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.
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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