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River Rhine

Crossing six major European countries from its source in the crisp Swiss Alps, the Rhine River is one of the continent's greatest waterways. The diverse landscapes this river traverses are astonishing, from the white caps of Alpine rangers to the tulip meadows and flood plains of the Netherlands, and the scenery is beautiful and dramatic, drawn straight from the fairytale tomes of the Brothers Grimm.

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The Majestic Rhine

From Switzerland to the Netherlands, this spectacular cruise reveals the majestic allure of the Rhine River, in all of its fairytale glory. We uncover beautiful valley gorges, splendid halftimbered towns and all the remarkable cities along the banks of this grand old river.

Over the course of four different countries, discover some of the finest experiences these nations have to offer including a German heritage rail journey, a French city tour and Dutch steam trains, along with daytime cruising on some of the finest stretches of the Rhine.

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8 days from £1,295 pp

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Countries of the Rhine

One of the longest rivers in Europe, the Rhine passes through Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Ripe valleys, illustrious mountains, vineyards and castles all feature along the way, and each country brings its own individual touch to this waterway. Every section of the river boasts something new, whether it be a thriving viticulture, a wealth of historical monuments or ancient Roman ruins. The Rhine River is an important German symbol with the magnificent Rhine Valley found in this excellent country.

Highlights of the Rhine

The Rhine Valley is undoubtedly the most beautiful section of the Rhine. Sat between Rüdesheim and Koblenz in Western Germany, this glorious stretch of landscape offers some of the finest scenery in Europe. Peaceful foot hills, shrouded in forests give way to a flourishing region of quaint German villages and church steeples and the astonishing number of well-preserved medieval castles is truly a sight to behold. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley has earned itself UNESCO World Heritage status thanks to its beauty and its importance as a historical trade route, used by various empires throughout the years. The charming towns all offer something different and yet still, distinctly German.

Harking back nearly a thousand years, wine was introduced to the Rhine and the Rhine Valley by the Roman Empire who dominated in these parts. Since then, viticulture has flourished in this corner of the world, with the excellent soil quality and the superb climate aiding the thriving wine production here. Long stretches of vineyard line the cliffs and valley sides, with many of the isolated farmlands growing a specific kind of grape. Most wines here are red wines unlike the rest of Germany, where white wines are far more prevalent. A wine unique to the Rhine Valley is a special kind of Riesling wine, which is a complex combination of distinct sweetness gently balanced by acidity.

All along the Rhine are a range of elegant, contemporary and historic towns in all of the six countries. The stunning city of Cologne is a particular highlight, crowned by its hugely impressive gothic cathedral, boasting two of the tallest church spires in the world. Impeccable, refined and as sophisticated as they come is the Swiss class of Bern, with the river curling like a horseshoe around the historic old city. Straddling the French-German border, Strasbourg is pretty, colourful and very much a riverside town, with half-timbered town houses brushing shoulders with grand apartment buildings. Finally, the multi-cultured city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands sees the Rhine flow out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rotterdam is one of Europe's key port cities and its largest, with an estimated 27,000 sea-going vessels passing through the harbour walls each year carrying nearly 322 million tons of produce.

Helpful Tips

Over the course of Germany, French, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Amsterdam and Austria, many languages are spoken. These include French, German, Dutch and a variety of smaller regional languages. Each country uses the Euro as currency except for Switzerland and Lichtenstein where the Swiss Franc is used.

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