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Cruises on the River Rhine

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. 

Rhine River Escorted Cruises

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. 

About our cruises

Our brand new charter cruises have one-way itineraries, a range of specially crafted excursions and innovative on board entertainment. We've chartered the entire ship so you'll be travelling exclusively with other, like-minded travellers. 

You have the option to travel by train to your chartered cruise departure point, making the most of the comfort of First Class, or the value of Standard. Whichever way you prefer, you'll be escorted to your ship by your Tour Manager.

Another exciting option available to you when choosing our charter cruises is the opportunity to add a brief tour onto the beginning or end of your cruise. 

Our Cruises

Welcome to our brand new charter cruises. This is an exclusive new concept, and by chartering our own vessels we have been able to craft itineraries and service specifically to our customer's. 

Because we've chartered the whole ship, the only other travellers on board will be Great Rail Journeys customers, so you know you'll be in great company for the duration of your cruise.

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5 Star Rhine Cruise

Five Star Rhine Cruise

From Amsterdam in Holland, we explore charming medieval wine towns, admire the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine Gorge and then cross into France.

Five Star Rhine Cruise Non escorted

5-STAR RHINE CRUISE (Fly & Cruise)

From Switzerland to the Netherlands, this spectacular cruise reveals the majestic allure of the Rhine River, in all of its fairytale glory. 

Glacier Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

Glacier Express & Five Star Rhine Cruise

Embark on one of the world's finest rail adventures aboard the Glacier Express before descending down the valley for a cruise on the spectacular Rhine.

Jungfrau Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

Jungfrau Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

Before you set sail on the magical waters of the Rhine, venture to the top of Europe on the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch.

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Jungfrau Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

Before you set sail on the magical waters of the Rhine, venture to the top of Europe on the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch, the continent's highest railway station. Experience the majesty of the Swiss Alps by rail, as the mountains serenade you with spectacular views across the peaks below.

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2019MayJunSep

10 days from £2,095 pp

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Five-Star Rhine Cruise (Fly & Cruise)

From Switzerland to the Netherlands, this spectacular cruise reveals the majestic allure of the Rhine River, in all of its fairytale glory. We uncover beautiful valley gorges, splendid halftimbered towns and all the remarkable cities along the banks of this grand old river.

Over the course of four different countries, discover some of the finest experiences these nations have to offer including a German heritage rail journey, a French city tour and Dutch steam trains, along with daytime cruising on some of the finest stretches of the Rhine.

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2019MayJunSep

8 days from £1,495 pp

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Five-Star Rhine Cruise

From Switzerland to the Netherlands, this spectacular cruise reveals the majestic allure of the Rhine River, in all of its fairytale glory. We uncover beautiful valley gorges, splendid halftimbered towns and all the remarkable cities along the banks of this grand old river.

Over the course of four different countries, discover some of the finest experiences these nations have to offer including a German heritage rail journey, a French city tour and Dutch steam trains, along with daytime cruising on some of the finest stretches of the Rhine.

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2019MayJunSep

8 days from £1,595 pp

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Five-Star Tulips Cruise

Discover the magnificent floral displays of the Keukenhof Gardens and enjoy a talk onboard ship from television personality Charlie Dimmock on this wonderfully diverse cruise on the enchanting Belgian and Dutch waterways. 

On this tour we uncover the beautiful historic cities of Amsterdam, Ghent and Antwerp as well as the Battlefields of Ypres, the spectacular Keukenhof tulips and the Hoorn-Medemblik steam train. We also enjoy a talk from army veteran and battlefields expert Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh OBE on this memorable river cruise.

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2019Apr
2020Apr

8 days from £1,395 pp

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Five-Star Tulips Cruise (Fly & Cruise)

Discover the magnificent floral displays of the Keukenhof Gardens and enjoy a talk onboard ship from television personality Charlie Dimmock on this wonderfully diverse cruise on the enchanting Belgian and Dutch waterways. 

On this tour we uncover the beautiful historic cities of Amsterdam, Ghent and Antwerp as well as the Battlefields of Ypres, the spectacular Keukenhof tulips and the Hoorn-Medemblik steam train. We also enjoy a talk from army veteran and battlefields expert Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh OBE on this memorable river cruise.

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2019Apr
2020Apr

8 days from £1,395 pp

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Oberammergau & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

The Oberammergau Passion Play is famous across the world for its marvellous retelling of the Passion of the Christ. Celebrate the play with top tier tickets before embarking on a wonderful 7-night cruise on the magnificent Rhine river.

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2020MayJun

11 days from £2,895 pp

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Our Rhine Cruise Ships

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. 

The Spectacular Rhine Gorge

The Rhine travels through the ever-changing landscapes of Switzerland and Western Europe, before meeting the North Sea after an inspirational journey. The Rhine Gorge region in Germany is a breathtaking area of natural, unspoilt beauty where the banks of the river rise sharply to heights of 200 metres. Throughout all four seasons, the area offers incredible panoramas, making visits to this section of the river a highlight of Rhine river cruises in Germany, appealing to photography enthusiasts and lovers of nature alike. 

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Gorge is home to The Lorelei, a giant rock that features strongly in local poetry and folklore. According to German legend, a nymph who perched on the rock lured sailors to their deaths on the submerged rocks below; a statue of the mythical figure can be seen at St Goarshausen in Germany.

Depending on which of our Rhine river trips you select, your cruise may visit world cities such as Amsterdam, Strasbourg and Cologne, as well as picturesque places like Koblenz, known for its Prussian-era fortress, and the hilltop town of Breisach, which is nestled in the spectacular Rhine Valley.

On some of our tours, guests board their cruise ship in Amsterdam, after a rail journey from London via Brussels. This cosmopolitan city offers a variety of brightly coloured sights to holidaymakers, including the archetypical Dutch merchant houses, the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank's House.

Another highlight of our Rhine river tours is Basel in Switzerland, with its many examples of medieval architecture, such as the ancient Town Hall. The Museum of Fine Arts, home to famous works from the Renaissance, Cubism and German Expressionism periods, is also well worth a visit. With a fantastic assortment of Christmas, New Year and regular cruises available, there is a voyage to appeal to every traveller.

Browse through Great Rail Journeys' range of tours or call our customer service desk on 01904 521 936 to experience Rhine river tours for yourself.

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