Get into the Christmas spirit on this splendid Rhine cruise, with time to explore the Christmas market of Mannheim - also home to a marvellous 18th century Baroque palace - before arriving in Strasbourg to discover the UNESCO-listed Old Quarter, home to a wealth of fascinating architecture. A charming canal cruise of this lovely city captures twelve centuries of religious architecture, pretty waterfront buildings and ancient monuments. The voyage also takes us to the delightful city of Worms, home to another of Germany’s top Christmas markets, but also to an array of fascinating architecture and magnificent monuments. Top and tail your cruise with visits to the Christmas markets of Mainz and Cologne, to truly embrace the Christmas festivities.
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 Frankfurt. On arrival, transfer to Mainz, where there will be time to explore the lovely Christmas markets, before embarking MS Serenade 1 (4T). A welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner will be served this evening, whilst we set sail for Mannheim.
Day 2 - Mannheim
Due to its logical grid layout, Germany’s city of Mannheim is easy to explore and its Christmas market is one of the largest and most beautiful in southwest Germany. There are many stalls set up around the historic water reservoir ‘Wasserturm’ - Mannheim's most famous landmark - and is a wonderful place in which to wander amongst the stalls of toys, ceramics, candles, leather and decorations. Or perhaps visit the grand, Baroque Mannheim Palace, boasting beautiful décor and spectacular ceiling paintings in its historic rooms. We sail early evening.
Day 3 - Strasbourg
This morning we embark on a walking tour of Strasbourg’s delightful old quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a historic wealth of spectacular architecture. Here you will discover its remarkable pink sandstone cathedral which boasts an extravagant astronomical clock. Later, we board a canal boat for a relaxing, historic cruise along the beautiful waterways of Strasbourg. Along the way you will see twelve centuries of architecture including the Palais Rohan, Ancienne Douane and the exquisite waterfront buildings and pretty tanners’ houses. The highlight of the beautiful voyage is passing through the ancient lock and drawbridge to medieval towers, cobbled streets and charming bridges. Returning to the ship, we sail this evening.
Day 4 - Worms
This morning we arrive in Worms, a charming city with a fascinating history dating back to the 5th century. As the oldest city in Germany, Worms makes a perfect place to wander with its outstanding array of architecture and magnificent monuments including a lovely cathedral, the famous Luther Monument and Jewish Quarter. The city’s Christmas market has many lovingly decorated stalls that fill the beautiful Obermarkt Square. Whilst selling their handcrafted toys and gifts, and tempting your taste buds with traditional German cuisine, the stall holders are often dressed in clothing to match their heritage. We set sail after lunch. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board.
Day 5 Cologne - Dusseldorf - London
We disembark with time to explore Cologne’s characterful Christmas markets, before transferring 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.