Rhine Getaway

Overview

Rhine Getaway

Explore the castles and cathedrals of the Rhine, as you take an 8 day journey of beauty and culture.

Sailing along one of Europe's favourite rivers, you'll explore medieval towns, historic cities, fairy-tale castles and spectacular scenery, on this cruise is full of highlights.

Travelling on board one of the Viking Longships, you'll enjoy all the luxuries of an intimate small ship, with spacious cabins, comfortable Observation Lounge and bar, plus an all inclusive programme, so even days at sea will be thoroughly enjoyable.

What's Included

  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • Return travel from the UK
  • 6 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch
  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Enjoy a classical music performance
  • Learn how to create your own Alsatian Flammkuchen
  • Observe a traditional glassblower
  • Attend lectures on Germany’s current affairs & origins of Rhine River cruising
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi

Hand Picked By

Nigel Coldicott

With a worldwide fleet of more than 65 state-of-the-art river cruise ships, Viking offers one of the most innovative and stylish ways to see the world. Warm and welcoming, with an emphasis on comfort, service and style, every ship offers plenty of room in which to relax, and a selection of spacious, river-view staterooms. There are many river cruise companies sailing many of the same rivers, but there really is only one Viking Cruises. Book early to take advantage of our exclusive offers.

Nigel Coldicott

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: March - December 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Explore the castles and cathedrals of the Rhine, as you take an 8 day journey of beauty and culture.

Ship Overview

Viking Longship Mani

Named after Mani the Norse Moon God, the Viking Longship Mani allows you to explore the world in the comfort of a smaller ship. With an intimate feel and all-inclusive programme, this ship offers just 95 comfortable staterooms, with all the homely furnishings and amenities you could wish for.

With an impressive Observation Lounge and bar, onboard boutique, free WiFi, Aquavit Terrace, Sun Deck and restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows, you can admire the ever-changing celery in style.

Viking Longship Mani Profile

  • Sun Deck
  • Restaurant with Panoramic views
  • The Lounge & bar
  • Aquavit Terrace
  • Onboard boutique & library
  • Free Internet service
  • Laundry service
  • 40" flat-panel Sony TV with infotainment system
  • Elevator from Middle to Upper Deck
  • 95 comfortable outside staterooms

Viking Longship Mani Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

2019

Day 1: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Today you arrive in Amsterdam, where you'll board the Viking Longship Mani.

After boarding, you're free to explore the city on your own, or settle in to the ship before we sail out later.

Day 2: Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

We sail to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kinderdijk. Here we'll enjoy a tour of this network of windmills and other flood management devices, learning how they were built, how they work and what the living quarters look like.

For lunch we'll return to the ship, for an afternoon of Dutch highlights, from sampling handcrafted Dutch cheese and jenever to a game of sjoelen, Dutch table shuffleboard.

Day 3: Cologne, Germany

This morning we continue along the Rhine, before arriving in beautiful Cologne. Here we'll disembark the ship and take a walking tour through the Old Town. From St. Martin's Church to Cologne's Dom, with some free time to explore the dockside taverns, cafe's and shops.

Back on board you'll enjoy a delicious dinner, before we sail out late this evening.

Day 4: Koblenz, Germany

Our next visit is the impressive 700-year old Marksburg Castle and museum. Back onboard for lunch, we'll admire the spectacular scenic passage, where castles overlook the river from hilltop posts.

Later we arrive in Rüdesheim, where you'll have some free time to sample a glass of locally produced wine and dine in one of the charming restaurants, or aboard the ship.

Day 5: Heidelberg & Speyer, Germany

Over breakfast we'll continue on through picturesque scenery, making our way towards Mannheim. Upon arrival, we'll disembark for a tour of Heidelberg, including a visit to Germany's oldest university, which was founded in 1386. Next stop is the sandstone ruins of Heidelburg Castle, in the setting of the Nekar River Valley, before we continue on through the Old Town on a walking tour.

We'll rejoin the ship this afternoon in Speyer, where you'll have some free time to explore. Wander through the imposing 11th century Romanesque cathedral, with graceful sandstone columns and large stained-glass windows, it is the final resting place for eight German monarchs.

Day 6: Strasbourg, France

This morning we dock in Kehl, where you'll enjoy a guided tour of Strasbourg. Take a tour of the famous cathedral and see the European Parliament, before an afternoon at leisure.

Day 7: Breisach, Germany

Arriving in Breisach this morning, you'll take a scenic excursion through the renowned mountain landscapes, rolling meadows and Black Forest. You'll also visit a local workshop and get an insight into how they make their famous cuckoo clocks.

Later you have an afternoon of leisure, where you can explore Breisach on your own, or join an optional excursion to the quaint Alsation town of Colmar.

Day 8: Basel, Switzerland

Unfortunately your cruise ends here after breakfast. You'll disembark the ship and continue to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

2020

Day 1: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, you may wish to visit the Rijksmuseum, or the Van Gogh Museum next door. (D)

Day 2: Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

This morning we sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. You learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus you enter a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Return on board for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. We cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Cologne, Germany

Begin your day with a morning tour of Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church and visit the Dom, Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your free time enjoying Cologne’s atmospheric waterfront, or perhaps join an optional excursion on which you ascend to the Dom’s roof for up-close views of the cathedral’s architecture and bird’s-eye vistas of Cologne. Afterward, return on board for dinner. Alternately, you may set off on an optional excursion to explore Cologne’s spirited beer culture, sampling Kölsch, a light, crisp beer brewed only in Cologne, and enjoying a brauhaus dinner. After, return to your ship for a late-evening departure. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Koblenz & Rüdesheim, Germany

Proceed along the Rhine, disembarking for a lively and informative tour of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Alternately, choose an optional excursion to tour the 700-year old Marksburg Castle, or enjoy an optional guided exploration of Koblenz on foot. After, enjoy an onboard lunch as you cruise the scenic Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where turreted castles and fortresses overlook the river from their hilltop posts. Arrive in Rüdesheim in the late afternoon. Spend free time in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars. Dine on board your ship, or in town if you prefer. You may also choose to experience one of our optional dinners on shore tonight. We depart after midnight. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Speyer, Germany

Cruise into midmorning as you enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, enjoy an included tour to visit the historic town of Speyer and take in views of the imposing Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 11th century on the site of a former basilica, the building’s design influenced Romanesque architecture for centuries to come, and is the final resting place of eight German monarchs. After lunch, visit the historic town of Speyer on your way back to your ship. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Strasbourg, France

We dock this morning in Kehl and disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city’s famed cathedral. The afternoon is free to further explore this Alsatian city’s blend of French and German cultures, resplendent churches, medieval covered bridges, verdant parks and handsome Art Nouveau and modernist architecture. Alternately, join our optional excursion into Alsatian wine country for an informative winery tour and tasting. Or, spend your full day exploring culinary Strasbourg on an optional excursion; as you explore the city and take in its sights, savor samples of the renowned Alsatian cuisine, from regional dessert specialties and meats to wine pairings with local foods. On board this evening, enjoy a Taste of Germany dinner event. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Breisach, Germany

Arrive in Breisach this morning, gateway to the Black Forest. Take a scenic excursion through the area’s renowned mountain landscape, rolling meadows and dense forests. Once there, visit a local workshop to see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration, and learn how Black Forest Cake is made. Return to your ship for lunch. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar to discover the storybook charm of its streets lined with medieval, Gothic and Renaissance buildings, and visit a fine arts museum. Alternately, choose an optional excursion that explores Colmar’s World War II history. Dine on board this evening and cruise on through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Basel, Switzerland

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 nights in Lucerne or Basel, or 3 nights in Lake Como. (B)

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: March - December 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Explore the castles and cathedrals of the Rhine, as you take an 8 day journey of beauty and culture.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
Outside CabinFrom £1,495ppSave £2,000 per couple, plus free gratuitiesView Cabin

Outside Cabin

Approximately 150 sq. ft.

Our most spacious and luxurious accommodations, offers panoramic windows that open onto private veranda, private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily, kettle and instant coffee available in the stateroom & Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package!

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View Cabin

Outside Cabin

Approximately 150 sq. ft.

Our most spacious and luxurious accommodations, offers panoramic windows that open onto private veranda, private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily, kettle and instant coffee available in the stateroom & Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package!

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