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Romantic Rhine and Swiss Delights

Romantic Rhine and Swiss Delights

Door to Door

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Door to Door

We venture on a cruise along the Rhine aboard the new MS Arena 4-star. Starting in Cologne, we sail overnight to Rudesheim where you can enjoy the town’s many highlights. We continue to to the charming town of Speyer easily explored on foot, which has a magnificent Cathedral. We arrive at the splendid city of Strasbourg, which is well known for its world heritage status, continuing onto Basel. Here, included is a full day excursion by coach to the Swiss resort of Lucerne. This scenic journey follows a route that tunnels through the Jura Mountains, before arriving at Lucerne - the historic and scenic heart of Switzerland. Here you can visit the beautiful Chapel Bridge with its prominent water tower, one of the most photographed landmarks in Switzerland. where the Black Forest meets the Alsace. We relish the beautiful Alsace, stopping at the little village of Riquewihr where we enjoy wine tasting at the famous Dopff and Irion vineyard. Enjoy some free time in Mannheim and finish with a walking tour in Mainz. On board ship you will get a welcome cocktail, 2 nights’ live entertainment, morning coffee and afternoon tea and biscuits, a midnight snack each night and the Captain’s Farewell Dinner, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add to this our unique Door to door pick up service, Elite coach travel and the overnight return sailing from Hull to Rotterdam with P & O Ferries will, we trust, complete a memorable holiday.

 

MS ARENA ****

This ship features outward-facing floor to ceiling panoramic windows with French balconies, allowing you to take in the wonderful views of the river and surroundings from the comfort of your own cabin. A fully air-conditioned ship equipped with TV and en-suite facilities. There is an elegant restaurant on the main deck and the lounge and bar on the upper deck have picture windows that provide a panoramic view. The crew members speak excellent English. There is a stair-lift between the main and upper decks.

 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Door to door pick up service

  • Elite coach travel

  • Overnight return sailing from Hull to Rotterdam in inside cabins (upgrades available)*

  • Dinner and breakfast on the overnight sailings

  • 7 nights’ on-board MS Arena

  • 4 course-dinner and buffet breakfast plus five 3-course lunches

  • Welcome drink

  • Tea/Coffee available

  • Captain’s Party one night

  • In-house activities on some nights

  • Free time in Rudesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, Lucerne, Manheim, Mainz and Cologne

  • A day excursion to Lucerne

  • Wine tasting at Dopff and Irion Vineyard

 

* Cabin upgrades are available.  Please ask for details.   

Day 1

UK - Cologne
We travel to Cologne where we join our ship. This evening we enjoy a relaxing dinner onboard as we sail overnight towards Rüdesheim.

Day 2

Rüdesheim
Relax onboard as we cruise along the Rhine which leads us through the Rhine Gorge and past the
Legendary Lorelai. This afternoon we arrive at the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim. Here you can enjoy the town's many highlights This evening we set sail for Speyer.

Day 3

Speyer - Strasbourg
This morning we arrive in the charming town of Speyer. Easily explored on foot, Speyer has a magnificent Romanesque Cathedral, as well as an abundance of museums and the remains of a medieval synagogue. Lunch is served onboard before we sail overnight to Strasbourg.

Day 4

Strasbourg - Basel
This morning we arrive at the magnificent city of Strasbourg, which is well known for its world heritage status. Enjoy some free time to explore the main sights at leisure or take a walk around the old city. We return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Basel.

Day 5

Basel - Lucerne - Breisach
We arrive this morning into the old University City of Basel. Here you can join our included full day excursion by coach to the Swiss resort of Lucerne. This scenic journey follows a route that tunnels through the Jura Mountains, before arriving at Lucerne - the historic and scenic heart of Switzerland. Here you can visit the beautiful Chapel Bridge with its prominent water tower, one of the most photographed landmarks in Switzerland. Tonight we sail overnight to Breisach.

Day 6

Breisach - Alsace - Mannheim
This morning we arrive into Breisach, where the Black Forest meets the Alsace. Here you can join our optional excursion into the beautiful Alsace, stopping at the little village of Riquewihr where we enjoy wine tasting at the famous Dopff & Irion vineyard. This afternoon we set sail for Mannheim.


Day 7

Mannheim - Heidelberg - Mainz
We cruise to the river port of Mannheim where you can join our optional guided excursion to the majestic city of Heidelberg, home of Germany's oldest university. We return to our ship for lunch onboard as we cruise to Mainz where we arrive later this afternoon. Mainz is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers and has been the capital of the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate since 1946. Join our optional guided walking tour, taking in the university, the pretty pedestrian precincts and the fabulous Romanesque cathedral. We also include entrance to the Gutenberg Museum. This evening enjoy your final night onboard as we set sail for Cologne.

Day 8

Cologne - UK
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and set off on the return journey to the UK

Last day

Return on P and O ferries on Hull to Zeebrugge

First day

Hull to Zeebrugge

MS ARENA ****

This ship features outward-facing floor to ceiling panoramic windows with French balconies, allowing you to take in the wonderful views of the river and surroundings from the comfort of your own cabin.  It is a fully air-conditioned ship equipped with TV and en-suite facilities. There is an elegant restaurant on the main deck, and the lounge and bar on the upper deck have picture windows that provide a panoramic view. The crew members speak excellent English. There is a stair-lift between the main and upper decks. 

 

 

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