CroisiEurope cruises on the River Rhine

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Gerard Schmitter
      Gerard Schmitter
      • Superb value short break in the springtime from Amsterdam to Belgium with unlimited complimentary drinks onboard, plus optional excursions

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Gerard Schmitter
      Gerard Schmitter
      • Discover the beauty of springtime in Holland and visit the magnificent cities of Rotterdam and Antwerp on this fantastic short break, with an optional excursion to Keukenhof Gardens

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Gerard Schmitter
      Gerard Schmitter
      • Enjoy this short-break cruise from Strasbourg along the scenic River Rhine towards Koblenz and Rudesheim, past numerous castles nestled in the famed vineyards, and the Lorelei Rock

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Victor Hugo
      Victor Hugo
      • An excellent short break in the spring from Amsterdam with unlimited complimentary drinks onboard, plus optional excursions

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Gerard Schmitter
      Gerard Schmitter
      • A 5-night cruise of the River Rhine from Strasbourg, taking in one of the Rhine's most picturesque stretches and visiting Rudesheim, Koblenz and Speyer

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Gerard Schmitter
      Gerard Schmitter
      • Journey along the Dutch waterways on this short-break including a cruise on the Ijsselmeer, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Holland

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Gerard Schmitter
      Gerard Schmitter
      • Enjoy time in Amsterdam with opportunities to explore the city's highlights before cruising south through picturesque Germany to Strasbourg in France

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Gerard Schmitter
      Gerard Schmitter
      • This round-trip voyage from Amsterdam features the scenic Middle Rhine and the Lorelei rock, plus the main riverside towns in Germany and Holland

    • Special savings on 20 May departure!

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Lafayette
      • Cruise the full navigable River Rhine between Amsterdam and Basel. See the highlights of Holland and explore historic German and French towns en route to Switzerland. Includes unlimited complimentary drinks on board

    • Special savings on 5 and 13 April departures!

Rhine River Cruises

River cruises in Northern Europe are centred on Germany and Holland, and include River Rhine cruises, River Moselle cruises, and cruises on the rivers and canals of Holland and Belgium in Spring tulip time.

The River Rhine is one of the main rivers of Europe, flowing from Switzerland to the North Sea at Amsterdam. The navigable section starts from Basel in Switzerland, continuing to Strasbourg in France's Alsace region before reaching the wine village of Rudesheim. The Middle Rhine is the most scenic section as the river cruise passes through the Rhine Gorge dotted with castles high above the river, and the famous Lorelei rock. Cologne with its huge twin spire cathedral and old town is a Rhine river cruise highlight.

The River Moselle leaves the Rhine at Koblenz, and twists past vineyard covered hillsides as far as Luxembourg. The river side port of Cochem, overlooked by magnificent Reichsburg Castle, the ancient wine village of Bernkastel, and Trier with its extensive Roman sites are Moselle river cruise highlights.

From Amsterdam take springtime Holland river cruises to the Ijsselmeer and historic ports of Volendam, Hoorn and Enkhuisen, with excursions to Keukenhof Gardens ablaze with tulips and spring flowers. Cruises may visit medieval Bruges or the diamond city of Antwerp in Belgium.

  • Amsterdam
  • Rhine Castle
  • Drosselgasse, Rudesheim
  • Cochem
  • Bernkastel
  • Typical dutch lift bridge
  • Enkhuisen
  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Bruges
  • Rhine
  • Pont passagers


The cruise terminal in Amsterdam is a short distance from the city centre and its tall merchant houses and tree-lined canals. Chief sights are the prestigious Rijksmuseum and its large collection of important paintings, the Van Gogh Museum and Ann Frank's House. The attractive narrow streets are full of bars, coffee houses, quaint bridges and interesting shops.

Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Basel (Switzerland)

Basle is a handsome city with a buzzing Marketplatz and daily food markets. In its old town are winding streets, the cathedral, red-brick City Hall, art museums and many historic buildings. The green valleys and chocolate-box villages of Switzerland are sometimes included in tours from Basle.


Bernkastel (Germany)

Set beside the river in a landscape of steeply-sloping vineyards and rolling hills, Bernkastel is a lovely little town. Its red and white timber-frame houses surround the medieval square, and worth seeking out is the quaint Spitzhausen the pointed house. Bernkastel has a 500-year history of wine-making the famous Mosel riesling wines.


Cochem (Germany)

The waterfront at Cochem is lined with a flower-filled promenade, leading via twisting alleys to its medieval square. Known as the Pearl of the Moselle, the architectural gem of Cochem is surrounded by vineyards producing Reisling, which can be tasted in its cosy wine taverns. There is often the opportunity to visit the gorgeous hill-top castle of Reichsburg overlooking the town.


Cologne (Germany)

Cologne is the capital of the Rhineland and is dominated by the huge spires of its cathedral. The Old Town has welcoming taverns, cafés and plenty of opportunities to buy a bottle of the famous 4711 cologne. Stroll the narrow streets of Old Town and see quaint squares and perhaps visit the Germano-Roman Museum to see finds from Colognes Roman past.


Koblenz (Germany)

Koblenz sits prettily on the riverside where the Moselle and the Rhine meet. Tiny alleys, fountains and old squares lead to the 12th-century church of St Florin. In this rich wine-producing region, a visit to a wine tavern is a must, where you can sample 'Father Rhine' and 'Mother Moselle' at their best.


Mainz (Germany)

Leafy Mainz offers two fascinating highlights. Mainz was the birthplace of Johann Gutenberg, and the city's Printing Museum exhibits the first two copies made of his famous Bible. In St Stephans' church there are wonderful, vivid blue stained-glass windows created by the great 20th century artist, Marc Chagall.


Rudesheim (Germany)

The scenic town of Rudesheim has many attractions - it sits at the foot of the Niederwald mountain and in one of the Rhines best wine-making regions. Stroll the gorgeous Drosselgasse and sip a glass of superb Riesling in a cosy tavern or take a tour by gondola up the Niederwald,. Other options include Castle Vollards or a miniature train ride to the eccentric Mechanical Music Museum.


Strasbourg (France)

The Grand Ile is the historic centre of Strasbourg, the busy European capital which combines dazzling historic buildings with the offices of the European Parliament and modern commerce. Stroll the fairytale district of Petite France, see covered bridges and the magnificent cathedral.


Trier (Germany)

Explore Trier on foot and discover magnificent Roman remains in amongst fine restaurants, wine-growers taverns and colourful gabled buildings. The main sites are Porta Nigra city gate, the basilica, imperial baths and the ancient cathedral. This distinguished and picturesque city beside the Moselle River was the birthplace of Karl Marx.



Antwerp port is adjacent to the Steen and connected by metro to the city, which is an important centre of the diamond trade. Cobbled lanes criss-cross the city leading to art galleries, antique and chocolate shops, and the magnificent cathedral of Notre Dame, which holds paintings by Rubens, the tall Flemish buildings of the Grote Markt and the City Hall. Antwerp is also a fashion capital, and the forthcoming Port Authority HQ was designed by groundbreaking architect, Zaha Hadid.

Antwerp (Belgium)

Bruges (Belgium)

Bruges is one of the oldest towns in Flanders, and one of the prettiest. Tranquil canals wind through the city, and the Church of Our Lady houses the sculpture by Michelangelo of the Madonna and Child. In the busy square overlooked by the Town Hall belfry perhaps try local 'moules et frites', buy fine chocolate, take coffee or sample one of the many Belgian beers.


Enkhuizen (Holland)

The Drommedaris Tower in Enkhuizen is a reminder of the towns role as a trading centre for the Dutch East India Company, and the Zuiderzee Museum traces its history. The traditional wooden boats of the brown fleet pass through Enkhuizens busy lock and can be seen sailing on the Ijselmeer.


Ghent (Belgium)

Charming Ghent escaped World War II bombing, and has over 900 listed buildings commissioned by wealthy merchants in medieval times. Along the canals, there are many small shops selling unusual items, and the Design Museum shows Art Nouveau items and Philippe Starck designs.


Hoorn (Holland)

The delightful small town of Hoorn has lovely gabled buildings, constructed during its time as a trading port for the Dutch East India Company. It is well-known for its quaint shops, selling curiosities, antiques and art, and for its famous son who rounded the Southern Cape in 1618 and named it Cape Horn after his birthplace.



The quaint lakeside town of Volendam is a maze of fishermen's houses, small gabled buildings and wooden shops, and was a popular subject for 19th-century artists. Some of its inhabitants still wear traditional Dutch dress, and there is a museum dedicated to Dutch costume and its history. Volendam is close to the historic cheese-producing town of Edam.

Volendam (Netherlands)
Northern Europe Rivers Map