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Riviera Travel Rhine, Strasbourg, and Heidelberg

Riviera Travel Rhine, Strasbourg, and Heidelberg

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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, the ship slips its moorings and begins the 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 onwards, navigate through the outstanding natural beauty of the world-famous Rhine Gorge onto Mainz famous for the ‘Gutenberg’ Bibles. Next, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of stunning Heidelberg, once an important stop on the route of Europe’s ‘Grand Tour’, nestled by the picturesque river Neckar.

On day five, the ship arrives 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, a typically quaint medieval Alsatian town.

The following day we return journey downstream, stopping in Rüdesheim one of the liveliest towns on the river, before continuing through the Rhine Gorge to return 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.

– Guided tours of Cologne and Strasbourg
– Cruise through the Rhine Gorge
– Welcome cocktails and Captain’s Dinner

– 7 nights on board a 5-star ship
– Return flights & transfers
– Return Eurostar, TGV & transfers
– 8 visits & tours
– Full board
– Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
– Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
– Expert Cruise Director & Concierge
– All port charges & airport taxes
– Checked Luggage

Day 1 – Arrive in Cologne
Fly to Dusseldorf or Cologne, or take the Eurostar to Brussels. On arrival, transfer to the ship which is docked in Cologne. Enjoy some time to settle into your cabin

Day 2 – Koblenz and Boppard
Awake to the sight of vine-covered valleys as you glide into Koblenz. Admire its collection of castles and churches during a guided tour and free time to explore. Return to the ship for lunch as you cruise to Boppard, the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’. You’ll take another guided tour, with a local expert, highlights including the beautiful St Severus church and marketplace.

Day 3 – Rhine Gorge & Mainz
Leave Boppard and sail through the Rhine Gorge, taking in the high cliffs as you pass. Arrive in Mainz, renowned for its wine and as home of Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press. Visit the city’s museums to discover its history.

Day 4 – Heidelberg
After cruising down river in the night, you’ll disembark after breakfast for a drive to Heidelberg, an architectural treasure sitting amongst forests and dominated by its imposing castle. Explore the stone bridge and other sights and see why this town was the centre of Germany’s Romantic Movement.

Day 5 – Strasbourg and Colmar
Cross over into France and visit the charming city of Strasbourg. Take in the pretty canals and classic houses of the Petite France quarter with a local guide before taking a scenic drive through a wine route to Colmar. Enjoy its magical mixture of canals and antique shops before returning to the ship in Strasbourg.

Day 6 – Rüdesheim
Spend the day relaxing on board before arriving in Rüdesheim for a walking tour. This typical Rhine town is surrounded by vine-covered slopes and you can sample the local wines at one of the town’s Weinstuben. Back onboard the ship, enjoy the Captain’s Dinner.

Day 7 – Cologne
Enjoy magnificent views as you pass through the Rhine Gorge on your way to Cologne. Upon arrival, discover the city with a tour, including a visit to its iconic cathedral. You’ll also see the restored Old Town before returning to the ship for dinner.

Day 8 – Return Home
Transfer to the airport or Eurostar station for your return journey.

Please note, ship will depend on departure.

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Fact File

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


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

Transfer Times
Cologne Airport to Cologne: 30 minutes
Dusseldorf Airport to Cologne: 1 hour
Brussels Station: 3 hours and 30 minutes (including stop)

City Stay in Cologne – 3 Nights
In 2023 – add four days to your holiday, staying at the centrally located Dorint Hotel am Heumartk.

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Full Board


8 Days

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