River Rhine Cruises
Rhine river cruises can travel through France, Germany and Holland between Basel (Basle) in Switzerland and Amsterdam on the edge of the North Sea.
Basel is Switzerland's second largest city, from where your river cruise ship sails to Breisach, gateway for excursions to the Black Forest or historic Colmar.
Forming the boundary between France and Germany, a Rhine cruise continues to cosmopolitan Strasbourg. Half-timbered buildings and a sandstone cathedral with astronomical clock contrast with the European Parliament building, best seen from a local canal cruise.
Cruise down the Rhine, perhaps calling at Worms, centre of Martin Luther's activities, to the wine town of Rudesheim and its lively Drosselgasse of bars and restaurants.
The Rhine Gorge section, a World Heritage Site, is the most famous part of the River Rhine. A cruise gives views of vineyard covered slopes dotted with ancient castles, and passes the famed Lorelei Rock.
At Koblenz, overlooked by the Ehrenbreitstein fortress, the River Mosel leaves the Rhine which continues to Cologne, with its Old Town and and great Gothic twin-spire cathedral.
The lower River Rhine then flows through rich farmland to Holland and the colourful city of Amsterdam.