Rhine Wine Festival, Lightning Night & Moselle River Cruise

8 Days

20th Sep 2018 - From £1199pp

RN9-1

Free Drinks on Board

GN Exclusive Charter

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Overview




This fabulous cruise takes in the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, Boppard wine festival and the ‘Lightning Night on the Middle Rhine’ fireworks display. Our exclusively chartered, four star ship MS Carmen, provides 136 guests with a friendly crew, great food, superb service, entertainment and spacious en-suite cabins - all with picture windows. With visits to Cologne, Cochem, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Andernach and Boppard, this is a magical voyage that will stay in your memory for years to come.

MS Carmen

In Boppard you will experience the magnificent wine festival, where winegrowers invite you to the grape harvest celebrations. You will be entertained by music bands and shows whilst browsing the many wine stands offering wine tasting. In the evening marvel at the ‘Lightning Night on the Middle Rhine’, a spectacular fireworks display which can be enjoyed from the promenade or on-board the MS Carmen. Spectacular pyrotechnics and curtains of fire bathe the riverbank and landmarks in a magical glow, and a flotilla of illuminated riverboats glides beneath mesmerising patterns of light in the night sky.

Itinerary

Day 1: London to Cologne
Depart London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet in the morning on the Eurostar to Brussels, arriving in just over 2 hours. Continue by coach to Cologne and the MS Carmen. Alternatively travel to and from Cologne by air from regional UK airports – see flight information and options. Time to settle into your cabin or explore Cologne before dinner. 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.

Boppard
Day 3: Boppard
This morning we sail to Boppard, arriving early afternoon. The town’s treasures include romantic squares and small lanes as well as the Rhine Allee (Riverside Promenade), filled with trees and flowers. You can enjoy one of the highlights of the year in Boppard, the Wine Festival. A perfect combination of the romantic setting in the market square, the various wine stands for wine-tasting, music and entertainment. Tonight is the highlight of the cruise as we enjoy the Rhine in Flames festival when the night sky erupts into a million stars with spectacular fireworks displays reflecting in the river’s surface. Overnight in Boppard.

Day 4: Boppard to Rüdesheim
The spectacle continues this morning as we sail through the Middle Rhine seeing countless castles, fortresses and sleepy hamlets in this, the narrowest and deepest part of the river, marked by the legendary Lorelei Rock. We arrive in Rüdesheim mid-afternoon, with time to take in this gorgeous little town. Our optional 2 hour guided town walk includes the cable car to the Niederwald Monument. Alternatively, our optional tour by land train takes us from the ship through the vineyards and town to the famous Drosselgasse - a unique cobbled lane just 144 metres long, packed with bars, restaurants and live music - to enjoy a delicious Rüdesheimer Kaffee made with Asbach brandy. Overnight in Rüdesheim.

Rudesheim
Day 5: Rüdesheim to Cochem
Early morning we sail back through the middle Rhine to the more tranquil Moselle River with rolling vineyards and lush greenery. Arriving in Cochem early to mid-afternoon there is time to explore on your own, or join our optional excursions: visit by mini-coach to the Reichsburg Castle or a guided town walking tour - both include wine tasting, a chance to try 5 wines of this unique region. Wine tasting only also available. Overnight in Cochem.

Day 6: Cochem to Koblenz
Early morning we set sail for Koblenz arriving early afternoon. You will be free to explore on your own, we recommend taking the cable car over the Rhine to the imposing Ehrenbreitstein fortress - surely one of the area’s greatest attractions, or join our optional walking tour of the town. Overnight in Koblenz.

Cochem
Day 7: Koblenz to Cologne
We sail from Koblenz in the early morning enjoying a relaxing day on board, before arriving in Cologne early afternoon. Time perhaps to visit the magnificent gothic Cathedral before a farewell dinner on board. Overnight in Cologne.

Day 8: Cologne 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 airport for your flight back to the UK, transfer to Cologne airport for your flight back to the UK.

4-star MS Carmen

MS Carmen

Lounge

Lounge

Bar

Single cabin

Sitting area

Restaurant


GN Voyages is exclusively chartering the elegant, four-star MS Carmen in 2018. This beautiful ship was fully renovated to a great standard in 2016. The ship accommodates 136 guests in spacious and comfortable cabins, all freshly renovated with double and twin hotel style beds.
The impressive Reception on Upper deck includes a hotel style lift which goes from the upper deck to the lower deck. At the front of the ship you will enjoy the magnificent lounge with bar, spacious dance floor and easy chairs. There is also a Sun deck with sun loungers which partly covered with wind protection so suitable for all weathers.

MS Carmen
Leisure facilities
The restaurant on the Upper Deck features large picture windows. It is light and airy with elegant decor and furnishings engendering a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Diners can enjoy generous buffet breakfasts, plus lunches served at your table and from the buffet depending on the menu of the day. Dinner is a daily highlight with four courses served at your table.

In the centre of the ship there is a stylish library and internet cafe. Under the large awning on the Sun Deck there are plenty of chairs and deck chairs for guests’ comfort.

Upperdeck cabin
Cabins
The Ship has three cabin decks: the upper deck on the same level as the reception, bar, lounge, and the restaurant, the mid deck and the lower’ deck. The cabins are decorated in warm colours and have double/twin hotel style beds, except on the lower deck where all cabins are single occupancy. All are outside cabins with windows, and have TV, safe, hair dryer, individually controlled heating and cooling system, shower and WC. All cabins on the Upper Deck and a selection on the Middle deck have a full or semi French balcony with large sliding glass doors that open.

Ship’s stats
Length: 114 meters • Breadth: 11.40 metres • Passenger Capacity: 136 • Passengers decks: 4

What‘s Included

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

  • 7 nights full board plus cruise on the MS Carmen in a single lower deck cabin or sharing a front mid-deck double/twin-bed cabin - upgrades available for twin/double cabins

  • Welcome drink on arrival

  • Beer, wine & soft drinks served at lunch and dinner and from 6pm to 11pm at the bar

  • Afternoon coffee/tea and pastries

  • Buffet breakfasts

  • Lunches - 4 courses

  • Dinners served at your table - 4 courses

  • Late night snacks

  • Captain’s dinner - 5 courses

  • Entertainment

  • Transfers abroad

  • Services of our Cruise Director on Board


Accommodation Options:
Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices.

DEPOSIT: £200pp

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Andernach guided walk 1.5hrs £10pp

  • Rüdesheim Highlights - land train tour to Drosselgasse & Rüdesheimer Kaffee £18pp
    OR Rüdesheim guided walk & cable car to Niederwald Monument - 2hrs £18pp

  • Cochem Reichsburg Castle & 5 Wine tasting £29
    OR Cochem Walking tour & 5 Wine tasting £23
    OR Cochem 5 wine tasting £16

  • Koblenz guided walk £10pp


Excursions must be booked prior to departure. 10% excursion discount when you pre-book 1 in every town above. All operate subject to minimum numbers.

Rail & Air 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).

Flight Information & Options
AIRPORTS: Edinburgh • Liverpool • Gatwick • Luton • Heathrow
Flights are possible from these airports 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 supp‘t.Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person – exact weight and size of each subject to airline restrictions.

  • Flight time around 2 hours each way

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