8 days Frankfurt-Strasbourg-Cochem-Frankfurt

The Middle Rhine Valley

Fares From £1,695 pp

CRUISE SUMMARY

Go on a journey back in time time through European history. On our innovative nickoSPIRIT, which will be put into service in June of 2020, you can explore Main, Rhine and Moselle in modern comfort. Admire the impressive Eltz castle and amble through Heidelberg’s romantic old town streets. Amazing landscapes and fine wines await you along the Moselle. In Strasbourg, you can explore one of the power houses of Europe in one of the most beautiful old towns of the continent. An exciting contrast awaits you in Frankfurt – “Mainhattan” with its mirrored skyscrapers. Come on board and travel with us through the centuries!

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Frankfurt

Frankfurt: Casting off 6:30 p.m.
Fly from London to Frankfurt and transfer to vessel. Embarkation from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Day 2: Mannheim / Ludwigshafen

Mannheim: Mooring 7:30 a.m. – Casting off 6:30 p.m.
Excursion to Heidelberg with its picturesque old town and a visit to the famous castle.
Automotive history up close on the themed excursion “Bertha Benz” through Mannheim.

Day 3: Strasbourg / Kehl

Strasbourg/Kehl: Mooring 9:00 a.m.
Guided city tour through Strasbourg with a visit to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame: Idyllic half-timbered alleys, cosy wine taverns and of course the impressive cathedral make a visit to this historic city one of a kind experience. The entire city centre of Strasbourg was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988 due to its diverse architecture. At the the Republic Square you can admire the Rhine Palace, the National Library and the Opera. Once you arrive at the Notre-Dame cathedral, your guide will explain in detail the special features and numerous interesting stories about construction and architecture. You will experience first hand when the astronomical clock strikes the “full” hour and different figures of the clock breathe life. After visiting the cathedral enjoy a bit of free time in this beautiful city.

Picture perfect idyll on the excursion to the peaceful region of Alsace with its half-timbered houses, wine taverns and quaint atmosphere.

Day 4: Strasbourg / Kehl / Speyer

Strasbourg/Kehl: Casting off 4:00 a.m.

Speyer: Mooring 12:00 p.m. – Casting off 8:00 p.m.
Guided tour through the wonderful cathedral city of Speyer: The cathedral city of Speyer looks back on an eventful 2,000-year history, since it was the linchpin of German history in the Middle Ages. The landmark and most important building is the Speyer Imperial Cathedral. The largest Romanesque building in the world was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981. At the turn of the century, the Holy Trinity Church was still called “unattractive”. Today, however, it is considered a late baroque total work of art.

Day 5: Cochem

Cochem: Mooring 1:00 p.m. – Casting off 10:00 p.m.
Journey through time through eight centuries on an excursion to the imposing Eltz castle.

Day 6: Koblenz / Middle Rhine Valley / Rüdesheim

Koblenz: Mooring 6:00 a.m. – Casting off 1:00 p.m.
Guided tour through Koblenz. With more than 2,000 years of history, Koblenz is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Koblenz is located at the mouth of the Moselle and Rhine, the so-called “German Corner”. The idyllic alleys between the St. Kastor basilica, the oldest church building in Koblenz, and the Liebfrauenkirche give Koblenz a special charm. After seeing the Schängelbrunnen at the town hall, you will take a cable car ride over the Rhine to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Experience Koblenz from a bird’s eye view and then take a leisurely stroll through the fortress park.

Middle Rhine Valley:
Passage of the famous Loreley.

Rüdesheim: Mooring 7:00 p.m.
Admire the artistic and musical inventions of the past over a glass of wine – in “Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet”.

Day 7: Rüdesheim / Mainz

Rüdesheim: Casting off 6:30 a.m.

Mainz: Mooring 9:30 a.m. – Casting off 11:30 p.m.
Mainz city tour with the magnificent St.Augustine’s Church and visit to the Grand Mainz Saint Martin Cathedral.
“Cinematic guided tour” in Wiesbaden to original settings and film locations.

Day 8: Frankfurt

Frankfurt: Mooring 5:00 a.m.
Disembarkation until 9:00 a.m. Transfer to Frankfurt Airport or add a city stay (prices on request).

The excursions marked in red can only be booked on board. Mooring and casting off times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Innovative new ship with three restaurants
  • Cruise through the history of Central Europe with numerous castles, cathedrals and historic cities
  • Be amazed by the engineering work of the past in Rüdesheim
  • Enjoy international flair in a romantic setting in Heidelberg
  • In Mannheim, learn more about the story of Bertha Benz and the first car ride ever taken

SPECIAL OFFER

£250 off per person and low deposit of £250 per person. Book by 31 October 2021

MS nickoSPIRIT

2022 Guide prices per person in £

Cabin category Season A Prices From Season B Prices From Season D Prices From Cabin Code
2 Bed Main Deck Front £1,745 £1,945 £2,045
2 Bed Main Deck £1,695 £1,895 £1,995
2 Bed Middle Deck Rear with Lowerable Panoramic Front £1,945 £2,245 £2,345
2 Bed Middle Deck Front with Lowerable Panoramic Front £2,145 £2,345 £2,445
2 Bed Middle Deck with Lowerable Panoramic Front £1,995 £2,195 £2,345
2 Bed Upper Deck Rear with Lowerable Panoramic Front £2,245 £2,545 £2,695
2 Bed Upper Deck Front with Lowerable Panoramic Front £2,145 £2,395 £2,545
2 Bed Upper Deck with Lowerable Panoramic Front £2,445 £2,745 £2,845

 

2022 Travel dates / Season
  • 27.06. – 04.07.2022 D
  • 05.09. – 12.09.2022 D
  • 03.10. – 10.10.2022 B
  • 17.10. – 24.10.2022 B
  • 24.10. – 31.10.2022 A

Cruises for other durations
We also offer a number of cruises on the Rhine and Danube for different durations from 4-13 days

Cruise Only Prices
We appreciate that you may want to make your own travel arrangements and can provide cruise only prices on request

City Hotel Stays
We can tailor-make any cruise itinerary with additional pre or post cruise hotels. Please enquire for our recommended hotels and prices.

Testing
Return to UK COVID Testing facilities will be made available (if required)

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Economy flight from London and overseas transfer to and from vessel
  • 7 nights cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • 4 Guided Excursions
  • Free Wifi
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes

Call 01223 568904 or contact your Travel Agent!

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