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Highlights of the Rhine

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Enjoy the perfect introduction to cruising on this luxurious 5-day short break on the enchanting Rhine river.

Operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys
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2024 Tour code: RSR24

About the tour

Join us on this brand new, luxurious 4-night cruise on the magical Rhine. Making the most of this short break, we sail through the most spectacular parts of the river including the beautiful Rhine Gorge with its mythical Lorelei Rock, fairytale castles, and deep forests. Step ashore along the way to explore enchanting German towns and cities on the picturesque banks.

Unforgettable experiences

Rhine Gorge
Rhine Gorge
Sail into the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge - a magical area of castles, forests and the mythical Lorelei Rock.
Heidelberg
Heidelberg
Explore the beautiful riverside city of Heidelberg on a guided tour, seeing wonderful medieval buildings and its fabulous ruined castle.
Drachenfels Railway
Drachenfels Railway
Climb to the top of the Drachenfels on the Drachenfelsbahn cog railway, with views across the shimmering river and beyond.
Rüdesheim
Rüdesheim
Enjoy time at leisure in Rüdesheim and discover the famous Drosselgasse, half-timbered houses, and stunning surrounding landscapes of lush vineyards.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 – To delightful Strasbourg

Our holiday begins as we meet at London St Pancras before boarding the Eurostar to Paris, this morning. From here, we continue by rail to the enchanting city of Strasbourg, where our magnificent ship awaits us. We are greeted by our wonderful crew with a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 – Charming Rüdesheim, the enchanting Rhine Gorge, and picturesque Koblenz

We sail into the captivating town of Rüdesheim, famous for its delicious white wine, especially the dry Riesling variety. There's time to wander its cobbled streets and see the charming half-timbered houses, quaint shops, and enticing wine bars in the Drosselgasse alley. Next, we enjoy a highlight of our cruising experience - sailing through the romantic Rhine Gorge.

This section of the Rhine is renowned for its spectacular views. The riverbanks plunge deeper here, and we wind around bends surrounded by endless miles of lush green vineyards, ancient castles, and picturesque riverside towns. It's also one of the narrowest points of the river with one of the strongest currents.

As we sail, we hear the fascinating story of the legendary Lorelei Rock which soars almost 500 feet out of the water. This monument has been the inspiration for countless myths and legends, and we hear of them as we sail by.

Our journey through the Rhine Gorge comes to a close, and we moor in the town of Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. After a guided tour, you have time to explore and we recommend strolling to Deutsches Eck where you'll be surrounded by inspiring vistas including the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Later, we make our way back to the ship, where dinner is served onboard.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - The magical Middle Rhine and the wonderful Drachenfelsbahn

Our ship remains moored in Koblenz overnight, and we set sail in the morning to explore the enchanting Middle Rhine. We sail passed riverbanks lined with lush green meadows and pretty villages as our Cruise Director narrates the region's history and highlights points of interest along the way.

In the afternoon, we dock in Königswinter, where we journey on the Drachenfelsbahn railway. This fabulous cog railway rises high into the forests, passing the fairytale Drachenfels castle - which is said to have been the inspiration for the castle in Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty'. We experience wonderful views across the Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany as we climb higher.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 – Lovely Speyer and traditional Heidelberg

Waking to views of charming Speyer, you can discover the city at your own pace. In the afternoon, we journey to the picturesque university town of Heidelberg, known for its lovely Old Town and stunning riverfront which is perfect for a relaxing stroll.

Here, we enjoy a guided tour including a visit to the magnificent ruined, red sandstone castle that towers over the city, providing amazing views of the surrounding forests, river, and cityscape. Returning to our ship for a gala dinner, we set off on a restful overnight sailing.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 – Homeward bound

After breakfast, it's time to disembark in Strasbourg and say goodbye to our wonderful crew. We make our way to the railway station and head towards Paris where we catch the Eurostar to London St Pancras. Here, we say goodbye to new friends and fellow travellers.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Trains

Drachenfelsbahn
Eurostar

Ships

MS Amadeus Imperial
MS Amadeus Star

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