The Rhine has a plethora of legacies, from the castles and fortresses dotted along its banks to the Black Forest, famed for the classic cuckoo clocks and delicious cherry gateau. We spend time exploring wonderful cities full of highlights that have been justifiably awarded UNESCO status and opportunities to nurture musical intrigue with optional visits to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, Beethoven’s home and an included string quartet concert. All this is interspersed with relaxing days cruising along the beautiful Rhine and ends with a night in fascinating Amsterdam.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Dover, where we take a break before boarding our coaches, for the Channel crossing to Calais and onward journey to Cologne. Upon arrival, embark MS Serenade 1 (4T), where light refreshments are available. A welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner are served this evening.
Relax on board and watch the stunning scenery as we sail through the Lorelei Passage and navigate the fabled Lorelei Rock, arriving in Rüdesheim over lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring this Roman city at your leisure, or take an optional excursion to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, which holds an impressive collection of beautiful automated instruments and an insight into the history and mechanics of music boxes. This evening we have included a classical music performance.
We sail on to Mannheim where we disembark for an included tour to the Black Forest. We drive along the renowned and scenic ‘Schwarzwald Hochstrasse’, and take a cruise on Lake Titisee, from where stunning views of the wooded mountain range can be seen; and take this opportunity to sample the delicious Black Forest Gateau created from the Morello cherries that grow here. The ship sails to Speyer - one of Germany’s oldest cities and once hugely influential. The 11th century cathedral, one of the most important monuments from the Holy Roman Empire era, has a crypt which contains the tombs of eight of Germany’s emperors and kings.
We have a full day to explore the grand city of Strasbourg which has often shifted between French and German rule. You may appreciate an optional tour of the city centre to become familiar with the ancient artisan Petite France area and the monumental cathedral which features wonderfully intricate carvings and a clock that is particularly impressive as it strikes 12:30pm. The optional tour also includes a boat ride along the city’s canals, lined with beautiful timber-framed houses. The rest of the day is at leisure to roam along the picturesque alleys that twist through the Old Town’s rich merchant roots.
Arriving in Basel early this morning, we embark on an included excursion to Mount Rigi. From the banks of Lucerne we take a boat across the lake and meet a train which takes us through the beautiful Rigi Bahn Valley. From the top you are free to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from various viewpoints, taking in over 13 lakes, the Mittelland and the Swiss Alps. We return to our vessel by cable car and coach.
After a morning of scenic sailing along the border of France and Germany, we dock in Breisach. Take this opportunity to spend more time in the Black Forest with a visit to beautiful Lake Titisee. Popular with watersports fans, you may have your own adventure on the lake with a boat trip.
We arrive in Kehl this morning to take an included excursion to the historic Alsatian town of Colmar. Crooked half-timbered houses in chalk-box shades along cobbled lanes and flora-lined canals have created a town that is considered by some as the most beautiful in the world. Our guided tour takes in the wealth of historical and architectural heritage and, as the capital of central Alsace it is an ideal location to discover the Alsatian lifestyle.
Start your day in Mainz, the capital during Roman reign. If you choose to explore this morning, you will see the city’s history through the various architectural styles across the city - the half-timbered buildings of the Altstadt are a big attraction, as is the Gutenberg Museum, which holds three of the extremely rare 42-line Gutenberg Bible. At lunchtime we return through the Lorelei Passage to Koblenz where we dock overnight.
This morning, join an included walking tour of this attractive, historical town. Koblenz is dominated by Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the second largest fortress in Europe after Gibraltar, and we take a cable car to the fortress for magnificent views over the Rhine and Moselle. We sail to Bonn, arriving late this afternoon.
Start today discovering Bonn at your leisure, or take an optional walking tour of this Roman city, fortified in 1244 after an already tumultuous history. The quiet city became capital of West Germany in 1949 until German reunification. Included in the optional tour is entrance to Beethoven’s House - home, during his youth, to Bonn’s most famous son. We continue our voyage to Cologne for an afternoon at leisure in Germany’s fourth largest city. The magnificent medieval cathedral is worth a visit and its spires provide a useful point for orientation as they soar above the city’s rooftops.
We make our final journey to Amsterdam this morning and, arriving after lunch, you have the afternoon to explore this fascinating city at leisure - perhaps visit the numerous museums renowned throughout the world, including the Anne Frank House or, for art lovers, the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum or Stedelijk Museum. Or take an optional tour of the city, including a boat tour through its famous canals. We remain in port overnight. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board.
After breakfast we board our waiting coaches for the return journey to Calais and Channel crossing. Upon arrival in Dover, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Why Titan Travel?
Scooping 21 awards at the 2016 British Travel Awards, you can be sure that a touring holiday with Titan Travel will be something special. Among others, Titan received gold awards for Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company and Best Special Interest Holiday Company, so they are perfectly placed to provide that exceptionally epic tour to any corner of the globe.
A Titan holiday begins and ends at your front door with chauffeur-driven transfers, scheduled international flights and the most memorable form of touring transport. Where this is a coach, they provide the best available. Titan pride themselves in providing tours that enable you to see all the sights of the area you visit as well as giving you the option for plenty of free time, optional excursions and extra nights here and there to tailor-make your holiday and make it extra special. The choice of destinations and interests are extensive including gems such as a wildlife tour of Sri Lanka, exploring the musical history of the Deep South, grand tours of North America, China, South America, Italy, Asia and Kenya, searching for the Northern Lights in Iceland and Norway, and a cruise to discover Japan and Russia.
Escorted tours are not simply limited to coaches. Titan is also one of the UK’s leading rail specialists and a number of their holidays incorporate journeys on iconic trains that transport you not only through some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the world, but also back in time to a nostalgic ‘golden age’ of luxurious and stylish travel. If you are undecided between the elegance and relaxation of a cruise and the enthralling insight of an escorted tour, Titan’s Cruise & Tour holidays could be the perfect choice. You can cruise with some of the most respected names in the industry, including Fred.Olsen and Holland America, around regions of awe-inspiring beauty and then head ashore for an extra land-based touring adventure. The waterways of Europe, Egypt and China link the most spectacular cultural gems in picturesque fashion and a river cruise is an excellent way to appreciate wonderful destinations from a different and more relaxed perspective.