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Sail along the Rhine to some of Europe’s oldest towns and cities, each with delightfully quirky lanes and alleys. Starting and finishing in Cologne, we take in Bonn, the former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the former Roman capital of Mainz. The Romans founded many of the destinations on this cruise, leaving fortresses, amphitheatres and vineyards which decorate the valleys through which we sail.

4 included excursions and visits

  • City tours of Heidelberg and Strasbourg (with canal cruise)
  • Walking tours of Mainz and Cologne


  • 9 nights cruise on MS Serenade 1
  • 26 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 8 lunches (days 2-9) 9 dinners (days 1-9)
  • Unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks and mineral water during lunch & dinner
  • Welcome reception party and gala dinner
  • Farewell gala dinner
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Wi-Fi included on board
  • VOX portable audio headset system on excursions

Plus all these benefits

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Services of a Titan cruise director and tour manager
  • Eurotunnel or ferry crossings
  • Porterage
  • All port taxes and duties


VIP Outbound4

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.

MS Serenade 1 (4T)

bonn ss4 day 2

Day 2 - Bonn - Alken

We awake this morning in Bonn. A tumultuous history led to the city’s fortification in 1244, and then in 1949 it became the capital of West Germany, for the 41 years of the Cold War - just two of the events over the last two millennia, that have helped create an intriguing city. We depart Bonn this afternoon and dock overnight in Alken.

MS Serenade 1 (4T)

Cochem ss4 day 3

Day 3 - Cochem

This morning we sail to Cochem. After lunch there is an optional tour of the Imperial Cochem Castle, with beautiful medieval towers and fairytale turrets soaring high over beautiful scenes of the charming town and sloping vine-clad banks of the river. The manually harvested grapes make the most prestigious of German wines, and a tasting session is part of the excursion.

MS Serenade 1 (4T)

Boppard ss4 day 4

Day 4 - Cochem - Boppard

We continue down the Rhine, navigating the locks on our way to beautiful Boppard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has evolved since its Roman settlement. Arriving this afternoon and docking overnight, the rest of the day is open for you to explore Boppard. The area is renowned for a long history influenced by several royal families, electors and bishops, although none possibly as important as the Romans. The fortress and 28 of the vast Roman camp’s defence towers are still standing.

MS Serenade 1 (4T)

Rudesheim ss4 day 5

Day 5 - Boppard - Lorelei Passage - Rüdesheim

This morning we sail the beautiful, winding Lorelei Passage and pass the legendary Lorelei Rock. Disembark in Rüdesheim for an afternoon at leisure to explore this historic city of winegrowers. You will find parts of the city’s fortifications including the Romanesque Brömserburg Castle, now home to Rheingauer Wine Museum, and delightful half-timbered houses of Drosselgasse. We depart late this evening.

MS Serenade 1 (4T)

Mannheim ss4 day 6

Day 6 - Mannheim - Heidelberg - Speyer

This morning we dock in Mannheim for a transfer to Heidelberg, where we take a walking tour through Gothic streets full of historic sites and attractions. The ruins of the Renaissance castle dominate the city, providing a stunning city backdrop and a wonderful place to visit. We return to our vessel in Speyer with free time to make your own explorations before we sail in the early evening.

MS Serenade 1 (4T)

strasbourg ss4 day 7

Day 7 - Strasbourg

We have an entire day to explore the grand city of Strasbourg. Begin with an included tour of the city centre, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and a cruise along the city’s canal for some fantastic views. The afternoon is at leisure for you to return to the twisting alleys lined with crooked houses and to its monumental cathedral featuring carvings as delicate as any piece of lacework.

MS Serenade 1 (4T)

Mainz ss4 day 8

Day 8 - Mainz - Lorelei Passage - Andernach

Awake in Mainz for an included tour of the Roman capital. Its history is visible through the various architectural styles dotted across the city, from the ruins of a Roman theatre and aqueduct to the unusual modern synagogue. One of the city’s best known establishments is the Gutenberg Museum named after Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of the revolutionary moveable metal type printing equipment that reproduced the famous Gutenberg Bible. We return to our ship this afternoon to continue to Andernach through the Lorelei Passage.

MS Serenade 1 (4T)

Andernach ss4 day 9

Day 9 - Andernach - Cologne

Cruise to Cologne this morning. After lunch we take an included walking tour of Cologne’s must-see sights including the Old Town with its narrow cobble-stoned alleys and busy squares, and the magnificent UNESCO-listed medieval cathedral, which was constructed over the course of 700 years.

MS Serenade 1 (4T)

VIP Inbound

Day 10 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.

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