For 2018 we are pleased to offer an 8 day cruise to this popular region. This holiday combines the relaxing and peaceful style of a river cruise where you can just sit back and relax and let the breath-taking scenery of fairytale castles and rolling hillsides of lush vines pass you by, with the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful and interesting destinations in Europe. The River Rhine is the main artery of Europe, a truly romantic waterway overlooked by fairytale castles, vine-clad slopes with blends of ancient and modern towns, quaint wine villages and an ever-changing panorama of scenery. Our itinerary includes a cruise into the gentler Mosel for time in delightful Cochem.
Complete comfort is offered on the Prinses Christina, a fully airconditioned ship, everything on board has been designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible. It can accommodate up to 107 passengers on three decks. The cabins of the Prinses Christina were completely renovated at the beginning of 2012. There is a stair lift between the main deck and the promenade deck and from the restaurant to the cabin deck. All of the cabins are equipped with a TV, air-conditioning and ensuite facilities.
Saturday Our door to door services takes you to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Folkestone during which a light breakfast is served. Boarding the midday shuttle a glass of champagne and snacks set the holiday mood. On arrival in France we continue on our journey through Belgium and into Germany to arrive in Cologne where we join our river cruiser the MS Prinses Christina with time to settle into our cabins before this evening’s dinner.
SundayWe set sail this morning, passing Remagen, famous as the site of a World War Two battle for the town’s bridge. We then continue towards the pretty town of Andernach, one of the oldest towns in Germany, which is renowned for its impressive 13th century “Liefrauen” church. After lunch we will have time to explore this historic town and its attractions before heading back to our ship in time for dinner.
Monday Today we cruise along the picturesque Moselle valley, wine-growing region. By lunchtime we will reach the enchanting medieval town of Cochem, overlooked by the colossal 11th century Reichsburg Castle, perched high on a hill above the town and one of the most beautiful castles in the region. After lunch we will disembark and spend time in this beautiful town with its baroque styled architecture and spectacular scenery nestled in the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley.
Tuesday This morning we sail back along the Moselle and join the Rhine once more, passing some of the region’s most spectacular landscapes on the way. We arrive late afternoon into the charming town of Boppard where we will have some free time to explore this ancient town before dinner.
Wednesday This morning we cruise to Rudesheim and marvel en route at some of the Rhine Valley’s most famous landmarks including the 130m high Lorelei Rock, named after the Rhine water siren, the legend whom is as old as time itself and the Mauseturm, an ancient customs post now used as a beacon town for shipping. We have the afternoon free to explore idyllic Rudesheim, located at the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. This picture-book town has a long tradition of wine growing and the town is renowned for its Riesling and Pinot Noir wines. Overlooked by the towers of the ruined Ehrenfels Castle, a stroll along the charming paved Drossselgasse is a must. This famous 144 metre long lane is lined with traditional taverns, cafes and intimate courtyards where there is live music and dancing.
Thursday Today we depart and make our way along the breath-taking Middle Rhine to Koblenz, arriving in the early afternoon. This historic 2,000 year old city of Koblenz is located where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet, and where the ‘Deutsches Eck’ headland proudly marks this spot. Koblenz prides itself on its friendliness and welcomes visitors from all over the world. Dating back to Roman times, it has an abundance of cultural monuments, historic building, cosy lanes and alleyways and its welcoming squares and river promenades make visitors feel right at home.
Friday After an early morning depature we arrive in Konigsinter, an elegant resort at the foot of the Siebengebirge Mountains where we can spend the morning at leisure exploring its attractions, including the Drachenfelsbahn funicular train which travels to the top of Drachenfels where the “Dragon Castle” and spectacular views can be enjoyed. In the early afternoon we leave the town and cruise past the city of Bonn en route back to the city of Cologne for our last overnight stay. Arriving mid-afternoon, we can enjoy our last afternoon discovering historic Cologne, one of Germany’s largest and liveliest cities, its river skyline dwarfed by the soaring twin steeples of its spectacular gothic cathedral, before returning to our ship for a farewell dinner with the Captain.
Saturday A final breakfast on board before disembarking and retracing the steps of our outward journey back to Calais and the return train journey to Folkestone. We arrive back in our home area early evening after a most memorable Rhine Cruise.
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