The Rhine River

Cutting deeply into mountains and winding its way through valleys, rolling hillsides and terraced vineyards, the River Rhine winds its way through many countries including Switzerland, Austria, France and Germany before reaching the North Sea. Throughout history, it has captured the imagination of such names as JMW Turner, Richard Wagner and Lord Byron. The Upper Rhine travels through Basel, Alsace and the Black Forest and is known for its alpine scenery, forested slopes and winelands. The Middle Rhine is a 65-mile stretch of UNESCO-listed scenery known for its dramatic beauty, dotted with fairy-tale castles and red-roofed medieval towns. In the Lower Rhine, the landscapes soften into the lowlands of the Netherlands.

Rhine river cruises offer an added attraction each December, when Christmas markets spring up in all the riverside towns. Whether you’re doing a turn on the twinkling ice rink of Heidelberg or browsing the stalls in Strasbourg’s town square with a warming glühwein, our Rhine Christmas cruises are sure to put you in the festive spirit.

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.

River cruising the way it should be

With wonderful views, a comfortable bed, full-sized bathroom and private open-air balcony, our staterooms have been designed to be a joy to spend time in.

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  • 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.

Rhine River cruises