Rhine in Flames - Procession to Koblenz

Strasbourg
G10775
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  • Itinerary
  • Dates
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  • Return travel from the UK by Coach by coach with overnight stays including dinner and breakfast in France and Belgium
  • Return travel from the UK by Air to Cologne/Dusseldorf
  • OR Return travel from the UK by Rail from London St Pancras via Brussels
  • Experience the spectacular Rhine in Flames
  • Discover the delights of historic Mainz
  • Stroll around Speyer, one of Germany’s most beautiful cities
  • Spend time in Strasbourg, famous for its impressive cathedral
  • Explore historic Koblenz
  • All Inclusive board basis starts after embarkation and first evening meal onboard your ship. Other meals may be included depending on travel type. Please see daily itinerary descriptions for included meals on each day.

Fire, water and light are some of the main features of this wonderful cruise. Experience the awe-inspiring Rhine in Flames, a dazzling display of fireworks that illuminates the night sky high above the majestic Rhine – a pyrotechnical wonder that must be seen to be believed. Koblenz hosts Europe’s longest boat parade along the Rhine and is considered one of the most spectacular nights of the Rhine in Flames. The parade finishes with a wonderful firework finale, bringing the town’s castles and palaces to life.

Excursions

Historic Koblenz

Get to know one of the oldest towns of Germany on our guided walking tour around the historical Old Town. Koblenz has a long history that spans some 2,000 years, it owes its name to the Romans, who settled here and called it ‘castellum apud confluentes’ which roughly translates as ‘castle at the confluence of the rivers’. Join us as we explore the charming and romantic streets between the St. Castor’s Basilica and "Liebfrauenkirche" (Church of Our Beloved Lady). Of course, the sightseeing tour would not be complete without a visit to the Monument of Emperor Wilhelm I at "Deutsches Eck" (German Corner), in 1945 damage was caused to the statue of Emperor Wilhelm I, which had stood here since 1897. It wasn’t until 1993 that a new statue was inaugurated and today it is a popular viewing platform for tourists. We also see the town’s landmark, the "Schängel" Fountain in the courtyard of the present Town Hall.


Waterways of Strasbourg

We take a guided tour of Strasbourg by boat cruise and to admire this beautiful city from the water.

The city of Strasbourg is chiefly known for its sandstone Gothic Cathedral, with its famous astronomical clock, and for its medieval cityscape of Rhineland black and white timber-framed buildings. These are particularly known for the Petite-France district, and also in the streets and squares surrounding the cathedral, where the renowned Maison Kammerzsell stands out.

On our boat cruise we gently glide past the must-see attractions of the Alsatian capital, such as the famous Petite France and tanners’ quarter, the Covered Bridges and the Vauban dam, the Neustadt imperial quarter, and the European institutions. A truly beautiful city!


Mainz and the Gutenberg Museum

Explore one of Germany's oldest towns. Capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz is located on the River Rhine at its confluence with the Main opposite Wiesbaden. Founded in the late First Century BC, Mainz was a very important Roman fort city which commanded the west bank of the Rhine and formed part of the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire. We also visit the Gutenberg museum, home to his world-famous 42-column Bibles.


Strasbourg (Included)

Strasbourg is the ultimate European city. It has flavours of both France and Germany, and sits right on the border of the two countries. Its picturesque 'La Petite France' neighbourhood looks like something straight out of a fairy-tale book, with timbered buildings accented by colourful flower boxes.

Destinations
  • Germersheim
  • Mainz
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Cologne
  • Koblenz
  • Kehl
  • Speyer
Tour Types
  • City
  • Cultural
  • Foodie
  • History
  • Wildlife
  • Scenic
  • Walking
  • UK Coach Departures
Departure Points
  • South East
  • East Midlands
  • Yorkshire & Humberside
  • North East
  • North West & North Wales
  • West Midlands
  • South West



Day 1: Embark in Cologne, cruise to Mainz
We board the MS A-ROSA FLORA in Cologne and commence our cruise sailing overnight to Mainz. (Dinner)



Day 2: Mainz to Germersheim/Speyer*
Late morning arrival in Mainz, a quaint old town, with half-timbered houses, medieval market square and a Romanesque cathedral built of deep red sandstone. Mainz’s most famous son is Johannes Gutenberg, famous for inventing the printing press and you can join a guided walking tour and visit o the museum honouring his life and work. Later this evening we continue our cruise overnight to Germersheim or Speyer. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



Day 3: Germersheim/Speyer* to Kehl (near Strasbourg)
We arrive in Germersheim or Speyer this morning. Spend time at leisure in Speyer which boasts a fabulous medieval old town, dominated by the Altportel, one of the largest and most significant remaining city gates in Germany the foundations of which are almost 800 years old. Another highlight is its Romanesque Cathedral, resting place of eight medieval emperors and kings of the Salian, Staufer and Hapsburg dynasties. Early evening we continue our cruise overnight to Kehl (near Strasbourg). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



Day 4: Kehl (near Strasbourg)
We will arrive in Kehl in the morning, from where you will be able to take a transfer into the city of Strasbourg, located just over the river. Picturesque 'Petite France' has a fairy-tale quality; with timbered buildings adorned with colourful flowers. The stunning pink sandstone of Strasbourg Cathedral is quite unique and the intricate interior carvings are captivating. Located between two rivers the traditional way to get around Strasbourg was along the many waterways that link them, take an optional guided tour of Strasbourg by boat cruise to see these beautiful waterways up close. We depart Kehl in the evening and continue our cruise along the Rhine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



Day 5: Cruising

Day
Enjoy a day cruising and relax on the ship’s sundeck taking in the views.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



Day 6: Koblenz
A morning spent cruising and enjoying the river scenery along the Rhine. An afternoon arrival in Koblenz, set at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



Day 7: Koblenz to Cologne
Time at leisure in Koblenz. Take an optional guided tour around the historic Old Town seeing the charming and romantic streets between the St. Castor’s Basilica and Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Beloved Lady) as well as a visit to the Monument of Emperor Wilhelm I at Deutsches Eck (German Corner), and the Schangel Fountain in the courtyard of the present Town Hall.  We depart Koblenz before midnight and head back along the river to our final port of call at Cologne. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



Day 8: Disembark in Cologne
After breakfast, we disembark in Cologne and our journey home begins. (Breakfast)

* When moored in Germersheim a transfer will be provided to/from Speyer.


You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
01-Aug-2020 for 9 Nights Visit Website
02-Aug-2020 for 7 Nights Visit Website

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