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An Intense Rhine Experience.

The versatility of Central Europe.

12 days Cologne-Amsterdam-Basel-Cologne 2020

From the foothills of the Swiss Alps to the vast countryside of the Netherlands, Father Rhine has been captivating people since the year dot. Legendary countryside, busy cities, romantic villages – probably nowhere is the versatility of Central Europe so apparent as on the banks of these great rivers. Stroll through bustling cities such as Strasbourg or Amsterdam and enjoy the spectacular river cinema in the UNESCO World Heritage Middle Rhine Valley. We make time on this big round trip for smaller, no less beautiful towns such as Breisach, Freiburg and Speyer, too.

Why this river cruise?

  • Experience “Father Rhine” particularly intensively
  • From the coast of the North Sea to the foothills of the Swiss Alps
  • Embarkation and disembarkation in Cologne, easy to get to from all over Germany
  • Lots of variety on the banks of the river: from the mountains in the Black Forest, to the legendary Middle Rhine Valley and onto the vast polder landscapes in the Netherlands

The first impressions of your trip.

Experience the most beautiful countryside on this Rhine cruise!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 12-day cruise in an outside cabin in the booked category
  • nicko cruises full board:
    • Substantial breakfast buffet with coffee/tea and juices
    • Multi-course menus served at table for lunch and dinner
    • Optional light lunch buffet
    • Coffee/tea after lunch and dinner
    • Coffee/cake or midnight snack depending on the programme of the day
    • Festive Gala Dinner
    • Welcome and farewell reception with the captain
    • Table reservation on board
  • nicko Cruise Director and local tour guide
  • Comfortable Sennheiser audio system for all excursions
  • Entertainment programme on board
  • Personal travel documents with guidebooks in practical pocket-size format
  • Luggage service between docks and cabin for embarkation and disembarkation
  • All harbour and passenger fees
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A delightfully varied river cruise along the Rhine awaits you.We have made all the preparations to make sure that this journey will be an unforgettable experience for you. These are your personal travel documents, we also added some interesting information about your cruise.Your nicko cruises team wishes you an excellent journey!

Important travel information

Entry requirements: German citizens need a valid ID card or passport for this cruise. You will not be able to join the cruise without valid identification documents. Minimum number of participants need to be reached for this trip up to 30 days before departure: 180 people (see section 8.1. of our travel conditions).

Your itinerary

Day

1

Cologne
Casting off 4:00 pm Embarkation 3.00 p.m.

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Day

2

Amsterdam
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 11:00 pm "Glanzlichter Amsterdams" mit Grachtenrundfahrt Excursion Package

Mit Amsterdam erwartet Sie eine Stadt, die ebenso pulsierend wie vielseitig ist. Modernes Lebensgefühl und das Flair des Goldenen Zeitalters verbinden sich zu einer unvergleichlichen Symbiose. Hochmoderne Architektur und Szenelokale finden Sie hier ebenso wie idyllische Cafés, Trödelmärkte und traditionelle Grachtenhäuser. Sie finden nirgendwo auf der Welt so viele denkmalgeschützte Altbauten aus vergangenen Jahrhunderten wie in der niederländischen Metropole. Die Häuser stehen so dicht beisammen, als müssten sie sich gegenseitig Halt geben, um nicht umzufallen. Die Grachten verleihen der Stadt einen besonderen Charme und erinnern Sie auf Schritt und Tritt daran, dass Sie sich im Herzstück einer Seefahrer- und Handelsnation befinden. Sie formen ein Kanalsystem, welches durch das komplette Stadtgebiet führt und damit das Gesicht der Stadt prägt. Mittlerweile erstreckt sich die Vielzahl an Grachten über eine Gesamtlänge von 80 Kilometern, was der Stadt den Beinamen „Venedig des Nordens“ eingebracht hat: 165 Grachten, 1281 Brücken, 70 Rundfahrtboote, 8 hölzerne Zugbrücken, 2.500 Wohnboote und 120 Tretboote werden Sie nachhaltig beeindrucken. Freuen Sie sich nach einer Rundfahrt mit dem Bus und einem kleinen Stadtrundgang in der Innenstadt, auf eine Grachtenfahrt entlang der prachtvollen Kaufmannshäuser aus dem Goldenen Zeitalter, die einen Höhepunkt im Rahmen Ihres Besuchs in Amsterdam bildet.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

01:00 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Day

2

Amsterdam
Excursion to Northern Holland, including visits to an open-air museum and a cheese dairy.

Excursion to Northern Holland, including visits to an open-air museum and a cheese dairy.

Day

3

Rotterdam
Mooring 9:00 am Casting off 2:00 pm City tour/walk through modern Rotterdam with its futuristic buildings. Excursion Package

Your guide and coach will be waiting for you at the harbour to start with this exciting excursion. First, it is time to relax, and you will go on board the Spido for a 75-minute harbour tour. Among the busy traffic of sea-going and inland ships, this trip is a unique voyage through one of the largest harbours in the world. You can see Rotterdam's impressive skyline with its imposing buildings glide by, and then get a unique view of the harbours shipyards, docks and last but not least 'De Rotterdam'. An old cruise ship which nowadays is used as a hotel. Afterwards, you will have a panoramic city tour through Rotterdam, which is known for its architecture. You will see some very lovely buildings which are known for its construction like the Cube Houses, the city hall due to his symmetrical design, the Erasmus Bridge, also known as the Swan, and of course the Euromast. You will also have some free time at the “Markthal”. Go shopping under the biggest work of art in the Netherlands on your own. What about trying some of the many culinary specialities? After the free time, you will be brought back to the ship.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Walking duration:

01:45 h

Day

4

Cologne
Mooring 4:00 pm Casting off 10:00 pm Guided tour of the cathedral city of Cologne with traditional Kölsch beer. Excursion Package

Guided tour of the cathedral city of Cologne with traditional Kölsch beer.

Day

5

Middle Rhine Valley
Passage of the fa.m.ous Loreley.

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Day

5

Mainz
Mooring 4:00 pm Casting off 12:00 am Tour of Mainz on foot

Impressive buildings, monuments and museums testify to the city’s 2.000 years history. Magnificent Baroque buildings, aristocratic palaces and the huge cathedral point back to the age of the Prince Electors. Our guided walk will introduce you to the different epochs and many facets of the city.

Trip duration:

02:00 h

Walking duration:

02:00 h

Day

6

Mannheim
Mooring 6:30 am Casting off 3:00 pm Excursion to the historic cathedral city of Speyer. Time to make your own discoveries.

Excursion to the historic cathedral city of Speyer. Time to make your own discoveries.

Day

7

Strasbourg/Kehl
Mooring 3:00 am Casting off 8:00 pm Tour by bus and on foot of Strasbourg with a visit to the cathedral of Notre-Dame. Excursion Package

Tour by bus and on foot of Strasbourg with a visit to the cathedral of Notre-Dame.

Day

7

Strasbourg/Kehl
Experience picture-postcard landscapes on an excursion to tranquil Alsace with its half-timbered buildings, wine taverns and quaint homely atmosphere.

Experience picture-postcard landscapes on an excursion to tranquil Alsace with its half-timbered buildings, wine taverns and quaint homely atmosphere.

Day

8

Basel
Mooring 1:00 pm Casting off 4:00 pm Tour of Basel by bus and on foot through the old town with the market and Münsterplatz square. Excursion Package

Tour of Basel by bus and on foot through the old town with the market and Münsterplatz square.

Day

9

Breisach
Mooring 3:00 am The whole-day "Black Forest Impressions" excursion will acquaint you with the cultural, culinary and scenic special features of the region.

Leer

Day

9

Breisach
Evening walk through delightful Breisach.

Evening walk through delightful Breisach.

Day

10

Breisach
Casting off 1:00 pm Excursion to the friendly university city of Freiburg.

Excursion to the friendly university city of Freiburg.

Day

11

Koblenz
Mooring 2:30 pm Casting off 10:00 pm Guided tour of Koblenz with cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein fortress Excursion Package

Koblenz is one of the oldest towns in Germany, looking back on 2.000 years of history. The guided walk will lead you through the Old town with its romantic streets, passing the Basilica St. Kastor and the Liebfrauen Church. You will also see the famous "Schängel"-Fountain in front of the town hall. A funicular will take you above the Rhine to the fortress Ehrenbreitstein. You will enjoy this special view over Koblenz.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Day

12

Cologne
Mooring 4:00 am Disembarkation by 9:00 a.m.

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Arrival and departure times are target times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high tides or a boat 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.

The itinerary of your river cruise on the map

Your ship on its journey: MS RHEIN MELODIE

 

Modern meets comfort on board our MS RHEIN MELODIE. This luxurious riverboat with the highest demands in design extends over a length of 132 metres. The highly generous cabins offer all convenience and a fantastic view of the banks of the Rhine. But not only the cabins: it does not matter where you are on this ship, the large panorama windows open a fantastic river cinema. The cuisine on-board is also superb. Culinary cuisine is offered each day that lets cruise passengers hearts beat faster.

 

Further details about your ship
  • At a glance

    nicko modern 198 passengers 40 132 m 11,4 m 2 m 220 Volt

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27.06. - 08.07.2021
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MS RHEIN MELODIE
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