Rhine river cruises

Discover the distinctive culture and wonder of the Rhine

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The Rhine River is the second longest river in Western Europe and a stunning waterway to cruise down to witness some of Europe’s most historic sites and landmarks. No other river has so many world-renowned cities situated on its banks.  It is considered by many to be the most important waterway in Germany, a country our Rhine river tours will give you the opportunity to explore in depth. Scenic offers four unique Rhine river tours, with stops down the picturesque Moselle River in Luxembourg along the way. 
The Rhine’s rich cultural history stems back to the Roman Empire, when it was the main source of transport and business for its residents. Because of the Rhine’s coveted connections to many other rivers in Western Europe, the river became of utmost importance for political control and cultural standing. Over the years, considerable action has been made to protect the Rhine from pollution, and it is now revered as one of the most culturally important rivers in Europe.

A river cruise down the Rhine starts in Basel, Switzerland, with a swift entry into southwest Germany, where Scenic guests will have their first chance to dock and explore the famous Black Forest in Breisach, or visit the quaint French town of Colm. The cruise continues through Mannheim (where your first Renaissance Castle awaits you!) and Rhine Gorge (the Upper Middle Rhine Valley). The Rhine sweeps you along into a different era with the arrival of the historic city of Cochem and the medieval Reichsburg Castle that sits alongside its river banks. As you pass Cochem and enter the Moselle Valley, Scenic guests will be able to enjoy a full day of river cruising along the breathtaking Moselle River, which takes a dip into Luxembourg. Scenic guests have the opportunity to explore the many delights of one of the smallest yet stunning countries of Europe.

Along the way to Amsterdam, guests will have the chance to visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz, the modern wonder that is Delta Works in Veere, and one of the biggest port cities in the world, Antwerp, in beautiful Belgium.
  • Architecture enthusiasts
    Cologne, Germany
  • Creatives
    The Black Forest and The Rhine Gorge, Germany
  • Nature-lovers
    The Rhine Gorge, Germany
  • Wine connoisseurs
    Strasbourg, France

A Journey through Europe’s History

Once one of the continent’s great trade routes, the influence of the Rhine can be felt in the architectural wonders and unique traditions which exist on its banks today. Thanks to the diverse events and excursions of our Scenic Freechoice and Enrich programmes, unravelling the rich, historic tapestry of the Rhine is effortless. 

Delight in the medieval ambience during a magnificent feast at Marksberg Castle. Explore the fascinating exhibits of the Neanderthal Museum in Cologne. Soak up the traditional Germanic spirit of the Black Forest and the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. Take a relaxing guided tour through Germany’s oldest city, Trier. Enjoy a classical evening concert at the resplendent Baroque Palace of Rastatt. Or dip into France and stroll through Strasbourg’s charming old town, where half-timbered houses and charming Alsation Winstubs await.

Life on the Rhine with Scenic

Travel the ageless flow of the Rhine with Scenic, and feel the benefit of our 5-star all-inclusive service. Our Space-Ships are more akin to luxury hotels than standard river cruise ships, providing unprecedented levels of comfort and satisfaction as you journey between the Rhine’s unforgettable cities, towns and villages. 

Our ships marry elegant finishes with the very latest technologies, providing exceptional accommodation across all cabin classes. From spacious luxury suites complete with the Scenic Sun Lounge system to very latest in wellness equipment and amenities; you’ll love returning to your ship after another wonderful day exploring the banks of the Rhine.

And because everything is included in the total price of your cruise, you can immerse yourself completely in the spirit and culture of the Rhine without fear of overindulgence. From on board food and beverages to all of the daily shore excursions, we’ve left no stone unturned in our quest to offer the most comprehensive all-inclusive package on the rivers of Europe.

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