A four-star ship that has all the ingredients of an unforgettable river cruise; comfort, style and the crew’s unfaltering attention to detail is everything.
An unforgettable journey along the Rhine and Moselle rivers
Discover bustling Dusseldorf and delightful riverside towns such as the wine town of Rüdesheim and the ancient Bernkastel.
Beginning in the Dutch city of Amsterdam, embark on an unforgettable journey along the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Discover bustling Dusseldorf and delightful riverside towns along the way, such as the wine town of Rüdesheim and the ancient Bernkastel.
Set sail through narrow gorges and steep-sided valleys on a breathtaking journey along the river Rhine to the Moselle. Explore Germany’s medieval cities and sample the finest wines on an unforgettable tour that’s as fascinating and historical as it is romantic and relaxing. Discover fairy-tale castles, soak up the atmosphere on charming squares and admire the scenery of the Rhine Valley from the heights of a cable car. At the end of each day, you’ll return to the comfort of MS Arena, where the accommodating captain and crew will take care of your every need.
This is not a Solos group tour, however, there will be an onboard Cruise Manager to assist you with all aspects of your cruise.
On arrival in Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, transfer to MS Arena Amsterdam, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard.
This morning is free to explore the quaint cobbled streets of Amsterdam at your leisure. Why not treat yourself to a guided boat tour around the famous canal network, giving you the best views of the city from the water. Or you can visit the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum or the impressive Rijksmuseum before setting sail for Dusseldorf at lunchtime.
This morning we arrive in Dusseldorf, the German city famous for its fashion industry and huge art scene. You’ll experience a taste of the old and the new here, with modern and stylish architecture standing alongside more traditional buildings. You have the opportunity to join an optional guided tour of the city or, alternatively, why not indulge in a spot of retail therapy in the popular shopping area of Konigsallee. We return to the ship for lunch, before continuing on our way towards Rüdesheim.
We arrive into the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim around lunchtime. There are two optional excursions to enjoy today. The first gives you the chance to visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum and get a bird’s-eye view of the breathtaking Rhine Valley from a cable car up high. This evening you can join our optional tour to visit a traditional wine cellar and sample some of the superb wine that the region is so famous for.
We leave Rüdesheim this morning and set sail towards the historic city of Koblenz, one of the oldest, most beautiful and most diverse cities in Germany. This afternoon you can join our optional excursion to explore the pristine Sayn Palace with its tranquil butterfly garden. This evening we set sail towards Bernkastel.
We arrive into Bernkastel around lunchtime. A destination famous for its wine, there’s no better place to enjoy a bit of free time to yourself than in this picturesque 700-year-old town. Meander around the beautiful market square and pick your favourite spot to sit and watch the world go by, surrounded by half-timbered houses and gently-trickling fountains. Of course, it’s only right that you should do this with a refreshing glass of Riesling in hand! This evening, we sail towards Trier.
This morning we arrive into Trier where you can enjoy some free time exploring this ancient Roman city, which is one of the oldest in Germany. You can also join our optional guided tour which will give you a fascinating insight into the history and culture of the city, discovering ancient Roman ruins as you go. Later today, we return to the ship and set sail for Cochem.
This morning we arrive in Cochem, an idyllic town set against the stunning backdrop of the Moselle River valley. Dominating the landscape is the towering, 11th century Reichsburg castle, which is over 1000 years old and features incredible panoramic views from the top. You can join our optional guided tour up to the castle and see its newly-restored neo-Gothic architecture up close. After lunch, we’ll continue onto Andernach, where we berth overnight.
What better way to start our final day than with some optional wine tasting in Winningen? At lunchtime, we continue our journey to Bonn, the former capital of Germany and birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. Here you are free to explore the city at your leisure, but be sure to check out the Dragon Rock Railway, leading to the top of magnificent Drachenfels hill. It’s then time to cast off for the final time and cruise to the beautiful city of Cologne, dominated by its huge Gothic cathedral.
This morning, we bid farewell to our captain, crew and ship and begin our return journey to the UK.
This new four-star ship has all the ingredients of an unforgettable river cruise; comfort, style and the crew’s unfaltering attention to detail is everything. Whether you’re cruising the Dutch Waterways, the rivers Rhine, Moselle or Danube, this elegant, four-star ship promises everything you’d wish for – and more – making for an unforgettable river cruising experience.
From the moment you step aboard you’ll enjoy the sense of space, stylish décor and unfaltering attention to detail that runs throughout the ship. Floor to ceiling panoramic windows on the main and upper decks ensure you don’t miss a moment of the magical landscape, whether you are treating yourself to a drink in the Ambassador’s Lounge Bar, dining on delicious cuisine served in the panorama restaurant, or relaxing in the comfort of your spacious cabin.
Bright, spacious and with panoramic windows along three sides of the room, the Panorama Restaurant on the main deck provides the perfect setting to enjoy delicious cuisine whilst watching the world drift by. Our excellent chefs are proud of their menus, which feature a superb range of freshly-prepared dishes from traditional local delicacies to international favourites. The ambience and first-class service from our attentive crew ensure you enjoy a dining experience like no other.
Holidays are all about relaxation and there’s no better place to do that on board than in the comfort of the stylish Ambassador’s Lounge Bar. The inviting ambience, comfy chairs and floor to ceiling panoramic windows all make it the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely afternoon, perhaps reading a good novel from the ship’s library. The Ambassador’s lounge bar is the perfect spot to end the day too. Sip on a cocktail as you take in the moonlit views along the twinkling river bank, reflecting on an unforgettable day in the company of new-found friends.
360-degrees of uninterrupted vistas, the sun deck promises the best views on the ship! Pull up a chair and relax over a drink with friends, or simply pick the lounger of your choice and soak up the sun and sights at leisure. You’ll be treated to some breath-taking scenery as you cruise and the sun deck offers the ultimate vantage point to see it all.
Whether you choose accommodation on the upper deck or the main deck, all of the 98 cabins on MS Arena feature floor to ceiling panoramic windows and a French balcony, so you can relax in comfort and take in the wonderful scenery. Spacious and with contemporary furnishings, each cabin has an en suite bathroom with shower, toilet and complimentary toiletries.
You will be provided with a map of where the ship will be berthed and your boarding time with your travel documents. Remember that the vessel is not always berthed close to the relevant airport, so you will need to make your own arrangements to reach it. Please note that you will not be able to board the ship until approximately 6pm on the first day and will be required to vacate your cabin by 8.30am on the final day. This is to allow for housekeeping etc.
Transfer time from the airport by train into the city centre 20 minutes and by taxi 15-20 minutes
You can book your excursions at any time from the date of booking up until when you are onboard the ship (subject to availability). Please be aware that if you are booking onboard, the excursions will be slightly higher in price — you will not be able to take advantage of our pre-book package price.
Excursions can be booked as a package from £175 p.p. or individually:
Düsseldorf City Tour,
Rüdesheim by Night,
Sayn Palace & Butterfly Gardens,
Trier Guided Tour,
Winningen Wine Tasting
Please note: As this is not a group departure there is no designated Tour Leader on this cruise and Solos guests will be looked after by the on board Cruise Manager
Be sure to pack suitable clothing for the time of the year and the climate of your destination. We also advise you to take a sturdy, comfortable pair of shoes, especially for daytime activities or excursions, as some tours may involve walking over cobblestones or other uneven surfaces.
Whilst the general theme is informal dress, no denim or shorts are to be worn in the ship’s restaurant in the evenings. There will be a captain’s party night for which some people do like to dress smartly.
Arena Travel do not have a cruise tipping policy and believe that any tips should be completely discretionary and reflect your satisfaction with the standard of service you have received. At the end of your trip, a questionnaire for the attention of the captain will be left in your cabin, along with an envelope where you can leave a tip for the crew, if you wish to acknowledge their service. A general guideline for tipping the crew is 7-10 euros per day. Please note that this tip does not include the cruise director, cruise manager and coach drivers, who you may wish to tip separately
European cruises supply a 220V AC current to your cabin, accessible through a two-pin euro plug. As such, European adapters will be necessary for UK appliances.
When booking your cruise, please inform us should you need the use of a wheelchair or walking frame. There are several considerations you should keep in mind when planning a cruise with one of the aforementioned items.
Luggage for each guest is taken on and off the river cruise ship by the crew, however it is not possible for the crew to be available to personally attend to passengers with reduced mobility therefore a travelling companion would need to be able to help with any physical needs.
It is not always possible to guarantee that where the ship will be docked will be wheelchair/walking frame friendly. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that it will always be possible to accommodate passengers with reduced mobility.
The structure of some of the ships does not allow for the use of wheelchairs, rollators, or walking frames onboard: narrow doors, steep stairs and limited ship access are just some of the obstacles that prevent their use. Some of our larger vessels have accessible parts and even lifts that operate between decks; however, check the deck plans of our ships to familiarise yourself with the layout before booking.
You should also be aware that the day excursions on some of the cruises may require passengers to walk up slopes or on streets with cobblestones. These may prove difficult for people using mobility aids.
The coaches used for travel arrangements to a cruise ship or for excursions have not been adapted for wheelchair access.
The currency that you require will depend on the countries you are travelling to. there is no a cruise currency exchange onboard, so you will need to make sure you have enough money before the trip. There will be opportunities to exchange more currency at the locations visited. Please see the below guide for the currency you will need:
Euros: France, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Slovakia and Luxembourg
Swiss Franc: Switzerland (some tourist parts of Switzerland accept the Euro)
Hungarian Forint: Hungary
Romania Leu: Romania
Bulgarian Lev: Bulgaria
Croatian Kuna: Croatia
Please note: If you are planning on using your credit or debit card on your trip abroad, you should contact your bank to inform them of when you will be travelling abroad and when you are returning home. This will prevent your card from being blocked by fraud-detection processes put in place to protect your bank account. There is usually a number you can call printed on the back of your bank card.
Pre-bookable Premium Package includes: Drinks with sit down meals eg lunch and dinner (house wines, beer and soft drinks), a Welcome basket of fruit on arrival, daily water delivered to your cabin, a selection of complementary toiletries, free use of the wellness and fitness suite
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