Cruising To The Black Forest
8 Days Full Board River Cruise
Highlights: Rüdesheim, Colmar, Black Forest, Freiburg, Cologne, Rhine Gorge, Heidelberg
Beyond the mighty Rhine Gorge the great Rhine Valley carves its way along the much disputed borderlands of France and Germany, an area of fierce fighting during the second world war.
Whilst the Rhine still symbolises the border, the valley is now a place of surreal peace, tranquility and unrivalled natural beauty. Our cruise upstream captures this unbelievable scenic backdrop perfectly, with some wonderful visits along the way.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1: From selected departure points we cross the Channel to Calais and into Germany to reach Cologne in time for a late dinner. Our vessel leaves Cologne late evening to cruise overnight upstream.
Day 2: This morning our cruise continues through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, to reach the popular resort of Rüdesheim by early afternoon. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the town.
Day 3: Cruising from early this morning we make a brief stop at Mannheim where we include an excursion to the old university city of Heidelberg, re-joining our cruise ship at Speyer.
Day 4: This morning we cruise to Rasstadt where the Rhine becomes the border between France and Germany. This afternoon we enjoy a tour by coach into the beautiful Black Forest following the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse (the Black Forest High Road), one of Germany’s most scenic routes. We rejoin our cruise ship across the border in Strasbourg in time for dinner.
Day 5: A full day excursion across the border today as we visit Freiburg, the ‘capital’ of the Black Forest before crossing the Rhine into France and to Colmar, a charming city of canals with a traditional old town, set in the heart of the Alsace region.
Day 6: This morning we sail from Strasbourg for a full day cruising, returning downstream to reach Mainz over dinner.
Day 7: A full day cruising as we return through the Rhine Gorge to reach Cologne by mid afternoon.
Day 8: We disembark after breakfast to cross the Channel and return home.
Everything Included - River Cruises
- Free local joining points
- All coach travel
- Return Channel crossings
- Tour Manager escorted
- Cruise itinerary and sightseeing excursions as stated
- Accommodation in a twin outward facing cabin
- Full board on the ship including hot/cold buffet breakfast, set menu lunch and dinner
- Half board in overnight hotel
- Morning coffee and afternoon tea whilst cruising
- Regular entertainment on board
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