River Cruise – Germany: The Rhine & The Moselle

Staying aboard The Ms Prinses Christina

10 DAYS | 10th July 2020

A Rhine Cruise offers a unique kind of holiday, combining the relaxing and peaceful style of river cruising with the opportunity to visit some of Germany’s finest towns and cities. As Europe’s longest waterway traversing no less than six countries, the romantic Rhine welcomes you with unrivalled hospitality and stunning scenery. Come and admire the fairytale world of castles perched on rocky cliff tops and picturesque villages with vine-clad, half-timbered houses nestling along the river bank. Join us on this fantastic cruise, relax and watch the wonderful world of the Rhineland glide by.

The MS Prinses Christina is an extremely warm and welcoming ship, offering the ultimate in comfort. Whether you relax in the lounge with its panoramic windows, the light airy restaurant or partially covered sun deck, you will feel at home on board this ship almost instantly. The vessel has a length of 80 metres and has a capacity of 102 passengers across 51 cabins, all with river views. All cabins offer air-conditioning, shower and toilet, twin beds and satellite TV.

We depart Macclesfield around lunch time for our journey to Hull where we board the P&O Ferry for our overnight sailing to Rotterdam. Cabin with facilities and two low bunks included.

After breakfast we depart for Cologne, where we will board the MS Prinses Christina late afternoon.

Cologne to Andernach. We set sail early morning where you will pass Remagen, famous as the site of the World War II battle for the town’s bridge. We will then continue towards the pretty town of Andernach, one of the oldest towns in Germany, which is renowned for its impressive 13th-century ‘Liebfrauen’ Church.

Andernach to Cochem. We depart today on the picturesque Moselle River, fabulously set at the heart of the Moselle Valley’s wine-growing region. By lunchtime we will have reached the enchanting medieval town of Cochem, overlooked by the colossal 11th-Century Reichsburg Castle perched high on a hill above the town and one of the most beautiful castles in the region.

Cochem to Boppard. This morning we sail back along the Moselle and join the Rhine once more, passing some of the area’s most spectacular landscapes on the way. We will arrive late afternoon in the charming town of Boppard where you will have some free time to explore this ancient town.

Boppard to Rüdesheim. This morning we cruise to Rüdesheim and en route marvel at some of the Rhine Valley’s most famous landmarks including the 130 metre high Lorelei Rock; named after the Rhine Maiden sirens and the Mäuseturm, this ancient customs post is now used as a beacon tower for shipping. The afternoon is free to explore Rüdesheim, a picturebook wine town overlooked by the towers of ruined Ehrenfels Castle, and perhaps stroll along the charming paved Drosselgasse.

Rüdesheim to Koblenz. This morning we depart and make our way along the Middle Rhine to Koblenz, arriving in the early afternoon. The historic city of Koblenz is located on the convergence of two rivers with the ‘Deutsches Eck’ proudly marking the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet. The city dates back to Roman times and is a centre of the German wine trade.

Koblenz to Cologne. After an early morning departure we will arrive in Königswinter, an elegant resort at the foot of the Sieben Gebirge Mountains. In the early afternoon we leave the town and cruise past the city of Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven, to the city of Cologne for an overnight stay. Cologne dates back to Roman times and is one of Germany’s largest and liveliest cities. Its river skyline is dwarfed by the soaring twin steeples of its spectacular Gothic cathedral. You will have free time to explore and enjoy this historic city at leisure.

Cologne. After breakfast we disembark and head for Rotterdam. The night will be spent on board the P&O Ferry for our sailing back to Hull. Cabin with facilities and two low bunks included.

We arrive in Hull after breakfast and take the motorway home calling for coffee en route. We arrive in Macclesfield around lunchtime.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout, Roy McCarthy courier, two overnight crossings with P&O Ferries, inside cabins with facilities. Seven nights on board MS Prinses Christina, welcome drink on arrival, outside cabin with facilities, seven nights full board including tea/coffee, late night snacks, and occasional evening entertainment.
£1375.00 per person standard twin cabin, Main Deck
£1475.00 per person standard single cabin, Lower Deck
£50.00 supplement per person superior twin cabin, Main Deck
£75.00 supplement per person standard twin cabin, Promenade Deck
£100.00 supplement per person superior twin cabin, Promenade Deck
£56.00 per person Optional return meal package P&O crossing
£13.00 per person Outside cabin return supplement on P&O, twin cabin
£22.00 per person Outside cabin return supplement on P&O, single cabin
£80.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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