The Rhine is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe. It runs for over 766 miles from its source in the Swiss Alps (in Switzerland), issuing from the Rheinwaldhorn Glacier 3,353m above sea level.
Although it begins as a small stream it soon gathers speed and volume on its way to Lake Constance, a source of drinking water for large parts of southern Germany. As it continues on its way to the North sea, the Rhine flows over the famous Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen and through the industrial town of Basel. There it becomes a major transport route through Europe; transporting goods and raw materials by ship. It is now a wide river.
As the Rhine enters Germany it becomes the border between Germany and France. Through the Rhine Gorge the landscape changes again as the river narrows to form a steep sided-valley filled with vineyards and castles overlooking the river. Finally the Rhine reaches the Netherlands , a completely flat country, where it joins several other rivers on its final journey to Rotterdam and the sea.
Your Exclusive Itinerary
Monday 18 March
You can fly or travel by Eurostar to join our Theatrical Adventure “Voyage of Musical Discovery…” in Amsterdam. We set sail at 4pm.
Tuesday 19 March
Arrive Düsseldorf at 10.00am for a tour of this lifestyle metropolis on the Rhine boasting dozens of museums and art galleries. Departs 5pm.
Wednesday 20 March
The 2000 year old town of KOBLENZ is in Germany’s most beautiful “corner”, situated in the picturesque landscape of the Rhine and Moselle. On then to the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei. Arrive in Rüdesheim. Visit the amazing “Siegfried Mechanical Music Instruments Museum.” It really is worth the visit. We depart after midnight
Thursday 21 March
Arrive in Speyer in full view of the imposing Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 11th century. The resting place of eight German monarchs.
Friday 22 March
Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is the seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament. Your guided tour visits the Gothic Cathedral as well as the magical La Petite France.
Saturday 23 March
Worms is locked in a 3-way battle with the cities of Cologne and Trier for the title of Oldest City in Germany. Next stop is MAINZ, with “civilized” origins dating back to around 38 BC. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. Visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps.
Sunday 24 March
Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral whose construction began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns.
Monday 25 March
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning back in Amsterdam. Then it is time to transfer back to the airport or your Eurostar connection home at the end of another fantastic Theatrical Adventure.
MS Elegant Lady
MS Elegant Lady is a stylish and comfortable sister ship to the Ariana. Bulgarian-flagged (owned by Dunav Tours) it takes its guests to the most beautiful places on the Rhine and Moselle rivers and helps passengers forget their everyday life.
The restaurant pampers with delicious international cuisine and Bulgarian specialties.
The sun deck with a conservatory and panoramic bar has comfortable seating furniture to rest and enjoy the passing scenery. The spacious observation room guarantees an unobstructed view of the cities and landscapes that make this one of the most memorable of cruises.
The small library with a fireplace, a station with free coffee and tea, an on-site shop with selection of souvenirs, as well as wireless internet access, complete the offer for relaxing hours onboard ms Elegant Lady.
All 64 outside staterooms are elegantly furnished and bright and spacy (14 m2 ), offering TV, telephone, shower/WC, safe, hairdryer, and individually controlled air conditioning. The upper deck cabins have French balconies. There is a lift between decks.
Optional pre-cruise accommodation in Amsterdam
- 8-days on board in a river-view stateroom
- 7 magnificent buffet breakfasts
- 6 four course lunches
- 7 five course dinners (including gala dinner)
- 6 afternoon coffee/tea with pastries
- 7 midnight snacks
- 24 hour tea and coffee
- House wine, draught beer, soft drinks and water served during lunch and dinner.
- Four exclusive concerts from our international entertainers
- Four hour long music rehearsals for interested passengers
- Semi-staged performance of “Pirates of Penzance.”
- Crew gratuities and tips
- 5 Excursions