Medieval castles perch on mountains which stand veiled in lush vineyards whilst in the distance another historic port of call begins to emerge, on a cruise along one of Europe's mightiest rivers. As you sail along the famous waters of the River Rhine every moment brings more of the beauty, history and culture of one of the most beloved journeys through Europe.
From the peaks of Switzerland a trickle turns into a stream, eventually becoming the majestic Rhine, which then flows through the remarkable scenery of Germany, France and finally the Netherlands. Rhine river cruises navigate along this popular waterway, calling at fortified hill top towns and multi-cultural cities which are abundant in attractions. This cross-continental route means that on just one journey it is possible to sample the famous chocolates and cheeses of Switzerland, explore the vineyards of France and see the famous windmills of Holland.
Since the days of Lord Byron the British have been visiting the Rhine, charmed by its riverside castles and vineyards. Our ship navigates the father of German rivers, visiting an array of Christmas Markets en route.
Enjoy a fabulous rail-cruise tour along the Rhine, visiting fascinating riverside towns and exploring charming Christmas Markets from the comfort of the elegant 5-star MS Amadeus Princess.
Join us on the wonderful MS Bellejour as we cruise our way through Germany and along the romantic River Rhine. We explore fine medieval towns and the famous wine route of the Rhine, passing stunning riverside scenery and the numerous hilltop castles and rolling vineyards that appear around almost every bend.
Explore the fascinating towns and stunning scenery along the Rhine on a festive rail-cruise holiday. From the comfort and luxury of the 5-star MS Amadeus Princess, you can experience an indulgent Christmas holiday on one of Europe's most beautiful waterways.
Enjoy a fantastic New Year break cruising along the marvellous Rhine. From the comfort of the luxurious 5-star MS Amadeus Princess, we take in the stunning scenery and some of Europe's prettiest towns, and see in the New Year in style.
Enjoy a fantastic cruise on the mighty Rhine, visiting its many iconic highlights. Sailing through four countries, we discover the famous cities, quaint villages and delightful scenery that have developed on its banks.
Cruising gently along the Rhine, you have ample time to reflect on the ever-changing scenery. Witness the historic castles, romantic towns and cosmopolitan cities of the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and France, from the comfort of our deluxe 5-star ship.
The itineraries of Great Rail Journeys' Rhine river cruises have been carefully crafted to combine small rural villages like Breisach with larger, more well-known places such as Amsterdam and Strasbourg. From endless fields of tulips to winding streets edged by half-timbered houses, each destination along the River Rhine boasts a unique character that offers plenty to see and do. Guests are free to explore these ports of call independently or join shore excursions, which are included in the price on a wide selection of our cruises. Examples of excursions include city and cathedral tours, canal cruises and trips to iconic landmarks. Every excursion has been carefully chosen to give guests an authentic taste of the places that they visit.
One of the main points of interest on cruises along this route is the Rhine Gorge, where the river banks rise sharply to breathtaking heights of 400 feet. On this 65km stretch of the River Rhine cruises pass 40 hill-top castles as well as a variety of flora and fauna. The gorge is also home to the rock of Lorelei which is shrouded in myths and folklore. According to legend a nymph who sat on the crown of the mountain lured sailors to their deaths upon the rock. Guests on Rhine River cruises which visit the gorge can see the sculpture of the nymph on the harbour mole of St Goarshausen. When you visit the gorge with Great Rail Journeys you can relax and take in all the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site from the excellent vantage point offered by a cruise ship.
All of Great Rail Journeys Rhine river cruises are aboard ships that have been specially designed for navigating rivers. Whilst cruising, guests can admire the passing scenery from a comfortable lounge with large picture windows or from the deck, where they can enjoy panoramic views and a refreshing breeze. As Rhine river cruise ships are smaller than ocean liners they are able offer an intimate and relaxed atmosphere for exploring the continent.
Rail is the perfect complement to a Rhine river cruise as it allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday from the moment you meet your Tour Manager in London. Like all Great Rail Journeys' holidays, you will be escorted by a professional Tour Manager who will be on hand throughout your journey, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and ready to answer any questions that you may have. First Class rail is used whenever possible on all our Rhine river cruises, to ensure that you are able to enjoy the passing scenery, read a book or talk to your fellow passengers in utmost comfort.
The 3, 4 and 5-star ships that have been selected for Great Rail Journeys Rhine river cruises offer a superb range of amenities as well as excellent service and delicious cuisine. Every ship has been designed to offer guests plenty of options for sightseeing during their Rhine river cruise, whether they are out on deck or in a panoramic lounge. Each day of the cruise brings more activities to enjoy but you are never obligated to join in the on-board entertainment or shore excursions, it is your holiday and you are free to spend you time as you wish.
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