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German & Swiss Rhine

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the quaint town of Breisach
  • See Basel’s medieval old town
  • Journey through wine country to picturesque Rudesheim
  • Discover Strasbourg, a film location for the movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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What is Included?

  • Travel by Coach, Air or Rail
  • Full-board accommodation throughout your cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • River views from every cabin
  • Enjoy a Captain’s dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • Expertly-planned optional shore excursions
  • TV screen allowing you to follow the ship’s journey
  • Chairlift serving Sun, Lounge and Promenade decks

This cruise on the majestic Rhine gives you the opportunity to sit back, relax and take in the views as we sail through some of the Rhine’s most stunning scenery in three countries – Germany, France and Switzerland. You will have the opportunity to take optional excursions into the Alsace region for more incredible vistas. Along the way, enjoy Strasbourg, the entire town centre of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; bijou Speyer and vibrant Basel. There’s an endless list of sights to see and things to do!

 

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, One 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

Historic Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
 
Guided walking tour of Speyer and cathedral
 
Rheingau Valley and wine
 
Evening wine tasting and Siegfrieds
 
Waterways of Strasbourg
 
Discover Alsace
 
Panoramic/guided walking tour of Basel
 

Holiday Details

Cruising Itinerary

Wednesday: Embark in Cologne, cruise to Koblenz
Welcome to the MPS Rotterdam. After embarking, relax on board or explore the city. With its colourful old town, Gothic cathedral and cafes, it’s easy to see why Cologne is so popular. We set sail this evening for Koblenz. Thursday Koblenz to Rudesheim We arrive first in Koblenz, where the Rhine meets the Moselle. Explore this welcoming city with its cultural monuments and historic buildings. Later we sail to Rudesheim, in the heart of German wine-producing country.
Friday: Rudesheim to Speyer
After a morning in Rudesheim, we sail to Speyer, arriving late evening.
Saturday: Speyer to Strasbourg
This morning we discover this fascinating city with its 11th-century imperial cathedral, which is one of Germany’s largest and most important cathedrals. We continue our cruise to Strasbourg.
Sunday: Strasbourg
Strasbourg is 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
Today, 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
From Breisach, we cross the Swiss border to Basel, where there will be an optional city tour to explore Basel. A beautiful city with its medieval old town, Basel Munster and lively market square.
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.

Veronica

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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