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The Majestic Rhine, Heidelberg & Switzerland River Cruise

Enjoy the ultimate blend of spectacular river scenery, mountain peaks, and ancient forests, the stuff of fables and legends, and just some of the highlights of this cruise through the iconic Rhine Valley.

Port excursions showcase the best historic cities, medieval towns, and villages with 14 guided tours, including Strasbourg, Koblenz, Boppard, Heidelberg, and Cologne.

Five-star boutique hotel style awaits guests aboard a stylish river cruiser. Elegant interiors partner luxury facilities and award-winning cuisine. Exercise, socialise, or just relax and unwind in the company of some of Europe’s finest scenery.

  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: Emily Bronte
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Departure: April 2025
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The Majestic Rhine, Heidelberg & Switzerland River Cruise Itinerary

Enjoy the ultimate cocktail of spectacular scenery, magnificent mountains, fairytale forests, plus historic towns and cities as you travel the Rhine and Moselle Rivers in the lap of luxury. This 14-night cruise offers the perfect blend of history, culture, and stunning landscapes. Guests enjoy five-star accommodation and service, plus fascinating and insightful shore excursions. It’s no coincidence that some fine vintages accompany the award-winning cuisine on a voyage through one of Europe’s most famous wine-making regions.

Day 1


Arrive in Basel and embark your luxury cruise ship, home for the next fourteen nights.

Day 2

Lucerne & Bernese Oberland

Drive to Lucerne, Switzerland’s most beautiful city, situated amidst spectacular mountain scenery. Later, head to the Bernese Oberland, the Alpine heartland, and enjoy quintessential Swiss views during a trip on the mountain railway.

Day 3

Breisach & The Black Forest

Sail from Basel to the ancient town of Breisach, with its impressive Romanesque-Gothic cathedral. Later, drive through the Black Forest mountains, a landscape of fables, to Titisee. After dinner, enjoy a performance on the ship by a solo violinist.

Day 4


Arrive in Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region, with a charming 16th-century old town and storybook architecture. Explore the pretty streets, canals, and bridges on a guided tour of the Petite France quarter and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Day 5


Docking the night before in this medieval gem, discover the delights of Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, on a fascinating guided tour that includes the magnificent Imperial Cathedral. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s Dinner on board the ship.

Day 6

Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge & Koblenz

Enjoy a walking tour of Rüdesheim, with pretty timbered houses amongst wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. This cruise also navigates the legendary Rhine Gorge and visits Koblenz before a Rhenish folk music performance after dinner.

Day 7


Depart Koblenz and sail to Cologne through picturesque Rhineland scenery, the famous ruined bridge at Remagen, a visible and strategic military target during the Second World War. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the wonders of Cologne.

Day 8


Take free time to discover Cologne, Germany’s fourth-largest city. Cologne has 31 museums, a world-famous cathedral, and a long and fascinating history. Enjoy fantastic views of the city and the Rhine from a cable car ride.

Day 9


Cochem is at the heart of the Moselle wine trade. Guests enjoy a guided tour through the maze of quaint streets, unusual shops, and wine cellars. A live folk music performance on board ship follows a tour of this captivating riverside town.

Day 10


Depart Cochem and sail the patchwork landscape of Moselle’s famous vineyards before docking in Zell. A short drive takes guests to Trier, an ancient and historic city dating to Roman times and a UNESCO World-Heritage site.

Day 11


A local expert presents the delights of Bernkastel with its pretty half-timbered houses, cobbled streets, and picturesque market square. It really is taken straight from the pages of a fairytale. Today, enjoy some relaxing sailing time too.

Day 12

Koblenz & Boppard

Wander the streets of Koblenz, with its remarkable history spanning two millennia and historic squares packed with tempting shops and coffee houses. Later, stop at Boppard, the ‘Pearl of the Rhine,’ a famously beautiful and historic Rhineland town.

Day 13

Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim

A cruise highlight is sailing the dramatic Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World-Heritage site. Return later to Rüdesheim, a charming town and a wine-lover’s paradise. The Captain hosts another gourmet dinner with a special regional menu this evening.

Day 14


Join a historic city trail and uncover the delights of Cologne with its famous twin-spired cathedral and iconic stained-glass windows. After the farewell dinner, enjoy a presentation and tasting from Cologne’s Lindt Chocolate Museum.

Day 15


Disembark your luxury cruise ship and bid farewell to the Rhine as you begin your journey back to the UK.

The Majestic Rhine, Heidelberg & Switzerland River Cruise Ships

MS Emily Brontë

Low passenger numbers guarantee an intimate and personal cruise experience aboard the MS Emily Bronte. Enjoy elegant interiors crafted by the finest European design studios and socialise, dine, or just relax on the glorious Sun Deck.

Bistro with Open Kitchen
Splash Pool
169 Passengers

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Explore the Magnificent Rhine and Moselle Rivers with Crui.se

14 Nights
April 2025

The Majestic Rhine, Heidelberg & Switzerland

  • Basel
  • Lucerne & Bernese Oberland
  • Breisach & The Black Forest
  • Strasbourg
  • Speyer
  • Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge & Koblenz
  • Cologne
  • Cochem
  • Trier
  • Bernkastel
  • Koblenz & Boppard
  • Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim
£3,449pp Est. Price per person
  • MS Emily Brontë  

The Majestic Rhine, Heidelberg & Switzerland River Cruise FAQ

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

I have some restricted mobility. Will this affect my cruise?

Our friendly reservations team can discuss the cruise with you in detail, including the ship’s specifications and the shore excursions. Our cruises are designed to be as inclusive as possible, and usually, assistance from a travel companion will be enough to ensure you can access all the ship’s amenities and enjoy the port tours.

Is Wi-Fi available on board the ship?

Complementary Wi-Fi is available throughout your luxury cruiser, so you can enjoy staying in touch with friends and family back home and sharing those unique pictures. Occasionally, the speeds can vary due to weather conditions or specific terrain.

I am on a special diet; can the ship’s chefs cater to my requirements?

Our gourmet chefs prepare delicious regional cuisine daily, drawing inspiration from the areas you sail through. There are always health-conscious and vegan and vegetarian options available, and with notice, our chefs can tailor menus to accommodate restricted and medical diets. Discuss your needs with one of our friendly agents when you book.

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