Rhine River Cruises

the rhine river

The riches of the Rhine River

The inspiration for so many of the romantic fairy-tales that captured our childhood imaginations, the exquisite Rhine River passes enchanting castles and forts lifted from the illustrated page, weaving through six beautiful European countries.

The Rhine is as legendary as its famous siren, Lorelei and our Rhine River cruises offer you a touch of magic as you explore picturesque destinations in Switzerland, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

One of the great river jewels of Europe, with many charming and historic sites and cities dotted along its banks as captured by Henrich Heime, the Brother’s Grimm and many other artists, the Rhine will sweep you away with its beauty.

Our Rhine river cruises begin in the majestic surrounds of the Swiss Alps, and continues through the chocolate-box beauty of the region. Your Rhine River journey includes visits to the stunning Renaissance castle in Heidelberg, the World Heritage-listed city of Bruges, Chillon Castle along Lake Geneva and the mythic Black Forest among the many options you can choose from.

With so many historical and cultural gems to be discovered on our European River cruises, and along the enchanting Rhine, you may choose from a 12 day highlights cruise 15 day or 19-day cruise extending to take in the romantic Moselle River too.

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The difference is Scenic

Enjoy our Rhine River cruises exclusively designed for you by our expert Europe river cruise team of Journey Designers

Our seasoned team of Journey Designers have thoughtfully crafted a selection of tailored experiences for the Rhine River cruises especially for you. Offering true freedom of choice in your European river cruises experience, Scenic offers both on-board and onshore all-inclusive Tailor-made experiences so you can enjoy cruising the enchanting Rhine at your own pace and comfort.

We’ll take you to all the must-see highlights, and you’ll also discover the hidden gems of Europe and experience moments that recreate the wonder of Europe’s immense history.

Enrich Experiences

Unique to Scenic, our Enrich experiences are multi-sensory cultural activities completely inaccessible to the ordinary traveller. On one of our Rhine River cruises you might choose to Enrich your experience of Mannheim by taking in an exclusive tour and private concert in its grand hall.

A rare European jewel, the Palace of Rastatt is the oldest residential palace in the Upper Rhine Valley and was modelled on France’s Palace of Versailles.

Freechoice Options

Our Freechoice options on Rhine river cruises offer you flexibility to take the day as you like by selecting from a vast range of sightseeing options and activities. Our Sundowners experiences offer wonder moments immersing you in the stunning scenery with a glass of the best in hand.

After a cable car ride over the Rhine you can toast a magical day’s end in the impressive Ehrensbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz with your fellow Sundowners.

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Amazing inclusions

Explore the fairy-tale romance of the Rhine in the comfort of one of our luxurious all-inclusive Scenic Space-Ships.
No luxury is spared on our all-inclusive Rhine River cruises, beginning with our innovatively designed Space-Ships. In an intimate and warm atmosphere, unwind in a range of indoor and outdoor lounge areas, select from a gourmet dining menu, enjoy the convenience of Wi-Fi internet and e-bikes and after a day’s exploration retire to your elegant suite for the ultimate in relaxation. Each ship features:
  • Butler service
  • Laundry concierge
  • Top-shelf beverages included
  • Up to five dining venues, from River Cafe to degustation
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailor-made GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary
  • Balcony suites, including a Scenic Sun Lounge 
  • On board entertainment
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers, at your convenience 



A Europe river cruise on the Rhine is a unique European experience, with many historic and enchanting wonders in each cultural destination.

With stunning destinations in Switzerland, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, each European gem on our Rhine River cruises offer a vast range of sightseeing options and activities.

In Strasbourg discover ‘La Petit France’ or journey out to the Alsace to sample the best wines the region has to offer, or shop at the thriving local market with you on board chef. You might choose to hike or take a cable car ride through the mystical Black Forest, or visit the stunning fairytale castle in the French town of Colmar. Or you might take a guided bike ride through Breisach into the town of Colmar.

Visit the historic oval-shaped city of Bruges, a World Heritage-listed Site listed by UNESCO and explore the diamond capital of the world in Antwerp. In Rudesheim board the charming Winzerexpress mini-train guided tour through Siegfried’s Musical Instrument Museum and take a cable car to the Niederwald Monument commemorating the unification of Germany.

All the romance the Rhine region has to offer is laid out for you in elegant comfort on our Rhine River cruises.