Day 1 London - Geneva - Montreux
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 Geneva. On arrival, transfer to Montreux and our hotel for two nights, the Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic (4T).
Day 2 Montreux
Today is free for you to explore Montreux at your own pace. Your included Riviera Card allows unlimited free travel on local trains and buses, and a discount on boat cruises on Lake Geneva and on some museums and attractions, making it easier for you to enjoy this lovely city and its beautiful surroundings. A visit to Château de Chillon is highly recommended. This majestic castle on the shore of Lake Geneva contains formal great halls, a bedroom preserved in its original, subdued Bernese style, and underground rooms which inspired Lord Byron to write ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’.
Day 3 - Montreux - Broc - Gruyères - Basel
Today starts with a visit to Broc and a grand chocolate factory - Maison Cailler, home of the oldest Swiss chocolate brand still in existence. Discover the story of the company and how chocolate is produced, from the journey of cocoa to the creation of the company’s trademark flavours, before tasting some of their exquisite chocolate. We then head to medieval Gruyères, where we enjoy a short orientation tour of the picturesque town before enjoying a delicious cheese fondue in a local restaurant. Our journey then continues to Basel Port, where we embark MS Serenade 1 (4T).
Day 4 - Breisach
Settle into life on the river as we sail along the border of France and Germany, a scenic route that takes us to Breisach, where you have the opportunity to spend time in the dense Black Forest, land of the cuckoo clock and dark fairytales, with an optional boat trip on beautiful Lake Titisee.
Day 5 - Kehl
This morning we arrive in Kehl for an excursion to Colmar, a beautifully preserved Alsatian town full of crooked, half-timbered houses on cobbled streets and pretty, flora-lined canals. Our guided tour takes in the wealth of historical, architectural and gastronomic heritage in this exceptional country town, nestled amongst the famous vineyards of Alsace.
Day 6 - Mainz - Lorelei Rock - Koblenz
During Roman rule, Mainz was the capital of Germania Superior, however little remains from this era and it is Mainz Cathedral that has dominated the city’s skyline for the last millennium. Spend your morning strolling through Mainz to discover the variety of architecture here, including the half-timbered buildings of the Altstadt, or enter the Gutenberg Museum, which commemorates Johannes Gutenberg’s revolutionary printing methods and holds three of the extremely rare 42-line Gutenberg Bible. At lunchtime our cruise continues through the Lorelei Passage, passing the fabled Lorelei Rock, to Koblenz where we dock overnight.
Day 7 - Koblenz - Bonn
After breakfast we explore picturesque Koblenz on a walking tour. This 2,000-year-old town has an abundance of cultural monuments and historical buildings, however Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the second largest fortress in Europe after Gibraltar, is the most eye-catching, and we take a cable car to the fortress for magnificent views over the Rhine and Moselle. We sail to Bonn, arriving late this afternoon.
Day 8 - Bonn - Cologne
Enjoy a morning at leisure in the Roman city of Bonn, or take an optional walking tour to discover its tumultuous and cultural history. An important centre of trade and religion since the Middle Ages, it became the capital and residence of electors and archbishops in the 16th century, who left a legacy of magnificent Baroque palaces and buildings. Its importance rose once more as the temporary capital of West Germany in 1949. The optional tour also includes entrance to Beethoven’s House, the first home of Bonn’s most famous son. Our voyage then continues to Cologne, where the rest of the day is at leisure. The magnificent medieval cathedral is worth a visit and its spires provide a useful point for orientation as they soar above the city’s rooftops.
Day 9 - Cologne - Amsterdam
This morning we make our final journey to Amsterdam. After lunch, you have the choice of exploring this fascinating city at leisure or on a guided tour that includes a boat tour along its famous canals. There is plenty to see here, with numerous museums including Anne Frank House, the Tulip Museum, the Heineken Experience, the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Rembrandt House. Return to the port where we remain overnight, and enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board.
Day 10 Amsterdam - London
Transfer to Amsterdam 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.