Endless variety and beauty

Each of these charming rivers is different, but what they have in common is their unwavering popularity among travellers. As the longest North Sea tributary, the Rhine presents diverse landscapes and cultures along its 880 navigable kilometers. From the steep, vine-covered slopes of the legendary Loreley Rock, to the picturesque wine-growing towns and tributaries in Holland along the Lower Rhine, the scene is set by historic cities, vast plains, fields, meadows and tree-lined riverbanks. 

The most famous tributary of the Rhine is without doubt the Moselle, known for its steep vineyards, ancient small towns and villages like Traben-Trarbach and Cochem, which are renowned for their delicious wines, produced in the vineyards lining the shores of this graceful river.

Frankfurt is the home town of the German literary giant Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It is also where you'll find the imperial cathedral and Paul's church, the cradle of German democracy. An important town during the Holy Roman Empire, Koblenz is delightfully situated right along the Moselle estuary. Then across the border in France, Strasbourg was fought over by two German families in the Middle Ages, but today is a centre for Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Holland's Waterways and Belgium

The royal palace, the Rembrandthuis and the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam are just some of the places you may like to visit in this 'Venice of the North', as it is popularly known. In Rotterdam, see the largest seaport in Europe, home to numerous container terminals, cranes, warehouse and much more. The Keukenhof is the largest sculpture park in Holland, but is, of course even more famous as the largest flower garden in the world. It was here that the former Countess, Jacoba of Bavaria, grew her kitchen herbs (kitchen garden = Keukenhof) and where today daffodils, hyacinths, crown imperials and tulips display a frenzy of colours and scents. 

Antwerp is the most important harbour city in Belgium and the second largest port in Europe after Rotterdam. Once a rich Hanseatic trading city, Bruges has become a magnet for visitors as has Brussels, where a stroll through the old town takes you to one of the most famous and beautiful squares in the world - the 'Grand Place'.

Departure Dates 2022

nickoSPIRIT
27 March
10, 24 April


Departure Dates 2023

nickoSPIRIT
19, 26 March
02, 09, 16, 23, 30 April

Highlights of Germany and Holland

Frankfurt - Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Frankfurt (8 days)

Enjoy the highlights of Germany and Holland from the comfort of our brand new vessel, nickoSPIRIT. Discover Germany's former capital of Bonn, where pink blossoming cherry trees attract visitors from all over the world in springtime. Visit the old town and modern Media Harbour of fashionable Düsseldorf, cruise through the winding canals and famous bicycles of Amsterdam and step ashore in Rotterdam, one of the world's largest and busiest seaports, which radiates a more contemporary charm from the landmarks such as its unique, horse-shoe shaped Market Hall.

Departure Dates 2022

nickoSPIRIT
27 June
05 September
03, 17, 24 October

Departure Dates 2023

nickoSPIRIT
09, 26 June
04, 11 September
02, 16, 23 October

The Middle Rhine Valley

Frankfurt - Strasbourg - Cochem - Frankfurt (8 days)

Take a journey through European history as we explore the Main, Rhine and Moselle in comfort and style aboard our newest ship, nickoSPIRIT. Picturesque landscapes await you on this cruise to the impressive Eltz castle and Heidelberg's romantic old town. Discover on of the power houses of Europe in beautiful Strasbourg and disembark in Frankfurt where an exciting contrast awaits - the mirrored skyscrapers of 'Mainhattan'. Come aboard and travel with us through the centuries!

Departure Dates 2022

MS Rhein Symphonie

19 May 
16 July 
18 August

Historic Holland and Belgium

Cologne - Antwerp - Amsterdam - Cologne (8 days)

Come with us on a cruise to the Benelux States of Holland and Belgium. In addition to great artists, windmills and the finest cheese, the cosmopolitan capital of Holland, Amsterdam, awaits you. In neighbouring Belgium, the northern province of Flanders is filled with examples of traditional Flemish architecture. From Antwerp, the international capital of the diamond trade, discover the Belgian capital of Brussels, the power hub of Europe, home of the famous statue of Manneken Pis and the iconic Atomium building, originally constructed for the 1958 First World Expo Fair.

Departure Dates 2022

MS Rhein Symphonie or MS Rhein Symphonie
07, 26 May
27 July 
11, 25 August
11, 26 October

Rhine and Moselle Highlights

Cologne - Cochem - Strasbourg - Cologne (8 days)

Feel history come alive on the banks of the Rhine and Moselle as you pass by the Loreley Rock, where legend has it a mermaid seduced sailors with her songs. Follow the meandering Moselle to the steep, vine-covered slopes surrounding the village of Traben-Trarbach. The historic town of Cochem and the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress are available to tour – and in Mainz you’ll be able to see the mighty Cathedral. Strasbourg is your gateway to Alsace, a land steeped in history.

Departure Dates 2022

MS Rhein Melodie Cologne to Basel
MS Rhein Melodie Basel to Cologne
07 July
23 September
22 May
16 June
28 July
22 August

Departure Dates 2023

MS Rhein Melodie Cologne to Basel
MS Rhein Melodie Basel to Cologne
17 July
22 September
06, 20 October
21 May
29 June
24 July
07 August
29 September
13 October

Lowlands of the Upper Rhine

Cologne - Amsterdam - Rüdesheim - Basel (8 days). Also in reverse

Castles shrouded in legend, bustling metropolises and romantic wine regions, from Basel through the Upper Rhine lowlands, to the impressive Rhenish Slate Mountains and the delta of the river in the Netherlands, this Central European river cruise shows off the full beauty of the region with some truly amazing landscapes. Visit the most interesting cities in four countries and discover impressive monuments, vineyards, castles and ruins as far as the eye can see, on a week of unforgettable experiences.

Departure Dates 2022

MS Rhein Melodie
14, 24, 29 April


Departure Dates 2023

MS Rhein Melodie
29 March
12, 19, 26 April

Spring in Holland

Cologne - Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Cologne (6 days)

Tulips? Holland! Come with us and see for yourself in the spring, when the Keukenhof park comes alive with blossoming flowers of every conceivable colour and shape. Originally a 15th-century kitchen garden, during the past 72 years the Keukenhof has been reimagined to become a world-famous attraction. This itinerary also includes a visit to Amsterdam, for a round trip along its famous canals past traditional town houses of the 'Golden Age'. North Holland is renowned for its idyllic beauty and  quintessentially Dutch windmills, as you will see for yourself during an excursion to the region. Cruise the inland waters of the Markermeer and Ijssel lakes, to the bustling seaport of Rotterdam and tranquil Nijmegen on a voyage that will test all your senses.

Departure Dates 2022

MS Rhein Symphonie
19 April
15 May
02 June
05 July
01 September


Floriade Expo Holland 2022

Cologne - Amsterdam - Lelystad/Almere - Cologne (5 days)

Join us for a very special 5 day cruise to the International Horticultural Expo known as Floriade, beginning and ending in Cologne, featuring visits to the Dutch cities of Amsterdam and Nijmegen. On 14th April 2022 the gates of the Dutch city Almere will open to the scents of flowers, plants, vegetables and fruits for six months, offering forty inspiring country presentations, a spectacular greenhouse complex, a cable car over the Floriade park, pavilions with sustainable innovations and a vibrant arts and culture programme. This world-class exposition only takes place every ten years, son don't miss out!

Departure Dates 2022

nickoSPIRIT
03 June
19 September
10 October


The Heart of Holland

Frankfurt - Amsterdam - Lake Ijssel - Frankfurt (8 days)

Picturesque plains and friendly, warm-hearted people – immerse yourself in the culture of the Netherlands and experience a high level of comfort aboard our newest ship, nickoSPIRIT. Explore the city of Amsterdam and journey in to the heartland as we take you to some of the most charming small towns to be found anywhere between the Rhine, Waal, Ijssel and the North Sea. Gliding though polder landscapes, you will have the opportunity to take that perfect photograph of the typical Dutch windmill.

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