Reflections of the Rhine

  • 8 Days

  • Northern Europe

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.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Accommodation
Selected meals
All inclusive drinks
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 14th July 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

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.

At a glance

  • Amsterdam
  • Kinderdijk
  • Nijmegen
  • Cologne
  • Koblenz
  • Rüdesheim
  • Düsseldorf

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Amsterdam

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Amsterdam

Fly 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Kinderdijk - Nijmegen

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Nijmegen - Cologne

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Cologne - Koblenz

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Koblenz - Rüdesheim - Boppard

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Boppard - Düsseldorf

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Düsseldorf - Amsterdam

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Amsterdam - UK

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return to the UK, or extend your stay in Amsterdam.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £153 per person and includes:

Amsterdam
Day 1: Riverboat tour of Old Amsterdam
Kinderdijk
Day 2: Discover the windmills of Kinderdijk
Nijmegen
Day 3: Visit to Kröller-Müller Museum or visit to Arnhem on Mondays when museum is closed
Cologne
Day 4: Walking tour
Rüdesheim
Day 5: Visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
Düsseldorf
Day 6: Walking tour
Amsterdam
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.

Your ship

MS Gérard Schmitter

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.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Premium
  • Class: 5 anchors
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 25
  • Number of cabins: 88
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 1
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 176 passengers
  • Main language on board: fr+en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 3
  • Gross tonnage: 15000
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.4
  • Speed in knots: 9
  • Launch year: 2012
Available cabins on this cruise
Double Cabin

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.

Details

  • 108 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

CroisiEurope has a fleet of 41 Prestige category boats with cabins, which ply the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Spacious and light, they offer a welcoming and refined setting.

Latest customer reviews

30th September 2016

Lovely scenic views , fantastic boat lovely and clean ,excellent staff and the food was delicious well done !!

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