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Legends: Tribute to the singers of the 50s-60s on the Rhine

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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Discover the legends of the Middle Rhine and the golden era of music....

Sail the magnificent Middle Rhine and discover a realm of vine-clad river banks, medieval towns and enchanting castles. See the point where the Moselle meets the Rhine, take the opportunity to sample delicious German wines, explore the oldest town in Germany and walk the cobbles of Rüdesheim and Cologne.

During your holiday look forward to five live musical performances, paying tribute to some of the iconic singers of the 1950s and 60s, plus a welcome talk and fun music quiz. Join your host, Carol Anne Wells and guest singer Linda Watts for two performances of songs by singers such as Doris Day and Petula Clark. Guest Del Bearfoot also joins Carol Anne for two performances focusing on singers such as Matt Monro and Tony Bennett, before a final Gala concert.


32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners

Free bar open 12 hours a day†

†The free bar, open from 12pm to 12am, serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Day 1 UK to Cologne


Travel by coach from Folkestone to Cologne via Eurotunnel or ferry. Embark Rex Rheni and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you remain moored here overnight. Look forward to a welcome talk from host Carol Anne Wells this evening.

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Day 2 Cologne to Bonn


Enjoy a morning at leisure in Cologne.Arguably most famous for its eponymous brand of perfume, Cologne was founded by the Romans and has long been an important trading centre. Whilst here, you may like to discover the city's interesting history at the Roman Germanic Museum, or admire the vast Gothic cathedral that towers over the city.

Building started in 1248 on a pilgrimage church to house the relics of the three Magi but was not finally completed until 1880 when the finishing touches were put to the two spires which are 157 metres high! You can see the magnificent shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – behind the high altar. Sail on to Bonn at lunchtime. One of Germany's oldest cities, and its provisional capital city between 1949 and 1990, it remained the seat of the German federal government until 1999. Enjoy exploring independently, and see magnificent baroque palaces and historic buildings from the 16th century. Alternatively, join an optional city walking tour with a local guide which includes a visit to the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, now a museum. Remain moored in the city tonight.

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Day 3 Bonn to Königswinter to Andernach


Early this morning the ship sails down stream to the small town of Königswinter, arriving after breakfast. Here, you might like to travel by rack-railway up the hillside to the ruined castle of Drachenfels on an optional excursion. Dating from the 12th century and immortalised by Wagner, it was here that Siegfried slew the dragon and then bathed in its blood to render himself invulnerable.

At lunchtime cruise on to Andernach, where the old town reveals part of its medieval fortifications. The town is home to the world’s largest cold-water geyser. It’s powered by carbon dioxide and you can learn more about the intriguing science behind it during an optional excursion this afternoon. Remain moored here overnight.

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Day 4 Andernach to Mainz


Your ship departs before breakfast and you can look forward to cruising through the morning and early afternoon before reaching Mainz after lunch where you can enjoy time to explore independently. Mainz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers, has a lovely old quarter of half-timbered houses and a large Romanesque cathedral. Most famously, it was the birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg who invented movable metal type and is considered ‘the father of modern printing’. There’s a statue of him in Gutenbergplatz Square behind the cathedral. You have time to go ashore and explore Mainz this afternoon and evening, as the ship remains moored here overnight. There are plenty of Roman ruins to discover, including a huge theatre, an aqueduct and much more…

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Day 5 Mainz to Mannheim to Speyer


After a morning at leisure, an optional excursion this afternoon visits the beautiful old university city of Heidelberg. This historic town has a romantic setting on the Neckar River and an enchanting old town of baroque houses capped with red roofs. Discover the history of Heidelberg's magnificent Renaissance castle then explore the cobbled streets to see the 'Old Bridge.’ Excursion participants rejoin the ship during a brief mooring in Mannheim before you cruise on to Speyer where you will moor for the night.

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Day 6 Speyer to Strasbourg


Enjoy a full morning in the elegant Roman town of Speyer. The town boasts one of Europe’s great Romanesque churches and has retained a reminder of its glorious past in buildings such as the 12th-century Jewish baths and the city gate. Sail on through the afternoon and evening before crossing the French border and mooring in Strasbourg late tonight.

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Day 7 Strasbourg to Mannheim


This morning you can look forward to exploring the capital of Alsace. La Petite France, Strasbourg's Old Quarter, is a UNESCO-protected site with a wealth of history and graceful architecture. See major sights by coach then have a walking tour through the old town to the ornately-decorated pink-hued cathedral, where you can head to its viewing platform to see the impressive views over the city. Your tour later takes to the water for a canal boat cruise that will reveal 12 centuries of waterfront architecture. This afternoon and evening you will cruise back to Germany to reach Mannheim, where you will moor for the night.

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Day 8 Mannheim to Rüdesheim


Depart before breakfast and cruise through the morning to reach the fascinating town of Rüdesheim at lunchtime. Explore streets of charming half-timbered houses, head to the wine taverns of the Drosselgasse or sample the excellent coffee, served in ceramic goblets, for which this town is renowned. Alternatively, perhaps join an optional wine tasting or an excursion to Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music where you can see all kinds of 'self-playing' music machines, from barrel organs and music boxes to horn gramophones. Your ship remains moored overnight in Rüdesheim.

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Day 9 Rüdesheim to Koblenz

Lorelei Rock

After setting sail at breakfast time, this morning you will sail along probably the most famous and scenic stretch of the Rhine Valley. You pass Pfalz bei Kaub, a tower on an island in the centre of the river, where once a toll was levied on passing ships. Soon afterwards, the ship rounds the 132-metre Lorelei Rock, the inspiration for a famous poem by Heinrich Heine, set to music by Friederich Silcher. The Lorelei was a siren who is said to have sat on the rock combing her hair and singing, thus luring sailors to their watery deaths on the submerged rocks.

Set where the Rhine and Moselle meet, the city's name Koblenz means 'merging of the rivers', and it's also known as the 'gateway' to the Rhine Gorge. Its origins date back to Roman times and the city is a delight to explore. Its rich history is reflected in a wealth of monuments – including the huge statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I, the first to rule over a unified Germany – historic buildings and a baroque Old Town. You have the afternoon to explore independently or maybe join an optional walking tour of the city with a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, a citadel on top of a hill which is reached by cable car. Moor in Koblenz overnight.

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Day 10 Koblenz to Cochem to Winningen


Look out for terraced vineyards and attractive villages as you continue upstream to Cochem this morning, arriving at lunchtime. This small town commands the most beautiful of settings and has a romantic neo-Gothic castle which towers above the river and crowns a hill cloaked entirely in vines. Although most of the castle was rebuilt in the 19th century, the original 11th-century keep still survives. You might like to explore it on an optional tour, which also includes a wine tasting, and take in magnificent views of the Moselle. or perhaps explore on the tourist train before you resume your cruise, mooring in Winningen late tonight.

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Day 11 Winningen to Cologne


Enjoy a couple of hours in the pretty wine town of Winningen before resuming your cruise mid-morning. You’ll spend the rest of the morning and this afternoon cruising back to Cologne, where you arrive before dinner and moor overnight. The final evening of your cruise is at leisure.

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Day 12 Cologne to UK


Disembark your ship after breakfast and start your return journey to the UK.

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Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Legends: Tribute to the singers of the 50s-60s on the Rhine

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