Day 1 London - Amsterdam
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 Amsterdam. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for the next two nights, the Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam (4T).
Day 2 Amsterdam
A full day at leisure in Amsterdam, famous for its many canals. Perhaps take the time to view the vast collection of works on show at the Van Gogh Museum and the priceless treasures of the Rijksmuseum or take a trip out of the city to the flower-filled Keukenhof Gardens.
Day 3 - Amsterdam
There is more time to enjoy the sights of Amsterdam before we transfer to the port this afternoon and board our ship, the MS Serenade 1 (4T). Light refreshments will be available on arrival, with the rest of the afternoon at leisure to settle in before a welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner this evening.
Day 4 - Arnhem
We arrive at our first port of call this morning, the city of Arnhem, most famous as the site of a major battle of the Second World War, focussed on the bridge over the Rhine which is now named John Frost Bridge in honour of the British commander of the operation. We explore the city on a guided tour today and visit the Airborne Museum, dedicated to that campaign. We leave early this evening.
Day 5 - Cologne
Today we are in Germany, stopping in the attractive cathedral city of Cologne for a full-day visit. One of Germany’s oldest cities, Cologne’s origins go back to the days of the Roman Empire, and the fascinating Romano-Germanic Museum is filled with treasures from that period, including mosaics and glassware. Museum Ludwig holds one of Europe’s largest collections of works by Picasso, alongside those of other major 20th century artists, or you could take time to relax in one of the city’s many fine parks. Alternatively you can join our optional walking tour of the nearby city of Bonn, the former capital of West Germany and birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. We sail tonight.
Day 6 - Koblenz - Lorelei Rock - Rüdesheim
Koblenz is dominated by the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, completed in 1828, which you may choose to visit this morning on an optional excursion. Otherwise, take the opportunity to discover this historic city at leisure, maybe taking a stroll to Deutsches Eck (German Corner) at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, watched over by an equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I. We sail on this afternoon, past the Lorelei Rock in the Rhine Gorge, where legend tells of a water nymph luring fishermen to their doom. Early this evening we arrive in Rüdesheim, where we dock overnight.
Day 7 - Rüdesheim - Mannheim
There is free time to explore the pretty town of Rüdesheim this morning, or you may join our optional excursion to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, with its wonderful collection of music boxes and automated musical instruments. We leave this afternoon and enjoy a leisurely cruise up the Rhine to Mannheim for an overnight stay.
Day 8 - Mannheim
This morning we have an included excursion to the charming city of Heidelberg, with its magnificent castle, churches, old town squares, impressive university buildings and student gaol, its walls covered with graffiti and portraits drawn by generations of Heidelberg students. We leave Mannheim this afternoon.
Day 9 - Strasbourg
Wake up in France this morning, and join an included guided tour of Strasbourg, home to the European Parliament, a magnificent Gothic cathedral and a UNESCO-listed Old Town, known as Petite France, filled with pretty half-timbered houses. We will also enjoy a cruise along the city’s canals before we depart this evening. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board.
Day 10 Basel - London
Disembark in Basel and transfer to the 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.