A fabulous river cruise holiday, sailing on MS Arena from Cologne in Germany to Basel in Switzerland. A delightful combination of sailing, coaching and sightseeing. MS Arena, the stylish four-star vessel allows us to explore the Rhine in style, while being under the care of a friendly and attentive crew. Our ship offers a lounge bar, live entertainment, sun deck and restaurant where we enjoy four-course dinners and hearty breakfasts. Lunch will be included whilst on board ship. A Tour Manager from AT Travel will accompany the group throughout. The excursion programme is fully inclusive, representing huge savings and avoiding extra hidden costs.
Local departure points.
The stylish four star vessel allows us to explore the Rhine in style, while being under the care of a friendly and attentive crew. Our Ship boasts a lounge bar, live entertainment, sun deck and restaurant where we enjoy 4 course dinners and hearty breakfasts. Lunch will be included whilst on board ship. All cabins boast panoramic windows and cabin upgrades are available at a supplement. A Tour Manager from AT Travel will accompany the group throughout.
We leave from our departure points and drive south to Hull where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Rotterdam. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.
We travel to Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city, boasting a world-famous gothic cathedral. We join MS Arena and enjoy a welcome reception with sparkling wine, followed by a four-course dinner.
Relax on board as we cruise past charming wine villages and the legendary Loreley Rock to Rudesheim, where we enjoy a cable car ride offering panoramic views across the valley to the Niederwald Monument and entrances to the very quirky Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum. We sail overnight to Imperial Speyer.
Speyer is one of Germany’s oldest towns with a charming old town centre and dominated by a Romanesque cathedral. We include entrances to the fabulous Technical Transport Museum, which houses vintage cars, locomotives and an original Boeing 747.
This morning we arrive at the magnificent city of Strasbourg, where we enjoy a cruise along the city’s waterways before sailing in the afternoon to Basel in Switzerland.
We enjoy a scenic coach journey to the Swiss resort of Lucerne, the historic heart of Switzerland and tonight we sail for the Black Forest.
We travel into beautiful Alsace by coach, stopping at charming Riquewihr, where we include a wine tasting. This afternoon we sail to Mannheim.
We travel by coach to Heidelberg, home of Germany’s oldest university, before re-joining the ship and sailing to Mainz, where we enjoy a guided walking tour, taking in the university, the pretty pedestrian precincts and the fabulous Romanesque cathedral. Mainz was the birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg who invented the printing press and we include entrances to the Gutenberg Museum
We bid farewell to captain and crew and re-join our coach to Rotterdam, where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Hull.
We return to Scotland after a wonderful touring holiday on the majestic River Rhine.