SUNDAY: From selected departure points we cross the Channel to Calais, then into Germany to reach Cologne in time for a late dinner.
MONDAY: Cruising upstream on the River Rhine we pass the university city of Bonn and enter the Rhine Gorge, where the river winds its way past the Seven Mountains to reach the old Roman town of Andernach by early afternoon. From here we include a coach tour of the Eifel Mountains.
TUESDAY: Cruising upstream on the quieter River Moselle, past famous vineyards and picturesque wine villages, to arrive at the favourite tourist centre of Cochem, with its colourful riverside promenade and cobbled alleyways and squares. In the afternoon we include a coach excursion through the Moselle Valley to Bernkastel.
WEDNESDAY:We cruise back to Koblenz and onto the wine town of Boppard, where the remainder of the day is free to explore.
THURSDAY: Cruise through the most spectacular part of the Rhine Gorge, learning about the legendary Loreley Rock, and passing a succession of ruined hilltop castles. Today’s destination is Rudesheim, perhaps the best known of the Rhine Valley resorts, where the Drosselgasse alleyway is full of friendly wine taverns.
FRIDAY: From Rudesheim our coach takes us to the twin riverside villages of St Goar and St Goarhausen, and to the top of the Loreley Rock for views of the river below. We rejoin the ship in Koblenz, mooring adjacent to the old town, re-built since World War II.
SATURDAY: Return downstream from Koblenz, with a stop at the riverside resort of Konigswinter, before continuing to Cologne.
SUNDAY: We disembark for the return coach journey to Calais and the Channel crossing, then on to our original joining points.
The Prinses Christina
This tastefully furnished ship includes a forward lounge on the Promenade Deck, with a dance floor and bar area, and a separate restaurant on the Cabin Deck. There is a spacious open-air Sun Deck, which is partially covered. There are stair lifts between the Main and Promenade Decks, and between the Main Deck and the restaurant on the Cabin Deck. There are a total of 54 outward facing twin-bedded cabins on three decks, cabins vary in size and are located on the Promenade Deck,Main Deck and Cabin Deck. All cabins have recently been refurbished and have beds at floor level, shower & toilet, satellite television, in-house movies, continental electricity socket (220 volts). The ship is fully air-conditioned throughout. Price differences between the cabin grades reflect the deck/location more than the size of the cabin. Upper deck cabins have better views, and are higher above the waterline. (00 31 6100 286 13 (from UK)
Please note: Whilst there is a lift onboard, wheelchair access to/from the ship is not possible. Cabin (lower) deck rooms and the sun deck are not served by lift.
■ Free local joining points ■ All coach travel from selected departure points ■ Return Channel crossings ■ Cruise itinerary and excursions as stated ■ Accommodation in a twin outward facing cabin ■ Full board on the ship including hot/cold buffet breakfast, set menu lunch and dinner ■ Morning coffee and afternoon tea whilst cruising ■ Two nights entertainment ■ The services of the Grand UK Tour Manager
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