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Return flights are possible from Heathrow, Stansted & Manchester Airports to Cologne or Dusseldorf 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 per couple (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person – weight and size subject to airline rules. Flight time around 2 hrs each way.
Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.
Rhine New Year Party River Cruise
5 days by Rail or Air, 29th December 2019, from £849 per person
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 Mps Switzerland II. Alternative travel to and from Cologne can be made from regional UK airports – see flight information and options. Time to settle into your cabin or explore Cologne before dinner. Evening sailing to Bonn arriving late evening. Overnight in Bonn.
Day 2: Bonn to Koblenz
This morning we continue cruising upstream to Koblenz, giving you the opportunity to get to know our delightful ship, and of course your fellow passengers, and enjoy a delicious lunch on board. Mid-afternoon we arrive in Koblenz, on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. In the past Koblenz has been a major trading hub and still is a very busy part of both rivers. Explore the town, or join our optional guided walking tour. Overnight in Koblenz.
Day 3: NEW YEARS EVE – Koblenz to Rüdesheim
The spectacle continues this morning as we sail through the Middle Rhine. Castles, fortresses and sleepy hamlets majestically pass by in this, the narrowest and deepest part of the River Rhine marked by the legendary Lorelei Rock. Your celebrations can start early with a few extra tipples added to the included drinks menu today – cocktail of the day, sparkling wine by the glass and all standard spirits until 1am New Year’s day. We arrive in Rudesheim early afternoon, with time to take in this gorgeous little town. Explore on your own, or join our Cruise Director on a walk to the famous Drosselgasse – a unique cobblestoned lane just 144 metres long, packed with bars, restaurants and live music where you can try a delicious Rüdesheimer Kaffee made with Asbach brandy. Overnight in Rudesheim with the Captain’s Dinner and count down to the New Year.
Day 4: Rüdesheim to Cologne
This morning we sail back to Cologne, enjoying the scenery and a relaxing New Year’s day brunch served all morning in the restaurant. We arrive during the afternoon and have free time to explore this historical city with its impressive cathedral. Overnight in Cologne and farewell dinner on board.
Day 5: 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/Bonn Airport to join a return flight to the UK
Note: Order of excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions.
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.
MPS Switzerland II
GN Voyages is exclusively chartering the elegant, four-star MPS Switzerland II. This beautiful ship accommodates 108 guests in spacious and comfortable cabins, furnished with quality materials in cool, colourful combinations to create a relaxing ambience.
The impressive Reception on the Ruby deck and the adjacent areas resemble a top quality boutique hotel. At the front of the ship you will enjoy the magnificent lounge with bar, spacious dance floor and easy chairs.
The restaurant on the Emerald 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 from the buffet and served at your table. Dinner is a daily highlight with four courses served at your table.
In the centre of the ship there is a stylish library. Under the large awning on the Sun Deck there are plenty of chairs and deck chairs for guests’ comfort and a giant chess set. On the ruby deck you will find the small boutique and the reception which is manned 24/7.
The Ship has two cabin decks: the upper ‘Ruby’ deck on the same level as the reception, bar, lounge, stairs to the restaurant and ship gangway entrance/exit; and the lower ‘Emerald’ deck. The cabins are decorated in warm colours and have corner twin beds. All have panoramic window, TV, safe, hair dryer, individually controlled heating and cooling system, shower and WC.
The ship has two mini suites on the Ruby upper deck. These spacious suites are 14.5m²on the Emerald Deck and 16m²on the Ruby Deck and equipped with all the facilities of the standard cabins plus a queen-size double bed and a sitting area.
The ship has four suites on the Ruby upper deck. These spacious suites are 25 m², twice the size of the standard cabin, and equipped with all the facilities of the standard cabins plus a king-size double bed and a sitting area.
Length: 100 meters • Breadth: 11.40 metres • Passenger Capacity: 108 • Officers and Crew: 28
• Passengers decks: 2