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Day One - UK to Cologne
We travel to Calais, then on to join the MV Virginia in Cologne. (D)
Day Two - Cologne to Andernach
This morning, explore Cologne with our included panoramic tour and discover the majestic cathedral. We leave Cologne over lunch and sail to Andernach, arriving early evening. (B,L,D)
Day Three - Andernach to Koblenz (New Year’s Eve)
Explore this pretty little town this morning and see the famous round tower. We depart over lunch and sail to Koblenz; arriving by mid-afternoon, why not join our optional tour to discover this fascinating town further? (B,L,D)
Day Four - Koblenz - Boppard - Cologne (New Year’s Day)
We depart Koblenz this morning and sail to Boppard, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’. Take some free time to discover this popular town, before we sail onwards to Cologne over lunch, enjoying a leisurely afternoon cruise. This evening, celebrate with our captain’s gala dinner. (B,L,D)
Day Five - Cologne to UK
We say a fond farewell to the MV Virginia and travel back to the UK, via Calais. (B)
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.
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.