For more than 30 years, nicko cruises has offered unforgettable river travel experiences and we’ve done it whilst showcasing top service and a personal touch, all at the best value for money. Our programme of award-winning river cruises now extends to no-fly options for our UK guests and we’re going to highlight some of our favourites.

Our no-fly cruises are offered via Eurostar rail connections to Paris (Seine voyages), Cologne (Rhine voyages) and Lyon (Rhône and Saône voyages). Eurostar trains leave from London St Pancras International and offer comfortable seating and plenty of leg room and baggage racks. The average journey from London to Paris is 2 hours and 20 minutes and all trains arrive into Paris Gare du Nord station.

When travelling to Cologne, there is a quick change at Brussels Midi/Zuid, and for Lyon, a change in Paris. These journeys take between 4 and 5 hours with most services offering Wi-Fi.

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No-fly River Cruises – Where can we take you?

We have several options available, including festive sailings, so if you’re planning on enjoying the magic of Europe at Christmas time, you’ve come to the right place. Maybe you’d like to enjoy spring in Holland or spend summer sailing to beautiful destinations along the Rhine. Wherever you want to go, we’re confident we’ll have an itinerary that you’ll love. These are some of our favourites:

Dutch Advent Taster

Our no-fly Dutch Advent Taster cruise is perfect for those new to river cruising that want to enjoy Holland at Christmas time while sampling the delights of our award-winning river vessels. Beginning and ending in Cologne, with stops in Amsterdam and Nijmegen, this is one of our favourites because it encompasses a bit of everything – award-winning cruising, no-flying, Europe at Christmas and, as always, our all-inclusive services. It’s an easy, laid-back itinerary that offers enough time in both ports to really soak up the atmosphere of the season, whilst also giving you the chance to settle into life onboard.

nickoSPIRIT sails this itinerary across several departure dates in December.

The Middle Rhine Valley

Always a popular itinerary with our UK guests, The Middle Rhine Valley offers some of the best destinations along the Rhine, Maine, and Moselle, including Strasbourg, Cochem, Mainz, Frankfurt, and Mannheim. Picturesque landscapes await on this cruise to the impressive Eltz castle and Heidelberg’s romantic old town. Discover one of the power houses of Europe in beautiful Strasbourg and disembark in Frankfurt where an exciting contrast awaits – the mirrored skyscrapers of “Mainhattan”.

nickoSPIRIT sails this itinerary across several departure dates in late spring, summer, and autumn.

Holland in Bloom

Holland in Bloom is one of our favourites because it offers a great opportunity to explore some of Holland’s best towns and cities, including Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Enkhuisen. Holland is a wonderful destination that’s filled with beautiful architecture, rich history and, at the time of year when we sail, it’s also filled with stunning flowers! A highlight of this sailing is the chance to visit Keukenhof. It started life as 15th century kitchen garden but today is a world-famous festival of flowers. In fact, it’s noted as one of the world’s largest flower gardens and is also known as the Garden of Europe.

Those that book this itinerary will be sailing aboard our beautiful MS Rhine Melodie and she offers departures dates in March and April.

A Very Dutch New Year

Gelukkig nieuwjaar! See in the New Year, in the lively city of Amsterdam, on this fabulous “Twixmas” cruise to the most exciting metropolises of the Rhine-Meuse Delta. Step ashore in historic Antwerp, the city of Brussels and modern Rotterdam. Get to know the Dutch capital from a unique perspective on a city tour and night-time canal cruise. Learn more about the art history of Ghent and stroll through picturesque Arnhem. This is our A Very Dutch New Year sailing and it’s 9-days of pure adventure. This is the perfect choice for those that want to experience New Year celebrations away from their norm.

Our award-winning nickoSPIRIT awaits guests on this sailing and she offers departures in December.

Nicko cruises

This is just a small sample of the no-fly river cruises we have available. To see the full programme, visit our dedicated no-fly river cruises page.

Our full European river cruise programme can also be found on our website, and it includes the Douro, Danube, France, and Rhine.

As a specialist in small-ship cruising, we not only draw on our own experience, but also on an international network of partners, in order to implement the nicko cruises philosophy. We venture deep into the heart of destinations, allowing guests more time to explore ashore.

English is spoken and fluent across our entire fleet, and as you travel in the company of like-minded people, the experiences of the places you will visit combine with relaxing moments of onboard wellbeing. A nicko cruises sailing is more than just a cruise, it’s a journey into the unforgettable.

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