Along the Rhine to French Strasbourg in the Alsace

Sail to stately Strasbourg in the Statendam, a more wonderful holiday is hard to imagine. On the way you can enjoy the ever-changing countryside beside the Rhine and visit the lovely towns of Andernach and Mainz before eventually sailing into France. Strasbourg is of course well known as the seat of the European Parliament, but there is plenty more to experience in and around this bustling city!

Thursday 21 june: Arnhem - Krefeld

We start the engines at 09:30 and set course for Germany. On this first day we sail through the industrial Ruhrgebied (Ruhr district) to Krefeld, where we will arrive after dinner.

Friday 22 June: Krefeld - Cologne

We will sail to Cologne today, famous of course for the Cologne Dom. This impressive cathedral is certainly worth a visit. Cologne also offers a wide range of museums and other sights. You will have plenty of time this afternoon to discover the city or shop in the famous Hohe Strasse (High Street).

Saturday 23 June: Cologne - Andernach

The surroundings become more beautiful and the Rhine is now flanked by the mighty Siebengebirge (Seven Hills). The old Roman town of Andernach is positioned on the Rhine and has the Eifel as a background. In addition to ancient culture, this town has a lovely boulevard and attractive shops. For those who want to see more there is an excursion to the Ahr Valley (*).

Sunday 24 June: Andernach - Rüdesheim

The panorama you will see this morning is fantastic. One fortress after another, and the morning finishes with the impressive Lorelei. We will arrive in Rüdesheim after lunch. This town is famous for its wines which you can of course sample in the Drosselgasse, the well-known street with many cafes and wine cellars. You can take the cable car up to the Niederwald monument where you will have wonderful views of the Rhineland-Palatinate area.

Monday 25 June: Rüdesheim - Speyer - Iffezheim

Speyer is one of the most beautiful towns on the Rhine. The townscape of this Imperial Town is dominated by the centuries’ old Roman cathedral. It also houses Germany’s largest technical museum. For those passengers interested in things technical, this is a unique chance to spend the afternoon among trains, antique cars, planes, submarines and motorbikes. We will sail to Iffezheim during dinner and will stay overnight near the lock.

Tuesday 26 June: Iffezheim - Strasbourg

We cross over the border into France very early and head for our next destination: Strasbourg. Its beautiful buildings are witness to a rich history and it won’t surprise you that this city also serves as the seat of the European Parliament. Strasbourg has many buildings in both French and German styles. The city also has a French and a German history. At the centre of the city is the Notre Dame de Strasbourg. A free shuttle bus will take you from the ship to the centre.

Wednesday 27 June: Strasbourg - Iffezheim

The Statendam will remain in Strasbourg today and you can take part in a free excursion into the famous Alsace. From Strasbourg we follow the Weinstrasse (Wine Road) past Obernai to Riquewhir. You will have plenty of time to stroll through the lovely centre full of half-timbered houses, wine shops and souvenir shops. We continue along the romantic Weinstrasse to lovely Colmar, also known as Little Venice. You will also have time here to explore the city. You can do this if you wish by making a round trip in the little tourist train(*). Don’t forget your camera as there will be plenty of opportunities for taking wonderful pictures. At the end of the afternoon we will be back in Strasbourg. After dinner we cast off and sail on to Iffezheim.

Thursday 28 June: Iffezheim - Mannheim

You can walk to the centre of Mannheim from the landing stage. With over 2500 shops Mannheim is a real shopping city. Shopaholics will find everything they could wish for, from large department stores to small boutiques. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to take a coach transfer(*) to the university town of Heidelberg. Here you can visit the castle or walk around the centre of this town.

Friday 29 June: Mannheim - Boppard

We leave Mannheim early and sail through the romantic river valley to the settlement of Boppard, where we will arrive after lunch. They have been producing wine here for 2000 years. It was started by the Romans and Boppard now has over 70 hectares of vineyards. The fortress has a lovely promenade that will lead you to the centre.

Saturday 30 June: Boppard - Düsseldorf

Going with the current we sail on to Düsseldorf, where you can drink a glass of ‘Alt’ at one of the many cafe terraces. It’s also worth taking a walk along the ‘Königsallee’, famous for the expensive but exclusive shops of international fashion houses.

Sunday 1 July: Düsseldorf - Arnhem

The home port of Arnhem is approaching quickly. We will land in Arnhem at 14:00 and we have reached the end of this wonderful holiday to Strasbourg.

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Several opportunities for excursions (not included in the price)
  • Incl. shuttle bus to Strasbourg centre
  • Incl. day trip through the Alsace
  • Live entertainment on three evenings
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