Rhine Cruise to Switzerland - MS Geoffrey Chaucer

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland - MS Geoffrey Chaucer

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$2169

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland - MS Geoffrey Chaucer

8 Days Starting in Cologne, Germany and ending in Basel, Switzerland

Visiting:

Cologne

,

Koblenz

,

Rüdesheim am Rhein

,

Speyer

,

Strasbourg

,

Breisach

,

Basel

,

Lucerne

,

Bernese Highlands

Tour operator:

Riviera Travel

Physical rating:

Please contact Riviera Travel if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Riviera Travel with specific dietary requests.

Trip Styles:

Tour code:

RCSC

Age range:

18-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$2169 (USD)

including Flights from the UK

Drink Package

Tour Overview

On our journey through the Rhine valley, we visit historic Koblenz where we have time to explore the old town at the confluence of both the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Next, we continue our navigation through the dramatic Rhine Gorge where the sheer valley walls tower over 400m above our heads and onto Rudesheim, where we enjoy another evening complemented with an excellent dinner on board.

As the Rhine widens and the landscape becomes less rugged, our cruise continues south, stopping in fascinating Rudesheim onto medieval Speyer with its stunning Romanesque Basilica that dominates this pretty town.

Next day we arrive at the city of Strasbourg where you enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continuing, we drive through the typical rolling tree-clad massif of the Black Forest onto the charming town of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its namesake lake. Our final destination is Switzerland where we moor in Basel.

Experience the most breathtaking Alpine scenery on earth on a mountain rail journey into the spectacular Bernese Oberland, seeing the majestic Eiger and Jungfrau, then discover Switzerland's most attractive city, magnificent Lucerne, on our included tour.

Highlights

  • Happy by day two or we'll bring you home with a full refund

  • Return scheduled flights from 7 regional airports or seats on Eurostar from London St Pancras International and TGV

  • Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views

  • Live classical quartet recital on board

  • Seven visits and tours including guided tours of Strasbourg, Koblenz, Rudesheim and Speyer, a drive through the Black Forest to Titisee, a full-day excursion to Lucerne and the Bernese Oberland, and a visit to Breisach

  • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides

  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure (except one lunch), including a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner

  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee

  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Arrival in Cologne
Location:

  Cologne, Cologne


Accommodation Name:

  MS Geoffrey Chaucer


Meals Included:

  Dinner


Arrive at the airport for your flight to Düsseldorf or Cologne, or take the Eurostar to Brussels from London St Pancras International. On arrival, transfer by coach to your cruise ship moored in the heart of picturesque Cologne. The dedicated English-speaking crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your luxurious, well-equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

icon Day 2 : Koblenz
Location:

  Koblenz, Koblenz


Accommodation Name:

  MS Geoffrey Chaucer


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


As you wake to a sumptuous breakfast, the delights of this river cruise begin to emerge as we drift past the first rolling hills of the Rhine Valley. The forested Siebengebirge – Seven Mountains – a cluster of ancient volcanic hills that inspired many of the Brothers Grimm’s legends, including ‘Snow White’, act as the overture for even more dramatic scenery upstream.

We cruise past the famous ruined bridge at Remagen, which was captured intact by the Allies towards the end of the Second World War, allowing thousands of troops to cross into Germany’s heartland. Pretty waterfront towns and carefully tended vineyards come into view as we glide gently into our mooring to visit delightful Koblenz for a guided tour.

Founded by the Romans, this historic city is beautifully located at the confluence of the Rhine and its sister river the Moselle. Discover Koblenz’s maze of medieval buildings in the Altstadt – old town – which is studded with a fine array of traditional shops and classic Rhineland cafés. As you wander, historic buildings appear seemingly at every turn; see a former mint, the Four Towers – 17th-century houses with striking turrets set at a crossroads – and many fascinating squares and churches, including the 9th-century Basilica of Saint Kastor. 

Wherever you wander you’re never far from a riverbank, and it’s worth crossing the 14th-century stone Balduin Bridge across the Moselle for fine views back across the spires of the Altstadt. Tonight, enjoy a meticulously prepared dinner on board, and afterwards perhaps a quiet stroll along the riverside promenade to the Deutsches Eck – ‘German Corner’ – where the great rivers Rhine and Moselle meet.

icon Day 3 : Rhine Gorge & Rusesheim
Location:

  Rüdesheim am Rhein, Rüdesheim am Rhein


Accommodation Name:

  MS Geoffrey Chaucer


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Slipping our mooring at Koblenz we proceed upstream on the Rhine and soon encounter the impressive Marksburg Castle, a fortress dating back to the 13th-century. We then weave through the huge looping bend – one of the most impressive on the river – at Boppard, a wonderfully picturesque town known as the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’. Journeying further, you explore the most famous of all the river’s reaches and a real highlight of the cruise, the dramatic Rhine Gorge: steep vineyards give way to almost vertical rocky outcrops towering more than 600 feet above the sweeping valley sides. Sailing past Saint Goar and the many ruined castles, there’s a real sense of the myths surrounding this historic river coming alive around you. 

After lunch we moor in Rüdesheim, a classic Rhine wine village with crooked houses sloping down from wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. During this afternoon’s delightful walking tour, witness the bustling marketplace, the half-timbered Klunkhardshof and Bromserburg Castle, which dates from 1275. After dinner this evening, another sumptuous affair prepared by your chef, maybe sample a small Asbach – the famous brandy distilled in Rüdesheim – while watching the last of the ferries crossing the river in the moonlight glow.

icon Day 4 : Speyer
Location:

  Speyer, Speyer


Accommodation Name:

  MS Geoffrey Chaucer


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Still sailing upstream, the landscape becomes much wider and flatter, with gently rolling hills and vineyards that are home to the Liebfraumilch wines. Occasionally the excited chatter of birdlife breaks out as we pass oxbow lakes, long deserted by the river flow, which are now havens for over a hundred bird species. 

Today we berth in historic Speyer, founded by the Celts and one of Germany’s oldest cities, celebrated for its illustrious past, for an afternoon walking tour. The breathtaking Imperial Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the largest Romanesque churches in the world; it’s also one of the finest. Its beautiful four-roomed crypt is the resting place of many Holy Roman emperors and German kings. Another landmark is the magnificent neo-Gothic Gedächtniskirche, built at the turn of the 20th-century to commemorate the 1529 ‘Protestation at Speyer’, a significant event when a group of Martin Luther’s followers protested against his imperial ban – henceforth Luther’s religious followers were known as ‘Protestants’. There’s free time to explore here before stepping back on board for another splendid dinner.

icon Day 5 : Strasbourg
Location:

  Strasbourg, Strasbourg


Accommodation Name:

  MS Geoffrey Chaucer


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning we cruise gently upstream, passing through two spectacular locks, whose elaborate engineering never ceases to fascinate. Why not find a comfortable chair and catch up on some reading, play chess or watch the rolling kaleidoscope of scenery from the Sun Deck?

We soon arrive in France and moor in Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region. This afternoon we have a walking tour of its picturesque Old Town, bisected by canals and made up of a maze of narrow streets lined with timber-framed houses and sculptured portals. Unforgettable sites include the stupendous Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, multi-towered Ponts Couverts – covered bridges – and the pretty Petite France quarter of pastel-coloured former artisans’ houses lining the canals. Don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to linger a while in a typical Alsatian café to sample some of the region’s world-famous wines – a crisp Riesling or that particular speciality of Alsace, spicy Gewürztraminer. Back on board this evening there’s a truly memorable occasion – the ‘Captain’s Dinner’, featuring delicious specialities of the countries and regions we visit during our cruise.

icon Day 6 : Breisach & Black Forest
Location:

  Breisach, Basel


Accommodation Name:

  MS Geoffrey Chaucer


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Your final day cruising is spent gliding through the dramatic scenery of the rift valley separating the Vosges and Black Forest mountains. We arrive at the ancient town of Breisach, whose historic heart is surrounded by stone ramparts and dominated by the impressive Saint Stephan’s Cathedral.

Later you drive through some of Central Europe’s most stunning scenery – the Black Forest Mountains. This is a fabled landscape of rugged valleys, white-water rivers, cascading waterfalls and rolling hillsides covered with huge, densely packed pine trees – exactly as you expect it to be. Our destination is the idyllic village of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its crystal-clear lake.

Rejoining the ship, we resume our stately passage upriver. As the sun sets and the riverside lights begin to twinkle there are wonderful views over the imposing Vosges massif. You enjoy this evening’s dinner en route to Switzerland and our next mooring at Basel.

icon Day 7 : Lucerne & Bernese Oberland
Location:

  Lucerne, Bernese Highlands


Accommodation Name:

  MS Geoffrey Chaucer


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Today we take the short drive to Lucerne, often considered Switzerland’s most beautiful city, spectacularly situated among stunning mountain views. It has been attracting well heeled visitors for two centuries, including our very own Queen Victoria. Highly recommended is an invigorating stroll along the Chapel Bridge, a unique covered wooden walkway crossing the lake, supported by stilts and lined with colourful flower-filled window boxes. Not only is it the city’s most iconic structure, it’s a superb way to absorb Lucerne’s regal atmosphere.

As you enter the Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland, the views become quite literally breathtaking! This is the grand alpine heart of Europe with some of the finest mountain scenery on earth, described by the composer Mendelssohn as ‘the most wonderful of all in this unbelievably beautiful country’. On viewing the legendary snow-capped peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau you’ll be quite simply awestruck. We then ascend by mountain railway for more extraordinary vistas, with the crystal-clear lakes reflecting the meadows and forests below. This truly magical landscape is sure to enchant you. Later we’ll descend again by mountain railway before returning to the ship. Please note, temperatures will be significantly lower at altitude, even during the summer months, so it’s advisable to pack suitable clothing. Lunch is not included on this full day excursion; however the ship will offer a packed lunch.

icon Day 8 : Return Home
Location:

  Basel, Basel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Today we transfer either to the airport for your flight home or the railway station to take the TGV to Paris, connecting with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras International.

Ship Details

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MS Geoffrey Chaucer

After years of painstaking research to create the most perfect vessels afloat, a new era in river cruising dawns as we introduce our brand new, state of the art, ‘all suite’ ships. Swiss operated and truly world-class, we are absolutely delighted to present the five-star MS Geoffrey Chaucer.

It is extremely difficult to convey just how extraordinary this outstanding ship really is and exactly what distinguishes it from similar vessels. It would be very easy to just say ‘luxurious’ but it’s much more than that; we have deliberately avoided the current trend for a minimalist style where you could be anywhere in the world, creating instead a unique yet exquisite blend of understated taste, style and elegance at the highest level. Immediately striking is just how exceptionally spacious this new vessel is as you enter a gleaming, richly coloured marble-floored lobby flooded with natural light from a stunning atrium above. Moving inside, exceptional creativity from Europe’s finest design studio has produced a superbly balanced masterpiece of onboard style, utilising sustainable rich hardwoods, gleaming brass and polished copper, sparkling glass and intricate wrought iron. The ship is beautifully illuminated throughout – including the exterior and imaginatively furnished with harmonious colour schemes, all designed to create the serene atmosphere reflective of the golden age of cruising which time after time you tell us you adore.

The restaurant rivals the finest on shore establishments taking fine dining to another level complemented by delicate European porcelain, gleaming glassware and the intuitive service in which the Swiss excel. This superb vessel carries 44 in-house trained crew members serving just 167 guests (similar size vessels may carry well over 190 passengers) giving the ratio which our experience proves is concurrent with our first class service levels.

Furthermore your suite will easily exceed your expectations for not only will you enjoy the most discerning décor, so too the ship’s dimensions afford the ultimate in space and comfort - a minimum 17 square metres (183 square feet), with upgrades available to ‘Superior’ and ‘Deluxe’ accommodation.

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What's Included

  • Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of sole occupancy cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement

  • Accommodation

    Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views

  • International Travel

    Return scheduled flights from 7 regional UK airports or seats on Eurostar from London St Pancras International and TGV

  • Meals – Full Board

    All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure (except one lunch), including a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

    Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi

  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee

  • All visits and excursions as mentioned

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    and Travel to and from port of embarkation

  • Coach travel as mentioned

  • Fully Guided

    The services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Drinks with Meals

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How long has the tour company been trading?

For almost 40 years

I have reduced mobility; can I still travel?

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to contact us or call us on 01283 688 486 to discuss these concerns; our offices are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday 9:30am - 4pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. Accommodation For all tour and river

Do I require travel insurance?

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What is my luggage allowance?

You will receive details of your luggage allowance with your final travel documents, which are sent approximately 10 days prior to your date of departure.

Dates & Availability

Wednesday

May 24, 2023

Wednesday

May 31, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2880 (USD)
$2880 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Wednesday

May 31, 2023

Wednesday

Jun 07, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2880 (USD)
$2880 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Wednesday

Jun 21, 2023

Wednesday

Jun 28, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$3374 (USD)
$3374 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Wednesday

Jun 28, 2023

Wednesday

Jul 05, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2832 (USD)
$2832 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Wednesday

Aug 02, 2023

Wednesday

Aug 09, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2169 (USD)
$2169 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Wednesday

Aug 09, 2023

Wednesday

Aug 16, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2169 (USD)
$2169 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Wednesday

Aug 30, 2023

Wednesday

Sep 06, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2349 (USD)
$2349 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Wednesday

Sep 06, 2023

Wednesday

Sep 13, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2651 (USD)
$2651 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Wednesday

Sep 20, 2023

Wednesday

Sep 27, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$3024 (USD)
$3024 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Wednesday

Sep 27, 2023

Wednesday

Oct 04, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2349 (USD)
$2349 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Wednesday

Oct 11, 2023

Wednesday

Oct 18, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2518 (USD)
$2518 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Wednesday

Oct 18, 2023

Wednesday

Oct 25, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2193 (USD)
$2193 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

May 24, 2024

Friday

May 31, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2651 (USD)
$2651 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

May 31, 2024

Friday

Jun 07, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2711 (USD)
$2711 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Jun 07, 2024

Friday

Jun 14, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2892 (USD)
$2892 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Jun 14, 2024

Friday

Jun 21, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2892 (USD)
$2892 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Jul 25, 2024

Thursday

Aug 01, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2530 (USD)
$2530 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Aug 01, 2024

Thursday

Aug 08, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2530 (USD)
$2530 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Aug 22, 2024

Thursday

Aug 29, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2651 (USD)
$2651 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Aug 29, 2024

Thursday

Sep 05, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2832 (USD)
$2832 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Sep 19, 2024

Thursday

Sep 26, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$3133 (USD)
$3133 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Sep 26, 2024

Thursday

Oct 03, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$3012 (USD)
$3012 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Oct 10, 2024

Thursday

Oct 17, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2530 (USD)
$2530 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Oct 17, 2024

Thursday

Oct 24, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2349 (USD)
$2349 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Book with Confidence

  • Low Deposit

    Riviera Travel requires a minimum deposit of 500 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 101 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of riviera travel charges.

    Up to 101 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit.

    At 100 days before tour starts: 50% of booking price.

    At 60 days before tour starts: 75% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: 90% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: 100% of booking price.

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland - MS Geoffrey Chaucer

8 Days Starting in Cologne, Germany and ending in Basel, Switzerland

Visiting:

Cologne

,

Koblenz

,

Rüdesheim am Rhein

,

Speyer

,

Strasbourg

,

Breisach

,

Basel

,

Lucerne

,

Bernese Highlands

Tour operator:

Riviera Travel

Physical rating:

Please contact Riviera Travel if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Riviera Travel with specific dietary requests.

Trip Styles:

Tour code:

RCSC

Age range:

18-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$2169 (USD)

including Flights from the UK

Drink Package

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