Lorelei in Flames – Koblenz

Resort: Rex Rheni
Operator: Saga
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1099.00

Overview

Explore the wine towns and historic cities of theRhineand experience the Rhine in Flames festival from the river. Youll explore majestic Cologne and Mainz and stroll through the wine alleys of Rdesheim and Boppard before enjoying a spectacular finale to your voyage as the skies above Koblenz light-up for the annual festivities.

Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Cologne

Travel to Cologne and embarkRex Rheni.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board this evening. The ship remains moored in Cologne overnight.

Beautiful Cologne at night

Day 2 Cologne

Spend the whole day in Cologne, exploring independently, using an interactive map and audio headset to take a self-guided tour or joining an optional excursion to reveal the highlights.

Arguably most famous for its eponymous brand of perfume, which has now become a generic term for mens aftershave, Cologne was founded by the Romans and has long been an important trading centre. The vast Gothic cathedral that towers over the surroundings was started in 1248 as a pilgrimage church to house the relics of the Three Magi. The two spires are 157 metres high, and were not completed until 1880.

Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Cologne Cathedral

Day 3 Cologne to Andernach

Set sail over breakfast and cruise through the morning to reach Andernach at lunchtime.

This afternoon perhaps visit the incredible geyser for which the town is best known on an optional excursion.

Remain moored here overnight.

Old city wall of Andernach

Day 4 Andernach to Rdesheim

Set sail before breakfast and arrive in Rdesheim early this afternoon.

Perhaps explore the wine towns cobbled Drosselgasse in search of a local tipple or alternatively join an optional excursion, one includes a wine tasting while another offers the chance to see and hear eccentric mechanical music machines in action.

Remain moored here overnight.

Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany

Day 5 Rdesheim to Mainz

After breakfast resume your cruise, making the short voyage to Mainz, where you will spend the rest of the day.

Enjoy time to explore independently, or conduct a self-guided tour using your interactive map and audio headset. The capital of Rheinland-Pfalz, Mainz has a large Romanesque red sandstone cathedral, which retains its cloisters. Behind the cathedral in Gutenbergplatz square is a statue of Johannes Gutenberg, the father of modern printing.

Remain moored here overnight.

Mainz

Day 6 Mainz to Boppard

Late this morning enjoy a leisurely few hours cruising along the beautiful Moselle to the picturesque town of Boppard.

Boasting more than 2,000 years of history, this picturesque town is located in the valley of the mythical Lorelei. This afternoon and evening you can go ashore and explore the town. The Rheinallee along the waterfront is an attractive promenade, and the Gothic Carmelite Church is famous for its 15th-century choir stalls.

Remain moored here overnight.

Boppard

Day 7 Boppard to Koblenz

After a morning at leisure in Boppard, youll sail through lunch to reach Koblenz.

This afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion which visits the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress which looms over the town. This evening you witness the glorious fireworks finale of the Rhine in Flames festival.

Remain moored in Koblenz overnight.

Fireworks over the Rhine Valley, Koblenz

Day 8 Koblenz to Andernach to UK

Set sail early and disembark your ship in Andernach after breakfast to begin your return journey to the UK.

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