Rhine In Flames
- Duration: -1 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TRIVRHMLF18/LA10HA
- Travel Type: Coach
As the summer sun sets over the Rhine valley, a flotilla of beautifully illuminated ships makes its way down the legendary Rhine, which basks in the glow of a thousand Bengal lights, while hilltop fireworks create shimmering cascades of colour high above the mountains, castles and vineyards. This is the Rhine in Flames, an annual celebration of the wine harvest season which brings joy to the towns and villages along the river, drawing visitors from near and far. Join the festivities on this relaxing cruise and visit treasured spots, including the cathedral city of Cologne and the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim, before taking up position for this breathtaking event. Nowhere is there a more extraordinary display of fire, water and light, as a fusion of sounds echo around the valley and a blaze of colour lights up the velvet night sky. It’s the legendary Rhine as you’ve never seen before and it’s nothing short of spectacular!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Executive return coach travel from your chosen departure point
- Return ferry crossing
- Welcome drink, Captain’s get together and Party Night
- En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MPS Lady Anne
- Seven nights’ cruise on a full board basis
- Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
- Visits to Cologne, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Mainz, Boppard, Andernach and Bonn
- Excursion to see the Rhine in Flames
- Entertainment on every night of your cruise
- Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager
Day 1: UK – Andernach
We travel to the quaint town of Andernach and board our ship for a relaxing evening.
Day 2: Andernach – Koblenz
This morning you can relax on the sun deck as we cruise to one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Germany, Koblenz. Here you can join our optional excursion for a trip on the Koblenz cable car, which offers breathtaking views across the region along with entrance to the magnificent Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
Day 3: Koblenz – Rüdesheim
Cruising further along the Rhine and into the spectacular Rhine Gorge, we reach the town of Rüdesheim. To really appreciate this region you can join our optional Rüdesheim highlights excursion, which features a panoramic ride to the heights of the gorge by cable car, while our Rüdesheim by night optional excursion takes you to a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s best wines, before exploring the Drosselgasse – a narrow street lined with traditional wine houses and garden taverns.
Day 4: Rüdesheim – Mainz
Today we cruise to the city of Mainz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers. You can explore at leisure or join our optional guided tour which is the perfect introduction to Mainz, a fascinating city heralded as the wine capital of Germany. Join us as we explore the old quarter and the modern city centre, plus we visit the Gutenburg Museum opposite the cathedral.
Day 5: Mainz – Boppard
Our Rhine in Flames festival day gets off to a quiet start as we cruise back through the Rhine Gorge and around the Lorelei to reach Boppard. Tonight we witness the thrilling Rhine in Flames spectacle – see festival panel for details.
Day 6: Boppard – Andernach
We cruise to Andernach. Join our optional excursion to enjoy a spot of wine tasting and free time in Ahrweillier before returning to our ship, where the evening can be spent exploring the narrow streets and riverside promenades of Andernach.
Day 7: Andernach – Bonn – Cologne
We cruise to Bonn, the former capital of western Germany and birthplace of Beethoven. You can explore at leisure or join our optional trip on the Dragon Rock Railway which leads to the top of Drachenfels, a hill surrounded by legends. We then cast off for the final time and cruise to the mighty city of Cologne. You are then free to enjoy the remainder of the day in this beautiful city which is dominated by its huge gothic cathedral or join our optional excursion to explore Cologne.
Day 8: Cologne – UK
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.
2018 FESTIVAL DATES
11 August – sail with the flotilla
Boppard: Rhine Aflame on the River Rhine For our August departures we visit Koblenz where the festival will be in full swing and a huge fireworks display takes place with the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in the background.
8 September – sail with the flotilla
Oberwesel: The Night of the Thousand Fires We also have the chance to sail with the flotilla on the 3 and 4 September departure when a fantastic musical fireworks display is held near the town of Oberwesel on the Rhine.
15 September - St Goar: The Night of the Lorelei
For the 10 and 11 September departures we travel by coach to join the festival in the twin towns of St Goar and St Goarshausen, where the fireworks will be amid the breathtaking surroundings of the legendary Lorelei and the romantic castles of Katz and Rheinfels. (Meal arrangements may be revised on the festival day to suit festival timings/ programme).Back to top
mps Lady Anne
Cruising from season to season, the MPS Lady Anne is exclusively for our customers and has been the essence of our river cruise collection since we first set sail together over 15 years ago.
From the spotless brass furnishings and smart uniform, to the well presented meals and sparkling glassware – Captain Wido runs a tight ship aboard the MPS Lady Anne and the crew’s attention to detail is second to none. Yet the atmosphere is one of relaxation and informality, with smiling faces wherever you look, and that’s what a cruise aboard our flagship is all about.
This is the heart of the ship, a wonderful space with panoramic windows and plenty of seats for everyone. Sit back on the sofas and admire the scenery as the waiting staff bring your drinks to you, mingle with friends around the tables to talk about the day’s events, take to the dance floor after dinner with music that’ll get everyone’s foot tapping, and enjoy a nightcap at the bar before retiring to your cabin.
If there’s one thing we hear about time and again – it’s the exceptional meals served in the restaurant. This well presented room seats everyone for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Start your day with a fantastic buffet, whether it’s cereal, fruit, yoghurt, cold meats, cheeses, or a traditional cooked breakfast. Lunch is also a wonderful variety of hot and cold dishes and for the evening you can enjoy a four course meal with the waiting staff tending to your every need.