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  • Overview

    highlights

    • Marvel at amazing changing scenery along the Main Valley and Rhine Gorge
    • Admire Cochem’s timber-framed houses and bustling town centre
    • Explore Cologne’s historical city centre and famous cathedral
    • Take in the stunning landscape of the Ahr Valley

    Sit back, relax and explore beautiful scenery with us, as we travel along the Main and Rhine rivers. Watch as incredible landscapes pass us by, as we visit some of Germany's best destinations. Take in charming towns and vibrant cities, as well as exploring the enchanting Ahr Valley and panoramic Cologne with our included excursions. Read More

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    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Entertainment
    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Scenery
    • Great for - Walking


    Godesburg Castle, Bonn

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    This relaxing river cruise will give us the unique opportunity of exploring a number of fantastic destinations, including some of the most picturesque towns set along the banks of the Rhine. We will have time to explore these pretty towns at leisure, taking in the historical architecture, bustling town squares and interesting attractions in Mainz, Boppard, Cochem, Koblenz and many other places.

    During our river cruise we visit Linz and Bonn, Linz a picturesque town located on the Rhine and Bonn is famous for being Beethoven’s birthplace.

    As well as admiring the beautiful changing scenery and exploring the many towns and cities we visit at leisure, we will also have two included excursions to make the most of. Join us as we explore the enchanting Ahr Valley, nicknamed the ‘wildest daughter of the Rhine’. While in Cologne, we will enjoy a guided walking tour, with our expert guide providing insight into some of the city’s most famous sights.
  • 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


    Heidelberg
    Heidelberg

    Located on the River Neckar, the beautiful city of Heidelberg is overlooked by its majestic castle. The city is a delight to explore, with its charming narrow streets and quaint houses, as well as bustling pedestrianised streets. Cross the old bridge or ‘Alte Brucke’ to look back across to the picture-postcard castle and riverscapes below. Explore this amazing city at leisure to discover its many sights and attractions, as well as enjoying some shopping for fantastic souvenirs, and admire the beautiful scenery during our time here.

    Roman Square in Frankfurt
    Panoramic Frankfurt
    We’ll spend an afternoon in Frankfurt during our holiday, allowing us to explore all this wonderful city has to offer. Join our guided tour, taking in the city’s many highlights. Stroll along Frankfurt’s bustling streets, admire its fantastic architecture and explore its many attractions, including Frankfurt Cathedral, Saint Paul’s Church, the Romerberg square and many more. 
    Heidelberg
    Heidelberg

    Located on the River Neckar, the beautiful city of Heidelberg is overlooked by its majestic castle. The city is a delight to explore, with its charming narrow streets and quaint houses, as well as bustling pedestrianised streets. Cross the old bridge or ‘Alte Brucke’ to look back across to the picture-postcard castle and riverscapes below. Explore this amazing city at leisure to discover its many sights and attractions, as well as enjoying some shopping for fantastic souvenirs, and admire the beautiful scenery during our time here.

    Roman Square in Frankfurt
    Panoramic Frankfurt
    We’ll spend an afternoon in Frankfurt during our holiday, allowing us to explore all this wonderful city has to offer. Join our guided tour, taking in the city’s many highlights. Stroll along Frankfurt’s bustling streets, admire its fantastic architecture and explore its many attractions, including Frankfurt Cathedral, Saint Paul’s Church, the Romerberg square and many more. 
    Heidelberg
    Heidelberg

    Located on the River Neckar, the beautiful city of Heidelberg is overlooked by its majestic castle. The city is a delight to explore, with its charming narrow streets and quaint houses, as well as bustling pedestrianised streets. Cross the old bridge or ‘Alte Brucke’ to look back across to the picture-postcard castle and riverscapes below. Explore this amazing city at leisure to discover its many sights and attractions, as well as enjoying some shopping for fantastic souvenirs, and admire the beautiful scenery during our time here.

    Roman Square in Frankfurt
    Panoramic Frankfurt
    We’ll spend an afternoon in Frankfurt during our holiday, allowing us to explore all this wonderful city has to offer. Join our guided tour, taking in the city’s many highlights. Stroll along Frankfurt’s bustling streets, admire its fantastic architecture and explore its many attractions, including Frankfurt Cathedral, Saint Paul’s Church, the Romerberg square and many more. 

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Reichsburg Castle
    Cochem and Imperial Reichsburg
    Join us on our guided walking tour as we explore the pretty little Moselle town of Cochem. The old quarter is dominated by the late-Gothic imperial castle and is dotted with medieval squares and lovingly restored timber-framed houses – architectural gems typical of the Moselle region.

    We see the market square, the baroque town hall, the Martinsbrunnen (a feature of the town's historical water supply), St. Martin's Church, the former Capuchin monastery (now an arts centre) and sections of the old town walls, including the town gates.

    We then continue to the mighty Reichsburg Castle. The castle perches on a rock 100 metres above the town of Cochem. Originally dating from the year 1,000, from 1868 to 1877 it was completely reconstructed and, since then, it has become the most-visited monument in the valley of the River Moselle.

    There are many impressive things to see inside the Castle, including the Knights' Hall, the Weapon Room, the Hunting Room and the medieval ladies' rooms. The castle is well-equipped with Renaissance and Baroque furniture, weapons, armours, crockery and all kinds of beautiful decorations, including mural paintings.
    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!

    Cochem
    Evening Wine Tasting in Cochem
    Join us for a visit to a local wine cellar in Cochem this evening, as we taste and sample some of the town’s locally produced wines. These include the famous and traditional Riesling, which is grown on the sloping hills of the Moselle Valley. Come and compare the different quality levels, colours, grape varieties, and characteristics, and learn how the different wines of this region are produced.
    Walking Tour Guide
    Guided walking tour of Cochem (31st of May & 1st June Departure Dates Only)
    Join us on our guided walking tour as we explore the pretty little Mosel town of Cochem. The old quarter is dominated by the late-Gothic imperial castle and is dotted with medieval squares and lovingly restored timber-framed houses – architectural gems typical of the Moselle region. But it is not only the fairytale buildings in and around Cochem that remind visitors of its 2,000-year legacy; the town's folk tales and wine traditions are also kept very much alive.

    We see the market square, the baroque town hall, the Martinsbrunnen (a feature of the town's historical water supply), St. Martin's Church, the former Capuchin monastery (now an arts centre) and sections of the old town walls including the town gates. 
    Koblenz
    Historical Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

    Discover one of Germany’s oldest towns, as we explore Koblenz’s charming and romantic streets. Admire its many attractions, such as St. Castor’s Basilica and Liebfrauenkirche (the Church of Our Beloved Lady), before we continue on to explore the magnificent Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

    Located along the Rhine River and offering fantastic views over Koblenz, this fortress is set at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at Deutsches Eck. Europe’s second largest preserved fortress - behind Gibraltar, Ehrenbreitstein 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. 

    Heidelberg
    Majestic Heidelberg and Castle

    Join us as we head to the beautiful city of Heidelberg. Considered as one of the many jewels in Germany’s crown, this city is one of the most popular destinations in this country and is situated on the banks of the Neckar River. Heidelberg is home to the oldest university in Germany, dating back to 1386 and has over 28,000 students. The city's main attraction is its stunning castle, perched on the hillside overlooking the city.

    Our comprehensive panoramic tour takes us to the Altstadt (historical city centre) and Hauptstrasse (main street), approximately one mile in length, which is reputedly the longest pedestrian shopping street in Germany. We will also explore the Philosophenweg, which provides wonderful views across the oldest part of the city, before we enjoy a leisurely drive along the river Neckar.

    We then head to the castle. Nestled 300 feet above the city, Heidelberg Castle is a combination of several buildings surrounding an inner courtyard, put together with a haphazard look. Each building highlights a different period of German architecture.

    The castle has a history almost as old as the city itself, with the first parts of the castle being constructed around 1300. From the Great Terrace and gardens, enjoy amazing views of Heidelberg, the Neckar River and the Neckar valley, and on a clear day Mannheim is even visible on the horizon.

    Vulkan Express
    Maria Laach and the Vulkan Express

    The Benedictine abbey Maria Laach was founded in 1093 and is widely considered a masterpiece of German Romanesque architecture. Though relatively short in length, the abbey boasts a multitude of towers and turrets, giving it the appearance of a fairy-tale fortress, which is further accentuated by its scenic lakeside setting.

    We then enjoy a journey on the wonderful Vulkan Express, a narrow-gauge railway that will take us on a scenic trip through the Brohl Valley, passing interesting slate and volcanic rock formations. This steam and diesel train will give us the experience of riding on a historical railway line, and we’ll get to take in the exquisite views while on-board.

    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.

    Reichsburg Castle
    Cochem and Imperial Reichsburg
    Join us on our guided walking tour as we explore the pretty little Moselle town of Cochem. The old quarter is dominated by the late-Gothic imperial castle and is dotted with medieval squares and lovingly restored timber-framed houses – architectural gems typical of the Moselle region.

    We see the market square, the baroque town hall, the Martinsbrunnen (a feature of the town's historical water supply), St. Martin's Church, the former Capuchin monastery (now an arts centre) and sections of the old town walls, including the town gates.

    We then continue to the mighty Reichsburg Castle. The castle perches on a rock 100 metres above the town of Cochem. Originally dating from the year 1,000, from 1868 to 1877 it was completely reconstructed and, since then, it has become the most-visited monument in the valley of the River Moselle.

    There are many impressive things to see inside the Castle, including the Knights' Hall, the Weapon Room, the Hunting Room and the medieval ladies' rooms. The castle is well-equipped with Renaissance and Baroque furniture, weapons, armours, crockery and all kinds of beautiful decorations, including mural paintings.
    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!

    Cochem
    Evening Wine Tasting in Cochem
    Join us for a visit to a local wine cellar in Cochem this evening, as we taste and sample some of the town’s locally produced wines. These include the famous and traditional Riesling, which is grown on the sloping hills of the Moselle Valley. Come and compare the different quality levels, colours, grape varieties, and characteristics, and learn how the different wines of this region are produced.
    Walking Tour Guide
    Guided walking tour of Cochem (31st of May & 1st June Departure Dates Only)
    Join us on our guided walking tour as we explore the pretty little Mosel town of Cochem. The old quarter is dominated by the late-Gothic imperial castle and is dotted with medieval squares and lovingly restored timber-framed houses – architectural gems typical of the Moselle region. But it is not only the fairytale buildings in and around Cochem that remind visitors of its 2,000-year legacy; the town's folk tales and wine traditions are also kept very much alive.

    We see the market square, the baroque town hall, the Martinsbrunnen (a feature of the town's historical water supply), St. Martin's Church, the former Capuchin monastery (now an arts centre) and sections of the old town walls including the town gates. 
    Koblenz
    Historical Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

    Discover one of Germany’s oldest towns, as we explore Koblenz’s charming and romantic streets. Admire its many attractions, such as St. Castor’s Basilica and Liebfrauenkirche (the Church of Our Beloved Lady), before we continue on to explore the magnificent Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

    Located along the Rhine River and offering fantastic views over Koblenz, this fortress is set at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at Deutsches Eck. Europe’s second largest preserved fortress - behind Gibraltar, Ehrenbreitstein 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. 

    Heidelberg
    Majestic Heidelberg and Castle

    Join us as we head to the beautiful city of Heidelberg. Considered as one of the many jewels in Germany’s crown, this city is one of the most popular destinations in this country and is situated on the banks of the Neckar River. Heidelberg is home to the oldest university in Germany, dating back to 1386 and has over 28,000 students. The city's main attraction is its stunning castle, perched on the hillside overlooking the city.

    Our comprehensive panoramic tour takes us to the Altstadt (historical city centre) and Hauptstrasse (main street), approximately one mile in length, which is reputedly the longest pedestrian shopping street in Germany. We will also explore the Philosophenweg, which provides wonderful views across the oldest part of the city, before we enjoy a leisurely drive along the river Neckar.

    We then head to the castle. Nestled 300 feet above the city, Heidelberg Castle is a combination of several buildings surrounding an inner courtyard, put together with a haphazard look. Each building highlights a different period of German architecture.

    The castle has a history almost as old as the city itself, with the first parts of the castle being constructed around 1300. From the Great Terrace and gardens, enjoy amazing views of Heidelberg, the Neckar River and the Neckar valley, and on a clear day Mannheim is even visible on the horizon.

    Vulkan Express
    Maria Laach and the Vulkan Express

    The Benedictine abbey Maria Laach was founded in 1093 and is widely considered a masterpiece of German Romanesque architecture. Though relatively short in length, the abbey boasts a multitude of towers and turrets, giving it the appearance of a fairy-tale fortress, which is further accentuated by its scenic lakeside setting.

    We then enjoy a journey on the wonderful Vulkan Express, a narrow-gauge railway that will take us on a scenic trip through the Brohl Valley, passing interesting slate and volcanic rock formations. This steam and diesel train will give us the experience of riding on a historical railway line, and we’ll get to take in the exquisite views while on-board.

    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.

    Reichsburg Castle
    Cochem and Imperial Reichsburg
    Join us on our guided walking tour as we explore the pretty little Moselle town of Cochem. The old quarter is dominated by the late-Gothic imperial castle and is dotted with medieval squares and lovingly restored timber-framed houses – architectural gems typical of the Moselle region.

    We see the market square, the baroque town hall, the Martinsbrunnen (a feature of the town's historical water supply), St. Martin's Church, the former Capuchin monastery (now an arts centre) and sections of the old town walls, including the town gates.

    We then continue to the mighty Reichsburg Castle. The castle perches on a rock 100 metres above the town of Cochem. Originally dating from the year 1,000, from 1868 to 1877 it was completely reconstructed and, since then, it has become the most-visited monument in the valley of the River Moselle.

    There are many impressive things to see inside the Castle, including the Knights' Hall, the Weapon Room, the Hunting Room and the medieval ladies' rooms. The castle is well-equipped with Renaissance and Baroque furniture, weapons, armours, crockery and all kinds of beautiful decorations, including mural paintings.
    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!

    Cochem
    Evening Wine Tasting in Cochem
    Join us for a visit to a local wine cellar in Cochem this evening, as we taste and sample some of the town’s locally produced wines. These include the famous and traditional Riesling, which is grown on the sloping hills of the Moselle Valley. Come and compare the different quality levels, colours, grape varieties, and characteristics, and learn how the different wines of this region are produced.
    Walking Tour Guide
    Guided walking tour of Cochem (31st of May & 1st June Departure Dates Only)
    Join us on our guided walking tour as we explore the pretty little Mosel town of Cochem. The old quarter is dominated by the late-Gothic imperial castle and is dotted with medieval squares and lovingly restored timber-framed houses – architectural gems typical of the Moselle region. But it is not only the fairytale buildings in and around Cochem that remind visitors of its 2,000-year legacy; the town's folk tales and wine traditions are also kept very much alive.

    We see the market square, the baroque town hall, the Martinsbrunnen (a feature of the town's historical water supply), St. Martin's Church, the former Capuchin monastery (now an arts centre) and sections of the old town walls including the town gates. 
    Koblenz
    Historical Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

    Discover one of Germany’s oldest towns, as we explore Koblenz’s charming and romantic streets. Admire its many attractions, such as St. Castor’s Basilica and Liebfrauenkirche (the Church of Our Beloved Lady), before we continue on to explore the magnificent Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

    Located along the Rhine River and offering fantastic views over Koblenz, this fortress is set at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at Deutsches Eck. Europe’s second largest preserved fortress - behind Gibraltar, Ehrenbreitstein 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. 

    Heidelberg
    Majestic Heidelberg and Castle

    Join us as we head to the beautiful city of Heidelberg. Considered as one of the many jewels in Germany’s crown, this city is one of the most popular destinations in this country and is situated on the banks of the Neckar River. Heidelberg is home to the oldest university in Germany, dating back to 1386 and has over 28,000 students. The city's main attraction is its stunning castle, perched on the hillside overlooking the city.

    Our comprehensive panoramic tour takes us to the Altstadt (historical city centre) and Hauptstrasse (main street), approximately one mile in length, which is reputedly the longest pedestrian shopping street in Germany. We will also explore the Philosophenweg, which provides wonderful views across the oldest part of the city, before we enjoy a leisurely drive along the river Neckar.

    We then head to the castle. Nestled 300 feet above the city, Heidelberg Castle is a combination of several buildings surrounding an inner courtyard, put together with a haphazard look. Each building highlights a different period of German architecture.

    The castle has a history almost as old as the city itself, with the first parts of the castle being constructed around 1300. From the Great Terrace and gardens, enjoy amazing views of Heidelberg, the Neckar River and the Neckar valley, and on a clear day Mannheim is even visible on the horizon.

    Vulkan Express
    Maria Laach and the Vulkan Express

    The Benedictine abbey Maria Laach was founded in 1093 and is widely considered a masterpiece of German Romanesque architecture. Though relatively short in length, the abbey boasts a multitude of towers and turrets, giving it the appearance of a fairy-tale fortress, which is further accentuated by its scenic lakeside setting.

    We then enjoy a journey on the wonderful Vulkan Express, a narrow-gauge railway that will take us on a scenic trip through the Brohl Valley, passing interesting slate and volcanic rock formations. This steam and diesel train will give us the experience of riding on a historical railway line, and we’ll get to take in the exquisite views while on-board.

    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.




    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

What's included

  • Travel by coach, air or rail
  • 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
  • Seven optional 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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