A grand river cruise through Europe. Traverse two famously picturesque riverscapes as we voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest. The Lorelei Passage is a favourite stretch, taking you past medieval castles, fortresses, palaces and the legendary Lorelei Rock. The second is the wildly romantic Wachau Valley, winding its way through Austrian vineyards. Other highlights include Cologne’s Gothic cathedral, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the Würzburg Residence Palace and the timber-framed medieval town of Miltenberg, enjoying samples of delicious produce along the way before arriving in the majestic city of Budapest.
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Titan Travel VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Amsterdam. Upon arrival, embark MS Bellejour (4T), where light refreshments are available. A welcome cocktail and captain’s gala dinner are served this evening.
Day 2 - Amsterdam
A guided tour of the characterful Dutch capital this morning will introduce you to highlights such as the distinctive tall and narrow merchants’ houses that line the canals, the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), central Dam Square and the Royal Palace. A short cruise along the canals is also included before we return to our vessel and set sail in the early afternoon.
Day 3 - Cologne
We arrive in the wonderful city of Cologne this afternoon. Home to numerous sites of interest, it is impossible to not be entranced by the city’s hallmark – the incredible Gothic cathedral with a vast stone façade. On our included guided walking tour, we will visit this, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, said to house the remains of the Three Wise Men. The remainder of the day and early evening are free to make your own explorations.
Day 4 - Koblenz
We arrive in Koblenz early this morning, and remain here overnight allowing a full day to explore this 2,000-year-old city. Start with an included tour of Koblenz and a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, climbing up to its hilltop position by cable car. This grand castle has been through a series of wars and sieges from its conception in AD 1000 to World War I. Perhaps spend the rest of the day and evening exploring the town’s ancient old quarter.
Day 5 - Koblenz - Lorelei Passage - Rüdesheim
A memorable morning sailing along the most beautiful part of the Rhine, passing castle after castle, renowned vineyards and the legendary Lorelei Rock – a stunning experience. Over lunch, we arrive in Rüdesheim, one of the Rhine Valley’s prettiest towns and famed for its winemaking traditions dating back to Carolingian times. You may like to spend your afternoon tasting the wines or visiting Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, a delightful collection of imaginative music boxes.
Day 6 - Frankfurt
Frankfurt is immensely proud of its heritage, with a bustling city centre full of historical sites including the Kaiserdom (cathedral) and the Paulskirche, the cradle of German democracy. We explore much of this on an included city tour, including Romerberg, the historic heart of the city that has been the site of markets, fairs, tournaments, executions and coronations. You may like to head to the Old Sachsenhausen, an area full of fountains and timber-framed houses and Epelwoi pubs which serve the local apple wine and delicious food. The afternoon is free to explore before returning to our ship for tonight’s dinner, while sailing onwards.
Day 7 -Miltenberg
This morning we dock in Miltenberg to explore the attractive medieval town, where you can see exquisite examples of the area’s gorgeous timber-framed houses, the small castle and surrounding wooded hillsides. The production of wine and beer contributed significantly to the town’s early wealth and you may choose to spend your morning on a beer tasting excursion. We continue our cruise this afternoon.
Day 8 - Wurzburg
The Würzburg Residence Palace is a masterpiece of southern German Baroque and one of the most important castles by Balthasar Neumann. It was built at the beginning of the 18th century for Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp Franz von Schonborn and the wonderful frescoes and magnificent staircase, with its unsupported vaulted ceiling, have been painstakingly restored. We visit the palace on an included walking tour before an afternoon of scenic cruising.
Day 9 - Bamberg
This afternoon we arrive in Bamberg, a UNESCO-listed town that had a huge influence on Germany from the 10th century onwards, by inspiring eminent philosophers who lived here and encouraging links with neighbouring countries. Explore the attractive narrow streets and squares independently or join an optional guided walk of its historic old quarter and the exquisite Rose Garden.
Day 10 - Nuremberg
We spend this morning in Nuremberg, with a city tour included to introduce highlights from its medieval beginnings to the present. It was the preferred residence of many German kings and artists, and led the industrial revolution, but much of the city was destroyed in January 1945. Since WWII, it gained fame for the Nuremberg Trials and many of the classic buildings have been painstakingly restored.
Day 11 - Regensburg
We arrive in Regensburg this morning to enjoy exploring the cathedrals, churches, monasteries and town hall of one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany at leisure. This was the first capital of Bavaria, a status that has rewarded it with many fine sights. You may like to take an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery on a bend in the Danube renowned for its beauty and for holding the world’s oldest monastic brewery.
Day 12 - Passau & Linz
This morning, we arrive in Passau, a largely Baroque city situated on the Austrian border at the confluence of three rivers – the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. Perhaps take an optional walking tour and visit majestic St Stephen’s Cathedral to see the world’s largest cathedral organ. We cross into Austria this afternoon as we sail to Linz, where we spend the evening.
Day 13 - Melk & Vienna
Spend this morning in the quiet town of Melk and perhaps join an optional visit to the glorious Austrian Benedictine abbey, one of the world’s most famous monastic sites, sitting at the entrance of the picturesque Wachau Valley. We spend this afternoon taking the leisurely journey along the meandering river, winding our way to Vienna, where we dock this evening and remain overnight.
Day 14 - Vienna
Vienna is the city of the waltz, the Spanish Riding School, Sachertorte and the famous Vienna Boys’ Choir. We enjoy an included city tour, taking you to the Ringstrasse and the famous St Stephan’s Cathedral. The last leg of our cruise commences this afternoon towards our final destination of Budapest. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board.
Day 15 - Budapest
An early morning arrival into Budapest at the end of an enchanting two week voyage. You have the choice to take an optional tour of this fascinating city, or to spend the day exploring at leisure. With many monuments reflecting its long history, from Roman, Turk and Ottoman occupation, as well as riverside promenades, flea markets and antique shops, there are many to choose from.
Day 15 - Budapest - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
The four-star plus MS Select Bellejour was built in 2004 and has a worldwide allure with comprehensive facilities to ensure all guests can enjoy every aspect of their vacation. When entering the ship guests are instantly encircled by the feeling of timeless elegance and luxury. This 126.7 m long vessel features 90 large cabins allowing for a maximum of 180 passengers. The ship has spacious public areas and plenty of outside seating, enabling guests to soak up the ever-changing scenery at any time. In the panoramic restaurant on the upper deck guests can enjoy culinary delights. Passengers can also enjoy an indoor wellness area with sauna, whirlpool and fitness area to ensure maximum comfort and relaxation. When combined with excellent service on board the MS Select Bellejour, a cruise on the European waterways will be one to never forget. The ship offers three cabin types – all of which are spacious and well-thought-out. All cabins have outside views, climate control and an en-suite bathroom. In addition, cabins include a phone, TV, safe, hair dryer, and a mini bar.
This lovely 4 star river cruise vessel, features comfortably furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony. 90 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms. Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.
|Oct 13||Bellejour||Amsterdam||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||1 - Standard||161 ft², Fixed Windows||Sold|
|Lower Deck||2 - Standard||161 ft², Fixed Windows||£2999|
|Middle Deck||4 - Superior||161 ft², French Balcony||Sold|
|Middle Deck||5 - Superior||161 ft², French Balcony||£3299|
|Upper Deck||7 - Deluxe||161 ft², French Balcony||£3399|
|Upper Deck||8 - Deluxe||161 ft², French Balcony||£3999|
VIP door-to-door travel service Travel with us and your holiday starts the moment you step out your front door. There’s no worry about taxi fares, train timetables or having to lug your bags on public transport – we take care of the whole journey for you. Hassle-free transfers* As the pioneers of door-to-door transfers, our service is industry-leading. No matter where you’re flying from, our drivers will pick you up from home (or another address if that’s easier) and take you to your departure airport. When you return, they’ll be waiting at the terminal to bring you back home again. If you’ve chosen to stay in a hotel the night before your flight, that’s not a problem – we’ll collect you the day before and take you to the hotel. Everyone’s a VIP – no matter how far you are from the airport We won’t ask you to pay extra just because you live further away. There are no mileage limits or supplements to pay for our airport transfers – we cover every UK address (with the exception of the Scottish Islands and Sark, where we’ll pick you up from a mainland address of your choice). *The majority of our VIP door-to-door service transfers are not exclusive to one holiday booking and journeys to and from the airport may be undertaken via additional addresses and may involve a change of vehicle.
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Titan Travel is the only escorted river cruise operator to offer free home transfers on every itinerary and every departure date with no mileage supplement to pay. Titan Travel are also our number one choice for low or no single supplements. As Titan Travel now charter their own river cruise ship, the MS Serenade 1, not only as a solo traveller do you get picked up from home, but you can look forward to knowing that there will be a group of single travellers on board with you. Or you can cruise with a companion, but you both have a cabin for only a small supplement, subject to availability. As a long-established, multi-award winning touring company, Titan Travel have brought their friendly expertise to their comfortable, 4-star river cruising. Your fellow travelers on board will be from the UK and Ireland. We have worked with Titan Travel and their friendly staff for a number of years and are very happy to recommend their overall experience from start to finish. Celebrating 40 years in business, they are definitely doing something right.