The Rhine in Flames - An Incredible Spectacle on the Water - River Cruise - Thu 8th Aug 2019
- Duration: 7 Days
- Location: Strasbourg
- Product code: P6LA5R
It’s not hard to see why river cruising has been and remains so very popular. It’s a great way to relax, enjoy the sounds and nature of the river and soak up beautiful scenery. As well as countryside, you’ll pass through historic towns and cities along the way plus enjoy time on shore at various places of interest.
Every year over 150,000 people flock to the beautiful banks of The Rhine for the country’s largest firework display. Situated at one of the most scenic spots along the Rhine, between Boppard and Klobenz this wonderful event sees the river valley bathed in fire – an amazing spectacle. Following the success and popularity of our River Cruises in conjunction with Croisi Europe Cruises – one of the premium brands in the market, we have secured space on this cruise for 2019. Places are strictly limited with upgrades available. Modern cruise boats offer excellent quality accommodation and facilities.
Our itinerary, with a stop each way in an excellent quality hotel ensures relaxed travel days.
After being collected from your home around 7.00am we travel to Folkestone for our lunchtime Eurotunnel to France. Travelling through the countryside to our overnight hotel stop on the outskirts of Lens. Excellent quality Novotel 4* Hotel with all the comforts of a modern hotel. 3 course evening meal included.
After breakfast we continue to the beautiful ancient city of Strasbourg on the border with Germany where we board the excellent MS Gerard Schmitter. After comfortably settling into your cabins, meet the crew at a welcome cocktail. After dinner on board we have included the optional visit to Strasbourg's Old Town by river boat (subject to availability). We'll start cruising in the night.
STRASBOURG - BOPPARD - THE RHINE IN FLAMES - KOBLENZ
This morning will be spent sailing, reaching Boppard at the end of the afternoon. We'll set out on a discovery tour of the old town with our hostess. Over dinner, we'll follow the convoy of boats forming a line from Boppard to Koblenz. What follows is an unforgettable magical evening. The Romantic Rhine in Flames bursts into flames, creating a spectacular and fairy-tale like atmosphere. We'll reach Koblenz in the night.
KOBLENZ - THE ROMANTIC RHINE VALLEY - RÜDESHEIM
We'll cruise along the most beautiful stretch of the Romantic Rhine between Koblenz and reaching Rüdesheim late afternoon. We have included an excursion with a tour and commentary of the Rüdesheim vineyards by mini-train with breathtaking view of the Rhine, followed by a tasting! Afterwards, we visit a fascinating Museum of Mechanical Instruments before free time to stroll through the streets of Rüdesheim ambling down the famous Drosselgasse, before making your own way back to the boat. After dinner, relax or head back to the Drosselgasse with its numerous live bands and cafes.
RÜDESHEIM - MANNHEIM
We'll spend the morning cruising towards Mannheim. Upon arrival, we have included an optional excursion to discover Heidelberg with views of the beautiful castle and a chance to walk through the lovely gardens. Includes free time to wander through the streets and shops before returning to the coach. Return on board. Tonight, is a special gala dinner evening. We'll sail to Strasbourg through the night.
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking in Strasbourg at 9:00 a.m. We board the coach and head back to Lens to once again stay in the Novotel – 3 course evening meal included.
We depart the hotel after breakfast and head for the Eurotunnel. Continuing home to arrive back in the local area around 4.00/5.00pm. Returned to your home by our home collection service.
Overnight hotels include 3 course evening meal and breakfast
On the boat
All meals from dinner on the first evening to breakfast on the final day
Onboard drinks included (except for drinks from special lists)
Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
Assistance from the onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
All port fees
We have included all excursions as detailed worth £97!!!!
All excursions operated by Croisi Europe.
A member of Highcliffe Coach Holidays staff will be onboard.
Due to the nature of river travel some excursion details may be adjusted or amended. If this occurs there will be no refund for these changes. Although all efforts will be made to run the itinerary as above - some changes may be made due to water levels.
4* MS Gerard Schmitter
Built in 2012 and named after the founder of Croisi Europe, the MS Gerard Schmitter is one of the premium ships in the fleet. Offering maximum comfort with its large common areas and two bar lounges. Not forgetting its large outdoor terrace where you can relax and take in all the beautiful scenery as you glide down the river. With 3 decks and at 110 m in length, the ship has 88 cabins spread over the levels and is bright and airy with a stylish interior décor. If you need any help, it is always on hand at the reception where there is also a gift shop. Relax on the large sundeck with plenty of seats to lay in the sun and enjoy a drink on the terrace or in the lounge bar.
Food during your cruise is an absolute highlight; delicious refined French cuisine for your evening meals with choice, complemented by specially selected wines and an extensive self serve breakfast. All served in the beautiful restaurant.
All cabins have viewing windows with either twin or double beds, bathroom with shower, satellite TV, hairdryer, safety deposit box and air conditioning. Passenger lift.
MIDDLE DECK SUPPLEMENT - £100 PER PERSON
UPPER DECK SUPPLEMENT - £115 PER PERSON