The Rhine

One of Europe’s longest rivers, the Rhine threads 766 miles through Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands before reaching the North Sea. This meandering path makes Rhine river cruises truly fascinating and scenic, passing plunging Alpine slopes, rolling vineyards, fairytale castles and charismatic cities. With such a dazzling variety of places, cultures and landscapes to capture the imagination, it’s no wonder the Rhine has inspired poets and artists through the ages. The Rhine is divided into three key segments – the Upper Rhine in Switzerland, the Middle Rhine through Germany’s hills and the Lower Rhine, where the landscapes soften into the lowlands of the Netherlands. Rhine river cruises offer an added attraction each December, when the riverside towns stage festive Christmas markets. From the twinkling ice rink of Heidelberg to Strasbourg’s market steeped in the aromas of glühwein, cookies and sweets, our Rhine Christmas cruises are sure to get you into the festive mood!

Highlights of our Rhine river cruises

  • Basel
    • This pretty Swiss town is rich in history and charm. The Gothic cathedral houses the tomb of 16th-century scholar Erasmus.
  • Strasbourg
    • Take a stroll along the cobblestone streets lined with medieval buildings, and admire the winding canals of La Petite France in the heart of Strasbourg's Old Town.
  • Rüdesheim
    • Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum with its collection of self-playing instruments is the quirky highlight of this quaint riverside village.
  • Rhine Gorge and Lorelei Rock
    • Sailing through the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge, the banks of the Rhine are dotted with castles, vineyards and fortresses. Pass the Lorelei Rock where nymphs are said to have lured sailors to their deaths.
  • Cologne
    • The soaring twin steeples of Cologne's magnificent Gothic cathedral—which took more than 600 years to build—dominate the skyline.

Cruises on the Rhine