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Strasbourg is the start and finish point of many river cruises that explore the most enchanting stretches of the romantic Rhine Valley toward Cologne and the tranquil Moselle River. Capital of Alsace, in northeastern France, Strasbourg's history, culture, and architecture have been heavily influenced by Germany and it is a historical crossroads between the countries. Explore the old town of Strasbourg strolling down cobblestone streets and taking a nighttime canal boat ride for a unique perspective of the quaint medieval neighborhoods along the Grande Île. Take a bicycle ride, just as the locals do, strolling between attractions like the Musée Alsacien and one of the most impressive Gothic churches in Europe, Cathédrale Notre-Dame. Climb up the Cathédrale's viewing platform for an amazing view of the city & the Rhine. Don’t hesitate to contact our travel specialists for more information.
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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Christmas on the Romantic Rhine$11954Dec 23, 2024Cruise the romantic Rhine Valley this Christmas and discover the famous Christmas market of Strasbourg, one of the biggest in Europe, aboard the MS …
The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of Lorelei$17275Sep 6, 2024Get to know the scenic Rhine River on this 5-day river cruise aboard the MS Gerard Schmitter. From Strasbourg, France to Rudesheim, Germany and back, …
Delightful Christmas Markets in the Neckar Valley$16375Dec 1, 2024Explore charming Christmas Markets and wander in the beautiful landmarks in the Neckar Valley and magical Rothenburg in this 5-day cruise aboard MS …
Christmas on the romantic rhine, the enhancement of the Lorelei Rock$15025Dec 22, 2024Join MS Gerard Schmitter on this 5-day Strasbourg roundtrip, the Christmas on the romantic rhine, the enhancement of the Lorelei Rock, and discover …
The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of Lorelei$14075Jul 16, 2024Explore Northern Europe in a new and fascinating way, by cruising along the romantic Rhine Valley aboard the MS La Boheme. Making stops in Koblenz, …
The Magic of Christmas: Savory Delights And Holiday Traditions On A Rhine River Cruise$12665Dec 2, 2024Join MS Beethoven in a memorable 5-day Christmas cruise on the Rhine River to explore the oldest, most revered Christmas markets in Europe. Explore …
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Major Routes of Rhine River Cruises

Between Cologne and Strasbourg

For a short, economical Rhine River cruise, take a 5 or 6 day cruise we explore the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture of Mainz, Worms, Speyer, Koblenz, Heidelberg, and Mannheim.

Rhine & Moselle Rivers 
The Moselle River is a tributary of the Rhine River, flowing through France, Luxembourg, and finally into the Rhine in the town of Koblenz, Germany. Cruises range from 5-12 days and offer a great way to see the fairytale countryside of central Europe. Several cruises also include stops on the Main River as well. 

Basel to Amsterdam stopping in Strasbourg
Over about 8 days, sail the Rhine from Basel, Switzerland, starting below the river's headwaters in the Swiss Alps through Germany, France and reaching the Atlantic Ocean at Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Getting to Strasbourg - Transportation

Stay before or after your cruise: While Strasbourg is the embarkation and/or disembarkation for many of our Rhine River cruises, most itineraries do not spend much time exploring the city, since you can easily book a few nights before or after your cruise to spend time exploring on your own. If you are arriving to another city in Europe or from Paris, there are several options to get to Strasbourg:

Flights: Strasbourg does have a minor international airport that receives flights from other cities throughout Europe and northern Africa. There are no direct flights from Paris to Strasbourg, which actually makes the train a faster option between the two cities.

Train from Paris: There are trains that depart almost hourly during the day traveling from Paris to Strasbourg. Depending on when you buy your ticket, the price can range from around 50 euros to about 100 euros. The journey is roughly 2h 30m, and affords you an excellent opportunity to see the French countryside.
Wine Themed Cruises
While much of Germany has earned renown for its rich heritage of bierhauses, the Rhine Valley is acclaimed for its savory vineyards and delicious wine. Several of our cruises focus exclusively on these wine tasting experiences, like the Enchanting Rhine cruises aboard the MS Amakristina and the Amasonata.

Strasbourg forms a stop on both of these cruises and several others that feature daily wine tastings and lectures. The fabled “Alsace Wine Road” takes you to Obernai, where you can sample Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and other popular wines of this area.

To accompany the varieties of wine that you will be trying is a gourmet array of local cuisine that pairs excellently with each flavor. Along the way, you'll even have opportunities to meet the knowledgeable and experienced vintners who dedicate themselves to making the perfect bottle of wine. 

The rest of your tour will be balanced between touring these historical cities and relaxing in the comfort of your luxurious river boat. 
What to see & do in Strasbourg
Situated right on the Rhine River along the French-German border, Strasbourg is the starting/ ending point for many of our featured Rhine River cruises

Only a few cruises actually spend time in this city as a destination along the way, but if you are fortunate enough to spend a day here, you will likely visit such sites as:
  • Orangerie: a leisurely park, which also happens to be the oldest in the city.
  • Place de la Republique
  • European Parliament
  • “La Petite France” neighborhood, where you can see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock.
  • Take a bicycle tour of the city
  • Travel the “Alsace Wine Road” to visit Obernai

Strasbourg FAQs

Why should I choose a cruise to France and Strasbourg?
Cruises are quickly becoming the most popular way to explore Europe, and France is no exception. With options to cruise the Mediterranean, the Rhone River, and the Seine River, you'll be able to see all that France has to offer from the comfort of a cruise ship or riverboat. The advantage to the cruise is that for the all-inclusive price, you will get lodging, meals, and all daily excursions and tours at a tremendous value. Plus, since your hotel is your transportation, you won't have to pack and unpack every time you visit a new city and you will awake each day with wonderful new views of the French countryside right from your cabin window. 

What should I look for on a cruise ship or riverboat in France?
It all depends on whether you're looking for a ship that explores the coastal regions and Mediterranean or a riverboat. The sea-going boats are larger mega-yachts that are often between first class and luxurious. Riverboats feature fewer amenities due to the size restrictions, but you can count on comfortable cabins, a spacious bar & lounge, and a panoramic sun deck.

Are there 5-star river vessels in France?
Some of our yachts could be considered five-stars, but the river vessels have more confined space constrictions, limiting the amount of social areas and amenities, which means that they generally don't qualify as 5-star vessels. At least not yet – remember that river cruising is a new trend in European tourism, so it's probable that in the next few years, they will debut several world class five star vessels.

Should I get a room with a balcony?
Not necessarily. Some travelers feel that a balcony is a "must" for their cruise experience – if you're in this group, then go for it. Otherwise, consider a room with floor-to-ceiling windows or a sliding glass door that opens up to the fresh air. This will save you considerable money and might even afford you more floor space in your cabin. Plus, you can always go to the sundeck to take in the panoramic views and crisp French air.

What is dining like?
It's no secret that one of the highlights of a French vacation is the cuisine, and our Adventure Life tours are no exception. No matter which part of France you are visiting, you will find gourmet cuisine prepared by local chefs.

Do river cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the river?
Usually. The truth is, the waterways of France already provide access to some of the best sites, like the Seine River which winds from Paris through Normandy and the Rhone River in the southern part of the country. And French Mediterranean cruises stick to the sea. If there is a destination that is not on the river or sea route, you will dock in the closest port so that you can transfer to the site by luxury coach. 

Will my vessel have WiFi?
You will probably have internet access throughout most of your cruise, but it's possible that your vessel will not be equipped or that you will be out of range at some point in your cruise too. 

What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
European plugs are either British style (three flat prongs) or European style (two round prongs), different from the two flat prongs in North America. Power is 220v, not 110v like in North America, but this usually isn't a problem since most devices can handle the difference.

How can I save money on a France cruise?
A great way to save money on your France cruise is to browse our deals and promotions or by letting us know which places you'd like to see so we can keep you in the loop for all new travel deals. Don’t go cheap on the cabin selection to save money since this will also result in less space or maybe even less comfort.

Are cruises in France a good family vacation?
Yes! If you are traveling with younger children then avoid the wine tasting cruises, but otherwise we feature some very active options that are great for families. Check out our family travel article for more information.

Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to France?
All citizens of North America traveling to Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. In recent years, it has not been necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe if you plan to stay less than three months, however, this situation may change in the future. See current European visa requirements

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