Grand Cruise of the Rhine, Moselle and Main
|Resort:||Grand Cruise of the Rhine, Moselle and Main|
|Destination:||France, Germany, Netherlands|
This cruise travels the length of the Rhine and on two of its biggest tributaries €“ the Moselle and Main
Cruise the length of the Rhine and on two of its biggest tributaries – the Moselle and Main – revealing the characteristic sights of their banks – Rhine castles, Moselle vineyards, Main towns and lively Frankfurt…
41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
Day 1 UK to Arnhem
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Arnhem via Eurotunnel or ferry. Embark your ship, MS Carmen, and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. Cruise overnight towards Bonn.
Day 2 Bonn
Arrive in Bonn this afternoon and discover the highlights of the city on an optional walking tour with a local guide which includes a visit to the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, now a museum dedicated to his life and work. Alternatively, explore at your own pace. Early this evening you sail towards Winningen.
Day 3 Winningen to Cochem to Zell
Leave Winningen after breakfast and arrive in romantic Cochem on the Moselle mid-afternoon. An optional afternoon excursion visits the castle, followed by a wine tasting at a vineyard. Depart this evening for Zell, where you arrive in the early hours.
Day 4 Zell to Bernkastel
Enjoy views of the old walls of Zell from the ship before sailing after breakfast to Bernkastel-Kues where Renaissance houses line the market square. Arrive mid-afternoon and moor here overnight.
Day 5 Bernkastel to Trier
Set sail early this morning and spend an afternoon in Germany’s oldest city, Trier, founded in 16BC by Emperor Augustus. Discover more on an included tour to see the Roman city gateway, Porta Nigra, and the cathedral. Moor here overnight.
Day 6 Trier to Traben Trarbach
Set off in the early hours and cruise to the twin villages of Traben-Trarbach which straddle the Moselle, arriving after lunch. Known as the ‘capitals’ of the wine region, they are home to many art nouveau buildings. Enjoy an included wine-tasting at a vineyard. Cruise overnight to Koblenz, departing after dinner.
Day 7 Koblenz
Meaning ‘merging of the rivers’, Koblenz’ rich history is reflected in a wealth of monuments and historic buildings. Arrive here after breakfast. An optional walking tour encompasses Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Set sail early evening and cruise overnight towards Frankfurt.
Day 8 Frankfurt
Today you have the whole day to discover this lively, cultural centre, the most international city in Germany thanks to its origins as a trading centre. Despite the dramatic skyline it’s a small city – you can walk from one side to the other in twenty minutes! There are plenty of places of interest, from the cathedral to the restored timber-framed buildings of the city centre – Römerburg – as you’ll discover on an included tour. You’ll also visit the Goethe House and Museum, on the site of the birthplace of the greatest German literary figure of the modern era. Set sail at dinner time and cruise through the night.
Day 9 Miltenberg to Wertheim
Arrive early with time to stroll in the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg. Late morning cruise the Main River towards Wertheim, a small Franconian town with a ruined castle and medieval alleyways where you spend the rest of the afternoon and evening. After dinner set-off and cruise overnight.
Day 10 Aschaffenburg
Arrive early morning in the city known as ‘Bavarian Nice’ thanks to its sunny climate and lively cultural scene. Admire Johannisburg Palace and the old quarter. Depart late morning and spend the afternoon and evening cruising towards Strasbourg.
Day 11 Strasbourg
Arrive in Strasbourg afterlunch and explore the capital of Alsace whose cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and Gothic cathedral can be seen on an included tour and canal cruise. Depart this evening.
Day 12 Rüdesheim to Oberwesel
Arrive in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim for a morning exploring. Alternatively, join a fascinating optional excursion to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical<0x00A0>Music. Cruise to Oberwesel during lunch, arriving later in the afternoon. Best known for the production of Reisling, the town is surrounded by a medieval wall and defence towers with dramatic Schönburg Castle perched high above it. You remain moored here overnight.
Day 13 Oberwesel to Andernach
Spend the morning in Andernach, home to the world’s tallest cold water geyser which you can see on an optional excursion. During lunch you set off and spend thr rest of the day and night cruising towards Amsterdam.
Day 14 Amsterdam
Arrive in Amsterdam late morning, perhaps enjoy an optional city coach tour and canal cruise this afternoon. Moor here overnight.
Day 15 Amsterdam to UK
Disembark your ship after breakfast for your return journey to the UK.