Cruising the rivers and crossing the borders of France, Germany and Luxembourg, this is a fabulous tour on five waterways, the Rhine, Neckar, Main, Moselle and Saar; sailing through serene landscapes, seeing splendid towns and cities, and sampling local wines
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
Travelling in the contemporary comfort and style of the MS Leonardo da Vinci, this five-river route follows the Rhine through vineyards and history, as it forms a natural divide of Germanic and Celtic cultures. Sailing north from Strasbourg, and taking off at tangents east and west, the cruiser’s float on the Rhine calls at Rüdesheim, the home of Riesling wines; passes the siren Lorelei statue and the fortress towers of Koblenz; and visits thriving Mainz, with medieval streets at its heart and the multi-turreted cathedral as its soul. This marks the confluence with the Main River, Frankfurt hemming its banks with a blend of striking modern architecture and characterful old town. A brief detour on the Neckar drifts to captivating Heidelberg, famed for its photogenic castle and literary heritage; and on the meandering Moselle are Cochem’s castle crowning a conical hill; and Germany’s oldest city, Trier, with a cluster of well-preserved Roman monuments. From here we sail the short miles south on the Saar to beguiling Saarburg, its tightly packed houses forming a colourful hillside collage; and return to the Moselle at Remich, in Luxembourg, its fascinating, old-world capital marking the end of the journey.
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
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Day 1 Fly from London to Basel. Transfer to Strasbourg. Embark on the MS Leonardo da Vinci, your vessel for the eight-night cruise, and enjoy a welcome drink and introduction to the crew. Overnight cruising. (D)
Day 2 Arrive in Mannheim, where the Rhine is joined by the Neckar, and sail on the smaller river to hauntingly beautiful Heidelberg, its wooded hillside, multi-arched bridge, atmospheric old town, and red sandstone castle collectively forming a fabulous cityscape, inspiring poets and artists for centuries. Pre-dinner Jules Verne drinks party aboard. (B, L, D
Day 3 Cruise to Mainz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers, for a tour of the city, with traditional taverns, half-timbered houses, and baroque churches in the medieval Altstadt (old town), an octagon tower crowning the Romanesque cathedral, and the Gutenberg Museum celebrating the inventor of the printing press, for which the city is renowned. Cruise the Main to Frankfurt, where steel and glass skyscrapers contrast with a charming old quarter. (B, L, D)
Day 4 A guided tour of Frankfurt takes you into the painstakingly restored Altstadt, focused on the imposing Gothic façade of the Catholic cathedral, and on vibrant Römerberg square, with its 16th century Fountain of Justice, and ‘the Römer’ city hall, in use since the 15th century. Cruise the Main and the Rhine to arrive in Rüdesheim in the late afternoon. Enjoy a train ride through the Rüdesheim vineyards, first established by the Romans; visit a wine cellar for wine tastings; and continue to the Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments. The name says it all, and the array and variety is mesmerising. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Today’s journey is a dramatic passage through the UNESCO World Heritage landscape of the Rhine Valley. The river creates its own legend as home to the water nymph, Lorelei, with the steep, slate, Lorelei Rock on the right bank of the river, and a bronze statue of the siren on St. Goarshausen’s pier. Cruise past the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) at Koblenz, a triangular, man-made headland at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, as you sail toward Cochem. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Begin the day with a morning walking tour of Cochem’s magnificent Reichsburg Castle, with gorgeous views of the river from its hilltop setting, amid the vines of crisp Moselle wines. Destroyed in the 17th century, it was rebuilt in Neo-Gothic style, following its original plans, and featuring the fanciful turrets and towers which form its fairytale image. Time at leisure to enjoy the old town’s narrow alleys and medieval Market Square, hemmed with half-timbered houses and the rose-pink Town Hall. Cruise to ‘the Rome of the North’, ancient Trier. (B, L, D)
Day 7 With several historic monuments earning UNESCO World Heritage status for the city, a guided tour of Trier takes in the elliptical Roman Amphitheatre, built around 100BC; the 4th century AD Imperial Baths; the Basilica of Constantine, used as the Bishops’ residence in the middle ages; Trier Cathedral, Germany’s oldest, echoing the arches and round towers of the Roman Porta Nigra gate; and the Market Square, encircled by a confection of old-world townhouses, painted in pastel icing-sugar shades. Cruise the Moselle and Saar rivers for an afternoon at leisure in Saarburg, where an urban waterfall drops 60ft between the old-town buildings on the Leuk Stream’s rush to meet the river. Jules Verne farewell drinks party this evening. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Cruise to Remich, on the left-bank of the Moselle, where the river forms the Luxembourg / Germany border. Tour by road to the capital for a guided tour including the UNESCO listed Ville Hauteis (old city), clinging to its clifftop above the river, its zig-zag streets passing palaces and opening onto picturesque squares; the 10th century fortress ruins, crowning an almost inaccessible rock; the Corniche, running on the ramparts of the Alzette river valley, and described as ‘Europe’s most beautiful balcony’; and the Place d’Armes, ‘the city’s parlour’, traffic-free and surrounded by street cafés. Return to Remich for a winery visit and tasting. Gala Dinner on board this evening. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Disembark and transfer to Luxembourg airport for the return flight to London Heathrow (enjoy free time in Luxembourg with luggage left at Luxembourg station for Aug). (B)
Cabins are available from 5pm 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.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
Launched in 2003 and refurbished in 2011, 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 over 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, sun deck 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 (May - easyJet from Gatwick/British Airways to Heathrow)
Supplements per person
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT*
2023: May 3 & Jul 19
Single supplement £625
Upper Deck £195 (Aug 26 only)
Upper Deck Single supplement £625 (Aug 26 only)
British Airways Club Europe - On request
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 8-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, Jules Verne Representative, 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.
*NSS available in May & Jul for new bookings only.
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