Rhine Discovery

5-days Cologne-Mannheim-Rüdesheim-Cologne

Fares From £1,145 pp

Single Supplement From 15%

No-fly rail options from the UK are available on this river cruise

Rhine Discovery – Cruise Summary 


Cruise the incomparable beauty of the Middle Rhine Valley, where the fairy-tale castles of the Rhenish Slate Mountains and the legendary Loreley Rock have inspired visitors and artists throughout the ages. The epic poem, the Song of the Nibelungs is dedicated to this section of the river, as are many other great works of Germanic art. This journey along the Rhine’s southern course will also take you through the Middle Rhine Valley, to the wine-making town of Rüdesheim, as well as the mighty cathedral of Mainz, Treis-Karden and the spa town of Bad Ems.

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Cologne river cruises nicko cruises uk

Fly or rail from London to Cologne and transfer to vessel. Embarkation from 15:00 to 16:00


Day 2: Treis-Karden

Arrival 07:00 – Departure 13:00

Guided tour of historic Treis-Karden with a visit to a distillery and tasting.


Arrival 18:00

Evening tour through Koblenz, the city on the “German Corner”, past the town hall with Schängelbrunnen fountain and Liebfrauenkirche church.



Day 3: Koblenz

Departure 12:00

Tour of Bad Ems with its wonderful spa architecture and magnificent baroque buildings.


Passage of the famous Loreley Rock


Let yourself be amazed by artistic-musical inventions of bygone times over a glass of wine – in “Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet”.


Mittelrheintal Rüdesheim

Arrival 16:30



Day 4: Rüdesheimmiddle rhine valley river cruise nicko cruises uk

Departure 13:00

City tour of romantic Rüdesheim with its pretty half-timbered houses and cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument.


Arrival 16:00 – Departure 22:00

City tour of Mainz with the magnificent Augustinian Church.


Day 5: Cologne

Disembarkation by 09:30

The excursions marked in blue are included in your cruise package. The excursions marked in red can only be booked on board. Mooring and casting off times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.


  • A traditional distillery in the historic town of Treis-Karden, including a tasting
  • Cruise through the World Heritage Site of the Middle Rhine Valley
  • Afternoon passage of the famous Loreley Rock
  • The hilltop castles of the “Romantic Rhine”

Sailing Dates

Fares from £1,145pp

Single Supplement From 15%

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  • Economy flight/rail from London and overseas transfers to and from vessel
  • 4-night cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Welcome and farewell reception with the Captain
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • 3 Guided Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Services of the Cruise Director and local guides
  • Sennheiser audio headsets on all excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Full ATOL financial protection
  • Baggage handling fee
No-fly rail options from the UK are available on this river cruise.

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