A traditional cruise on the ‘Romantic Rhine’ visiting Amsterdam, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg and Strasbourg
22 April 2019
Days 1 & 2 - Amsterdam
Day 3 - Nijmegen/Krefeld
Day 4 - Cologne
Day 5 - Rüdesheim
Day 6 - Heidelberg
Day 7 - Strasbourg/Return Flight
For a long time the Rhine was the border between the Roman Empire and the German Barbarian tribes to the east, so many long-established settlements line the west bank. Until the 18th century, Germany was split into individual principalities, often in dispute, leading to a large number of castles, especially along the Rhine where barons could fix and levy tolls almost at will.
Nowadays of course, the Rhine lends itself to gentler pursuits – a leisurely perambulation along the riverbank or a relaxing cruise, a pursuit popularised by Queen Victoria and English gentlemen on the Grand Tour. In effect the Rhine cruise could be considered the pioneer of river cruises as a leisure activity.
Amsterdam in the 17th century saw the ‘Golden Age’ of the Netherlands when great canals were built and art and architecture flourished. The wealth created by their trading was the foundation of a great Fine Art heritage mainly displayed in the Rijksmuseum.
Culture & Riverscapes
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Solo Group Departure
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 28
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Amsterdam. Transfer to the vessel and enjoy a welcome cocktail. Evening cruise through the picturesque canals of Amsterdam. (D)
Day 2 Optional Amsterdam sightseeing tour (£35) or perhaps visit the Rijksmuseum (pre-booking online recommended), a magnificent 19th-century building housing works of art including Rembrandt and Vermeer, or the more modern Van Gogh museum (online booking recommended). Afternoon visit to Volendam and Zaanse Schans (Keukenhof Gardens in April & May). (B, L, D)
Day 3 Visit the Kröller-Müller Museum, a remote, spacious museum with a unique collection of with 250 drawings and paintings by Van Gogh and works by Seurat, Monet, Gauguin, Picasso and Mondrian. Cruise towards Nijmegen. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Cruise to Cologne. Afternoon free for exploration, perhaps visit the cathedral or Roman-Germanic Museum or even sample the Kölsch dark beer! (B, L, D)
Day 5 Cruise past ruined castles, quaint riverside towns and beautiful scenery. Arrive at the riverside wine village of Rüdesheim in the early afternoon for a wine tasting and tour of the Museum of Mechanical Music. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Cruise to Mannheim. Travel to Heidelberg from Neckarmünzplatz on the banks of the Neckar river for a guided tour of the old city and Heidelberg Castle including its Renaissance ruins, the Heidelberg Great Vat, Castle gardens. Cruise to Strasbourg. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. Transfer to Basel airport for the return flight to London Heathrow. (B)
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
For the May 5 departure the vessel will be the MS Douce France.
Launched in 2012 the ‘new generation’ MS Gérard Schmitter is registered in France with a mainly European crew and announcements in French and English. For 20 years Jules Verne has been the main UK partner of the innovative French cruise company, CroisiEurope, established 40 years ago, now boasting the largest European river fleet (over 40 ships), yet still operated by the same family. All drinks, except premium brands are included throughout the cruise. Enjoy International and French cuisine with a choice of wines in an elegant one-sitting dining room. Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner waiter service with the occasional buffet. The vessel occasionally sails at night. Reception, lounge bar, sun deck and WiFi (free/limited). 87 twin/double (145 sq. ft.) air-conditioned cabins spread over 3 decks with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. 41 cabins on the Upper Deck with picture window and French balcony, 21 cabins on the Middle Deck with picture window and 25 cabins on the Main Deck with portholes.
The French-operated CroisiEurope operates the MS Douce France (refurbished 2011) over two decks, with 79 air-conditioned cabins. Lounge, sundeck, one-sitting restaurant, WiFi (free/limited) and cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, satellite TV and picture window. All drinks, except premium brands, are included throughout the cruise.
per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
British Airways from Heathrow
22 April 2019
Supplements per person
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability on these dates:
2019: Jul 26 & Oct 1
Solo Group Departure – Apr 22
No single supplement
Single supplement £445
Middle Deck £125
Upper Deck £175
British Airways Club Europe from £125
Arrival transfer add £50
Departure transfer with group included
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 6-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, cruise director, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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