G6860

Rhine in Flames

Please choose your preferred travel type

Overview

2 Included Excursions
  • Experience the superb ‘Rhine in Flames’ event
  • See Koblenz and the beautiful Rhine Gorge
  • Admire pretty Boppard
  • Discover captivating Cologne

Come and enjoy the spectacle of the Rhine in Flames, an annual event when the countryside is illuminated with fireworks soaring into the dark nocturnal sky. Explore pretty riverside villages and historical towns, while absorbing the sights of the Rhine Valley.

Please note, the itinerary will be different depending on your departure date.

  • 30 April, Night of Bengal Fire, join the procession on a tourist ship with dinner included
  • 2 July, Night of Fire Magic, the procession and fireworks will be watched from the ship
  • 6 August, Procession to Koblenz, the procession and fireworks will be watched from the ship
  • 10 September, Night of a Thousand Fires, travel by coach to a suitable viewing point to watch the procession of fireworks
  • 17 September, The Loreley Night, travel by coach to a suitable viewing point to watch the procession of fireworks

This Holiday is Great For

  • 46x44-icon-city
  • 46x44-icon-culture
  • 46x44-icon-fooddrink
  • 46x44-icon-history
  • 46x44-icon-nature
  • 46x44-icon-scenery
  • 46x44-icon-walking

Itinerary

Day One: UK to Northern France
Across to Calais then onwards to Northern France for dinner and an overnight stay. (D)
 
Day Two: Northern France to Cologne
Welcome aboard the MV Virginia in Cologne, where we moor overnight. (B,L,D)

Day Three: Cologne to Lahnstein
Leaving Cologne early morning we arrive in Koblenz by late afternoon. Join our optional guided tour of this charming city, situated at the confluence of the Rhine & Moselle rivers. (B,L,D)

Day Four: Lahnstein to Rudesheim
We depart this morning and continue our cruise to reach Rudesheim. This afternoon there is an optional excursion to explore this popular town along with a visit to an Asbach Distillery. (B,L,D)

Day Five: Rudesheim to Bonn
Leaving Bopppard after breakfast we arrive in Bonn, known culturally as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven and often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Romantic Rhine’. Join our optional guided tour and visit to the Beethoven House. This evening enjoy the highlight of our cruise: the incredible Rhine in Flames. (B,L,D)

Day Six: Bonn to Andernach
We depart Bonn and cruise during the morning to Andernach. Take time to explore the beautiful old town and relax in one of the many bars and cafes on the historic old marketplace. Alternatively enjoy an optional excursion to Maria Laach and a journey on the Vulkan express railway. (B,L,D)
 
Day Seven: Andernach to Boppard
This morning we continue onwards from Andernach and cruise to Boppard arriving at lunchtime. Gain an insight into  the cultivation of wine in the area on our optional guided walking tour of the Bopparder Hamm with a magnificent view over the Rhine valley. (B,L,D)
 
Day Eight: Boppard to Cologne
We leave Boppard at breakfast and by early afternoon reach Cologne. Join us as we explore this magnificent city on an included panoramic tour. (B,L,D)
 
Day Nine: Cologne to Northern France
We disembark the ship after breakfast in Cologne and travel to North France for dinner and an overnight stay. (B,D)
 
Day Ten: Northern France to UK
We depart Northern France and return to the UK, via Calais. (B)

 

Extras included on this holiday

FREE drinks until 10.30pm (April and May departures)

FREE wine, beer and soft drinks served in the bar after dinner until 10.30pm.

FREE drinks during lunch and dinner (July, August and September departures)

FREE wine, beer and soft drinks during lunch and dinner (2 drinks per person)

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. 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.

G9013

Cabins


Ship Gallery

Click on the image to view larger

Tap on the image to view larger

The Local Area

Included Excursions

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).

G10382

Rhine in Flames (Bonn)

The highlight of our cruise is the spectacular Rhine in Flames extravaganza. A huge fleet of dazzling ships cruise down the Rhine between Linz am Rhein and Bonn. Admire around 800 Bengali lights and other fireworks illuminating the night skies of 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. 

G9148

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions will depend on your departure date

The optional excursions will depend on your departure date. See below.

  • 30 April, Night of Bengal Fire
    A Taste of Boppard, Hidden Rudesheim, Evening Wine Tasting & Siegfried’s, Historic Koblenz and Bonn & Beethoven House
  • 2 July, Night of Fire Magic
    A Taste of Boppard, Hidden Rudesheim, Evening Wine Tasting & Siegfried’s, Explore Mainz, Historic Koblenz and Bonn & Beethoven House
  • 6 August, Procession to Koblenz
    Cochem and Imperial Reichsburg, Evening Cochem Wine Tasting, Historic Koblenz and Hidden Rudesheim
  • 10 September, Night of a Thousand Fires
    Konigswinter & Dragon’s Rock, Ahr Valley, A Taste of Boppard, Hidden Rudesheim, Evening Wine Tasting & Siegfried’s and Explore Mainz
  • 17 September, The Loreley Night
    Konigswinter & Dragon’s Rock, Ahr Valley, A Taste of Boppard, Hidden Rudesheim, Evening Wine Tasting & Siegfried’s and Explore Mainz

G6860