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Cruising to the Black Forest

8 Days Full Board River Cruise

Beyond the mighty Rhine Gorge the great Rhine Valley carves its way along the much-disputed borderlands of France and Germany, an area of fierce fighting during the Second World War. Whilst the Rhine still symbolises the border, the valley is now is a place of surreal peace, tranquility and unrivalled natural beauty. Our cruise upstream captures this unbelievable scenic backdrop perfectly, with some wonderful visits along the way.

Cruising to the Black Forest
Cruise Highlights

• Rudesheim • Colmar • Black Forest High Road • Freiburg • Cologne • Rhine Gorge • Heidelberg  

Your Itinerary

Sunday: From selected departure points we cross the Channel to Calais and into Germany to reach Cologne in time for a late dinner. Our vessel leaves Cologne late evening to cruise overnight upstream.

Monday: This morning our cruise continues through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, to reach the popular resort of Rudesheim by early afternoon. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the town.

Tuesday: Cruising from early this morning we make a brief stop at Mannheim where we include an excursion to the old university city of Heidelberg, re-joining our cruise ship at Speyer.

Wednesday: This morning we cruise to Rasstadt where the Rhine becomes the border between France and Germany. This afternoon we enjoy a tour by coach into the beautiful Black Forest following the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse (the Black Forest High Road), one of Germany’s most scenic routes. We rejoin our cruise ship across the border in Strasbourg in time for dinner.

Thursday: A full day excursion across the border today as we visit Freiburg, the 'capital' of the Black Forest before crossing the Rhine into France and to Colmar, a charming city of canals with a traditional old town, set in the heart of the Alsace region.

Friday: This morning we include a guided tour of Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace, before our cruise departs over lunch, returning downstream to reach Mainz late evening.

Saturday: A full day cruising as we return through the Rhine Gorge to reach Cologne by mid afternoon

Sunday: Sadly, we disembark after breakfast to cross the Channel and return home.  

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. T:0049 174 9411 829 (from UK) 

Please note: Whilst there is a stair lift onboard, wheelchair access to/from the ship is not possible. Cabin (lower) Deck rooms and the Sun Deck are not served by the stair lifts.  

Everything Included

 • Free Local Joining Points • All coach travel • Return Channel crossings • Tour Manager escorted • Cruise itinerary and sightseeing 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 

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