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Rhine River Cruise with Andre Rieu in Maastricht 2020Netherlands

From € 3,499 / per person for 11 nights
Rhine River Cruise with Andre Rieu in Maastricht 2020 Experience an enchanting River Cruise along the River Rhine and get to see Andre Rieu performing live in his hometown of Maastricht.
Summary

This exclusive escorted holiday is for 8 nights and includes:


🔵 Return flights with 20kg checked bag

🔵 Airport transfers

🔵 4-star accommodation in the Hotel Pullman Basel with B&B

🔵 8-day river cruise from Basel to Cologne with full board, from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day

🔵 4-star accommodation in the Select Hotel Apple Park Maastricht with B&B (hotel upgrade available).

🔵 Andre Rieu concert tickets. 


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7 July BASEL

Depart Dublin Airport at 10:05 on a flight with Ryanair to Basel. On arrival, you will transfer to your hotel in Basel. This transfer will take approximately 30 minutes. 

After check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure.


8 July BASEL

After breakfast depart your hotel by coach to join your ship MS George Eliot.


9 July LUCERNE & BERNESE OBERLAND 

What a start to our cruise, as for many, today will be one of the highlights. You firstly take the short drive to Lucerne. Spectacularly nestled among stunning mountain views, it is by far Switzerland’s most beautiful city and has been attracting well-heeled visitors for two centuries. You must take an invigorating stroll along the Chapel Bridge: symbol of the city, a unique and covered wooden walkway crossing the lake, supported by stilts, lined with colourful flower-filled window boxes and a superb way to absorb Lucerne’s rather regal atmosphere.

The scenery becomes ever more dramatic, and as you enter the Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland, it becomes quite literally, breathtaking! This is the grand Alpine heart of Europe and amongst the finest mountain scenery on earth, described by the composer Mendelssohn as ‘the most wonderful of all in this unbelievably beautiful country’. On viewing the legendary snow-capped peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, you’ll be quite simply awestruck; this is quintessential Switzerland at its very best.

We then ascend by mountain railway for more extraordinary vistas, with the crystal-clear lakes reflecting the grassy meadows and lush forests below. This truly magical landscape is sure to enchant you. Later we’ll descend again by mountain railway before making the coach journey back to our ship in Basel.

Please note: temperatures will be significantly lower at altitude, even during the summer months, so it’s advisable to pack suitable clothing. Lunch is not included on this full-day excursion; however, the ship will offer a packed lunch. Tonight, you’ll enjoy another splendid dinner in the excellent restaurant as the ship cruises majestically towards our next mooring, Breisach.

10 July BREISACH & THE BLACK FOREST

We have made steady progress overnight and this morning we are berthed in the ancient town of Breisach. After a leisurely breakfast stroll ashore, explore this picturesque town’s historic heart, which is surrounded by immense stone ramparts and dominated by the impressive Saint Stephan’s Cathedral.

After lunch, you drive through some of Central Europe’s most stunning scenery – the Black Forest mountains. This is a fabled landscape of rugged valleys, white-water rivers, cascading waterfalls and rolling hillsides covered with huge, densely packed pine trees – exactly as you expect it to be. Our destination is the idyllic village of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its crystal-clear lake.

We re-join the ship and slip our moorings during tonight’s excellent dinner. As the sun sets and the riverside lights begin to twinkle, enjoy the views through the restaurant’s panoramic windows as we commence our cruise towards Strasbourg, arriving later tonight.


11 July STRASBOURG

This morning, we have arrived in France and Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region. After breakfast, we enjoy a walking tour of its picturesque 16th-century old town – a maze of narrow streets and canals lined with timber-framed houses and sculptured portals. Unforgettable sights include the stupendous Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, multi-towered Ponts Couverts – covered bridges – and the pretty Petite France quarter of pastel-coloured former artisans’ houses lining the canals. Don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to linger a while in a typical Alsatian café to sample some of the region’s world-famous wines – a crisp Riesling or that particular speciality of Alsace, spicy Gewürztraminer.

During lunch, our elegant vessel glides away from our mooring as we commence an afternoon’s scenic cruising. Head up to the sun deck and take in the views from the comfort of a sun lounger or retire to the shady comfort of the lounge to chat over a coffee with newly made friends.

As evening falls, thoughts turn to what might be on the menu tonight, so head to the relaxed ambience of the ship’s restaurant as the chef presents another delicious meal. Retire to the bar as we arrive in Speyer later tonight.


12 July SPEYER

This morning we remain moored in Speyer and you are free to explore this delightful medieval gem, founded by the Celts and one of Germany’s oldest cities, celebrated for its illustrious past. The breathtaking Imperial Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the largest Romanesque churches in the world and also one of the finest. The beautiful four-roomed crypt, with its striking marble floors and pastel-coloured pillars, is the resting place of many Holy Roman emperors and German kings. Another landmark is the magnificent neo-Gothic Gedächtniskirche, built to commemorate the 1529 ‘Protestation at Speyer’, a significant event when a group of Martin Luther’s followers protested his imperial ban. Henceforth, Luther’s religious followers were known as Protestants.

Returning on board for lunch, we commence our cruise once again, so sit back and watch the idyllic scenery slipping past through the panoramic windows: rolling hills and fertile vineyards, home to the Liebfraumilch wines of the region, oxbow lakes, long deserted by the river flow and now havens for bird and wildlife.

During dinner this evening our vessel arrives in the classic Rhine wine village of Rüdesheim, so you might fancy wandering ashore to enjoy a digestif – perhaps a glass of Asbach, the famous brandy distilled locally.


13 July RÜDESHEIM, RHINE GORGE & KOBLENZ

The morning is free to wander amongst the crooked little houses of this picturesque place; relax in its bustling cafés, find a traditional Weinstube to enjoy a glass of excellent local wine, take a quiet stroll through the vineyards or maybe a cable car ride to the great statue of Germania, strikingly overlooking the river’s exit from the gorge.

This afternoon we witness a real highlight of the cruise, the dramatic Rhine Gorge: steep vineyards give way to almost vertical rocky outcrops, towering over 1,000 feet above the sweeping valley sides. Sailing past Saint Goar and the many ruined castles, you get a real sense of the myths of this historic river coming alive around you. No legend is more famous than that surrounding the Loreley Rock, where beautiful nymphs distracted hapless sailors, luring them to their deaths in the treacherous waters.

Relax on the sun deck as our captain skilfully navigates the ship through the huge looping bend at Boppard – one of the most impressive on the river. Keep an eye out for the mighty Marksburg Castle too, an impressive fortress dating back to the 13th century. It’s not long before we arrive in picturesque Koblenz; founded by the Romans, the city is beautifully located at the confluence of the Rhine and its sister, the Moselle.

Later this afternoon you are free to explore Koblenz’s maze of medieval buildings in the Altstadt – old town – which is studded with a fine array of traditional shops and classic Rhineland cafés. As you wander, historic buildings appear seemingly at every turn: see the former mint, the Four Towers with their ornamental 17th-century turrets and several fascinating squares and churches, including the 9th-century Basilica of Saint Kastor. The waterfront along the Moselle is stunning too, with the medieval Balduin Bridge, staggeringly still in use. If you managed to resist the tempting cakes on offer from the beckoning pavement cafés, then you’ll be ready for your meticulously prepared dinner on board and afterwards, perhaps a quiet stroll along the riverside promenade to the Deutsches Eck – German Corner – where the great rivers Rhine and Moselle meet.


14 July COLOGNE

Early risers will witness our departure from Koblenz as we set sail towards Cologne. Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as we drift through this lovely Rhineland scenery, past quaint riverside towns with pretty waterfronts and carefully tended vineyards. See the famous ruined bridge at Remagen, which was captured intact by the Allies towards the end of the Second World War, allowing thousands of troops to cross into Germany’s heartland and the forested Siebengebirge – Seven Mountains – a cluster of ancient volcanic hills that inspired many of the Brothers Grimm’s legends, including Snow White. During lunch, we arrive in historic Cologne, where you have a free afternoon to explore the city.

Perhaps visit the superb cathedral, the largest Gothic structure on earth. It has Europe’s most stunningly intricate stained glass, which took 600 years to finish and when work was finally complete, it was the largest building on earth, remaining so until eclipsed by the Eiffel Tower. Or maybe you’ll opt to wander in the vibrant and attractive old town, beautifully restored and boasting a plethora of excellent shopping and cosy bars, some of which still traditionally brew their own beer.

This evening, the Captain’s Dinner will take place on board, serving delicious specialties of the countries and regions we visit during our cruise, as you reflect on the spectacular sights seen and wonderful places visited whilst travelling with us on this magical cruise.


15 July MAASTRICHT

After breakfast depart Cologne for Maastricht. This transfer will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Your hotel in Maastricht for your 3-night stay will be the 4* Select Hotel Apple Park.

After check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure.


16 July MAASTRICHT

A full day in Maastricht to enjoy this beautiful medieval city


17 July MAASTRICHT

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Maastricht, on what will be the best weekend of the year to be in this wonderful city. The fans in Maastricht for Andre Rieu's outdoor concerts will create a wonderful and joyous atmosphere. 

In the evening, our coach will transport you to Vrijthof Square for the Andre Rieu Concert and take your seat for this marvellous experience of music, song and humour with the world's best-loved classical star.


18 July RETURN HOME

After some last-minute shopping or sightseeing, say goodbye to Maastricht as we set off to Eindhoven for our flight home.


The price of €3,499 per person sharing a twin room includes:


- Tuesday 7 July, Ryanair flights: Depart Dublin 10.05 / Arrive Basel 13.15

- 1 carry-on bag per person

- Transfer to your hotel in Basel 

- 1-night accommodation with B&B in the 4* Pullman Hotel Basel

-  8-day river cruise from Basel to Cologne with full board, from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day 

- Transfer to Maastricht

- 4-star accommodation in the Select Hotel Apple Park Maastricht with B&B

- Rank 3 tickets to the Andre Rieu Concert in Maastricht on Friday, 17th July

- Saturday, 18 July, Ryanair flights: Depart Cologne 16:30  / Arrive Dublin 17:30


A booking deposit of €500 per person is due at the time of booking, plus any optional supplements.

The balance is due on the 28th of April 2020.


Supplements & Upgrades

4* Plus Superior Crowne Plaza Hotel Maastricht €299 pp

Rank 1 concert tickets for €89 pp

Insurance - €25 per person

Standard preassigned airline seats - €20 per person

Standard preassigned airline seats, online check-in & all documents printed & posted - €35 per person


Map
Itinerary

Andre Rieu

Seating Map - Maastricht Concert


Select Hotel Apple Park

Standard Room.

Cologne Airport

Return Flight from Cologne to Dublin
Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

Concert Ticket Allocation

Standard Concert ticket allocation is Rank 3 ticket Option to upgrade to Rank 1 concert ticket for €89 pp

Superior Hotel Crown Plaza (optional upgrade)

Optional upgrade to the 4* Superior Hotel Crown Plaza

Insurance

Travel Insurance €25 pp

Standard preassigned airline seats

Standard preassigned airline seats - €20 per person

Standard preassigned airline seats, check-in, printing & posting

Standard preassigned airline seats, online check-in & all documents printed & posted - €35 per person

Cabin Upgrade - Middle Deck

Cabin Upgrade to Middle Deck €200 pp

Cabin Upgrade - Upper Deck

Cabin Upgrade to Upper Deck €400 pp

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