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Majesty of the Middle Rhine: Arnhem to Cologne

The Rhine and her Tributaries

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Explore the Middle Rhine

Sail the Middle Rhine and admire the chequered vineyards, medieval towns and historic castles that line the riverbank. See the point where the Moselle meets the Rhine, take the opportunity to sample German wines, explore the oldest town in Germany and walk the cobbles of Rüdesheim and Cologne.

Including...

A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day†

PersonCruise Host

Plus…

  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry 
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

MapIncluded excursion

  • Tour of Trier

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration
†The free bar, open from 12pm to 12am, serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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23/08/2022 UK to Arnhem

City Hall in Arnhem, Netherlands

Travel by coach from Folkestone to Arnhem via Eurotunnel or ferry. The 230 mile journey will take approximately four hours.

Embark Rex Rheni and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as your ship begins the overnight journey to Cologne.

Arnhem Netherlands Europe

24/08/2022 Cologne to Bonn 🎧

Cathedral and St Martin church, Cologne

Arrive in Cologne early this afternoon and look forward to exploring this historic city either on an optional excursion or independently.

This evening your ship will depart for Bonn, arriving later tonight and mooring overnight.

Bonn North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

25/08/2022 Bonn to Königswinter to Andernach 🎧

View of Konigswinter, Germany

This morning you may like to join an optional walking tour and see some of the sites associated with the city’s famous son Beethoven.

After lunch your ship will make the short journey to Königswinter where you can 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.

This evening your ship sails to Andernach, arriving late tonight and mooring overnight.

Andernach Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

26/08/2022 Andernach to Rüdesheim 🎧

Rudesheim on the River Rhine, Germany

An optional excursion this morning reveals the world’s tallest cold water geyser, which rises 200 feet.

During lunch, continue to Rüdesheim where you’ll arrive this evening. Perhaps join an optional wine tasting excursion.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

27/08/2022 Rüdesheim to Boppard 🎧

The Rhine at Boppard

Spend a relaxing morning in Rüdesheim, where you may like to see the self-playing music machines in Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music on an optional excursion before setting sail for Boppard during lunch.

Pass the Lorelei rock, where legend claims that a siren’s song lured sailors, causing their ships to crash onto the submerged rocks. As you approach the base of the rock, spot her bronze statue perched on a narrow strip of land. You’ll also pass the famous Cat and Mouse castles before arriving in Boppard this afternoon. Boasting more than 2,000 years of history, this picturesque in the valley of the mythical Lorelei has an attractive waterfront promenade running along the Rheinallee, and the Gothic Carmelite Church is famous for its 15th-century choir stalls. This evening you’ll have the opportunity to sample locally produced wine during an optional wine tasting.

Rex Rheni remains moored here overnight.

Boppard Rhine Gorge Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

28/08/2022 Boppard to Traben-Trarbach

The town of Traben-Trarbach on the Moselle

Take in the scenery as you leave Boppard early this morning, and admire the dramatic landscapes of the Moselle as you cruise to the ‘twin towns’ of Traben-Trarbach which straddle the river, linked by a bridge.

Moor here in what was once the second-largest wine-trading centre in Europe, after the French city of Bordeaux. In contrast the half-timbered architecture of other Moselle wine villages, Traben-Trarbach features many buildings in smart art nouveau style, known in Germany as Jugendstil. These include a number of grand villas built for wealthy wine merchants by the Berlin architect Bruno Möhring.

Perhaps join an optional wine tasting to sample more great wines this evening.

Traben-Trarbach Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

29/08/2022 Traben-Trarbach to Trier

Traben-Trarbach

After a morning at leisure depart Traben-Trarbach during lunch and spend a relaxing afternoon sailing to Germany’s oldest city, Trier, founded in 16BC by Emperor Augustus.

You arrive here this evening and moor overnight.

Trier Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

30/08/2022 Trier

Trier

Enjoy an included tour of Trier this morning.

Uncover the relics of the city’s illustrious past, such as the cathedral and the impressive Porta Nigra, one of the best-preserved Roman city gates in the world.

Your ship sets sail early this afternoon and continues cruising through the night towards Bernkastel-Kues.

Trier Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

31/08/2022 Bernkastel-Kues to Cochem

Bernkastel

Spend the morning in Bernkastel-Kues, where the historic market square is lined with colourful Renaissance houses.

Rex Rheni continues sailing to Cochem during lunch, arriving this evening for an overnight mooring.

Cochem Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

01/09/2022 Cochem to Winningen 🎧

Cochem

The small town of Cochem enjoys a beautiful setting and has a neo-Gothic castle which overlooks the river and crowns a hill cloaked in vines. Although most of the castle was rebuilt in the 19th century, the original 11th-century keep still survives. You may like to explore it on an optional tour or see more of the surrounding scenery on an optional trip aboard the tourist train.

Sail to Winningen late this afternoon, arriving this evening and mooring overnight.

Winningen Saxony-Anhalt Germany Europe

02/09/2022 Winningen to Koblenz to Cologne 🎧

Cologne

Set sail for Koblenz early this morning.

Its origins date back to Roman times when it was established as a military post by the Roman politician and military commander Drusus in around 8BC. An optional excursion this afternoon tours the city and visits Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached by cable car.

Sail to Cologne this afternoon to arrive this evening for an overnight mooring.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

03/09/2022 Cologne to UK

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

Cologne city tour

Discover the city’s historic attractions beginning with a scenic coach trip in the company of a knowledgeable guide who will point out the highlights. See the pretty Altstadt, or old town, which has been sensitively restored to it's pre-World War II glory, the awe-inspiring towers of Gross St Martin, the elaborate town hall and mighty Gothic cathedral. Then set off on foot to get a closer look as you stroll along the cobbled lanes and lively squares, such as the Alter Markt.

Walking Grade 4

Three hours
Great St Martin Church, Cologne
Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Bonn: Birthplace of Beethoven

The centre of Bonn has more than 2,000 years of history. This tour will encompass some of the spectacular highlights of this town, visiting such places as the Beethoven monument, the Romanesque Minster Cathedral, the University of Bonn, which was formerly the Electoral Palace – with its elegant Hofgarten – and the grand City Hall. The tour takes you to the banks of the Rhine near the Bonn Opera House to see the imposing view of Germany‘s oldest nature park, Siebengebirge and seven hills.

Walking grade 3

Two hours
Bonn
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Drachenfels Castle

"The castled crag of Drachenfels Frowns o’er the wide and winding Rhine…” Lord Byron immortalised this location in his poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Follow in his footsteps and journey to the fabled ruins that teeter on the summit of Dragon’s Rock. According to legend Siegfried slew the dragon Fafnir, who lived in a cave on the hill, and bathed in its blood to acquire special powers. The ruins can be reached via Drachenfelsbahn – Germany’s oldest rack and pinion railway – which dates back to 1883. The train takes eight minutes to climb one mile and travels at an angle of 20 degrees. At the top you can view the ruins of the 12th-century castle, enjoy the lovely landscape below from a viewing platform and perhaps enjoy a slice of pie and a drink.

Walking grade 2

Two hours
Drachenfels
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Andernach Geyser

This startling natural phenomenon is the world’s highest cold-water geyser and sends jets of water shooting upwards to an astonishing 60 metres in height, with accompanying noisy burps and gurgles. At the Discovery Centre you’ll learn about the science behind this geological wonder, and what happens 4,000 metres below the earth’s surface to drive and power this natural fountain. A boat will take you out to the Namedyer Werth peninsula, a nature reserve, to witness the geyser and taste the water for yourself. Take advantage of the free time to explore all the wanders and natural beauty that Andernach has to offer.

Walking Grade 3

Three to five hours
Andernach Geyser
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Rudesheim Wine Tasting

Board a tourist train and travel into the centre of Rudesheim to Weingut Adolf Storzel. Located just a few steps from the famous Drosselgasse, this family owned winery dates back to the 16th century. Your knowledgeable host will introduce you to 3 different white wines from the winery. A pretzel is served alongside to neutralise the taste of the different wines.

After the wine tasting you will have the possibility to taste and purchase other white and red wines and different liquors and brandies. A small glass decorated with the coat of arms of the family is yours to take away as a souvenir. Afterwards, the tourist train will take you back to your ship, unless you decide to stroll back at your leisure; perhaps via the Drosselgasse!

Walking Grade 2

One-and-a-half hours
Wine tasting in Rudesheim
Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Siegfrieds Museum of Mechanical Music

Siegfried Wendel’s eccentric collection of 350 self-playing instruments is a veritable treat for eyes and ears. In this whimsical museum you’ll find a fantastical, nostalgic and joyous cacophony of beautiful music boxes, barrel organs, hand-cranked carnival machines and early jukeboxes, all in full working order. High points include the ‘Puppet Orchestrion’, a huge cabinet containing puppet musicians from 1888 and the later ‘Phonoliszt Violina’ a blend of piano and violins that plays in perfect harmony.

Walking Grade 2

One-and-a-half hours
Seigfried's Mechanical Music Museum
Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Boppard wine tasting

Sniff the bouquet of local wines in one of the most delightful parts of the Rhine Gorge. Boppard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002, is a classic Rhineland wine town where the pretty waterfront is overlooked by wooded gorges and rolling vineyards. The cobbled streets are home to extensive Roman remains, medieval fortifications and half-timbered buildings. Your wine tasting takes place in one of Boppard’s historic towers, which has been converted into a winery – a word of warning, there are nearly 40 steps to climb to the tasting room. Sample four wines and a liqueur, each wine will be introduced by your host. If you wish, you will be able to purchase wine to take home with you.

Walking Grade 2

Two hours
Wine tasting
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Wine Tasting in Traben Trabach

Enjoy a taste of wines from the Middle Moselle with a visit to a local vineyard. See the charming historic twin towns of Traben and Trarbach, regarded as the wine capitals of the Moselle Valley. It is the slate-based soil, which holds daytime heat and helps the fruit to ripen, that is believed to imbue the grapes with their distinctive characteristics or terroir. Enjoy a tasting, and perhaps purchase a bottle or two of your favourite tipple.

Walking Grade 2

One-and-a-half hours
Wine tasting in Traben Trabach
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Cochem, Reichsburg Castle and Wine tasting

Visit fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle to learn about its colourful history and see magnificent views of the Moselle. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle, which was rescued and restored in the 19th century in neo-Gothic style. Today it is a fabulous showcase for Renaissance and baroque furniture. Later head to a local vineyard and winery for an introductory talk, and a tasting of four regional white Rieslings. There'll be the chance to purchase some wine before returning to the ship.

Walking Grade 3

Three-and-a-half hours
Winetasting
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Cochem Noddy Train

From the pier you'll be met by the Cochem land train, which will take you on a 25-minute guided tour around the town. Starting at the old Mosel Bridge, you'll be taken through the old town and will then cross the new bridge into the Cond district, from where you'll have great views of Cochem and Reichsburg. The land train then takes you to the Moselstrabe and alongside the vineyards which ascend up the valley. After your sightseeing tour you'll have some free time to spend in Cochem, before being collected by the land train and taken back to the ship.

Walking Grade 2

Two-and-a-half hours
Explore Cochem by land train
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Immortalised by Byron and Herman Melville, lofty fortifications have glowered over Koblenz since 1,000AD and changed faces over the centuries. The Prussians constructed Festung Ehrenbreitstein in the early 19th century, when Rhineland became a Prussian province. Despite being Europe’s second largest fortress, after Gibraltar, it played no part in either WWI or WWII. Enjoy a panoramic cable car ride from Koblenz up to the fortress, the views are astounding and you’ll learn about the history of the site. There will be a guided walk around the historic city of Koblenz, and you can admire the elegant architecture.

Walking Grade 4

Three hours
Fortress Ehrenbreitstein
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Majesty of the Middle Rhine: Cologne to Konigswinter

Majesty of the Middle Rhine: Arnhem to Cologne

The Rhine and her Tributaries