Our adventure starts in romantic Lucerne, exploring Mount Rigi by mountain railway, and Lake Lucerne by boat, surrounded by some of the most stunning scenes of Switzerland. We then take to the Rhine, where enchanting landscapes, including the nearby Black Forest, have fuelled legends of beautiful sirens and fairytales of witches and wolves.
The river banks are the perfect location for great towns to flourish, and we enjoy several alluring spots steeped in historical character culminating in Cologne.
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Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to your chosen airport for your flight to Basel.
Upon arrival we transfer to Lucerne and our hotel, the Wilden Mann (4T) or similar, for a two-night stay.
Day 2 - Lucerne
Enjoy a day at leisure in the charming lakeside city of Lucerne. The well-preserved medieval Old Town is a delight to explore, and a stroll over the lake on Chapel Bridge is essential – this medieval landmark is one of Europe’s oldest covered wooden bridges.
Museggmauer, part of the town’s 14th century ramparts, is also worth visiting, with four of its nine towers still accessible.
On one, Zytturm, is the city’s oldest clock, which strikes one minute before all others.
Day 3 - Lucerne to Basel
We transfer to Basel, to embark MS Serenade 1 (4T), where light refreshments are available.
A welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner are served this evening.
Day 4 - Basel (Mount Rigi)
After breakfast we begin our adventure to Mount Rigi. We travel by coach to Arth-Goldau, and board a cogwheel train for a journey with beautiful views over meadows and steep waterfalls, to Rigi Kulm, the highest peak of Mount Rigi.
The best scenes are from the top, 1,797 metres above sea level, when a clear day will allow fantastic views over a sea of mountain peaks and 13 lakes. Some free time allows you to fill your camera with the views, before we take a cogwheel train down to Vitznau – a spectacular experience on Europe’s first mountain railway.
The journey finishes on the shores of Lake Lucerne, where an elegant steamboat carries us to Lucerne. Switzerland’s most famous lake is a grand setting for a beautiful city, and you have free time to enjoy its cobbled streets, and striking art and architecture before we return to Basel by coach.
Day 5 - Breisach
The Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of St Stephen dominates the town of Breisach. Its hilltop location has fantastic views over the town, the upper Rhine and the Black Forest – the vast and mysterious setting of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, and home of cuckoo clocks and cherry gateau.
You have the choice to spend your day wandering freely through a town that has 4,000 years of history, detailed in its city museum; or head into the Schwarzwald on an optional excursion, including a cruise on beautiful Lake Titisee and time in Triberg, where you can shop for cuckoo clocks or kirsch.
Day 6 - Strasbourg
We have a full day to explore Strasbourg, starting with a tour and canal cruise. Its share of historical heritage sites includes the beautifully preserved half-timbered houses of ‘Petite France’, through which the city’s canals flow; and UNESCO-listed Grande Ile – the wonderful city centre influenced by both its French and Germanic heritage, and structured around an outstanding Gothic cathedral.
Afterwards, continue to explore this dynamic French city independently.
Day 7 - Speyer
Spend today in Speyer, a handsome town of great importance through the Middle Ages and beyond. Choose to meander at leisure in this compact city, or join an optional walking tour.
The stately City Hall which housed the city fathers, the baroque Old Mint, and the Jews’ Courtyard, one of the most important medieval Jewish sites in Germany, all tell parts of its tale.
As does Emperor Konrad II’s extraordinary Romanesque cathedral, a vast temple where eight emperors and kings, along with some of their queens, are buried.
Day 8 - Lorelei Passage - Koblenz
We sail through the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine Gorge, and navigate the legendary Lorelei Passage. It is said a beautiful siren would sit on the rock and lure fishermen with her songs.
We sail on to Koblenz where, after lunch, we take a tour of the beautiful city. At German Corner, an impressive monument to Emperor Wilhelm I watches over the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle.
Behind him are beautiful castles, a neoclassical Electoral Palace and historic squares. In front of him, on the opposite bank of the Rhine, sit the vast ruins of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which we also visit today. Within the old battlements, several museums detail a millennium of history.
Day 9 - Cologne
Relax this morning as we sail to Cologne, where we join a walking tour this afternoon. Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities, with a centre that holds one of Europe’s largest and most magnificent cathedrals.
More than 20,000 people can fit within its vast, Gothic walls. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the many museums, dedicated to niche art, fragrances, archaeology, world culture, sport, chocolate, and more. Back on board this evening, we have the Captain’s farewell gala dinner.
Day 10 - Cologne / Dusseldorf - UK
We transfer to Düsseldorf 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.
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.
|May 23||Serenade 1||Basel||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||D||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£1999|
|Middle Deck||C||161 ft², French Balcony||SOLD OUT|
|Middle Deck||B||161 ft², French Balcony||£2399|
|Upper Deck||A||161 ft², French Balcony||£2449|
|Upper Deck||Suite||237 ft², Outside Balcony||£2599|
|Jul 15||Serenade 1||Basel||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||D||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£2049|
|Middle Deck||C||161 ft², French Balcony||£2349|
|Middle Deck||B||161 ft², French Balcony||£2449|
|Upper Deck||A||161 ft², French Balcony||£2499|
|Upper Deck||Suite||237 ft², Outside Balcony||£2649|
|Oct 4||Serenade 1||Basel||Saving upto £100 pp||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||D||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£1799|
|Middle Deck||C||161 ft², French Balcony||£1999|
|Middle Deck||B||161 ft², French Balcony||£2099|
|Upper Deck||A||161 ft², French Balcony||£2199|
|Upper Deck||Suite||237 ft², Outside Balcony||£2299|
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