RHINE IN FLAMES RIVER CRUISE

The Rhine is one of Europe’s major waterways and is deservedly amongst the most popular river cruise destinations in Europe due to its mix of rich history, fairytale castles perched high above terraced vineyards and fascinating waterside towns. Relax as we sail along and enjoy the lush Rhine plains and dramatic river gorges before enjoying the many inclusions when we go ashore.

MPS LADY ANNE

From the spotless brass furnishings and smart uniform, to the well presented meals and sparkling glassware – Captain Wido runs a tight ship aboard the mps Lady Anne and the crew’s attention to detail is second to none. Yet the atmosphere is one of relaxation and informality, with smiling faces wherever you look, and that’s what a cruise aboard our flagship is all about.

Bar
The heart of the ship, a wonderful space with panoramic windows and plenty of seats for everyone. Sit back on the sofas and admire the scenery as the waiting staff bring drinks to you, mingle with friends around the tables to talk about the day’s events, take to the dance floor after dinner with music that’ll get everyone’s foot tapping, and enjoy a nightcap at the bar before retiring to your cabin.

Restaurant

This well presented room seats everyone for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Start the day with a fantastic buffet, whether it’s cereal, fruit, yoghurt, cold meats, cheeses, or a traditional cooked breakfast. Lunch is also a wonderful variety of hot and cold dishes and for the evening enjoy a four course meal with the waiting staff tending to your every need.

Cabins:

Main Deck Standard Two Berth Cabins

Main deck standard cabins are approximately 2×3 metres and have 2 single beds and a window which opens. Some have 1 static berth and a fold down bed and some are at right angles, with a washbasin in the cabin area.

Main Deck Superior Cabins

Main deck superior cabins have 2 single beds, a large picture window which opens and air conditioning. They are approximately 3 metres square.

Promenade Deck Standard Two Berth Cabins

Promenade deck cabins have 2 single beds, a large openable picture window which opens and air conditioning. They are approximately 3 metres square.

Itinerary

Monday We travel from Cornwall to Dover and board an afternoon ferry for Calais. Our journey continues to The Altia Hotel at Lille for an overnight stop.

Tuesday After breakfast we travel to Germany and have a break in the city of Aachen, Spa of Kings. Later we continue our journey and meet our river cruise boat at Andernach. After settling in we enjoy our first night on board with dinner and entertainment.

Wednesday In the morning we set sail for Koblenz, one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Germany. On arrival we include a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. This magical attraction offers innumerable generations of history from a rocky promontory high above the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. We also view this amazing fortress and surroundings from high above with a ride on the Koblenz Cable Car.

Thursday An early morning sailing from Koblenz to Rudesheim. Sit back and watch the glorious scenery of the Rhine sail past as we enjoy breakfast and lunch. On arrival in this intriguing town we join the local land train for a trip to Seigfrieds Music Kabinet. Housed in a 15th century noble court this much visited museum has one of the largest and most beautiful collections of mechanical music boxes in the world. We the board a cable car to the Niederwald Monument. The awe-inspiring panoramic views over Rüdesheim’s old town  and the shimmering waters of the Rhine dotted with green isles make the smooth glide over the vineyards a very special experience. We then take a stroll back to the ship. In the evening the road train collects us once more for an evening wine tasting followed by a warming Rudesheimer coffee before strolling back to the ship.

Friday This morning we sail from Rudesheim to Mainz arriving in the afternoon. We then have a ninety minute guided walking tour of Wiesbaden. This sophisticated city is lined with magnificent neoclassical buildings that were rebuilt after WWII and is one of Europe’s oldest spa towns, with 14 hot springs still flowing today.

Saturday Our day begins with a cruise from Mainz to Boppard. More spectacular scenery along the banks of The Rhine as we have a relaxing morning. In the afternoon our coach will take us on an excursion to Bad Ems and the Lahn Valley. The town is one of Germany’s oldest spas and is located in one of its most romantic valleys. In the evening it is the highlight of our tour The Rhine in Flames. Sit back and enjoy the changing kaleidoscope of lights as they erupt above the river and shimmering cascades of colour plunge into the romantic Rhine Valley.

Sunday We sail from Boppard to Andernach before joining the Vulkan Express, a diesel hauled train that brings you close to the unique Laacher See area formed by ancient volcanoes. The historic wagons offer a unique step back in time as the engines work to raise the train 400 meters from Rhine to the summit through the attractive countryside of Osteifel. We then enjoy four wines tasting at Ahrweiler before returning to the ship for another night of great food and entertainment.

 Monday The captain will set sail before breakfast today and we arrive in Bonn in time for a morning trip to the summit of the Drachenfels on the ancient cog railway. As we climb over 200 meters, the views from the main landmark of the landmark of the Siebengebirge (Seven Hills). Over a leisurely lunch we enjoy a cruise to Cologne. On arrival we take a journey to the top of the famous KölnTriangle where we enjoy the unique and panoramic views of Cologne. This experience is not just a special visual feast, but a treat for all the senses: feel the wind high above the rooftops and hear the muted sounds of the pulsating metropolis. We follow this with a two hour walking tour of Cologne Old Town and discover its distinctive historical charm. This evening we enjoy a six course farewell dinner with cocktail to celebrate our last night on board.

Tuesday After breakfast we reluctantly disembark the ship and travel back to Lille for an overnight stop at The Altia. We enjoy a break in the town of Liege en-route.

Wednesday Leaving Lille we travel to Calais for a ferry to Dover and then we make our way back to Cornwall arriving home during the evening.

Term

Limited number of single rooms available at a supplement of £350 per person

Main Deck Superior Cabins are available at a supplement of £84 per person

Promenade Deck Cabins are available at a supplement of £168 per person

At some ports a degree of walking to coach or town centre may be involved

For navigational & safety reasons cruise route may be modified

A £100 non-refundable non-transferable deposit/person is required when booking

Balance payable 9 weeks prior to departure

Tour subject to loading

Passports are required for this tour

Total Price Includes:

Free optional travel insurance

Premier Class coach travel

Return ferry crossings

9 Nights dinner, bed & breakfast

Welcome sparkling wine on arrival at ship

Lunch provided on five days on board ship

Morning coffee onboard ship

Captain’s dinner on one night

Farewell dinner on ship with cocktail

Live entertainment on ship

Porterage on ship

Excursions as detailed

Guided tour of Koblenz Cable Car

Road Train to Siegfrieds Music Kabinet

Admission to Siegfrieds Music Kabinet

Neiderwald Cable Car

Wine Tasting & Rudesheim Coffee

Guided walking tour of Wiesbaden

Vulkan Express

Ahrweiler wine tasting

Drachenfels Railway

Admission to Cologne Triangle

Guided walking tour of Cologne

Home pick up in designated areas

Free parking at depot

Entrance to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Monday 11th to

Wednesday 20th September 2017

10 Days

£1,250

For more details

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01209 717152