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Scenic Swiss Rhine Mini-Cruise

 

Strasbourg
  • Overview

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    • Sail along the majestic Rhine River
    • Discover Basel’s magnificent cultural attractions
    • Explore Strasbourg, famous for its Romanesque cathedral

    Sit back, relax and take in the scenic delights of the Rhine, as we sail through some of this amazing river’s most spectacular scenery. Beginning in Switzerland, we’ll cruise along the Rhine to discover its beautiful riverscapes and destinations, affording us a superb Mini-Cruise experience. Read More

    Great for:

    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Scenery


    Strasbourg
      
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    Embarking the MPS Rotterdam in Basel, enjoy a welcome drink and our first evening meal on-board, before we moor here overnight. Wake the next morning and spend the day exploring this fascinating city, filled with splendid sights. Basel is located at the heart of the tri-national region of Dreilandereck, meaning ‘three countries corner’, and shares its borders with Germany and France.

    Discover the city’s beautiful medieval town centre, with its numerous historical buildings to admire, such as the Romanesque cathedral and Renaissance town hall. Come late afternoon, it will be time to cruise overnight to Strasbourg in eastern France.

    After breakfast, we’ll make our way into this captivating French city for time at leisure. The city centre, known as the Grande Ile (Grand Island), is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts enchanting architecture. We will then return to the ship for lunch, and will sail to Speyer in Germany, arriving this evening.

    Our river cruise continues early this morning, as we sail to Mainz. Awake to beautiful changing riverscapes and enjoy breakfast, before we disembark and continue home. 
  • 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

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    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
  • Four nights full board cruise
  • Overnight stays on outbound and return journeys
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • River views from every cabin
  • Enjoy a Captain’s gala dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • TV screen allowing you to follow the ship’s journey
  • Chairlift serving Sun, Lounge and Promenade decks
  • Porterage 
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.

Learn more about the ship
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