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Music, Arts & Crafts of Switzerland and the Rhine

Explore the beautiful scenery of the Rhine and see the architecture of the towns and cities that have inspired the world’s most famous artists and composers. This voyage brings to life the culture of some of Europe’s loveliest landscapes.

Set sail through the magical Swiss scenery that inspired Mendelson’s finest works. Discover the fairytale magic of the Black Forest and enchanting local crafts. Voyage to France and visit Strasbourg before travelling to Bonn, Beethoven’s birthplace.

This cultural adventure combines the scenery of one of Europe’s most beautiful waterways with art and culture, adding an extra dimension to an already very popular Rhine cruise.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS Emily Brontë + 1 more
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: May 2025
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Music, Arts & Crafts of Switzerland and the Rhine Cruise Itinerary

Sail the world-famous Rhine on an unforgettable cultural cruise. Combine Europe’s most breathtaking river scenery with a voyage into the music, arts, and crafts that have grown up in and around the Rhine through Switzerland and into France and Germany. Your home for this immersive 7-night cultural fest is a luxury ship with elegant and stylish suites and staterooms, award-winning cuisine, plus modern amenities to guarantee you the cruise of a lifetime.

Day 1


Arrive in Basel and transfer by coach to board your luxury river cruiser, home for the next seven nights.

Day 2

Stanserhorn & Lucerne

We begin with a visit to a Swiss glass manufacturer in Herigswil before heading to Stanserhorn to enjoy a cable car ride with stunning views of the Alps. Experience a musical tour of Lucerne, the inspiration for composers Wagner and Rachmaninoff.

Day 3

Breisach & The Black Forest

Sail to Breisach and enjoy a drive through the picturesque and fairytale scenery of the Black Forest Mountains. Discover the region’s famous cuckoo clocks with a visit to a craft workshop before dinner on board with a solo violinist performance.

Day 4


Strasbourg, the picturesque jewel of the Alsace, is the next port of call with an informative tour and visit to the Alsatian Museum housed in traditional homes and the St. Thomas Church with its legendary organ played by Mozart.

Day 5


Explore the delights of medieval Speyer and discover historic sites and the breathtaking Romanesque Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Return to the ship for lunch and sail the beautiful scenery of the Liebfraumilch wine region.

Day 6

Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge & Koblenz

Music enthusiasts will love the Mechanical Music Museum in Rüdesheim and then look forward to a cruise highlight, sailing the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Later, arrive in Koblenz and enjoy a guided tour of the charming old town.

Day 7


Sail from Koblenz to Bonn and enjoy picturesque Rhineland scenery before arriving in Bonn, West Germany’s former capital. Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven, is also home to two significant art museums and has a vibrant and historic Old Town.

Day 8


Passengers disembark in Cologne and transfer to Brussels station for the Eurostar service to London St Pancras International or the airport for connecting flights to the UK.

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Explore the Cultural Heritage of the Rhine River Valley with Crui.se

7 Nights

Music, Arts & Crafts of Switzerland and the Rhine

  • Basel
  • Stanserhorn & Lucerne
  • Breisach & Black Forest
  • Strasbourg
  • Speyer
  • Rüdesheim / Rhine Gorge & Koblenz
  • Bonn
£2,149pp Est. Price per person

Music, Arts & Crafts of Switzerland and the Rhine Cruise Review

“We are dedicated Rhine cruisers – the river is different every time you sail – but this voyage was something we’ve never experienced before. The emphasis is on the great music, arts, and crafts that have developed on the banks of the Rhine, with fascinating tours and excursions that blend fabulous scenery, historic architecture, famous classical composers, and artisan crafts. As if that wasn’t enough, the ship is the height of luxury, with plenty of time to enjoy spectacular views and gourmet cuisine. Whatever you want to see and do on the Rhine, this adventure will not disappoint.”

Frazer and Dawn, Basingstoke

Music, Arts & Crafts of Switzerland and the Rhine FAQs

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Are there any extras on this cruise?

Guests can opt for hassle-free travel with our convenient door-to-door service with transport from your front door to a regional train station or airport.

Are all the tours and excursions included in the quoted price?

All shore excursions detailed on the itinerary are included in the price; there are no hidden extras. Guests are welcome to explore destinations themselves without a tour guide. Any costs like boat trips, museum entry, or taxis will not be covered by your cruise price and are additional.

I am concerned about my mobility on board the ship and on the tours on dry land. Is this cruise suitable for me?

Our cruises pride themselves on being all-inclusive in every sense of the word, so we strive to accommodate guests with limited mobility or restricted movement. Discuss your concerns with our friendly reservations team, who can review cabin choice, ship layout, and port excursions with you in detail to ensure this cruise is suitable for you.

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