The Middle Rhine Valley

8 days Frankfurt-Strasbourg-Cochem-Frankfurt

Fares From £1,635 pp

THE MIDDLE RHINE VALLEY CRUISE SUMMARY

Take a journey through European history as we explore the Main, Rhine and Moselle in comfort and style aboard our newest ship, nickoSPIRIT. Picturesque landscapes await on this cruise to the impressive Eltz castle and Heidelberg’s romantic old town. Discover one of the power houses of Europe in beautiful Strasbourg and disembark in Frankfurt where an exciting contrast awaits – the mirrored skyscrapers of “Mainhattan”. Come aboard and travel with us through the centuries!

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1: Frankfurt

Frankfurt: Casting off 6:30 p.m.
Fly/rail 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 the picturesque old town and castle of Heidelberg.

Enjoy a “Bertha Benz” themed excursion through Mannheim, on the trail of the first ever successful car journey in automobile history.

 

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.

Excursion to the picture perfect landscapes, half-timbered houses, welcoming wine taverns and quaint atmosphere of Alsace.

 

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 middle rhine valley river cruise nicko cruises uk

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 station for return journey home. Alternatively extend your stay in Frankfurt with a city stay (prices on request).

Excursions highlighted in blue are included in your cruise package. 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
  • The city of Koblenz, founded by the Romans

Call our Reservations Team on

01223 568907

or email

[email protected]

 

THE MIDDLE RHINE VALLEY 2022 SAILING DATES

2022 dates

             

nickoSPIRIT

Cabin Categories    
 
Dates                
24 Oct £1,635 £1,725 £1,900 £1,975 £2,065 £2,170 £2,240 £2,350
03, 17 Oct £1,725 £1,810 £2,010 £2,100 £2,190 £2,305 £2,395 £2,510

27 Jun,

05 Sep

£1,900 £2,010 £2,195 £2,285 £2,395 £2,510 £2,600 £2,725

 

 

2 Bed Main Front 2 Bed Middle Deck Front 2 Bed Upper Deck Front
2 Bed Main Deck 2 Bed Middle Deck 2 Bed Upper Deck
2 Bed Middle Deck Rear 2 Bed Upper Deck Rear

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin. Prices may be subject to change due to flight availability/pricing. Please call our Reservations Team on 01223 568907 for up to date pricing and availability. Single supplements vary depending on cabin category and date of travel, please call for details.

THE MIDDLE RHINE VALLEY 2023 SAILING DATES

 

2023 dates

             

nickoSPIRIT

Cabin Categories  
 
Dates                
23 Oct £1,745 £1,840 £2,025 £2,095 £2,190 £2,300 £2,375 £2,485
02, 16 Oct £1,840 £1,930 £2,135 £2,225 £2,320 £2440 £2,530 £2,650
09 Jun £1,930 £2,040 £2,235 £2,330 £2,440 £2,560 £2,650 £2,780
26 Jun, 04,11 Sep £2,025 £2,135 £2,330 £2,420 £2,530 £2,650 £2,745 £2,870

 

  2 Bed Main Front   2 Bed Middle Deck Front   2 Bed Upper Deck Front
  2 Bed Main Deck   2 Bed Middle Deck   2 Bed Upper Deck
  2 Bed Middle Deck Rear   2 Bed Upper Deck Rear    

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin. Prices may be subject to change due to flight availability/pricing. Please call our Reservations Team on 01223 568907 for up to date pricing and availability. Single supplements vary depending on cabin category and date of travel, please call for details.

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.

 

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Economy flight/rail 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
  • Wifi
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Full ATOL financial protection
  • Baggage handling fee
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