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Rhine River Cruise including Strasbourg & Cologne (Basel - Cologne)
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Rhine River Cruise including Strasbourg & Cologne (Basel - Cologne)

  • 7 Night Holiday
  • Full-Board Cruise
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Discover the highlights of the Rhine, dotted along the river from Basel to Cologne.

Travelling on board the 4 Star MS Melodie, you will experience the elegance of a boutique hotel as you are transported to some of Europe’s most picturesque towns and cities. Excursions which are included during your holiday are guided city tours of Strasbourg, Koblenz and Cologne. These tours are led by expert local guides who will share their wealth of knowledge and take you to the highlights of each destination. A programme of further optional excursions will be offered on board at each port of call, subject to availability.

Much smaller than an ocean liner, the ship will take you into the heart of most cities you visit, giving you more time to visit the attractions and enjoy your time ashore.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor Panorama restaurant on board the ship. In the middle of the day you can enjoy a generous lunch buffet in the Panorama restaurant.

Evening meals are composed of multiple course menus featuring regional specialities as well as vegetarian dishes. Coffee/tea is included after lunch and dinner.

Please note that alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are not included during meals, a beverage package can be booked optionally.

 

 Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise.

While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time.  Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary). 

 

 Dress Code

There is no specific dress code aboard but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner and for special occasions (semi-formal or smart casual). By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

 Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

Currencies

Germany: Euro(€)

Netherlands: Euro(€)

France: Euro(€)

Switzerland: Swiss franc (CHF)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not require a visa for the countries visited, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Packing List
 We advise you to bring:
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A rain jacket
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Holiday highlights

Cologne
Germany’s fourth largest city spans the river Rhine and was founded almost 2000 years ago by the Romans. The city was utterly devastated during the Second World War and is now characterised by the contrast between modern post-war architecture and the carefully and painstakingly re-built Old Town. 
Amsterdam
The Dutch capital is renowned for its rich artistic history and winding canals dotted with narrow house and pretty bridges. The city’s museums are a must see for art lovers, with the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum boasting impressive collections of Dutch renaissance art.  
Strasbourg
The unique city of Strasbourg has been recognised as one of the finest cities in all of Europe. Home to the formal seat of the European Parliament, the city has an outstandingly rich heritage. The city’s historical centre was established as on the Unesco World Heritage List since 1988 and must-see highlights of the city include, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Le Petite France District and Grande-Île Island.  
4 Star MS Melodie

The modern and comfortable MS Rhein Melodie offers spacious cabins with fantastic views of the Rhine River as you sail from port to port. The on board restaurant not only serves superb cuisine but its large panorama windows also offer stunning views of the river. After a day of sightseeing, passengers can enjoy a refreshing drink in the panorama lounge or on the sun deck to end an exciting day of discoveries.

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor Panorama restaurant on board the ship. In the middle of the day you can enjoy a generous lunch buffet in the Panorama restaurant.

Evening meals are composed of multiple course menus featuring regional specialities as well as vegetarian dishes. Coffee/tea is included after lunch and dinner.

Please note that alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are not included during meals, a beverage package can be booked optionally.

 

 Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise.

While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time.  Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary). 

 

 Dress Code

There is no specific dress code aboard but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner and for special occasions (semi-formal or smart casual). By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

 Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

Currencies

Germany: Euro(€)

Netherlands: Euro(€)

France: Euro(€)

Switzerland: Swiss franc (CHF)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not require a visa for the countries visited, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Packing List
 We advise you to bring:
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A rain jacket
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Depart to Basel

Morning

Depart to Basel

Upon arrival in Basel, you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to Basel port. After enjoying a refreshing welcome drink, settle into your cabin and explore the range of facilities on board the MS Rhein Melodie.

Afternoon

At Leisure

You will have the afternoon at leisure to relax or explore Basel and its old town on your own. In the evening, enjoy a tasty welcome dinner while you sail the scenic Rhine River towards Strasbourg.

Day 2 – Strasbourg

Morning

Strasbourg City Tour

At lunchtime, the ship will arrive into the French city of Strasbourg, which lies just across the German border, west of the Rhine. Here, you will take a guided walking tour of the city, taking in several highlights such as its famous 15th century Cathedral, with its impressive spire and medieval astronomical clock.

Afternoon

At Leisure

You will have the afternoon free to spend as you wish. Relax on board your ship, or further explore Strasbourg at your own pace.

Day 3 – Speyer and Rüdesheim

Morning

Speyer

On this morning, your ship will be docked in Mannheim where you can take an optional excursion to Speyer (payable locally). Speyer is one of Germany’s oldest cities, which is located along the banks of the Rhine, in the Rhineland-Palatinate state of southwest Germany. The 11th century Imperial Cathedral of Speyer is one of Germany's largest and most important. Its crypt contains the tombs of eight German emperors and kings as well as several bishops. Speyer was also a centre for Jewish scholarship in the medieval period.

Evening

Rüdesheim

In the early evening, you will stop overnight in the romantic town of Rüdesheim, surrounded by gentle sloping vineyards and famous for its local wine, brandy and specialty coffee (careful - the local coffee and brandy are married in the "Rüdesheimer Kaffee" concoction!).

Day 4 – Middle Rhine Valley and Koblenz

Morning

River Cruise to Koblenz

This morning, you will cruise through the scenic Middle Rhine Valley with views of the mythical Lorelei Rock as you sail towards Koblenz.

Afternoon

Guided Tour of Koblenz

Later in the day, you will arrive in Koblenz where passengers will enjoy a guided walking tour of the city. Koblenz is one of the most beautiful and oldest towns in Germany, with over 2,000 years of history. On the guided walk through the romantic streets between the St. Castor Basilica and the Liebfrauenkirche (the Church of our Beloved Lady) you will discover the most important sights of Koblenz. This tour would not be complete without a visit to the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial at the famous German Corner and the town’s landmark, the Schängel Fountain at the Town Hall. Your ship will remain in Koblenz overnight.

Day 5 – Cologne

Morning

Guided Tour of Cologne

Today, the ship will arrive into Cologne in the early morning. Following breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of the city where you can explore the surroundings of the famous Cathedral and the Old Town. In the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town and in the busy squares, such as the Old Market or the Hay Market, you will get a feeling for life in this city, both past and present.

Afternoon

River Cruise

You will depart Cologne around 14.00hrs on this day. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and delicious dinner on board while the ship travels to Amsterdam in the evening.

Day 6 – Amsterdam

Full Day

Amsterdam

Today, there will be an optional “Bright lights of Amsterdam” or a North Holland excursion in which clients may partake if they wish (payable locally). Alternatively, you can explore Amsterdam and its many “Grachten” with their typical merchant houses independently.

Day 7 – Nijmegen

Morning

Nijmegen

This morning you will wake up in the Dutch city of Nijmegen. Here, you can take an optional excursion of this friendly Hanseatic city (payable locally), or visit Nijmegen at your own pace before sailing again shortly after lunch towards Cologne.

Day 8 – Disembark and Return Home

Full Day

Disembark and Return Home

It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard your cruise vessel. After breakfast, you will meet with your local guide and be transferred to Cologne city centre. You will have the morning and early afternoon at leisure before transferring to Cologne airport for your evening return flight home. (Luggage will be stored in coach)

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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