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Flights are currently possible from Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester, Edinburgh & Birmingham Airports to Cologne subject to availability at time of booking the flights, and a supplement may apply. Alternative UK departure airports may become available, we will look at all options when you book.
• Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person – weight/size subject to airline rules.
• Flight duration around 2 hours.
• Transfer time to ship around 30 mins.
Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.
4-Star Magical Moselle, Rhine Wine & Lightning Night River Cruise
8 days by Rail or Air, 19 September 2022, from £1599 per person
Day 1: UK to Cologne
Depart London St Pancras 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 before dinner. Evening sailing to Andernach for an overnight stop. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge.
Day 2: Andernach to Koblenz
Early morning we sail to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, arriving during breakfast. You will be free to explore on your own, we recommend taking the cable car over the Rhine to the imposing Ehrenbreitstein fortress, or join our optional walking tour of the town. At midday we set sail for Beilstein and enjoy an afternoon sailing along the scenic and peaceful Moselle arriving early evening. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge. Night time departure for Trier.
Day 3: Beilstein to Trier
We spend the morning sailing, arriving at Trier after lunch. This afternoon is free to explore Trier or you may like to join the walking tour of this oldest town in Germany. Founded by the Romans and once home to Emperor Constantine, Trier was the capital of part of the Roman Empire covering modern day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge. Overnight in Trier.
Day 4: Trier to Bernkastel
We set sail before breakfast for Bernkastel arriving mid-morning. Known as the ‘heart of the Middle Moselle’, Bernkastel is a beautiful twin-town spread along both the east and west banks of the Moselle. You may like to join the optional walking tour through the Old Town. We set sail before dinner for Zell arriving late evening. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge.
Day 5: Zell to Cochem
This morning we have free time in the quaint town of Zell, home of the well-known ‘Black Cat’ Wine. This pretty little town offers the chance to buy some local wine and a relaxing stroll. Late morning we set sail for Cochem arriving after lunch. There is time to explore on your own, or join our optional excursion of a guided town walking tour with an included wine tasting – try 5 wines of this unique region. Wine tasting only also available. Early evening we begin our sailing to Boppard with an overnight stop in Güis en route. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge.
Day 6: Boppard
Early morning we sail through the middle Rhine to Boppard arriving Midday. The town’s treasures include romantic squares, small lanes and the Rhine Allee (Riverside Promenade), filled with trees and flowers. Enjoy one of the highlights of the year in Boppard, the Wine Festival in the market square, with various wine stands for wine-tasting, music and entertainment. Tonight is the highlight of the cruise as we enjoy the Lightning Night on the Middle Rhine when the night sky erupts into a million stars with a spectacular fireworks display. Overnight in Boppard. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge.
Day 7: St Goar – Cologne
Early morning we sail from Boppard to St Goar arriving during breakfast. St. Goar, is situated in the Loreley Valley across the river from the legendary Loreley Rock on one of the most picturesque stretches of the Rhine. It also home to Rheinfels Castle the largest on the Middle Rhine. There is time to explore on your own, or join our optional guided tour of the castle and ruins. Early afternoon we begin our return sailing to Cologne passing countless castles, fortresses and sleepy hamlets starting in the narrowest and deepest part of the river, marked by the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive Cologne in the late evening. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge. 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 arriving during the afternoon. Or, transfer to Cologne airport for your flight back to the UK.
Note: Order of itinerary subject to change depending on local conditions.
- Koblenz guided walk, 2hrs – £18pp
- Trier guided walk, 1.5 hrs – £18pp
- Bernkastel guided walk, 1.5hrs – £18pp
- Cochem Walking tour & 5 Wine tasting 2.5hrs – £40
- OR Cochem 5 wine tasting 1hr – £25
- St Goar Rheinfels Castle tour 1.5hrs – £22pp
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.
*French Balconies look and act like a regular balcony, with the only exception being that there is a railing placed directly behind the glass, meaning you cannot step out onto a separate space. The glass is almost full cabin width and height like a sliding patio door.
** 1/2 French Balconies have a cabin width sliding window from waist height up with an external guard rail at chest height.
Length: 114 metres • Breadth: 11.40 metres • Passenger Capacity: 136 • Passengers decks: 4
What Our Customers Say
Just to say how much we all enjoyed the Danube Fortunes Cruise. Our first holiday with you and our first river cruise, won't be the last. We've recommended your company to friends. Read more “‘Fortunes’ River Cruise”
The presentation of all concerned, a good attitude by all staff and crew. GN hosts were excellent. the pace of the tour was just right and very relaxing. Having never heard of GN Holidays before seeing the ad, we were very sceptical on what to expect, but we are very happy with our experience, and would book and recommend them to anybody. Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”
The holiday had a relaxed atmosphere with freedom to do as much or as little as you liked at each location. Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”
The friendliness on board and good all round entertainment was fine, not to mention the good food and wine. Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”
I, like so many other,s are only ready to make a complaint, BUT, not this time. I would like to say a big thank you and well done on the river cruise. We had never heard of GN Holidays until we saw the advertisement in the Daily Mail, we liked the itinerary, but were sceptical, and thought we would give it a go not knowing what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised, the ship and crew of the Carmen were excellent, as was the pace of the tour, the GN tour manager Sheena, the host Gareth and the singer Chris Baker all deserve special praise. Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”