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Sail north on the Rhine from Basel to see Germany’s magnificent medieval castles and verdant wine-making region

Take a glorious midsummer cruise through Germany's wine-producing region, learning from special guest Dan Cruickshank about the beautiful medieval castles that dot the landscape along the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

Spend eight days aboard your intimate Scenic Space-Ship , carrying just 163 guests for a sense of exclusivity. You'll follow an itinerary that takes you from Basel in Switzerland northwards along the Rhine River to Germany, stopping at a different port each day to disembark and explore the magnificent castles, fairytale towns, and verdant vineyards that epitomise this beautiful region.

Celebrated author, historian, and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank joins the cruise for four nights, hosting a private cocktail reception for guests and joining visits to Reichsburg Castle and Burg Eltz Castle. Dan will also hold talks and Q&As so that you can learn more about the gothic revival and castle design. There's also the opportunity to ask him questions about his life and fascinating career.

A choice of included excursions is available each day to suit different interests. Particular highlights include a private evening concert in a beautiful gothic church in Trier and a winery visit where you'll taste the region's Riesling wine.

Each night, you'll return to your Scenic Space-Ship for an evening of delicious fine dining. The Panorama Lounge is the social heart of the ship. There's a choice of restaurants where seating is flexible - perfect if you want to dine with your travel companions or meet new friends over dinner. After dinner, enjoy the long summer evenings on the Sun Deck, watching the scenery as your journey to the next destination.

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Dan Cruickshank
Historian, author and broadcaster

The historian, author and broadcaster has presented insightful BBC documentaries for more than 20 years and is known for his infectious enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge of art and architecture. Cruickshank's best-known series is Around the World in 80 Treasures.

Price includes

  • Seven-night cruise aboard the luxurious 5 star Scenic Space-Ship with up to 163 guests
  • All meals, including wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Return flights from a selection of up to 16 UK airports with a choice of airlines, supplements apply
  • Spacious balcony suites with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Complimentary full mini-bar restocked daily
  • Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge and fitness area
  • The use of e-bikes - electronically assisted bicycles
  • Scenic Cruise Director to guide and assist & expert local guides
  • A private classical concert in spectacular surrounds at the impressive Liebfrauenkirche in the heart of Trier
  • A choice of 18 activities
  • Dining at up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining: 20 meals including seven breakfasts, six lunches snd seven dinners
  • Complimentary premium on board beverages all day, every day - not just at meal times

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi, return airport transfers and all tipping and gratuities
  • Insightful and exclusive talks, excursions and Q&A sessions with Dan Cruickshank

Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Jul 26, 2023
To
Wed, Wed, Aug 2, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£3,005*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a lead in cabin, subject to availability. Price shown includes discount of £1190 per person valid until 28 February 2023. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement applies. Deposit £750pp. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Minimum numbers are required for this cruise to operate. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Scenic Tours (UK) Ltd ABTA (numbers Y6328).

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    UK to Basel
    Basel, Switzerland

    You'll fly from the UK to Basel in Switzerland today, making your way to the port ready for your departure. Settle into your cabin before making your way to the evening's welcome reception as you set sail along the Rhine.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Breisach
    Breisach, Germany

    An overnight sailing crosses the border to Germany, and the ship docks in Breisach today. There's a selection of excursions to choose from, all included. From Breisach, you can journey to Colmar in France and explore cobblestone streets lined with colourfully painted half-timbered houses.

    Alternatively, visit Freiburg on the edge of the Black Forest. It's a historic city renowned for its Medieval Old Town. Or see Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, a remarkably beautiful hilltop castle, and explore its fully furnished former living quarters and impressive collection of weaponry from the Middle Ages.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Rastatt
    Rastatt, Germany

    Today, you can choose from a diverse range of options, including a visit to Baden Baden, a town famous for its casino and remains of the Roman baths. Or discover a world of luxury cars on a tour of the Mercedes-Benz factory. Alternatively, explore the charming city of Strasbourg on an active walking tour that showcases the highlights of this city, including the Cathedral or visit Schloss Favorite, built as a hunting lodge and summer house.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Rüdesheim
    Rudesheim, Germany

    Your ship docks in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim, surrounded by lush green vineyards.

    Decide whether you want to board the Winzerexpress mini train and wind through the town's cobblestone streets before a guided visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and a cable car ride for sweeping views across the vineyards. Or perhaps you'll take a guided hike from Rüdesheim and enjoy sensational views across the Rhine River.

    Expert guest, art historian and television presenter Dan Cruickshank joins the cruise today, hosting a private cocktail reception for guests.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Cochem
    Cochem, Germany

    You'll sail along the Moselle River to Cochem, a medieval town with fairytale aesthetics.

    Explore Cochem on a guided tour and visit the Reichsburg Castle in the company of Dan Cruickshank, who will offer a commentary on the castle's history and architecture.

    Later, there's a talk by Dan Cruickshank about the 19th-century gothic revival, castle design and Neuschwanstein influence.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Bernkastel
    Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

    Take a walking tour through beautiful Bernkastel on the picturesque Moselle River or take a guided tour to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The Moselle Valley is considered one of the world's best locations for producing Riesling. Today, you can learn about and taste the wine produced in the region as you explore the vineyard-clad slopes.

    Tonight, you'll enjoy a private classical concert in the UNESCO-listed Liebfrauenkirche, located in the heart of the Roman city of Trier.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Koblenz
    Koblenz am Rhein, Germany

    The final stop is Koblenz, a UNESCO-listed city where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet.

    Join a walking tour of Koblenz and explore the charm and history of this impressive city or choose to see the city on an e-bike and travel further afield. Alternatively, explore the magnificent medieval castle of Burg Eltz, which dates back over 850 years.

    Dan Cruickshank will host a private Q&A session where he will answer any questions you have about his personal life, career, art history, architectural wonders and more.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Mainz to Frankfurt to UK
    Mainz, Germany

    After a final breakfast, you'll disembark and make your way to Frankfurt for your flight back to the UK.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Jul 26, 2023
To
Wed, Wed, Aug 2, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£3,005*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a lead in cabin, subject to availability. Price shown includes discount of £1190 per person valid until 28 February 2023. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement applies. Deposit £750pp. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Minimum numbers are required for this cruise to operate. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Scenic Tours (UK) Ltd ABTA (numbers Y6328).

Call now to book 01615165963
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