Day 1 - London - Basel
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from your home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Basel. On arrival, transfer to embark MS Serenade 1 (4T). Light refreshments will be available on arrival, with time to settle in before a welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner this evening.
Day 2 - Basel
There will be time to explore the sights of Basel at leisure today. Perhaps take a wander through the cobbled streets of the Old Town or explore the city’s museums and art galleries. Alternatively, you can join an optional city tour to explore in more detail. We sail this evening.
Day 3 - Breisach - Strasbourg
We wake up in Germany this morning, where you’ll have time to explore the town of Breisach at leisure. Much of the town was destroyed by wartime bombing, but it has since been painstakingly restored. Perhaps visit the Gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral and the City History Museum, housed in a 17th century tower, with displays chronicling the town’s history from the Stone Age to the present day. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Lake Titisee. We depart late this afternoon, sailing northwards to Strasbourg, where we dock for two nights.
Day 4 - Strasbourg
We have a full day to explore Strasbourg today. We embark on an included guided tour of this enticing French city, home to the European Parliament, a magnificent Gothic cathedral and a UNESCO-listed Old Town, known as Petite France, filled with pretty half-timbered houses. We will also enjoy a cruise along the city’s canals.
Day 5 - Strasbourg - Mannheim - Rüdesheim
Join our excursion into the Black Forest, forever associated with cherry gateau and cuckoo clocks. The area, known for its vast, dark canopy of thick forest which inspired the Brothers Grimm to write several fables, also has many sun-soaked spots to enjoy, including delightfully slow-paced villages. This afternoon we continue to Mannheim, with its magnificent Baroque palace, before sailing on to Rüdesheim, where we dock overnight.
Day 6 - Rüdesheim - Lorelei Rock - Koblenz
Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Rhine, passing the Lorelei Rock in the Rhine Gorge, where legend tells of a water nymph luring fishermen to their doom. Later this afternoon we arrive in Koblenz, where we spend the night. Koblenz stands at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers and is dominated by the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, completed in 1828, and we visit this today on our included excursion, along with the historic city centre.
Day 7 - Koblenz - Cologne
We depart Koblenz this morning, sailing on to Cologne, arriving this afternoon. One of Germany’s oldest cities, Cologne’s origins go back to the days of the Roman Empire and we embark on an included walking tour of the historic city centre, taking in sights such as the magnificent Gothic cathedral, one of the largest in Europe. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board.
Day 8 Cologne - Dusseldorf - London
Disembark in Cologne and transfer to Dusseldorf Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.