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Jewels of the Rhine Cruise 2017

Rhine Cruise

What's Included
Return flights from your local airport to Amsterdam
Return airport-to-Sound of Music transfers
7 nights' accommodation in a Moselle Deck double cabin (upgrade cabins available)
Embark in Amsterdam
Calls in Cologne, Cochem, Boppard, Rudesheim and Mainz
A scenic cruise along the Middle Rhine and past the Lorelei
A visit to Strasbourg
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 Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

A relaxing Rhine cruise

Join Sound of Music to discover the very best of the Rhine as she sails from Amsterdam, through the Rhine Gorge and the Black Forest, to the elegant Swiss city of Basel. Discover Cochem on a short detour into the meanders of the Moselle, call in Boppard and Rudesheim, and make the most of opportunities to visit Mainz and Strasbourg on this wonderful cruise.

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Prices

 Departure Airport Date Price From
Bristol 01 May 2017  £1180.00
Bristol 08 May 2017  £1204.00
Bristol 29 May 2017  £1294.00
Bristol 01 Oct 2017  £1170.00
Edinburgh 08 May 2017  £1229.00
Edinburgh 01 Oct 2017  £1195.00
London Gatwick 08 May 2017  £1204.00
London Gatwick 29 May 2017  £1274.00
London Gatwick 01 Oct 2017  £1170.00
London Gatwick 22 Oct 2017  £1164.00
London Heathrow 01 May 2017  £1205.00
London Heathrow 08 May 2017  £1229.00
London Heathrow 29 May 2017  £1299.00
London Heathrow 01 Oct 2017  £1195.00
London Luton 01 May 2017  £1165.00
London Luton 08 May 2017  £1189.00
London Luton 01 Oct 2017  £1155.00
Manchester 01 May 2017  £1314.00
Manchester 08 May 2017  £1314.00

 

8 Day Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Amsterdam today, board Sound of Music and settle in to your cabin. Enjoy your first dinner on board, and perhaps step ashore to explore the Dutch capital.

Day Two

This morning you'll have the chance to discover Amsterdam's historic waterways on our optional canal cruise, or simply wander her streets, parks and squares, before Sound of Music heads into the Dutch waterways on her way to the Rhine.

Day Three

After a morning cruising upriver, Sound of Music will arrive in Cologne. Step ashore to stroll the cobbled streets of the city's altstadt (old town), browse the shops of Hohe Strasse, or join our optional excursion to the Eau de Cologne fragrance museum, before returning to the ship for dinner.

Day Four

This morning Sound of Music cruises into the Moselle and stops in Cochem. Explore the town or join an optional excursion to the mighty Reichsburg Castle that towers above it.

After dinner on board you'll also have the chance to sample some of the local Riesling and Spatlese on an optional wine-tasting.

Day Five

Enjoy a morning stroll around the lovely streets of Boppard, before Sound of Music heads into the Middle Rhine and through the narrow gorge beneath the Lorelei - a towering rock face named for the murmuring currents that surrounded it.

In the afternoon, Sound of Music docks in Rudesheim. Explore the narrow streets of this famous wine town, and perhaps join an optional excursion to see the bizarre mechanical musical instruments of Siegfried's Musikkabinett and enjoy another local wine tasting before dinner on board.

Day Six

Sound of Music sails south to Mainz, today. Discover the city's cathedral, its altstadt and its historic associations with Johannes Gutenburg and the printing press on an optional walking tour before the ship continues her lazy journey south.

Day Seven

Sound of Music's final mooring is a short coach ride away from the Alsatian capital, Strasbourg. Explore at leisure, or take to the waterways to discover the city's Petite France quarter on an optional canal cruise, before returning to Sound of Music for a special farewell dinner.

Day Eight

Bid farewell to Sound of Music and her crew, this morning, as you disembark in Basel and transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

Ship Information

Rhine Cruise

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.

Wherever you choose to join her, Sound of Music’s sense of spaciousness will impress itself upon you, especially in the bright and airy lounge with its panoramic windows, and on the two-tiered top Observation deck, which comes into its own on summer days. With a crew of 38, and a staff that includes a Cruise Director and Cruise Manager, the enjoyment of the ship’s 122 passengers is assured, both aboard and ashore. On board, the atmosphere is relaxed and convivial, with the comfortable lounge and bar perfect places in which to pass a few hours, the aft restaurant the scene of some memorable meals each day, and the lounge the focus of the evening’s relaxed entertainment.
Beginning the season with a Lowland waterways cruise packed full of interest, Sound of Music then makes some classic journeys along the length of the mighty Rhine, between Amsterdam and Basel. The meandering Moselle, the glorious Blue Danube and the picture-book cities of the fairytale ‘Romantic Road’ are all visited during the summer when the two-tiered sun deck is the place to be.

Rhine Cruise

Further Information

Alternative itineraries

The May 8th, and 1st October cruises will follow a reversed itinerary from Basel to Amsterdam. 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.

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.

Luggage

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

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.

*These offers apply to new bookings made between 8th and 28th February 2017 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount amount will be added to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. Single cabin full fares will be discounted by 25 per cent for Buy One, Get One Half-Price departures, or 50 per cent for Buy One, Get Free departures, when the promo code is applied. These offers may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, and may be withdrawn at any time.

 

 

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