Along the beautiful, undulating valleys of the Rhine, Germany holds some stunning towns which embrace the spirit of Christmas with an abundance of tradition. Spend time in the cities of Koblenz, Frankfurt and Rüdesheim and stroll through old cobbled streets and magnificent squares full of wooden stalls, glowing under thousands of tiny lights and exuding the inviting aromas of roasting nuts, traditional bratwurst and glühwein.
Browse for gifts that stem from intriguing local customs, or relive your youth on an old carousel and see the figurines that create Rüdesheim’s life-size nativity scene.
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.
Upon arrival, embark MS Serenade 1 (4T), where light refreshments are available. There may be an opportunity to spend time at a Christmas market in Cologne – there are several to choose from through the city, including one in the shadow of the glorious Cologne Cathedral – before a welcome cocktail and dinner this evening before we set sail.
Day 2 - Koblenz
Koblenz is a beautiful town whenever you go, but in December, the half-timbered dwellings look even more romantic under the glow of Christmas lights. Located amongst some of the best vineyards in Germany, Koblenz offers some delicious wines, and equally delicious red or white Glühwein to accompany your Christmas market experience.
The market is one of the largest in the area, and includes a bakery where German Christmas cakes and biscuits, including stollen, are available. Be sure to look out for the Schängel Fountain and see the Baroque town hall, which is turned into a unique advent calendar.
You may like to take a break from the festivities with a visit to a charismatic castle or Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Europe’s second largest military garrison sits high above Koblenz, offering beautiful views of the town and river, and holds interesting museums on history and folklore. We sail late evening.
Day 3 - Frankfurt - Mainz
A leisurely morning as we sail to Frankfurt, docking as we enjoy lunch. This large city is known for modern skyscrapers housing powerful business hubs, however the city’s heart still cherishes tradition.
Amidst the historical sights of Frankfurt’s beautiful old town, wooden stalls and elaborate decorations, the music from an historic wooden carousel, the scent of baked apples and the taste of chestnuts, gingerbread and marzipan treats create a wonderful Christmas atmosphere. Try honey wine on St Paul’s Square, find unique arts at the Roemerhallen (Roman Halls) and search for the unusual Quetschemännchen, colourful figures made of nuts and dried fruit which young men used to send to the girls they admired.
We return to our ship to take dinner as we sail to Mainz, docking here later tonight.
Day 4 - Mainz - Rüdesheim
In modern times, Mainz is home to the parliament and the prime minister of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. But it has also preserved a small, but charming old town, full of winding alleys and beautifully crafted half-timbered houses.
We take an included walking tour to learn about this 2,000-year-old town and its most influential citizen, Johannes Gutenberg, whose introduction of movable type printing to Europe is widely considered a world-changing invention.
We return to MS Serenade 1 to take lunch while we sail to Rüdesheim. Docking early this afternoon, you have the remainder of the day to explore this stunning, traditional town.
Head to Drosselgasse; the popular cobbled lane in the heart of the half-timbered old town is full of traditional cosy wine taverns, shops and, at Christmas time, 120 stalls offering traditional gifts and foods from around the world, from Finland to Mongolia.
Try some Rüdesheim Coffee, made with locally distilled brandy and whipped cream, find traditional gifts of brightly painted nutcracker men and visit Europe’s biggest nativity scene on the market square. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s dinner on board.
Day 5 - Cologne to UK
After breakfast we board our waiting coaches for the return journey to Calais and Channel crossing. Upon arrival in Dover, 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.
|Dec 10||Serenade 1||Cologne||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||D||172 ft², Fixed Windows||Sold|
|Middle Deck||C||161 ft², French Balcony||Sold|
|Middle Deck||B||161 ft², French Balcony||£899|
|Upper Deck||A||161 ft², French Balcony||£949|
|Upper Deck||Suite||237 ft², Outside Balcony||£949|
Our VIP door-to-door travel service is included in the price of your tour. We will pick you up from your front door and take you to the airport for your flight, and then pick you up at the airport on the return leg of your journey, and take you home.
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