By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Friends of ours have done a river cruise along the Danube River but we would like to try the Rhine River. Do you know of any tour companies that offer trips here? Wed like to deal with a Canadian company if possible.

A: The Rhine River like the Danube is steeped in history and no doubt you will get a magnificent dose of this as you cruise along its historic banks. Travellers have often remarked on how they could hear the popular tune Lorelei as they sailed past the storybook countryside. For tours, several companies based in Canada provide a variety of Rhine River tours with some also involving day-tripping into the many villages along the way.

Currently Globus is offering its Romantic Rhine Cruises for a look at the ancient city of Speyer, Coblence and Cologne. Other highlights include views of the dramatic Rhine Gorge, and the Rhine Valley wine town of Ruedesheim. Prices start at $1,980 to $3,712 per person with additional port charges. For more details visit

A nine-day trip from Trafalgar Tours called Classic Holiday Markets River Cruises starts in Frankfurt on the river Main and sails through the Main-Danube-Canal to Nuremberg. Other highlights include visits to Wuerzburg and Rothenburg. Cruise dates are scheduled for November 25, December 2 and December 9. cruise only prices start from $1920 per person, based on double occupancy. For more details visit

Exclusive Tours has a 7-night fall cruise aboard the five-star MV Heidelberg from Peter Deilmann Cruises. The luxury river ship sails along the Rhine River and Moselle Valley with visits to Cochem and Bernkastel-Kues among other charming towns and fairytale castles. Cruise prices start from $1,495US per person and dates are scheduled for October 14, 21, and 28, 2006. For more details on itinerary, visit


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