Rhine River Tours & Trips 2020

193 trips to Rhine River tours from 42 tour companies. 11 reviews. 4.2/5 avg rating.

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Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Ultimate European Journey (2021)

25 days
$ 440 / day
$ 10,999
From : $ 14,021
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Visits:
Amsterdam, Bamberg, Bucharest, Budapest, Nuremberg, Vienna, Romania, Croatia, Bavaria, Belgrade, Cologne, Frankfurt, Passau, Wachau, Netherlands
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Rhine Holiday Markets (2021)

8 days
$ 387 / day
$ 3,099
From : $ 4,919
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Visits:
Basel, Koblenz, Cologne, Strasbourg, Germany, Switzerland
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European Jewels (2021)

16 days
$ 469 / day
$ 7,499
From : $ 9,839
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Visits:
Bamberg, Budapest, Nuremberg, Vienna, Amsterdam, Bavaria, Cologne, Frankfurt, Passau, Rudesheim, Wachau, Hungary, Netherlands, Austria, Germany
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Castles Along The Rhine (2021)

8 days
$ 275 / day
$ 2,199
From : $ 4,181
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Visits:
Strasbourg, Cologne, Koblenz, Netherlands, Switzerland
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Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland (2021)

11 days
$ 318 / day
$ 3,499
From : $ 4,919
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Visits:
Amsterdam, Basel, Cologne, Frankfurt, Rotterdam, Strasbourg, Netherlands, Switzerland
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Grand European Tour

Viking River Cruises
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 327 / day
$ 4,899
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Visit fascinating abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery
  • Opportunity to tour Regensburg a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Get an opportunity to visit 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Discover Netherlands
  • Visit Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress never destroyed
Visits:
Bamberg, Cologne, Nuremberg, Vienna, Wachau, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands
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Romance of the Rhine & Mosel

16 days
$ 206 / day
$ 3,895
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Unpack just once and journey through five European countries—Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland
  • Cruise aboard our award-winning 140- to 164-passenger ships with a dedicated English-speaking crew
  • Experience this European itinerary, and uncover a local and American perspective in destinations like Speyer, where you’ll enjoy a Home-Hosted Kaffeeklatsch
  • Explore with an expert, local Program Director—a native or resident of Europe—who will be dedicated to your group of no more than 47 from the start to the end of your trip
Visits:
Antwerp, Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
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European sojourn

Viking River Cruises
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
23 days
$ 253 / day
$ 5,817
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Get an opportunity to Visit 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Enjoy the amazing river cruising across Amsterdam
  • Explore Budapest enjoy innovative, efficient metro.
  • Discover Vienna
  • Experience a tour of Bamberg, with its medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visits:
Amsterdam, Bamberg, Cologne, Koblenz, Nuremberg, St. Martin's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Romania, Serbia
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German Highlights with Oberammergau - Faith-Based ...

12 days
$ 361 / day
$ 4,329
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Frankfurt: A welcome dinner at a local restaurant and a farewell dinner
  • Rhine cruise:
  • Cologne: Visit the cathedral; enjoy a beer at the Cölner Hofbräu Früh
  • Cologne–berlin: By high-speed first-class ICE train
  • Berlin: Guided sightseeing, take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
  • Dresden: Orientation, see the Zwinger Palace Courtyard
  • Bayreuth: Orientation of Wagner’s city, of festival fame
  • Nuremberg: Walking tour including the Old Town; a special dinner at Bratwurst Röslein restaurant
  • Rothenburg: Walking tour of the walled town
  • Munich: Guided sightseeing, visit Marienplatz
  • Oberammergau: Passion Play
  • Neuschwanstein: Guided visit of King Ludwig’s castle
  • Lindau: Visit the island on Lake Constance
  • Birnau: Visit the baroque church
  • Black forest: Woodcarving demonstration and Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen
  • Heidelberg: Walking tour of the Old Town; ride the funicular and visit the castle
  • Germany is a country filled with spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairytale castles, a fascinating history, and world-class beer
  • On this Germany tour, see Germany's highlights and visit its most famous cities, medieval towns, and scenic areas
Visits:
Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Munich, Nuremberg, Germany
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German Highlights

12 days
$ 272 / day
$ 3,269
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Frankfurt : A welcome dinner at a local restaurant and a farewell dinner at your hotel
  • Rhine cruise:
  • Cologne : Visit the cathedral; enjoy a beer at the Cölner Hofbräu Früh
  • Cologne–berlin: By high-speed first-class ICE train
  • Berlin : Guided sightseeing, take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
  • Dresden: Orientation, see the Zwinger Palace Courtyard
  • Bayreuth : Orientation of Wagner’s city, of festival fame
  • Nuremberg : Walking tour including the Old Town; a dinner at Bratwurst Röslein restaurant
  • Rothenburg : Walking tour of the walled town
  • Munich : Guided sightseeing, visit Marienplatz
  • Oberammergau: Stay two nights in the Passion Play Village
  • Neuschwanstein : Guided visit of King Ludwig’s castle
  • Lindau : Visit the island on Lake Constance
  • Birnau : Visit the baroque church
  • Black forest : Taste traditional Schwarzwaldkuchen and attend a woodcarving demonstration
  • Heidelberg : Walking tour of the Old Town; ride the funicular and visit the castle
  • Germany is a country filled with spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairytale castles, a fascinating history, fun oompah music, and world-class beer
  • On this Germany tour, you'll see Germany's highlights and visit its most famous cities, as well as its medieval towns and scenic areas
Visits:
Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Munich, Nuremberg, Potsdam, Dusseldorf, Leipzig, Germany
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Spectacular Switzerland with Romantic Rhine

16 days
$ 427 / day
$ 6,838
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Welcome to Switzerland
  • Zürich orientation tour; stop in Biel/Bienne, explore the historical center; Stop in lakeside Neuchâtel
  • Guided sightseeing, visit the Reformation Park
  • See the Rhône vineyards in Évian-Les-Bains; visit the castle in Gruyères; visit the famous Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Broc
  • Orientation tour in Gstaad; travel to Grindelwald
  • Visit to the Jungfraujoch railway station
  • See the Bear Park, the Old Town and enjoy the panoramic view from the Rose Garden in Berne; travel to Lucerne
  • Walking tour, see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge
  • Travel to Basel; onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest or visit to a local winery in Breisach or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers' Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
  • Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim or hike in the vineyards with your Adventure Host; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Koblenz
  • Choice of Cologne Highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of canal cruise or walk with your Adventure Host
  • This European tour includes a Globus escorted vacation in stunning Switzerland, along witha river cruise on the legendary Rhine River through France, Germany, and Holland


  • Begin in spectacular Switzerland, where you'll enjoy the country’s beautiful mountains and lakes—with overnights in Zürich, Geneva, the Gruyère area, the Interlaken area, and Lucerne
Visits:
Amsterdam, Basel, Cologne, Geneva, Grindelwald, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Lucerne, Rudesheim, Strasbourg, Zurich, Innsbruck, Vienna, Lake Como, Zermatt, Heidelberg Castle, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy
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The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romant ...

18 days
$ 415 / day
$ 7,468
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Welcome to Austria
  • Guided sightseeing, see the Ringstrasse, Heldenplatz, and visit Schönbrunn Palace
  • Danube cruise and visit to The Sound of Music Parish Church in Mondsee; guided walking tour and dinner at a local restaurant in Salzburg
  • Day at leisure
  • Walk through the Old Town, see the Golden Roof in Innsbruck; travel to St. Moritz
  • Panoramic trip onboard of the Glacier Express train to Zermatt
  • Day at leisure
  • Visit Chillon Castle; travel to Berne
  • Guided walking tour in Berne, see the Bear Park and enjoy the panoramic view from the Rose Garden; travel to Lucerne
  • Morning walking tour, see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge; private boat cruise and farewell dinner at a local restaurant
  • Travel to Basel; onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest or visit to a local winery in Breisach or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers' Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
  • Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim or hike in the vineyards with your Adventure Host; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Koblenz
  • Choice of "Cologne Highlights" walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of canal cruise or walk with your Adventure Host
  • This amazing European vacation offers the best of both worlds: a land tour of Austria and Switzerland—two of Europe's most scenic countries—and a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River with stops in France, Germany, and Holland!

    See the true definitions of palaces and castles while visiting Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace—former home to the long-reigning Habsburg dynasty
  • In Switzerland, enjoy a visit to romantic Chillon Castle, a well-preserved, medieval castle on the shores of Lake Geneva
Visits:
Amsterdam, Basel, Cologne, Innsbruck, Koblenz, Lucerne, Rudesheim, Salzburg, Strasbourg, Vienna, Zermatt, Zurich, St. Moritz, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Castle, Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
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German Grandeur with 2 Nights in Munich (Eastbound)

11 days
$ 409 / day
$ 4,498
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest or a visit to a local winery in Breisach or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, cable-car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim, or a hike in the vineyards with your Adventure Host; scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; time at leisure in Boppard
  • In Frankfurt choice of guided tour or bike with your Adventure Host or guided tour in Seligenstadt
  • Guided walking tour
  • Choice of guided tour, visit to the Bishop's Residenz or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour, see the Old Town Hall or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Guided tour in Nuremberg; transfer to Munich
  • Full day excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Your picturesque Rhine River cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland
  • You’ll sail to Breisach, with your choice of a visit to a local winery, or an excursion to the Black Forest
Visits:
Bamberg, Basel, Boppard, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg, Rudesheim, Strasbourg, France, Germany, Switzerland
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German Grandeur (Eastbound)

9 days
$ 411 / day
$ 3,699
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest or visit to a local winery in Breisach or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, cable-car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim, or a hike in the vineyards with your Adventure Host; scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; time at leisure in Boppard
  • In Frankfurt choice of guided tour or bike with your Adventure Host or guided tour in Seligenstadt
  • Guided walking tour
  • Choice of guided tour, visit to the Bishop’s Residenz or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour, see the Old Town Hall or bike with your Adventure Host
  • See the grandeur of Germany on a European river cruise through its most picturesque destinations along the Main and Rhine Rivers
  • Your picturesque European river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland
Visits:
Bamberg, Basel, Boppard, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Rudesheim, Strasbourg, Zurich, Munich, Prague, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Castle, France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic
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The Rhine & Moselle (Northbound)

11 days
$ 409 / day
$ 4,499
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to a local winery in Breisach or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or visit Frankenstein Castle or hike up Philosophers’ Way with your Adventure Host; free time in Rüdesheim in the evening
  • Cruise through the Rhine Gorge; in Koblenz choice of guided tour or visit to Sayn Manor House or bike tour with your Adventure Host
  • Guided walk or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Free time in Remich; in Trier choice of guided tour or 'Roman Trier' tour, see the Porta Nigra or hike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of guided tour, visit Reichsburg Castle or visit to Bundesbank bunker or bike tour with Adventure Host; free time in Alken
  • Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour or bike with your Adventure Host
  • Choice of Canal cruise or walk with your Adventure Host
  • Your cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers begins in Basel, Switzerland, to explore extraordinary cities in Germany and France, as well as Holland’s capital of Amsterdam
  • At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach—the gateway to Germany’s beautiful Black Forest
Visits:
Amsterdam, Basel, Cologne, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Luxembourg, Rudesheim, Strasbourg, Trier, Zurich, France, Germany, Switzerland
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Top Rhine River Experiences and Attractions

Top Rhine River Experiences

Sailing through the 40-mile-long Rhine Gorge in Germany, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where more than 40 castles and fortresses stand guard on hilltops.

Gazing up at the Lorelei Rock, where a lovelorn siren who plunged to her death is said to haunt the area, luring sailors to their doom in the swirling waters below.

Sipping a fragrant German white wine on deck as you glide past terraced vineyards clinging to steep hillsides.

Watching the world go by from your own balcony as you travel in comfort from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland, via Germany and France – by far the most common itinerary.

Spending time before or after the cruise in Amsterdam – with canals for streets, bicycles galore and world-class art museums, it’s one of Europe’s most alluring cities.

Exploring the German city of Cologne, home to one of Europe’s most splendid Gothic cathedrals, known for its signature twin steeples.

Wandering Koblenz, a 2,000-year-old city where the Rhine and Moselle rivers join -- and perhaps taking a scenic side-cruise up the Moselle.

Discovering Heidelberg, the old German university town that showcases stunning medieval architecture and a Gothic castle.

Enjoying an excursion to France’s Strasbourg in Alsace-Lorraine, where French and German customs mix to add flavor to the cultural stew.

Strolling wine-country towns like Kaysersberg in Alsace-Lorraine and Germany’s Rudesheim – their names may be unfamiliar, but you won’t soon forget the storybook settings, or the local vintages.

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Rhine River Trip Reviews

11 Rhine River Tour Reviews - Summary 81% Recommend

4.2 out of 5
Excellent 8
Great 1
Average 0
Disappointing 0
Terrible 2
Value
4.2
Guide
4.4
Activities
4.5
Lodging
4.4
Transportation
4.2
Meals
4.4

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Do not use Great Value Vacations

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

We spent $11, 630.20 for a 12 day trip to Europe, from 6/11/2020 to 6/23/2020. THEY cancelled our trip, and refuse to refund our money, even after we purchased the travel insurance, which they lied about what that covered, as well. I think we should all file a class action law suit.

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Operator Great Value Vacations

Very well organized

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The Cruise was very well organized, personnel were polite and efficient. Cruise Director and Cruise Manager were outstanding. This is our second time having Galia as Cruises manager and as always she was very professional, effective and caring. The ship was excellent as well, well maintained and well managed. All its personnel were well trained and did their job very effectively. The food was excellent with enough variety to satisfy all tastes.The local tour guides were good, some better than others, but all did their job and conveyed the information as needed. Galia and the ship personnel were extremely attentive and helpful upon our disembarkment, they called us a taxi and made sure the driver understood our final destination. Our congratulations to SmarTours for, once again providing a most rewarding experience

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Operator SmarTours

enjoyable

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Very good value for the money. Sicilian chef had a varied menu for each meal. We are vegetarians and had something different for each meal which is a rarity! Unlimited beer and wine at lunch and dinner were definitely enjoyable! The ports of call were beautiful although most of the local tour guides were on a mission to tell you what they knew and didn’t want to address our questions. However, Otto in Koblenz was amazing! The tour guide in Rotterdam was actually rude and combative when a fellow traveler informed him that we couldn’t hear him when he turned his head. The guide reprimanded him and told him he should have informed him sooner! We left the group after that. The keyboard player in the evening was good but he needs to expand his repitoire of music because by the third night he was repeating the same songs. The crew was attentive and helpful. The ship very clean and the room size was rather spacious for a river boat. This being a Russian vessel, the only TV channel, RTV was totally right wing.

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Misleading and often just plain dishonest.

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 3.0

We paid for a 3 week luxury river cruise but received a large group bus trip across Europe with many days of packing and unpacking. I called our Viking representative when we received an email message just 2 days prior to departure that mentioned a possibility of problems with low river levels. I was assured that everything was "normal" In reality, as we learned later from ship personnel, nothing has been normal for at least 3 months. About 2 weeks prior to departure, we received by mail, lovely personalized booklets describing all the details of our voyage on the Viking Lif, which we were to board in Russe, Romania. Instead, we boarded the Viking Aegir but not at Russe, because the Danube was too low. Instead we rode buses upstream to a port on the Romanian side directly opposite our first scheduled stop at Nikopol, Bulgaria. We had a beautiful cruise through the Iron gate gorge, but after three more scheduled stops in Bulgaria, Serbia, and Croatia, our voyage was terminated in Mohacs, Hungary, an unscheduled place two days short of reaching Budapest. So we were herded into buses for a 1.8 hour ride each way to our scheduled stop at Kalocsa. The next day we retraced the journey to Kalocsa and continued an extra 1.5 hours to reach Budapest. We lost the entire morning in Budapest and spent the night at the Marriott hotel. The next day we lost the entire afternoon in that city because we had to take a 4 hour bus ride to Vienna. Where we were put aboard the Viking Embla. Our voyage on that ship ended two steps later at Passau Germany. After a day in Passau we went upriver for a short distance and it seemed that we had entered the canal to take us to the Main river. But much to our surprise, it was a dead end channel for an industrial port. We spent two days there with our balcony room moored tightly against another Viking ship so there was nothing to look at but the scenery at that site was even worse than looking at someone else's window and the balcony was unusable anyway due to the unpleasant odors at that site. The pattern continued with a long round trip bus ride the next day to our scheduled stop at Regensburg and a 3 plus hour trip the following day to Nuremberg where we finally boarded the Viking Lif. A crew member told us that the Lif had not traveled east of Nuremberg for 3 months. We sailed from Nuremberg to scheduled stops in Bamberg, Wurzburg, and Werthiem and then our voyage terminated for good at an unscheduled port in Mainz. Once again we endured a long round trip journey to our next scheduled stop at Koblenz, followed by a 10 plus hour bus trip (with lunch and a walking tour in Cologne) to Amsterdam and a night in a hotel. Despite a promise that our bags would be in our rooms (they did take great care to provide us with tags so they could easily keep our bags organized) all the baggage was dumped in the hotel garage and it took a good 15 minutes of searching to find it and then take it to our rooms ourselves. There is much more, but it would only be more descriptive of the misery of this trip. We know Viking didn't cause the low river levels, but they did not need to lie to us and make us suffer because of it.

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Operator Viking River Cruises

The most amazing river trip in Europe

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Traveling from Belgium through 6 countries to Switzerland is one of the most amazing travel experiences in Europe, especially if traveling with Grand Circle Travel. The ship's crew and staff are the most professional and personable folks that I've ever had the fortune to travel with. Not only have I traveled European rivers with these folks once, but have done so several times. For a single traveler, traveling with Grand Circle is a great bargain, as there is very seldom an extra charge for traveling solo and if their is, the price is very modest. You can't go wrong with these folks.

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Operator Grand Circle Cruise Line

Incredible experience

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Incredible experience sailing on the Grand European tour from Amsterdam to Budapest! Just wonderful! The tours were interesting, and most allowed for adequate free time to explore the areas visited. But the staff! Beyond compare.

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Operator Viking River Cruises

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