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Rhine Cruise

Tour highlights
  • MS Amalyra or MS Amalegro
  • Basel
  • Strasbourg including a city tour
  • Heidelberg city tour
  • Rüdesheim & Rhine Gorge
  • Koblenz
  • Cologne including city tour & cathedral
  • Amsterdam including city tour & canal cruise
  • All shore excursions are included

What's Included
  • First Class rail travel throughout (Leisure Select service on Eurostar journeys with meals and drinks)
  • 7-night cruise on MS Amalyra or MS Amalegro in two-berth cabin (E grade, PianoDeck) including all meals and wine with dinner
  • 7 shore excursions included
  • 1 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • All transfers
  • Services of your Tour Manager throughout
  • Single cabin prices include the supplement for single occupancy throughout £590 (Apr), £650 (Aug), £690 (May & Oct)

Day 1 - By train to Luxembourg

We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar to Brussels in Leisure Select Class, and enjoy a complimentary meal and drinks at our seat. From Brussels we take a train to Luxembourg where we overnight at the Grand Hotel Mercure Alfa. We enjoy dinner together in the hotel this evening. (E,D)


Day 2 - Luxembourg to Basel

Today we travel by train through the Eastern corner of France to the charming Swiss city of Basel for a guided city tour. We embark 5-star MS Amalyra or MS Amalegro and settle into our cabins before our gala welcome dinner on board. Once our cruise begins, the pace of your holiday is set by you alone - you may wish to take part in our included group shore excursions or explore independently, enjoy the facilities on board or simply take it easy. The choice is yours! We set sail towards Germany late this evening (B,D)


Day 3 - Basel to Breisach

This morning we arrive in Breisach, a fortified hill town at the Rhine's edge. You may wish to join one of the included shore excursions to either Freiburg or Colmar. Freiburg, with its impressive Gothic red sandstone cathedral and marketplace is bordered by the lovely Black Forest mountains. Across the border in France is pretty Colmar, the centre of which is made up of traditional Alsatian half-timbered buildings and a maze of narrow canals. This evening we set sail again, heading towards our next port of call, Strasbourg. (B,L,D


Day 4 - Strasbourg city tour

Today we have the opportunity to explore the attractive capital of Alsace on a city tour. The city has changed hands several times and both German and French influences can be seen in abundance. The historic centre is dominated by the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock and the "Grande Ile" is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A canal cruise is included, giving you a different perspective to the half-timbered houses, geranium filled flower boxes and quaint streets. (B,L,D)


Day 5 - Mannheim and Heidelberg

Upon arrival in Mannheim this morning, we disembark for an excursion to Heidelberg. The city is overlooked by its castle from where the views over the town and Neckar valley are beautiful. After lunch back on board, we cruise to Worms, one of the oldest cities in Germany. Surrounded by lush vineyards, the town is of great historical and cultural significance with a monument dedicated to the great reformist Martin Luther. (B,L,D)


Day 6 - Rüdesheim and Koblenz

Today we arrive in one of the Rhine Valley's most popular wine towns, Rüdesheim. Take a stroll along the quaint and charming Drosselgasse and the streets of the old town. Alternatively, you may wish to take the cable car (not included) high up over the vineyards to a vantage point for terrific views of the region. We depart after lunch, heading down the famous Rhine Gorge. With hilltop castles overlooking steeply sloped terraces of vines, not to mention the legendary Lorelei Rock. No wonder that the timeless scenery of the Rhine Gorge is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. We arrive in Koblenz late afternoon and after dinner we take a stroll around this charming town. (B,L,D)


Day 7 - Scenic cruising to Cologne

This morning the ship cruises along a particularly scenic stretch of the Rhine and arrives early afternoon in Cologne. A walking tour of the old town includes a visit to the spectacular Gothic cathedral. The rest of the day is for you to explore at leisure until mid evening when we head further down the Rhine towards the Netherlands. (B,L,D)


Day 8 - Cruise towards Amsterdam

Relax and enjoy your last morning of cruising, watching the passing scenery or making use of the ship's facilities, before we arrive in exciting Amsterdam, our final port of call, this afternoon. Admire the gabled buildings, merchant houses and quaint bridges on our guided city tour and canal cruise. We gather together again on board for a gala farewell dinner. (B,L,D)


Day 9 - To Brussels and London

We disembark MS Amalyra or MS Amalegro in Amsterdam after breakfast and travel by train to Brussels. Here we join the Eurostar service to London, enjoying a complimentary meal and drinks served on board before our arrival into St Pancras International. (B,E)

Please note that on certain departures this itinerary will operate in reverse, although the same destinations are visited. Please enquire when booking.

E = Eurostar meal, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

These meals, where shown, are included in the price of your holiday


Accommodation

MS Amalyra & MS Amalegro

5-star MS Amalyra was built in 2009 and 5-star MS Amalegro was built in 2007. These deluxe sister ships offer state of the art public rooms and elegant cabins, which, combined with included excursions, quality cuisine and wine with dinner, will make your cruise memorable.

Both ships have two lounges allowing you to relax and admire the passing scenery. There is fitness centre with beauty salon and massage room and a whirlpool on the sundeck. Bicycles are available for you to use, free of charge, so that you may explore independently. An on-board lift operates between some of the decks.

An extensive buffet breakfast gets the day off to a good start. After morning excursions a four-course lunch awaits. In the evening a delicious four-course dinner is accompanied by complimentary wine. The dining is waiter service and single sitting. Dress for dinner is smart casual except for the captain's welcome and farewell receptions where a jacket is required for men and ladies' equivalent. There is a nightly entertainment on board.

There are 74 cabins, beautifully appointed with wardrobe, shower and WC, telephone, television, hairdryer, safe and air conditioning. The cabins have either twin or double beds and most have full-length French doors


Mercure Grand Hotel Alfa, Luxembourg

The 4-star Mercure Grand Hotel Alfa is located opposite the railway station in the heart of Luxembourg's business and shopping district. The hotel has a restaurant serving French and Luxembourg-inspired cuisine, and a bar offering a range of drinks and light snacks. The rooms are air conditioned and equipped with a telephone, television, minibar, safe and a hairdryer.


Extras
  • Cancellation, medical & travel insurance: from £43
  • Tipping on board

Apr 15 2010 £1,735
May 24, 30 2010 £1,995
Aug 2, 8 2010 £1,895
Oct 7 2010 £1,950


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