Day 1 - UK - Cologne
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Dover, where we take a break before boarding our coaches, for the Channel crossing to Calais and onward journey to Cologne. Upon arrival, embark MS Serenade 1 (4T), where light refreshments are available. There may be an opportunity to spend time at a Christmas market - there are several to choose from in the city, including one in the shadow of the glorious Cologne Cathedral.
Day 2 - Koblenz
We arrive in the beautiful town of Koblenz and enjoy an excursion to the charismatic castle of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Europe’s second largest military garrison, sitting high above the town, offering beautiful panoramic views. Here you will have time to explore the interesting museums on history and folklore. We also visit the museum of the Deinhard Wine Cellar, one of the first vintners of sparkling wines in Germany. Discover how the wines have developed since the company’s creation in 1794, creating revered Rieslings including Sekt Deinhard Lila, one of the finest premium sparkling wines available today. Following lunch on board, the remainder of the day is free for you to explore the town and in December, the half-timbered dwellings look even more romantic under the glow of Christmas lights. Koblenz offers some delicious wines, and equally delicious red or white Gluhwein to accompany your Christmas market experience. Back on board, Titan’s managing director, Andy Squirrell, will host a pre-dinner drinks party before we set sail.
Day 3 - Frankfurt - Mainz
A leisurely morning as we sail to Frankfurt, docking as we enjoy lunch. This large city is known for modern skyscrapers housing powerful business hubs, however the city’s heart still cherishes tradition. Amidst the historical sights of Frankfurt’s beautiful old town, wooden stalls and elaborate decorations, the music from a historic wooden carousel, the scent of baked apples and the taste of chestnuts, gingerbread and marzipan treats create a wonderful Christmas atmosphere. We return to our ship to take dinner as we sail to Mainz, docking here later tonight.
Day 4 - Mainz - Rüdesheim
In modern times, Mainz is home to the parliament and the prime minister of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. But it has also preserved a small, but charming old town, full of winding alleys and beautifully crafted half-timbered houses. We take an included walking tour to learn about this 2,000-year-old town and its most influential citizen, Johannes Gutenberg, whose introduction of movable type printing to Europe is widely considered a world-changing invention. We return to MS Serenade 1 to take lunch while we sail to Rüdesheim. Docking early this afternoon, you have the remainder of the day to explore this stunning, traditional town. Head to Drosselgasse; the popular cobbled lane in the heart of the half-timbered old town is full of traditional cosy wine taverns, shops and, at Christmas time, 120 stalls offering traditional gifts and foods from around the world, from Finland to Mongolia. Try some Rüdesheim Coffee, made with locally distilled brandy and whipped cream, find traditional gifts of brightly painted nutcracker men and visit Europe’s biggest nativity scene on the market square. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s dinner on board.
Day 5 Cologne - UK
After breakfast we board our waiting coaches for the return journey to Calais and Channel crossing. Upon arrival in Dover, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.