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Overview

This fabulous cruise takes in the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, St Goar wine festival and the ‘Fireworks on the Middle Rhine’ display. Our exclusively chartered four star ship MS Carmen provides 136 guests with a friendly crew, great food, super service, entertainment and spacious en-suite cabins – all with picture window or French balcony. With visits to Cologne, Cochem, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Andernach and Boppard, this is a magical river voyage.
Every September the sister towns of St. Goar with castle Rheinfels and St. Goarshausen with the castles Katz (cat) and Maus (mouse), celebrate their yearly wine festival. A highlight of the celebrations is the ‘Rhine in Flames – Night of the Lorelei Rock’ fireworks display and flotilla of illuminated riverboats

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 & 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

Departures

By RAIL or AIR
Dates – Prices from – Tour Code
17/09/20 – From £1299pp – RN9-3

Travel

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

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.

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

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Rhine in Flames, Wine & Moselle River Cruise

8 days by Rail or Air, 17 September 2020, from £1299 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 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
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 excursions subject to change depending on local conditions.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

  • 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.

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 2020. Both ships – identical in everything but name – were fully renovated to a great 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 which partly covered 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 buffet breakfasts, plus four course lunches and dinners served at your table.

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.

UPPER DECK – 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 with sliding door.

MIDDLE DECK – The middle deck is split-level with B&C-grade ** 1/2 French Balcony cabins situated between the restaurant and reception. The restaurant is 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. 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.
** 1/2 French Balconies have a cabin width sliding window from waist height up with an external guard rail at chest height.

LOWER DECK – 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

Please note: when docking ships can be moored side by side so the views from the cabin may be obscured.

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What Our Customers Say

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”

J Robertson

The friendliness on board and good all round entertainment was fine, not to mention the good food and wine Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”

F Bellamy