Four Rivers Cruise – Rhine, Moselle, Neckar & Main by Air

Rhine River

Visit: Rhine River, Germany

About the Tour

Jet off to a river cruise to remember on four of Europe’s great rivers. Take a flying start to meet your ship, the MV Esmerelda, in Cologne then set sail on our 9-day River Cruise down the Rhine, Moselle, Neckar and Main Rivers, right in the heart of Germany. Then, enjoy your relaxing holiday watching stunning scenery pass you by as you traveling between stunning destinations such as Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Mains and Frankfurt giving you time to explore these picturesque towns and cities from land as well as the wonderful winding waterways.

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights cruising with full board
  • Airport transfers
  • Return flights to/from Cologne or Düsseldorf
  • Silver Service coach used locally
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    Please note for navigational and passenger safety, the cruise company and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary if necessary. Sailing times are dependant on how busy the numerous locks are. At some ports of call, a degree of walking will be involved to join our coach. Due to limited docking facilities, it may be necessary to dock alongside another ship to access the shore.

    Fly out to Düsseldorf or Cologne/Bonn. Later we join our cruise ship, MV Esmeralda, for our seven-night cruise.

    • Included meals: Dinner


    This morning, we cruise down the Rhine to reach Koblenz, where we join the Moselle. We arrive in Winningen early this afternoon. You can explore Winningen which is a wine-growing village with many narrow romantic alleyways and stunning house some covered in vines. The area is home to one of the steepest vineyards in Germany with an incline of 65% or join our optional excursion by coach to Cochem, ‘the pearl of the Moselle’. Cochem is a picturesque town spanning both sides of the river, with narrow streets and twisting alleyways lined with half-timbered houses, overlooked by the magnificent Reichsburg Castle. Cochem is the biggest town in the district and the Reichsburg Castle was first documented in 1130. The castle was once an Imperial castle as in 1151 King Konrad III named it as his home. Why not visit the castle or enjoy one of the many cafes which offer a wide range of local pastries and cakes.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    We rejoin the Rhine and enjoy a leisurely day cruising along this majestic river. Take in the passing scenery of fairy tale castles, steep vineyards, pretty villages. We cruise through the Rhine Gorge and past the famous Loreley Rock where it is said that a siren of the river was betrayed by her sweetheart, and her beautiful song can be heard by passing sailors that then investigate to their misfortune as the siren calls them too close to this narrow and strong flowing part of the river, then arriving in Rüdesheim this afternoon. In Rudesheim you can visit the famous Drosselgasse and enjoy a beer or a glass of the local wine in one of the many bars and taverns. Why not join our highlights of Rudesheim optional excursion which includes the Winzer Express land train to transport you into the village and then we enjoy a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, where you can see one of the largest collections of self-playing mechanical musical instruments. Your guide will tell you about the various instruments and you will have the chance to listen to many of the instruments and fairground organs play their different tunes.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Leaving Rüdesheim early this morning, we arrive this afternoon in Heidelberg. Heidelberg has lots of attractions to see such as the famous castle/palace and apothecary museum, the castle/palace is now partially destroyed however the grounds can be accessed on foot or funicular railway (fee) for brilliant views of the town (castle/palace entrance at additional cost), its 18th century streets that are lined with shops and the brass monkey that sits on the end of the Heidelberg bridge gate. The bronze sculpture by Professor Gernot Rumpf was installed there in 1979 and is said to be linked to a poem by Martin Zeiller from 1632. Heidelburg is on the stunning banks of the River Neckar. So explore the old town and browse the shops and boutiques of the bustling Hauptstrasse.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    We leave Heidelberg and cruise along the Rhine to the historic riverside city of Worms, forever associated with Martin Luther who was declared a heretic in the 16th century. Worms is twined with many places from around the world including St Albans, England. See St. Peter’s Cathedral, a magnificent example of Romanesque architecture and Nibelungenlied Bridge. We later continue our cruise to Mainz, strategically situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    We continue our cruise along the Main river to Frankfurt. Known as 'Main-hattan' due to its incredible skyline of skyscrapers, Frankfurt also boasts an historic old quarter, home to one of the most beautiful town halls in Germany. After shopping and sightseeing, spend time on the riverside, watching the passing boats. Frankfurt has over 30 museums covering films, art, world cultures, sculptures and architecture so there is always something interesting to go and see. Frankfurt is also home to two major botanical gardens Palmengarten which is located on the westend district with over 22 hectares and Bontanischer Garten de Goathe-Univeritat which is the university garden with over 5000 species which are both 20 minutes away on local transport.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    We rejoin the Rhine and cruise past pretty wine villages, later passing Koblenz and Bonn, arriving in Cologne later this evening. Cologne has many stunning attractions such as Cologne Cathedral which is a Gothic style church that they started building in 1248 but didn't fully completed till 1880, or the Cologne City Hall which was once a medieval house still used today for official business and the relaxing water front and bridges which has helped build Cologne through the ages to the city we know today.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Rüdesheim
    • Heidelberg
    • Mainz
    • Frankfurt
    • Cologne
    • Worms

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Cochem


    Cabin Upgrades (per person)Twin
    Promenade Deck Cabin£90

    No single rooms/cabins available.

    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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    You will stay for seven nights on the MV Esmeralda. Cabin accommodation is on two decks: main and promenade. There is a lounge with bar, restaurant and sun deck. All cabins have twin beds, en suite facilities with shower, picture window and a safe. The MV Esmeralda has a lift between the main deck and the promenade deck, and a stair lift between the promenade deck and the sun deck.

    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.

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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