Day 1 - Folkestone - Cologne
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to tThe Grand Hotel, Folkestone, where you will be greeted by Titan staff and meet your fellow travellers. Enjoy tea and coffee before boarding your coaches for the journey by Eurotunnel, or ferry from Dover, to Calais and onward transfer to Cologne. Embark A-ROSA VIVA (4T) in time for dinner. We start sailing early this evening.
Day 2 - Boppard and the Middle Rhine Valley
Early this morning we arrive in Boppard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was one of the most important Roman settlements on the Rhine and a large section of the 4th century fortress still stands here. Other highlights include the magnificent Electoral Castle and the medieval St Severus Church. You will have time to explore this pretty town at your own pace this morning before we set sail through the beautiful Middle Rhine Valley, passing the legendary Lorelei Rock. The story, immortalised in the poem by Heinrich Heine and later set to music, tells of a young maiden who, unlucky in love, leaped to her death from this rock. She was transformed into a water nymph, her song luring unwary fishermen to their doom.
Day 3 - Kehl - Strasbourg
Our vessel docks in the German port of Kehl early this afternoon, for an overnight stay. Lying just across the Rhine from the French city of Strasbourg, Kehl is an attractive town which dates back to the 11th century. Our included city tour of Strasbourg will introduce you to the highlights of this captivating city, home to the European Parliament and the European Council. See the magnificent Gothic cathedral and the charming UNESCO-listed Old Town, known as Petite France, filled with half-timbered houses.
Day 4 - Strasbourg
There’s more time to see the sights of Strasbourg at leisure today; perhaps visit the 18th century Palais de Rohan, once the opulent residence of the city’s bishops and now home to three museums dedicated to archaeology, decorative arts and European painting, with works by Botticelli, Veronese, El Greco, Van Dyck and more on display, or relax in the pretty Botanical Gardens. We depart late this afternoon.
Day 5 - Basel
Today we are in the Swiss city of Basel, which shares borders with both France and Germany, and after breakfast we take in the highlights on an included city tour. We will explore the medieval city centre, the Market Square where stallholders sell a variety of fresh produce and local specialities daily, the bright red Rathaus, or Town Hall, dating from the 16th century, and the red sandstone cathedral. There will be free time in the Old Town before we return to the ship for dinner, and we set sail back downriver this evening.
Day 6 - Breisach
You have the whole morning to explore the German town of Breisach at leisure today. Most of the town was destroyed by bombing during the Second World War, but it has since been painstakingly restored. Well worth visiting are 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. Breisach is also an important centre of the local wine industry, and some cellars here offer wine tasting tours. We depart at midday, and for the remainder of the day you can simply relax on board and enjoy the scenery as we sail northwards.
Day 7 - Mainz - Koblenz
Mainz is one of Germany’s oldest cities, established as a Roman fortress more than 2,000 years ago, and this morning we will join an included walking tour, calling at the Romanesque St Martin’s Cathedral, which dates back to the 10th century, the 13th century Helig Geist Spital - one of Europe’s oldest hospital buildings - and the Gutenberg Museum, housing a collection of rare early printed books produced by Johannes Gutenberg, who was born in Mainz. We leave this afternoon, sailing back through the Middle Rhine Valley to arrive in Koblenz early this evening. There will be free time to enjoy the city; you might like to visit Deutsches Eck (German Corner), a park at the confluence of the Rivers Rhine and Moselle dominated by an equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I, or take a stroll through the attractive Old Town. We depart tonight.
Day 8 Cologne - Folkestone
An early morning arrival back in Cologne, where, after breakfast, we disembark A-ROSA VIVA and board our waiting coaches to take us on the return journey to Calais and the Eurotunnel or ferry crossing. Upon arrival at The Grand Hotel, you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.