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The Beauty of the Rhine with Interlaken

Sailing through the Netherlands to Switzerland

This cruise along the beautiful Rhine has been paired with a two-night stay in Interlaken to highlight the diversity of Europe’s landscape. Journey from the low-lying plains of the Netherlands, where much of the land is below sea level, to the breathtaking heights of Switzerland’s Bernese Alps which stretch three kilometres into the sky. And along the way, explore the wonderful capitals of Amsterdam and Bern, historic cities, beautiful villages and incredible scenes of traditional windmills, lush vine-clad valleys, abandoned castles and snow covered peaks, with opportunities to taste world-renowned wines produced in the Rhine Valley and the Alsace region.

Included excursions and visits: 4

  • Heidelberg Castle and walking tour
  • Strasbourg boat cruise
  • City tour of Bern
  • Excursion to Schilthorn, including cable car ride

Including...

  • 2 nights in hotel and 7 nights cruise on MS Bellejour (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 24 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 7 lunches (days 2-7 and 9) 8 dinners (days 1-8)
  • Complimentary tea and coffee during the day and water with meals
  • Titan onboard cocktail party
  • Captain’s welcome reception and farewell dinners

Plus all these benefits:

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Free connecting flights to London
  • Check-in service by Titan staff
  • Services of an experienced Titan tour manager
  • Scheduled British Airways direct flights
  • Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges
  • Port taxes
  • UK Air Passenger Duty (APD)

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VIP Outbound2

Day 1 - London - Amsterdam

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Amsterdam. Upon arrival we transfer to MS Bellejour (4T).

MS Bellejour (4T)

Day 2 - Amsterdam - Cruising the Rhine

We remain in Amsterdam this morning, for time to explore this exciting city independently, or you can book a cruise excursion to sail along Amsterdam’s famous canals - an ideal introduction to your holiday. Tonight we enjoy a welcome reception followed by dinner.

MS Bellejour (4T)

Day 3 - Cologne

Enjoy further views as the MS Bellejour weaves her way along the meandering river towards Cologne. After lunch, we disembark in this city where over 2,000 years of history are displayed through the array of architecture, from Roman gates to the historical Town Hall, nondescript post-war buildings and remarkably modern developments. Fill your day with independent exploration, taking in the many museums including House of Fragrances and the Chocolate Museum, or intersperse this with an optional excursion or two - a guided tour will show many of Cologne’s cultural and historical sites including Great St Martin Church and the magnificent, Gothic cathedral, where you can find the Shrine of the Magi, the fabled Three Kings.

MS Bellejour (4T)

Day 4 - Cochem

After a relaxing morning and delicious lunch on board, we arrive in Cochem. Spend your day discovering this beautiful town and you will find lovingly kept gabled houses and numerous Roman remains, but the grandest attraction of all is the breathtaking neo-gothic castle which dominates its surroundings. You have the option to take a walking tour of the turret-topped Reichsburg Castle to hear historical tales as you wonder through the beautiful chambers.

MS Bellejour (4T)

Day 5 - Lorelei Rock - Rüdesheim

After lunch, board the wine-grower-express mini-train from the banks of the Rhine, to meander through idyllic vineyards, into the heart of Rüdesheim. The mix of beautifully kept half-timbered dwellings, Gothic towers and the impenetrable Brömserburg Castle create a gorgeous town. You may also like to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, where 350 self-playing mechanical music boxes can be seen and heard; and taste delicious wines at a local winery - the town has a long tradition of producing acclaimed Riesling and pinot noir wines from the surrounding, UNESCO protected, vine-covered valley.

MS Bellejour (4T)

Day 6 - Mannheim (Heidelberg) - Speyer

We make an early stop in Mannheim for an included tour through the Gothic streets of Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. The Baroque centre and beautiful riverside setting of this small, yet impressive city has inspired many 18th and 19th century romantics, most notably the poet Goethe. Our tour includes a guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, considered the most impressive castle ruins in Germany. We re-join our ship in Speyer for lunch. This afternoon, you are free to explore Speyer, an ancient city which is easy to explore by foot; the vibrant Jewish community and seat of the Imperial Chamber Court are worth seeing, as are the selection of outstanding museums. Alternatively you may wish to take an additional optional tour which includes the Cathedral of the Salian Emperors, considered the most beautiful Romanesque building in Europe.

MS Bellejour (4T)

Day 7 - Strasbourg

After breakfast, we take an excursion to the charismatic city of Strasbourg, radiating both German and French heritage. Walk through the picturesque old town to discover the magnificent Gothic cathedral, many cafés, antique stores, boutiques and typical Alsatian architecture, before boarding a boat to experience an alternative view of the pretty half-timbered houses in Petite France. Enjoy some time at leisure in the city before we return to the ship for lunch.

MS Bellejour (4T)

Basel - Bern - Interlaken

Early this morning we cross the border into Switzerland and dock in Basel. We disembark after breakfast and take a coach further south for a walking tour of the medieval Swiss capital. Bern has successfully retained its historic features, with unique towers, sandstone façades, cobbled alleys and many fountains decorating the city. See sights such as the Zytglogge Clock Tower and Parliament Square before you have time for some independent exploration, maybe along Lauben, one of the longest covered shopping arcades in Europe. We continue to Interlaken and the Grand Hotel Beau Rivage (4T+) or Hotel Metropole (4T), both with beautiful views of the Jungfrau Mountain. Dinner is included this evening.

Grand Hotel Beau Rivage or Hotel Metropole


Schilthorn

After breakfast we take a coach to the idyllic mountain village of Stechelberg, where we board a cable car to ascend the Schilthorn, stopping at Birg for a photo opportunity. Continuing up this magnificent mountainside, we reach the summit, nearly 3,000m above sea level, from where you can take in incredible panoramic views of over 200 peaks which fill the mountainscape. We take lunch at the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant and have time to visit the Bond World 007 exhibition, displaying clips and insights into the film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ which was filmed here in part; or visit the 007 Walk of Fame, which honours the celebrities who have worked on James Bond films, both in front of and behind the camera. We then return to the cable car for our journey back to Stechelberg and on to our hotel.


VIP Inbound

Day 10 Interlaken - Basel - London

We make our way back to Basel Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.

Arrive Home


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Important information about your destination

Please note: 12 May 2017 departure stops for a full day in Koblenz on day 4, instead of Cochem. All excursions remain the same.

The Beauty of the Rhine with Interlaken

Sailing through the Netherlands to Switzerland