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  • Overview

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    • Sail along the Rhine River and admire the stunning views
    • Explore Mannheim, Strasbourg, Rudesheim, Koblenz and Cologne
    • Enjoy a number of interesting optional excursions

    Explore the Rhine River with us on this excellent river cruise which travels along the meandering Rhine to some of the most famous locations this part of the world has to offer. We’ll enjoy our river cruise on-board the MV Virginia, which will provide us with comfortable accommodation and superb facilities. Read More

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    We’ll board the MV Virginia in Mainz, from which we’ll travel to Manheim. Here, we’ll have an optional trip to Heidelberg and its fantastic castle to look forward to, before we return to our river cruise ship in Speyer. 

    We’ll spend a day sailing along the Rhine, which will give us an opportunity to admire the stunning scenery here, and will then spend a day in Strasbourg. This morning we will be able to explore the waterways of Strasbourg with our optional excursion. This afternoon, we’ll take an included excursion into the beautiful Alsace region.

    After our time in Strasbourg, we’ll sail to Rudesheim, where we’ll be able to take an optional wine tasting experience. Rudesheim is known for being a superb winegrowing region and has an excellent history of this. We’ll then make our way to Cologne, where we can visit gothic Cologne Cathedral as part of our final optional excursion, before we disembark the MV Virginia and begin our journey home.
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

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  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MV Virginia

    • MV Virginia
    • MV Virginia - lounge
    • MV Virginia - bar
    • MV Virginia restaurant
    Whether you want to discover the Rhine and Moselle rivers, or Dutch Waterways, the MV Virginia is the ideal choice. Our warm, inviting ship is a firm favourite with Shearings customers, and it’s very easy to see why. If you’re after scenic River Cruises that give you the opportunity to travel in style and comfort, while exploring beautiful destinations and taking in stunning scenery, we have the perfect selection of Europe River Cruises for you.

    Having been fully refurbished in 2013, the MV Virginia provides a modern, relaxed atmosphere, with impressive decor and a fantastic environment in which you’ll be able to relax at ease while enjoying Rhine River Cruises.

    You’ll experience the classic Shearings charm that our customers are now accustomed to. Our friendly staff will be on-hand at all times to welcome you aboard the ship after exiting excursions in fantastic destinations, and they’ll be happy to recommend ideas for things to do and sights to see when we’re docked.

    The MV Virginia is the perfect vessel for first-time River Cruise travellers - if you’re booking your very first Dutch Waterways, Rhine or Moselle River Cruise, you’ll feel right at home on this ship. With its intimate and relaxed atmosphere, you’re sure to make a number of firm friends with your fellow passengers.

    While we’re travelling, be sure to admire the changing scenery from the sundeck, where you can soak up the rays or sit under the covered area. Why not enjoy a pre-dinner drink with your new friends at the bar, before tucking into the sumptuous meals served on-board. You’ll get to enjoy buffet breakfasts, as well as three-course lunches and four-course evening meals with waiter service.

    Step aboard the MV Virginia with Shearings to discover just why this ship is so popular with our customers…
    • Length: 67.50 metres
    • Width: 9.00 metres
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2013
    • Passenger Capacity: 107
    • Passenger decks: 4
    • Star rating: 3 Star

    Cabins

    • MV Virginia Grade A

      MV Virginia Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Promenade deck
      Relax as we travel along the Rhine, Moselle or the Dutch Waterways on one of our Europe River Cruises on-board the MV Virginia and choose our Grade A cabins. You’ll enjoy a fantastic journey with us, and you’ll be able to retire to your comfortable cabin on the Promenade deck of the MV Virginia for a rejuvenating rest at the end of each day.

      You’ll find a private bathroom in your cabin, with a wet room-style shower and a toilet, as well as a safe to store your important belongings in, and a hairdryer and flat screen TV. Your cabin will also be equipped with air conditioning and has fixed twin beds.
    • MV Virginia Grade A+

      MV Virginia A+ Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Tea and coffee area
      • Sitting area
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Promenade deck
      For the ultimate relaxing experience when enjoying scenic River Cruises on-board the MV Virginia, choose our Grade A+ cabins. Situated on the Promenade deck, you’ll be able to sit back and allow us to transport you along some of Europe’s finest rivers.

      In your cabin, you’ll find a private bathroom with excellent facilities, including a shower and toilet, as well as a safe and hairdryer in your cabin. Why not watch some TV, or enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee while relaxing in the cabin’s sitting area?
    • MV Virginia Grade B

      MV Virginia Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Main deck
      Join us on-board the MV Virginia for one of our fantastic scenic River Cruises and enjoy comfortable accommodation in our Grade B cabins. Relax in your cabin after a great day of travelling, whether you’ve spent the day watching the changing scenery as we continue our journey, or you’ve enjoyed some amazing excursions to beautiful new destinations.

      Our Grade B cabins come with all the facilities you’ll require for an excellent stay on-board, including private bathroom facilities with a shower and toilet. You’ll also find a safe, hairdryer and air conditioning in your cabin, as well as a flat screen TV and fixed twin beds.
    • MV Virginia Grade C

      MV Virginia C Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Promenade/Main deck
      Enjoy a relaxing journey on-board the MV Virginia as we discover beautiful sights and amazing attractions with one of our many Rhine River Cruises, or one of our Moselle or Dutch Waterways River Cruises. We have something to suit all travel tastes, and our Grade C cabins on the Promenade and Main decks of the MV Virginia will serve as fantastic accommodation for the duration of your cruise.

      You’ll find fixed twin beds in your cabin, as well as private bathroom facilities with a shower and toilet. There will also be a safe, air conditioning, a hairdryer and a flat screen TV in your cabin, so you can relax after a day of excursions.
    • MV Virginia Grade D

      MV Virginia D Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Cabin deck
      Situated on the Cabin deck of the MV Virginia, our Grade C cabins provide great accommodation for your exciting Dutch Waterways, Rhine or Moselle River Cruise. After an evening of fun and sumptuous food in our restaurant, bar and living areas of the ship, you can return to your cabin for a peaceful night’s rest.

      Your cabin will come equipped with private bathroom facilities, which includes a shower cubicle and toilet, and you’ll also find fixed twin beds in your cabin. As well as this, you can make use of your cabin’s safe, hairdryer, air conditioning and flat screen TV during your River Cruise.
    • MV Virginia Single Cabin

      MV Virginia Single Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room style-shower or shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed single bed for sole occupancy
      • Located on Cabin and Main deck
      Should you be travelling by yourself, or prefer to stay in a separate cabin, our Single cabin is ideal. With private bathroom facilities, including either a wet room-style shower or a shower cubicle, and a toilet, you’ll be perfectly suited for great facilities when travelling on-board the MV Virginia.

      Our Single cabins can be found on the Main and Cabin decks of the MV Virginia, and you’ll also find a safe, hairdryer, flat screen TV and air conditioning in all of our Single cabins. Each cabin is also fitted with fixed twin beds for sole occupancy.
     
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Alsace
    Discover Alsace

    The Alsace region has changed hands between Germany and France on several occasions throughout its history. The local culture is distinct and has some of the most beautiful cathedrals and churches in Western Europe.

    We drive along the famous Alsace wine route, passing many beautiful towns and villages, such as Rosheim. This beautiful Alsatian town is home to some of the oldest civilian buildings in the Alsace, including the Romanesque House.

    We continue past the pretty village of Boersch, with its winding narrow streets and beautiful houses, before passing Ottrott, a picturesque village situated in the foothills of the Vosges mountains. This village is known for its castles and the monastery of Mont Sainte-Odile.

    We finally head to Obernai, the birthplace of St Odile. Obernai is one of the remaining Alsace towns to have retained its traditional character and charm, with its medieval defences, fortified towers, half-timbered houses and narrow lanes.

    During our walking tour we see St Odile’s fountain, Saint Pierre and Paul Church, the impressive belfry rising up to 59.6 metres, and the Six Bucket Well.

    Heidelberg
    Heidelberg Transfer

    Join us in beautiful Heidelberg as we enjoy an included transfer into this splendid city during our holiday. Heidelberg is overlooked by its majestic castle - explore at leisure to discover the city's many sights and attractions.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Wine glasses
    Evening Wine Tasting and Siegfried’s

    Join us this evening as we board the Little Tourist Train to our first port of call, the world-famous Siegfried's Musik Kabinett just off the famous Drosselgasse.

    This Museum is home to one of the world’s biggest collections of self-playing musical instruments, where visitors can admire over 350 exhibits. Our tour concludes with a visit to Adolf's wine cellar to taste his famous local wines.

    Here, we learn about the different wines of this region, the history of winegrowing in the region, the way the wines are produced and their particularities. Following this we get to taste the local wines, which are served with a pretzel to neutralize the taste of the different wines. A great way to spend an evening in Rudesheim!

    Rudesheim
    Explore Rudesheim
    Rudesheim is a famous winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as being one of Germany’s most visited towns. Join us on our guided walking tour of this wonderful town and discover its cosy traditional wine taverns, historical half-timbered houses and the world-famous Drosselgasse.

    We see the Eagle Tower which was originally part of the city walls and fortifications, and which dates back to the 15th century. We'll also discover the Market Square with St. Jakobus Catholic Parish Church, which also dates back to the 15th-century, and the Klunkardshof - a very impressive half timbered building, the famous Drosselgasse. This street is known for its many restaurants, shops and wine bars. 
    Heidelberg
    Heidelberg & Castle
    Heidelberg is often considered to be one of Germany’s many travel gems, as it’s a fantastic city with wonderful scenery. One of its most famous landmarks in the city is Heidelberg Castle, the ruins of which date from the 1100s and is still an imposing attraction.
    Koblenz
    Historical Koblenz

    Get to know one of the oldest towns in Germany on our guided walking tour around the historical Old Town. The charming and romantic streets between the St. Castor’s Basilica and 'Liebfrauenkirche' (Church of Our Beloved Lady) represent today’s main tourist attraction of Koblenz.

    Of course, the sightseeing tour would not be complete without a visit to the Monument of Emperor Wilhelm I at 'Deutsches Eck' (German Corner) and the town’s landmark, the 'Schangel' Fountain in the courtyard of the present Town Hall. 

     

    View of Cologne
    Panoramic Cologne
    Join us as we explore this historical city! Cologne has strong Roman ties and is the fourth-largest city in Germany, with more than one million inhabitants. The city is located on both sides of the River Rhine and is home to the famous Kolner Dom (Cologne Cathedral). During World War II, the inner city of Cologne was completely destroyed and was then fully reconstructed in the 1950s. 

    With our expert guide, we see many of Cologne’s fascinating sights, including the ancient Roman city walls, which were the longest in Germany; the impressive medieval gates; and the twelve large Romanesque churches, which are located in the confined area within the boundaries of the medieval city walls. Many of Cologne's churches rank among the most important in Western Europe.

    We also see the world-famous 4711 – the original Eau de Cologne headquarters; the medieval Old City with its impressive town houses, dating back to the 14th century; and the historical Rathaus (City Hall). 
    Strasbourg
    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!

 


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What's included

  • Air and river cruise travel
  • Seven nights full-board cruise
  • Six optional excursions
MV Virginia

MV Virginia

Whether you want to discover the Rhine and Moselle rivers, or Dutch Waterways, the MV Virginia is the ideal choice. Our warm, inviting ship is a firm favourite with Shearings customers, and it's very easy to see why.

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