- The sounds of the 60s
- Castles everywhere...
- Rock the Joint in Koblenz
- The wine of the Rhine
Sounds of the 60s on the Rhine for solo travellers
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Sail the Rhine to the sounds of live 60s music
Loving the Swinging 60’s... this Rhine cruise is for you! What a harmonious combination… cruising past the vineyards of the Rhine (but also pausing for wine tastings) and revisiting the timeless sounds of your youth, performed live on board the ship by your host Jeremy Huggett and the versatile Band of Gold. You’ll see the prettiest stretches of the river, taste and compare local wines and enjoy live 60s music every night throughout this exuberant cruise. Hear hits of the time that were created by the likes of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield, the pioneers of Rock ‘n’ Roll including Bill Haley & the Comets and Elvis. The final farewell concert features hits from The Carpenters, The Beach Boys, The Troggs, The Animals and more to bring your cruise to a rousing end…
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
Free bar open 12 hours a day†
Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Plus all this…
- Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
- Solos Host
- Social activities
- Solos drinks party
- Five live music performances
- Two briefings from your band leader
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
- Visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum
Interactive 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.
Virtuoso Jeremy Huggett, a previous UK award winner for best reed player, clearly demonstrates his skill and maturity on saxophones, flute, and vocals. Since December 2000, Jeremy has been guesting on sax and flute with legendary rock group, Hawkwind. He’s also played with famous names all over the country, including Acker Bilk. In addition to five nights of live music, Jeremy will also give two insightful talks during your cruise, the first focusing on the mechanics of music and how instruments work, answering questions along the way. The other focuses on the impact of 50s rock ‘n’ roll on audiences in both the UK and USA.
Cadillac Xpress, led by Jeremy Huggett, is guaranteed to entertain and get the on-board party going. The extremely versatile lineup has been put together especially to perform rock ‘n’ roll and the sounds of the 50s and 60s. The band will have a five piece line-up guiding you through different eras of rock ‘n’ roll.
Day 1 UK to Cologne
Travel by coach via Eurotunnel, or ferry, from Folkestone to Cologne where you embark Rex Rheni.
Set sail this evening, meet your dedicated Solos Host and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board, with a live performance by the accomplished Band of Gold, who'll provide fun and cool sounds throughout your cruise. Tonight’s performance, consisting of two one-hour sets, is entitled ‘Welcome to the Swinging 60s.’
Day 2 Bonn
Arrive in the former West German capital of Bonn in the early hours and enjoy a full day here.
Perhaps join an optional excursion to see the sights of the town, and visit the birthplace of the legendary Beethoven, this afternoon. Tonight’s musical entertainment is ‘The British Invasion’ – spend the evening celebrating the success of British bands in the US and beyond in the 60s including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield.
Day 3 Bonn to Koblenz
Depart Bonn at breakfast time and sail through the morning to Koblenz, where you arrive early afternoon and moor overnight.
Koblenz is set at the point where the Rhine and Moselle flow together. It’s known as 'Deutsches Eck' or German Corner and features a huge statue of Kaiser Wilhelm l. Looming on the right bank is the imposing Festung Ehrenbreitstein, a citadel built by the Prussians. You might like to join an optional tour of the town and castle this afternoon.
This evening your on-board entertainers plan to ‘Rock the Joint’ with a set celebrating the pioneers of Rock & Roll including Bill Haley & the Comets, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Fats Domino.
Day 4 Koblenz to Rüdesheim
Rex Rheni sets sail over breakfast and cruises one of the most picturesque sections of the middle Rhine. Arrive in Rüdesheim, a charming wine town, early afternoon and moor here overnight.
After lunch, enjoy an included visit to Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music, a whimsical display of self-playing instruments. Alternatively you can join an optional wine tasting trip to a local winery.
Return to your ship in time to enjoy a ‘Musical Kaleidoscope’ from Jeremy and the Band of Gold. They aim to provide a fun night mixing the sounds of the 60s and 70s with Rock & Roll, Blues and a bit of Jump Jive and Swing.
Day 5 Rüdesheim to Cologne
Sail from Rüdesheim early this morning and, after a lunchtime arrival, spend the afternoon at leisure in Cologne.
See some of the historic highlights at the Romano-Germanic Museum and the cathedral, or go shopping in the city's modern heart. Tonight you can let yourselves go with the Band of Gold’s final performance, ‘60s Jukebox’ featuring classic artists like The Beatles, The Monkees, Elvis, The Carpenters, The Beach Boys, The Troggs and The Animals.
Please note: On the October 4, 2021 departure your ship will sail on from Cologne to Düsseldorf late this evening and moors there overnight.
Day 6 Cologne to UK
Disembark Rex Rheni after breakfast, and begin your return journey to the UK.
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
Optional on 5 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
Optional on 5 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
Optional on 5 nights itinerary
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently. Optional excursions are at an additional cost and all excursions are subject to availability and change.
May 3, 2021 departures embark in Arnhem and arrive in Bonn in the afternoon. October 4, 2021 departures embark in Cologne and disembark in Düsseldorf.