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River Cruises in Switzerland

Gorgeous glaciers, quaint mountain towns and clockwork efficiency – Switzerland has an alluring fairy-tale aesthetic that will transport you away to a land of snow-tipped peaks and verdant rolling hills. The beauty that you can see on a river cruise in Switzerland is all very much real, with thriving cities which capture the magic of historic Gothic and medieval architecture. Swiss people are renowned for having a high quality of life, and it’s obvious to see why when you wander through their friendly, welcoming streets surrounded by the picturesque backdrop of Switzerland’s natural landscape. 

A Switzerland river cruise will take you along the Rhine river, one of Europe’s most important and historically significant waterways, as you leisurely travel between towns which could be lifted straight out of a storybook, and into the Bernese Oberland which represents Switzerland’s alpine heart. Three mountainous figures – the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks – greet you as we arrive into the Swiss Alps, their snowy tips crowning them as the dominant range. The tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne and Lake Oeschinen provide a calm, colourful contrast to these stoic mountains, reflecting the serene scenes around them. Lake Lucerne has a vibrant, playful energy as the Chapel Bridge spans over its waters with beautiful artworks lining its wooden frame.

If you’re looking to get an intimate look at the terrific Swiss glaciers, then we offer an extension on one of our cruises to Switzerland to board the Glacier Express and explore the region in even greater depth, cutting through the Alps and getting to the core of these rocky spires to reveal breath-taking scenes. Each stop on our extended cruise to Switzerland gives you an opportunity to absorb some of the wonderful culture that the Swiss people have to offer. Trying some of the local cuisine in the sheltered mountain resort of Zermatt will give you a taste of the hearty national dishes the Swiss love, and you can pick up some authentic, world-famous Swiss chocolate to savour the flavour of your travels.

Few places in the world can hold a candle to the sheer majesty of the scenic mountain ranges that you can discover in Switzerland, complemented by warm and welcome people who call this country home.

Our river cruises in Switzerland

Jesuit Church | Lucerne, Switzerland
(1188 reviews)
8 days starting from £1569pp 
River flowing through Colmar, lined by half-timber buildings and plants | Colmar, France
(1188 reviews)
11 days starting from £2448pp 
kapellbrücke | chapel bridge | switzerland
8 days starting from £2299pp 

Lucy Worsley on the Rhine Cruise to Switzerland