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River cruises in Moselle river, medieval Cochem town, Germnay

Rhine river cruises

Coursing along the borders of four countries, the river Rhine twists and turns past fairytale castles and half-timbered towns. Its middle section, known as the Rhine Gorge, has been awarded World Heritage Site status for its natural beauty and legend-shrouded history. Disembark to explore wine villages and medieval towns - on Christmas cruises, they'll be decked out in their fairy-lit finest, with festive markets and bauble-hung trees. If you’re searching for a European holiday that packs in history, culture and spectacular scenery, the Rhine promises an unforgettable journey.

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  • Watching castles come into view while sailing through the Rhine Gorge.
  • Trying a traditional (and boozy) Rüdesheim coffee.
  • Gazing up at the spires of Cologne’s cathedral.
  • Warming up with glühwein on a Christmas markets cruise.

So what can you expect on a Rhine river cruise?

A historical holiday to remember

The Rhine River has long been important to Europe: viewed by the Roman Empire as the edge of the civilised world, the river acted as a natural barrier between the region's Celtic and Germanic tribes. The Rhine's dramatic, mythic past is well known in the countries it travels through: the water nymph Lorelei is thought live beneath its surface, while the great German knight, Siegfried, is purported to have slain a dragon on the river's shore.

Castles, churches and medieval towns are a staple along this stretch of water. Rhine river cruises offer a chance to explore these ancient attractions and gaze back in time to a period of glorious European history. Highlights include the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress at Koblenz, the 18th-century Würzburg Residenz and the Romanesque cathedral at Speyer.

Cities of culture

The cities you’ll visit depend on the itinerary you choose, but popular stop-offs on our Rhine river cruises include Cologne, with its captivating skyline of modern skyscrapers and Gothic spires; Strasbourg, with its quaint canals and soaring cathedral; and Basel, home to a cluster of museums and galleries.

Christmas cruises

No mention of the Rhine could be complete without talking about Christmas cruises. From around mid-November, the towns and cities along the river’s banks light up with festivities. Snow-capped roofs, wooden market stalls and the smell of cinnamon and glühwein – the Christmas markets along the Rhine are a festive pleasure not to be missed.

Our holidays are designed to take the hassle out of travelling, which is why all of our Rhine river cruises come with our VIP door-to-door travel service. Our experienced drivers will take you from your home to the airport and back in one of our spacious, valeted vehicles, giving you complete peace of mind from the get-go. You’ll have a dedicated tour manager on the ship with you – they’re there to ensure your cruise on the Rhine will be a holiday to remember.


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