Discover the Rhine and Rhône

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Price per person
from £1,999

Price based on
London Gatwick
23rd Aug 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book any European holiday before 30 November and we will include free airport lounge passes for your party, so you can relax and start your holiday in style.

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  • 11 days

  • Western Europe

  • River cruise

Experience the history of two of Europe’s greatest rivers on this journey along the Rhine and Rhone. You'll meander between hillside castles and cruise through wine valleys.

At a glance


  • Amsterdam Take a relaxing riverboat cruise along the canals on an optional excursion.
  • Arnhem Visit the open-air museum on an optional excursion.
  • Cologne Admire the famous cathedral on an optional walking tour of the old town.
  • Rhine Gorge See the legendary Lorelei Rock as you cruise the UNESCO-listed gorge.
  • Gutenberg Museum Browse early printing equipment and materials from around the world on an optional visit.
  • Strasbourg Wander inside the dominating Gothic cathedral.
  • Tournon Discovery the historic quarter.
  • Avignon Visit the legendary Papes Palace on an optional excursion. 

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All inclusive drinks
  • All airport and port taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Experience the history of two of Europe’s greatest rivers on this journey along the Rhine and Rhone. You'll meander between hillside castles and cruise through wine valleys.

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

UK - Amsterdam

Day
1

Travel to Amsterdam and transfer to your ship for embarkation. This evening you are welcomed on board by your crew at a reception. After dinner, perhaps take an optional riverboat cruise along Amsterdam's charming and picturesque canals.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Amsterdam

Day
2

Take an optional excursion this morning to discover the creative city of Amsterdam, know for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses. This afternoon is at leisure to explore further or to join the optional excursion to Haarlem. This charming town is steeped in heritage and testifies to the glory of the Netherlands' 17th century Golden Age.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Amsterdam - Wesel - Düsseldorf

Day
3

Admire the scenery as you cruise the Amsterdam-Rhine canal to join the main artery of the Rhine River. This afternoon, arrive in Wesel for an optional excursion to the Open-Air Museum in Arnhem. Later, rejoin your ship in Düsseldorf.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Düsseldorf - Cologne - Konigswinter - Koblenz

Day
4

Arrive in the city of Cologne, the cultural hub of the region and an impressive 2,000-years-old. Dominating Cologne's skyline is the remarkable twin-spired church of Cologne Cathedral, one of the most visited landmarks in Germany. Take an optional walking tour to the heart of the Old Town to admire the exterior of this UNESCO-protected masterpiece, which took 500 years to complete. Later, cruise to the ancient city of Koblenz, the gateway to the terraced vineyards and ruined castles of the Rhine Gorge.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Koblenz - Mainz - Worms

Day
5

This morning, your ship sails through the stunning UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge, a land of rolling vineyards, hilltop castles and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Your destination is Mainz, a beautiful city that was the birthplace of Johann Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press. Join an optional tour of its medieval centre and the Gutenberg Museum, home to fascinating displays and two Gutenberg bibles, the world's oldest printed books. Rejoin your ship at Worms this evening and enjoy a gala dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Strasbourg - Basel

Day
6

This morning, perhaps join the optional guided tour of Strasbourg. 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. Later, enjoy the scenery as you cruise to Basel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Basel - Besancon - Chalon-sur-Saone

Day
7

Disembark in Basel and transfer to Chalon-Sur-Saône. En-route, there's an opportunity to visit the historical city of Besançon. Explore the Cathedral of St Jean and its fortified Citadel before continuing to your destination to board your next cruise ship.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lyon - Tournon

Day
8

Reaching Lyon early morning, discover this impressive city independently or on an optional guided visit that includes a panoramic tour of its highlights and time in the picture-postcard Old Town. See the medieval 'traboules', covered passageways used by silk tradesmen to protect their wares against rain, and the fresco-covered St Jean quarter. This afternoon, cruise the scenic Rhône Valley towards Tournon passing numerous legendary Côtes du Rhône vineyards.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tournon - Arles

Day
9

This morning take an optional guided tour of the attractive village of Tournon, travelling by tourist train through the quaint alleyways of its historic quarter and visiting the imposing castle, built between the 14th and 16th centuries. Tournon has plenty of spectacular views for you to enjoy. After free time and a chance to sample local produce and wines, cruise to Arles.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arles - Avignon

Day
10

Today's optional morning tour takes in delightful Arles, the Roman town that went on to inspire Vincent Van Gogh with its enchanting light. Marvel at its Roman-era relics and amphitheatre, built in the 1st century BC. Learn how Provencal olive oil is made as you head to the countryside, then cruise on to Avignon. An optional excursion encompasses its crowning glory: the fortified Palais des Papes, home to seven successive popes in the 14th century, which overlooks the town's fabled bridge. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner on board followed by entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Avignon - Lyon - UK

Day
11

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport in Lyon for your return journey back to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £337 per person and includes:

Amsterdam
Day 1 & 2: Riverboat cruise & city tour
Haarlem
Day 2: City tour
Arnhem
Day 3: Guided tour of the open-air museum
Cologne
Day 4: City tour
Mainz
Day 5: City tour and the Gutenberg Museum (closed on Mondays)
Strasbourg
Day 6: City tour
Lyon
Day 8: City tour
Tournon
Day 9: City tour & wine tasting
Arles
Day 10: City tour
Avignon
Day 10: City tour and Palace of the Popes tour

Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate.

MS Douce France II

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.

Ship facts

  • Style: Premium
  • Class: 5 anchors
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 23
  • Number of cabins: 55
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 4
  • Capacity: 106 passengers
  • Main language on board: fr+en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 3
  • Gross tonnage: 15000
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.4
  • Speed in knots: 9
  • Launch year: 1997
  • Refit year: 2017

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

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.

Details

  • 108 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life on board

Age Restriction

Reservations from minors shall not be accepted by the travel agency but must be made by the parents or other adults of more than 18 years of age with the necessary authorisations. Minors of under 18 years of age are not permitted to travel on board unaccompanied. They must be accompanied by parents or adults of more than 18 years of age. No alcoholic beverages shall be served to minors on board. Proof of the customer’s age may be requested by the ship’s personnel. 

Disabled Facilities

All passengers are required to be medically, physically and/or mentally fit to undertake a trip without endangering their life or the life of others. No medical services are offered aboard the ships. Any passenger with a physical or mental incapacity, limited capacity of mobility, having an illness requiring treatment or medical care, or pregnant women should inform the travel agent at the time of booking. No reservations can be accepted for passengers whose physical or mental condition is likely to render their participation in the cruise or in the vacation impossible or dangerous for themselves or others, or who require forms of care or assistance impossible to guarantee aboard ship, notably because of unsuitable infrastructure. Some suppliers (hoteliers, airlines and cruise companies, etc) may require a medical certificate confirming that the passenger is fit to travel or they may refuse to accept the booking if they feel that they will be unable to guarantee any assistance or treatment deemed necessary for the health and well-being of the passenger. Participation in the voyage and in excursions is subject to the condition of the passenger having sufficient mobility. If necessary, the disabled may be accompanied at their own expense to obtain the required assistance. All personal accidents, diversions or forced stopover costs disrupting the course of the cruise shall be at the liability of the passenger having concealed his unfitness to travel.

Dress Code

Casual and comfortable during the day. More elegant clothing may be worn in the evening. It is recommended that the wearing of footwear suitable for life aboard and for excursions with non-slip soles.

Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers, most ships do still allow smoking on board, but you will find this is restricted to designated areas around the ship. 

Special Dietary Requirements

Please advise the reservation agent at time of booking of any special dietary requirements you may have and they will make every effort to accommodate your request. 

Gift Shop

Peruse the onboard gift shop and buy those last minute gifts for loved ones back home.

Library

A well stocked library is available for those who wish to sit back and relax and lose themselves in a book. 

Lounge Bar

Enjoy your evenings by heading to the Lounge where you will find a well stocked bar serving local beers and wines. A pleasant setting with maximum comfort and designer decor. Sit back, relax and enjoy the company of your fellow passengers and crew while sailing through the most beautiful rivers in Europe. 

Sun Deck

The sun deck on the ship offers a panoramic view of the landscape’s beauty as you cruise. A great place to relax outdoors and enjoy the weather sipping a glass of wine while sitting on the loungers shaded with a parasol.

Excursions

Guided visits to the local towns and villages will ensure your bout of local folklore and traditions are sated.

Restaurant

In the ship’s restaurant, you’ll experience CroisiEurope’s stunning French cuisine prepared by the skilled and passionate team of chefs, which include head chef and nominee member of Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, Alain Bohn.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Library
  • Cabins

Deck 2

  • Sun Deck

Deck 3

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Reception
  • Cabins

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