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Return flights are possible from Edinburgh, Manchester, Stansted, Heathrow & Dublin Airports to Cologne 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.
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Rhine in Flames, Wine & Moselle River Cruise
8 days by Rail or Air, 17 September 2020, from £1299 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 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. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge. 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. Explore on your own or join our optional guided walking tour. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge. Overnight in Andernach.
Day 3: Andernach to Boppard & St Goar
This morning we sail for 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. After an early two course dinner we transfer by coach to St Goar (around 20 minutes drive), a delightful town with small lanes and the Castle Rheinfels. You can enjoy one of the highlights of the year in St Goar, the Wine Festival in the market square, followed by the Rhine in Flames festival when the night sky erupts into a million stars with a spectacular fireworks display. Return to Boppard for evening snacks and free drinks in the lounge. Overnight in Boppard
Day 4: Boppard to Rüdesheim
This morning we sail through the Middle Rhine passing countless castles, fortresses and sleepy hamlets in the narrowest and deepest part of the river, marked by the legendary Lorelei Rock arriving Rüdesheim mid-afternoon. 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. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge. Overnight in Rüdesheim.
Day 5: Rüdesheim to Cochem
Early morning we sail back through the middle Rhine to the 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 excursion of a guided town walking tour of the town with an included wine tasting, a chance to try 5 wines of this unique region. Wine tasting only also available. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge. 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, or join our optional walking tour of the town. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge. Overnight in Koblenz.
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. 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.
- Andernach guided walk, 1.5hrs – £18pp
- Rüdesheim Highlights – land train tour to Drosselgasse & Rüdesheimer Kaffee – £40pp
- OR Rüdesheim guided walk & cable car to Niederwald Monument, 2hrs – £30pp
- Cochem Walking tour & 5 Wine tasting – £40
- OR Cochem 5 wine tasting – £25
- Koblenz guided walk – £18pp
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.
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.
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 buffet breakfasts, plus four course lunches and dinners served at your table.
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.
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.
*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
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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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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”