Rhine River Cruises

Explore the hidden treasures of the famous Rhine on a luxury cruise of the famous European river…

Enchanting, inspiring and steeped in centuries of history, the Rhine is one of Europe’s most fascinating rivers. Choose to cruise this intriguing waterway and not only will you be given front row seats to some of the region’s most breath-taking scenery, but you will also be given the opportunity to visit several of its grandest cities and picturesque towns along the way.

The Rhine is one of the largest rivers in Europe and is approximately 770 miles long. Starting just east of the towering Swiss Alps, the Rhine flows through seven countries, including Germany, France and the Netherlands before meeting the North Sea. Its huge coverage means there is plenty of scope for river cruise lines to offer a mixture of itineraries on the Rhine, with the most popular ports of call including Amsterdam, Cologne and Basel.

We offer a fine selection of Rhine River cruises with many of the world’s best river operators including AmaWaterways, Scenic and Tauck. You will find that many of these lines offer a variety of durations which means cruising the Rhine is suitable for both two-week getaways and short breaks outside of the traditional holiday seasons.

Excursions on Rhine River Cruises

No matter which cruise line you decide to explore the Rhine with, you can be sure that there will be plenty of opportunities to explore ashore. Outside of your own free time, your experiences on land will be further enhanced by a glittering array of shore excursions – many of them complimentary! These can include everything from trips to see the towering spire of Cologne’s 13th-century cathedral to wine-tasting in Rudesheim and guided boat tours along the canals of Amsterdam.

Selected lines will also provide you with complimentary bicycles when in port. Hiring these for the day is highly recommended as they will allow you to see more of the sights and attractions in a much shorter space of time.

Best time for Rhine River Cruises

As is often the case with any luxury river cruise in Europe, each season brings its own highlights. Considering this, deciding when to cruise the Rhine is perhaps more down to personal preference than a climate chart.

Cruise the Rhine in winter and enjoy a Christmas markets cruise with all the seasonal trimmings or go in spring and witness the scenery’s transformation from browns, reds and oranges to lush greens and vibrant yellows. Summer is a treat in itself and is perfect if you relish the idea of relaxing on the deck in the warming sunshine.

April is possibly the only time you might want to avoid cruising the Rhine as this is the time of year when rainfall – and therefore water levels – is at its highest. If severe enough, this can lead to certain sectors of selected sailings being cancelled.

Why choose a Rhine River cruise?

  • Large selection of itineraries available with lines including Crystal River Cruises, Scenic River Cruises and AmaWaterways.
  • Short flight time from the UK
  • Great opportunity to visit cities such as Amsterdam, Basel and Strasbourg.
  • Amazing scenery, particularly in the Rhine Gorge region.
  • Complimentary shore excursions included on many itineraries.
  • Perfect for visiting the Christmas markets.

Book your Rhine River cruise with The Cruise Line

If you would like to find out more about cruising the Rhine or would like a quote for your next cruise holiday, please call our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677. As one of the UK’s leading luxury cruise specialists, we offer competitive fares and exclusive special offers on many river cruise voyages and would be delighted to help you book your Rhine River cruise.

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