See the best of Europe on a Rhine River cruise

From its starting point in Switzerland, the stunning Rhine River spans several European countries, and crosses Germany, France and then enters the Netherlands. When you take a European river cruise down the Rhine you get to explore some of the most sights that the French and German towns you pass through have to offer.

Beautiful buildings, historic castles and impressive natural landscapes are all on offer for the tourist, and are just a few of the many amazing sights that you will get to see on your break. The beauty of travelling on a luxury cruise ship affords you the option of doing as much or as little as you want to, which effectively means that you can tailor make your holiday day by day depending on your mood.

After travelling by Eurostar from St Pancras to Brussels you will change trains and travel to the German town of Dusseldorf where your cruise will begin. Once you set sail, your first call will be at the quaint and historical town of Koblenz, which is a real treat to explore. Take a guided tour of the old town to get to really know the picturesque streets and set a great tone for the remainder of your trip.

Travelling further down the river will give you the chance to spot around 40 hilltop castles, and the beautiful vineyards that are scattered around the landscape further add to the enchantment of the scenery. This is an area steeped in myths, so look out for the Rock of Lorelei which,, according to folklore lured doomed sailors here by way of a nymph, a statue of which can be seen at St Goarshausen.

After passing through the Rhine Gorge you’ll arrive at Rudesheim, well known for its wine. The cobblestone streets are a delight to explore and there are many attractions, including Siegfried’s Music Box Museum. If you are a fan of architecture, you must alight in Speyer. This is the location of one of the most imposing Romanesque cathedrals in Germany, The Kaiserdom zu Speyer, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site