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Flights are currently possible from Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester, Edinburgh & Birmingham Airports to Cologne ssubject 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.
Rhine Wine Festival, Lightning Night & Moselle River Cruise
8 days by Rail or Air, 27 September 2021, from £1499 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 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 Cochem
Early morning we sail up the 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 with an included wine tasting, a chance to try 5 wines of this unique region. Wine tasting only also available. Overnight in Cochem. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge.
Day 4: 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 5: Koblenz 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 local Asbach brandy. Entertainment and free drinks in the lounge. Overnight in Rüdesheim.
Day 6: Rüdesheim to Boppard
Early morning we sail back through the middle Rhine to Boppard, arriving early afternoon. The town’s treasures include romantic squares, small lanes and the Rhine Allee (Riverside Promenade), filled with trees and flowers. You can 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: Boppard to Cologne
We sail from Boppard 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
- Cochem Walking tour & 5 Wine tasting – £40
- OR Cochem 5 wine tasting – £25
- Koblenz guided walk – £18pp
- Rüdesheim Highlights – land train tour to Drosselgasse & Rüdesheimer Kaffee – £40pp
- OR Rüdesheim guided walk & cable car to Niederwald Monument, 2hrs – £30pp
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”