Romantic Rhine & Moselle (15 days, Amsterdam - Basel, 2014)
Like a journey through a fairytale, castles rise high above the Rhine Gorge, wondrous and commanding, surrounded by rolling meadows. As sunshine floods vine-covered slopes it is easy to understand why the Rhine is so appealing. ‘Chocolate box’ towns, the Black Forest and majestic cathedrals complete the story.
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There are a number of ways to travel to Amsterdam: fly from your choice of 15 UK regional airports with KLM; travel with British Airways from London Heathrow; or travel Standard Premier aboard Eurostar from St. Pancras International to Brussels and on to Amsterdam by first class rail. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers.
Welcome to Belgium! A delightful country renowned for its friendly culture and delicacies such as their fine Belgian beers; delectable waffles and tantalising chocolate. In Antwerp, choose from one of the following Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) travel to the charming World Heritage City of Bruges. Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’, be amazed by this fascinating little city with its pretty canals and intimate cobblestone streets (2) discover Belgium’s second largest city, Antwerp, renowned as the diamond capital of the world the city offers an abundance of world class restaurants, striking architecture and is home to some of Belgium’s finest fashion designers. Enjoy a guided walking tour of this delightful city followed by time at leisure (3) for the more energetic traveller, enjoy your self-guided discovery of Antwerp by bicycle.
Upon arrival in Veere, start your day with your choice from the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) visit the Delta Works followed by a guided visit through the Storm Surge Barrier. The Delta Works are an engineering feat consisting of a complex series of dams, purposely built to protect the population on the Delta plain from treacherous floods (2) join a guided tour of Middelburg taking in key sites such as the gothic Old City Hall, which today is home to Middelburg University (3) with a history stretching back to the 15th century, discover many of the hundreds of heritage buildings on a guided bicycle tour through the quaint streets of Veere and surrounding area. Scenic FreeChoice dining: This evening sample delicious Dutch delicacies at your choice of three superb dining locations each of which representing the fine cuisine and culture of the villages in this region of the Netherlands. Choose your preferred option from the following dining experiences (1) dine at a secluded seaside restaurant offering intimate dining and beautiful panoramic views (2) dine in the middle of a charming little village at a traditional and very quaint restaurant (3) dine in a venue perched over the sands at the shores of the North Sea on the outskirts of a beachside village.
Dating back 2019 years, the lively Dutch city of Nijmegen is considered to be the oldest city in the Netherlands and boasts the most pubs per square metre than other town in the Netherlands. 17th century houses now serve as charming trinket shops to ensure a lovely setting in which to enjoy your included guided city tour before perhaps treating yourself to a spot of shopping or simply exploring the streets at your leisure. Alternately, explore the city at your own pace on a leisurely walk around its historical areas with Scenic Tailormade using your personal GPS device. Following a delicious evening meal on board your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ this evening, enjoy a traditional folklore performance with local dancers and musicians.
Holland’s oldest fortified city, Maastricht is a member of the most ancient European towns network and is also widely known as a city of history, culture, local folklore and education. It is full of attractions for all and is a popular city for both foreign visitors and the Dutch alike lending to its welcoming multicultural atmosphere. Maastricht’s treasures include some truly magnificent buildings and a spectacular historic cobble-stone town centre containing acclaimed fine dining restaurants and excellent shopping. Enjoy an included guided tour this morning before time at leisure ashore in this most appealing city. This afternoon, cruise the magnificent Rhine River whose waters will carry you into Germany.
Enjoy the luxurious amenities and facilities onboard your Scenic ‘Space-Ship during a full day of sailing. This evening discover the beautiful gem that is the 2,000 year old city of Koblenz which is situated on both banks of the Rhine and at its confluence with the Moselle River. Following dinner onboard, why not step ashore for a moonlit stroll with your Scenic Tailormade device? You can visit the German Corner, a statue adorned parkland at the meeting point of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers, then onto Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for magnificent views over the city by night before arriving at the Schangel Fountain, a lovely little fountain that is said to bring good fortune to the onlooker.
A medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River, Cochem will make you feel as if you are stepping directly off the ship and into a fairy tale. Explore the quaint beauty of this charming city on your included guided tour of its main sights, culminating in your visit to the spectacular Reichsburg Castle, dating back to around the year 1000 B.C and soaring above the township itself. Alternatively, why not explore the city with Scenic Tailormade using your personal GPS device? This afternoon soak up the beautiful scenery as you cruise through the Moselle Valley bound for Bernkastel.
This morning step ashore in the well-known picturesque wine growing centre of Bernkastel where you will have the option of the following included Scenic FreeChoice activites: (1) take a scenic journey to Luxembourg, where sky-piercing steeples plunge to deep river valleys in this most dramatic of European capitals, and enjoy a guided tour followed by free time (2) enjoy a guided walking tour of Trier, Germany’s oldest city, located in a picturesque valley encased by low vine-covered sandstone hills (3) immerse yourself in the thrilling atmosphere of an old town that is full of history and culture on your guided walking tour of Bernkastel, famous for its medieval square and reputation for great wine. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure, explore the city at your own pace or take a gentle bicycle ride along the banks of the Moselle River to the neighbouring city of Mulheim with Scenic Tailormade.
Be sure to have your camera ready this morning as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge with its stunning vistas of castles perched above steep vine-covered slopes. Our scenic sailing continues through this attractive pocket of Germany’s mid-west, before our afternoon arrival in Rüdesheim. We’ll step aboard the ‘Winzerexpress’ mini-train for a fun trip to the fabulous Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum where you’ll discover the many unique attractions housed in each of the various rooms on your included guided visit of this quirky museum.
Today choose from one of the following Included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) take a guided tour of the romantic and picturesque cityscape of Heidelberg (2) visit the Hockenheim Formula 1 track including entrance to the museum and an insider tour of the circuit (not available on all dates). Scenic Enrich: Dating back to the year 1700, and taking seven years to complete, the splendid and renowned Rastatt Palace was commissioned to be built for Louis William Margrave, former ruler of the region. The Palace itself is of exceptional architectural style, with its interior adorned with numerous elaborate frescoes and paintings, and is one of very few grand residential palaces of this region to have survived WWII undamaged. Enjoy a guided tour through the magnificent chambers followed by superb classical concert and elegant dinner in one of the most beautiful and opulent ballrooms.
Today sail into Kehl, located on the German side of the Rhine River with the French city of Strasbourg on the opposite shore. Choose from one of the following Scenic FreeChoice options: (1) travel a short distance to Strasbourg, famous for its beautiful historical centre – the Grand Ile – which was the first city centre to be classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Explore the lovely canals and half-timbered houses on your guided walking tour, including the exceptionally lovely historic neighbourhood of La Petite France (2) a visit to the fabulously pretty village of Mittelbergheim, within a wine-growing region situated on a limestone hill surrounded by vineyard and known as one of the most beautiful in France. Step inside the wine cellar of a local winery to sample the delicious local wine. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure, explore the city or take a relaxing bicycle ride along the pretty banks of the Canal de Quai from Kehl in Germany to picturesque Strasbourg in France with Scenic Tailormade.
Sail the splendid Rhine Valley to Germany’s alluring city of Breisach. Choose from one of the following Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) a truly magical experience awaits as you step inside the setting of the Hansel and Gretel fable on your tour to the majestic and strikingly beautiful Black Forest in Germany. Delight your senses at the Vogtsbauernhof open air museum and tantalise your tastebuds with a slice of the delicious world famous Black Forest cake (2) visit the stunning Alsace Wine Region of France, a truly memorable experience. Visit a local winery to sample the delicious local wines in an incredibly pretty setting (3) for the more adventurous, join your guide and cycle the splendid scenery from Breisach to Colmar. This evening following dinner on board why not take advantage of our central docking location and take a stroll through Breisach city at your own pace with Scenic Tailormade?
Scenic Enrich: An exceptional cultural experience is entirely yours to enjoy today as you are taken off the beaten track and into a charming Swiss village. Travel on an old-timer railway journey through marvellous surroundings and a warm welcome awaits you as the village locals invite you to step into their daily lives to enjoy a variety of activities. Tonight, join your Captain and new found friends for a farewell reception and dinner.
Awake this morning to expansive panoramas as we continue our journey along the mighty Rhine River as it zigzags its way along the borders of both France and Germany bound for Switzerland. Upon arrival into the Swiss city of Basel, discover on your included guided tour the striking Town Hall Rathaus and the Marktplatz, with its daily fresh food markets. Perhaps take a stroll through this peaceful city at your own pace this evening with Scenic Tailormade.
After breakfast, transfer* to the airport for your flight home: fly to your choice of 15 UK regional airports via Amsterdam with KLM or travel with British Airways to London Heathrow. Alternatively, travel by first class rail from Basel to Paris. Change stations in Paris and travel Standard Premier aboard Eurostar to St. Pancras International.
* Please check your transfer entitlements with the UK office.
B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner, HD – Highlight Dinner