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    Reichsburg Castle, Cochem
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    Cologne's iconic cathedral
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    The Rhine's vineyards

Romantic Rhineland for solo travellers: October

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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

Sail through the Middle Rhine

The Middle Rhine is the setting for your scenic cruise. Enjoy the company of other solo travellers as you sail past castles, fortresses and dramatic cliffs, pausing to explore quaint wine towns and villages. Look forward to an included tour of historic Cologne and perhaps join optional excursions to Bonn, the vineyard-clad Ahr Valley and romantic Reichsburg Castle, among others.


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

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

CocktailFree bar on board open 12 hours a day†

Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

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  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Solos Host
  • Solos drinks party
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

MapIncluded excursion

  • Tour of Cologne

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration
†The free bar on board is open from 12pm to midnight, serving non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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05/10/2022 UK to Cologne to Königswinter


Travel by coach from Folkestone, via Eurotunnel or ferry to Cologne - a journey of approximately 430 kilometres from Calais - and embark Rex Rheni. Cruise to Königswinter and moor for the night.

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06/10/2022 Königswinter to Koblenz 🎧


Wake up in the pretty village of Königswinter where you may wish to travel by rack railway up the hillside to the ruined 12th-century castle of Drachenfels on an optional excursion. Dating from the 12th century, this castle was immortalised by Wagner, as it was here that Siegfried slew the dragon and then bathed in its blood to render himself invulnerable. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven.

This afternoon you sail to Koblenz, passing dramatic scenery, the small island of Nonnenwerth and the ruined castle of Rolandsbogen. Your ship will pause in Remagen where you'll be able to see the remains of the old Ludendorff railway bridge, captured by the Americans on March 7, 1945. You will have the chance to disembark here for an optional excursion through the Ahr Valley. Or stay aboard and sail on to Koblenz.

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07/10/2022 Koblenz to Zell 🎧

Koblenz architecture

Koblenz has a rich history spanning two millennia, and its past is reflected in a wealth of monuments and historic buildings. The city is situated at the exact point where the Rhine and Moselle meet, and the city's name means 'merging of the rivers'. Explore the city this morning, or perhaps visit the Festung Ehrenbreitstein, a citadel built by the Prussians between 1816 and 1832, on an optional excursion. Later, sail along the tranquil Moselle to Zell, savouring panoramic views of exquisite vineyards along the way. 

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08/10/2022 Zell to Bernkastel-Kues 🎧

Visit a vineyard along the Rhine

Awake in the charming town of Zell, departing shortly after breakfast as you cruise to the picture-perfect town of Bernkastel-Kues, arguably one of the prettiest small towns in Germany.

Bernkastel-Kues features colourful Renaissance houses which line the sloping market square with its 17th-century fountain. There will be free time to go ashore and explore the town at leisure as your ship remains moored here overnight.

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09/10/2022 Bernkastel-Kues to Cochem to Koblenz 🎧

View towards Cochem

Early this morning, Rex Rheni will leave Bernkastel-Kues, and sail to Cochem.

With the romantic backdrop of neo-Gothic Reichsburg Castle, Cochem is understandably one of the most visited places on the Moselle River. An optional excursion is available to the castle, which sits atop a hill cloaked entirely in vines. Although most of the castle was rebuilt in the 19th century, the original 11th-century keep still survives. During the excursion you can also visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting.

Sail for Koblenz this evening, arriving late tonight and mooring overnight.

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10/10/2022 Koblenz to Rüdesheim 🎧


Sail from Koblenz during breakfast and cruise one of the most attractive stretches of the Rhine, passing Lorelei Rock and numerous castles. The rock is a symbol of the Rhine and inspired a famous poem by Heinrich Heine, which was set to music by Frederich Silcher.

Continue to Rüdesheim, where you can perhaps sample the famous wines of the region in the tavern-lined Drosselgasse, or visit Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.

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11/10/2022 Rüdesheim to Cologne 🎧

Cologne Cathedral

Cruise back to Cologne this morning and explore the city on an included afternoon tour.

Cologne is famed for its imposing cathedral and for giving its name to 'Eau de Cologne'! The city was founded by the Romans and has long been an important trading centre. The vast Gothic cathedral that towers over the surroundings was 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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12/10/2022 Cologne to the UK

Picturesque German hosues

Disembark after breakfast and begin your return journey to the UK.

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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
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Bonn: Birthplace of Beethoven

Take in the highlights of this town, visiting the Beethoven monument, the Romanesque Minster Cathedral, the University of Bonn and Germany‘s oldest nature park. Continue to Beethoven’s birthplace, which includes a museum and chamber music hall where you can learn more about the life and work of Beethoven.

Walking grade 3

Two hours
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Ahr Valley and Ahrweiler

Take a scenic coach ride, journeying through the wild and romantic Ahr Valley, Germany’s largest red-wine producing district. Savour the landscape, a pretty patchwork of vineyards peppered with dramatic rock formations, castles, ruins and wineries.

Ahrweiler lies at the heart of the valley and has a beautifully preserved medieval district with alf-timbered houses ringed by old town walls. You’ll see the market square and the parish church of St Laurence, one of the oldest and loveliest Gothic churches in the Rhineland. There will be free time for you to further explore as you please.

Walking grade 2

Four hours
Ahr Valley
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Europe’s second-largest fortress, Festung Ehrenbreitstein, was constructed in the early 19th century and today houses the Regional Museum of Koblenz. Enjoy a panoramic view as you drive up to the fortress. Here, you’ll learn about the rich history of the site whilst enjoying views of the city and the flowing rivers below.

After, there will be a guided walk around the historic city of Koblenz where you can admire the elegant architecture.

Walking Grade 4

Three hours
Fortress Ehrenbreitstein
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Bernkastel panorama train

Relax on board the Bernkastel panorama train as it passes sights such as the wine museum, St Nikolaus Hospital, the parish church of St Michael and the historic market square with its centuries-old half-timbered houses.

Walking Grade 1

Two hours
Half-timbered houses of Bernkastel-Kues
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  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Cochem, Reichsburg Castle and Wine tasting

Visit Reichsburg Castle to learn about its colourful history and see magnificent views of the Moselle valley and river. You can 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.

Walking Grade 3

Three hours 30 minutes
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music

Explore an eccentric collection of 350 self-playing instruments located in the delightful village of Rüdesheim am Rhein. In this whimsical museum you’ll find a nostalgic and joyous cacophony of music boxes, barrel organs, hand-cranked carnival machines and early jukeboxes-all in full working order. The high points include the ‘Puppet Orchestrion’, and the later ‘Phonoliszt Violina’, a blend of piano and violins that play in perfect harmony.

Walking Grade 2

One hour 30 minutes
Seigfried's Mechanical Music Museum
Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Rüdesheim Wine Tasting

Board a tourist train and travel into the centre of Rüdesheim to Weingut Adolf Storzel. Located close to the famous Droselgasse, this family-owned winery dates back to the 16th century.

Your knowledgeable host will introduce you to three different white wines from the winery. A pretzel is served alongside to neutralise the taste of the different wines.

A small glass decorated with the family’s coat of arms is yours to take away as a souvenir.

Walking Grade 2

One-and-a-half hours
Wine tasting in Rudesheim
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  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Romantic Rhineland for solo travellers: October

The Rhine and her Tributaries