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Cruise the mighty Rhine and delightful Moselle from Cologne to Basel

Journey along two inviting waterways passing romantic locations where history reaches out. Be enchanted by architecture from centuries past and inspired by the holy hush of a Romanesque church, while glorious scenery will be a constant companion.

Including...

41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners

Excursions

  • The Black Forest
  • Tour of Strasbourg


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Day 1 UK to Cologne

Cologne

Travel by coach from Folkestone to Cologne via Eurotunnel or ferry and embark Rex Rheni.

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Day 2 Cologne to Koblenz

Koblenz

Sail to Koblenz this morning, with its glorious location on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. An optional tour visits the Festung Ehrenbreitstein, a citadel built by the Prussians.

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Day 3 Koblenz to Rüdesheim

Rudesheim

This morning, cruise the famous Middle Rhine which has steep banks overlooked by many historic castles, and past Lorelei Rock. This afternoon your ship moors in the charming old wine town of Rüdesheim which is famed for the wine taverns lining its charming Drosselgasse. Whilst here, perhaps join an optional visit to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.

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Day 4 Rüdesheim to Speyer

Speyer

Sail upstream to historic Speyer, where you will moor overnight. 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.

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Day 5 Speyer to Rastatt to Strasbourg

Strasbourg

During the journey to Strasbourg, pause in Rastatt where you can enjoy an included afternoon excursion to the beautiful Black Forest. Your scenic drive visits Freudenstadt, home to Germany’s largest market square, and then calls at the 12th-century town of Oppenau for tea and a slice of the famous gateau. Moor overnight in Strasbourg.

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Day 6 Strasbourg to Breisach

Breisach

A French city with distinctive German influences, Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace and the largest river port in France. Its crowning glory is the ornate Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame. See the highlights on an included morning excursion, including a cruise along the canals. Leave Strasbourg this afternoon for the voyage to Breisach, arriving in time for a late evening stroll along the promenade.

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Day 7 Breisach to Basel

Basel

Today an optional excursion heads into the Black Forest to Lake Titisee. Alternatively, stay aboard and sail along the Rhine to Basel in Switzerland.

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Day 8 Basel to Kehl

Basel

Basel is located at the meeting point of Switzerland, Germany and France. Spend the day exploring – the oldest part is very close to the Rhine, and where you will find the cathedral. Other places of interest are the 16th-century Market Square and the late medieval Town Hall. Alternatively, see more of Switzerland on an optional full-day tour to the Bernese Oberland. Your ship departs Basel early this evening for Kehl.

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Day 9 Kehl to Mannheim

Mannheim

Arrive in Kehl this morning and enjoy a day exploring this modern German town, located across the Rhine from Strasbourg, and relaxing on board ship. Depart late this afternoon and sail to Mannheim.

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Day 10 Mannheim to Mainz

Mainz

From Mannheim, join an optional excursion to the university town of Heidelberg. Alternatively, stay on board and cruise to historic Mainz at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers. It has a large Romanesque cathedral. Behind it, in Gutenbergplatz Square, is a statue of Johannes Gutenberg, the ‘father of modern printing’ who was born in Mainz. There are plenty of Roman ruins to discover, including a huge theatre, an aqueduct and more. Remain moored overnight in Mainz.

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Day 11 Mainz to Boppard to Alken

Alken

Depart Mainz this morning along the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Gorge, to the small riverside town of Boppard in a magical setting in the valley of the mythical Lorelei. Explore the town’s Rheinallee waterfront promenade, and the Gothic Carmelite Church, famous for its 15th-century choir stalls. Your cruise continues to Alken late this afternoon, arriving late tonight.

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Day 12 Alken to Cochem to Winningen

Cochem

Today you cruise the Moselle to Cochem, one of the most visited places on the Moselle River. Perched high above the river on a hill cloaked in vines stands the neo-Gothic Reichsburg Castle. The town’s other historic architectural gems include a baroque Town Hall backed by a maze of pretty streets and a quaint market square. You can visit the castle and sample the wines of a local cellar on an optional excursion before sailing to Winningen, arriving late this evening.

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Day 13 Winningen to Königswinter

Konigswinter

Enjoy the morning wandering the narrow streets of half-timbered houses in the pretty wine village of Winningen, set among steep slopes of vines. Before lunch, set sail for Königswinter and perhaps join an optional trip to the Ahr Valley en route.

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Day 14 Königswinter to Cologne

Cologne

An optional excursion explores Bonn or you may wish to take Germany's oldest rack and pinion train to the ruins of Drachenfels Castle. Later this morning, you cruise back to Cologne for an afternoon in this vibrant city. Founded by the Romans, this city has long been an important trading centre. It is dominated by its vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1248 as a pilgrimage church to house the relics of the three Magi. The two spires are 157 metres high, and were not completed until 1880.

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Day 15 Cologne to the UK

Cologne

Disembark your ship and return to the UK.

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Please note

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


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