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Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

From £1,099 pp

A spectacularly scenic cruise of wonderful contrasts, from refined and historic Heidelberg to delightfully quaint Boppard and the old world charm of medieval Strasbourg plus the enduring allure of the glorious Rhine Gorge. Stepping aboard you will appreciate the superb surroundings of your floating luxury hotel for the next seven nights with spacious and well-appointed cabins or suites, private bathrooms and meticulously prepared fine cuisine.

What’s Included:

  • Relax at your leisure in Boppard with ample time to explore the stunning castle – a must
  • Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge
  • Visit to Mainz – capital of the Rhineland and a centre of Germany’s wine lands
  • Guided tour of majestic Heidelberg – follow in the footsteps of philosophers and poets
  • Enjoy a guided tour of historic Strasbourg – capital of Alsace
  • Take a scenic drive through beautiful Alsatian countryside to the pretty town of Colmar
  • Guided tour of Cologne and see its magnificent Gothic Cathedral
  • Price includes full-board from dinner on your first day of arrival until breakfast on your last day
  • The services of a cruise director and tour manager
  • Standard class reserved seat on Eurostar from London St. Pancras
  • Or return flights from selected airports (at a supplement)
  • Return rail connections on selected dates from more than 30 regional stations

 

Rhine - Cityscape of Colmar
Rhine - Stolzenfels Castle at Rhine Valley (Rhine Gorge) near Koblenz
Day 1 - Cologne

Arrive at the airport for your flight to Düsseldorf or Cologne, or take the Eurostar to Brussels from London St Pancras International.

On arrival, transfer by coach to your five-star cruise ship moored in picturesque Cologne. The dedicated English-speaking crew welcomes you on board and helps you to your cabin.

After settling into your spacious and tastefully furnished accommodation, there’s time to familiarise yourself with this splendid ship.

Dinner

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

When you peek out from your cabin this morning, you’ll realise the ship has slipped quietly away from Cologne; the view that greets you is of vine-covered valleys sides aglow in the morning light, bidding you a warm welcome to the charms of the Rhine.

There’s nothing quite like that feeling of anticipation when gliding alongside the promenade of a river port, snatching tantalising glimpses of what lies ashore, and Koblenz – beautifully located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers – doesn’t disappoint.

The city is immersed in two millennia of history: founded by the Romans, it was successively occupied by the Franks, chosen as a residence of the German prince electors, conquered by the French and fortified by the Prussians! All have left their marks in the city’s rich array of castles, churches and historic buildings.

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Mainz

Slipping our moorings in Boppard we cruise through the Rhine Gorge, where the waters narrow to one-fifth their normal width and flow more swiftly.

Sheer valley walls soar 600 feet and magnificent birds of prey glide on the thermals above. Teutonic knights built the numerous redoubtable castles as symbols of their power and to extract tolls from ships, but the fortresses now stand as silent ruins on forested hillsides as reminders of how fortunes change with the passage of history.

This really is the magical Rhine of our imagination, so find a comfortable spot on the Sun Deck or in the forward observation lounge and enjoy the experience of cruising this famous stretch of water.

Your next port of call is historic Mainz, renowned today as Germany’s wine capital but whose most famous son was Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the movable type printing press.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Mainz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Heidelberg

Overnight we cruise further downstream and, after breakfast, we take a short drive to Heidelberg, undoubtedly one of Germany’s most perfect architectural treasures and all the more remarkable because it escaped bombing during the Second World War.

Set in an almost idealised German landscape, this jewel sits on the banks of the River Neckar, surrounded by forests and with an imposing castle dominating the church spires and terracotta gabled roofs of the compact Aldstadt – the romantic Old Town.

Its 14th-century university, one of the most prestigious in Europe, lends Heidelberg a genteel atmosphere rather similar to its ‘twin’ town – Cambridge. During the 19th century it was the centre of Germany’s Romantic Movement, on the route of the ‘Grand Tour’ and visited by many artists including JMW Turner, who captured its splendours for eternity. There are few more delightful places to explore, as you’ll discover on our guided walking tour, which reveals its principal attractions – including the magical stone bridge with its twin white towers – and local secrets.

Day 4 - Heidelberg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Strasbourg & Colmar

By breakfast we’ve arrived in France and the charming city of Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region. The city is a complete delight – its centre a mosaic of winding alleys and lanes lined with quirkily crooked, half-timbered houses largely unchanged since the 14th century.

During its history Strasbourg has been both German and French, and you see influences of both in its language, cuisine and appearance, creating a truly individual ambience.

This morning, we explore this delightful city on a walking tour with a local guide leading us to its enchanting centre – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – taking in the Petite France quarter of pretty canals lined with classic pastel-coloured houses crisscrossed with timbers and with flower-filled window boxes, the famous multi-towered Ponts Couverts, or covered bridges, and, of course, the stunning Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, which Victor Hugo memorably described as a ‘veritable tiara of stone’.

Day 5 - Strasbourg & Colmar

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Rüdesheim

This morning, early risers can enjoy phenomenal views as once again we pass through the Rhine Gorge where, in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the Rhine Maidens guard lost treasure, the ‘Rheingold’. What better way to spend the morning than relaxing on the Sun Deck beneath dramatic rocky, vineyard-topped valley sides dotted with romantic ruined castles.

The valley sides dissolve and hills give way to plains as we progress majestically to Cologne. This afternoon you can discover this fascinating city on our tour led by a local guide who’ll help you get the most out of your visit, which of course takes in the twin-spired cathedral, the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe, miraculous survivor of Second World War bombing and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It took six centuries to complete, and among its many treasures are the magnificent stained glass windows and gilded sarcophagus said to contain the remains of the three kings from the Nativity story. We also see the vibrant Old Town, beautifully restored and boasting an abundance of excellent shopping and cosy bars, some of which still brew their own beer.

As night falls, a sumptuous dinner provides the perfect finale to this memorable cruise through the romantic River Rhine.

Day 6 Rüdesheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Cologne

This morning you can enjoy once again more marvels of the Rhine, as we pass through the Gorge and the very confines of the river where the Rhine Maidens allegedly guard lost treasure, the “Rheingold”. What better way to end your cruise than relaxing on the Sun Deck beneath dramatic, rocky, vineyard-topped valley sides, with impossibly perched castles at every turn, towering above the shimmering water below: feast your eyes on the magic around you that quite simply is the jewel of the Rhine.

The valley sides dissolve away and the hills begin to fade to the plain as the ship drifts gently onwards to Cologne whilst you enjoy your final delicious lunch.

This afternoon we have a walking tour of the city during which we will learn all about its fascinating past plus the superb cathedral, the largest gothic structure on earth. The Cathedral has Europe’s most stunningly intricate stained glass, it took 600 years to complete and at that time was the largest building on earth, until eclipsed by the Eiffel Tower.

Day 7 - Cologne

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Cologne - Return Home

Say farewell to your newly made friends and the crew before transferring to the airport for your return flight or to Brussels to connect with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras International.

Breakfast

Riviera Travel Oscar Wilde Exterior

Oscar Wilde is one of Riviera Travel’s new ‘all suite’ ships.  Launched in 2017 she offers excellent standards of accommodation consistent with Scylla’s (the ship operator) other 5 star ships. Standard Suites are large at 183 ft² with floor to ceiling windows opening to a rail on the middle and upper decks. Suites on the lower deck are slightly smaller at 172 ft² and feature high level windows. 6 Superior Suites and 4 Deluxe Balcony Suites are available on each ship at 247 ft² and 269 ft² respectively. Deluxe Balcony Suites, located on the upper deck, also feature a small private balcony.

An outstanding ship it would be very easy to just say ‘luxurious’ but it’s much more than that, a unique yet exquisite blend of understated taste, style and elegance at the highest level. A spacious new vessel as you enter a gleaming, richly coloured marble-floored lobby flooded with natural light from a stunning atrium above. The ship is beautifully illuminated throughout, including the exterior and imaginatively furnished with harmonious colour schemes, all designed to create the serene atmosphere reflective of the golden age of cruising.

Riviera-Travel-OscarWilde-Lounge

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 88 comfortable outside suites, most with French balconies, some with private balcony
  • For and aft sundecks with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers
  • ‘Whirlpool’ splash pool
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating with tables of 4 and 6
  • Main lounge with bar & piano
  • Bistro bar & restaurant
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day with speciality patisseries in the afternoon
  • Elevator to Diamond, Ruby and Emerald decks
  • Wellness area, massage, nail salon and hairdresser
  • Onboard souvenir shop*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

88 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 172 – 269 ft² or indulge even more in one of the 6 Superior suites or 4 Deluxe Balcony Suites. Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Deluxe Balcony Suite

269 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a private balcony with table and chairs and additional floor to ceiling windows
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Larger private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products, Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Riviera-Travel-OscarWilde-Deluxe-Suite
Riviera Travel Emily Bronte Stern Suite

Superior & Superior Stern Suite

247 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to French balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Diamond Deck & Ruby Deck Suite

183 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Riviera Travel Thomas Hardy Stern Suite
Riviera Thomas Hardy Lower Deck Cabin

Emerald Deck Suite

172 ft² –  Emerald (Lower) Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Riviera Travel - Suite Ship Deck Plan
Riviera Travel Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë is one of Riviera Travel’s new ‘all suite’ ships.  Launched in 2017 she offers excellent standards of accommodation consistent with Scylla’s (the ship operator) other 5 star ships. Standard Suites are large at 183 ft² with floor to ceiling windows opening to a rail on the middle and upper decks. Suites on the lower deck are slightly smaller at 172 ft² and feature high level windows. 6 Superior Suites and 4 Deluxe Balcony Suites are available on each ship at 247 ft² and 269 ft² respectively. Deluxe Balcony Suites, located on the upper deck, also feature a small private balcony.

This superb vessel carries 44 in-house trained crew members serving just 176 guests (similar size vessels may carry well over 190 passengers) giving the ratio which our experience proves is concurrent with first class service levels.

An outstanding ship it would be very easy to just say ‘luxurious’ but it’s much more than that, a unique yet exquisite blend of understated taste, style and elegance at the highest level. A spacious new vessel as you enter a gleaming, richly coloured marble-floored lobby flooded with natural light from a stunning atrium above. The ship is beautifully illuminated throughout, including the exterior and imaginatively furnished with harmonious colour schemes, all designed to create the serene atmosphere reflective of the golden age of cruising.

Riviera Travel Emily Bronte Lounge

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 88 comfortable outside suites, most with French balconies, some with private balcony
  • For and aft sundecks with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers
  • ‘Whirlpool’ splash pool
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating with tables of 4 and 6
  • Main lounge with bar & piano
  • Bistro bar & restaurant
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day with speciality patisseries in the afternoon
  • Elevator to Diamond, Ruby and Emerald decks
  • Wellness area, massage, nail salon and hairdresser
  • Onboard souvenir shop*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

88 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 172 – 269 ft² or indulge even more in one of the 6 Superior suites or 4 Deluxe Balcony Suites. Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

 

 

 

Deluxe Balcony Suite

269 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a private balcony with table and chairs and additionl fllor to ceiling windows
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Larger private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products, Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Riviera Travel Thomas Hardy Deluxe Balcony Suite
Riviera Travel Emily Bronte Stern Suite

Superior & Superior Stern Suite

247 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to French balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Diamond Deck & Ruby Deck Suite

183 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera Travel Emily Bronte Suite
Riviera Thomas Hardy Lower Deck Cabin

Emerald Deck Suite

172 ft² –  Emerald (Lower) Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera Travel - Suite Ship Deck Plan

Every aspect of the 5 star MS Jane Austen (2015) and MS Lord Byron (2013) are designed to the highest possible specification and exacting standards to bring you the very best and most enjoyable river cruising experience, in the most luxurious comfort.

Stylish furnishings using environmentally friendly materials are beautifully combined with the most advanced safety systems … and the work of a wonderful designer’s eye conjuring up the classic lines and sophistication of a luxurious ocean liner. As always, the finesse is in the detail – beautifully crafted tropical hardwoods, wrought iron, highly polished copper and brass, all beautifully illuminated then added to soft leather furnishings and imaginative colour schemes, promotes a subtle, chic ambience.

Blend this with the low passenger complement, just 140 guests, with 35 crew, a ratio of 4 to 1, guarantees an excellent level of service and a more personal touch.

Riviera Travel Jane Austen Lounge

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 74 comfortable outside cabins and suites, most with French Balconies
  • Lounge with bar and panoramic views on the Diamond Deck
  • Main Restaurant – on the Ruby Deck serving buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and dinne
  • Air conditioned public areas & cabins
  • 24hr self service station for tea & coffee
  • Lift between Ruby and Diamond deck
  • Sun deck with comfortable outdoor chairs and sun loungers
  • Small splash pool, putting green and giant chess board on the sun deck
  • Small boutique for you to shop for your souvenirs and keepsakes to take home.
  • Reception area open 24hrs
  • Wellness area with sauna, steam room and fitness equipment for you to use at your leisure.
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Laundry service*
  • Lido Bar & Restaurant on the Diamond Deck serving early bird breakfast, light lunch and dinner (to be reserved on board subject to availability)

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

This lovely new 5 star river cruise vessel, features beautifully furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony.

74 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 161 – 242 ft² or indulge even more in one of the 4 Deluxe suites or  7  Superior Suites. Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

 

 

 

Deluxe Suites

242 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Riviera Travel Lord Byron Deluxe Suite
Riviera Travel Jane Austen Stern Suite

Superior Suites

199 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to French balcony
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Diamond Deck & Ruby Deck Cabins

161 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera Travel Lord Byron French Balcony Cabin
Riviera Travel Emerald Deck Cabin

Emerald Deck Standard Cabins

161 ft² –  Emerald (Lower) Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera Travel Charles Dickens Exterior

The 5 star MS Charles Dickens (2015) MS William Shakespeare (2014) have been specially commissioned and designed to Riviera’s specification by Dutch ship builders Veka Group.

Carrying just 140 passengers each, the crew ratio of 4:1 ensures excellent service throughout your cruise. Finished with the highest quality materials with luxurious carpets, rich hardwoods and plenty of steel and glass the ships have an elegant and sleek style throughout.

Riviera Travel William Shakespeare Rear Lounge

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 74 comfortable outside cabins and suites, most with French Balconies
  • Deluxe Suites have full outside balconies
  • Sundeck with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers
  • ‘Whirlpool’ splash pool on deck
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating
  • Main Globe lounge with bar & piano
  • Stern Midsummer Bar & Chef’s Restaurant for 24 diners
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day with speciality patisseries in the afternoon
  • Lift to Hamlet & Othello decks
  • Sauna, steam room and hairdresser* on board
  • Onboard souvenir shop*
  • Laundry service*
  • * Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

These lovely 5 star river cruise vessels, feature beautifully furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony.

74 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 151 – 245 ft² or indulge even more in one of the 4 Deluxe suites. Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

 

 

 

Deluxe Balcony Suite

245 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors leading to an outside balcony with table & chairs
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Upper Deck Cabin

161 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors open all the way to create a full width French Balcony.
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Middle Deck cabin

161 ft² – Middle Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Lower Deck Cabin

151 ft² –  Emerald (Lower) Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera Travel Charles Dickens

The 5 star MS William Shakespeare (2014) and MS Charles Dickens (2015) have been specially commissioned and designed to Riviera’s specification by Dutch ship builders Veka Group.

Carrying just 140 passengers each, the crew ratio of 4:1 ensures excellent service throughout your cruise. Finished with the highest quality materials with luxurious carpets, rich hardwoods and plenty of steel and glass the ships have an elegant and sleek style throughout.

Riviera Travel William Shakespeare Sun Deck

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 74 comfortable outside cabins and suites, most with French Balconies
  • Deluxe Suites have full outside balconies
  • Sundeck with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers
  • ‘Whirlpool’ splash pool on deck
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating
  • Main Globe lounge with bar & piano
  • Stern Midsummer Bar & Chef’s Restaurant for 24 diners
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day with speciality patisseries in the afternoon
  • Lift to Hamlet & Othello decks
  • Sauna, steam room and hairdresser* on board
  • Onboard souvenir shop*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

These lovely 5 star river cruise vessels, feature beautifully furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony.

74 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 151 – 245 ft² or indulge even more in one of the 4 Deluxe suites. Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Deluxe Balcony Suite

245 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors leading to an outside balcony with table & chairs
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Riviera Travel William Shakespeare Deluxe Suite
Riviera Travel William Shakespeare Middle Upper Deck Cabin

French Balcony Cabin

161 ft² – Diamond (Upper) & Ruby (Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors open all the way to create a full width French Balcony.
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Standard Cabin

151 ft² –  Emerald (Lower) Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Available for single occupancy without supplement – subject to availabilty

Riviera Travel William Shakespeare Lower DEck Cabin
MS William Shakespeare - Deck Plan

Why Choose This Cruise?

Riviera Travel’s river cruises have caused a bit of a revolution in the UK market and sell more river cruises in the UK than any other river cruise line.  A range of brand new ships, styled classically have impressed with their high standards for the price.  Riviera’s 30 years of land-touring experience are carried into their river cruise excursions, providing good value off ship experiences.  Whilst some may require higher levels of inclusions and finer dining, Riviera’s river cruises deliver consistently high standards for their loyal UK customers.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
May 1Jane AustenCologne£1399Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1399  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², Fixed Windows£1499  
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1699  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1849  
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1799  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckDeluxe Suite242 ft², French Balcony£2199  
May 10Oscar WildeCologne£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin183 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite274 ft², Outside Balcony£2499  
May 28Emily BrontëCologne£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin183 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite274 ft², Outside Balcony£2499  
Jun 7Oscar WildeCologne£1699Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin183 ft², Fixed Windows£1699  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite274 ft², Outside Balcony£2599  
Jun 25Emily BrontëCologne£1699Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin183 ft², Fixed Windows£1699  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite274 ft², Outside Balcony£2599  
Jul 18Jane AustenCologne£1499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1499  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1799  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1949  
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckDeluxe Suite242 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Jul 19Oscar WildeCologne£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin183 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite274 ft², Outside Balcony£2499  
Jul 23Emily BrontëCologne£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin183 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite274 ft², Outside Balcony£2499  
Aug 15Jane AustenCologne£1499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1499  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1799  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1949  
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckDeluxe Suite242 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Aug 20Emily BrontëCologne£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin183 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite210 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite274 ft², Outside Balcony£2499  
Aug 23William ShakespeareCologne£1499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin151 ft², Fixed Windows£1499  
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1799  
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite245 ft², Outside Balcony£2399  
Sep 25Charles DickensCologne£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin151 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite245 ft², Outside Balcony£2499  
Oct 25Jane AustenCologne£1099Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1099  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², Fixed Windows£1199  
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1399  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1549  
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1499  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1599  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1699  
Upper DeckDeluxe Suite242 ft², French Balcony£1899  
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Apr 30Jane AustenCologne£1399Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1399  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², Fixed Windows£1499  
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1699  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1849  
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1799  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckDeluxe Suite242 ft², French Balcony£2199  
May 17George EliotCologne£1699Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1699  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£1799  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2149  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2249  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2599  
Jun 7George EliotCologne£1799Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1799  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£1899  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2249  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2349  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2699  
Jun 20Emily BrontëCologne£1799Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin172 ft², Fixed Windows£1799  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2399  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite269 ft², Outside Balcony£2699  
Jul 17Jane AustenCologne£1549Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1549  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², Fixed Windows£1649  
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1849  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£1949  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French Balcony£2049  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£2149  
Upper DeckDeluxe Suite242 ft², French Balcony£2349  
Jul 22Thomas HardyCologne£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin172 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite269 ft², Outside Balcony£2499  
Jul 25Emily BrontëCologne£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin172 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite269 ft², Outside Balcony£2499  
Aug 2George EliotCologne£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£1699  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2049  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2149  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2499  
Aug 28Oscar WildeCologne£1699Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin172 ft², Fixed Windows£1699  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite269 ft², Outside Balcony£2599  
Sep 13George EliotCologne£1899Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1899  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£1999  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2349  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2449  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2799  
Sep 25Oscar WildeCologne£1899Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin172 ft², Fixed Windows£1899  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2399  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2399  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2499  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite269 ft², Outside Balcony£2799  
Oct 11George EliotCologne£1499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1499  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£1799  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£1949  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2049  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2399  
Oct 23Oscar WildeCologne£1199Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin172 ft², Fixed Windows£1199  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1499  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£1699  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£1599  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite247 ft², French Balcony£1699  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£1799  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite269 ft², Outside Balcony£2099  

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager.


Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

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