Celebrate Turner’s fascination with the Middle Rhine, which he visited ten times between 1817 and 1844. On his first sketching trip he passed medieval fortresses devastated by the wars that followed the Reformation and blackened by the sieges of Napoleon’s troops.
He saw fairytale castles, picturesque villages and magnificent cities founded by the Romans and enjoyed breathtaking scenery along the Rhine Gorge, where travellers saluted the legendary sirens with pistol shots and hunting horns. Relive his experiences with our expert guest speaker, Gerald Deslandes.
Titan’s 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. Alternatively we will collect you from home and take you to your chosen 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 - Koblenz - Boppard
Following breakfast, join us for the first of our talks, which introduces Turner’s Rhine voyages and place them in the context of the river’s history from the Romans to WWII.
A guided walking tour follows, which introduces you to Koblenz, a town whose founding was associated with Julius Caesar. The city boasts a superb Romanesque church built by Charlemagne’s son, and is dominated by Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, one of Turner’s most famous Rhine subjects.
The afternoon is free for you to continue your own explorations before returning to the ship to enjoy a talk on the subject of the medieval Rhine before dinner.
Day 3 - Boppard - St Goarshausen - Lorelei Passage - Rüdesheim
Enjoy a walking tour this morning of the picturesque town of Boppard, which has a Roman fortress with 28 defensive towers.
After lunch, we visit the charming town of St Goar overlooked by the 13th century Rheinfells castle, and enjoy a tour that takes us past the world’s largest hanging cuckoo clock.
Later, our ship cruises through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, an area that is forever associated with the Romantic movement and which was the inspiration for many of Turner’s works. The gorge is dominated by hilltop castles such as Katz Castle, which the artist climbed on his first journey.
Later this evening, we reach Rüdesheim, which lies beneath the Abbey of Eibingen, home of the great medieval mystic and composer St Hildegard of Bingen.
After dinner, your speaker will compare Turner’s work to German Romantic artists, poets and composers.
Day 4 -Rüdesheim - Mainz
Rüdesheim is the site of the famous Niederwald monument to German unification, a cause to which many German Romantic artists were committed.
After a tour of the town, we continue to Mainz with its famous cathedral and medieval and baroque buildings. Turner sketched the wide river from a horse-drawn boat.
Its low-lying banks are dotted with castles, vineyards and villages, which inspired some of his most spontaneous drawings.
Day 5 -Mainz - Oberwesel
Your visit includes a walking tour of Mainz’s city centre and the Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to the inventor who introduced movable type to Europe.
This afternoon we cruise to Oberwesel and enjoy a talk on the influence of printing on the Reformation. Our lecturer will also discuss Turner’s prints and compare them to the revival of woodcut printing in Germany.
Many of its 20th century artists were opponents of Hitler or commentators on its reunification in the 1980s.
Day 6 - Oberwesel - Koblenz
Your day begins with a visit to Bacharach with its half-timbered houses and nearby Shoenburg Castle. After lunch we return downstream to Koblenz. A highlight is a visit by cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which towers 118 metres above the Rhine and was admired by both Byron and Turner.
Twenty years before his first visit, the original castle was destroyed after the occupants surrendered it to the French. They had successfully defended it against three earlier sieges.
Day 7 - Cologne
Perhaps take a stroll along the riverside in Cologne, the inspiration for Turner’s first oil painting of the Rhine, ‘The Arrival of the Packet Boat’.
In the afternoon you might choose to visit the Romano-Germanic Museum, the Schnütgen Museum, which contains medieval and Reformation masterpieces, or the Ludwig Museum, with its collection of 20th century German art.
Alternatively, you might prefer to relax and look forward to the captain’s farewell gala dinner in the company of new friends.
Day 8 - Cologne - UK
After breakfast we board our waiting coaches for the return journey to Calais and Channel crossing. Or we return you 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.
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.
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.
|Aug 22||Serenade 1||Cologne||Saving upto £550 pp||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||D||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£1399|
|Middle Deck||C||161 ft², French Balcony||£1549|
|Middle Deck||B||161 ft², French Balcony||£1649|
|Upper Deck||A||161 ft², French Balcony||£1749|
|Upper Deck||Suite||237 ft², Outside Balcony||£1899|
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