Cologne - Rhine River Cruise
Departing by Air
Duration 6 Days
Available April 2020

See the prettiest stretches of the Rhine river, its banks cloaked in a patchwork of vineyards. Taste and compare local wines and enjoy live 60’s music every night throughout this exuberant cruise.

Price Includes

  • Return flights from Glasgow, Edinburgh & Aberdeen – other UK airports available
  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • 5 nights on board the ferry
  • 14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 3 excursions included: Bonn: Birthplace of Beethoven, Rüdesheim Wine tasting & Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music
  • Five live music performances
  • Services of a tour manager

Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.

To speak to an adviser regarding more information for this cruise or to book this cruise, please call 0800 1707 233 and quote *DC THOMSON TRAVEL*

Sounds of the 60s on the Rhine Music Itinerary

Day 1 – UK to Cologne

Travel by coach via Eurotunnel or ferry, from Folkestone to Cologne where you embark Rex Rheni. Remain moored here this evening and enjoy a welcome drink, and dinner on board, with a live performance by the accomplished Band of Gold, who’ll provide fun and cool sounds throughout your cruise. Tonight’s performance, consisting of two one-hour sets, is entitled ‘Welcome to the Swinging 60s.’

Day 2 – Cologne to Bonn

Cruise through the morning and arrive in the former West German capital of Bonn after lunch. Perhaps join an optional excursion to see the sights of the town, and visit the birthplace of the legendary Beethoven, this afternoon. Tonight’s musical entertainment is ‘The British Invasion’ – spend the evening celebrating the success of British bands in the US and beyond in the 60s including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield.

Day 3 – Bonn to Koblenz

Depart Bonn at breakfast time and sail through the morning to Koblenz, where you arrive early afternoon and moor overnight. Koblenz is set at the point where the Rhine and Moselle flow together. It’s known as ‘Deutsches Eck’ or German Corner and features a huge statue of Kaiser Wilhelm l. Glowering on the right bank is the imposing Festung Ehrenbreitstein, a citadel built by the Prussians. You might like to join an optional tour of the town and castle this afternoon. This evening your on-board entertainers plan to ‘Rock the Joint’ with a set celebrating the pioneers of Rock & Roll including Bill Haley & the Comets, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Fats Domino.

Day 4 – Koblenz to Rüdesheim

Rex Rheni sets sail after breakfast and cruises one of the most picturesque sections of the middle Rhine. Arrive in Rüdesheim, a charming wine town, mid-afternoon and moor here overnight. Perhaps stroll to the Drosselgasse, a medieval street full of restaurants, wine houses and garden taverns, for a glass of the local wine or beer. Alternatively you can join an optional excursion to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music, a whimsical display of self-playing instruments, or partake in an optional wine tasting at a local winery.

Return to your ship in time to enjoy a ‘Musical Kaleidoscope’ from Jeremy and the Band of Gold. They aim to provide a fun night mixing the sounds of the 60s and 70s with Rock & Roll, Blues and a bit of Jump Jive and Swing.

Day 5 Rüdesheim to Cologne to Düsseldorf

Sail from Rüdesheim early this morning and, after a lunchtime arrival, spend the afternoon at leisure in Cologne. See some of the historic highlights at the Romano-Germanic Museum and the cathedral, or go shopping in the city’s modern heart. Depart Cologne at dinner time and cruise through the night towards Arnhem. This evening, let yourselves go with the Band of Gold’s final performance, ‘60s Jukebox’ featuring classic artists like The Beatles, The Monkees, Elvis, The Carpenters, Beach Boys, The Troggs and The Animals.

Your ship sails through the evening and night.

Day 6 – Düsseldorf to UK

Disembark Rex Rheni after breakfast, and begin your return journey to the UK.

Please note:

The free bar, open from midday to midnight, serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently. Optional excursions are at an additional cost and all excursions are subject to availability and change.

The April 7 and October 9, 2020 departures follow a slightly different itinerary, embarking in Nijmegen and disembarking in Arnhem. The September 29, 2020 departure embarks in Cologne and disembarks in Düsseldorf. The other ports of call on all three cruises are all in the same order.

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