Rhine Highlights 2018 Scenic River Cruise
Discover the canals of Amsterdam, where meandering waterways bypass buildings that haven't changed since Holland's great voyages of discovery centuries ago. Marvel at the highlights of the legendary Rhine during your cruising through the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. Visit Rudesheim and explore Cologne, with its towering cathedral. Take in Koblenz, explore Heidelberg Castle and venture on to charming Strasbourg, where the fairy-tale Europe of your imagination will come to life during a visit to the city's old town.
Choose from a selection of ways to travel to Amsterdam. Pick from one of up to 14 UK regional airports or travel direct from London Heathrow. If you prefer not to fly, why not travel Standard Premier Class aboard the Eurostar from St Pancras International to Brussels and then onto Amsterdam on first class rail. You'll then be transferred to your Scenic Space-Ship.
Freechoice: Experience an iconic canal cruise or discover Volendam, with its unusual raised homes and quaint wooden church before visiting the equally charming village of Edam.
In the evening, join your Captain for the official welcome dinner.
Freechoice: Enjoy a scenic ride on the oldest cog railway in Germany and discover splendid Drachenburg Castle, or stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Either way, it’s a great day to see and discover.
Koblenz is a city teeming with historical influence and importance. From the traditional Old Town to the Fort Ehrenbreistein, you’ll find there’s plenty to discover when you scratch the surface.
Freechoice: Take advantage of a guided tour of this historic city and marvel at the Deutsche Eck, a unique place where the rivers Moselle and Rhine confluent. Alternatively, discover Cochem – a true Medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River. Cochem will make you feel as if you’re stepping straight into a fairy tale and you’ll be able to take a guided tour that culminates in a visit to the iconic Reichsburg Castle. Alternatively, visit a local winery and sample some of it’s fine wines. Or maybe you’d prefer to embark on a leisurely cycle using your personal Tailormade GPS device and electronically assisted bicycle. Glide through the fascinating city of Koblenz and pass intriguing palaces and churches, museums and monuments.
In charming Rüdesheim board the Winzerexpress mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Then enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument.
Mannheim lies at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar River. Unusually, the city has been built in grids, just like you would expect to find during a visit to North America. The streets are easy to navigate and there’s myriad landmarks to visit during your time ashore.
Freechoice: Join a local guide on a historic tour of Heidelberg, where you’ll visit Heidelberg’s Renaissance castle. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Or join a local guide for an orientation tour of Heidelberg, followed by leisure time.
Enrich: Your unforgettable evening begins in the halls of one of the region's magnificent and historic Baroque palaces. Later, you’ll be ushered into the resplendent hall to attend a private classical music concert with your fellow Scenic guests. This cherished event is sure to be one of the highlights of your entire journey, enjoyed only by a select few.
Freechoice: Visit Strasbourg, where you’ll discover La Petite France and enjoy a guided walk through the Old Town, with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs. Alternatively, journey to Mittelbergheim in the Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer. Or you can opt to visit the Black Forest region, and enjoy a guided hike through its majestic vineyards.
After breakfast, transfer to Basel airport for your return flight home.
|December 2018||£1,970 Christmas Market Cruises|
- Save up to 35% if booked by 30th November 2017
- Return flights from a selection of up to 14 UK airports with a choice of airlines or travel via Standard Premier Eurostar with upgrades available
- 7 nights on Europe’s most luxurious 5-star ships
- 20 superb meals: including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- All your drinks wherever, whenever whilst on board your cruise†
- An on-board butler service for every guest
- Unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime events
- 10 flexible and exclusive excursion options
- Tipping, transfers, port charges and airport taxes worth £440 per couple
- Complimentary WiFi