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Five-Star Rhine Cruise

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(Tour code: RLR18)

Enjoy a fantastic cruise on the mighty Rhine

From Amsterdam in Holland, we explore charming medieval wine towns, admire the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine Gorge and then cross into France, exploring charming Strasbourg before ending in the Swiss city of Basel.

  • MS Amadeus Silver II, III or Royal
  • Amsterdam
  • Cologne
  • Cochem
  • Koblenz
  • Speyer & Strasbourg
What’s Included
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • All-Inclusive Board Basis
    Selected Excursions
    MS Amadeus Silver II, III or Royal

Five-Star Rhine Cruise 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Amsterdam

London to Amsterdam

We meet at our exclusive Departure Office at St Pancras International, where we join the Eurostar to Brussels. We change trains in Brussels and continue into Holland on the high-speed train to Amsterdam, where our home for the next seven nights, the MS Amadeus Silver II, is moored (ship is departure dependant).

  • Dinner
Day 2 Amsterdam


This morning there is an optional Amsterdam city tour available, where on which you will board a glass-topped boat for a charming cruise through the city's myriad of canals. This provides us with an excellent opportunity to take in the unique waters of Amsterdam as we sail past typical Amsterdam townhouses on a route which covers the most important parts of the city.

Alternatively, you may wish to take this morning to explore at your own pace. This city is a thriving up of different cultures, and its history and legacy can be explored in any of the countless museums which hide in the alleys and squares. You may also wish to visit the house of Anne Frank, the famous Jewish diarist whose diary retells her time as a Jew hiding during the Nazi rule of the Netherlands.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Cologne


Today we arrive in the historic city of Cologne. This afternoon, we embark on a guided walking tour of the city, taking in the many sights, including the iconic Cathedral. This striking old building has remained standing since the 13th century, surviving an incredible fourteen bombing strikes during the aerial bombardment of Cologne in the Second World War.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Cochem

Along the Moselle to Cochem

Upon arrival in Cochem, you may choose to explore the town at leisure or join an optional guided walking tour through the narrow alleyways and cobbled streets of this charming location. Immediately noticeable as your ship pulls into Cochem is the ever-impressive Reichsburg Cochem, an imperial castle with a grand central tower which casts its shadow over the town and harbour below.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Rüdesheim

Koblenz and Rüdesheim

We arrive at the beautifully preserved city of Koblenz. Here, we embark on a guided tour of the city, including the wondrous Old Town district. Split over both banks of the Rhine near its joining with the Moselle, Koblenz provides a snapshot into a number of different sections of Germany's past, with Roman ruins brushing shoulders with imperial monuments.

We then continue sailing along to Rüdesheim, a winemaking town of amiable atmosphere and some prestige. Here, there is an optional excursion to discover the town on a guided tour.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Speyer

Mannheim and Speyer

As our cruise ship shores up in Mannheim, there is an optional excursion to the nearby town of Heidelberg. For a true taste of traditional rural Germany, Heidlberg has all the necessary ingredients, from its majestic castle Schloss Heidelberg to its quaint shops.

Later, we cruise on to Speyer, one of Germany's oldest cities, where we embark on a guided tour of the beautiful Old Town.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Strasbourg


This morning we visit Strasbourg, the attractive capital of Alsace, where there is an optional guided tour or the chance to explore at your own pace. Poised between Germany and France, Strasbourg is the epitome of Alsatian charm with pastel coloured buildings leaning over the gentle waters of the Rhine. The quaint old half timbered designs and shuttered windows lend a timeless feel to the Strasbourg streets, which wind and turn, linking the bustling squares with the metropolitan European quarter with its modern design and clinical finish.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Eurostar

To Basel and home

We arrive in Basel this morning, disembark the ship and make the short transfer to the station to join the high-speed rail service to Paris and connect with the Eurostar service back to London.

Please note: For departure RLR1801 we transfer by coach to Strasbourg station to connect with our train home.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel throughout (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)

Comfortable accommodation

  • 7-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Silver II, III or Royal

Delicious meals included

  • 20 meals including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, including 1 Captain's Gala dinner
  • Free flowing quality wine with lunch and dinner


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Scenic cruise along the Ijsselmeer
  • Guided tours of Cologne, Koblenz and Speyer
  • Scenic cruise along the Moselle River

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to a Category C1 cabin from £195 per person
  • Upgrade to a Category B1 cabin from £585 per person
  • Upgrade to a Category A1 cabin from £765 per person
Lynne Broadley
Helen Laverack
Julie Pacalon
Kathryn Cambridge
Five-Star Rhine Cruise

Enjoy a fantastic cruise on the mighty Rhine


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