49 Newtownards Road
028 9015 1030
ATOL No. 11029
Enjoy some of the prettiest stretches of river in northern Europe on this lovely cruise on the Sarre, Moselle and Rhine. Our journey starts with a direct flight from Dublin to Luxembourg, where we overnight before joining our ship the next evening. We sail the twisty bends of the beautiful Moselle, famous for its wonderful wines and beautiful villages, with stops at the mystical town of Cochem, also at Koblenz where the Moselle meets the Rhine.
The middle Rhine valley is in its entirety a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring more medieval castles than you can shake a stick at, beautiful villages adorned with half-timbered houses and vineyards that sweep down from lofty hillsides to the waters below. We arrive in Rüdesheim, famous for its tiny alleyways lined with wineries and quirky shops and cafes. Enjoy a must-visit to Siegfrieds Mechanical Music Museum before setting off towards Mannheim. From here we visit Heidelberg, a university city with a colourful history and charming pedestrianised squares and shopping streets. Learn about the real-life fairy-tale romance of Heidelberg Prince and his English bride; hear about Martin Luther’s visit and see where the “Student Prince” opera found its base.
We sail on to Strasbourg, where you have the option to travel home or spend another evening in this wonderful city. It would be a shame to miss one of France’s most beautiful and interesting cities!
Day 1.-Sunday, 09 June 2019
Travel to Dublin Airport at your leisure. The fare is not included, as many of our customers have Translink SmartPasses. We plan to use Translink Goldliner from Belfast Europa Station, departing around 2.15pm (subject to confirmation), arriving approx. two hours later. You may travel earlier, if you wish. Our flight departs Dublin at around 7.30pm (TBC) for the short flight to Luxembourg and our hotel bed at the NH Luxembourg Hotel. Evening meal is not included today.
Day 2.-Monday, 10 June 2019
Join us on an excursion of Luxembourg. Our tour on foot commences at the Luxembourg Tourist Office and includes all the major sites of this historical city, such as Place d’Armes, Place de la Constitution, Government District, Corniche, Monument of the Millennium, Old Town, grand ducal Palace, Place Guillaume II. There will be free time for lunch and individual sightseeing before returning to the hotel for our transfer to the ship at Remich, just a few miles away. On board from around 4.00pm / 5.00pm and time to settle in with a glass of something nice. Reception and dinner on board. Ship remains in port overnight.
Day 3.-Tuesday, 11 June 2019
After breakfast on board you have several options this morning. Simply relax, go for a stroll, return to Luxembourg for another optional tour or join us on a bike tour. After lunch on board, you have the options of continuing the bike tour, relaxing or an optional visit to a winery complete with a tasting. (If you do not take a bike tour, you can take this tour instead, without charge). Seven pioneering men of the region recognized the magic of the huge calcareous rock downstream from Remich. They cultivated the first vineyards now infamous for its sparkling wines. In 1919, in the aftermath of World War I, they set up the Caves St Martin. You’ll discover the secrets to winemaking while strolling through the underground passages that seem to go on for miles. After our tour, we’ll go to the historical centre of Remich where you can enjoy some free time on your own. Also called the “Pearl of the Moselle,” this charming town is surrounded by an outstanding panorama of vineyards and forests. Take a stroll along the several miles of promenade in the shade of the trees along the Moselle or sit back on a cosy terrace for some more wine. (See separate panel for further information on the excursions)
We'll return to the boat at 5:00 p.m. and begin to cruise to Saarburg.
Dinner on board. Join us for an evening of entertainment.
Day 4.-Wednesday, 12th June
We’ll spend the morning cruising on the Sarre and the Moselle towards Trier. Our ship will arrive in Trier by late morning. Lunch on board.
This afternoon, join us for a guided tour of Trier, the oldest city in Germany. Discover the Roman vestiges and heritage in Trier, the splendid view the city offers of the Moselle, and its magnificent landscape. Trier is known for its well-preserved Roman and medieval buildings, but it is also home to some impressive churches as well. We’ll have a look at the amphitheatre, the imperial baths, the Roman basilica, and the Porta Nigra, one of the best-preserved Roman city gates. After we return on board, we'll begin to cruise to Cochem.
Dinner on board. Join us for an evening of entertainment.
Day 5. -Thursday, 13th June
We’ll arrive in Cochem early in the morning. You have the option to enjoy some free time in the city. Take a stroll through the narrow, winding streets and enjoy the ambiance full of lovely half-timbered homes with slate roofs, the historic square near the town hall, and the early walls, gates, and churches. Or you can join an optional guided tour of Cochem Castle. You’ll be transferred to Cochem Castle on a mini-bus. The Imperial Castle sits on a mighty crag over the Moselle River. We’ll enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent building that dates back to 1000. After being destroyed by the French in the 17th century, it was rebuilt from scratch in a Neo-Gothic style by a local German businessman. Following our visit of the castle, you’ll still have some free time. We’ll return on board for lunch.
The afternoon will be spent cruising the Moselle River, one of the most beautiful tributaries of the Rhine, towards Koblenz. Enjoy the calm as we pass by charming villages, vineyards, and what seems like a castle on every peak. Once we arrive in Koblenz late afternoon, explore the city with Alan and Ann. Dinner on board and the rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.
Day 6.-Friday, 14th June
This morning, we’ll pass through the beautiful and romantic Rhine Valley. Majestic castles, mysterious ruins, and famous vineyards dot the countryside known for its legendary German royalty and fabled Lorelei Rock. Our ship will arrive in Rüdesheim by late morning. Lunch on board.
In the afternoon, join us for a visit to Rüdesheim. First, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the local
vineyards on a tourist train. After, we’ll head to Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet, located in a lovely, 15th-century building. This museum holds a collection of fascinating musical instruments ranging from tiny, delicate music boxes to an enormous orchestrion.
After we return on board, we’ll begin to cruise to Mannheim. Dinner on board.
Day 7.-Saturday, 15th June
We'll arrive in Mannheim early in the morning. After breakfast we join our excursion to Heidelberg. Known as the most romantic city in Germany, it has inspired many a painter and poet by its beauty. We’ll visit the partially ruined, red sandstone castle that sits majestically above the city, overlooking the Neckar River. Up to the Thirty Years’ War, Heidelberg boasted one of the most notable ensembles of buildings in the Holy Roman Empire. While time has taken its toll, this castle’s fame lives on to this day. The giant wine barrel is one of the most popular attractions. Built in a cellar in 1591, it held about 34,342 gallons of wine collected from the Palatinate in payment of taxes. The facade of the Friedrich Building, displaying a perfect gallery of portraits from the royal line, is also a must-see. After our visit, we’ll go to the historical centre of the city to take in the many sites. Enjoy some free time before returning on board in Heidelberg.
The afternoon will be spent cruising along the Neckar and Rhine Rivers towards Strasbourg.
Tonight is our festive gala evening and dinner with dancing afterwards.
Day 8.-Sunday, 16th June
Is it farewell or will you stay another day? The option is yours.
After breakfast we leave the ship for the city centre, where you will either join the train to Paris Airport and your flight back to Belfast or check in to the Maison Rouge (or similar city-centre hotel) for another night, giving you time to explore and enjoy one of France’s most beautiful cities. Take a stroll around “Petite France”, enjoy a canal cruise which reaches as far as the European Parliament, visit Strasbourg’s magnificent cathedral. Meals are not included but we will offer suggestions, where you might like to join us.
Day 9.-Monday, 17th June
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a morning to do a bit of shopping at the magnificent “Grands Magasins” or for some further sightseeing. What about a visit to the European Parliament – even though we may no longer be members by that stage! It’s a wonderful visit.
Grab an early lunch or, better still, buy something to eat and drink on the train, which departs at 12.45pm approx., arriving just under two hours later in Paris Airport. Our flight departs around 5.15pm, arriving Belfast around 6.00pm. (All times are provisional and subject to confirmation)
What’s included in the fare:
•Flight from Dublin Airport to Luxembourg Airport
•Transfer to the hotel and overnight with breakfast at NH Luxembourg Airport Hotel
•Morning excursion of Luxembourg, with visit of Grand Duchy Palace
•Six nights on board “MS Lafayette” with full board and drinks included (See note)
•Cycling tour of Remich area of Moselle OR afternoon wine tour
•Guided tour of historical Trier
•Guided walking tour of Koblenz with Alan and Ann – Option to shop!
•Guided tour of Rüdesheim with wine-tasting
•Guided tour to Heidelberg with visit to the castle and time to relax
•Transfer to Strasbourg city and TGV (High Speed Train) to Paris Airport
•Flight from Paris to Belfast International
•On board gratuities (See note)
•Full financial protection under ATOL 11029
•Escorted throughout by Alan and Ann Couser
What’s not included in the fare:
•Meals or drinks not shown in itinerary
•Items of personal expenditure
•Travel to/from airports
•Optional extension to your stay in Strasbourg
Our ship is the lovely “MS Lafayette, on which we have cruised several times. It was completely rebuilt just three years ago, to exacting modern standards and offers reasonably spacious accommodation, bright and airy public rooms, excellent dining and a welcoming atmosphere.
Lower Deck - Standard cabin –
£1695 per person - Single use. £2235
Cabins with twin or double beds. These cabins are at water level and have a large panorama window, approx 1m x 1.5m, which can be partially opened. Air-conditioning, heating, safe, en-suite.
Upper Deck Cabin with French Balcony - Sliding Window
£1855 per person - Single Use. £2415
Cabins with twin or double beds. These cabins afford the very best views and have a large sliding window, approximately 1.8m x 1.5m. This window opens, creating a French balcony. Air-conditioning, heating, safe, en-suite.
NH Luxembourg Airport Hotel.
The NH Luxembourg hotel is a mere stroll from Luxembourg International Airport, and close by, there are forests and river valleys to explore. There are 148 Standard and Superior Rooms, all decorated in warm neutrals. Rooms are comfortable and spacious, and offer unsurpassed views of the airport. Superior Rooms are bigger, and have seating areas with a sofa and armchair.
2 connecting rooms are available on each floor. (Supp. For larger rooms £35pp)
The top-floor fitness centre has brand-new, state-of-the-art equipment, along with some amazing views of the airport. We also have a restaurant serving international and local dishes, and a more casual bar and brasserie. And in the summer months, you can make the most of our outdoor terrace.
Maison Rouge Strasbourg
A stay at Maison Rouge places you in the heart of Strasbourg, within a 10-minute walk of Alsatian Museum and L'Oeuvre Notre Dame Museum. This 4-star hotel is really well located for Our Lady of Strasbourg Cathedral and Rohan Palace. Make yourself at home in one of the 142 individually furnished guestrooms, featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily. Wrap up your day with a drink at the bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.
The extra cost for the one-night extension in Strasbourg is £95pp, based on double occupancy or £150 for single.
1.Dining on board. Croisieurope offer a fixed three course menu for lunch and dinner. The food is of the highest quality but sometimes a particular course may not appeal to you. The menu is on display from early morning and you may ask your waiter if he/she can arrange something else for you. You must do this at breakfast time, or an alternative may not be available. We will be endeavouring to ensure the menu is suited to British & Irish palates, without sacrificing the superb standard of cuisine for which Croisieurope is well renowned. Most dietary requirements can be catered for but we need to be advised at time of booking or we may not be able to provide. On some days, a buffet lunch may be offered.
2.Whilst the “MS Lafayette” offers one fully-accessible cabin for those who require wheelchair access, our experience shows that river cruising is not ideal for those with limited mobility. Berthing is often via steep ramps, possibly steps, and we may also need to cross through another vessel, often involving steep steps. We would endeavour to ensure you get the maximum from a cruise but cannot guarantee you will be able to get off at each and every port. You must also have a carer with you, who is able to manage every aspect of operating and pushing the wheelchair, your luggage, etc. Our representatives cannot be called upon to assist, as we are not insured for it. Some of the crew can help with ramps, etc., though.
3.Unlimited drinks, alcoholic and otherwise, are available throughout your cruise. The offer includes beers, spirits, soft drinks, teas & coffees , bottled water and a selection of fine house wines but excludes those from the wine list and champagnes.
4.Basic gratuities are included aboard the ship but, if you feel you have received exceptional service, please feel free to put something into the unmarked envelope, which will be left in your cabin towards the end of the cruise. Gratuities for tour guides, etc. are not included and a small contribution would be appreciated. If you eat or drink ashore, it is expected that you leave a tip of approximately 5%-10% depending on the service you receive. Please do not leave without tipping!