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Overview

This unique cruise on board the 4-star MS Carmen takes us deep into the Moselle Valley. With entertainment every night, featuring a guest UK singer Keith Slater on three nights, and visits to Cochem, Trier, Bernkastel, Zell and Grevenmacher (for Luxembourg) on the Moselle, plus Cologne and Koblenz on The Rhine this is a magical voyage that will stay in your memory for years to come. Our exclusively chartered four-star ship the MS Carmen provides 136 guests with a friendly crew, great food, super service, and spacious en-suite cabins.

Entertainment

Keith Slater has been a professional musician since 1981 and has toured extensively around the British Isles. He has recorded with well-known bands such as 60’s group Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders, the nationally acclaimed folk act The Fastest Bat and Lancashire comedian Phil Cool. He has appeared on national TV shows Pebble Mill at One, The Tom O’Connor show, The Barmaids Arms and The Phil Cool Show. His music has been played on Radio one, Radio two and Local radio. He regularly works with well-known artistes Carl Chinn (Birmingham historian), Malcolm Stent, Don Maclean and award-winning bands Inheritance and Vivo

Highlights

  • Free Drinks
  • Live Entertainment every evening
  • Exclusive Charter
  • Full board
  • Over 40s only

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 and soft drinks served at lunch and dinner and from 6pm to 11pm at the bar
• Afternoon coffee/tea and pastries
• Breakfasts
• 4 course lunches and dinners served at your table
• Late night snacks
• Captain’s dinner – 5 courses
• Entertainment
• Transfers abroad*
• Services of our Cruise Director and Host on Board

Departures

By RAIL or AIR
Dates – Prices from – Tour Code
20/09/21 – From £1499pp – MR9

Travel

By Rail – Need to Know read more
By Air – See ‘Flights’ section
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Flights

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.

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4-Star Rhine & Moselle to Luxembourg River Cruise

8 days by Rail or Air, 20 September 2021, from £1499 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: UK 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 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 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 the 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 Grevenmacher (for Luxembourg)
Early morning sailing to Grevenmacher. After breakfast travel by coach to Luxembourg (around 35 minutes) where you can explore on your own or join the optional morning walking tour of the city. A packed lunch will be provided by the ship. Return to the ship late afternoon. For those who do not want to travel to Luxembourg, Grevenmacher is an attractive town. You may like to visit the Domaines Vinsmoselle Caves de Grevenmacher, the oldest wine cellar of Luxembourg. We set sail before dinner. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge. Overnight stop in Mehring.

Day 5: Bernkastel
We set sail before breakfast for Bernkastel arriving midday. 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 River. 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 6: 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 enjoy some 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, a chance to try 5 wines of this unique region. Wine tasting only also available. Early evening we begin our return sailing to Cologne with an overnight stop in Güis en route. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge.

Day 7: The Rhine – Cologne
We sail from Güis in the early morning, enjoying a relaxing cruise, before arriving in Cologne early afternoon. Time perhaps to visit the magnificent gothic Cathedral before a farewell dinner on board. 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 and Ebbsfleet 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.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

  • Koblenz guided walk – £18pp
  • Trier guided walk – £18pp
  • Luxembourg guided walk – £20pp
  • Bernkastel guided walk – £18pp
  • Cochem Walking tour & 5 Wine tasting – £40
  • OR Cochem 5 wine tasting – £25

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.

Accommodation

MS Carmen

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GN Holidays & Voyages is chartering the elegant four-star sister ships, MS Carmen and Ms Verdi for some exclusive cruises in 2021. Both ships – identical in everything but name – were fully renovated to a high standard in 2016. They accommodate 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, chairs and covered areas with wind protection so suitable for all weathers.
Restaurant – The restaurant on the Upper Deck features large picture windows and is light and airy with elegant decor and furnishings engendering a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Diners can enjoy generous breakfasts, plus four course lunches and dinners.
Leisure facilities – In the centre of the ship there is a stylish library and seating area. Under the large awning on the Sun Deck there are plenty of chairs and deck chairs for guests’ comfort.
Decks & Cabins
Cabins all have window, TV, safe, hair dryer, individually, controlled heating and cooling system, shower and WC. They have double/twin hotel style beds, except the singles which have a single bed and sofa. Cabins are situated over three decks with a choice of A-grade French Balcony, B&C grade 1/2 French Balcony, D-grade Fixed window or E-grade singles with small window.
Please note: When docking ships can be moored side by side so views from the cabin may be obscured.
UPPER DECK WITH FRENCH BALCONY – The upper deck is split-level with all A-grade *French Balcony cabins situated in the highest part of the ship. The restaurant, at the rear of the ship, is accessed directly from here down 3 small steps. The reception, bar and lounge at the front of the ship are also accessed directly from here down 8 steps or via elevator.
*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.
MIDDLE DECK ½ FRENCH BALCONY cabins situated between the restaurant and reception are accessed directly from here up 12 steps, or you can take the elevator from reception and enter via the upper deck. The reception, bar and lounge at the front of the ship are also accessed directly from here up 7 steps or via elevator.
** 1/2 French Balconies have a cabin width sliding window from waist height up with an external guard rail at chest height.
MIDDLE DECK STANDARD D-grade cabins with fixed picture window (does not open) are at the front of the ship below the bar/lounge with access from the reception via 15 steps or elevator.
LOWER DECK SINGLE – The lower deck has 10 E-grade single cabins (no supplement) situated mid-ships below the reception with access via 15 steps or elevator.
Ship’s stats
Length: 114 metres • Breadth: 11.40 metres • Passenger Capacity: 136 • Passengers decks: 4
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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”

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