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Scenic Switzerland, Alsace and Rhine Valley and Basel Extension


Alsace Wine Route
  • Overview


    • See the beautiful old town of Basel
    • Explore the quaint town of Breisach and historical Speyer
    • Discover charming Strasbourg, capital of Alsace
    • Enjoy the famous Drosselgasse in Rudesheim

    A wealth of cultural experience, history and stunning views await you on this relaxing cruise, taking in three fascinating and very different countries bordering the Rhine: Switzerland, France and Germany. Admire the half-timbered houses of Strasbourg, see Basel’s stunning cathedral and wander the quaint lanes of Breisach. The best Europe has to offer on a relaxing river cruise – what could be better? Read More

    Great for:

    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery


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    Before embarking on your cruise, enjoy an extended stay in Basel. You'll stay at the four-star Novotel Basel City hotel, which is perfectly situated this fantastic city.

    Must See: Alsace Region

    Situated on France's eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine, adjacent to Germany and Switzerland, the Alsace region boasts miles and miles of rolling hills and picturesque villages as far as the eye can see. The region is also very popular for its many churches, castles and, of course, its vineyards. As part of your cruise you will visit Strasbourg, the region’s capital, a World Heritage Site where we have time to explore the gorgeous timber houses and explore the narrow cobblestone lanes.
  • Itinerary



  • The Ship


    MPS Rotterdam

    • Rotterdam cruise ship
    • MPS Rotterdam, lounge
    • MPS Rotterdam, reception
    • Rotterdam cruise ship, bar
    Our flagship vessel, the elegant MPS Rotterdam is exclusively chartered by Shearings and enjoys a stunning design. With its traditional style, this fantastic four-deck ship has been designed to ensure passengers get to make the most of modern comforts.

    Relax and enjoy this comfortable ship, with its decor in soft tones and its grand restaurant and living areas, all crafted from high-quality materials to add an air of elegance. Travel in comfort in these stylish surroundings, seeing some of the most amazing sights during superb Europe River Cruises.

    Explore with our Rhine River Cruises, and you can also discover the Moselle rivers and the waterways of Holland and Belgium, on-board the MPS Rotterdam. You’ll also get to enjoy sumptuous meals during your River Cruise, with buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches, four-course evening meals and gala dinners to look forward to.

    Our experienced and professional staff will be on-hand to provide any assistance you may require, from meeting you on the ship following your exciting excursions, to providing waiter service at dinner time. You’ll also benefit from a knowledgeable Tour Manager, who is sure to keep you entertained as we travel in the daytime.

    There are also lots of on-board games to enjoy, and you’ll be able to make firm friends with your fellow passengers during our journey. When the sun is shining, you can always visit the sun deck to relax on one of our comfortable sun loungers, or make the most of the shaded areas while admiring the wonderful views on our fantastic scenic River Cruises.

    In the evenings, why not take in the wonderful sounds of our resident musician? Or, if you’re feeling energetic, you could always enjoy a dance or two!

    Shearings welcomes you to step aboard the elegant MPS Rotterdam.
    • Length: 75.76 metres
    • Width: 11.22 metres
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2013
    • Passenger Capacity: 107
    • Passenger decks: 4
    • Star rating: 4*


    • MPS Rotterdam Grade A

      Rotterdam Twin Cabin
      • A more spacious cabin to allow you to relax even further
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Table and chairs
      • Large picture window
      • Superior twin beds
      Our Grade A cabins on-board the MPS Rotterdam are our most luxurious cabins on this magnificent vessel. Relax in comfort and style during your journey, admire the views from the large picture window in your cabin and make the most of this more spacious cabin during your journey.

      These cabins include a table and chairs, so you and your companion can relax in your cabin during our scenic River Cruises, as well as enjoying the great facilities throughout the rest of the ship. 
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade B

      MPS Rotterdam cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities with toilet and either a shower cubicle or bath
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Windows can be opened
      • Folding twin beds or fixed double beds
      Enjoy a comfortable journey during your River Cruise and stay in one of our fantastic Grade B cabins. Equipped with a safe to store your important belongings in, as well as a flat screen TV for entertainment, you’ll be able to relax and make the most of your time on-board the MPS Rotterdam. Make use of the air conditioning, and be sure to admire the picturesque views from the large picture window.

      Some of our Grade B cabins are also equipped with sofas, so you can relax even further during your waterways of Holland and Belgium, Moselle and Rhine River Cruises with us!
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade B+

      MPS Rotterdam cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Folding twin beds
      • Sofa
      Make the most of a relaxing journey on-board the MPS Rotterdam and enjoy comfortable accommodation with our Grade B+ cabins. Equipped with all the facilities you could possibly need during our Europe River Cruises, you’re sure to enjoy your time on-board.

      With private bathroom facilities, as well as air conditioning to ensure you stay nice and comfortable, these cabins come with folding twin beds. You’ll also find a sofa in your Grade B+ cabin, so you can relax while watching the flat screen TV, or while admiring the beautiful views.
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade C

      MPS Rotterdam, cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Windows can be opened in cabins on Promenade deck
      • Small fixed twin beds 

      Admire the stunning views as we travel on our relaxing Rhine River Cruises and make the most of great accommodation in our Grade C cabins. Situated on the Main and Promenade decks, these cabins provide a comfortable place to retire to after an exciting day of activities and excursions.

      Enjoy refreshing air conditioning, while watching the changing landscape from the large picture window - cabins on the Promenade deck have openable windows. You’ll also find private bathroom facilities with a shower cubicle and toilet in your cabin.
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade C+

      MPS Rotterdam C+ Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet]
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Seating area
      We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay in our Grade C+ cabins, which come equipped with all of the facilities you’ll require during your excellent River Cruise with Shearings. Admire the picturesque views from the large picture window, or why not watch TV while in your cabin?

      You’ll also find a seating area in our Grade C+ cabins, and there’s also a safe, hairdryer and private bathroom facilities that you’ll be able to make use of to ensure you have a comfortable stay on-board the MPS Rotterdam during fantastic Rhine River Cruises and our many other cruises.
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  • Excursions & Extras


    Towers and canals in Strasbourg
    Half Day: Strasbourg Shuttle

    Why not join our shuttle service to the city of Strasbourg to discover the city’s many sights? Strasbourg sits right on the border between France and Germany, and so boasts flavours of both countries.

    Spend time exploring the city's famous sights, such as Strasbourg Cathedral, one of Europe’s most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture. Made from pink sandstone, the cathedral is incredibly unique, and its intricate interior carvings are captivating. We'll also discover Strasbourg's famous astronomical clock inside the cathedral - it was erected in the 1800s and is actually the third to be found here. The original clock was placed in the 14th century.

    A must-see in Strasbourg is the 'La Petite France' neighbourhood. Easily the prettiest part of the city, this fairy-tale neighbourhood features timbered buildings, quaint bridges, and colourful flower boxes.

    Bernese Oberland
    Swiss Bernese Oberland
    Join us as we travel into the spectacular Bernese Oberland, with its picturesque towns and villages, glistening lakes and snow-capped mountains.


    Godesburg Castle, Bonn
    Discover Bonn

    Once the capital of West Germany, Bonn lies on the banks of the river Rhine. The city is best known culturally as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven and is often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Romantic Rhine'.

    Bonn is very much an atmospheric city with a rich culture. We explore this magnificent city on foot with our expert guide as we walk along Poppelsdorf Avenue to Bonn University, the former residence of the electors of Cologne. We see the Minster Cathedral, the Beethoven monument and the market place with the old town hall. 

    Black Forest
    Discover the Black Forest
    Join us for our tour of the picturesque Black Forest, famous for its lush green meadows, pine clad hills dotted with villages and, of course, the Black Forest Gateau.

    We head first to the lively city of Freiburg, known as the 'Jewel of the Black Forest'. We take a guided walking tour of this charming old-town with its architectural treasures, the famous Munsterplatz lined with charming cafes, the colourful market and the narrow alleyways.

    We'll also discover the Bachle - the small canals which crisscross the streets of the inner city, and the Schwabentor, one of two remaining old city gates. In addition to this, we'll see the old Rathaus (townhall). Towering above all this is Freiburg Munster (cathedral) with its unique church steeple.

    We then head deep into the Black Forest to a traditional guesthouse/hotel, where we enjoy lunch - you may even wish to sample some of the world-famous gateau. Following lunch, we enjoy a traditional cuckoo clock demonstration, before heading to the picturesque lakeside town of Titisee.

    Here, we take a short boat cruise on the beautiful Lake Titisee - said to be the most important destination in the Schwarzwald, Black Forest. We make our way back to the ship through some spectacular scenery.
    Wine glasses
    Evening Wine Tasting and Siegfried’s

    Join us this evening as we board the Little Tourist Train to our first port of call, the world-famous Siegfried's Musik Kabinett just off the famous Drosselgasse.

    This Museum is home to one of the world’s biggest collections of self-playing musical instruments, where visitors can admire over 350 exhibits. Our tour concludes with a visit to Adolf's wine cellar to taste his famous local wines.

    Here, we learn about the different wines of this region, the history of winegrowing in the region, the way the wines are produced and their particularities. Following this we get to taste the local wines, which are served with a pretzel to neutralize the taste of the different wines. A great way to spend an evening in Rudesheim!

    Speyer Cathedral
    Historical Speyer and Cathedral

    Dominated by its Romanesque Cathedral, Speyer is one of Germany’s oldest cities, and is the resting place of eight medieval emperors and kings of the Salian, Staufer & Hapsburg dynasties.

    During our guided walking tour we visit the stunning cathedral (entrance included) - a UNESCO Heritage Site and the largest of Germany's three Imperial Romanesque Cathedrals. Building began in 1030 under Emperor Konrad II; Speyer Dom survived destruction by the French armies in 1689 and is today considered one of the finest examples of High Romanic architecture in Germany.

    We head through the beautiful historical old town, seeing the Alportal (Old Gate) built between 1230 and 1250. The gate is one of the 68 towers and gates within the city walls; we also see the impressive Town Hall with its red baroque facade and rococo interior.

    We continue to Trinity Church, constructed in memory of the protest that took place at the Diet of Speyer by the protestant states of the Holy Roman Empire in 1529, before exploring the famous Jewish quarter to learn about the history of Jews in Speyer.  


    Panoramic Rudesheim

    One of Germany’s most-visited towns, Rudesheim is famous for its winemaking. Join us on our guided walking tour of this wonderful UNESCO town as we see Eagle Tower, which dates back to the 15th century, the Market Square with St Jakobus Catholic Parish, the impressive Klunkardshof building, and the famous Drosselgasse, with its many restaurants, shops and wine bars.

    We also see Bromserburg Castle, Bosenburg Castle and the Bromserhof. We then make our way to the cable car station as we glide over the hillside vineyards, before reaching the Niederwald summit.

    The famous monument here was erected in the years 1877-1883 and symbolizes the re-establishment of the German Empire after the Franco-German War 1870-1871. Here we enjoy the magnificent panoramic views over Rudesheim’s old town and the Rhine Valley, with its many green isles dotted along the silvery Rhine.

    Waterways of Strasbourg

    We take a guided tour of Strasbourg by boat cruise and to admire this beautiful city from the water.

    The city of Strasbourg is chiefly known for its sandstone Gothic Cathedral, with its famous astronomical clock, and for its medieval cityscape of Rhineland black and white timber-framed buildings. These are particularly known for the Petite-France district, and also in the streets and squares surrounding the cathedral, where the renowned Maison Kammerzsell stands out.

    On our boat cruise we gently glide past the must-see attractions of the Alsatian capital, such as the famous Petite France and tanners’ quarter, the Covered Bridges and the Vauban dam, the Neustadt imperial quarter, and the European institutions. A truly beautiful city!

What's included

  • Seven nights full-board cruise
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Enjoy a Captain's dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • River views from every cabin
  • TV screen allowing you to follow the ship’s journey
  • Two included excursions
  • Six optional excursions
  • Two-night stay at the four-star Novotel Basel City hotel in Basel, with breakfasts
Rotterdam cruise ship

MPS Rotterdam

Our flagship vessel, the elegant MPS Rotterdam is exclusively chartered by Shearings and enjoys a stunning design. With its traditional style, this fantastic four-deck ship has been designed to ensure passengers get to make the most of modern comforts.

Learn more about the ship
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