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Exclusive departure | 7th August 2019

  • Special guest Lucy Worsley will give a lecture offering insights into the life of Jane Austen
  • Explore medieval Koblenz
  • Visit to the pretty, romantic town of Rüdesheim - centre of the Rhineland wine trade
  • Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge
  • An evening in Speyer - dominated by the imposing basilica
  • Guided tour of Strasbourg - amazingly rich in a wealth of sights
  • Visit to the old walled town of Breisach
  • Tour of the beautiful Black Forest and lakeside town of Titisee
  • Tour of some of the finest Swiss Alpine scenery, seeing the Jungfrau and the Eiger and the stunning lakeside town of Lucerne
  • Standard class reserved seat on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or return flights from selected airports (at a supplement)
  • Full-board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day
  • The services of a Riviera Travel Cruise Director and Concierge

 

 
At a Glance
7 nights on a 5-star ship
Return flights & transfers
Eurostar, TGV & transfers
7 visits & tours
Talk plus Q&A with Lucy Worsley
Full board
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (speeds may vary)
Expert Cruise Director & Concierge
All port charges & airport taxes
 

Overview

On our journey through the Rhine valley, we visit historic Koblenz where we have time to explore the old town at the confluence of both the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Next, we continue our navigation through the dramatic Rhine Gorge where the sheer valley walls tower over 400m above our heads and onto Rudesheim, where we enjoy another evening complemented with an excellent dinner on board.

As the Rhine widens and the landscape becomes less rugged, our cruise continues south, stopping in fascinating Rudesheim onto medieval Speyer with its stunning Romanesque Basilica that dominates this pretty town.

Next day we arrive at the city of Strasbourg where you enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continuing, we drive through the typical rolling tree-clad massif of the Black Forest onto the charming town of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its namesake lake. Our final destination is Switzerland where we moor in Basel.

Experience the most breathtaking Alpine scenery on earth on a mountain rail journey into the spectacular Bernese Oberland, seeing the majestic Eiger and Jungfrau, then discover Switzerland’s most attractive city, magnificent Lucerne, on our included tour.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Riviera Travel Cruise Director and Concierge.

Please note that Wi-Fi speeds on board may vary.

Special Guest Lucy Worsley

Popular historian Lucy Worsley joins this cruise as a guest speaker and will reveal insights into Jane Austen, a passionate woman who fought for her freedom and who refused to settle for anything less than Mr Darcy.

Your Choice of Drinks


 

7 night drinks package available from £109 per person

While we include everything you might need in our prices, we never charge for something you might not. If you prefer to pre-order your drinks, you can purchase our drinks package which offers a selection of drinks during lunch and dinner.

Simply relax and when it’s time to dine in the restaurant, take your pick from a range of: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rosé house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu by the glass.

If you choose not to purchase a drinks package, there is a vast selection of drinks on board each ship available for individual purchase. To see an example bar list please see our dining information.

Drinks packages must be purchased by all guests in the same cabin or suite, and do not include drinks from the bar. To book the drinks package please call the reservations team. 

Useful Information

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Fact File

  • Currencies: Euro, Swiss Francs
  • Deposit: £250 per person
  • Flight Time: Approx. 2 hrs
  • Eurostar & TGV Time: Approx. 2 hrs (outbound) & 5 hrs 30 mins (inbound, via Paris)
  • Languages: German, Swiss
  • Time Zone: GMT+1
  • Countries: Germany, Switzerland

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport or train station Ship location Transfer time
Dusseldorf Airport Cologne 1 hr
Cologne Airport 30 mins
Brussels Station 3 hrs 30 mins including comfort stop
Basel Airport Basel 30 mins
Zurich Airport 1 hr 30 mins
Basel Station 20 mins

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