Cruise Itinerary - Enchanting Alsace & the Rhine Valley

Day 1: Embark in Cologne

We join the MV Virginia in vibrant Cologne, where the cityscape is dominated by the stunning Gothic cathedral, the most famous landmark at the heart of the city. We depart this evening and moor overnight in Bonn.

Day 2: Bonn to Koblenz

We begin our leisurely cruise this morning, arriving this afternoon in Koblenz. This welcoming city is fi lled with cultural monuments and historic buildings, as well as quaint narrow alleyways and river promenades, where you can enjoy a pleasant stroll.

Day 3: Koblenz to Rudesheim

Relax on board with the scenery passing us by, before we arrive in Rudesheim. This enchanting wine-making town forms part of the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Gorge. Take time to sample some of the famous local wines as well as enjoying a stroll through the picturesque old town.

Day 4: Rudesheim to Speyer

A day of cruising ahead until we moor in Speyer later this afternoon. Worth seeing in the town is the 11th-century imperial cathedral, which is one of Germany’s largest and most important, and its crypt contains the tombs of eight German emperors and kings.

Day 5: Speyer to Strasbourg

Sit back and enjoy a day at leisure as we leave the German Rhineland behind and make our way into the Alsace region, arriving into Strasbourg after dinner.

Day 6: Strasbourg

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The stunning city of Strasbourg is truly a delight to explore. Join our included tour of the magnifcent Alsace region, visiting Obernai. The medieval streets of its old town are bordered with magnifcent half-timbered houses which are overlooked by the twin towers of the St Pierre and Paul church and the belfry. We continue on to the wonderful Mont Sainte Odile with an extraordinary panoramic view of the Alsatian plain.

Day 7: Strasbourg – Mannheim – Mainz

Leaving Strasbourg early this morning we enjoy the sights as we cruise to Mannheim, continuing on to our last port of call in Mainz.

Day 8: Mainz

It is time to bid farewell in Mainz to the MV Virginia, and make our way home.

Departure dates & prices 2019/20 Enchanting Alsace & the Rhine Valley - 5% discount on all dates

Shearings brochure price in Black from £919

Travel 55 discount price in Red from  £874

Tel Shearings reservations on 0844 824 3535 and quote Travel 55 ref: S9990 + tour code

The prices quoted here are based on Shearings lead in prices and will fluctuate as and when departure dates are taken up. For the latest up to date prices check with Shearings when you book. Don't forget to quote Travel 55 code S9990 to receive your 5% discount. Tel Shearings reservations on 0844 824 3535.

2019 dates & prices : 10 days by coach. Brochure prices from £1049 - Discount prices from £997
May 14 June 11 July 9

Hol. Code: RRDECGE | Dep. Code: X

Prices are based on Grade D cabin, upgrades are available call for details.

2019 dates & prices : 8 days by air. Brochure prices from £1194 - Discount prices from £1135
May 15 June 12 July 10

Hol. Code: RADECGE

Prices are based on Grade D cabin, upgrades are available call for details. Air holidays are based on flights with British Midland from London Heathrow, regional departures are available call for details (supplements may apply).

2019 dates & prices : 8 days by rail. Brochure prices from £1219 - Discount prices from £1159

May 15 June 12 July 10

Hol. Code: RLDECGE

Prices are based on Grade D cabin, upgrades are available call for details.

The prices quoted here are based on Shearings lead in prices and will fluctuate as and when departure dates are taken up. For the latest up to date prices check with Shearings when you book. Don't forget to quote Travel 55 code S9990 to receive your 5% discount. Tel Shearings reservations on 0844 824 3535.

2020 dates & prices : 10 days by coach. Brochure prices from £919 - Discount prices from £874
May 12 July 21

Hol. Code: RRDECGE | Dep. Code: X

Prices are based on Grade D cabin, upgrades are available call for details.

2020 dates & prices : 8 days by air. Brochure prices from £1134 - Discount prices from £1078
May 13 July 22

Hol. Code: RADECGE

Prices are based on Grade D cabin, upgrades are available call for details. Air holidays are based on flights with British Midland from London Heathrow, regional departures are available call for details (supplements may apply).

2020 dates & prices : 8 days by rail. Brochure prices from £1099 - Discount prices from £1045

May 13 July 22

Hol. Code: RLDECGE

Prices are based on Grade D cabin, upgrades are available call for details.

All holidays subject to Shearings Terms and Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors on the website.

Shearings Holidays
Enchanting Alsace & the Rhine Valley

Holidays by coach, rail or air 8 or 10 days - 5% Discount

2019/20 prices from only £874

Take in the magical scenery as we cruise along the beautiful Rhine, down into the Alsace region of France, passing stunning riverside views as we go. With the chance to explore some of Germany’s historic cities and beautiful countryside along the way, as well as enjoying the wonderful hospitality on board our ship, this is a perfect way to relax and discover this popular region.

To book this wonderful scenic tour of the Rhine Valley and the Alsace of France cruise holiday with Shearings call them direct on 0844 824 3535 and quote the Travel 55 discount code S9990 to receive the 5% discount. 

It’s never been more important to book with an operator you can trust. Your Shearings river cruise will be fully protected by our membership of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents). Travel by coach and you’re also protected by the Bonded Coach Holidays protection scheme, and air holidays are protected by our ATOL licence.

Travel 55 offer you 5% discount on Shearings holidays and tours. To book, call Shearings direct on 0844 824 3535 and quote S9990 for the Travel 55 discount price. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Admire historical Alsace and charming Heidelberg
  • Explore the city of Strasbourg
  • Visit pretty Koblenz and Rudesheim
  • Discover Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities

What's Included

  • Return travel from the UK by Coach with overnight stays in France, by Air to Cologne/Dusseldorf returning from Frankfurt/Mainz, or by Rail from London St Pancras returning from Frankfurt via Brussels
  • 7 nights full-board cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • 2 included excursions - Discover Alsace and Heidelberg Transfer
  • May departure receives FREE wine, beer and soft drinks served in the bar after dinner until 22:30
  • June and July departures receive FREE beer, wine and soft drinks during lunch and dinner (two drinks per person)

Your Ship: MV Virginia

A firm favourite with our customers, the MV Virginia offers relaxing cruises from spring, through summer and into autumn followed by the festive season. Renowned for its friendly staff, superb service and welcoming atmosphere, it is no wonder that so many return to the MV Virginia year after year.

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Discover more with our optional excursions....

  • Historical Koblenz
  • Rudesheim and St Hildegard Abbey
  • Evening Wine Tasting and Siegfried’s
  • Historical Speyer and Cathedral
  • Majestic Heidelberg and Castle
  • Waterways of Strasbourg

Book optional excursions on board from only £15

Pre-book now and save 10%

Must See - Strasbourg

The beautiful city of Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region. The entire town centre has the rare distinction of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the richness of its architectural heritage.

Great deals for group bookings

Take your group on one of Shearings holidays for an unforgettable experience. Take advantage of FREE places on many tours for groups of more than 20, with up to four free places for groups of over 40.

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