André Rieu picked up a violin at the age of five and started his journey to becoming a music star. Hailed as the ‘King of Waltz’, he leads his world-class Johann Strauss Orchestra in concerts full of beautiful ballads and rousing waltzes with baton in hand or the bow of his exquisite 400-year old Stradivarius violin. We invite you to waltz in the aisles, as Rieu entertains us with colourful surprises and pieces selected from over 50 albums, and to explore the beautiful city of Cologne, birthplace of Beethoven.
3 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to The Grand Hotel, Folkestone (or similar stop), to meet your fellow passengers and board an awaiting coach for the journey by Eurotunnel to Calais and onward to Cologne. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Leonardo Royal Hotel Cologne (4T) or similar, with the rest of the day free to settle in. Dinner is included this evening.
Day 2 Cologne
The day is free for you to explore the delightful city of Cologne - a short tram or underground journey from your hotel. You may like to consider a cruise on the Rhine, for leisurely views. The Ludwig Museum will interest the art admirer, displaying pieces from the Middle Ages to Russian Avantgarde paintings, important collections of impressionism (with several hundred works by Pablo Picasso) and contemporary acquisitions. Alternatively, start a music themed day with a visit to Beethoven’s birthplace, now a museum exhibiting his original manuscripts and first editions of his work. An early dinner is included at the hotel, before you transfer to the Lanxess Arena for an unforgettable night of waltz with André Rieu. Soak up the wonderful sounds as he conducts his 50-piece orchestra and picks up his own Stradivarius violin to perform a surprising and varied repertoire that will make you want to dance in the aisle.
Day 3 Cologne
Today we take a coach tour of Cologne; famous for its great Romanesque churches it is a lively city rich in heritage and arts. Highlighting a history that goes back to Roman occupation (with many remnants still in existence), our guide will share information on the creation of the city and the 600-year long task of constructing the grand Gothic cathedral, whose massive twin steeples soar above the rooftops. Behind the high altar is the shrine of the Three Magi, where the relics of the Three Wise Men rest, making the cathedral one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Europe. We have included a visit to the huge chocolate museum where, on a guided tour, we learn about the history and the process of making chocolate, followed by a tasting at the chocolate fountain. Dinner at the hotel is included this evening.
Day 4 Cologne - Calais - Folkestone
After breakfast, we return by coach to Calais for the Eurotunnel to Folkestone and the Grand Hotel (or similar stop), where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.