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Rhine in Flames - MV Virginia

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience the superb ‘Rhine in Flames’ event
  • Discover vibrant Cologne, famous for its cathedral
  • Admire the beautiful Ahr Valley
  • Visit pretty Boppard, the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’

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What is Included?

  • Coach Travel
  • Seven nights full-board cruise
  • Two nights half-board en/post route
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Enjoy a Captain’s dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • Expertly-planned optional shore excursions to help you make the most of your time away


Enjoy complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks during lunch and dinner (two drinks per person).

What's more, tea and coffee are FREE of charge at all times.

Come and enjoy the spectacle of the ‘Rhine in Flames’, an annual event when the countryside is illuminated with fireworks soaring into the dark nocturnal sky. We have captured four magical cruises where thousands of red Bengal lights and magnificent hilltop firework displays radiate over the river valley.

This is sure to be a wonderful journey, with time to explore the pretty riverside villages and historical towns whilst absorbing the scenery and sights of the Rhine Valley. A unique cruise combination of fire, water and light.

Please note: not all excursions are available on all itineraries. Please ask for further information at the time of booking. The procession and fireworks may be watched from the ship or by coach at a viewing point, depending upon sailing schedules.

Included Excursions

Enchanting Ahr Valley
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Rhine in Flames
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Optional Excursions

Panoramic Cologne and Cathedral
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Historical Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
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A Taste of Boppard
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Panoramic Rudesheim
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Evening Wine Tasting and Siegfried’s
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Panoramic Heidelberg and Castle
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Holiday Details

Day One - UK to Northern France
Departing the UK, we travel via Calais to reach our overnight hotel in Northern France. (D)
Day Two - Northern France to Mainz
We continue to Mainz, where we embark the MV Virginia. After embarking, relax on-board or explore the city, the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate. This evening we enjoy dinner; we moor overnight in Mainz. (B,L,D)
Day Three - Mainz to Cologne
Departing early this morning, today’s sailing takes us to Cologne, arriving by early afternoon. Don’t miss any of the sights of this beautiful city on our optional panoramic city tour, which will also see us visiting the beautiful Cologne cathedral. (B,L,D)
Day Four - Cologne to Konigswinter
This morning we depart Cologne as we enjoy breakfast and make our way to Konigswinter - admire the beautiful changing scenery as we travel. Reaching Konigswinter after midday, we will have free time to explore this excellent destination, as well as joining us on an included coach excursion to the Ahr Valley. (B,L,D)
Day Five - Konigswinter to Koblenz
Today we cruise to historic Koblenz, the famous meeting 'corner' of two rivers, the Rhine and Moselle. Discover the beautiful Old Town, and why not sample one of the many wines which this region is famous for? We offer an optional excursion of a guided walking tour of the town and then to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress with spectacular views across the river. This evening, join us as we take in the spectacular Rhine in Flames event, lighting the stunning fortress with a magical fireworks display. (B,L,D)
Day Six - Koblenz to Boppard
From Koblenz, we make our way to pretty Boppard - enjoy the scenery during our morning sailing. This charming town is set on a picturesque horseshoe bend of the river; stretch your legs and enjoy a walk through the town and promenade, or join our optional Taste of Boppard excursion. (B,L,D)
Day Seven - Boppard to Rudesheim
We depart Boppard, and enjoy the passing scenery along the Rhine, as we arrive this afternoon in Rudesheim. This famous winemaking town is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Gorge. Explore the town or take our optional Romantic Rudesheim tour with a visit to the Asbach distillery and a chance to taste this unique brandy. We stay in Rudesheim overnight so why not join the optional excursion to a wine tasting and Siegfried’s Music Cabinet? (B,L,D)
Day Eight - Rudesheim to Mainz
We sail back to Mainz today, where we can admire its lovely riverside park. Why not join the excursion to historical Heidelberg and Castle situated on the River Neckar? (B,L,D)
Day Nine - Mainz to Northern France
This morning, we disembark the MV Virginia in Mainz and continue to our overnight hotel in Northern France. (B,D)
Day Ten - Northern France to UK
This morning, enjoy breakfast before we make our way back to Calais, and then return home. (B)

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