Get picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point (within 50 miles).
Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
A Rhine voyage that explores the vibrant and historic cities of Germany and the Netherlands. Wander Nijmegen’s handsome Old Town, gaze up at the famous twin spires of Cologne Cathedral, and relax on deck as you drift past medieval riverside towns.
Travel to Amsterdam where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. Later, perhaps join an optional riverboat tour of old Amsterdam before rejoining your ship and cruising overnight to Kinderdijk.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk boasts the world's largest concentration of windmills, all dating back to the 18th century. Today, why not join the optional excursion to see these fascinating wooden structures and learn how they helped to control flooding of the surrounding lowlands? Later, rejoin your ship before cruising to Nijmegen.
With a past stretching back to Roman times, Nijmegen is the Netherlands' oldest town and offers narrow streets and gabled mansions set around a charming main square. This morning, explore at leisure or perhaps join the optional excursion to the Kröller-Müller art museum. Set in the beautiful Hoge Veluwe National Park, this superb gallery hosts a stellar collection of 19th and 20th century works by Van Gogh, Seurat and Picasso. After lunch, sail towards Cologne, relaxing on deck and enjoying views of medieval riverside towns on the way.
2,000-year old Cologne is Germany's fourth largest city and is famed for its spectacular, twin-spired Dom, an incredible Gothic cathedral that dominates its skyline. Today, you may wish to take the optional guided tour of this vibrant city, which is the capital of the Rhine region. Marvel at the filigree stonework of the Dom, stroll through the quaint old town to see the Town Hall and Jewish Quarter or sample a cold glass of 'Kölsch' in a traditional beer cellar. This afternoon, rejoin your ship and set sail for Koblenz.
Today, enjoy views of picturebook castles, medieval villages and terraced vineyards as your ship glides towards Rüdesheim along the Rhine Valley - a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. Have your camera ready as you pass the Lorelei Rock, which legend says is home to a siren who's sweet song has drawn many sailors to their doom. After docking at Rüdesheim, the afternoon is yours to discover this half-timbered, old-world town and its famous Drosselgasse or join the optional excursion to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see its collections of quirky instruments and sample some local wines. Next, your cruise continues to Boppard. Once one of the most important settlements on the Rhine, this historic town bears many reminders of its imperial past so is well worth exploring on an optional visit after dinner.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery this morning as you sail to Düsseldorf. This sophisticated metropolis combines a delightful old quarter with avant-garde architecture, gleaming skyscrapers and designer shops. Explore at your own pace this afternoon or choose an optional walking tour to see its cobbled 'Altstadt' old town and chic Königsallee shopping avenue.
Cruise to Amsterdam today and perhaps join the afternoon optional city tour to get a closer look at the 'Venice of the North'. Admire its impressive network of canals, bridges and merchant houses with much of the architectural masterpieces dating from the 17th century. Tonight, enjoy a goodbye gala dinner and entertainment on board.
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return to the UK.
The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £154 per person and includes:
Day 1: Riverboat tour of Old Amsterdam
Day 2: Discover the windmills of Kinderdijk
Day 3: Visit to Kröller-Müller Museum or visit to Arnhem on Mondays when museum is closed
Day 4: Walking tour
Day 5: Visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
Day 6: Walking tour
Day 7: Guided tour
Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate.
Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an optional excursion package.
Sail along the Rhine and its tributaries whilst onboard the MS Gérard Schmitter. The 5 Anchors Class Ship has 3 decks and was recently built in 2012. At 110m in length and with a width of 11.4m, she offers 88 luxury cabins all with stunning views of the rich historical and architectural heritage.
The cabins are very spacious and tastefully decorated with the option of double or single beds. An ensuite is provided with shower, W.C. and a hairdryer. For extra comfort central heating is available during the Winter season and air-conditioning for the Summer season.
For your entertainment a satellite tv and radio are provided for you to use at your leisure.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.