Cruise five contrasting rivers linking France and Germany; the Rhine, Neckar, Main, Moselle and Saar
Day 1 - Strasbourg
Day 2 - Heidelberg
Day 3 - Mainz / Frankfurt
Day 4 - Rüdesheim
Day 5 - Koblenz
Day 6 - Cochem
Day 7 - Trier
Day 8 - Luxembourg
Day 9 - Return Flight
Since Roman times the Rhine River has served as a link between northern and southern Europe where trade and goods were transported, with many castles and fortifications built later to collect tolls from those using the river. The Rhine flows through six countries and functions as a border in places between Germany and France with its main tributaries being the Moselle, Neckar and Main rivers.
Visit Cochem on the Moselle with its narrow winding streets, carefully restored half timbered houses with slate roofs, Town Hall square with its history-filled past, as well as ancient walls, gates and churches. The Reichsburg is built on a remarkable site, a steep vine-covered hill overlooking the Moselle. This magnificent castle was destroyed by French troops in the 17th century and entirely rebuilt according to old plans in a Neo-Gothic style, featuring graceful towers topped with bell turrets.
Discover the Roman cultural heritage of Trier with a splendid view over the Moselle and its magnificent countryside. Trier is Germany’s oldest city and known as ‘Rome of the North’, it was one of the seats of power of the Holy Roman Empire and one of the great centres of Early Christianity as well as a dynamic medieval town. The Amphitheatre is the tenth biggest from the Roman Empire, holding up to 30,000 spectators and the impressive Imperial Baths are beautifully preserved elaborate ruins of a Roman public bath. Old timber framed houses mingle with classical pastel coloured houses, where the pedestrianised centre is decorated with many Gothic or baroque buildings.
No Single Supplement
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 28
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Basel. Transfer to Strasbourg with time to explore the centre. Embark the vessel. Welcome drink and crew introduction. Overnight cruising. (D)
Day 2 Arrive in Mannheim, confluence of the Rhine and Neckar. Tour of ‘romantic’ Heidelberg, the inspiration of many artists including Turner. Pre-dinner Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Cruise to Mainz and enjoy a tour of the city including the Cathedral and Gutenberg Museum which is world famous for book printing. Continue cruising to Frankfurt. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Guided tour of Frankfurt, passing the Cathedral and Römerberg, the seat of the city’s government. Cruise up the Main to the Rhine River. Arrive in Rüdesheim in the late afternoon. Enjoy a train ride through the Rüdesheim vineyards cultivated in the Roman era, with a visit to a wine cellar for wine tastings. Continue to the museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments. (B, L, D)
Day 5 A dramatic passage through the Romantic Rhine Valley past Lorelei Rock. Cruise past the Deutsches Eck at Koblenz, confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Morning Cochem walking tour of the Reichsburg Castle with time at leisure to enjoy the narrow winding streets and Town Hall square with its history-filled past. Continue to Trier. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Guided tour of Trier viewing the amphitheatre, Imperial Baths, Basilica of Constantine, St. Peter’s Cathedral and the market square. Continue cruising on the Moselle and Saar rivers. Afternoon arrival with time at leisure in Saarburg. Farewell Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Cruise towards Remich. Guided tour of Luxembourg including the old city, fortress ruins, Corniche and Place des Armes. Remich winery visit and tasting. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Transfer to Luxembourg airport for the return flight to Heathrow. (B)
Cabins are available from 6pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
Launched in 2003 and refurbished in 2011 to a high standard, the MS Leonardo da Vinci 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 with small dance floor, sundeck and WiFi (free/limited). 72 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. 23 twin/double cabins with picture windows (129 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck and 49 twin/double cabins with picture windows (129 sq. ft.) on the Main Deck.
per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability on these dates:
2019: Jul 27 & Aug 26
Single supplement £595
Upper Deck £175
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 8-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.
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