Country Music On The Rhine
A river cruise is pretty much like a small floating hotel with a Hotel Manager and Captain in charge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in a cosy, restaurant style setting. Meals are buffet style -giving you the option to eat as much or as little as you please. Afternoon tea and cakes are served in the lounge - so apart from drinks, your meals are completely covered.
River cruises can be a bit boring in the evenings, if you get a ship that is normally in a European language, meaning that entertainment can be limited. Not on our cruise – we have teamed up with Live Issue country band to give you country music each evening in the lounge area. You can tap your toes to the sounds of George Washington IV & more….
So, let’s look at the itinerary!
9 November 2021 - Morning flight direct from Dublin. Transfer to Cologne. Cologne is a 2,000-year-old city spanning the Rhine River in western Germany, it’s the region’s cultural hub. This old medieval city is a beautiful introduction to the Rhine. You will have some free time here before you transfer to the ship to depart at 5pm.
Dinner will be served on board and then Live Issue will provide some evening entertainment as you set sail along the river. All entertainment is free and entirely up to you if you wish to participate.
10 November 2021 - As you awake and enjoy breakfast on the Rhine your first port of call (or haven) is Rudesheim 9am – 1pm. Drosselgasse is a lane lined with shops, taverns and restaurants. Nearby, Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet is a museum of automated musical instruments. Medieval Brömserburg Castle is home to the Rheingau Wine Museum, exhibiting wine paraphernalia from ancient times to the present.
On board for lunch and you set sail for Mainz arriving at 3pm. As the ship docks here until 11pm you can have the option to have dinner and still enjoy the city in the evening. Mainz is one of our favourites - It’s known for its old town, with half-timbered houses and medieval market squares. In the centre you can find the Marktbrunnen Renaissance fountain with red columns.
11 November 2021 - Frankfurt is your next port of call and you will need the full day to explore this wonderful city (8am – 11pm). Another beautiful German city on the river Main, the longest tributary of the Rhine. A major financial hub that's home to the European Central Bank. It's the birthplace of famed writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose former home is now the Goethe House Museum. Like much of the city, it was damaged during World War II and later rebuilt. The reconstructed Altstadt (Old Town) is the site of Römerberg, a square that hosts many events.
Take time off the ship at your leisure or join an organised tour of the city. Enjoy entertainment from Live Issue in the lounge area after dinner.
12 November 2021 - This morning you can enjoy breakfast while you sail along the Rhine through the passage Lorelei – this is the narrowest part of the Rhine between Switzerland and the North Sea, giving you a close up view of the little towns as you pass by. A light music session will be in the lounge area or you can avail of the sauna, gym or spa area of the ship. After lunch you arrive in Koblenz. You have free time here until the ship sets sail again at 10pm. Koblenz - Discover the Löhrstraße, a pedestrian zone and the pulsing main artery of the Rhine-Moselle city.
Enjoy your last night with Live Issue as you sail back to Cologne by night.
13 November 2021 - Breakfast onboard and check out for your return from Cologne to Dublin.
Price £995pp sharing
Only £100 single supplement
Upgrade to a Juliette View Balcony for £200 per cabin
Price includes: - return flights, transfers, full board, entertainment on board.
Not included: personal insurance, excursions, drinks packages