9 days - from only £1,199pp

ABOUT THE TOUR

Mighty Rhine to Switzerland

Experience the very best of the Rhine on this romantic journey that’ll see you taking in the sights of three different countries. Explore Germany, France and Switzerland, using the comfort of the 4-star MS Arena as your base. Discover ancient old towns, gothic cathedrals and captivating museums as you go. You’ll get to see some of the Rhineland’s most spectacular sights, from the dizzy heights of the Rüdesheim cable car overlooking the Rhine Valley to sailing by the sheer cliff faces of the mythical Rhine Gorge and the lush plains of the Alsace. This is river cruising at its very best.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • 7 nights' cruise on a full board basis
  • 1 night hotel with continental breakfast
  • Welcome drink & Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and cake and late evening snack
  • Local joining points

9 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    Local departure by coach and Home Connect service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

  • Day 2:

    We travel to Cologne where we join our ship, the MS Arena. This evening we enjoy a relaxing dinner on board as we sail overnight towards Rüdesheim.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Cologne

    Cologne

    Included Highlights

    • Cologne
  • Day 3: Cologne to Rüdesheim

    Relax onboard as we cruise along the Rhine which leads us through the Rhine Gorge and past the legendary Lorelai.

    This afternoon we arrive at the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim. Here you can enjoy the town’s many highlights on our optional excursion, including a cable car ride for panoramic views across the Rhine valley.

    This evening we set sail for Speyer.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Rüdesheim

    Rüdesheim

    Included Highlights

    • Rüdesheim

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    2021
    • Rüdesheim Cable Car
    TBC

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 4: Speyer to Strasbourg

    This morning we arrive in the charming town of Speyer.

    Easily explored on foot, Speyer has a magnificent Romanesque Cathedral, as well as an abundance of museums and the remains of a medieval synagogue.

    You can also take advantage of our optional excursion to the Speyer Technical Museum which houses vintage cars, locomotives and an original Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet.

    Lunch is served on board before we sail overnight to Strasbourg.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Speyer

    Speyer

    Included Highlights

    • Speyer

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    2021
    • Speyer Technical Museum
    TBC

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 5: Strasbourg to Basel

    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 at leisure or take a walk around the old city.

    You can enjoy our fantastic optional excursion cruising along Strasbourg’s waterways, which is a great way to see the city.

    We return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Basel.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Strasbourg

    Strasbourg

    Included Highlights

    • Strasbourg

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    2021
    • Strasbourg’s waterways Cruise
    TBC

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 6: Basel to Lucerne to Breisach

    We arrive this morning into the old University City of Basel.

    Here you can join our included full-day excursion by coach to the Swiss resort of Lucerne. This scenic journey follows a route that tunnels through the Jura Mountains, before arriving at Lucerne - the historic and scenic heart of Switzerland.

    Here you can visit the beautiful Chapel Bridge with its prominent water tower, one of the most photographed landmarks in Switzerland.

    Tonight we sail overnight to Breisach.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Lucerne

    Lucerne

    Included Highlights

    • Lucerne
    • Basel
  • Day 7: Breisach to Alsace to Mannheim

    This morning we arrive into Breisach, where the Black Forest meets the Alsace.

    Here you can join our optional excursion into the beautiful Alsace, stopping at the little village of Riquewihr where we enjoy wine tasting at the famous Dopff & Irion vineyard.

    This afternoon we set sail for Mannheim.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Riquewihr

    Riquewihr

    Included Highlights

    • Breisach

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    2021
    • Alsace & Wine Tasting
    TBC

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 8: Mannheim to Heidelberg to Mainz

    We cruise to the river port of Mannheim where you can join our optional excursion to the majestic city of Heidelberg, home of Germany’s oldest university, for time at leisure.

    We return to our ship for lunch on board as we cruise to Mainz where we arrive later this afternoon.

    Mainz is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers and has been the capital of the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate since 1946.

    Join our optional guided walking tour, taking in the university, the pretty pedestrian precincts and the fabulous Romanesque cathedral.

    We also include entrance to the Gutenberg Museum. This evening enjoy your final night on board as we set sail for Cologne.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Heidelberg

    Heidelberg

    Included Highlights

    • Mannheim
    • Mainz

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    2021
    • Heidelberg
    TBC
    • Mainz Guided Walking Tour
    TBC

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 9:

    Disembark and return home.

    Included meals: Breakfast

No single cabins available.

Hotels

You’ll spend seven nights cruising on the 4-star MS Arena.

Overnight stay in Belgium will be in city-style hotels.  

  • Ms Arena

    Climb aboard and feel right at home from the minute you set sail on the stylish and spacious MS Arena. Let the captain and crew take care of your every need while you prioritise relaxing and unwinding in comfort. Take advantage of the wellness and fitness centre, treat yourself to a drink or two with new friends in the lounge or soak up the ambience and spectacular sights from the comfort of the elevated sun deck. Each cabin on board the MS Arena features panoramic windows with a French balcony, allowing you to take in the wonderful views of the river. The spacious cabins also feature twin or hotel-style double beds, en suite bathrooms and plenty of storage space; all with contemporary furnishings, providing the ideal home from home on your cruise.

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

Joining points

Travel from most joining points is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement of £20pp. To find your nearest joining point, search using your postcode below.

See our full list of our joining points.

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