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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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Luxury Rhine Cruise

Follow the winding Rhine on this fantastic tour through central Europe. Explore the Swiss city of Basel before charting a course through the charming vineyards of northern Germany, pass briefly through France and end your exploration along the waterways of Amsterdam.

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8 days from £2,195 pp

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Rhine & Main Cruise

Journey one-way along two of Europe's most important rivers on this awe-inspiring cruise. Follow the Rhine from Amsterdam to Cologne, meandering through the iconic Rhine Gorge before joining the Main and passing through the heartland of medieval Germany, all aboard a fabulous Travelmarvel vessel.

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8 days from £1,645 pp

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Rhine, Main & Danube Cruise

Cruise the mighty Rhine and Danube on this epic journey through Europe's heartland. From the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, travel down to explore the winding valleys and traditional riverside towns of historic Bavaria, and explore the heritage of regal Austria before ending your tour in the beautiful Imperial city of Budapest.

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15 days from £2,975 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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