eck – ‘German Corner’ – where the great rivers Rhine and Moselle meet.

Day 3 : Rudesheim

Slipping our mooring at Koblenz we proceed upstream on the Rhine and soon encounter the impressive Marksburg Castle, a fortress dating back to the 13th-century. We then weave through the huge looping bend – one of the most impressive on the river – at Boppard, a wonderfully picturesque town known as the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’. Journeying further, you explore the most famous of all the river’s reaches and a real highlight of the cruise, the dramatic Rhine Gorge: steep vineyards give way to almost vertical rocky outcrops towering more than 600 feet above the sweeping valley sides. Sailing past Saint Goar and the many ruined castles, there’s a real sense of the myths surrounding this historic river coming alive around you. After lunch we moor in Rüdesheim, a classic Rhine wine village with crooked houses sloping down from wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. During this afternoon’s delightful walking tour, witness the bustling marketplace, the half-timbered Klunkhardshof and Bromserburg Castle, which dates from 1275. After dinner this evening, another sumptuous affair prepared by your chef, maybe sample a small Asbach – the famous brandy distilled in Rüdesheim – while watching the last of the ferries crossing the river in the moonlight glow.

Day 4 : Speyer

Still sailing upstream, the landscape becomes much wider and flatter, with gently rolling hills and vineyards that are home to the Liebfraumilch wines. Occasionally the excited chatter of birdlife breaks out as we pass oxbow lakes, long deserted by the river flow, which are now havens for over a hundred bird species. Today we berth in historic Speyer, founded by the Celts and one of Germany’s oldest cities, celebrated for its illustrious past, for an afternoon walking tour. The breathtaking Imperial Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the largest Romanesque churches in the world; it’s also one of the finest. Its beautiful four-roomed crypt is the resting place of many Holy Roman emperors and German kings. Another landmark is the magnificent neo-Gothic Gedächtniskirche, built at the turn of the 20th-century to commemorate the 1529 ‘Protestation at Speyer’, a significant event when a group of Martin Luther’s followers protested against his imperial ban – henceforth Luther’s religious followers were known as ‘Protestants’. There’s free time to explore here before stepping back on board for another splendid dinner.

Day 5 : Strasbourg

This morning we cruise gently upstream, passing through two spectacular locks, whose elaborate engineering never ceases to fascinate. Why not find a comfortable chair and catch up on some reading, play chess or watch the rolling kaleidoscope of scenery from the Sun Deck? We soon arrive in France and moor in Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region. This afternoon we have a walking tour of its picturesque Old Town, bisected by canals and made up of a maze of narrow streets lined with timber-framed houses and sculptured portals. Unforgettable sites include the stupendous Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, multi-towered Ponts Couverts – covered bridges – and the pretty Petite France quarter of pastel-coloured former artisans’ houses lining the canals. Don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to linger a while in a typical Alsatian café to sample some of the region’s world-famous wines – a crisp Riesling or that particular speciality of Alsace, spicy Gewürztraminer. Back on board this evening there’s a truly memorable occasion – the ‘Captain’s Dinner’, featuring delicious specialities of the countries and regions we visit during our cruise.

Day 6 : Breisach (Germany) - Titisee

Your final day cruising is spent gliding through the dramatic scenery of the rift valley separating the Vosges and Black Forest mountains. We arrive at the ancient town of Breisach, whose historic heart is surrounded by stone ramparts and dominated by the impressive Saint Stephan’s Cathedral. Later you drive through some of Central Europe’s most stunning scenery – the Black Forest Mountains. This is a fabled landscape of rugged valleys, white-water rivers, cascading waterfalls and rolling hillsides covered with huge, densely packed pine trees – exactly as you expect it to be. Our destination is the idyllic village of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its crystal-clear lake. Rejoining the ship, we resume our stately passage upriver. As the sun sets and the riverside lights begin to twinkle there are wonderful views over the imposing Vosges massif. You enjoy this evening’s dinner en route to Switzerland and our next mooring at Basel.

Day 7 : Lucerne (Switzerland) - Bernese Oberland

Today we take the short drive to Lucerne, often considered Switzerland’s most beautiful city, spectacularly situated among stunning mountain views. It has been attracting well heeled visitors for two centuries, including our very own Queen Victoria. Highly recommended is an invigorating stroll along the Chapel Bridge, a unique covered wooden walkway crossing the lake, supported by stilts and lined with colourful flower-filled window boxes. Not only is it the city’s most iconic structure, it’s a superb way to absorb Lucerne’s regal atmosphere. As you enter the Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland, the views become quite literally breathtaking! This is the grand alpine heart of Europe with some of the finest mountain scenery on earth, described by the composer Mendelssohn as ‘the most wonderful of all in this unbelievably beautiful country’. On viewing the legendary snow-capped peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau you’ll be quite simply awestruck. We then ascend by mountain railway for more extraordinary vistas, with the crystal-clear lakes reflecting the meadows and forests below. This truly magical landscape is sure to enchant you. Later we’ll descend again by mountain railway before returning to the ship. Please note, temperatures will be significantly lower at altitude, even during the summer months, so it’s advisable to pack suitable clothing. Lunch is not included on this full day excursion; however the ship will offer a packed lunch.

Day 8 : Basel - UK

Today we transfer either to the airport for your flight home or the railway station to take the TGV to Paris, connecting with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras International.

The Captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary to suit wind and weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from Manchester
  • Overseas transfers
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Complimentary tea and coffee facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities

Cruise Extensions

  • Glacier Express Extension Glacier Express Extension Enjoy 1 night at the 4* Hotel Stern in Chur and 2 nights at the Hotel Simi in Zermatt. Includes a journey on the legendary Glacier Express along one of Europe's most scenic railways - from £649pp

Special Features

  • A drinks package including draught beer, house wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner can be purchased for £109pp.
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2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 24th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2049
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2049 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2999
    • May 31st - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2899
      Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2899 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3149
  • June
    • Jun 3rd - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £2549
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2549
    • Jun 7th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2499
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2499
    • Jun 10th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £2149
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck Suite (Upper)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2149 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2699 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2899
    • Jun 14th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2149
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck Suite (Upper)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2149 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £5205 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2899
  • July
    • Jul 1st - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £3149
      Diamond Deck Suite (Upper)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3149
    • Jul 5th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: George Eliot From: £2399
      Emerald Deck - Superior Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck - Superior Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck (Upper)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2399 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2999 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2799
    • Jul 8th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £2749
      Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck Suite (Upper)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2749 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2949
    • Jul 12th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: George Eliot From: £1949
      Emerald Deck (Lower) Emerald Deck - Superior Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck (Middle) Ruby Deck - Superior Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck (Upper) Diamond Deck - Superior Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck - Deluxe Balcony Suite (Upper)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1949 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2299 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2499 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2899 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2699 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3349 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £5205
    • Jul 17th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Oscar Wilde From: £3049
      Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3049 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3399
    • Jul 22nd - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £1849
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1849 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2399
    • Jul 25th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £1849
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1849 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2399
    • Jul 29th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £1849
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1849 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2399 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2599 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2799 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2949 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3049 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3349
    • Jul 31st - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Oscar Wilde From: £1849
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1849 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2399 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2799 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2599 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3049 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2949 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3349
  • August
    • Aug 1st - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £1849
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1849 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2399 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2799 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2599 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3049 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2949 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3349
    • Aug 2nd - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: George Eliot From: £1849
      Emerald Deck (Lower) Emerald Deck - Superior Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck (Middle) Ruby Deck - Superior Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck (Upper) Diamond Deck - Superior Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck - Deluxe Balcony Suite (Upper)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1849 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2199 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2399 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2799 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2599 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3049 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3349
    • Aug 5th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £1849
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1849 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2399 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2949
    • Aug 7th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Oscar Wilde From: £1849
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1849 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2399 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2799 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2599 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2949 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3349
    • Aug 9th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: George Eliot From: £1999
      Emerald Deck - Superior Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck (Middle) Ruby Deck - Superior Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck (Upper) Diamond Deck - Superior Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck - Deluxe Balcony Suite (Upper)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1999 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2199 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2599 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2399 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2849 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3149
    • Aug 12th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Emily Bronte From: £1649
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1649 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2199 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2399 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2599 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2749 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2849 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3149
    • Aug 14th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Oscar Wilde From: £1849
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1849 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2399 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2799 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2599
    • Aug 22nd - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £1949
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck Suite (Upper)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1949 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2499 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2699
    • Aug 29th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2099
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2099 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2649 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3049
  • September
    • Sep 19th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £3099
      Diamond Deck Suite (Upper)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3099
    • Sep 24th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Oscar Wilde From: £3099
      Diamond Deck Suite (Upper)
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3099
    • Sep 26th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £2249
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2249 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2799 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2999 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3449 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3349
  • October
    • Oct 1st - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Oscar Wilde From: £1999
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1999 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2549 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2749 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3099
    • Oct 10th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £1849
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1849 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2399 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2799 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2599 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3049 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2949 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3349
    • Oct 15th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Oscar Wilde From: £1799
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1799 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2349 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2749 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2549 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2999 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2899 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3299
    • Oct 17th - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Geoffrey Chaucer From: £1699
      Emerald Deck Suite (Lower) Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Ruby Deck (Middle) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1699 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2249 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2649 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2449 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2899 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2799 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £3199
    • Oct 22nd - Cologne to Basel - Sailing on: Oscar Wilde From: £1999
      Ruby Deck Suite (Middle) Diamond Deck Suite (Upper) Diamond Deck (Upper) - Stern Superior Suite Diamond Deck (Upper) - Deluxe Balcony Suite
      Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £1999 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2199 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2549 Yorkshire Cruise Club Price from: £2949

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