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Rhine, Strasbourg and Heidelberg River Cruise

FREE Superior drinks package on all European river cruises

 

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Experience more with so much included

  • Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views 
  • Return scheduled flights from 11 regional airports or seat on Eurostar from London St Pancras International with regional rail connections available
  • Seven guided tours including Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Boppard, Mainz, and Koblenz, and visit to Colmar
  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails and the Captain’s Dinner

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At a Glance
Superior drinks package included
Return flights & transfers
Return Eurostar, TGV & transfers
8 tours & visits
Full board
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
Expert Cruise Director & Concierge
All port charges & airport taxes
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

A spectacularly scenic cruise of wonderful contrasts, from refined and historic Heidelberg to delightfully quaint Boppard and the old world charm of medieval Strasbourg plus the enduring allure of the glorious Rhine Gorge. Stepping aboard you will appreciate the superb surroundings of your floating luxury hotel for the next seven nights with spacious and well-appointed cabins or suites, private bathrooms and meticulously prepared fine cuisine.

From Cologne, we slip our moorings and head on our journey south to Koblenz spending a morning exploring this historic town sitting at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers then continuing to the beautiful old town of Boppard for the evening. Continuing our journey we navigate through the outstanding natural beauty of the world-famous Rhine Gorge onto Mainz famous for the ‘Gutenberg’ Bibles. Next, we enjoy a guided tour of stunning Heidelberg, on the route of Europe’s ‘Grand Tour’, nestling by the picturesque river Neckar.

By day five, we arrive in Strasbourg, a delightful city with its centre largely unchanged since the 14th century, a mosaic of winding alleys and lanes lined with quirkily crooked, half-timbered houses. During periods of its history Strasbourg has been both German and French, and today you can see this influence in its language, cuisine and appearance, creating a truly individual city. Then to Colmar, almost embarrassingly perfect - a typically quaint medieval Alsatian town.

The following day we return journey downstream, stopping in Rudesheim one of the liveliest towns on the river, before continuing through the Rhine Gorge to Cologne. Here we enjoy a guided walking tour of the city with time to explore the stunning cathedral, an excellent finale to this most wonderful cruise.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of sole occupancy cabins available, at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Full board during your cruise from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day 
  • Free Superior drinks package
  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (connection speeds may vary)
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned 
  • Return flights or Eurostar with regional rail connections
  • Coach travel as mentioned
  • Transfers from the airport or station to and from the port of embarkation
  • English-speaking expert guides 
  • The services of a Riviera Travel Cruise Director and Concierge

Travel Concierge


 

Travel Concierge

Looking to add on a couple of nights pre- or post-trip? Feel like flying a day earlier or from a different airport? Or want door-to-door private transfers? Personalise your holiday with Travel Concierge.

Here's how our Travel Concierge service can help:

  • Add up to two nights before you sail in the destination your river cruises starts from
  • Add up to two nights after your cruise in the destination your river cruises ends in
  • Change your departure airport (depending on flight availability) 
  • Add a stay in an airport hotel

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Personalise Your Holiday

Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet - from €6.30 per person

Embark on a fantastical adventure into the world of automatic musical instruments. See the impressive collection of fascinating musical instruments that function like computers, ranging from tiny, delicate music boxes to an enormous orchestrion.

Please contact us for more information.

Useful Information & Transfer Times

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Flight Time: Approx. 2 hrs
  • Eurostar Time: Approx. 2 hrs
  • Languages: German, French
  • Time Zone: GMT+1
  • Countries: Germany, France

Wi-Fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for the duration of your cruise. Please note that speeds may vary.

Visa Information

UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter France or Germany however must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements and https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany/entry-requirements

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Convenient local departures

Why not enjoy a convenient departure from a station close to home? Booking your own cross-country train transport can be tricky when considering station changes and onward train times, so here at Riviera Travel our Eurostar team work hard finding your preferred regional departure to add to your booking.

We offer departures from stations such as Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Derby, Southampton, Bristol, Lancaster and many more. We endeavour to provide connections from as many stations as possible across the country, so wherever you live you’ll be sure to find a local departure to suit you. 

It’s easy to book a local departure; simply select the station you'd like to depart from when making your booking online. If your preferred station is not available to select from the dropdown menu in the checkout, get in touch with us and we can request a station for you.

Enjoy a relaxed journey in the spacious and quiet First Class coach of your regional train. We can add a First Class upgrade to your booking at any time before departure, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Eurostar upgrades

In order to enjoy your Eurostar experience to the full, you may upgrade to Standard Premier Class on the Eurostar (and onward TGV, where applicable). You’ll get a seat in the spacious Standard Premier coach with a complimentary light meal offered from a selection of sweet and savoury cold snacks, and a drink appropriate to the time of day, served at your seat while you relax in the comfort of Standard Premier Class. Upgrades can easily be added to your booking any time before the final balance has been paid, so please call us to enquire further.

Riviera Plus

Upgrade to a deluxe or superior suite, or an upper deck cabin and benefit from the luxury of Riviera Plus (subject to availability).

Transfer Times

The transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependant on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport or train station Ship location Transfer time
Dusseldorf Airport Cologne 1 hr
Cologne Airport 30 mins
Brussels Station 3 hrs 30 mins including comfort stop

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