Rhine & Moselle River Cruise by Rail or Air

8 Days

Jun - Oct 2018 - From £799pp

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09/06/2018
 
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Overview

Come with us on a relaxing river cruise on the majestic Rhine and beautiful Moselle rivers in southern Germany. Travel by rail or air to join the cruise in Cologne. Relax on board the MV Prinses Christina as she glides silkily past romantic hilltop castles, picturesque vineyards and historic riverside towns including Andernach, Cochem, Boppard, Rudesheim, Koblenz, and Konigswinter. Accommodation is in comfortable twin bedded cabins with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day included as well as morning coffee and afternoon tea.

Itinerary

Koblenz cable car


Boppard and its chairlift


Day 1: UK to Cologne
Depart London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet in the morning on Eurostar to Brussels arriving in just over 2 hours. Continue by coach to Cologne and the MV Prinses Christina, with time to settle in before dinner. Alternatively, travel to and from Cologne by air from regional UK airports – see flight information and options. Overnight in Cologne.
Day 2: Cologne to Andernach
Early morning we begin our cruise to Andernach, a quiet country town with winding streets and historic architecture, far from the madding crowd. Explore on your own or join our optional guided walking tour. Overnight in Andernach.
Day 3: Andernach to Cochem
We depart Andernach before breakfast and cruise towards Koblenz where the Rhine meets the Moselle. Here we head west along the magical Moselle to Cochem, arriving early afternoon. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Moselle’, its lovingly restored half-timbered houses, historic market place and magnificent Reichsburg castle must be seen. Explore on your own or join our optional excursion to Reichsburg Castle followed by a 5 wine tasting. Overnight in Cochem.
Day 4: Cochem to Boppard
Depart Cochem during breakfast and cruise to Boppard. Sit back and enjoy the views as we pass castles, fortresses and riverside town’s. We arrive in Boppard mid-afternoon to take in its lovely, romantic squares and the riverside Rhine Allee, filled with trees and flowers. Explore on your own, take the land train tour or join our optional guided walk. Overnight in Boppard.
Day 5: Boppard to Rüdesheim
This morning we sail through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim, passing the famous Lorelei Rock. We arrive early afternoon with time to take in this gorgeous little town. Our optional tour by land train from the ship takes in the vineyards and the town, including a visit to Seigfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet and the famous Drosselgasse - a unique cobbled lane just 144 metres long, packed with bars, restaurants and live music - where we enjoy a delicious Rüdesheimer Kaffee made with Asbach brandy. Overnight in Rüdesheim.
Day 6: Rüdesheim to Koblenz
This morning we sail to Koblenz where we arrive early afternoon. Explore on your own, take the cable car over the Rhine to the imposing Ehrenbreitstein fortress - surely one of the area’s greatest attractions. or join our optional walking tour of the town. Overnight in Koblenz.
Day 7: Koblenz to Konigswinter & Cologne
During breakfast we cruise to Konigswinter where we have the morning to explore. Situated at the foot of the Drachenfels Mountain, it is set between the Rhine Valley and Siebengebirge - “Seven Hills”. Our optional excursion takes us by land train and Germany’s oldest cog railway to the top of the mountain with spectacular views of the Rhine valley below. During the afternoon we sail to Cologne, arriving mid-afternoon. Free time to explore on your own, the impressive Cathedral is certainly worth a visit. Or, join our optional afternoon guided walk. Farewell dinner on board. Overnight in Cologne.
Day 8: Cologne to UK
After Breakfast we disembark and transfer by coach to Brussels where we take the Eurostar to London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet arriving during the afternoon. Or, transfer to Cologne airport for your flight back to the UK.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

  • Andernach guided walk 1.5hrs £10pp

  • Cochem Reichsburg Castle tour & 5 wine tasting £29pp

  • Boppard guided walk 1.5hrs £10pp

  • Rüdesheim Highlights - land train tour to Seigfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet & Drosselgasse & Rüdesheimer kaffee £29pp

  • Koblenz guided walking tour £10pp

  • Konigswinter Highlights - land train & cog railway to Drachenfels £24pp

  • Cologne Old town guided walk 1.5hrs £10pp


Excursions must be booked prior to departure. 10% excursion discount when you pre-book at least 5. All operate subject to minimum numbers.

Cruise ship


The Prinses Christina is a comfortable, fully air-conditioned ship where everything on board has been designed to make guests as comfortable as possible. It can accomodate 107 passengers on three decks in cabins which were completely renovated in 2012. A stair lift operates between the main and promenade decks and to the restaurant on the cabin deck. The large sun deck is partially covered.



Cabins:
All 54 river-view cabins have: air-conditioning, a shower and toilet, satellite TV, and European electricity socket (220 volts). Standard cabin area approx 8 sq m.

Lounge⁄Bar:
The elegant lounge and bar – situated on the promenade deck – has picture windows offering a panoramic view. Morning coffee and afternoon tea are served each day in the lounge.

Restaurant:
On board the Prinses Christina you’ll start the day with a buffet breakfast. In the summer you’ll enjoy a three-course lunch and a four-course dinner with a choice of menu.



What‘s Included


The Moselle


INCLUDED:

  • Escorted return rail travel from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Brussels and coach transfer to Cologne or return flights with luggage - see Flights tab

  • 7-night full-board-plus cruise on the MV Prinses Christina sharing a twin bed outside cabin on Cabin Deck – upgrades available

  • Welcome cocktail on arrival

  • Cup of coffee/tea each morning & afternoon

  • Captain’s dinner

  • Transfers abroad

  • Services of our Cruise Director on board



Accommodation Options:
  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices.

Flights

Flight Information & Options
AIRPORTS: Heathrow • Gatwick • Stansted • Edinburgh
Flights are possible from these airports with a choice of airline and several outbound and inbound time combinations to suit your preference. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement.
Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person – exact weight and size of each subject to airline restrictions.

  • Flight time around 2 hours each way

  • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements


DEPOSIT:
£100pp by rail
£150 by air

Rail Travel

Eurostar – London to Brussels
From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little as 2 hours to Brussels. On board, you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffer car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.

Morning Departures
Departures from London are expected to be early to mid morning depending on the exact train departure time, confirmed to us 8 weeks before travel. Please bear this in mind when planning your journey to St Pancras. An overnight stay at a nearby hotel prior to travel may be worth considering – call for information.

Travel & Luggage
There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag⁄holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.

Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays
However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. The Tour Manager⁄Escort will not be able to provide you and⁄or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.

Please Help us to Help You
In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and⁄or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).