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German & Swiss Rhine

 

Rhine Valley
  • Overview

    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

    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. Read More

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    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery


    Speyer Cathedral
      
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    You will have the opportunity to explore 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.
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MPS Rotterdam

    • Rotterdam cruise ship
    • MPS Rotterdam, lounge
    • MPS Rotterdam, reception
    • Rotterdam cruise ship, bar
    Our flagship vessel, the elegant MPS Rotterdam is exclusively chartered by Shearings and enjoys a stunning design. With its traditional style, this fantastic four-deck ship has been designed to ensure passengers get to make the most of modern comforts.

    Relax and enjoy this comfortable ship, with its decor in soft tones and its grand restaurant and living areas, all crafted from high-quality materials to add an air of elegance. Travel in comfort in these stylish surroundings, seeing some of the most amazing sights during superb Europe River Cruises.

    Explore with our Rhine River Cruises, and you can also discover the Moselle rivers and the waterways of Holland and Belgium, on-board the MPS Rotterdam. You’ll also get to enjoy sumptuous meals during your River Cruise, with buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches, four-course evening meals and gala dinners to look forward to.

    Our experienced and professional staff will be on-hand to provide any assistance you may require, from meeting you on the ship following your exciting excursions, to providing waiter service at dinner time. You’ll also benefit from a knowledgeable Tour Manager, who is sure to keep you entertained as we travel in the daytime.

    There are also lots of on-board games to enjoy, and you’ll be able to make firm friends with your fellow passengers during our journey. When the sun is shining, you can always visit the sun deck to relax on one of our comfortable sun loungers, or make the most of the shaded areas while admiring the wonderful views on our fantastic scenic River Cruises.

    In the evenings, why not take in the wonderful sounds of our resident musician? Or, if you’re feeling energetic, you could always enjoy a dance or two!

    Shearings welcomes you to step aboard the elegant MPS Rotterdam.
    • Length: 75.76 metres
    • Width: 11.22 metres
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2013
    • Passenger Capacity: 107
    • Passenger decks: 4
    • Star rating: 4*

    Cabins

    • MPS Rotterdam Grade A

      Rotterdam Twin Cabin
      • A more spacious cabin to allow you to relax even further
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Table and chairs
      • Large picture window
      • Superior twin beds
      Our Grade A cabins on-board the MPS Rotterdam are our most luxurious cabins on this magnificent vessel. Relax in comfort and style during your journey, admire the views from the large picture window in your cabin and make the most of this more spacious cabin during your journey.

      These cabins include a table and chairs, so you and your companion can relax in your cabin during our scenic River Cruises, as well as enjoying the great facilities throughout the rest of the ship. 
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade B

      MPS Rotterdam cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities with toilet and either a shower cubicle or bath
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Windows can be opened
      • Folding twin beds or fixed double beds
      Enjoy a comfortable journey during your River Cruise and stay in one of our fantastic Grade B cabins. Equipped with a safe to store your important belongings in, as well as a flat screen TV for entertainment, you’ll be able to relax and make the most of your time on-board the MPS Rotterdam. Make use of the air conditioning, and be sure to admire the picturesque views from the large picture window.

      Some of our Grade B cabins are also equipped with sofas, so you can relax even further during your waterways of Holland and Belgium, Moselle and Rhine River Cruises with us!
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade B+

      MPS Rotterdam cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Folding twin beds
      • Sofa
      Make the most of a relaxing journey on-board the MPS Rotterdam and enjoy comfortable accommodation with our Grade B+ cabins. Equipped with all the facilities you could possibly need during our Europe River Cruises, you’re sure to enjoy your time on-board.

      With private bathroom facilities, as well as air conditioning to ensure you stay nice and comfortable, these cabins come with folding twin beds. You’ll also find a sofa in your Grade B+ cabin, so you can relax while watching the flat screen TV, or while admiring the beautiful views.
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade C

      MPS Rotterdam, cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Windows can be opened in cabins on Promenade deck
      • Small fixed twin beds 

      Admire the stunning views as we travel on our relaxing Rhine River Cruises and make the most of great accommodation in our Grade C cabins. Situated on the Main and Promenade decks, these cabins provide a comfortable place to retire to after an exciting day of activities and excursions.

      Enjoy refreshing air conditioning, while watching the changing landscape from the large picture window - cabins on the Promenade deck have openable windows. You’ll also find private bathroom facilities with a shower cubicle and toilet in your cabin.
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade C+

      MPS Rotterdam C+ Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet]
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Seating area
      We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay in our Grade C+ cabins, which come equipped with all of the facilities you’ll require during your excellent River Cruise with Shearings. Admire the picturesque views from the large picture window, or why not watch TV while in your cabin?

      You’ll also find a seating area in our Grade C+ cabins, and there’s also a safe, hairdryer and private bathroom facilities that you’ll be able to make use of to ensure you have a comfortable stay on-board the MPS Rotterdam during fantastic Rhine River Cruises and our many other cruises.
     
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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, historic cities, castles, and interesting countryside. Due to their tumultuous past history, Alsatians are extremely proud to be French and you will see more French flags flying in the streets around the Alsace than in any other region of France, however over the last 30 years, the Alsatian dialect has rapidly declined and therefore the French Government has put in place some measures to try and save it and children are now encouraged to take up "Regional Language and Culture" lessons.

    We first head to the enchanting town of Riquewhir - famous for the Riesling and other great Alsace wines produced here. The town looks today exactly as it did in the 16th Century with its cobbled streets and picturesque half-timbered houses, sometimes painted in red, green and bright yellow. We enjoy a short guided tour of Riquewhir before a little free time. We then head to Colmar,  often referred to as the "Capital of Alsatian Wine" renowned for its well preserved old town with its pretty half-timbered houses neatly lining the cobblestone streets and walkways, its peaceful canals giving it its reputation of the “Little Venice of the Alsace”, its museums rich in altarpieces and artistic masterpieces of Gothic and Renaissance art, and its delicious restaurants offering some of the best cuisine in the region, following a short tour we enjoy some free time before heading back through this beautiful region taking in some of the famous Alsatian Wine Route.
    Strasbourg
    Half Day: Strasbourg

    Strasbourg is the ultimate European city. It has flavours of both France and Germany, and sits right on the border of the two countries. Its picturesque 'La Petite France' neighbourhood looks like something straight out of a fairy-tale book; a riverfront neighbourhood with timbered buildings accented by colourful flower boxes.

    We take a guided walking tour of Strasbourg, taking in Strasbourg Cathedral, one of Europe’s most beautiful examples of gothic architecture - the stunning pink sandstone is quite unique and breathtaking, while the intricate carvings on the inside are captivating. 

    Look up and see the famous astrological clock that was erected in the 1800s and watch its show. We also go to La Petite France, which is easily Strasbourg’s prettiest and most enchanting neighbourhood. Stroll along the streets, over the bridges crossing the river while you take in the timbered buildings, bursting with blooming plants.

     

    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, historic cities, castles, and interesting countryside. Due to their tumultuous past history, Alsatians are extremely proud to be French and you will see more French flags flying in the streets around the Alsace than in any other region of France, however over the last 30 years, the Alsatian dialect has rapidly declined and therefore the French Government has put in place some measures to try and save it and children are now encouraged to take up "Regional Language and Culture" lessons.

    We first head to the enchanting town of Riquewhir - famous for the Riesling and other great Alsace wines produced here. The town looks today exactly as it did in the 16th Century with its cobbled streets and picturesque half-timbered houses, sometimes painted in red, green and bright yellow. We enjoy a short guided tour of Riquewhir before a little free time. We then head to Colmar,  often referred to as the "Capital of Alsatian Wine" renowned for its well preserved old town with its pretty half-timbered houses neatly lining the cobblestone streets and walkways, its peaceful canals giving it its reputation of the “Little Venice of the Alsace”, its museums rich in altarpieces and artistic masterpieces of Gothic and Renaissance art, and its delicious restaurants offering some of the best cuisine in the region, following a short tour we enjoy some free time before heading back through this beautiful region taking in some of the famous Alsatian Wine Route.
    Strasbourg
    Half Day: Strasbourg

    Strasbourg is the ultimate European city. It has flavours of both France and Germany, and sits right on the border of the two countries. Its picturesque 'La Petite France' neighbourhood looks like something straight out of a fairy-tale book; a riverfront neighbourhood with timbered buildings accented by colourful flower boxes.

    We take a guided walking tour of Strasbourg, taking in Strasbourg Cathedral, one of Europe’s most beautiful examples of gothic architecture - the stunning pink sandstone is quite unique and breathtaking, while the intricate carvings on the inside are captivating. 

    Look up and see the famous astrological clock that was erected in the 1800s and watch its show. We also go to La Petite France, which is easily Strasbourg’s prettiest and most enchanting neighbourhood. Stroll along the streets, over the bridges crossing the river while you take in the timbered buildings, bursting with blooming plants.

     

    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, historic cities, castles, and interesting countryside. Due to their tumultuous past history, Alsatians are extremely proud to be French and you will see more French flags flying in the streets around the Alsace than in any other region of France, however over the last 30 years, the Alsatian dialect has rapidly declined and therefore the French Government has put in place some measures to try and save it and children are now encouraged to take up "Regional Language and Culture" lessons.

    We first head to the enchanting town of Riquewhir - famous for the Riesling and other great Alsace wines produced here. The town looks today exactly as it did in the 16th Century with its cobbled streets and picturesque half-timbered houses, sometimes painted in red, green and bright yellow. We enjoy a short guided tour of Riquewhir before a little free time. We then head to Colmar,  often referred to as the "Capital of Alsatian Wine" renowned for its well preserved old town with its pretty half-timbered houses neatly lining the cobblestone streets and walkways, its peaceful canals giving it its reputation of the “Little Venice of the Alsace”, its museums rich in altarpieces and artistic masterpieces of Gothic and Renaissance art, and its delicious restaurants offering some of the best cuisine in the region, following a short tour we enjoy some free time before heading back through this beautiful region taking in some of the famous Alsatian Wine Route.
    Strasbourg
    Half Day: Strasbourg

    Strasbourg is the ultimate European city. It has flavours of both France and Germany, and sits right on the border of the two countries. Its picturesque 'La Petite France' neighbourhood looks like something straight out of a fairy-tale book; a riverfront neighbourhood with timbered buildings accented by colourful flower boxes.

    We take a guided walking tour of Strasbourg, taking in Strasbourg Cathedral, one of Europe’s most beautiful examples of gothic architecture - the stunning pink sandstone is quite unique and breathtaking, while the intricate carvings on the inside are captivating. 

    Look up and see the famous astrological clock that was erected in the 1800s and watch its show. We also go to La Petite France, which is easily Strasbourg’s prettiest and most enchanting neighbourhood. Stroll along the streets, over the bridges crossing the river while you take in the timbered buildings, bursting with blooming plants.

     

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Basel
    Bustling Basel
    The town of Basel lies in the north-western corner of Switzerland. The town shares borders with France and Germany and is the heart of this tri-national region - the Dreilandereck (three countries' corner).

    The city has a beautiful medieval old town centre, with the famous Basel Munster (cathedral), built between 1019-1500 in a stunning Romanesque and Gothic style. There are many beautiful medieval buildings lining the square, the Marktplatz (Market square), where fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, pastries, and flowers are available each working day.

    Meanwhile, the Rathaus (Town hall) is situated on the Marktplatz and is a beautifully renovated Renaissance palace, which is still in official use today. The city also has many parks and recreational areas, a wide range of restaurants, and unlimited shopping. The city can also boast a carnival that ranks with those of Venice and Rio de Janeiro, plus several world class art museums. 
    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!

    Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Historical Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Get to know one of the oldest towns of 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, our 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. 

    We then ascend by cable car from Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer to the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which rises 118 meters above the Rhine River, offering fantastic views over Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at Deutsches Eck. The Fortress is Europe’s second largest preserved fortress - behind Gibraltar - and was constructed by the Prussians between 1817 and 1828. However, its origins date back to the first century AD. 

    The fortress is home to the Rhineland-Palatinate State Museum, with its permanent exhibition on photography, the ‘Greif’ cannon - once the largest in the world, and an exciting collection of technical relics. The small climb to the top of the new observation platform is rewarded with breath-taking views of the distant Eifel Mountains on a clear day. We descend by cable car.
     
    Speyer Cathedral
    Historical Speyer & Cathedral
    Dominated by its Romanesque Cathedral, Speyer is one of Germany’s oldest cities and is the resting place of eight medieval emperors and kings of the Salian, Staufer and Hapsburg dynasties. During our guided walking tour we visit the stunning Cathedral - a UNESCO heritage site and the largest of Germany's three Imperial Romanesque Cathedrals.

    Speyer Dom survived destruction by the French armies in 1689 and is today considered one of the finest examples of High Romanic architecture in Germany (entrance included). We head through the beautiful historical old town seeing the Alportal (Old Gate). Built between 1230 and 1250, the gate is one of the 68 towers and gates within the city walls. We continue to Trinity Church, constructed in memory of the protest that took place at the Diet of Speyer. 
    Rudesheim
    Romantic Rudesheim and Asbach
    Explore pretty Rudesheim with us, a town famous for its winemaking. Located in the scenic Rhine Gorge, we'll be surrounded by stunning scenery and will get to soak up the amazing atmosphere here. We'll then visit the wonderful Asbach Visitors' Centre, where we'll get to learn more about this incredible brandy.
    Strasbourg
    Strasbourg Guided Walking Tour
    Join us as we discover the historical town of Strasbourg with a guided walking tour. Explore the beautiful old town with its narrow streets, admire the quaint timber-framed houses of ‘Petite France’, the famous pink cathedral, and Gutenberg Square, while also learning more about the history of this beautiful city. 

     
    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!

    Basel
    Bustling Basel
    The town of Basel lies in the north-western corner of Switzerland. The town shares borders with France and Germany and is the heart of this tri-national region - the Dreilandereck (three countries' corner).

    The city has a beautiful medieval old town centre, with the famous Basel Munster (cathedral), built between 1019-1500 in a stunning Romanesque and Gothic style. There are many beautiful medieval buildings lining the square, the Marktplatz (Market square), where fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, pastries, and flowers are available each working day.

    Meanwhile, the Rathaus (Town hall) is situated on the Marktplatz and is a beautifully renovated Renaissance palace, which is still in official use today. The city also has many parks and recreational areas, a wide range of restaurants, and unlimited shopping. The city can also boast a carnival that ranks with those of Venice and Rio de Janeiro, plus several world class art museums. 
    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!

    Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Historical Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Get to know one of the oldest towns of 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, our 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. 

    We then ascend by cable car from Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer to the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which rises 118 meters above the Rhine River, offering fantastic views over Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at Deutsches Eck. The Fortress is Europe’s second largest preserved fortress - behind Gibraltar - and was constructed by the Prussians between 1817 and 1828. However, its origins date back to the first century AD. 

    The fortress is home to the Rhineland-Palatinate State Museum, with its permanent exhibition on photography, the ‘Greif’ cannon - once the largest in the world, and an exciting collection of technical relics. The small climb to the top of the new observation platform is rewarded with breath-taking views of the distant Eifel Mountains on a clear day. We descend by cable car.
     
    Speyer Cathedral
    Historical Speyer & Cathedral
    Dominated by its Romanesque Cathedral, Speyer is one of Germany’s oldest cities and is the resting place of eight medieval emperors and kings of the Salian, Staufer and Hapsburg dynasties. During our guided walking tour we visit the stunning Cathedral - a UNESCO heritage site and the largest of Germany's three Imperial Romanesque Cathedrals.

    Speyer Dom survived destruction by the French armies in 1689 and is today considered one of the finest examples of High Romanic architecture in Germany (entrance included). We head through the beautiful historical old town seeing the Alportal (Old Gate). Built between 1230 and 1250, the gate is one of the 68 towers and gates within the city walls. We continue to Trinity Church, constructed in memory of the protest that took place at the Diet of Speyer. 
    Rudesheim
    Romantic Rudesheim and Asbach
    Explore pretty Rudesheim with us, a town famous for its winemaking. Located in the scenic Rhine Gorge, we'll be surrounded by stunning scenery and will get to soak up the amazing atmosphere here. We'll then visit the wonderful Asbach Visitors' Centre, where we'll get to learn more about this incredible brandy.
    Strasbourg
    Strasbourg Guided Walking Tour
    Join us as we discover the historical town of Strasbourg with a guided walking tour. Explore the beautiful old town with its narrow streets, admire the quaint timber-framed houses of ‘Petite France’, the famous pink cathedral, and Gutenberg Square, while also learning more about the history of this beautiful city. 

     
    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!

    Basel
    Bustling Basel
    The town of Basel lies in the north-western corner of Switzerland. The town shares borders with France and Germany and is the heart of this tri-national region - the Dreilandereck (three countries' corner).

    The city has a beautiful medieval old town centre, with the famous Basel Munster (cathedral), built between 1019-1500 in a stunning Romanesque and Gothic style. There are many beautiful medieval buildings lining the square, the Marktplatz (Market square), where fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, pastries, and flowers are available each working day.

    Meanwhile, the Rathaus (Town hall) is situated on the Marktplatz and is a beautifully renovated Renaissance palace, which is still in official use today. The city also has many parks and recreational areas, a wide range of restaurants, and unlimited shopping. The city can also boast a carnival that ranks with those of Venice and Rio de Janeiro, plus several world class art museums. 
    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!

    Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Historical Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Get to know one of the oldest towns of 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, our 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. 

    We then ascend by cable car from Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer to the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which rises 118 meters above the Rhine River, offering fantastic views over Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at Deutsches Eck. The Fortress is Europe’s second largest preserved fortress - behind Gibraltar - and was constructed by the Prussians between 1817 and 1828. However, its origins date back to the first century AD. 

    The fortress is home to the Rhineland-Palatinate State Museum, with its permanent exhibition on photography, the ‘Greif’ cannon - once the largest in the world, and an exciting collection of technical relics. The small climb to the top of the new observation platform is rewarded with breath-taking views of the distant Eifel Mountains on a clear day. We descend by cable car.
     
    Speyer Cathedral
    Historical Speyer & Cathedral
    Dominated by its Romanesque Cathedral, Speyer is one of Germany’s oldest cities and is the resting place of eight medieval emperors and kings of the Salian, Staufer and Hapsburg dynasties. During our guided walking tour we visit the stunning Cathedral - a UNESCO heritage site and the largest of Germany's three Imperial Romanesque Cathedrals.

    Speyer Dom survived destruction by the French armies in 1689 and is today considered one of the finest examples of High Romanic architecture in Germany (entrance included). We head through the beautiful historical old town seeing the Alportal (Old Gate). Built between 1230 and 1250, the gate is one of the 68 towers and gates within the city walls. We continue to Trinity Church, constructed in memory of the protest that took place at the Diet of Speyer. 
    Rudesheim
    Romantic Rudesheim and Asbach
    Explore pretty Rudesheim with us, a town famous for its winemaking. Located in the scenic Rhine Gorge, we'll be surrounded by stunning scenery and will get to soak up the amazing atmosphere here. We'll then visit the wonderful Asbach Visitors' Centre, where we'll get to learn more about this incredible brandy.
    Strasbourg
    Strasbourg Guided Walking Tour
    Join us as we discover the historical town of Strasbourg with a guided walking tour. Explore the beautiful old town with its narrow streets, admire the quaint timber-framed houses of ‘Petite France’, the famous pink cathedral, and Gutenberg Square, while also learning more about the history of this beautiful city. 

     
    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

  • Seven nights full-board 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
  • TV Screen allowing you to follow the ship's journey
  • Chairlift serving Sun, Lounge and Promenade decks
  • Two included excursions
  • Expertly-planned optional shore excursions
Rotterdam cruise ship

MPS Rotterdam

Our flagship vessel, the elegant MPS Rotterdam is exclusively chartered by Shearings and enjoys a stunning design. With its traditional style, this fantastic four-deck ship has been designed to ensure passengers get to make the most of modern comforts.

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