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 river 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
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Titan Travel 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 tour 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 travellers onboard 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.