Cruising the River Rhine: Germany to Switzerland by Air

10 days from £1419pp.


Lucerne

Visit: Lucerne, Switzerland

Strasbourg

Visit: Strasbourg, France

Black Forest

Visit: Black Forest, Germany

Join our exclusive charter aboard the Rhine Princess for a leisurely cruise along the mighty River Rhine.

    Fly to Cologne or Düsseldorf where you will be transferred to your cruise ship, the MS Rhine Princess, for a nine-night cruise.

    • Included meals: Light Supper

    Spend the morning at leisure exploring the majestic city of Cologne; this stylish and attractive city stands on the banks of the romantic River Rhine. Discover Cologne cathedral, the city’s most famous landmark or perhaps visit one of Cologne’s museums and galleries. This afternoon we cruise to Andernach, arriving late evening.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Today we cruise along the Rhine, through stunning scenery, to the popular town of Rüdesheim. Spend time discovering the delights of the Drosselgasse, a pretty sloping street full of traditional German bars and shops. Why not join our optional ‘Exploring Rüdesheim’ excursion visiting Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum as well as the wine cellar of Adolf Störzel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We continue cruising downstream this morning to Mannheim, where you can join our optional coach excursion to the fascinating town of Heidelberg, situated on the Neckar River and famous for its castle, now partially destroyed, and its 18th century streets. Later, we continue to Speyer.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We cruise south today into France and the old city of Strasbourg, a charming city situated in the Alsace region. Be sure to view the impressive Gothic cathedral and the numerous bridges crossing the Ill River, which formed part of the 17th century fortifications for the city. Alternatively, why not join our optional ‘Alsace Villages’ excursion visiting two of the villages considered to be the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in France’. We call at Ribeauvillé, with its three ruins of fortified castles and its 13th century ‘Butchers Tower’. We also visit the beautiful, medieval village of Riquewihr with its pretty Alsatian half-timbered houses, and 13th century ‘Dolder’ or defensive gate.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Join our full-day, included coach excursion to the beautiful Swiss resort town of Lucerne. With its pretty squares and famous wooden bridge, Lucerne really is picture-postcard Switzerland. There will be time to explore Lucerne itself, and, if you wish, join an optional excursion to nearby Alpnachstad from where we take the cog railway to Mount Pilatus for magnificent views of the surrounding area. We descend via cable car to Kriens. The Pilatusbahn has been in operation since 1889 and climbs Mount Pilatus at a 48% gradient, rising 6791 feet above sea level. The electric cars run at 6mph and our ascent by cog railway takes just 30 minutes to reach the top. From there we can enjoy magnificent views overlooking the city of Lucerne and, on a clear day, we can view the famous peaks of the Eiger and Jungfrau. We later travel to Basel to re-join our ship.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

    Another included coach excursion this morning as we explore the Black Forest. We begin with time in the resort town of Titisee, alongside the glistening lake that laps its banks. Spend time exploring the surrounding area, and perhaps purchase a cuckoo clock, for which the area is noted, before travelling via green-forested hills, lush meadows and charming villages to rejoin our ship at Breisach. We sail from Breisach towards Kehl via a number of the Rhine’s fascinating locks.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

    Sit back and relax as we spend the day cruising to Mainz. This historic cathedral city is situated on the banks of the Rhine. The city boasts Roman remains as well as Baroque and Rococo buildings that blend beautifully with its narrow lanes and half-timbered houses.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We set sail this morning for our final day’s cruise to Koblenz. This 2000- year old town is surrounded by four low mountain ranges; its abundance of cultural monuments and historic buildings, and its cosy lanes and narrow alleyways make it a fascinating place to visit. We return to the ship for our farewell dinner.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Transfer to Cologne or Düsseldorf airport for your return flight to the U.K.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 9 nights' cruising with full board
    • Return flights to Cologne or Düsseldorf
    • Airport transfers

    Included Excursions

    • Cologne - Rhineland capital
    • Rüdesheim - Bustling Rhine town, home of the Drosselgasse
    • Lucerne - Delightful lakeside town
    • Black Forest - Rich and varied landscape
    • Strasbourg
    • Mainz
    • Koblenz

    Optional Excursions

    • Heidelberg - The 'Student Prince' city
    • Alsace - Pretty villages
    • Highlights of Rüdesheim
    • Traditional Rhineland evening
    • Mount Pilatus Rail Ride

    Notes

     Cabin Upgrades (per person)Twin 
     Middle Deck Cabin£70
     Middle Deck Superior Cabin£100
     Upper Deck Cabin£120

    No single rooms/cabins available. 

    Flight Information

    Return flights to Cologne or Düsseldorf are available from Manchester, Gatwick, Doncaster, Birmingham & Heathrow. All prices and airports are subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply. Please call for more details. This holidays is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.

    We will book flights to coincide with the arrival of other passengers joining the tour from a variety of UK airports. This is to enable the smooth operation of transfers for the group. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.

    If your chosen airport indicates a supplement may apply, we will contact you shortly to discuss.

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will spend nine nights onboard the 3-star standard cruise ship, the MS Rhine Princess, a firm favourite with Leger guests and exclusively chartered by Leger. Facilities include a lounge bar with small dance floor, restaurant on the middle deck and a small, quiet lounge with library. There is also an outside sundeck, ideal for viewing the passing scenery. All cabins have twin beds, climate control, en suite facilities and portholes.

    Cabins - All spacious outside cabins have portholes or windows and are equipped with a bathroom with bath or shower, toilet, washbasin and hairdryer. The twin beds can be joined together, and within the spacious wardrobe with dressing table, you will find a safe. Furthermore, all cabins have satellite T.V., radio and direct dial telephone. The heating and air-conditioning are individually adjustable. The cabins on the Rijndek are not accessible by lift.

    Restaurant - The attractive restaurant with large windows is located on the Moezeldek. Each morning, the restaurant serves an extensive buffet breakfast. Start your day with a choice of breads, various cold cuts, cheeses and a range of sweet fillings. Of course, boiled eggs, fried eggs or scrambled eggs with bacon are not lacking. If you prefer a more healthy option; cereals with milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, fresh fruit and tasty juices are also included. The lunches are varied, offering a buffet or a three-course served meal. Dinners on board are prepared with great care and daily-changing varieties. The kitchen team, led by experienced chefs, will serve many variations of menus, a salad or dessert buffet and themed dinners.

    Lounge/Bar - Enjoy time with old or new friends in the main lounge and bar, offering comfortable seating, a dance floor and piano for live entertainment.

    Library - At the front of the promenade deck is the library, where you can enjoy the passing landscape or read a book, newspaper or magazine.

    Activities and Entertainment - Every day you can choose from a wide range of activities. During the day there is a puzzle waiting for you, or you can join the morning gymnastics at the sundeck. In the evening, you will be entertained with cosy dance parties with live music, general knowledge or music quiz, or bingo with prizes. There are also board games and playing cards on board, which can be used freely.
     

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    The MS Rhine Princess is exclusively chartered by Leger Holidays on most of our river cruise holidays, and is always a firm favourite with Leger guests. Whether you relax in the bar, lounge or restaurant, you’re sure to feel at home on board this warm and welcoming ship.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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