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Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg Cruise

8 Days From £1284*
Departing June - September 2017
* Price shown: 24 Sep 2017 - HNT
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Historic German waterways

Join the Sound of Music to cruise from Basel to Cologne bathed in summer's warmth. See Strasbourg, ancient Speyer and Mannheim. Visit the 'Student Prince' city of Heidelberg, and call in the delightful Middle Rhine towns of Rudesheim, Boppard and Koblenz.

Life on board Sound Of Music

There's far more to life on board Sound of Music than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

What The Price Includes

  • Return Eurostar rail travel from London St Pancras or Ebsfleet International
  • 7 nights' accommodation in a Moselle Deck double cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Embark in Basel
  • An overnight call close to Strasbourg
  • Overnight calls in Rudesheim and Boppard
  • Calls in Speyer, Mainz, Koblenz and Cologne
  • An excursion to Heidelberg
  • A scenic cruise along the Middle Rhine, past the legendary Lorelei
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea and snacks
  • Free on-board Wi-Fi
  • On-board English commentary
  • Luggage porterage
  • On-board entertainment
  • A Welcome Cocktail Party
  • The Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew
  • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

All prices are per person and based on two sharing

Single cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

Sleek, four-star superior Sound of Music offers a contemporary twist on traditional river cruising. Built in 2006, this beautifully maintained ship's bright, airy public spaces, two-tier observation deck and comfortable cabins provide a relaxing, convivial home for 122 passengers.

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Itinerary

Day One

Travel to Paris Gare du Nord by high-speed Eurostar from London St Pancras International station. You'll then continue to Basel to embark Olympia before she begins her journey along the mighty Rhine this evening.

Day Two

Sound of Music's first call sees her moored a short coach ride from Strasbourg. Head into the city to wander the maze of narrow medieval streets and criss-crossing canals of the Petite France quarter. Sound of Music stays here overnight, giving you the choice of an evening on board or spent in the city.

Day Three

After a morning on the river, Sound of Music arrives in Speyer. Join our Cruise Manager to explore what was once among the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire on an optional walking tour, visit the vast cathedral or relax in one of the many bars and cafes.

Day Four

Another morning cruise brings Sound of Music to Mannheim. Here you'll be able to board the coach for our included excursion to Heidelberg. The 'Student Prince' city nestles beneath the famous red Schloss castle on a forested stretch of the River Neckar, and after time to explore you'll return to Sound of Music and enjoy dinner on board as she sails towards Mainz.

Day Five

Spend the morning discovering Mainz - its cathedral, its altstadt and its historic associations with Johannes Gutenburg and the printing press - on an optional walking tour, then return to Sound of Music for the short lunchtime cruise to Rudesheim.

Enjoy the afternoon and evening in this relaxed town. Visit one of the lively, traditional Weinstuben that line the Drosselgasse, or join our optional excursion to see some of the world's most unusual music instruments at Siegfried's Musikkabinett and sample fruity Rieslings and late-havested sweet wines from the surrounding vineyards.

Day Six

One of the highlights of your cruise is this morning's passage through the Rhine Gorge, beneath the legendary Lorelei and into the Middle Rhine's landscape of villages, vineyards and castles. Step ashore in Boppard to explore or an optional excursion to nearby Rheinfels Castle.

Day Seven

Slipping away from Boppard, early this morning Sound of Music heads to Koblenz. Join the Cruise Director for a stroll through the pretty altstadt or along the riverfront promenade, then return to the ship for a final cruise upriver.

Passing Konigswinter in the shadow of the Siebengebirge (Seven Hills) and the former capital, Bonn, to arrive in Cologne in the early afternoon. Explore the cobbled altstadt in the shadow of the city's mighty Gothic cathedral, and later enjoy a special Farewell Dinner on board.

Day Eight

Bid farewell to Sound of Music and her crew, this morning, as you disembark in Cologne and return to Brussels for the high-speed Eurostar journey home.

Further Information

Alternative itineraries

The September 24th sailing will operate in reverse, from Cologne to Basel. All included calls and highlights remain the same.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Optional shore excursions

Optional excursions are available on all cruises, and we recommend that you book now to secure your place. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled. In this case your payment will be refunded in full.

Tipping

Tipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. An envelope will be left in your cabin for this purpose.

Luggage

Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.

Dress code

The dress code on board and ashore is casual. After 7pm, in the lounge and restaurant, shorts are not permitted, and footwear and a shirt or T-shirt must be worn.

Drinking water

The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.

Itinerary changes

On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.

Cabin sizes

The majority of cabins on board are 15.3m square. Single cabins are approximately 11.9m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Rhine Deck Suites are 18.11m square.

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