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The Swiss alps are the origin of dozens of Europe most spectacular rivers, most notably the Rhine River, and Switzerland serves as the embarking and departure port for many of our river cruises throughout Germany, France, and the Netherlands. On your cruise, you'll have opportunities to hike & bike the scenic countryside of all of these countries. In Switzerland, a walking tour of picturesque Zürich will take you to sites like Grossmünster, St. Peter (with the largest church clock face in the world), Old Town, Town Hall, & Fraumünster (a panoramic viewpoint of the city). Lucerne offers great opportunities to get some shopping in for classic souvenirs, and medieval Basel's storied past comes alive as you tour its historic streets. Contact our European river cruise specialists for help planning the perfect trip.

10 Best Luxury River Cruises to Switzerland

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Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam$427912RelaxedJoin the MS Amaprima on an exclusive 12-day adventure sailing through one of Europe's most magical destinations, the Rhine River. Spend two nights in Zurich followed by two nights in Lucerne, then embark on a 7-day voyage to Amsterdam.
The Enchanting Rhine$437912RelaxedStart with two nights in Zurich and two nights in Lucerne, then take a 7-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam. Enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days are sure to be full of discovery and wonder.
The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam$447912RelaxedDiscover the jewels of the Rhine River on this 12-day cruise from Zurich to Amsterdam, aboard the spacious and comfortable MS Amakristina. Start your trip with two nights in Zurich followed by two nights in Lucerne, then embark your ship in Basel and cruise towards Amsterdam.
The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam$447912RelaxedExplore three different countries on this 12-day trip from Zurich to Amsterdam. Begin your adventure with a two night stay in Zurich and two more nights in Lucerne, then head to Basel and embark the MS Amasonata. Cruise along the Rhine to magnificent cities and charming villages.
The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam$467912RelaxedExperience a 12-day voyage sailing through one of Europe´s most beloved rivers, the enchanting Rhine. Begin your trip with two magical nights in Zurich and two nights in Lucerne, then embark the MS Amadante for a 7-day cruise adventure towards Amsterdam.
The Enchanting Rhine$417912RelaxedAboard the luxurious MS Amaprima, begin your travels with an 8-day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, followed by 2 nights in Lucerne and 2 nights in Zurich. Visit impressive & historic sites, like the Cologne Cathedral, the university town of Heidelberg, and Mt. Pilatus. You can also enjoy a wine tasting & an excursion into the Black Forest.
Captivating Rhine$417912RelaxedJourney into the heart of the captivating Rhine on this 12-day expedition from Amsterdam to Zurich. Begin your adventure with an 8-day cruise exploring the historic cities and highlights of the Rhine, and conclude this magnificent trip with a 4 nights post-cruise in Lucerne and Zurich.
Captivating Rhine$447912RelaxedEmbark the MS Amakristina for an 8-day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, followed by 2 nights in Lucerne and ending with 2 nights in Zurich.

Switzerland Travel Guide

Switzerland Travel Guide
Although Switzerland is just a stop on many cruises, whether you spend one day here or are lucky enough to visit a few destinations, you might see:
  • Zurich: The country's biggest city and home to  Grossmünster Abbey, the Old Town & Town Hall, and walking tours of a city that seamlessly blends its historic past with a progressive future.
  • Lucerne: Here you'll see Museggmauer (Musegg Wall), and Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), among other centuries-old landmarks. 
  • Basel: A quaint old town with a beautiful red sandstone town hall, just a short cruise from the impressive Rhine Falls.
Christmas Markets on the Rhine
These specialty cruises take place in November and December and allow travelers to witness a unique tradition that has been around in Europe for centuries - the Christmas Markets. 

Each city that hosts a Christmas Market on the Rhine & Danube Rivers has its own traditions, but no matter which one you choose, you can count on vibrantly decorated town squares, a buzz of holiday activity, and a delightful mix of hand-crafted artisan souvenirs and home-made local delicacies. 
 

Rhine River FAQs

Why should I choose a river cruise?
River cruises are quickly becoming the hot new way to explore Europe, and the Rhine River is one of the main arteries through central Europe, providing access to some of the most popualr attractions in the region. Once you board your riverboat, you won't have to worry about anything else – unpack your bags and settle into your room for the duration of the excursion and enjoy the various destinations and gourmet cuisine included in the price tag. Some boats even offer free bicycle rentals to explore the towns along the way. 

What should I look for on a riverboat?
Riverboats are a relatively new way to explore the Rhine River, so they haven't quite reached five star status due to space constrictions and limited amenities. However, that doesn't mean that they aren't comfortable, and some of the finer vessels are quite luxurious. You can expect to enjoy incredible views from the panoramic sun deck and get to know the other passengers in the multiple social areas, like the ample dining room and bar. You can get a room in varying styles and classes as well, and some vessels even feature spas, fitness centers, or pools.

Should I get a room with a balcony?
While the Rhine River is one of Europe's most scenic waterways, a room with a balcony isn't a necessary expense when you consider that it will likely cut into the floorspace of your cabin and you have an expansive and comfortable sundeck where you can take in the breathtaking panoramic views. If you get a balcony, you will end up paying hundreds of dollars more on the overall ticket price. Instead, book a room with floor-to-ceiling windows, windows that open, or we can help you find a vessel that features a "French balcony" (a sliding glass door that converts your whole room into a "balcony."

What is dining like?
All of your meals will be a mouthwatering mix of local and international flavors. The Rhine River is famous for its traditional central European cuisine, which you will have plenty of opportunities to sample throughout your cruise.

Do river cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the river?
Definitely! Germany and the Rhine Valley are full of incredible sites and destinations, but they aren't all on the river's shores. To get to the more isolated destinations, your vessel will dock at a port, from which point you can take a luxury coach to the destination. The bus fare is included in your ticket price already.

Will my vessel have WiFi?
Perhaps, but don't count on it. There are some vessels that have WiFi, but not all of them do, and some do charge to access it. It all depends on the vessel and if you're in an area where you can receive the signal. 

What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
Unlike North America, which runs on 110v power, Europe uses 220v power. You probably won't need a power converter since most devices are built to handle both voltages. You will need a plug adapter for either three flat prongs or two round prongs.

How can I save money on a river cruise?
If you want to save money on a Rhine River cruise, your best bet is consulting our deals page frequently to see what the latest promotions are for various destinations. Or you can tell one of our Europe travel experts where you'd like to go and we'll let you know as new deals are offered. DON'T try to save money by getting cheaper cabins, since these also offer less space and occasionally less comfort.

Are Rhine river cruises a good family vacation?
Absolutely! Rhine river cruises can be an engaging way to see central Europe with your whole family. Just make sure that if beer tasting or wine tasting is a feature of the tour that all of the family is 18 or older. If you are traveling with younger children, then the more active tours are the best option. Check out our family travel article for more information.

Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to the Rhine River?
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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