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German & Swiss Rhine

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the quaint town of Breisach
  • Basel's charming old town
  • Wine country at Rüdesheim

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What is Included?

  • 7 nights full board accommodation throughout your cruise
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Enjoy a captains dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • Services of a Shearings resort representative
  • Expertly planned optional excursion programme to help you make the most of your cruise
  • Choice of joining cruise by Coach, Air or Eurostar
  • Return travel & resort transfers

This majestic cruise on the Rhine gives you the opportunity to explore more than the usual sights. You can relax and take in the views as your ship sails through some of the Rhine's most stunning scenery in three countries - Germany, France and Switzerland.

Must See: Basel

The town of Basel lies on the north-western corner of Switzerland and is at the heart of the tri-national region of Dreilandereck, meaning ‘three countries corner’, as it shares its borders with Germany and France.

Basel has a beautiful medieval town centre with many historical buildings to admire, such as the Romanesque Munster (cathedral), the Renaissance Rathaus (town hall) and the many buildings by well-known architects such as Herzog & De Meuron, Richard Meier and Diener & Diener.

Travel Options:

10 Days by Coach Return luxury travel, 1 night Half-board en route
8 Days by Air Return flights & resort transfers
8 Days by Rail Standard class Eurostar to Brussels and on to Cologne. Basel to Paris and on by Eurostar to London

Optional Excursions

Guided walking tour of Koblenz and Lahneck Castle
Panoramic/guided walking tour of Heidelberg and its castle
Waterways of Strasbourg
Discover Alsace
Panoramic/guided walking tour of Basel

Holiday Details

Cruising Itinerary

Wednesday: Embark in Cologne
Welcome to the MPS Rotterdam. After embarking, relax on board or explore the city. With its colourful old town, gothic cathedral and cafés, it’s easy to see why Cologne is so popular.
Thursday: Cologne - Koblenz - Rüdesheim
Setting sail in the morning, we arrive first in Koblenz, where the Rhine meets the Moselle. Later we sail to Rüdesheim, in the heart of German wine-producing country.
Friday: Rudesheim to Mainz
Our port of call today is Mainz, with its lovely river-side park. This former fort city is the capital of the state of Rhineland - Palatinate in Germany.
Saturday: Mainz to Speyer
We continue our cruise to Speyer where you can take an optional excursion to romantic Heidelberg, the setting for the 1920s silent movie ‘The Student Prince
Sunday: Strasbourg
On to Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region. A must for all visitors is the Grand Ile, or town centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 - the first time an entire city centre was given that title. The town was also the setting for the film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, when the area around the cathedral was transformed back in time to 1891 for the opening scene.
Monday: Strasbourg to Breisach
oday, we make our way to the historic town of Breisach. Stroll around the town to glimpse views of Hagenbach Tower, the beautiful cathedral and the whimsical Jugglers’ Fountain or you could take the optional excursion to discover Alsace, with its rich mythologies.
Tuesday: Breisach to Basel
Sailing the 37 miles from Breisach, we cross the Swiss border to Basel, on arrival there will be an optional city tour to explore Bustling Basel. A beautiful city with numerous buildings designed by well-known architects and various heritage sites of national significance, including the entire old town.
Wednesday: Disembark in Basel
Say a fond farewell to the MPS Rotterdam.

Join by Coach

Tuesday: UK to Northern France Across to Calais and then to your overnight hotel in time for dinner.
Wednesday: Northern France to Cologne Join the MPS Rotterdam in Cologne for your cruise.
Wednesday: Basel to Reims area Disembark the MPS Rotterdam and travel to Reims. Time this afternoon to enjoy an optional excursion in Reims. Enjoy dinner at your overnight hotel.
Thursday: Reims area to UK We travel on to Calais for our ferry to Dover and continue home.

Join by Air

Wednesday: UK to Cologne/Düsseldorf Fly to Cologne or Düsseldorf where you will be met at the airport by a representative and transferred to the MPS Rotterdam for your cruise.
Wednesday: Basel/Zurich to UK From the MPS Rotterdam, transfer to Basel/Zurich airport for the flight back to the UK.

Join by Rail

Wednesday: London St Pancras to Cologne Meet at St Pancras station to join the Eurostar service to Brussels. At Brussels we change trains and travel on to Cologne where we join the MPS Rotterdam.
Wednesday: Basel to London St Pancras Disembark the MPS Rotterdam and transfer to Basel rail station for the service to Paris, then on to the Eurostar service to London.



24 March 2013

Wonderful holiday

Had a wonderful holiday with Shearings on the MPS Rotterdam in August 2012. The food was out of this world and the Balinese staff put on a special evening of food and entertainment for us. I took my disabled mother, there was plenty of room in the cabin and there were stairlifts to all levels except the lower deck which we didn't need to visit. To make the holiday easier I had pre booked all the trips but Melanie our lovely tour rep advised us that the Marksburg Castle might be a bit too much for my mum as its very uneven inside, I went on it and found it was like climbing up the side of a hill so was greatful for her advice. I wrote to Shearing on our return and mum received her £30 back. All the other trips were amazing. It was lovely to sit on the deck drinking tea and watching the castles pass us by.This was our first Shearings trip and I would highly recommend them.

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