This scenic river cruise on the Rhine manages to tick off four countries in just eight days. We begin with spectacular scenery in Switzerland, before popping over to France (via the Black Forest) for a tour of Strasbourg. Germany’s river valleys, Riesling vineyards and cathedral cities are next – a voyage along the UNESCO-listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley is a real highlight. Then we round things off in the Netherlands, admiring the gabled merchants’ houses and bridge-crossed canals of Amsterdam.
Titan Travel VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Basel. 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 - Basel (Mount Rigi)
Photo-worthy views of Switzerland’s mountain scenery are on the cards today. We take a coach down to Arth-Goldau station, then journey up the slopes of Mount Rigi by cogwheel train. At the top, there’s plenty of time to roam around and soak up the scenery. Vistas from the various viewpoints up here sweep across the rolling hills of the Mittelland and snow-dusted Swiss Alps, with sunlight glistening on the waters of a dozen-odd lakes. After riding the train back down, we take a steamboat across Lake Lucerne to its namesake city. You have some free time to explore, before we head back to Basel by coach.
Day 3 - Breisach
Having cruised across the border into Germany overnight, we awake in the pretty town of Breisach. We’ve got most of the day here – spend your time exploring the town, or join an optional trip through the Black Forest to Lake Titisee, a beautiful glacial lake with a backdrop of wooded mountains. As well as cruising the lake, we take a guided walking tour in Triberg.
Day 4 - Strasbourg
Delve into the UNESCO-listed old town of Strasbourg today. Discover its cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses on foot and by boat, with an expert local guide bringing the centuries-old sights to life. One of the city’s highlights is its cathedral, a 15th century Gothic masterpiece with sky-scraping spires.
Day 5 - Mainz - Lorelei Passage - Koblenz
Today begins in Mainz, Germany’s capital during the reign of the Romans. Tour the rose-pink cathedral and view the collections in the Gutenberg Museum and Landesmuseum at leisure; or journey south for an optional walking tour of Speyer and its 1,000-year-old cathedral. We set off early this afternoon to begin our cruise down the Lorelei Passage (one of the narrowest stretches of the Rhine) and through the spectacular scenery of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. We arrive in our next port of call, Koblenz, in the early evening.
Day 6 - Koblenz - Cologne
We continue to Cologne, with the option to join an optional walking tour or explore under your own steam. From museums to medieval churches, cathedrals to café-lined squares, there’s plenty to see.
Day 7 - Amsterdam
We glide into Amsterdam around lunchtime today. As well as seeing the sights by coach, we board a canal boat to see the city’s beautiful bridges and famously wonky townhouses from the water. The captain’s farewell gala dinner is served this evening. We remain moored here overnight, so if you have a chance, go for a walk along the canals after sunset, when strings of lights illuminate the bridges.
Day 8 - Amsterdam- 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 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.