8 glorious Rhine River cruises departing in 2019

rhine river cruises 2019

A river cruise holiday following the Rhine river is a great option for any holidaymaker looking to experience the sheer pleasure of a cruise down one of the world’s greatest waterways.

Following the romantic Rhine river can lead you to some of Europe’s most spectacular cities.

If you have still to tick off a river cruise off your holiday bucket list, here are 8 memorable river cruise holidays departing in 2019, all offering a choice of departure points.

1. Blue Danube and Regal Rhine River Cruise

rhine river cruises 2019

A grand river cruise on board MV Esmeralda (9 nights) travels through Germany and Austria, taking advantage of the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal.

This Autumn departure showcases Germany’s diverse and, at that time of year, changing landscape. Passengers can enjoy the pleasant climate onboard with featured visits including Cologne, Wurzberg, Bamberg, and Kitzingen.

Departing when?

Departing 23 September 2019.

Travelling by coach or air?

Coach travel available from Inverurie, Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Dundee, Perth, Dunfermline, and Edinburgh.

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2. Rhine and Moselle River Cruise – Aboard Prinses Christina

rhine river cruises 2019

Across 10 days, this memorable cruise combines time spent cruising along the mighty rivers Rhine and Moselle.

Travelling from the UK across the North Sea to Dutch capital Amsterdam, your river cruise begins on arrival at the docked Prinses Christina.

Visits to Cologne, Cochem, Boppard, Rudesheim, Koblenz, and Andernach are all included, spread out across the holiday.

Cologne, known around the world for its grand Cathedral, is a city that has changed dramatically over the last 100 years. Heavily bombed during WWII, the city today combines striking modern architecture with some beautiful historic architecture that has survived and has been carefully looked after over the years, restored back to their former glory.

Rhineland town Andernach is another memorable included visit. Home to a fascinating cold-water geyser, and old Chateau, Andernach is beautiful highlight resting on the banks of the Rhine River.

Boppard, formerly Boppart, sits within the famous Rhine Gorge. A number of castles can be reached dotted in and close to this historic town, including Marksburg, Liebenstein Castle, and Lahneck Castle.

Departing when?

19 July 2019.

Travelling by coach or air?

Coach travel available from Inverurie, Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Dundee, Perth, Dunfermline, and Edinburgh.

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3. All-Inclusive River Cruise – Classic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

rhine river cruises 2019

On board one of the A-ROSA river cruiser fleet of ships, this all-inclusive river cruise offers departures between June and September 2019.

A classic river cruise route, this cruise follows the Rhine to Switzerland, taking in Mainz, Strasbourg, Basel, Breisach, Koblenz, and the famous Rhine Gorge.

Discover ancient Mainz, home to a famous Cathedral and the birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg, of printing press fame, who is celebrated with a museum in the city dedicated to his life and work.

Resting on Germany’s border with France, the influence of both countries can be observed throughout the city. Highlights within the city include the famous Petite France Quarter, the city’s Gothic Cathedral, and Grande IIe, found in the heart of the city.

One of Switzerland’s most culturally important cities, Basel is also one of the country’s largest. Basel Minster and a number of intriguing museums can be found throughout the city.

If you decide to go out and explore, be on the lookout for both the Fine Arts Museum Basel and Museum Tinguely – a museum dedicated to the famous painter and sculptor Jean Tinguely.

Departing when?

Select departures available between June and September 2019.

Travelling by coach or air?

Flights available from a range of airports including Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London Heathrow, London Southend, London Stansted, and Manchester.

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4. Rhine and Moselle River Cruise

rhine river cruises 2019

Combining the Rhine and Moselle, this memorable river cruise takes you into heart of some of Germany’s most famous wine regions.

Discover the notable cities and towns for yourself – including Rüdesheim – as your arrive at some of the quintessential river cruise destinations.

Departing when?

August – October 2019 & May – October 2020

Travelling by coach or air?

Flights available from a range of UK airports including  Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton, London St Pancras (Eurostar).

Rail departures also available from select stations.

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5. Rhine, Strasbourg and Heidelberg River Cruise

rhine river cruises 2019

One of the most scenic river cruise departures of 2019, this glorious cruise on board a five-star ship, offers the chance to experience the beauty of Heidelberg, Boppard, Strasbourg, Mainz, Cologne.

A scenic highlight is undoubtedly an included drive through Alsace’s countryside to Colmar. Close to the German border, Colmar has pretty canals running between the streets and buildings.

Along the cobbled streets, visitors will find a number of shops stocking a wide range of offerings.

Nestled amongst vineyard-covered stretches of land, Rüdesheim is a classic example of a Rhine town and a key highlight.

Departing when?

July – October 2019 & May – September 2020

Travelling by coach or air?

Flights available from a range of UK airports including Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, and Southampton.

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6. Rhine River Cruise to Switzerland

rhine river cruises 2019

This relaxing Rhine River cruise is one of our most popular. Packed with highlights, a key aspect of this holiday appeal is also the ship.

Five-star rated, your ship for the duration of the holiday is highly regarded and offers the comforts of home and more.

Travelling along the river, the cruise ship provides a great vantage point from which you can admire the beautiful valleys the Rhine river flows through.

Dating back to the days of the Roman Empire, Koblenz is one of Germany’s most important cities.

It is here where the Rivers Moselle and Rhine meet, making it a popular stop for river cruise holidays.

Travelling upstream from Koblenz, the river passes Marksburg Castle before arriving at the spectacular Rhine Gorge.

Stepping ashore at Rüdesheim, this important town has Anglo connections. Richard, the Lionheart, was once imprisoned in the town.

Speyer and its UNESCO-listed Cathedral then awaits. One of the finest churches in the world, the Cathedral is a must if you decide to explore this old city.

Capital of Alsace, Strasbourg is one of the most picturesque towns on the continent. Known for its half-timbered buildings, the city boasts a great range of cafes that can be found along its maze-like network of streets.

Providing a fitting cruising finale, the cruise ship travels through the valley that goes between the Black Forest and Vosges mountains.

The fabled Black Forest is mesmerising, memorable, and full of colour during the summer with the foliage beginning to transform into a collage of browns, oranges, and shades of yellow.

Saying goodbye to comforts of the ship, the Bernese Oberland and the city of Lucerne provide a fitting finale.

Lucerne, on the banks of Lake Lucerne, is held in high regard, often cited as Switzerland’s most beautiful city.

The final city explored before heading home, an included guided tour of Cologne allows holidaymakers to take in the city’s key landmarks, including the UNESCO-listed Cologne Cathedral that has stood the test of time despite the city around it being badly damaged by Allied bombing during WWII.

Departing when?

June – October 2019 & May – October 2020

Travelling by coach or air?

Flights available from a range of UK airports including Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, London Heathrow, London Stansted, and Manchester.

Also available – Eurostar rail departure.

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7. Nostalgic Christmas Markets River Cruise

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A festive Rhine departure for travellers looking to plan ahead, this shorter river cruise captures the beauty of this part of the world as the festivities get into full swing.

See some of Germany’s oldest cities at their festive best.

As the holiday progresses, holidaymakers will able to experience a number of traditional festive markets that will really get you into the holiday spirit!

Departing when?

1 December 2019.

Travelling by coach or air?

Coach travel available from Inverurie, Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Dundee, Perth, Dunfermline, and Edinburgh.

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8. Heart of Europe River Cruise

rhine river cruises 2019

This 15-day holiday offers departures from a number of UK airports.

Starting in Cologne, this cruise provides the perfect opportunity to experience the heart of Europe, with passengers taken on the Rivers Danube, Rhine, and Main.

Key holiday moments include a tour of Koblenz, one of Germany’s ancient cities.

Spread across the holiday, holidaymakers will be taken to Boppard, Passau, Mainz, and Rüdesheim.

Bamberg, found in Northern Bavaria, is an included UNESCO-listed German gem, known as the ‘Franconian Rome’.

A number of castles can be found in and around town.

Nuremberg, at the centre of turbulent 20th-century world events, is another included insightful port of call.

Departing when?

Select dates between May 2019 & May 2020

Travelling by coach or air?

Flights available from Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester.

Also available – Eurostar rail departure from London St Pancras.

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