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Cologne River Cruises

About Cologne

As one of Germany’s largest and most historic cities, Cologne is also one of the country’s busiest tourist destinations, not least with river cruisers. Cologne sits on both banks of the iconic Rhine River and it should come as no surprise that there’s a huge choice of Rhine river cruise itineraries which visit the city. Founded by the Romans in the 1st century AD as a province capital, the city enjoyed being a centre for trade in the Middle Ages but is still perhaps best remembered for being one of Germany’s most heavily bombed cities during the allied air raids of the Second World War. Only five percent of the city’s population survived and very few of its original buildings remain, though the subsequent rebuilding over the years has left visitors with one of Germany's most compelling cities to explore.

Exploring Cologne

Hohenzollern Bridge is an altogether more modern Cologne landmark. It’s famous for being the place where thousands of couples have affixed padlocks as a sign of their commitment to each other; a trend which has since been replicated on numerous bridges worldwide. It’s the ideal way to cross the Rhine as foot passengers are welcome and it also offers some great views of the river. On the subject of views, for the very best aerial one, don’t miss the chance to take a trip up the Koeln Triangle. It’s a skyscraper with an observatory, viewing platform and restaurant and offers the ultimate panoramic vista of Cologne.

Nature-lovers will be pleased to know the city’s not without its green space too. The beautiful Botanical Gardens dating back to the 19th century, are situated close to the Rhine and open daily, while Melaten-Friedhof is a peaceful, leafy cemetery popular with both visitors and locals because of the fascinating history and tranquil atmosphere that it offers.

Cologne tips

Cologne really comes into its own at Christmas, when the Dom becomes an unforgettable backdrop to the city’s enchanting Christmas Market. Book a river cruise during this time and you’ll experience the city at its most magical and memorable.

Cologne Itineraries

Rudesheim

Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

23 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

2021 JUST RELEASED! Includes HUGE savings of up to £400 per couple!

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Cochem

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

21 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

2021 JUST RELEASED! Includes HUGE savings of up to £400 per couple!

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Breisach

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

11 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel

Includes HUGE savings of up to £500 per couple plus FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers! Book today and pay by 31st October to save an extra £250!

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Regensburg

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

4 sailing dates May 2020 to May 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £1,300 per couple!

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Miltenberg

Cruise the Heart of Europe - Cologne to Budapest

6 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary

2021 JUST RELEASED! Includes HUGE savings of up to £400 per couple!

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Strasbourg

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

54 sailing dates July 2020 to December 2021
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £1,300 per couple!

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Passau

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

10 sailing dates June 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Amsterdam

Includes HUGE savings of up to £3,000 per couple! Limited time only!

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Basel

Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date May 2022
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Strasbourg

Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date May 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4739pp
Koblenz

Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date May 2022
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Koblenz

Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date May 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4589pp
Rudesheim

Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Amsterdam

Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date July 2020
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

The Rhine’s Enchanting Christmas Markets

1 sailing date November 2021
4 Nights From Rudesheim , Germany to Cologne
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Rudesheim

Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date August 2020
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Cochem

Anniversary Waltz on the Rhine and Moselle

1 sailing date June 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Amsterdam

The Rhine and Dutch Delights

2 sailing dates November 2021
5 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Boppard

Scenic Rhine New Year

1 sailing date December 2021
4 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Amsterdam

Rhine New Year's Cities

1 sailing date December 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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