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Captivating Rhine Moselle and Main Rivers

7 Day River Cruise

France, Europe
17 Meals Included
5 Excursions
Easygoing Pace

Cruise along the mighty Rhine, Moselle and Main rivers on a 7 day All-Inclusive cruise that explores dynamic Frankfurt, the meandering avenues of Koblenz and the famed wine cellars of Rudesheim.

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Tour Highlights

  • Tour the old city of Koblenz and Strasbourg
  • Explore Frankfurt and the Main Tower
  • See Cochem Castle and the Niederwald Monument
Number of nights


Day 1
UK to Strasbourg via Basel


Depart on a scheduled flight to Basel and transfer to Strasbourg. On arrival, greet your crew and enjoy a welcome cocktail before winding through the charming canals of Strasbourg, flanked by vibrant half-timbered houses and bathed in a golden hue.

Day 2
Strasbourg to Frankfurt on Rhine

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

An imposing skyline announces your arrival into the dynamic German metropolis of Frankfurt, whose rich cultural heritage is palpable; discover the prominent Frankfurt Cathedral and expansive cobblestoned Romerberg plaza, before returning on board for an evening of entertainment.

Day 3
Frankfurt to Cochem on Moselle

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following a morning of cruising, arrive in the picturesque town of Cochem, whose hilltop castle is the town's crowning architectural wonder; dominating the scenic landscape and boasting a wonderland of medieval fantasy, enjoy an optional excursion to the imperial 12th century castle this afternoon.

Day 4
Cochem to Koblenz on Moselle and Rhine

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Continuing along the winding course, reach the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers and disembark to explore the city of Koblenz. Meander through the quaint courtyards and romantic avenues during an afternoon walking tour one of the oldest cities in Germany.

Day 5
Koblenz to Rudesheim on Rhine

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Arriving this afternoon, traverse scenic vineyards towards Rudesheim's famed wine cellars; savour a selection of regional speciality wines before uncovering an astounding assortment of vintage instruments at Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet.

Day 6
Rudesheim to Mannheim on Rhine

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sail towards the cosmopolitan city of Heidelberg, where an optional excursion offers the opportunity to witness Heidelberg Castle's lavishly ornamented facade, and the old town's atmospheric market squares and striking baroque architecture. Later this evening, enjoy a gala dinner on board.

Day 7
Strasbourg to UK


Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Basel Airport for your return flight to the UK.

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The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 10 days before you travel
MS Gerard Schmitter
6 nights
River Cruise, France
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Important Information

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250.00pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

A visa is not required for British nationals travelling to France and Germany. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote ‘WK830’ for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Your flight is to Basel Airport Airport with British Airways (BA), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 5. Each passenger is entitled to 23KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (56cm/45cm/25cm) in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your final confirmation. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure. IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you.

Airport Extras: If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This river cruise is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on cobble streets and getting on and off the cruise ship. This cruise is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Please note: your cruise is shared with international clients from other companies.

An English-speaking Cruise Director will be on board your cruise to help with any queries that you may have. While on excursions included in your itinerary, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking local tour guide. When exploring locally during your leisure time you will not be accompanied by a tour guide. Please note: Your cruise is shared with international clients from other companies.

The currency in France and Germany as well as on board is the Euro. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in most towns and cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

This cruise is All-Inclusive, so you will only need to take a little extra money with you to cover any premium drinks on board and souvenirs, drinks and snacks purchased when off the ship, as well as any optional excursions you wish to book.

Tipping is at your discretion. There is an envelope in your cabin for this purpose that can be handed to reception at the end of your cruise.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily are taken onboard the ship. Tables seat 4 and 6 people, so you’ll be able to converse and socialise with new friends, whilst never feeling crowded together. Tea and coffee are available on-board ship as well as unlimited soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, including a variety of wines and beer, both during meals and at the bar. (Premium brands are available at an extra cost). Any dietary requirements and dislikes should be made known to our reservations staff at the time of booking. On embarking the ship, you will be greeted by the captain, crew and staff and treated to welcome cocktails.

Embarkation Time: 6pm Disembarkation Time: 9am If your arrival is before this time, you will be transferred to the docking area where you will be able to leave your luggage. You are then free to explore the city at your own pace until it is time to board your ship. Please note that details of the boarding quay will be confirmed when you receive your final holiday confirmation.

The Captain and CroisiEurope reserve the right to alter/modify an itinerary at any time, should safety or external circumstances make this necessary, changes are also subject to tides. Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

On your arrival in Strasbourg you will be met by a representative from our local agent, CroisiEurope, holding a sign displaying: “Mercury Holidays”. The Mercury Holidays/ CroisiEurope representative will show you to your transfer vehicle.

If you need to contact your representative during your stay the details are:

Emergency contact information: Please find below the CroisiEurope emergency contact details: La Boheme: 06 33 74 64 81 Monet: 07 85 93 96 54