Castles along the Rhine

Resort: Castles along the Rhine
Operator: Titan Travel
Destination: Europe
Price From: £3799.00

Overview

Cruise an iconic European waterway and choose which of its stunning neighbouring castles, towns and vineyards to explore. Discover the pretty settlements of the Alsace wine route. Tour Strasbourg by canal or on foot, admiring the fairytale half-timbered houses. Go on a tour tasting the delicious local Riesling, or enjoy a scenic hike. Cycle along the river, catching views of the imposing Marksburg Castle – or tour the castle itself. And marvel at the incredible Gothic cathedral in the Rhineland jewel, Cologne.

Whats Included

  • 7 nights cruise on S.S. Antoinette, River Empress or River Queen
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with a leading airline from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • All meals on board, impeccably prepared using the freshest and finest local ingredients

7 excursions and visits

  • Choice of Alsatian villages or Freiburg city tour
  • Choice of Strasbourg panoramic tour with cathedral and Old Town walk or Alsatian house with tasting
  • Choice of baroque Palace of Mannheim or Private Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting
  • Choice of Castle Vollrads wine tasting or Rüdesheim wine village and panoramas of Niederwald Monument or Boppard village stroll or Let's Go Rhine hiking
  • Lets Go bike the castles and choice of Koblenz walking tour or Marksburg Castle visit
  • Cologne walking tour

Plus

  • The finest riverview cabins afloat, with included robes and slippers
  • Unlimited drinks on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and mineral water (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Captains welcome/farewell receptions and dinners
  • Award-winning service, with the highest staff to guest ratio in the industry
  • All gratuities on board and ashore
  • All entertainment plus signature lectures
  • Shore excursions in the company of English-speaking local expert guides
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Complimentary use of bicycles/Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Titans VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Uniworld cruise manager

Itinerary

Day 1 UK – Basel

Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Basel. Meet your Uniworld representative on arrival and transfer to the port to embark your ship.

Day 2 Breisach (Freiburg)

This morning, enjoy leisure time as you sail the scenic Upper Rhine to Breisach. Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road and your launching point for an excursion along the celebrated Route des Vins, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges mountain range, or a city tour of Freiburg. A special Captains welcome reception and dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 3 Kehl (Strasbourg)

See Strasbourg on foot with an insightful local expert, where this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. Kehl, directly across the river from Strasbourg, will be your ships base while you explore the Alsatian capital. You have the entire afternoon to see more of Strasbourg on your own.

Day 4 Mannheim (Speyer)

Speyer – spire in English – is well named, since the four red towers of the Romanesque cathedral dominate the Old Town.

Day 5 Rdesheim – Boppard

Today youll cruise the sublimely beautiful and romantic Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Experience Germanys fabled river in the towns of Rüdesheim and Boppard. Enjoy a private tasting of estate-grown Rieslings at Castle Vollrads, take a stroll through beautiful Boppard, or hike through some of the most beautiful landscapes that line the Rhine.

Day 6 Boppard – Koblenz

Get to know Koblenz, a historic town with a colourful past and eclectic architecture, and enjoy a visit to the stunningly medieval Marksburg Castle. As you come upon picture-perfect Koblenz, youll sail past Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its historic monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I.

Day 7 Cologne

History buffs will enjoy an expertly led tour through Colognes Old Town, where three medieval gates remain standing, as does the old city hall with its Renaissance façade. Wander through the citys historical centre and take in its charming atmosphere, narrow alleyways flanked by old houses and countless breweries. No matter how you choose to explore the Old Town, youll also have ample free time to explore on your own. A special Captains farewell reception and dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

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