Book a 2018 holiday before 31 July and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
Journey through the breathtaking Rhine Gorge, to the legendary Lorelei Rock and the cosmopolitan cities of Amsterdam and Cologne.
Fly to Basel where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship for embarkation. There will a welcome cocktail reception before dinner on-board tonight.
Today, perhaps join the optional guided visit of Basel, an ancient medieval town, situated in the heart of Europe, on the Rhine banks. In the afternoon, an optional excursion visits the Rhine Falls, one the most spectacular sites to visit in Switzerland. Later, cruise to Breisach.
Have free time in the city of Breisach this morning. Breisach lies on the Rhine Valley and is renowned for housing one of the largest wine cellars in Europe and also for its historic cathedral. An optional excursion in the afternoon uncovers Colmar and the Unterlinden Museum.
Admire the magnificent wine-producing region as you cruise to Strasbourg today. Strasbourg is a delightful blend of cobbled lanes and half-timbered houses which has changed hands between the French and Germans down the centuries. Discover the European Parliament building, tour the interior of the stunning Gothic cathedral and visit the La Petite France old quarter, where 500-year-old houses cluster around miniature canals. An optional guided tour will show you the very best of this beautiful city.
Arrive in Mainz today and perhaps join the optional guided tour of the city and a visit the Gutenberg Museum (closed on Mondays). Mainz was founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans and is currently the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Later, cruise to Koblenz. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002, the legendary and romantic Rhine River is bestowed with truly magnificent landscapes. We’ll pass the legendary Lorelei rock, named after a beautiful young maiden who, according to German legend, threw herself into the river in despair over a faithless lover and was transformed into a siren. We arrive into Koblenz in the evening.
Today, we continue our cruise up the magnificent Rhine Valley. The Rhine River follows a remarkable route, meandering between sheer rocks, small islands and fortified castles sitting high above the vineyards. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional guided tour of Cologne. At the crossroads of Europe since the Middle Ages, Cologne has kept its importance as a vibrant commercial and industrial city, as well as a cultural and religious centre. You have some free time on your own before we return by coach to Düsseldorf. Tonight, there will be a Gala evening on-board.
Today, there will be an optional guided tour of the Dutch Open Air Museum of Arnhem. Return to the ship in Xanten and cruise to Amsterdam during the afternoon. We’ll cross the border into Germany near Emmerich, glide past Arhem, and enter Holland.
Today, perhaps join the optional guided visit of Amsterdam. The Dutch capital is a truly delightful city with a rich and fascinating past. This afternoon, have free time on your own or join the optional excursion to Haarlem. Dutch Haarlem dates back to Gothic times and this is reflected in its architecture and cobbled streets. A final evening of dancing and entertainment on-board awaits.
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return to the UK or extend your stay in Amsterdam.
The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £321 per person and includes:
Day 2: City tour & Rhine Falls
Day 3: City tour and visit to Unterlinden Museum
Day 4: City tour
Day 5: City tour and visit to Gutenberg Museum
Day 6: City tour
Day 7: City tour
Day 8: City tour
Day 8: City tour
Please note departures from March to early May 2018 will visit Keukenhof Gardens instead of the Haarlem city tour.
Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate.
Sail along the Rhine and its tributaries whilst onboard the MS Douce France. The 4 Anchors Class Ship has 2 decks and was first built in 1997 and fully refurbished in 2017. At 110m in length and with a width of 11.4m, she offers space as well as 55 luxury cabins, all with stunning views of an ever-changing valley amidst vines, fortified castles, rocky ridges and forests.
The cabins are very spacious and tastefully decorated with the option of double or single beds. An ensuite is provided with shower, W.C. and a hairdryer. For extra comfort central heating is available during the Winter season and air-conditioning for the Summer season.
For your entertainment a satellite tv and radio are provided for you to use at your leisure.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for- like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
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