Glide along the Moselle on MS Serenade 1 and discover this river’s best-kept secrets. Scurry between timber-framed houses and cobbled streets in the shadows of Cochem’s grand castle. We travel back even further in time to explore the ruins of a one-time Roman metropolis in Trier. Between each stop, sit back and enjoy the ride with leisurely afternoons sailing past the Moselle’s most beautiful scenery. And classical music lovers will enjoy Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven.
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Titan Travel VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Dover, where we take a break before boarding our coaches, for the Channel crossing to Calais and onward journey to Cologne. Upon arrival, embark MS Serenade 1 (4T), where light refreshments are available.
Day 2 - Koblenz
Our first port of call on your river cruise, Koblenz has a charming old town with beautiful castles, a neoclassical Electoral Palace and markets that sprawl its string of small squares. The dock is just a short stroll from the centre and as you walk, you’ll notice the vast ruins of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite bank of the Rhine. The cable car to the fortress makes for a wonderful view over the city and river (available in the summer and winter weekends). We’ll start the morning off the right way today with an included wine tasting at Deinhard Cellar Museum.
Day 3 - Cochem
Huddled among the lush slopes of the Moselle Valley, decorated with a mass of timber-framed houses set on a scurry of streets and a towering medieval castle above – there may not be a more beautiful scene in Germany than the town of Cochem (and there’s some stiff competition). We’ll spend some time today exploring the 12th century castle together, before enjoying the local wine with another tasting.
Day 4 - Bernkastel
Resting in the heart of the beautiful Middle Moselle, Bernkastel is a quintessential medieval German town. Life is unhurried and simple pleasures prevail. It’s one of those places where it’s better to simply ‘be’ than ‘do’. Spend your morning here slowly wandering the beautiful cobbled streets, feasting your eyes on the old-time architecture and maybe stopping for a coffee (or beer) in one of the squares to really soak up the small-town ambience. But if you really want something to do, join us on an optional city walk and wine tasting. If you have time, the 9th century hilltop Landshut Castle makes for a good wander – and offers a great viewpoint.
Day 5 - Trier
One of Germany’s oldest cities with an impressive number of UNESCO-listed sites (eight!), you won’t be left twiddling your thumbs here in the ‘Rome of the north’. Step on shore to discover the pastel-hued city centre in Hauptmarkt square. Well-preserved townhouses create a mix of Renaissance, baroque and classic architecture. Further afield, the remnants of a Roman metropolis can be found with a number of ancient sights, including the majestic Porta Nigra gate. Alternatively, opt for our optional excursion to beautiful Eltz Castle. Nestled in the wooded hills north of Trier, this grand castle is still owned by the same family who lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago.
Day 6 - Zell
Our next stop on the enchanting vineyard-wrapped slopes of the Moselle is Zell, a charming wine-producing town of old. Wander through the selection of pretty-fronted shops and pick up a bottle or two as a souvenir.
Day 7 - Andernach - Bonn
Spend the morning exploring the ancient town of Andernach before a lunchtime cruise, or opt for an excursion to Andernach Geyser – the highest cold-water geyser in the world. Arriving in Bonn this afternoon, we’ll enjoy a walking tour taking in the Beethoven monument, the Romanesque Minster Cathedral, the University of Bonn, and the baroque City Hall. Naturally, we’ll also visit Beethoven’s birthplace, which gives a fascinating insight into his life as you explore the museum, archives and chamber music hall.
Day 8 - Cologne - UK
After breakfast we board our waiting coaches for the return journey to Calais and Channel crossing. Upon arrival in Dover, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
The four-star plus MS Serenade 1 was built in 2005 and refurbished in 2015. This comfortable vessel creates a synergy between the luxury of an ocean liner and the intimacy and coziness of a river cruise ship. All bathrooms are equipped with both a shower and a bath tub, a unique feature in the river cruise industry. The MS Serenade 1 is 110 m and offers 68 cabins across three decks with a maximum of 136 guests. Passengers can relax in the lounge, dine in the panoramic restaurant, make use of the library and the Captain’s Club, or simply enjoy the passing scenery on the sun deck while playing giant chess. A cruise on the MS Serenade 1 ensures an unforgettable holiday on the European waterways. The ship offers three cabin types – all of which include a shower and bath tub. All cabins have outside views, climate control and an en-suite bathroom. In addition, cabins include a phone, TV, safe, hair dryer, mini bar, plus tea and coffee facilities.
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. 68 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and including 2 suites range in size from 172 – 215 ft². 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.
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.
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 onboard will be from the UK and Ireland. We have worked with Titan 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.