Sail aboard the MS Arlene, on a departure exclusively for Titan, through vineyard clad valleys framed by rugged, mountainous skylines to explore some of Europe’s oldest towns and cities, each with delightful alleys to explore and hidden secrets to find, including two optional excursion highlights for lovers of music - Beethoven’s House Museum and Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home early this morning, for your journey to The Grand Hotel, where you will be greeted by Titan staff and meet your fellow travellers. Tea and coffee will be served before you are escorted to waiting coaches to take you to Folkestone for the Eurotunnel to Calais and onward to Bonn. A packed lunch will be provided for your convenience. We embark our ship, the MS Arlene (3T) in time for a welcome drink, dinner and cocktail party on board.
Day 2 - Bonn - Alken
There will be an optional walking tour of the old capital city, Bonn, fortified in 1244 after an already tumultuous history. Included in the tour is entrance to Beethoven’s House. The birthplace of Bonn’s most famous son holds many exhibits of his life and work. We depart Bonn early afternoon and sail to Alken, where we moor overnight.
Day 3 - Alken - Cochem
Depart Alken late morning and sail to Cochem arriving mid afternoon. From here you can take part in an optional sightseeing tour of the Imperial Cochem Castle, with beautiful medieval towers and turrets fit for a fairytale. Cochem is a town boasting magnificent scenery and landscapes, a delight to behold from the hilltop castle. The steep slopes along the river banks are lined with vineyards. The manually harvested crops make the most prestigious of German wines, and you will stop to sample some.
Day 4 - Boppard - Mainz
We continue down the Rhine and take a brief stop this morning in beautiful Boppard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has evolved since its Roman settlement. We depart Boppard mid morning and sail to Mainz, the capital during Roman reign, its history visible through the various architectural styles dotted across the city.
Day 5 - Rastatt - Strasbourg
We arrive in Rastatt at lunchtime and from here we take part in an included tour of the Black Forest, including a drive along the famous and scenic ‘Schwarzwald Hochstrasse’ offering fantastic views of the mountains, lakes and waterfalls. The cherries required to make Kirsch, an essential ingredient in a Black Forest gateau, thrive in the Black Forest. We stop in the heart of the forest to try the delicious gateau before we return to our ship and sail along the French-German border to the city of Strasbourg.
Day 6 - Strasbourg
We have an entire day to explore the grand city of Strasbourg. An optional tour of the city centre, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, will take you through the twisting alleys lined with crooked houses and to its monumental cathedral featuring carvings as delicate as any piece of lacework. A canal boat ride is part of the optional tour, for some of the best views of the city.
Day 7 - Strasbourg - Mannheim (Heidelberg) - Rüdesheim
We depart Strasbourg early this morning and sail back upstream to Mannheim where we transfer to Heidelberg for an afternoon walking tour through its Gothic streets. We have also included entrance to the Renaissance castle; the ruins of which dominate the city. We sail to Rüdesheim early this evening, where we dock overnight.
Day 8 - Rüdesheim - Oberwesel - Andernach
Disembark early today for an optional visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum which holds an impressive collection of automated musical instruments, from delicate musical boxes to a gigantic piano-orchestrion. At lunchtime we continue on to the ancient town of Oberwesel, the town and surrounding acres of vineyards overseen by the 1st century Schönburg Castle. We have an early evening departure and dock overnight in Andernach.
Day 9 - Andernach - Cologne
This morning we sail for Cologne, where we arrive early afternoon and dock overnight in Cologne city or the suburb of Mulheim.