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Fairytale Castles & the Glacier Express

Titan VIP Home pick up service included on this cruise. PLUS Free cabin upgrades on selected dates.
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Fairytale Castles & The Glacier Express

From £2,699 pp

We’ve all dreamed of great stone castles and legendary knights. Many centuries ago, on the riverbanks of Germany and Switzerland, these dreams were true. Some of these magnificent castles have crumbled to the ground; others are romantic ruins, while a number still stand strong.

This cruise takes you to delightful medieval cities to fuel your imagination with towers and turrets and ends with hotel stays in Montreux and Chur – visiting Chillon and Aigle castles and travelling between the two cities by Glacier Express

What’s Included:

  • 3 nights in hotels and 10 nights cruise on MS Serenade 1
  • 33 meals: 13 breakfasts (days 2-14) 9 lunches (days 2-10) 11 dinners (days 1-11)
  • Welcome reception party, and Evening Gala Dinner
  • Local wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary VOX portable headset system for cruise excursions
  • 8 included excursions: Schloss Drachenburg, Eltz Castle, Rheinstein Castle, Baden Baden walking tour, Triberg city tour and waterfalls, Boat cruise to Chillon Castle. Vine and Wine Museum at Aigle Castle including wine tasting, Journey on the Glacier Express Panoramic Train
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Check-in service by Titan Staff*
  • All port taxes, security charges, and fuel surcharges included

*Check-in by Titan Staff not available at all airports, Please check on booking

Rhine - Cafes in Petite-France in Strasbourg
Day 1 - Dusseldorf / Cologne

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Düsseldorf.

Upon arrival, embark MS Serenade 1 (4T), where light refreshments are available.

A welcome cocktail and captain’s gala dinner are served this evening.


Day 2 - Königswinter - Andernach - Cochem

Schloss Drachenburg is a castle-like villa with a Gothic fairytale finish, built on a hill cited in dragon folklore.

Built in the late 1800s for a baron who never lived here, the villa has been restored and renovated with tapestries, murals and some of the questionable artefacts collected by the list of owners.

Once we’ve admired its spires, battlements and landscaped gardens, we sail on the Moselle River to the charming medieval town of Cochem.

Day 2 - Königswinter - Andernach - Cochem

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Cochem

The old town of Cochem sits amid sloping vine-clad banks in a beautiful part of the Moselle Valley. Look out for the marks of the Middle Ages as you explore, or take an optional tour to the Imperial Cochem Castle, with beautiful medieval towers and fairytale turrets.

A tasting of local German wines is part of the excursion.

Day 3 - Cochem

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Trier

Hidden deep in the forest, on a small hilltop clearing, sits the particularly picturesque medieval Eltz Castle. The 80-room castle is still occupied today, by the same family who moved in 850 years ago.

You’ll discover little has changed since 1540. Even the medieval knights are said to still haunt its corridors. The Treasury and Armoury boast world-class artworks in gold and silver.

Day 4 - Trier

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Scenic cruising

Relax on board as we cruise through the glorious countryside of the Rhineland-Palatinate region, with views of quaint, historic towns, rolling hills, woodlands and medieval castles along both banks of the river.

Day 5 - Scenic cruising

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Koblenz - Lorelei Passage - Rüdesheim

At the point where the Moselle meets the Rhine, sit Koblenz’s most famous sites. On one bank is Deutches Eck, where a statue commemorates Kaiser Wilhelm I.

On the second bank is the 19th century Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the last incarnation of the fortifications that have watched over Koblenz through the last millennia.

There’s an optional excursion to the fortress. We set off later for an afternoon of cruising along one of the river’s most scenic stretches, the UNESCO-listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley, and through the fabled Lorelei Passage, to Rüdesheim.

Day 6 -  Koblenz - Lorelei Passage - Rüdesheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 -Rudesheim

Join an included tour to the gorgeous Rheinstein Castle, situated on a rocky ridge with stunning views of the Rhine.

Originally built in AD 900, the castle served as a customs post for the German Empire, and was home to the Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolph von Habsburg in the 13th century.

Day 7 -Rudesheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Speyer

Join us for an optional walking tour of Speyer, or explore at your own pace. Sights include the city’s glorious red-brick Romanesque cathedral, the ruins of a 12th century Jewish synagogue and the Old Mint, with its beautiful baroque façade.

In the afternoon, we take a walking tour of Baden Baden, a fascinating town nestled in a beautiful landscape along the border of the Black Forest.

Day 8 - Speyer

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Strasbourg

We take an included excursion into the heart of the Black Forest to visit the quaint town of Triberg.

This is home to Germany’s highest waterfall; foaming and roaring, the water plunges 163 metres down and was used in 1884 to power the country’s first electric street lamps.

Triberg is also where the first cuckoo clocks and the original Black Forest gateau recipe were made.

We return to our ship in the afternoon to spend the rest of the day at leisure in Strasbourg.

Day 9 - Strasbourg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Breisach

Discover Breisach’s pastel-shaded buildings and hilltop cathedral, or join our optional excursion into the Black Forest to wind through wooded valleys to the shores of Lake Titisee for a cruise, and visit Freiburg, home to one of Germany’s oldest universities and a Gothic sandstone cathedral.

Day 10 - Breisach

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Montreaux

Travel to Montreux, with time to explore on arrival. Check in to the Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic (4T) for two nights with dinner this evening.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Chillon Castle - Aigle Castle

Take a scenic boat ride from Montreux to Chillon Castle. This wonderful lakeside fortress has been a toll station and summer residence of the Counts of Savoy, an arsenal and a prison.

Take time to explore before we head to Aigle Castle, a turreted medieval château with strong roots in the local wine industry. It contains the Vine and Wine Museum, which holds implements used for wine-making through the centuries. Visit the museum and enjoy tasting the delicious wines of the region.


Day 13 - Glacier Express - Chur

We board a train to Brig, where we join the famous Glacier Express, the world’s slowest express train, to Chur.

The spectacular journey takes us across the river Rhone and into the narrow Upper Rhone Valley, crosses the Oberalp Pass and descends into the dramatic Rhine Gorge.

Our hotel for the night, the ABC Swiss Quality Hotel (4T), is just next to the station.

Day 13 - Glacier Express - Chur


Day 14 - Chur - Basel - UK

We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, 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.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 68 cabins across three decks, comfortable outside staterooms and suites, most with French Balconies
  • Boutique
  • Lift between Mozart and Chopin Deck
  • Gym and Sauna
  • Library
  • Lobby
  • Lounge and Bar
  • Mini Bar
  • Reception
  • Stairlift to Sun Deck
  • Sun deck with Loungers and Chess
  • WiFi

Accommodation & Amenities

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.


215 ft² – Chopin (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)
  • Full sit out private outdoor verenda
  • Indoor seating area with table and chairs
  • Hotel standard beds, which can be converted into twins or remain as double.
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & bathtub & separate shower enclosure
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Satellite television
  • Phone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
MS Serenade 1 - Suite
MS Serenade 1 - French Balcony Cabin

C, B & A Grade Superior Cabins

172 ft² – Middle (Mozart) & Upper (Chopin) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & bathtub & separate shower enclosure
  • Hotel standard beds, which can be converted into twins or remain as double.
  • Indoor seating area with table and chairs
  • Satellite television
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Phone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

D- Grade Standard Cabins

172 ft² – Lower (Beethoven) Deck

  • Head Height fixed window
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & bathtub & separate shower enclosure
  • Hotel standard beds, which can be converted into twins or remain as double.
  • Indoor seating area with table and chairs
  • Satellite television
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
MS Serenade 1 - Standard Cabin
MS Serenade 1 - Deck Plan

For a limited time only, we’re offering upper-deck cabins for middle-deck prices on selected 2019 sailings.

On the following sailings, we’re offering upper-deck cabins for middle-deck prices –
so you can enjoy even better views for the same great-value price.

MS Serenade 1 sailing on  02 August or 09 August 2019

Upgrade offer valid on Category 5 middle deck cabins on Gil Eanes or Bellejour, or Category B middle deck cabins on Serenade 1. Guests booking these categories will be upgraded to the best available cabin on that ship’s upper deck, subject to availability. Offer is open to new bookings only. Offer is valid for twin and single occupancy cabins (please note: single cabins are extremely limited). Offer subject to Titan’s normal booking conditions, and may be withdrawn at any time.

Jun 1Serenade 1Basel£2799Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckD172 ft², Fixed Windows£2799  
Middle DeckC161 ft², French Balcony£2999  
Middle DeckB161 ft², French Balcony£3199  
Upper DeckA161 ft², French Balcony£3299  
Upper DeckSuite237 ft², Outside Balcony£3449  
Aug 2Serenade 1Basel£2699Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckD172 ft², Fixed Windows£2699  
Middle DeckC161 ft², French Balcony£2899  
Middle DeckB161 ft², French Balcony£3099  
Upper DeckA161 ft², French Balcony£3199  
Upper DeckSuite237 ft², Outside Balcony£3349  
Aug 9Serenade 1Basel£3149Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckD172 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Middle DeckC161 ft², French BalconySold  
Middle DeckB161 ft², French Balcony£3149  
Upper DeckA161 ft², French Balcony£3199  
Upper DeckSuite237 ft², Outside Balcony£3349  

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.

Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

Why Choose This Cruise?

Titan is the only escorted tour operator to offer free home transfers on every itinerary and every departure date with no mileage supplement to pay.

Titan are also our number one choice for low or no single supplements.  As Titan now charter their own ship, the MS Serenade 1, not only as a solo traveler do you get picked up from home, but you can look forward to knowing that there will be a group of single travelers onboard 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 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 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.

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