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Rhine River Cruises

Like so many of the rivers in central Europe, the Rhine begins its life as a stream high in the Swiss Alps. Once it reaches the city of Basel, the river widens and continues its course toward the North Sea. Since Roman times, the Rhine River has linked northern and central Europe; and as the Roman Empire grew larger and stronger, the river grew more important as a trade route. During the Romantic period, which lasted from the late 18th century to the mid- to late 19th century, the Rhine River valley became a popular subject of literary prose for the way it portrayed the natural world as untouched and wild. In fact, it was during this time that the Rhine River valley first became a popular tourism destination, and soon well-off entrepreneurs were rebuilding the castles that sat perched above the riverbanks. Today, a Scenic Rhine River cruise offers guests the perfect opportunity to explore this sought after region in luxury.

CRUISING THROUGH FRANCE ON OUR RHINE RIVER CRUISES

Along the stretches of the river that flow through France, Scenic Rhine river cruise passengers can stroll past half-timbered houses in the old town of Strasbourg, the largest city in the Alsatian. In the Petite France quarter of the city, the streets are level with the waterways that flow through it and the picturesque neighborhoods appear to have sprung from the pages of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. In fact, guests may choose to take a tour of the nearby Black Forest, which was the setting of Hansel and Gretel, as well as other early 19th-century tales. Alternatively, guests can pull up a seat in one of the city’s many “winstubs,” which are Alsatian restaurants that serve traditional fare and, as their name implies, pour various wines from the region.

Those who prefer to sample their wines alongside the vines that produce them can journey to Mittelbergheim, a sleepy little village about 20 miles southwest of Strasbourg, which is home to less than 1,000 people but produces some of the region’s best wine. Wine enthusiasts will want to stop at Zotzenberg, the only Grand Cru vineyard in Alsace, which specializes in Sylvaner, a full-bodied white varietal that delivers hints of earthiness and smoke.

While in Breisach, guests can visit the Black Forest Open Air Museum or opt for a hike through the forest itself. Or they can take a guided bike tour to Colmar, a French town that was previously a part of Germany on two separate occasions. The town is famous for its historic section, which—unlike many other cities in the region—escaped significant damage during the French Revolution, the Franco-Prussian War, and both World Wars.

SEE THE JEWELS OF GERMANY ON OUR RHINE RIVER CRUISES

Much of the 764-mile-long Rhine River flows through Germany; and while the most famous German section of the river (between Mainz and Düsseldorf) is known for inspiring the Romantic movement, the Upper Rhine, which flows through southern Germany, can provide diverse cultural experiences from those of the river’s middle and lower sections farther to the north. 

In the university town of Heidelberg, for example, a river cruise guest can indulge his or her sweet tooth on a confectionary tour of the city. Or, if they prefer something that delivers a bit more adrenaline, they can head over to the Hockenheim Formula 1 racetrack, a 2.8-mile-long circuit that hosted the German Grand Prix for almost three decades. Scenic Cruise passengers are also treated to a private concert inside the Palace of Rastatt, a sprawling Baroque estate that was constructed during the early 18th century.

But a Scenic Rhine River cruise would not be complete without stops along the “Romantic Rhine.” As the ship sails from Rüdesheim to Duisburg, guests can view numerous German castles both from the comfort of the ship and up close on guided tours. These castles include Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, a Prussian stronghold; Marksburg Castle, which is the only hilltop castle along the Rhine River that was never destroyed and has changed little since medieval times; and Ehrenfels Castle, a fortress that was built in the early 13th century and now is in ruins following it’s destruction during the Seige of Mainz in 1689.

 

Scenic Space-Ships Along The Rhine River

Every Scenic European river cruise begins aboard one of our boutique vessels or custom-built Space-Ships, so named for their spacious guest cabins, dining, and entertaining areas. Each of these four-deck Scenic Space-Ships includes numerous dining and sightseeing areas, as well as a lounge and bar area that offers panoramic views. Additionally, guests can soak up the rays at the top-deck swimming pool or retreat to the wellness center, which is equipped with a fitness area, beauty salon, and massage rooms. These ships are noteworthy for their luxury suites, which are outfitted with sun lounges, 32-inch high-definition TVs, and complimentary wireless internet access.

Scenic Rhine River cruises take place aboard any one of eight ships, each one 443 feet in length and staffed with 53 crew members. These include Scenic Jasper, Scenic Opal, and Scenic Amber, which were built in 2015 and 2016, and can accommodate 169 passengers in 85 cabins. Other ships include Scenic Crystal, Scenic Jewel, and Scenic Jade, which were built in 2012, 2103, and 2014, and can also accommodate 169 passengers in 85 cabins. Finally, Scenic Ruby and Scenic Pearl also sail along the Danube. These two ships were refit in 2013 and accommodate 167 passengers in 84 cabins.

Rhine River Cruises

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Rhine Christmas Markets

8 days
Zurich > Amsterdam
Explore the magic of Christmas on this 8 day Rhine Christmas Markets river cruise. Explore the iconic markets in Strasbourg and the medieval gem of Cochem.
from $3,610
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Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

12 days
Zurich > Amsterdam
Enjoy the magic of Christmas on a luxurious 12 day river cruise from Zurich to Amsterdam. Visit the iconic Christmas markets & soak up the atmosphere.
from $5,610
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Jewels of Europe

15 days
Amsterdam > Budapest
Discover grand palaces & castles on Europe’s most tempting waterways, the Rhine, Main & Danube on a luxurious 15 day river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.
from $6,795

Christmas Markets

15 days
Budapest > Amsterdam
Experience Europe at Christmastime on a 15 day river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. See the charming villages and visit the Christmas markets.
from $6,820
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Romantic Rhine & Moselle

15 days
Basel > Amsterdam
Our 15 day Romantic Rhine & Moselle river cruise will see you travel from Basel to Amsterdam. Visit Strasbourg, Mannheim, Cochem, Bernkastel and Antwerp.
from $6,995
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Christmas Wonderland

16 days
Amsterdam > Budapest
Breathe in the magic of Christmas on this 16 day 5-star luxury river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Visit traditional markets in Cologne & Regensburg.
from $7,295

Christmas Markets with Prague

18 days
Prague > Amsterdam
Soak up the Christmas atmosphere of Europe on an 18 day river cruise from Prague to Amsterdam. Discover the cities of Europe and delight in their charm.
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Jewels of Europe with Prague

18 days
Amsterdam > Prague
On this 18 day luxury cruise from Amsterdam to Prague, be enchanted by Europe's most beautiful cities including Nuremburg, Vienna, Salzburg and Dürnstein.
from $8,045
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Christmas Wonderland with Prague

19 days
Amsterdam > Prague
Experience the joy of a traditional European Christmas and bring in the New Year in Vienna on board a 5-star luxury cruise from Amsterdam to Prague.
from $8,045
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Jewels of Europe with Prague

18 days
Prague > Amsterdam
Enjoy a 3 night stay in Prague before starting your luxury river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. Cruise the Main Danube Canal and visit Cologne.
from $8,345

Rhine & Alpine Highlights

15 days
Vienna > Amsterdam
from $8,595
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Christmas Markets with Paris

18 days
Budapest > Paris
Soak up the magic of Christmas on this 18 day Christmas Markets river cruise from Budapest to Paris. Visit beautiful Rothenburg, historic Cologne and Paris.
from $8,670
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Christmas Wonderland with Paris

19 days
Paris > Budapest
Enjoy the festive feason and visit the Christmas markets on this 19 day Christmas Wonderland cruise with Paris. Visit Cologne, Würzburg and Regensburg.
from $9,045
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Jewels of Europe with Paris

18 days
Paris > Budapest
On this 18 day luxury cruise from Paris to Budapest, take in the sights of Amsterdam, Cologne and Bamberg. Enjoy Scenic Sundowners in the Wachau Valley.
from $9,245
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Jewels of Europe with Paris

18 days
Budapest > Paris
Starting in beautiful Budapest, enjoy an all-inclusive luxury river cruise before ending with 3 nights in Paris. Visit Vienna, Regensburg and Bamberg.
from $9,370
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Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

19 days
Amsterdam > Zurich
Experience the magic of Europe’s most romantic region on a 19 day journey from Amsterdam to Zurich. Cruise the Rhine and Moselle, create your own fairytale.
from $9,395
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Christmas Markets with Prague & Paris

21 days
Prague > Paris
Enjoy the delights of Christmas with a 21 day cruise from Prague to Paris. Visit the Christmas markets and savour the atmosphere, traditions & delicacies.
from $9,420
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Jewels of Europe with Prague & Berlin

21 days
Amsterdam > Berlin
From Amsterdam to Berlin via Budapest, cruise the Rhine and Danube rivers and visit the magnificent cities of Cologne, Vienna and Prague along the way.
from $9,520
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Christmas Wonderland with Paris & Prague

22 days
Paris > Prague
Celebrate Christmas and welcome in the New Year in style on this 22 day tour and cruise from Paris to Prague. Visit Cologne, Regensburg, Vienna & Budapest.
from $9,795
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Jewels of Europe with Paris & Prague

21 days
Paris > Prague
Explore the wondrous cities of Amsterdam, Cologne, Vienna and more on a 21 day journey from Paris to Prague. See the Rhine Gorge, Marksburg Castle and more.
from $10,145
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Jewels of Europe with Prague & Paris

21 days
Prague > Paris
Experience the splendours of Europe on a 21 day journey from Prague to Paris. Enjoy guided tours & see the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’.
from $10,870

Jewels of Europe with Bavarian Highlights

20 days
Munich > Amsterdam
from $10,895
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Jewels of Europe with Eastern Europe Explorer

24 days
Prague > Amsterdam
Immerse yourself in tales old and new on a 24 day journey from Prague to Amsterdam. Learn about the history and culture of Europe's most alluring cities.
from $11,090
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Jewels of Europe with City Highlights

24 days
Paris > Berlin
Discover ancient and modern on a 24 day journey from Paris to Berlin. Marvel at the Eiffel Tower & the Brandenburg Gate on a luxury tour through Europe.
from $11,270

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Alpine Highlights

22 days
Vienna > Amsterdam
from $11,695

Jewels of Europe with Alpine Highlights

22 days
Amsterdam > Zurich
from $11,795
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Jewels of Europe with Dalmatia Discovery

26 days
Venice > Amsterdam
Over 26 days, travel from beautiful Venice all the way to Amsterdam in 5-star luxury. Take a romantic gondola ride & visit the walled Old Town of Dubrovnik.
from $13,090
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Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Alpine Escapade

26 days
Munich > Amsterdam
Marvel at the endless beauty of the Swiss Alps to Rhineland on a 26 day tour from Munich to Amsterdam. Cruise the Rhine & Moselle in a luxurious Space-Ship.
from $13,890
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Jewels of Europe with Grand Alpine

26 days
Zurich > Amsterdam
Experience the beauty of Swiss Alps with a 26 day journey from Zurich to Amsterdam. Let the landscapes inspire you before enjoying a luxurious river cruise.
from $13,990
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Jewels of Europe with Italian Serenade

29 days
Rome > Amsterdam
Follow in the footsteps of the greats & discover the delights of Europe's finest destinations on an all-encompassing 29 day journey from Rome to Amsterdam.
from $15,095
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Jewels of Europe with Majestic Britain & Ireland

36 days
London > Budapest
Explore the best of Britannia and Europe over 36 days. Discover the charms of Ireland and Scotland before boarding your Scenic Space-Ship in Amsterdam.
from $18,120

Book your luxury Rhine river cruise today

If you’re tempted to follow in the footsteps of travelers gone by, exploring the many jewels of Europe, then our luxurious Rhine river cruises are for you.

Whether you take a Rhine river cruise that combines other rivers, such as the Danube and Main, stretching from Amsterdam to Prague, or you opt for a classic Rhine river cruise, such as our Rhine Christmas Markets cruise, there are many spectacular sights and beautiful places to see along the way.  

On board one of our custom-built Scenic Space-Ships, you’ll experience unlimited luxury with spacious cabins and exquisite dining areas, as well as a top-deck swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness area.  

Interested embarking on your journey of a lifetime? Request a brochure or get in touch with us today.

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