Rhine Cruise to Switzerland with Glacier Express Extension

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Experience more with so much included

  • Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views 
  • Stay two nights at a hotel in world-famous Zermatt, home to the iconic Matterhorn and a perfect base for exploring the breathtaking Alpine scenery
  • Seven visits and tours during the cruise including guided tours of Strasbourg, Koblenz, Rüdesheim and Speyer, a drive through the Black Forest to Titisee, a full-day excursion to Lucerne and the Bernese Oberland, and a visit to Breisach
  • Live classical quartet recital on board 
  • Stay one night in historic Chur, spectacularly located at the heart of this magical Alpine landscape
  • Experience the legendary Glacier Express, Europe’s most scenic rail journey
  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure (except one lunch), including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner 
  • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides 
  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
  • Services of a Riviera River Cruises cruise director 

On our journey through the Rhine valley, we visit historic Koblenz where we have time to explore the old town at the confluence of both the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Next, we continue our navigation through the dramatic Rhine Gorge where the sheer valley walls tower over 400m above our heads and onto Rudesheim, where we enjoy another evening complemented with an excellent dinner on board.

As the Rhine widens and the landscape becomes less rugged, our cruise continues south, stopping in fascinating Rudesheim onto medieval Speyer with its stunning Romanesque Basilica that dominates this pretty town.

Next day we arrive at the city of Strasbourg where you enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continuing, we drive through the typical rolling tree-clad massif of the Black Forest onto the charming town of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its namesake lake. Our final destination is Switzerland where we moor in Basel.

Experience the most breathtaking Alpine scenery on earth on a mountain rail journey into the spectacular Bernese Oberland, seeing the majestic Eiger and Jungfrau, then discover Switzerland’s most attractive city, magnificent Lucerne, on our included tour.

All aboard an unforgettable adventure on the iconic Glacier Express railway. From snow-dusted mountain ranges and striking glaciers to winding cobbled streets and wonderful lush green landscapes, discover the alpine wonderland of Switzerland on this incredible tour extension.

Your Itinerary

  • DAY 1 EMBARK IN COLOGNE
  • DAY 2 KOBLENZ
  • DAY 3 RHINE GORGE & RÜDESHEIM
  • DAY 4 SPEYER
  • DAY 5 STRASBOURG
  • DAY 6 BREISACH & BLACK FOREST
  • DAY 7 LUCERNE & BERNESE OBERLAND
  • DAY 9 GLACIER EXPRESS
  • DAY 10 ZERMATT
  • DAY 11 EXTENSION CHECK-OUT ZERMATT

EMBARK IN COLOGNE

Board the cruise ship moored in the heart of picturesque Cologne. The dedicated English-speaking crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your luxurious, well-equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Cruise route map. See day 8 for the extension route map

As you wake to a sumptuous breakfast, the delights of this river cruise begin to emerge as we drift past the first rolling hills of the Rhine Valley. The forested Siebengebirge – Seven Mountains – a cluster of ancient volcanic hills that inspired many of the Brothers Grimm’s legends, including ‘Snow White’, act as the overture for even more dramatic scenery upstream. We cruise past the famous ruined bridge at Remagen, which was captured intact by the Allies towards the end of the Second World War, allowing thousands of troops to cross into Germany’s heartland. Pretty waterfront towns and carefully tended vineyards come into view as we glide gently into our mooring to visit delightful Koblenz for a guided tour.

Founded by the Romans, this historic city is beautifully located at the confluence of the Rhine and its sister river the Moselle. Discover Koblenz’s maze of medieval buildings in the Altstadt – old town – which is studded with a fine array of traditional shops and classic Rhineland cafés. As you wander, historic buildings appear seemingly at every turn; see a former mint, the Four Towers – 17th-century houses with striking turrets set at a crossroads – and many fascinating squares and churches, including the 9th-century Basilica of Saint Kastor. 

Wherever you wander you’re never far from a riverbank, and it’s worth crossing the 14th-century stone Balduin Bridge across the Moselle for fine views back across the spires of the Altstadt. Tonight, enjoy a meticulously prepared dinner on board, and afterwards perhaps a quiet stroll along the riverside promenade to the Deutsches Eck – ‘German Corner’ – where the great rivers Rhine and Moselle meet.

Koblenz at night

RHINE GORGE & RÜDESHEIM

Slipping our mooring at Koblenz we proceed upstream on the Rhine and soon encounter the impressive Marksburg Castle, a fortress dating back to the 13th-century. We then weave through the huge looping bend – one of the most impressive on the river – at Boppard, a wonderfully picturesque town known as the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’. Journeying further, you explore the most famous of all the river’s reaches and a real highlight of the cruise, the dramatic Rhine Gorge: steep vineyards give way to almost vertical rocky outcrops towering more than 600 feet above the sweeping valley sides. Sailing past Saint Goar and the many ruined castles, there’s a real sense of the myths surrounding this historic river coming alive around you. 

After lunch, we moor in Rüdesheim, a classic Rhine wine village with crooked houses sloping down from wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. During this afternoon’s delightful walking tour, witness the bustling marketplace, the half-timbered Klunkhardshof and Bromserburg Castle, which dates from 1275.

After dinner, this evening, another sumptuous affair prepared by your chef, maybe sample a small Asbach – the famous brandy distilled in Rüdesheim – while watching the last of the ferries crossing the river in the moonlight glow.

Rüdesheim on the Rhine

Still sailing upstream, the landscape becomes much wider and flatter, with gently rolling hills and vineyards that are home to the Liebfraumilch wines. Occasionally the excited chatter of birdlife breaks out as we pass oxbow lakes, long deserted by the river flow, which are now havens for over a hundred bird species. 

Today we berth in historic Speyer, founded by the Celts and one of Germany’s oldest cities, celebrated for its illustrious past, for an afternoon walking tour. The breathtaking Imperial Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the largest Romanesque churches in the world; it’s also one of the finest. Its beautiful four-roomed crypt is the resting place of many Holy Roman emperors and German kings. Another landmark is the magnificent neo-Gothic Gedächtniskirche, built at the turn of the 20th-century to commemorate the 1529 ‘Protestation at Speyer’, a significant event when a group of Martin Luther’s followers protested against his imperial ban – henceforth Luther’s religious followers were known as ‘Protestants’. There’s free time to explore here before stepping back on board for another splendid dinner.

Imperial Cathedral, Speyer

This morning we cruise gently upstream, passing through two spectacular locks, whose elaborate engineering never ceases to fascinate. Why not find a comfortable chair and catch up on some reading, play chess or watch the rolling kaleidoscope of scenery from the Sun Deck?

We soon arrive in France and moor in Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region. This afternoon we have a walking tour of its picturesque Old Town, bisected by canals and made up of a maze of narrow streets lined with timber-framed houses and sculptured portals. Unforgettable sites include the stupendous Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, multi-towered Ponts Couverts – covered bridges – and the pretty Petite France quarter of pastel-colored former artisans’ houses lining the canals. Don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to linger a while in a typical Alsatian café to sample some of the region’s world-famous wines – a crisp Riesling or that particular specialty of Alsace, spicy Gewürztraminer. Back on board this evening there’s a truly memorable occasion – the ‘Captain’s Dinner’, featuring delicious specialties of the countries and regions we visit during our cruise.

Strasbourg

BREISACH & BLACK FOREST

Your final day cruising is spent gliding through the dramatic scenery of the rift valley separating the Vosges and Black Forest mountains. We arrive at the ancient town of Breisach, whose historic heart is surrounded by stone ramparts and dominated by the impressive Saint Stephan’s Cathedral.

Later you drive through some of Central Europe’s most stunning scenery – the Black Forest Mountains. This is a fabled landscape of rugged valleys, white-water rivers, cascading waterfalls and rolling hillsides covered with huge, densely packed pine trees – exactly as you expect it to be. Our destination is the idyllic village of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its crystal-clear lake.

Rejoining the ship, we resume our stately passage upriver. As the sun sets and the riverside lights begin to twinkle there are wonderful views over the imposing Vosges massif. You enjoy this evening’s dinner en route to Switzerland and our next mooring at Basel.

Black Forest

LUCERNE & BERNESE OBERLAND

For many today will be the highlight of the cruise. You first take the short drive to Lucerne, often considered Switzerland’s most beautiful city, spectacularly situated among stunning mountain views. It has been attracting well-heeled visitors for two centuries, including Queen Victoria. Highly recommended is an invigorating stroll along the Chapel Bridge, a unique covered wooden walkway crossing the lake, supported by stilts and lined with colorful flower-filled window boxes. Not only is it the city’s most iconic structure, it’s a superb way to absorb Lucerne’s regal atmosphere.

As you enter the Bernese Oberland the views become ever more breathtaking. This is the grand alpine heart of Europe with some of the finest mountain scenery on earth, described by the composer Mendelssohn as ‘the most wonderful of all in this unbelievably beautiful country’. On viewing the legendary snow-capped peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau you’ll be quite simply awestruck. We then ascend by mountain railway for more extraordinary vistas, with the crystal-clear lakes reflecting the grassy meadows and lush forests below. This truly magical landscape is sure to enchant you. Please note, temperatures will be significantly lower at altitude, even during the summer months, so it’s advisable to pack suitable clothing. Lunch is not included on this full day excursion; however the ship will offer a packed lunch.

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

We leave our cruise ship and take the train to historic Chur at the heart of Graubünden, the largest canton in Switzerland. As we leave behind Basel’s city skyline the scenery becomes ever more picturesque – a wild landscape of deep isolated valleys, sheer rocky summits and thick pine forests. Glittering sunlight pours from the blue skies above on to sparkling glaciers oozing from the lofty summits; this is truly some of the most awe-inspiring mountain scenery in the world.

We arrive in Switzerland’s oldest city, nestled in a forested valley with the Alps rising like an amphitheater around it. Chur has been inhabited for over 5,000 years; the Celts, Romans, Ostrogoths, and Franks have all ruled here due to its strategic position as a gateway to high alpine passes and important trade routes. Its characterful Old Town is a maze of winding cobbled alleys, handsome townhouses, refreshing fountains and quiet courtyards. Set high above the streets, its rising spires puncturing the sky, is the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Mary’s Ascension, a fascinating mix of Gothic and Romanesque styles with a fantastically ornate interior.

Officially trilingual, Chur has a distinctly cosmopolitan, almost Mediterranean ambiance. It’s a center for outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing, but also a spot to indulge in the more leisurely pastimes of eating and window-shopping – its streets are lined with restaurants, boutiques, and traditional shops. If you’re feeling hungry, look out for the regional specialty of Bündnerfleisch – prime beef traditionally air-dried in the eaves of a barn or open attic, then carved into wafer-thin slices. It’s usually enjoyed with other cold meats and washed down with a cooling glass of the purest local mineral water. For something stronger, enjoy a refreshing drink in your choice of the city’s many atmospheric bars and cafés.

There’s free time to explore the city at your leisure. We stay one night at the historic Hotel Stern Chur, with breakfast.

GLACIER EXPRESS

After breakfast, we embark on an unforgettable scenic and spectacular rail journey – the legendary Glacier Express. Our starting point at Chur is the lowest point of the route to Zermatt and the iconic Matterhorn, Switzerland’s most famous mountain and a ‘must-see’ highlight for many. The train first winds its way through the ‘Swiss Grand Canyon’, a dramatic section of the Upper Rhine where the river has carved deep into an eerie landscape of white rocks, climbing ever higher along the Oberalp Pass to a height of 6,673 feet.

At this altitude the mountain landscape becomes ever more eye-catching – lush wildflower meadows are studded with tiny shepherds’ shelters, dense forests sweep up scree-covered mountainsides and snow-capped mountains glisten in the sunshine. You could be lucky and catch a glimpse of an elusive ibex or chamois negotiating a rocky ledge, or even a golden eagle soaring high above.

It’s impossible not to marvel at the engineering achievements as the track traverses jaw-dropping precipices and snakes into tunnels hewn through mountain walls into the Upper Rhône Valley, with dramatic views at every turn. We pass countless torrential mountain streams and tumbling waterfalls before arriving at the legendary village of Zermatt, nestling at the foot of the instantly recognizable Matterhorn.

Zermatt itself is iconically Swiss. It’s a car-free jumble of chalets and wooden farm huts strewn across the valley floor, surrounded by lush pastures alive with the sound of cowbells, while dramatic cable cars and soaring footpaths weave ever upwards to a majestic amphitheater of lofty summits. Overseeing it all is the ultimate attraction in this alpine wonderland – the mighty, mythical Matterhorn. Seeing this pyramid-shaped symbol of Switzerland in its unrivaled glory is truly one of life’s ‘wow’ moments and it doesn’t disappoint!

We stay for two nights at the chalet-style Hotel Simi, with breakfast.

Glacier Express

Today you may wish to explore Zermatt further under your own steam, or you can take Europe’s highest open-air cog railway to the Gornergrat for more stupendous vistas. This extraordinary train service departs from Zermatt and climbs through a glorious landscape of mountains, valleys, lakes, streams, and grassy meadows; you won’t be surprised that some of the country’s best hiking trails are here. The train stops at the summit of the Gornergrat, an altitude of just over 10,000 feet, where you’re surrounded by 29 snow-capped peaks – including the Matterhorn – and numerous glaciers, together creating an absolutely jaw-dropping mountain panorama. Sit back and admire a view of some of the mightiest peaks in the world – their magnitude and beauty will simply astound you.

Maybe enjoy a leisurely lunch against this most dazzling of backdrops before descending to Zermatt. Perhaps take a cable car ride for more dramatic views or visit the Alpine Museum with its intriguing collection of mountaineering memorabilia. Or you can simply relax over afternoon tea in a cozy café and soak up the magical alpine ambiance.

Zermatt and the Matterhorn

EXTENSION CHECK-OUT ZERMATT

Today we check out of the hotel at the appropriate time after a truly fascinating and memorable tour.

  • DAY 1 EXTENSION ARRIVAL INTO ZERMATT
  • DAY 2 EXTENSION ZERMATT
  • DAY 3 EXTENSION GLACIER EXPRESS/CHUR
  • DAY 4 EXTENSION CHUR/START OF CRUISE
  • DAY 5 LUCERNE & BERNESE OBERLAND
  • DAY 6 BREISACH & THE BLACK FOREST
  • DAY 7 STRASBOURG
  • DAY 8 SPEYER
  • DAY 9 RÜDESHEIM, RHINE GORGE & KOBLENZ
  • DAY 10 COLOGNE
  • DAY 11 DISEMBARK IN COLOGNE

ARRIVAL INTO ZERMATT

Arrive in Zermatt to meet the tour group. Zermatt itself is iconically Swiss. It’s a car-free jumble of chalets and wooden farm huts strewn across the valley floor, surrounded by lush pastures alive with the sound of cowbells, while dramatic cable cars and soaring footpaths weave ever upwards to a majestic amphitheater of lofty summits.

Overseeing it all is the ultimate attraction in this alpine wonderland – the mighty, mythical Matterhorn. Seeing this pyramid-shaped symbol of Switzerland in its unrivaled glory is truly one of life’s ‘wow’ moments and it doesn’t disappoint! The evening is yours to relax and enjoy this charming town.

Today you may wish to explore Zermatt further under your own steam, or you can take Europe’s highest open-air cog railway to the Gornergrat for more stupendous vistas. This extraordinary train service departs from Zermatt and climbs through a glorious landscape of mountains, valleys, lakes, streams and grassy meadows; you won’t be surprised that some of the country’s best hiking trails are here.

The train stops at the summit of the Gornergrat, an altitude of just over 10,000 feet, where you’re surrounded by 29 snow-capped peaks – including the Matterhorn – and numerous glaciers, together creating an absolutely jaw-dropping mountain panorama. Sit back and admire a view of some of the mightiest peaks in the world – their magnitude and beauty will simply astound you.

Maybe enjoy a leisurely lunch against this most dazzling of backdrops before descending to Zermatt. Perhaps take a cable car ride for more dramatic views or visit the Alpine Museum with its intriguing collection of mountaineering memorabilia. Or you can simply relax over afternoon tea in a cozy café and soak up the magical alpine ambience. (B)

Zermatt and the Matterhorn

GLACIER EXPRESS/CHUR

After breakfast we embark on an unforgettably scenic and spectacular rail journey towards Chur – on the great Glacier Express. We pass countless torrential mountain streams and tumbling waterfalls after departing the legendary village of Zermatt. It’s impossible not to marvel at the engineering achievements as the track traverses jaw-dropping precipices and snakes into tunnels hewn through mountain walls through the Upper Rhône Valley, with dramatic views at every turn.

The train then winds its way through the ‘Swiss Grand Canyon’, a dramatic section of the Upper Rhine where the river has carved deep into an eerie landscape of white rocks, climbing ever higher along the Oberalp Pass to a height of 6,673 feet. At this altitude the mountain landscape becomes ever more eye-catching – lush wild flower meadows are studded with tiny shepherds’ shelters, dense forests sweep up scree-covered mountainsides and snow-capped mountains glisten in the sunshine. You could be lucky and catch a glimpse of an elusive ibex or chamois negotiating a rocky ledge, or even a golden eagle soaring high above.

This evening we arrive in Switzerland’s oldest city, Chur. Nestled in a forested valley with the Alps rising like an amphitheater around it, Chur has been inhabited for over 5,000 years; the Celts, Romans, Ostrogoths and Franks have all ruled here due to its strategic position as a gateway to high alpine passes and important trade routes. Its characterful old town is a maze of winding cobbled alleys, handsome townhouses, refreshing fountains and quiet courtyards. Set high above the streets, its rising spires puncturing the sky, is the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Mary’s Ascension, a fascinating mix of Gothic and Romanesque styles with a fantastically ornate interior.

The evening is yours to explore this magical city. (B)

Glacier Express

CHUR/START OF CRUISE

Officially trilingual, Chur has a distinctly cosmopolitan, almost Mediterranean ambience. It’s a center for outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing, but also a spot to indulge in the more leisurely pastimes of eating and window shopping – its streets are lined with restaurants, boutiques, and traditional shops.

If you’re feeling hungry, look out for the regional speciality of Bündnerfleisch – prime beef traditionally airdried in the eaves of a barn or open attic, then carved into wafer-thin slices. It’s usually enjoyed with other cold meats and washed down with a cooling glass of the purest local mineral water. For something stronger, enjoy a refreshing drink in your choice of the city’s many atmospheric bars and cafés. This morning there is free time to explore the city at your leisure before we take the train from historic Chur to your opulent vessel awaiting you in Basel.

As we leave Chur, glittering sunlight pours from the blue skies above on to sparkling glaciers oozing from the lofty summits, and onto deep isolated valleys, sheer rocky summits, and thick pine forests; this is truly some of the most awe-inspiring mountain scenery in the world.

The city skyline begins to appear as we arrive in Basel, ready for our short transfer to your luxurious new home for the next 7 nights. (B, D)

What a start to our cruise, as for many, today will be one of the highlights. You firstly take the short drive to Lucerne. Spectacularly nestled among stunning mountain views, it is by far Switzerland’s most beautiful city and has been attracting well-heeled visitors for two centuries, one of the most famous of which being our own Queen Victoria. You must take an invigorating stroll along the Chapel Bridge: symbol of the city, a unique and covered wooden walkway crossing the lake, supported by stilts, lined with colorful flower-filled window boxes and a superb way to absorb Lucerne’s rather regal atmosphere.

The scenery becomes ever more dramatic, and as you enter the Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland, it becomes quite literally, breathtaking! This is the grand Alpine heart of Europe and amongst the finest mountain scenery on earth, described by the composer Mendelssohn as ‘the most wonderful of all in this unbelievably beautiful country’. On viewing the legendary snow-capped peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, you’ll be quite simply awestruck; this is quintessential Switzerland at its very best.

We then ascend by mountain railway for more extraordinary vistas, with the crystal-clear lakes reflecting the grassy meadows and lush forests below. This truly magical landscape is sure to enchant you. Later we’ll descend again by mountain railway before making the coach journey back to our ship in Basel.

Please note: temperatures will be significantly lower at altitude, even during the summer months, so it’s advisable to pack suitable clothing. Lunch is not included on this full-day excursion; however, the ship will offer a packed lunch.

Tonight, you’ll enjoy another splendid dinner in the excellent restaurant as the ship cruises majestically towards our next mooring, Breisach.

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

BREISACH & THE BLACK FOREST

We have made steady progress overnight and this morning we are berthed in the ancient town of Breisach. After a leisurely breakfast stroll ashore, explore this picturesque town’s historic heart, which is surrounded by immense stone ramparts and dominated by the impressive Saint Stephan’s Cathedral.

Later you drive through some of Central Europe’s most stunning scenery – the Black Forest mountains. This is a fabled landscape of rugged valleys, white-water rivers, cascading waterfalls and rolling hillsides covered with huge, densely packed pine trees – exactly as you expect it to be. Our destination is the idyllic village of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its crystal-clear lake.

We re-join the ship and slip our moorings during tonight’s excellent dinner. As the sun sets and the riverside lights begin to twinkle, enjoy the views through the restaurant’s panoramic windows as we commence our cruise towards Strasbourg, arriving later tonight.

Black Forest

This morning, we have arrived in France and Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region. After breakfast we enjoy a walking tour of its picturesque 16th-century old town – a maze of narrow streets and canals lined with timber-framed houses and sculptured portals. Unforgettable sights include the stupendous Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, multi-towered Ponts Couverts – covered bridges – and the pretty Petite France quarter of pastel-coloured former artisans’ houses lining the canals. Don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to linger a while in a typical Alsatian café to sample some of the region’s world-famous wines – a crisp Riesling or that particular speciality of Alsace, spicy Gewürztraminer.

During lunch, our elegant vessel glides away from our mooring as we commence an afternoon’s scenic cruising. Head up to the sun deck and take in the views from the comfort of a sun lounger or retire to the shady comfort of the lounge to chat over a coffee with newly made friends.

As evening falls, thoughts turn to what might be on the menu tonight, so head to the relaxed ambience of the ship’s restaurant as the chef presents another delicious meal. Retire to the bar as we arrive in Speyer later tonight.

Strasbourg

We remain moored in Speyer this morning to enjoy a guided tour of this delightful medieval gem, founded by the Celts and one of Germany’s oldest cities, celebrated for its illustrious past. The breathtaking Imperial Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the largest Romanesque churches in the world and also one of the finest. The beautiful four-roomed crypt, with its striking marble floors and pastel-coloured pillars, is the resting place of many Holy Roman emperors and German kings. Another landmark is the magnificent neo-Gothic Gedächtniskirche, built to commemorate the 1529 ‘Protestation at Speyer’, a significant event when a group of Martin Luther’s followers protested his imperial ban. Henceforth, Luther’s religious followers were known as Protestants.

Returning on board for lunch, we commence our cruise once again, so sit back and watch the idyllic scenery slipping past through the panoramic windows: rolling hills and fertile vineyards, home to the Liebfraumilch wines of the region, oxbow lakes, long deserted by the river flow and now havens for bird and wildlife.

During dinner this evening our vessel arrives in the classic Rhine wine village of Rüdesheim, so you might fancy wandering ashore to enjoy a digestif – perhaps a glass of Asbach, the famous brandy distilled locally.

Speyer Cathedral

RÜDESHEIM, RHINE GORGE & KOBLENZ

This morning we moor in Rüdesheim, a classic Rhine wine village with crooked houses sloping down from wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. During the delightful walking tour, witness the bustling marketplace, the half-timbered Klunkhardshof and Bromserburg Castle, which dates from 1275.   This afternoon we witness a real highlight of the cruise, the dramatic Rhine Gorge: steep vineyards give way to almost vertical rocky outcrops, towering over 1,000 feet above the sweeping valley sides. Sailing past Saint Goar and the many ruined castles, you get a real sense of the myths of this historic river coming alive around you. No legend is more famous than that surrounding the Loreley Rock, where beautiful nymphs distracted hapless sailors, luring them to their deaths in the treacherous waters. Relax on the sun deck as our captain skilfully navigates the ship through the huge looping bend at Boppard – one of the most impressive on the river. Keep an eye out for the mighty Marksburg Castle too, an impressive fortress dating back to the 13th century.

It’s not long before we arrive in picturesque Koblenz; founded by the Romans, the city is beautifully located at the confluence of the Rhine and its sister, the Moselle. Founded by the Romans, this historic city is beautifully located at the confluence of the Rhine and its sister river the Moselle. Discover Koblenz’s maze of medieval buildings in the Altstadt – old town – which is studded with a fine array of traditional shops and classic Rhineland cafés.

On our guided tour of this delightful town , historic buildings appear seemingly at every turn: see the former mint, the Four Towers with their ornamental 17th-century turrets and several fascinating squares and churches, including the 9th-century Basilica of Saint Kastor.

The waterfront along the Moselle is stunning too, with the medieval Balduin Bridge, staggeringly still in use. If you managed to resist the tempting cakes on offer from the beckoning pavement cafés, then you’ll be ready for your meticulously prepared dinner on board and afterwards, perhaps a quiet stroll along the riverside promenade to the Deutsches Eck – German Corner – where the great rivers Rhine and Moselle meet.

Rüdesheim

Early risers will witness our departure from Koblenz as we set sail towards Cologne. Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as we drift through this lovely Rhineland scenery, past quaint riverside towns with pretty waterfronts and carefully tended vineyards. See the famous ruined bridge at Remagen, which was captured intact by the Allies towards the end of the Second World War, allowing thousands of troops to cross into Germany’s heartland and the forested Siebengebirge – Seven Mountains – a cluster of ancient volcanic hills that inspired many of the Brothers Grimm’s legends, including Snow White. During lunch, we arrive in historic Cologne, where you have a free afternoon to explore the city.

Perhaps visit the superb cathedral, the largest Gothic structure on earth. It has Europe’s most stunningly intricate stained glass, which took 600 years to finish and when work was finally complete, it was the largest building on earth, remaining so until eclipsed by the Eiffel Tower. Or maybe you’ll opt to wander in the vibrant and attractive old town, beautifully restored and boasting a plethora of excellent shopping and cozy bars, some of which still traditionally brew their own beer.

This evening, the Captain’s Dinner will take place on board, serving delicious specialities of the countries and regions we visit during our cruise, as you reflect on the spectacular sights seen and wonderful places visited whilst traveling with us on this magical cruise.

Koblenz

DISEMBARK IN COLOGNE

This morning after breakfast, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the ship.

River cruise

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes: 

  • Full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant
  • Morning/afternoon tea and coffee
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned
  • Coach travel as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera River Cruises cruise director

The price of this extension is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Train transfer between Chur and Basel
  • Standard class journey on Glacier Express
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage per person
  • The services of a Riviera tour manager

Please note that in Switzerland beds are often one bed base with two mattresses and individual bed linen.

Useful Information

In Switzerland, beds are often one bed base with two mattresses and individual bed linen.

  • Currencies: Euro, Swiss Francs
  • Languages: German, Swiss, French
  • Countries: Germany, Switzerland, France

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for the duration of your cruise. Please note that speeds may vary.

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your vacation with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the vacation due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to contact us to discuss these concerns. 

Meet Cruise Director Anette

Lale Cruise Director on Rhine and Moselle rivers

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Treasures of the Rhine with Titan Travel

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Heather Muir

Our customers love the comfort and convenience of Titan’s VIP door to door travel service to really start their holiday in style. With their holidays only on sale in the UK and Ireland, the programme, excursions, communications and on board experience can all be tailored to British travellers. Accommodating just 136 passengers, the Serenade 1 is large enough to offer a little peace and solitude when required but small enough to ensure exceptional personalised service.

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Additional Information

  • Departure Date:  Various departure dates from June 2021 - October 2022
  • Duration:  7 nights
  • Highlights:  Wind your way through three European countries via one of the continent’s most impressive waterways.

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Ship overview, ms serenade 1.

MS Serenade 1 has been chartered by Titan for a selection of wonderful European river cruises. You can expect the same painstaking attention to detail and quality service, on board this 4-star ship.

It offers 68 outside cabins, providing fantastic views of the river and surrounding areas, from the French balconies. Each well-equipped cabin includes a shower and separate bathtub, twin beds, satellite TV, telephone, fully-stocked mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, heating/air conditioning, safety box and a hair dryer.

This spacious ship offers a relaxed life on board, with a pleasant lounge bar, delicious restaurant and large sun deck to enjoy the journey. With great entertainment and live music in the evenings, you'll be busy both on and off the ship.

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  • Passenger Capacity: 136
  • Restaurants & Lounges: 3

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - uk - basel.

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Basel. Upon arrival, embark MS Serenade 1, where light refreshments are available. A welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner are served this evening.

Day 2 - Basel (Mount Rigi)

On your second day, join our excursion to Mount Rigi, the so-called ‘Queen of the Mountains’. Following a coach ride to Arth-Goldau, hop aboard the cogwheel train for a journey to the top of Rigi Kulm, the highest peak in the massif. Enjoy gloriously sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and lakes, before taking the cogwheel train down to Vitznau to join a relaxing steamboat cruise across scenic Lake Lucerne. Following free time in the beautiful medieval city of Lucerne, we return to MS Serenade 1 and set sail for Breisach, Germany.

Day 3 - Breisach

Choose to join our optional excursion to explore the beautiful natural landscape of the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) - an expanse of hills, valleys and dense forest. This excursion includes a cruise across peaceful Lake Titisee and a visit to Triberg, home of the world’s biggest cuckoo clock. Or enjoy a relaxing day pottering around the pretty, pastel-hued town of Breisach.

Day 4 - Strasbourg

Having arrived at Strasbourg in the early hours, we invite you to join our excursion around this fascinating Alsatian city, home to the European Parliament, a magnificent Gothic cathedral and a UNESCO-listed Old Town. Our tour includes a canal cruise around the historic waterways of ‘Petite France’, where picturesque half-timbered buildings line the way. You have the rest of the day to enjoy Strasbourg at leisure.

Day 5 - Speyer - Rüdesheim

Speyer day 5 sn4 tour of this delightfully walkable town, including a visit to the impressive UNESCO World Heritage-listed Romanesque Cathedral, a worthy mausoleum for several of Germany’s emperors and kings. Before we set sail for Rüdesheim later this afternoon, there is time to discover more of the city’s legacies.

Day 6 - Rüdesheim - Lorelei Passage - Koblenz

We set sail for the interesting gateway city of Koblenz, via the Lorelei Passage, a slate formation shrouded in legend, which naturally shapes the twists of the beautiful Rhine Gorge. In the afternoon, join us for a tour of Koblenz and visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which stands guard over the city and rivers below.

Day 7 - Cologne

rrive in the architecturally magnificent city of Cologne early this afternoon, and join us for a walking tour to uncover its treasures, including the awe-inspiring Gothic Cathedral, one of the largest in Europe. You have a little time to explore at leisure before you will want to return to our ship, ready for the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board tonight.

Day 8 - Cologne - Düsseldorf - UK

We transfer to Düsseldorf Airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

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River Cruise to the Heart of Germany - Bavaria to the Rhine Gorge

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Location: Munich

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Munich. Upon arrival, we transfer to Nuremberg and embark our ship, where light refreshments are available.

Location: Bamberg

Arriving in Bamberg this morning, you’ll have the morning free to explore this architectural masterpiece. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bamberg is considered one of Germany’s most attractive towns. Built by archbishops, it occupies seven hills bisected by canals and rivers. You’ll also have the option of a walking tour to discover the fascinating history of this Bavarian gem, including the beautiful Rose Gardens.

Location: Ochsenfurt

We spend the morning exploring Ochsenfurt, nestled on the banks of the Main. On our included walking tour, we’ll see its quintessential half-timbered houses and ancient ramparts. It’s a real joy to explore. The 13th-century church in the centre is strikingly colourful. This afternoon we take the short drive to Rothenburg, a spectacular 16th-century town. We’ll wend along the Romantic Road - the perfectly named route made up of cinematic landscapes, imposing castles, and grand palaces. When we arrive at this enchanting hilltop town, take a moment to soak up the glorious views of the meandering river below. Our ship arrives in Würzburg late afternoon.

Location: Würzburg

Würzburg started as a glorious pilgrimage city, where prince-bishops used their wealth to create the beautiful palace that we’ll visit as part of our tour this morning. The breathtaking ceilings of the palace have to be seen to be believed. The rest of the day is free for you to explore. Visit the vibrant Old Town that was painstakingly rebuilt after World War II bombings or visit the Marienberg Fortress and enjoy the panoramic views from up high.

Location: Wertheim am Main

We meander along the river, arriving in Wertheim this morning for a glimpse of village life. Here, the impressive turrets of the castle peek out from above the green hills and the town has a feel of medieval grandeur about it. Mid-afternoon we arrive in Miltenberg. Like a scene plucked straight from the pages of a storybook, Miltenberg has over 100 listed half-timber-framed houses with colourful facades just waiting to be admired. The pedestrian streets make for the perfect wander through this magical area. If you like beer, there’s an optional beer tasting to join.

Location: Mainz

With historic significance as a leading trade centre and Germany’s wine capital, we’ll take a guided tour of captivating Mainz. We’ll wander the winding cobblestone streets of the Old Town and visit Mainz’s huge Romanesque cathedral. We set sail after lunch for Rüdesheim. Little and lovely Rüdesheim is nestled in the heart of the wine-growing region. Explore its twisting old quarter, up secret alleys decorated with timber-framed houses and over cobbled streets. Maybe take to the skies on a cable car into the hills behind the town for beautiful views of the surrounded vineyards and river below. We dock overnight, so you can take an after dark stroll this evening.

Location: Koblenz

With a morning in Rüdesheim, perhaps join an optional excursion to the quirky Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. This unique attraction houses approximately 350 self-playing, mechanical musical instruments, some of which are up to 300 years old. We set sail again at lunchtime. Take a spot up on deck to get the best views of the magnificent scenery as we sail through the Lorelei Passage - famed as the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine - towards quaint and traditional Boppard. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore the Roman fortress and medieval town walls.

Location: Cologne

Where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet sits Koblenz, a park-filled city on the edge of the beautiful Rhine valley. We’ll spend time wandering the city’s string of charming squares on a city tour, before taking the cable car up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Nestled high on the bank of the Rhine, overlooking Koblenz opposite, this fortress is the perfect vantage point to snap a postcard view of the rivers below. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the town before we sail in the evening.

Location: Düsseldorf

Our final port of call. A morning walking tour shows off one of Germany’s most attractive cities. It’s filled with Gothic, medieval, and Roman architecture, including a spectacular spired cathedral, which we see in detail. The cathedral, as magnificent in size as in decoration was created over hundreds of years to house the mortal remains of the scriptural Three Kings. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy before our final evening on board.

Location: United Kingdom

We transfer to Düsseldorf airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

What's Included

International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports

9 nights cruise on MS Serenade 1 or MS River Discovery II

26 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 8 lunches (days 2-9) 9 dinners (days 1-9) 6 excursions and visits

City tours of Rothenburg and Cologne

Koblenz city tour and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Walking tours of Mainz and Ochsenfurt

Visit to Würzburg Residence Palace and walking tour Plus

Unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks and mineral water during lunch & dinner

Welcome reception party and gala dinner

Farewell gala dinner

Onboard entertainment

Wi-Fi included on board

Portable audio headset system on excursions

Titan cruise director, tour manager and entertainer

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service

International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow.

26 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 8 lunches (days 2-9) 9 dinners (days 1-9)undefined excursions and visits

Visit to Würzburg Residence Palace and walking tourPlus

Unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks and mineral water during lunch & dinner

Titan's VIP door-to-door travel service

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26 meals: 9 breakfasts 8 lunches 9 dinnersundefined excursions and visits

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How long has the tour company been trading.

We've been taking our customers across the world on escorted tours for more than 40 years

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Our commitment to sustainable travel is part of our ethos. We love exploring the world and hope that, alongside our customers, we can be part of a bigger change in respecting the people and wildlife on our planet and minimising the impact we have on our environment.

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What documents will I receive before I travel?

You’ll receive your Final holiday documents via email approximately 14 days prior to your departure.

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Recently returned from the great....

Recently returned from the great Indian rail journey.My wife and I could hardly believe the value for money.From pick ups from Durham to Heathrow and back,to the number of coach and train journeys , quality hotels, great choice of food throughout and our first night in Heathrow Hilton. What really made our trip a success was our guide, Prashant,who managed a party of twenty four very varied, sometimes a little unpredictable travellers with ease.Nothing was too much trouble for him and as a group we gelled and warmed to Prashant as he kept us safe, well informed and a little entertained by his mix of authority and humanity.Where do I begin with the tour itself ? India,a country of extremes.Poverty,wealth,order,chaos.Sometimes bleak,often breathtakingly beautiful.The people,the cities,art, architecture,flaura and fauna.Delhi,Jaipur, Amritsar,Agra, Ranthambore, Chandigarh and the icing on the cake that is Shimla. An absolute masterclass of man versus nature,the railway and buildings are an unbelievable feat,but wait until you see the dual carriageway being built on the mountainside.🤯I could go on for a very long time but I'll just post some photos.Thanks to Titan,thanks to the excellent Prashant and and a massive thanks to the other twenty two travellers who helped shape our holiday of a lifetime.🏁💜

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I have booked the Icelandic Adventure holiday with Titan Travel, the Booking Staff was pleasant throughout. What I love about Titan Travel, transfer from your home to the airport and vice versa is included in the holiday.

Danube cruise was great value....

Danube cruise was great value. Well organised. Clear instructions from Titan prior to travel. Door to door service great.

Exceptional trip and service by Titan

Just returned from a fabulous tour of California & the golden west. It’s a full on tour with early starts but you see so much varied landscape from the ocean to the desert to Yosemite. My 2nd tour with Titan & my first solo tour. Thoroughly enjoyed it & met some great people. Grand Canyon was amazing would definitely recommend

Not merely a holiday, rather a memorable experience

I have used other travel operators; this was the 1st time of touring with Titan----Israel, The Holy Land, from being collected from home and returned at the end of the holiday this was an unforgettable experience; the Tour Manager, a PhD Archaeology made the whole tour so interesting, he enlightened us throughout each day from an historical, archeological and Biblical viewpoint, bringing each site we visited come to life, and went over and above his remit escorting us for evening trips around the local area; thanks also to our very patient driver who coped with the very busy traffic; our hotels were good, professional and pleasant staff and really good food; I would recommend Titan to anyone looking for a fascinating tour with excellent efficient service thank you Titan nor just for a holiday for a memorable experience

We had a 2 weeks...

We had a 2 weeks fantastic holiday arranged by Titan to Vietnam and Cambodia. Excellent,well organised Throughly enjoyed. Very good service by Vietnam Airlines, if you could afford book it in premium economy. We had a door to door service , picked up to airport from home and then dropped at home from airport, very convinient. Particular credit goes to our guide THI who is a caring, knolegeable, friendly down to earth man who made our trip a memorable one. I will not hesitate to book another holiday through Titan, their staff are friendly and helpful

We had a fantastic holiday...

We had a fantastic holiday in Mississippi. Right from our chauffeur driven car picking us up to the return journey, we had a great time. The first hotel The Gaylord was amazing,absolutely huge,first class. The second The Double tree in Memphis unfortunately wasn't, the hotel was tired and very basic, the only plus was where it is situated in the centre of town, we were only there two nights so it wasn't to bad. The American Queen Steam Boat was first class all the way, thoroughly enjoyed the seven nights sailing down the Mississippi. The last hotel the Sheraton New Orleans was very comfortable too. Our guide throughout our time away was Laura Tuttle. she was amazing, very knowledgeable, and helpful. We also had a coach driver Guil, who went over and beyond to give you the best time. Other coach guides included Jim,who was so funny, and also very knowledgeably. Very entertaining throughout. The entire itinerary itinerary was very well thought out, included a huge variety of visits to different Interesting locations. Highly recommend using Titan for all your holiday destinations.

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Wonderful travel company I booked my first tour to lndia and was wonderfully taken care of Highly recommended, especially tour guide Janice

THE GREAT INDIAN RAIL JOURNEY!!!!...

THE GREAT INDIAN RAIL JOURNEY!!!! (Dreadful) Avoid Titan and Saga at all costs. False descriptions of the tour and dreadful administration Returned to the UK last evening with a great sigh of relief after the worst holiday ever. 1. No block booking of airplane seats by Titan. (Husband and I sat apart on the long, overnight flight) 2. Unable to pre-book seats as Titan reference numbers did not coincide with anything. 3. Husband and I not sat together on any of the train journeys! In fact, on one occasion I was sat, alone on a sleeper carriage, a couple of carriages away from the rest of the group who were scattered over two or three carriages. Terrifying as a female to be sat alone in the midst of noisy locals!!!!! (Eventually the guide, Rahi, did come to rescue me and found a seat near the main group) 4. The guide, Rahi, would usually get off the coach and begin walking off without waiting for all the group to disembark the coach. (Spot the guide in the crowd!) 5. The guide, Rahi, refused to use any identifying prop such as a flag, hat, jacket or umbrella. Frightening to be in the manic crowds of Delhi and other crowded places to be unable to see the guide. 6. NO AUDIO HEADSET system on any excursion 7. The guide, Rahi, didn’t face the whole group, but stood sideways on and was unable to be heard by the majority. 8. OUTRAGEOUS behaviour by the guide when he enquired as to the whereabouts of my husband, whom I explained was in bed with an upset stomach and was feeling unwell. Rahi DID A REVERSE AIR PUNCH😳😳. This was in response to an earlier conversation when my husband had complained about our separate seating arrangements. TOTALLY UNPROFESSIONAL 9. When we arrived at Heathrow to find our aircraft seats were not allocated, we were advised to speak to our guide on arrival at Delhi. Rahi merely shrugged his shoulders and said he couldn’t do anything. 10. Tour pace incorrect - gruelling pace and only half a day relaxation due to the guide, Rahi, throwing in visits to shops and factories fie him to earn his commission as I head him tell another!!!!!!! 11. When off loaded the return flight due to illness, we were unable to get in contact with Titan/Saga. Left in Delhi without an hotel or flight!!! Found accommodation but didn’t remove shoes or clothes due to the poor standard. Final summary: Poor, disappointing, inefficient, incompetent, misleading, misrepresentations, are just a few words to describe.

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Surround yourself with enchanting scenery on this 760-mile-long river journey and discover the beauty of Germany, Switzerland, Australia, France and the Netherlands. Join the River Rhine at a number of European cities as you discover the old and famous buildings sitting on the banks looking over the historically significant waterways.

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Glide along the Moselle river on MS Serenade 1 and discover this river’s best-kept secrets. Scurry between timber-framed houses and cobbled streets in the shadows of Cochem’s grand castle. We travel back even further in time to explore the ruins of a one-time Roman metropolis in Trier.

Between each stop, sit back and enjoy the ride with leisurely afternoons sailing past the Moselle’s most beautiful scenery. And classical music lovers will enjoy Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven.

What’s Included:

  • 7 night river cruise on the MS Serenade 1
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8), 6 lunches (days 2-8), 6 dinners (days 2-7)
  • Welcome reception party, and Evening Gala Dinner
  • Local wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary VOX portable headset system for cruise excursions
  • 4 included excursions: Koblenz city tour and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; Cochem castle and wine tasting; Walking tour of Bernkastel; Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum
  • Titan Travel’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Check-in service by Titan Travel Staff
  • UK no-fly cruise by ferry / Eurotunnel available.  UK flights available at a supplement.
  • All port taxes, security charges, and fuel surcharges included

Titan Travel Moselle River Cruise

  • Cologne to Cologne

Titan Travel’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Dover, where we take a break before boarding our coaches, for the Channel crossing to Calais and onward journey to Cologne.

Upon arrival, embark our ship, where light refreshments are available.

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Where the river Rhine and the river Moselle meet sits Koblenz. We’ll spend time wandering the city’s string of charming squares as part of our included tour, before taking the cable car up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress – the perfect vantage point to snap a postcard view of the rivers below.

We sail this afternoon for Cochem and dock overnight.

Excursions & visits:

Koblenz city tour and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress (morning)

Day 2 - Koblenz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Huddled among the lush slopes of the Moselle Valley, decorated with a mass of timber-framed houses set on a scurry of streets and a towering medieval castle above – there may not be a more beautiful scene in Germany than the town of Cochem (and there’s some stiff competition).

We’ll spend some time today exploring the 12th-century castle together, before enjoying the local wine with a tasting and setting sail for the next stop on our river cruise.

Cochem castle and wine tasting (morning)

Day 3 - Cochem

One of Germany’s oldest cities with an impressive number of UNESCO-listed sites (eight!), you won’t be left twiddling your thumbs here in the ‘Rome of the north’.

Step ashore and join an optional city walk to discover the pastel-hued city centre in Hauptmarkt Square. Well-preserved townhouses create a mix of Renaissance, baroque and classic architecture.

Further afield, the remnants of a Roman metropolis can be found with a number of ancient sights, including the majestic Porta Nigra gate. A worthy stop on our Moselle river cruise.

Day 4 - Trier

Resting in the heart of the beautiful Middle Moselle, Bernkastel is a quintessential medieval German town and a charming stop on our river cruise. Life is unhurried and simple pleasures prevail. It’s one of those places where it’s better to simply ‘be’ than ‘do’.

We’ll spend our morning wandering the beautiful, cobbled streets on an included walking tour. Feast your eyes on the old-time architecture and picturesque streets, then maybe stop for a coffee (or beer) in one of the squares to really soak up the small-town ambience.

Walking tour of Bernkastel (morning

Day 5 - Bernkastel

Awake in Boppard, boasting more than 2,000 years of history. This picturesque town is located in the valley of the mythical Lorelei and an optional walking tour will reveal the town’s history.

The Rheinallee along the waterfront is an attractive promenade, and the Gothic Carmelite Church is famous for its 15th-century choir stalls. Late afternoon we sail south, passing the Lorelei rock where legend has it that a siren sang to sailors, luring their ships onto the submerged rocks where the men drowned.

As you approach the base of the rock, keep your eye out for her bronze statue perched on a narrow strip of land. We’ll arrive late evening into the pretty wine-growing town of Rüdesheim.

Day 6 - Boppard, Lorelei Passage & Rüdesheim

famous Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. Watching and listening to the extraordinary self-playing musical instruments is a delight. There’ll then be time for your own further explorations of the town, with its half-timbered houses. Be sure to head to the Drosselgasse and perhaps visit one of the wine taverns or sample the excellent coffee for which this town is renowned, served in ceramic goblets.

We set sail after lunch for an afternoon of sublime scenic cruising as we head northwards, back through the Rhine’s most beautiful stretch, passing through the narrow gorge, with castles dotted along the hilltops.

Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum (morning)

Day 7 - Rüdesheim & Lorelei Passage

After breakfast we board our waiting coaches for the return journey to Calais and Channel crossing.

Upon arrival in Dover, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

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The four-star plus MS Serenade 1 was built in 2005 and refurbished in 2015. This comfortable vessel creates a synergy between the luxury of an ocean liner and the intimacy and coziness of a river cruise ship. All bathrooms are equipped with both a shower and a bath tub, a unique feature in the river cruise industry. The MS Serenade 1 is 110 m and offers 68 cabins across three decks with a maximum of 136 guests. Passengers can relax in the lounge, dine in the panoramic restaurant, make use of the library and the Captain’s Club, or simply enjoy the passing scenery on the sun deck while playing giant chess. A cruise on the MS Serenade 1 ensures an unforgettable holiday on the European waterways. The ship offers three cabin types – all of which include a shower and bath tub. All cabins have outside views, climate control and an en-suite bathroom. In addition, cabins include a phone, TV, safe, hair dryer, mini bar, plus tea and coffee facilities.

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Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 68 cabins across three decks, comfortable outside staterooms and suites, most with French Balconies
  • Lift between Mozart and Chopin Deck
  • Gym and Sauna
  • Lounge and Bar
  • Stairlift to Sun Deck
  • Sun deck with Loungers and Chess

Accommodation & Amenities

This lovely 4 star river cruise vessel, features comfortably furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony. 68 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and including 2 suites range in size from 172 – 215 ft². Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

215 ft² – Chopin (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)
  • Full sit out private outdoor verenda
  • Indoor seating area with table and chairs
  • Hotel standard beds, which can be converted into twins or remain as double.
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & bathtub & separate shower enclosure
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Satellite television
  • Phone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

MS Serenade 1 - Suite

C, B & A Grade Superior Cabins

172 ft² – middle (mozart) & upper (chopin) deck, d- grade standard cabins, 172 ft² – lower (beethoven) deck.

  • Head Height fixed window

MS Serenade 1 - Standard Cabin

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VIP door-to-door travel service Travel with us and your holiday starts the moment you step out your front door. There’s no worry about taxi fares, train timetables or having to lug your bags on public transport – we take care of the whole journey for you. Hassle-free transfers* As the pioneers of door-to-door transfers, our service is industry-leading. No matter where you’re flying from, our drivers will pick you up from home (or another address if that’s easier) and take you to your departure airport. When you return, they’ll be waiting at the terminal to bring you back home again. If you’ve chosen to stay in a hotel the night before your flight, that’s not a problem – we’ll collect you the day before and take you to the hotel. Everyone’s a VIP – no matter how far you are from the airport We won’t ask you to pay extra just because you live further away. There are no mileage limits or supplements to pay for our airport transfers – we cover every UK address (with the exception of the Scottish Islands and Sark, where we’ll pick you up from a mainland address of your choice). *The majority of our VIP door-to-door service transfers are not exclusive to one holiday booking and journeys to and from the airport may be undertaken via additional addresses and may involve a change of vehicle.

Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754 .

Why Choose This Cruise?

Titan Travel is the only escorted tour operator to offer free home transfers on every itinerary and every departure date with no mileage supplement to pay. Titan River Cruises are also our number one choice for low or no single supplements .  As Titan Travel now charter their own ship, the MS Serenade 1, not only as a solo traveller do you get picked up from home, but you can look forward to knowing that there will be a group of single travellers on board with you. Or you can cruise with a companion, but you both have a cabin for only a small supplement, subject to availability. As a long-established, multi-award winning touring company, Titan Travel have brought their friendly expertise to their comfortable, 4-star river cruising. Your fellow travellers onboard will be from the UK and Ireland. We have worked with Titan and their friendly staff for a number of years and are very happy to recommend their overall experience from start to finish.  Celebrating 40 years in business, they are definitely doing something right.

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