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Grand Splendours of the Rhine

Titan VIP Home pick up service on this cruise. Plus Free Cabin upgrade on selected dates
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Grand Splendours of the Rhine

From £1,649 pp

Sail along the Rhine to some of Europe’s oldest towns and cities, each with delightfully quirky lanes and alleys. Starting and finishing in Cologne, we take in Bonn, the former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the former Roman capital of Mainz.

The Romans founded many of the destinations on this cruise, leaving fortresses, amphitheatres and vineyards which decorate the valleys through which we sail.

What’s Included:

  • 9 night cruise on the MS Serenade 1
  • 26 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 8 lunches (days 2-9) 9 dinners (days 1-9)
  • 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
  • 4 included excursions: City tours of Heidelberg and Strasbourg (with canal cruise), Walking tours of Mainz and Cologne
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Or Fly from your local airport
  • Check-in service by Titan Staff*
  • Eurotunnel or ferry crossings
  • Best available coaches with experienced drivers
  • All port taxes, security charges, and fuel surcharges included

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

Alken, Germany, Rhine River
Day 1 - Cologne

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for either your journey to Dover, where we take a break before boarding our coaches, for the Channel crossing to Calais and onward journey to Cologne, or you take you to the airport for your flight to Cologne.

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 - Bonn - Alken

We awake this morning in Bonn, where you can choose to take an optional walking tour of the old city, or explore independently. A tumultuous history led to the city’s fortification in 1244, and then in 1949 it became the capital of West Germany, for the 41 years of the Cold War – just two of the events over the last two millennia, that have helped create an intriguing city.

The optional tour includes entrance to Beethoven’s House, the birthplace of Bonn’s most famous son. It holds many exhibits of his life and work including scores and musical instruments.

We depart Bonn this afternoon and dock overnight in Alken.

Day 2 - Bonn - Alken

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Cochem

This morning we sail to Cochem. After lunch there is an optional tour of the Imperial Cochem Castle, with beautiful medieval towers and fairytale turrets soaring high over beautiful scenes of the charming town and sloping vine-clad banks of the river.

The manually harvested grapes make the most prestigious of German wines, and a tasting session is part of the excursion.

Day 3 - Cochem

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Cochem - Boppard

We continue down the Rhine, navigating the locks on our way to beautiful Boppard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has evolved since its Roman settlement.

Arriving this afternoon and docking overnight, the rest of the day is open for you to explore Boppard. The area is renowned for a long history influenced by several royal families, electors and bishops, although none possibly as important as the Romans. The fortress and 28 of the vast Roman camp’s defence towers are still standing.

Day 4 - Cochem - Boppard

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Boppard - Lorelei Passage - Rüdesheim

This morning we sail the beautiful, winding Lorelei Passage and pass the legendary Lorelei Rock.

Disembark in Rüdesheim for an afternoon at leisure to explore this historic city of winegrowers. You will find parts of the city’s fortifications including the Romanesque Brömserburg Castle, now home to Rheingauer Wine Museum, and delightful half-timbered houses of Drosselgasse.

We depart late this evening.

Day 5 - Boppard - Lorelei Passage - Rüdesheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Mannheim - Heidelberg - Speyer

This morning we dock in Mannheim for a transfer to Heidelberg, where we take a walking tour through Gothic streets full of historic sites and attractions.

The ruins of the Renaissance castle dominate the city, providing a stunning city backdrop and a wonderful place to visit.

We return to our vessel in Speyer with free time to make your own explorations before we sail in the early evening.

Day 6 - Mannheim - Heidelberg - Speyer

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Strasbourg

We have an entire day to explore the grand city of Strasbourg. Begin with an included tour of the city centre, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and a cruise along the city’s canal for some fantastic views.

The afternoon is at leisure for you to return to the twisting alleys lined with crooked houses and to its monumental cathedral featuring carvings as delicate as any piece of lacework.

Day 7 - Strasbourg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Mainz - Lorelei Passage - Andernach

Awake in Mainz for an included tour of the Roman capital. Its history is visible through the various architectural styles dotted across the city, from the ruins of a Roman theatre and aqueduct to the unusual modern synagogue.

One of the city’s best known establishments is the Gutenberg Museum named after Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of the revolutionary moveable metal type printing equipment that reproduced the famous Gutenberg Bible.

We return to our ship this afternoon to continue to Andernach through the Lorelei Passage.

Day 8 - Mainz - Lorelei Passage - Andernach

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Andernach - Cologne

Cruise to Cologne this morning. After lunch we take an included walking tour of Cologne’s must-see sights including the Old Town with its narrow cobble-stoned alleys and busy squares, and the magnificent UNESCO-listed medieval cathedral, which was constructed over the course of 700 years.

Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board.

Day 9 - Andernach - Cologne

Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 10 - Cologne - UK

After breakfast we board our waiting coaches for the return journey to Calais and Channel crossing Or back to the Airport for your return flight home.

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.

13 October 2019 sailing

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.

Jul 24Serenade 1Cologne£1899Includes savings of £250 per personCabin Upgrades
Lower DeckD172 ft², Fixed Windows£1899  
Middle DeckC161 ft², French BalconySold  
Middle DeckB161 ft², French BalconySold  
Upper DeckA161 ft², French Balcony£2499  
Upper DeckSuite237 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Oct 13Serenade 1Cologne£1649Includes savings of £250 per personCabin Upgrades
Lower DeckD172 ft², Fixed Windows£1649  
Middle DeckC161 ft², French Balcony£1749  
Middle DeckB161 ft², French Balcony£2029  
Upper DeckA161 ft², French Balcony£2229  
Upper DeckSuite237 ft², Outside Balcony£2279  

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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