Rhine River

Experience the rich history and fairy-tale landscapes of the Rhine river.

What is unique about the Rhine river?

Discover a world of exciting, charming European cities on our deluxe Rhine river cruises. With age-old castles and medieval towns flanking its river bank, the Rhine showcases the beautiful fairy-tale landscape of western Germany. Travel along the beating heart of the Rhineland, and explore its beautiful settlements. As an important trade route, the banks of the Rhine are home to towns and cities which helped build Germany into the powerhouse of Europe it is today.

Crossing 760 miles from its source high in the Swiss Alps to Rotterdam on the North Sea, the Rhine river passes six western European countries, through a variety of spectacular landscapes. The Rhine is often the subject of poets, composers, artists, and writers, drawing on both its folklore and its long history. Experience the history and ancient culture of this country onboard one of our Rhine river cruises. An undoubted highlight of a river cruise along the Rhine is journeying through the majestic Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Steep, striking cliff faces are interrupted by winding roads, wine-producing vineyards and charming castles.

A cruise on the Rhine River suits many, from nature enthusiasts, history buffs, and food and wine lovers. Anyone who appreciates breathtaking scenery combined with fun-loving local customs and distinctive local fare will enjoy sailing along the Rhine.

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Modern Holland & Medieval Germany

Cruise the Rhine and sail past some of Europe’s most stunning landscapes. Crossing760 miles, from its source high in the Swiss Alps to Rotterdam on the North Sea, it passes six western European countries, passing through a variety of spectacular landscapes. The Rhine is oft the subject of poets, composers, artists, and writers, drawing on both its folklore and its long history. For fairytale scenery it’s hard to surpass.

A cruise on the Rhine River suits many, from nature enthusiasts, history buffs, and food and wine lovers. Anyone who appreciates breathtaking scenery combined with fun-loving local customs and distinctive local fare will enjoy sailing along the Rhine. The ports visited along the Rhine are nicely varied, featuring German villages such as Regensburg and Passau, Austrian wine country towns like Melk and Durnstein, and metropolitan city highlights like Vienna and Budapest.
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Roman Influence on the Rhine

The Roman Empire stretched far and wide at its peak, and many of its proudest and most northerly settlements now sit in modern-day Germany. It’s thought that much of the Rhineland’s culinary heritage comes directly from Roman rule; Julius Caesar reportedly first introduced one of the region’s most famous and best-loved dishes, Sauerbraten.

This Roman influence is felt most keenly in Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest, largest and most recognizable cities. A river cruise on the Rhine is incomplete without stopping here, exploring the enchanting Old Town and how it was shaped by the Romans – not least visiting the esteemed Twelve Romanesque Churches of Cologne.

One of the highlights of any river cruise on the Rhine is approaching Cologne for the first time, when you catch your first glimpse of Kölner Dom, the mighty Gothic cathedral whose twin spires dominate the skyline – truly magical from the sun deck or your personal balcony.

On an Emerald Waterways Rhine river cruise, you won't just visit the Rhine, you'll experience the wealth of culture, history and beautiful scenery that the region has to offer. From the stark beauty of the Black Forest Village in Breisach, to the intricate Gothic architecture on show in Cologne, our 8 day Jewels of the Rhine river cruise could be for you. Perhaps the Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium is more suited to your tastes, especially if you like UNESCO World Heritage-listed windmills, Antwerp’s quaint cobblestone streets and Maastricht perfectly-Dutch churches, museums and squares.

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Witness Europe in Bloom

Experience the magic of Europe in bloom along the Rhine river by joining us to explore the landscapes of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany in April or May. These three unique Rhine river cruise itineraries each offer the extraordinary chance to witness the mesmerizing dancing tulips and windmills of Spring time. This is a a vibrant celebration of all things quintessentially Dutch, and a trip to Keukenhof Gardens is the perfect start to your river cruise.

Rhine River Cruises