Day 1 - London - Amsterdam - Rotterdam
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Amsterdam. On arrival we transfer to Rotterdam and embark Royal Crown (4T). Enjoy a welcome drink and reception on board before dinner this evening. Our vessel will remain here overnight.
Day 2 - Arnhem
With a history covering thousands of years, Arnhem is synonymous with one of the most famous battles of World War II. There are plenty of reminders of this dark time including the claret-coloured ‘Pegasus’ flag of the 1st Airborne Division that is still flown in eternal gratitude to the many individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice during nine days of vicious fighting in September 1944. Oosterbeek’s excellent Airborne Museum tells the dramatic story of refugees who, having survived previous battles, were expelled from their homes and returned eight months later to find them looted and ruined. We offer an optional Arnhem commemoration tour which takes in the importance of Arnhem Bridge, known as ‘a bridge too far’, a timeless symbol of bravery.
Day 3 - Bonn
The unassuming capital of West Germany during the country’s division is today’s destination. After a morning cruise along the Rhine, we arrive in Bonn, renowned as a city of the arts. It is particularly proud to be the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven and today’s optional tour includes Beethoven House and Museum. There is an abundance of fine museums and parks to fill your afternoon, or you may choose to walk the ‘Path of democracy’, taking in the sites of the city’s political past.
Day 4 - Bonn - Koblenz
We depart Bonn early this morning, to reach Koblenz after lunch. An included tour whisks you 18 metres above the Rhine and Moselle by cable car to Ehrenbreitstein. This hilltop has been inhabited since prehistoric times, followed by Celts, Romans and numerous noblemen before the Prussians set about creating Europe’s second largest fortress (after Gibraltar). The eighty cannons have been mobilised a total of eight times but escaped the test of major combat, and today the stronghold is more significant as a subject of paintings and a great viewing point.
Day 5 - Koblenz - Rüdesheim - Mainz
During breakfast our cruise continues to Rüdesheim, a wine-making town in the Rhine Gorge. The town has many historic sites including beautiful castles and defensive towers, half-timbered houses and the impressive Statue of Germania which commemorates the creation of the German Empire in 1871. In the heart of the old town is Drosselgasse, where traditional music fills the air of gorgeous garden taverns from midday until midnight, adding to the easy-going atmosphere of this quaint cobblestoned alley. An optional excursion can take you to Siegfried’s Music Museum, where an extensive collection of self-playing instruments is displayed, ranging from a delicate musical watch right up to the gigantic concert piano-orchestrion. Our cruise continues to Mainz this evening, where we dock tonight.
Day 6 - Mainz - Speyer
Spend this morning in Mainz, a city of many guises from Roman stronghold to an ancient Jewish community, the capital of the Prince Electors and an archbishopric. Mainz cathedral, one of the most important in Germany, has been dominating the city’s skyline for over a thousand years, and the Romans will always be remembered for establishing the city’s winegrowing traditions, as well as for creating the largest Roman theatre that exists north of the Alps. The famous university ensures an air of young energy through the city’s intertwining alleys.
Day 7 Speyer - Frankfurt - London
Following breakfast this morning, we disembark the ship and transfer to Frankfurt 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.