Whatever time of the year you choose to cruise along the Rhine River or aboard our exclusively chartered ships, there’s always an extra something to add a special dimension to your holiday; whether it’s celebrating on a festive cruise, enjoying a taste of the regions delicious wines or simply discovering the beauty of the landscape tinged with autumn colours.
The River Cruise Line have picked out a few of their autumn and festive favourites that they think you would love to go on!
From Only £299
The romantic narrowest stretch of the Rhine River Valley is so easy to fall in love with. Arising from its waters, its steep valley hillsides yield the fruit of luscious crisp white wines that tingle on the tongue. The fairytale castles balancing imperiously on the mountain summits safeguard a wealth of secrets, whilst the seven maidens transformed into stone in the narrow channel’s depths lure us to learn of their stories. Nestling at the water’s edge, traditional quaint German towns and villages extend a warm welcome and tempt us to pause and sample their delicious harvests of local wines. With fragrant Cologne as our final port of call, our enchanting cruise along the Rhine Valley Gorge imprints a sweet bouquet in our minds with a promise to return.
From Only £399
Fall under the spell of the magical Moselle as we follow its meandering course between the cities of Koblenz and Trier. Valley hillsides, fine vineyards that produce world class wines and fairy tale castles that stand high above the water are the centrepieces of this beautiful region, which is highlighted by seasonal colours that capture the eye and the imagination. Our time spent ashore gives you the chance to obtain vintage Rieslings that are far superior to anything in the supermarkets back home. Even if you don’t know your Bernkastel from your Hochheim, this powerful combination of attractions will simply enchant and leave you with a taste for more.
Cruise The Rhine To Switzerland
From Only £649
Our most popular cruise that attracts bookings before we’ve printed our next brochure! Its renown is no surprise since our border-hopping route wends its way through the romantic Rhine Gorge of Germany, the scenic Alsace region of France and into the northern mountain slopes of Switzerland. From our cruise ship we see countless magical castles perched on the hillsides, romantic Rhineland towns and villages with their half-timbered buildings as well as pretty river tributaries rushing to meet the mighty Rhine. After the steep vine-covered slopes of the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the Rhine’s waters broaden, the climate warms and the land flattens out slightly to reveal the lush Rhine Plains. Along the river’s western shores lay the gentler rolling hills of France’s Alsace region; whilst across on the opposite eastern banks, the wooded hills of Germany’s Black Forest beckon us with its enchanting scenery, proud traditions, cuckoo clocks and black forest gateaux. Our coach excursions in Switzerland simply provide the icing on the cake to our sumptuous cruise, where we view the mightiest waterfalls in central Europe and drive through the Jura Mountains to visit the picturepostcard resort of Lucerne. Wunderbar!
Rhine Valley Turkey and Tinsel
From Only £269
A real cracker of a Rhineland holiday is guaranteed when you join our pre-Christmas Turkey & Tinsel cruise. Like-minded indulgers in festive food and entertainment believe our five day cruise through the scenic and atmospheric Rhine Gorge, with its on board programme of fun-filled revelry, to be the perfect antidote to those dreary British November days. Optional coach excursions into the surrounding hillsides allow us to stock up on local tipples for the Christmas table back home, whilst visits to the illuminated waterside towns and villages offer plenty of ideas for gift shopping and preparations for Christmas. Aboard the seasonally decorated ship a warm and convivial party atmosphere prevails, with mouth-watering German & English festive fare to tickle the taste buds, and a nightly fun programme of entertainment to unleash the laughter.
German Christmas Markets
From Only £247
The mouth-watering smell of baked gingerbread, the warming taste of Glühwein, the heartlifting sight of twinkling outdoor lights. When was Christmas shopping more enjoyable? We’ve witnessed the striking scenery of the stunning Rhine Gorge, called in at typical Rhineland towns and wine centres, seen the medieval town of Koblenz magically illuminated at night, and heard the fables and legends surrounding the famous Seven Mountains. Now we’re in fragrant Cologne indulging in the city’s fabulous Christmas Markets. There’s such a wonderful range of quality items from which to choose; is there a weight restriction on what we can bring back on board Captain?
Christmas Markets Extravaganza
From Only £269
With so many popular Christmas Markets it can be difficult to choose one destination. Our Christmas Market medley cruise is the perfect solution, taking you to some of the biggest and best markets that Europe has to offer. From festive town centres to illuminated caves, we visit the countries of France, Belgium and Holland where you will find Christmas gifts for everyone on your shopping list. And when the shopping’s complete, you can take a step back to relax and absorb the magical atmosphere. So look no further for the ultimate Christmas market experience!
Source: The River Cruise Line E-shot – Autumn Gold & Festive Cruises 29th July 2011