Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia , Rhine Valley, Baden-Wuerttemberg), Hauts-de-France, Venice
If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with a difference, then this break could be just the ticket! This leisurely cruise takes us through the spectacular scenery of the Rhine and Moselle rivers; some of the most picturesque waterways in Europe. Sit back and unwind as we glide through a landscape of scenic valleys and dramatic gorges scattered with romantic hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and delightful riverside towns and villages, stopping to experience the highlights along the way.
The MV Prinses Christina is a fully air-conditioned ship with accommodation arranged over three decks. The 54 outward-facing cabins offer en-suite shower, toilet and satellite TV. The ship has an elegant lounge bar with picture windows offering panoramic views, a restaurant and a large, partially-covered sun deck.
Price shown is based on two people sharing a twin Lower Deck cabin.
Regrettably there are no single cabins available.
Cabin upgrades available, subject to availability:
Twin Main Deck Cabin: £45pp
Twin Deluxe Main Deck Cabin: £60pp
Twin Promenade Deck Cabin: £75pp
Twin Deluxe Promenade Deck Cabin: £85pp
Please note: Whilst there is a stair lift on board, wheelchair access to/from the ship is not possible. Lower Deck cabins and the Sun Deck are not served by the stair lifts.
Ferry to Calais and onwards to our hotel, stopping en-route in Lille. Later, we check in to our hotel where we stay overnight.
Leaving our hotel, we stop en-route in Monschau before continuing to Cologne where we board the MV Prinses Christina.
Day 3 – Andernach
Leaving Cologne, we make the leisurely journey to Andernach, a charming riverside town nestled on the banks of the Rhine. As one of Germany’s oldest towns, it still has remnants of the old town fortifications and is also home to the world’s highest cold water geyser.
Day 4 – Cochem
Our destination today is Cochem. Surrounded by steep vineyards, this lovely town of half-timbered houses and winding streets also boasts a flower-bedecked promenade and a magnificent castle that rises dramatically above the town.
Day 5 – Boppard
Our next stop is Boppard. Lying in the Rhine Gorge and once a Roman fort, the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’ is renowned for its fine Riesling wine.
Day 6 – Rüdesheim
We arrive in the picturesque town of Rüdesheim. There’ll be time to wander its lovely streets including the charming, cobbled Drosselgasse, packed with wine taverns, restaurants and half-timbered buildings.
Day 7 – Optional excursion to Heidelberg (£20pp) & Koblenz
Why not join an optional excursion to Heidelberg. Built on the banks of the River Neckar, the city is surrounded by lush green hills and boasts a castle and Baroque-style Old Town full of grand and beautifully-preserved buildings. We rejoin the ship at Koblenz.
Alternatively, we cruise from Rüdesheim to Koblenz. Built at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, the town is full of historic buildings, cosy lanes and romantic squares, all overlooked by the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
Day 8 – Königswinter
We arrive in Königswinter this morning. Drachenfels mountain, which rises behind the town, is crowned by the ruins of a 12th-century castle reached by the Drachenfels Railway, the oldest in Germany with a cog wheel. Later, we cruise back to Cologne, arriving mid afternoon.
We disembark our ship and head to the lovely city of Bruges. Known as ‘the Venice of northern Europe’, Bruges is a beautifully-preserved medieval city of picturesque canals, impressive squares of pretty guild houses and narrow cobbled lanes crammed with fine chocolate shops, lace boutiques and souvenir shops. After time at leisure, we head to our overnight hotel where a light evening meal is included.
We head to Calais for our return ferry home, stopping en-route in the Flemish town of Ypres.
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