Rhine River Cruises to Switzerland
aboard MS Arlene - 9 Days
The breathtaking beauty of the Rhine Gorge and the prettiest corners of France, Germany and Switzerland will be revealed on this terrific Rhine Cruise. This cruise holiday from Germany down through France to Switzerland includes visits to Strasbourg, Rudesheim and Basle. Enjoy panoramic views of snowy peaks, mountain streams and forests from the comfort of your excellent vessel, not forgetting great food and a very warm welcome. This river holiday is a great way to experience some of Europe's most beautiful scenery and to explore some wonderful towns and sights.
Basle & Strasbourg orientation tours included
Look whats included:
■Return flights from Dublin
■Stays in Breisach, Basle, Strasbourg, Speyer, Rudesheim & Koblenz
■Eight nights accommodation in a twin bedded Grade 1 en suite cabin
■Full Board, welcome drink and Captain's Dinner
■Entertainment on board
■Complimentary tea & coffee
■Full Services of a Tour Manager on board
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Depart Dublin airport for your flight, once you have landed you'll be met on arrival and transferred to the MS Arlene in Breisach, where you will join the vessel in time for a welcome drink. Evening at leisure in Breisach. D
Breisach - Basle. Cruise to Basle, the cultural heart of Switzerland. We have included an orientation tour of Basle, followed by free time at leisure. B, L, D
Basle. Today you have a full day at leisure in Basle, or you can choose to join our optional grand Switzerland tour. B, L, D
Basle - Breisach. This morning we will cruise from Switzerland to Breisach in Germany. Enjoy free time at leisure or why not join our optional Black Forest panorama tour. B, L, D
Breisach - Strasbourg. This morning we cruise to the French city of Strasbourg. From here we have included an orientation tour. B, L, D
Strasbourg - Speyer. Today we will depart Strasbourg and sail to the town of Speyer. This afternoon, why not join our optional Heidelberg excursion.
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Speyer - Rudesheim Cruise downstream to the delightful village of Rudesheim. Arrive in Rudesheim and choose from two great excursions. Take a cable car 250 metres above the Rhine on our Rudesheim and Niederwald Experience or keep your feet on the ground with our Siegfried’s Mechanical Musik Kabinett & Wine Tasting. We remain berthed in Rudesheim this evening. B, L, D
Rudesheim - Koblenz This morning, as you’re enjoying breakfast, we will be making our way down the mighty Rhine to the fascinating medieval town of Koblenz. Standing proudly on the confluence of the Rhine & Moselle, Koblenz is our destination today. From 1st May - 16th October 2011 the Koblenz National Garden Show will be taking place, which we offer you the opportunity to visit with us, or take a trip on our Cochem and Magical Moselle Valley excursion. Our Captain’s Farewell Dinner will take place this evening and we remain berthed in Koblenz. B, L, D
Bid farewell to your cruise vessel, then you'll be transferred to the airport ready for your flight home. B
B=Breakfast Included, L=Lunch Included, D=Dinner Included
Flights are with low-cost carriers.
All fares, taxes, hand luggage (up to 10kgs per person - size limits apply) and airport check-in are included in the price.
In order to keep prices as low as possible, we have not included hold luggage in the price of this holiday. Please ask our Travel consultants for details of additional charges.
All prices listed are subject to availability. Airline fares are subject to increase and we will endeavour to provide you with the lowest price possible. If fares have increased, we will quote you the best available holiday price at that time and a flight supplement will be added to your booking. The supplement and any increase will be advised prior to confirmation of your booking. The sooner you book, the lower the price will be, so why delay
Optional and Included Excursions
Enjoy our orientation tour of Basle, followed by time at leisure. Be sure to explore the perfectly preserved old town where you'll discover the impressive Cathedral, historic Town Hall and traditional market place.
Join our breathtaking tour of the Bernese Oberland. Travel through picturesque alpine scenery, over the Brunig Pass and along Lake Brienz, to the famous Interlaken. In the afternoon, visit the world-renowned glacier village of Grindelwald, where there will be the opportunity to take a ride by chair lift. There will also be a visit to the beautiful Lake of the Four Forest Cantons, Lake Lucerne, famed for stylish shops and historic buildings.
From Breisach this unforgettable tour will take you past the Feldberg, the highest point in the Forest, to a clock factory which houses one of the largest cuckoo clocks in the world. You will also experience the best of the Black Forest scenery, taking in enchanting wooded valleys full of traditional houses and farms.
This fascinating city is rich with historic monuments, museums and architecture, with highlights including the magnificent cathedral and Petite France, Strasbourg's remarkable old town.
Famed for its pink sandstone castle, this lovely city is regarded as one of the most beautiful in Germany. Its picturesque setting, surrounded by mountains, forest and vineyards, has long been an inspiration to famous artists.
You'll be transferred by land train to an excellent wine cellar in Rudesheim in order to sample the local product, followed by a visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musik Kabinett where you can see the remarkable collection of mechanical instruments. Step back into an era of Marlene Dietrich and dance hall fever on a magical mechanical music trip.
Hop on the little noddy train which takes you from the MS Arlene and up into the centre of Rudesheim, where we stop to enjoy a traditional Rudesheimer Coffee - made with the famous local Asbach Brandy! From here we glide on a cable car, 250 metres above the Rhine to the impressive Niederwald Monument for spectacular views over the Rhine. The monument is 132ft high and about 120ft wide, the main figure of the monument is the Germania (made of 32 tons of bronze), bearing the Imperial sword and the German Emperor's crown. Take in the breath-taking views or visit the gift shop and café, before at your leisure taking the cable car back down to Rudesheim, to enjoy free time.
Cochem is famed for its unique position beneath the Reichsburg Castle and for its bustling market place. This excursion also includes an enchanting journey through breathtaking scenery, taking in delightful locations such as Beilstein, a medieval town with crooked passages and charming buildings.
Feast your eyes on the colour of thousands of flowers and blooms at the Electoral Palace with its uninterrupted views of the Rhine. The Blumenhof will display creative horticultural sculptures and gardens displaying plants and flowers from biblical mythology. Take a trip on the cable car over the Rhine and you'll find the largest area, the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress enthroned high above the valley with astounding views of the Rhine, the Moselle and the city.
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