Sail through the beautiful Middle Rhine to the delightful soundtrack of Gilbert & Sullivan
Relive many of your favourite Gilbert & Sullivan memories on this special interest cruise that takes in the best of the Rhine and Moselle.
UK to Cologne to Königswinter
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Cologne, via Eurotunnel or ferry, and embark Rex Rheni.
Königswinter to Koblenz
Wake up in the pretty village of Königswinter and perhaps join an optional excursion, either to Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven, or take a rack-rail train up to the ruins of Drachenfels Castle. This afternoon, you may like to join an excursion through the Ahr Valley, or stay aboard the ship as she sails to Koblenz. Later sail to Koblenz as you take your seats this evening for a concert called ‘How-de-do’ from your host and guest musicians as they welcome you on board with an evening of Gilbert & Sullivan favourites.
Koblenz to Zell
Koblenz has a rich history and a wealth of monuments and historic buildings. Perhaps visit the Festung Ehrenbreitstein, a citadel built by the Prussians, before sailing along the tranquil Moselle, passing exquisite vineyards on the way to Zell. Look forward to your second concert this evening as you enjoy a musical guide to the lives and work of Gilbert & Sullivan.
Zell to Bernkastel-Kues
Depart the picturesque wine town of Zell this morning and sail to Bernkastel-Kues with its charming rows of gabled houses. Then make ready for a performance of ‘Pirates and Pearls’ featuring well-known works from Gilbert & Sullivan. .
Bernkastel-Kues to Cochem to Koblenz
With the romantic backdrop of neo-Gothic Reichsburg Castle, Cochem is understandably one of the most visited places on the Moselle River. An optional excursion is available to the castle and you can also visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting. This evening join an informal singalong with your host and guest pianist.
Koblenz to Rüdesheim
Cruise the most stunning stretch of the Rhine, passing Lorelei Rock and numerous castles. At Rüdesheim perhaps sample the famous wines of the region, and enjoy an included visit to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music. The music continues after dinner as you join your host and guest singer for a fun concert.
Seigfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music |
Siegfried Wendel’s eccentric collection of 350 self-playing instruments is a veritable treat for eyes and ears. In this whimsical museum you’ll find a fantastical, nostalgic and joyous cacophony of beautiful music boxes, barrel organs, hand-cranked carnival machines and early jukeboxes, all in full working order. High points include the ‘Puppet Orchestrion’, a huge cabinet containing puppet musicians (1888) and the later ‘Phonoliszt Violina’ a blend of piano and violins that plays in perfect harmony.
Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum
Rüdesheim to Cologne
Return to Cologne and spend the afternoon at leisure exploring this attractive city, famous for its imposing cathedral. Look forward to a memorable farewell concert this evening, drawing on the worlds of opera, operetta and musicals.