Rock the Rhine River Cruise

7 Days

9th Oct 2019 - From £899 pp

RH10

Free Drinks

Entertainment

All Info

Overview



Come with us on a relaxing river cruise on the majestic Rhine river in southern Germany. Travel by rail or air to join the cruise in Cologne. Relax on board the MV Prinses Christina as she glides silkily past romantic hilltop castles, picturesque vineyards and historic riverside towns including Andernach, Boppard, Bacharach Rudesheim, and Cologne. The privately chartered MV Prinses Christina has comfortable twin bedded cabins with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day included as well as morning coffee and afternoon tea, free drinks each day and entertainment every evening.

Itinerary


Rhine cruise map

Andernach
Andernach

Boppard
Boppard

Bacharach
Bacharach


Day 1: UK to Cologne
Depart London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet in the morning on Eurostar to Brussels arriving in just over 2 hours. Continue by coach to Cologne and the MV Prinses Christina, with time to settle in before dinner. Alternatively, travel to and from Cologne or Dusseldorf by air from regional UK airports – see flight information and options. Overnight in Cologne.

Day 2: Cologne to Andernach
Early morning we begin our cruise to Andernach, a quiet riverside town with winding streets and historic architecture, far from the madding crowd. Explore on your own or join our optional guided walking tour. Overnight in Andernach.

Day 3: Andernach to Boppard
We depart Andernach before breakfast and cruise towards Boppard. Sit back and enjoy the views as we pass castles, fortresses and riverside town’s. We arrive in Boppard mid-afternoon to take in its lovely, romantic squares and the riverside Rhine Allee, filled with trees and flowers. Explore on your own, take the land train tour or join our optional guided walk. Overnight in Boppard.

Day 4: Boppard to Bacharach
This morning we sail to Bacharach, arriving early afternoon. Said to be one of the presttiest of the Rhine Villages, its lovingly restored half-timbered houses and historic market place make it a must see town. Explore on your own or join our optional walking tour followed by a wine tasting. Overnight in Bacharach.

Day 5: Bacharach to Rüdesheim
This morning we sail through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim, passing the famous Lorelei Rock. We arrive early afternoon with time to take in this gorgeous little town. Our optional tour by land train from the ship takes in the vineyards and the town, including a visit to Seigfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet and the famous Drosselgasse – a unique cobbled lane just 144 metres long, packed with bars, restaurants and live music – where we enjoy a delicious Rüdesheimer Kaffee made with Asbach brandy. Overnight in Rüdesheim.

Day 6: Rüdesheim to Cologne
This morning we sail to Cologne, arriving after lunch. Free time to explore on your own, the impressive Cathedral is certainly worth a visit. Or, join our optional afternoon guided walk. Farewell dinner on board. Overnight sailing to Dusseldorf

Day 7: Dusseldorf to UK
After Breakfast we disembark and transfer by coach to Brussels where we take the Eurostar to London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet arriving during the afternoon. Or, transfer to Cologne or Dusseldorf airport for your flight back to the UK.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

  • Andernach guided walk 1.5hrs £15pp

  • Boppard guided walk 1.5hrs £15pp

  • Bacharach walking tour & 5 wine tasting £35pp

  • Rüdesheim Highlights – land train tour to Seigfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet & Drosselgasse & Rüdesheimer kaffee £29pp

  • Cologne Old town guided walk 1.5hrs £15pp


Excursions must be booked prior to departure. 5% excursion discount when you pre-book at least 5. All operate subject to minimum numbers.

MV Prinses Christina

The Prinses Christina
The Prinses Christina

The Prinses Christina is a comfortable, fully air-conditioned ship where everything on board has been designed to make guests as comfortable as possible. It can accommodate 107 passengers on three decks in cabins which were completely renovated in 2012. A stair lift operates between the main and promenade decks and to the restaurant on the cabin deck. The large sun deck is partially covered.

Cabins:
All 54 outward facing cabins have: air-conditioning, a shower and toilet, satellite TV, and European electricity socket (220 volts).

Lounge⁄Bar:
The elegant lounge and bar – situated on the promenade deck – has picture windows offering a panoramic view. Morning coffee and afternoon tea are served each day in the lounge.

Restaurant:
On board the Prinses Christina you’ll start the day with a buffet breakfast. In the summer you’ll enjoy a three-course lunch and a four-course dinner with a choice of menu.

Ship’s stats
Length: 70.6 metres • Breadth: 9.22 metres • Passenger Capacity: 107 • Officers & Crew: 24 • Passenger decks: 3 • Standard cabin area: 8 sq m • Deluxe cabin area: 9 - 12 sq m • Lifts: Stairlift between main deck and promenade deck & from main deck to the restaurant

Prinses Christina Bridge

Prinses Christina Bar

Prinses Christina lounge

Prinses Christina cabins

Prinses Christina cabins



Cabin prices
███ Cabin Deck Standard (LSTD) £899pp
███ Main Deck Standard (MSTD) £999pp
███ Main Deck Deluxe (MDEL) £1049pp
███ Main Deck Deluxe plus (MDEL+) £1099pp
███ Promenade Deck Standard (PRSTD) £1149p
███ Promenade Deck Deluxe (PRDEL) £1199pp
███ Promenade Deck Deluxe plus (PRDEL+) £2049pp

Included


  • Escorted return rail travel from London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet to Brussels and coach transfer to Cologne or return flights with luggage to Cologne or Dusseldorf - see below

  • 6-night full board plus cruise on the MV Prinses Christina sharing a twin-bed outside cabin on Cabin Deck - upgrades available

  • Beer, wine & soft drinks served with lunch & dinner and from 6pm to midnight at the bar

  • Entertainment

  • Welcome cocktail on arrival

  • Cup of coffee/tea each morning and afternoon

  • Captain’s dinner

  • Transfers abroad

  • Services of our Cruise Director on board

Rail Travel

Eurostar – London to Brussels
From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little as 2 hours to Brussels. On board, you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffer car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.

Morning Departures
Departures from London are expected to be early to mid morning depending on the exact train departure time, confirmed to us 8 weeks before travel. Please bear this in mind when planning your journey to St Pancras. An overnight stay at a nearby hotel prior to travel may be worth considering – call for information.

Travel & Luggage
There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag⁄holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.

Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays
However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. The Tour Manager⁄Escort will not be able to provide you and⁄or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.

Please Help us to Help You
In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and⁄or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).

Flights

Flights from Heathrow, Manchester, Stansted, Bristol and Edinburgh are possible with a choice of airline, outbound and inbound time combinations to suit your preference. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement.

  • Flight time around 90 mins each way

  • Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person – weight & size of each subject to airline restrictions.

  • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.