Rhine in Flames

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The Rhine in Flames near Koblenz

Visit: The Rhine in Flames near Koblenz, Germany

Rhine Gorge

Visit: Rhine Gorge, Germany

Cochem

Visit: Cochem, Germany

Boppard

Visit: Boppard, Germany

See the incredible 'Rhine In Flames' festival, as explosions of fireworks light up the sky. Our cruise ship will be part of the flotilla - the best way to view the spectacle.

    Please note for navigational and passenger safety, the cruise company and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary if necessary. Sailing times are dependant on how busy the numerous locks are. At some ports of call, a degree of walking will be involved to join our coach. Due to limited docking facilities, it may be necessary to dock alongside another ship to access the shore.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    A brief visit to Valkenburg, then to Cologne to join our cruise ship, the 3-star MV Esmeralda, for a five-night cruise.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We begin our cruise upstream to the quintessential Rhine town of Andernach. See the round tower (Runder Turm), one of the symbols of the city, or enjoy a walk around the town's historic centre.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We continue our cruise, passing the 2000-year old town of Koblenz, at the point where the Rhine meets the Moselle. We continue to Boppard, where you can enjoy a stroll around the compact town or along the pretty Rhine Promenade. This afternoon, we offer an excursion by coach to the old town of Cochem, one of the most beautiful wine-growing locations in Germany, where the impressive Reichsburg Castle stands high above the river. We moor overnight in Boppard.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    A day of wonderful scenery today as we cruise along the most dramatic stretch of the mighty Rhine. Our cruise takes us through the Rhine Gorge, passing hill-top castles, picturesque towns and vine-clad slopes. We also pass the legendary Loreley Rock near the picturesque town of St. Goarshausen before reaching Rüdesheim. Explore this bustling town known for its wine-making, especially Riesling wines. At the heart of the old town, Rüdesheim boasts the Drosselgasse, a charming street bursting with shops, wine bars and garden taverns.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We cruise downstream towards Koblenz, where we arrive around lunchtime. At around 5.00pm we sail in convoy, as part of the flotilla towards Bonn and witness the amazing fireworks display. The ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour erupts over the river, illuminating the countryside, before we continue to Cologne arriving in the early hours.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We disembark and head home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 5 nights cruising with full board
    • 1 nights hotel with continental breakfast
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service coach

    Included Excursions

    • Valkenburg
    • Boppard
    • Andernach
    • Rhine Gorge
    • Rüdesheim
    • Koblenz & Rhine in Flames

    Optional Excursions

    • Cochem
    • Highlights of Rüdesheim

    Notes

    Cabin Upgrades (per person)Twin
    Promenade Deck Cabin£50

    No single rooms/cabins available.

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will spend five nights aboard the 3-star MV Esmeralda. Cabin accommodation is on two decks: main and promenade. There is a lounge with bar, restaurant and sun deck. All cabins have twin beds, en suite facilities with shower, picture window and a safe. The MV Esmeralda has a lift between the main deck and the promenade deck, and a stair lift between the promenade deck and the sun deck. 

    Mv Esmeralda

    Mv Esmeralda

    Mv Esmeralda


    MV Esmeralda offers a high level of comfort and a family atmosphere. MV Esmeralda can accommodate 126 passengers on two decks and is air conditioned throughout. There is a lounge bar, restaurant and sun deck which is partially covered to allow you to enjoy the passing scenery whatever the weather.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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      Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

      Front row seats can be reserved for £12pp (up to 6 days duration), £20pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £6pp (up to 6 days duration), £12pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

      Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

      If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

      Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

      We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
      Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately 90p or 1 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

      Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

      With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

      All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
      All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
      We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
      One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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