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Rhine in Flames - 'The Night of Fire Magic'

 

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  • Overview

    highlights

    • Marvel at the wonderful Rhine in Flames
    • Admire spectacular views along the Rhine Gorge
    • Explore charming Rudesheim
    • Take in Strasbourg’s UNESCO World Heritage Site listed centre

    Join us on an incredible river cruise, taking in the spectacular Rhine in Flames event, sailing on-board the MPS Da Vinci. Admire the magnificent pyrotechnical displays, as the Rhine is bathed in magical light from countless fireworks, and the spectacular scenery along this famous river is brought to life. Read More

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    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Entertainment
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Scenery


    Strasbourg
      
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    Make the most of time to explore many pretty riverside villages and historical towns, while absorbing the scenery and sights of the Rhine Valley. This is a unique cruise combination of fire, water and light.

    This spectacular annual spectacle attracts around 150,000 visitors to the banks of the Rhine to enjoy Germany’s largest and oldest fireworks show. Situated at the most scenic spots along the Rhine, this wonderful event sees one of the world’s most majestic rivers bathed in fire, as magnificent pyrotechnics illuminate this splendid location. Marvel at the magnificent Rhine in Flames celebrations, featuring dramatic pyrotechnical displays that light up the mighty Rhine River.

    During our river cruise, we will also enjoy an included transfer into Strasbourg, famous for its historical city centre, the Grande Ile (Grand Island). Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988, Strasbourg was the first ever city to have its entire centre given this honour.
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MPS Da Vinci

    • MPS Da Vinci
    Join us on-board the MPS Da Vinci, where you can enjoy luxurious and scenic River Cruises without the price tag. Our ethos has been to provide our customers with a fantastic river cruise vessel which exudes elegance and luxury, with stylish decor and comfortable surroundings that make you feel at home. The MPS Da Vinci has been styled after a grand yacht, adding one more stylish feature to this vessel’s repertoire, and ensuring you enjoy wonderful Danube River Cruises.

    The MPS Da Vinci is a firm favourite with Shearings customers, and it’s easy to see why! This excellent ship provides an interesting mixture of old and new, with both antique and contemporary design and style to suit all tastes. More importantly, this vessel sails along some of the most beautiful waterways and rivers in Europe - with the MPS Da Vinci, you can explore the waterways of Holland, as well as taking Danube, Main, and Rhine River Cruises.

    There will always be plenty of things to do when travelling on-board the MPS Da Vinci on our exciting Europe River Cruises as well, thanks to the superb public areas, restaurant and bar to be found on the ship. There’s also an extraordinary sun deck that you absolutely have to check out when the weather is good, where you’ll find a covered seating and dining area, as well as loungers for the sun seekers out there!

    Or, why not head to the MPS Da Vinci’s lounge area? You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a floating private members’ club here, with its large, comfortable sofas and armchairs, and the roaring fire. If you’re musically-inclined, why not tickle the ivories on the MPS Da Vinci’s fantastic baby grand piano, or you could always curl up with a good book from the ship’s library!

    In our restaurant, you’ll be able to enjoy sumptuous buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches and four-course evening meals, and you’ll even be treated to a gala dinner during your River Cruise! Enjoy a post-dinner drink at the bar, or dance the night away to the musical entertainment. While we’re travelling, why not make your way to the ship’s sauna for some rest and relaxation? There’s also a gym on-board!

    We’re looking forward to welcoming you on-board the MPS Da Vinci - which River Cruise will you choose?
    • Length: 104.50 metres
    • Width: 11.40 metres
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2007
    • Passenger Capacity: 110
    • Passenger decks: 3

    Cabins

    • MPS Da Vinci Grade A Single Cabin

      MPS Da Vinci
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • A higher deck for fantastic views
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning and heating
      • Telephone
      • Complimentary toiletries
      • Wardrobe with mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large windows
      • Folding twin beds for single occupancy
      • Two easy chairs
      Experience a luxurious stay on the MPS Da Vinci with our excellent selection of Europe River Cruises, and enjoy relaxing and comfortable accommodation in our Grade A Single Cabins. Perfect for those travelling alone, these wonderful cabins provide the perfect place to sit back and relax while travelling, with all of the facilities you could possibly require during your River Cruise.

      With a private bathroom, folding twin beds for sole occupancy, large windows, a flat screen TV and two easy chairs, you’re sure to enjoy your journey on-board the MPS Da Vinci!
    • MPS Da Vinci Grade A Twin Cabin

      MPS Da Vinci
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • A higher deck for fantastic views
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning and heating
      • Telephone
      • Complimentary toiletries
      • Wardrobe with mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large windows
      • Folding twin beds
      • Two easy chairs
      Make the most of our fantastic scenic River Cruises on-board the MPS Da Vinci by staying in one of our wonderful Grade A Twin Cabins. With their modern decor and fantastic views, these cabins are perfect for admiring the beautiful scenery as we travel. You’ll find all the facilities you could possibly require in these cabins as well, with their private bathrooms and folding twin beds.

      In the daytime, relax in the cabin’s two easy chairs and watch TV, and you’ll also find air conditioning, heating and a telephone in your cabin.
    • MPS Da Vinci Grade B Single Cabin

      Da Vinci Main Deck Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning and heating
      • Telephone
      • Complimentary toiletries
      • Wardrobe with mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large windows
      • Folding twin beds for single occupancy
      • Two easy chairs
      Whether you want to enjoy River Cruises along the waterways of Holland or Danube River Cruises, the MPS Da Vinci provides a comfortable place from which to admire the beautiful changing landscapes. With their large windows, our Grade B Single Cabins are ideal for taking in the picturesque scenery, and they’re also perfect for those travelling alone.

      With twin folding beds for sole occupancy, as well as a private bathroom including a shower cubicle and toilet, you’ll have everything you require while enjoying a relaxing cruise.
    • MPS Da Vinci Grade B Twin Cabin

      Da Vinci Main Deck Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning and heating
      • Telephone
      • Complimentary toiletries
      • Wardrobe with mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large windows
      • Folding twin beds
      • Two easy chairs
      Relax on-board the MPS Da Vinci while enjoying cruises on the waterways of Holland, as well as Danube, Main, and Rhine River Cruises with Shearings. You’ll find all of the facilities you’re sure to require during your cruise in our Grade B Twin Cabins, including a private bathroom with a shower cubicle and toilet.

      These cabins come with twin beds, which fold away in the daytime to reveal two comfortable easy chairs. Why not sit and admire the changing landscape, or watch TV in your cabin? You’ll also find a safe, hairdryer and telephone, and a complimentary basket of toiletries!
     
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Towers and canals in Strasbourg
    Half Day: Strasbourg Shuttle

    Why not join our shuttle service to the city of Strasbourg to discover the city’s many sights? Strasbourg sits right on the border between France and Germany, and so boasts flavours of both countries.

    Spend time exploring the city's famous sights, such as Strasbourg Cathedral, one of Europe’s most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture. Made from pink sandstone, the cathedral is incredibly unique, and its intricate interior carvings are captivating. We'll also discover Strasbourg's famous astronomical clock inside the cathedral - it was erected in the 1800s and is actually the third to be found here. The original clock was placed in the 14th century.

    A must-see in Strasbourg is the 'La Petite France' neighbourhood. Easily the prettiest part of the city, this fairy-tale neighbourhood features timbered buildings, quaint bridges, and colourful flower boxes.

    Fireworks
    Rhine in Flames

    On Saturday afternoon we head off to join our river cruise trip for the spectacular Rhine in Flames extravaganza. See fire, water and light combine as the dazzling displays of fireworks illuminate the night sky above the Rhine. This stunning pyrotechnic display is an experience not to be missed, which has enthralled visitors in their thousands for more than 50 years. 

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Boppard
    Boppard - Pearl of the Rhine

    Known as the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’, Boppard has over 2,000 years of cultural history, making it a fascinating place to visit. This town’s treasures can be best seen on our guided walking tour, as we pass through the romantic squares and small lanes of the Old Town.

    We then join Ralf on his Rhine Express tourist train as he takes us around Boppard. The trip around this picturesque town takes in the Romanesque-Gothic St Severus Church and the Roman excavations dating back to the 4th- and 5th-centuries. We also head through the south gate of Boppard’s medieval town wall, the Binger Gate, at the end of the Old Town and pass the charming district of ‘Balz’. The tour continues, journeying past the Electoral Castle, along the Rhine and to the Carmelite Church before arriving back at our ship.

    Cathedral in Mainz
    Discover Mainz

    Explore one of Germany’s oldest towns on our guided walking tour. Capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz is located on the River Rhine at its confluence with the Main opposite Wiesbaden. Founded in the late First Century BC, Mainz was a very important Roman fort city which commanded the west bank of the Rhine and formed part of the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire.

    During our guided tour we learn about Mainz’s most famous son - Johannes Gutenberg. His invention of the mechanical movable type printing started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as one of the most important inventions of modern times. We see where he used to work and live, and also visit the Gutenberg museum, home to his world-famous 42-column Bibles.

    We head to the Altstadt (Old Town) to see the impressive Dom – St. Martin’s Cathedral., Built in 975, the cathedral is the principal image of Mainz and rises high above the market place, being seen for miles around. We also see the Liebenfrauenplatz (Square of Our Lady), the Rathausplatz, Staatstheater Mainz (Mainz State Theatre), and the bustling Marktplatz.

    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. 

     

    Cologne Cathedral
    Panoramic Cologne and Cathedral

    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).

    We then continue to the world famous Cathedral (entrance included). We find out when construction began and why it took until the 19th century to complete. You will see the world-famous Gero-Crucifix of the 10th century and the medieval stained glass windows.  

    Rudesheim
    Panoramic Rudesheim

    One of Germany’s most-visited towns, Rudesheim is famous for its winemaking. Join us on our guided walking tour of this wonderful UNESCO town as we see Eagle Tower, which dates back to the 15th century, the Market Square with St Jakobus Catholic Parish, the impressive Klunkardshof building, and the famous Drosselgasse, with its many restaurants, shops and wine bars.

    We also see Bromserburg Castle, Bosenburg Castle and the Bromserhof. We then make our way to the cable car station as we glide over the hillside vineyards, before reaching the Niederwald summit.

    The famous monument here was erected in the years 1877-1883 and symbolizes the re-establishment of the German Empire after the Franco-German War 1870-1871. Here we enjoy the magnificent panoramic views over Rudesheim’s old town and the Rhine Valley, with its many green isles dotted along the silvery Rhine.

    Bernese Oberland
    Swiss Bernese Oberland

    Join us as we travel into the spectacular Bernese Oberland with its picturesque towns and villages, as well as its glistening lakes and snow-capped mountains.

    We head first to Berne, the capital city of Switzerland and once the home of Einstein. We enjoy a short tour of this beautiful medieval city, passing the historical main street with its fountains and arcades, City Hall, Albert Einstein’s House, Clock Tower and Parliament Square.

    We continue to the stylish resort of Interlaken; here we catch a glimpse of the famous Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau Mountains, before continuing to the picturesque village of Brienz – famous for its wood carving. Here we enjoy some free time for lunch, before heading over the famous Brunig Pass (weather permitting) and along the shores of Lake Lucerne to reach the medieval city of Lucerne, to enjoy a short tour before heading back to Basel.

    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!




    EXTRAS

    Captain's gala dinner
    Enjoy a fantastic Captain's gala dinner while on-board!


    Welcome drink on arrival
    Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival.

 


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What's included

  • Return coach travel
  • Seven nights full-board cruise
  • Overnight stays on half-board basis on outbound and return journeys
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Fantastic river views from every cabin
  • Enjoy a Captain’s dinner
  • Chairlift serving Main, Promenade Deck and Sun Deck
  • Porterage
  • Two included excursions
  • Seven optional excursions
MPS Da Vinci

MPS Da Vinci

Join us on-board the MPS Da Vinci, where you can enjoy luxurious and scenic River Cruises without the price tag.

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