Since MS Serenity set sail on her maiden voyage in 2006, she has proved to the 'leading lady' of The River Cruise Line. Distinct wine and cream coloured livery and polished interiors are complemented by an intimate and friendly atmosphere, fine dining, and attentive service from the crew. The focus is very much on the panoramic river-side landscapes that are showcased from every angle.
Reminiscent of a floating four-star hotel with plentiful facilities and stylish, well-equipped accommodation, MS Serenity impresses from the word go. All cabins boast outside views, en-suite bathrooms and climate control, equally matched by modern touches such as a TV, safe, hairdryer and adequate storage. Upgrade to a cabin on the Panorama Deck and benefit from a French balcony with floor to ceiling vistas.
The ship's open Sun Deck is the ideal place for chilling out in the sun during warm days afloat or maybe unwind with a book on the Panorama Deck. MS Serenity drops anchor is a wide choice of locations that bigger ships simply cannot get close to. Days in port open up a world of experiences and famous sights, many within walking distance of the dockside. Optional excursions ensure you don't miss the highlights of each destination.
The light and airy restaurant showcases a menu of chef-prepared culinary delights. Savour traditional local dishes or tuck into internationally inspired specialities at meal-times, each professionally served by your restaurant team. Choose a bottle of wine from the extensive wine-list to enhance your dining experience.
Mingle with your fellow guests or simply relax and take in the ever-changing views out of the floor-to-ceiling windows of the cosy Lounge Bar. The Lido Bar opens up onto a terrace for alfresco cocktails admiring the colourful sunsets over the horizon.
The entertainment on MS Serenity is very low-key. Occasional live music and entertainment brings your day to a close in style.
Day 1: UK to Amsterdam
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Amsterdam and embark on board MS Serenity.
Day 2: Amsterdam
In the morning you are free to explore Amsterdam. Famous for its canal network; take a relaxed boat trip to get a glimpse at the best views of the city or take a walk through the central Dam Square. Visit the Ann Frank House, which is packed with biographical history of the wartime writer's life. Museums are not in shortage in the city; Van Gogh Museum is home to world's largest collection of the artist's work and Rijksmuseum is dedicated to arts and history in the borough of Amsterdam South. After a long day of exploration. In the afternoon, the ship sets sail towards your next destination, Cologne.
Day 3: Cologne, Germany
Watch the idyllic scenery glide by as you cruise towards the largest city on the Rhine, Cologne. Step ashore and spend the remainder of the day exploring this beautiful city, perhaps beginning with the grand and gothic Cologne Cathedral. Museum Ludwig houses a formerly private collection of Peter Ludwig's paintings, ceramics, sketches, and prints. Take a peaceful stroll through Rheinpark or check out Old Market to find a variety of shops and also restaurants and bars where you can stop for a spot of lunch.
Day 4: Cologne to Rudesheim
Chill out on the sun deck as the ship sails to the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim. If you choose to partake in the optional excursion, then expect a cable car ride to see panoramic views, as well as a traditional wine cellar visit to sample some of the region’s delicious wine. If you'd prefer to organise your own schedule; be sure to visit Niederwalddenkma, a historic monument offering beautiful hilltop views. Ehrenfels Castle displays excavated ruins and can be found from a hiking path. Pay a visit to Klopp Castle, a hilltop castle offering scenic views from its observation deck and also an educational museum. Tonight the ship sets sail for Mannheim.
Day 5: Mannheim to Speyer
This morning the ship arrives in Mannheim, and you can choose the optional coach excursion to visit the majestic city of Heidelberg, home of Germany's oldest university. Take a walk along Old Bridge for a breath of fresh air and a look at the city or the Church of the Holy Spirit is a worthwhile stop to soak up the scenic views from its tower. Step back on board ship as it sails along the Rhine’s broader waters to Speyer. Explore all the charming city has on offer; including Auto & Technik Museum which displays hundreds of vintage cars, motorcycles, sports cars, dragsters, agricultural machines, and Formula-1 legends. Speyer Cathedral is a stunning piece of architecture to consider visiting and dates all the way back to 1061. The ship sails overnight towards Strasbourg.
Day 6: Strasbourg, France
Glide into the magnificent World Heritage-listed city of Strasbourg. Enjoy a fantastic optional excursion to cruise along Strasbourg’s waterways or do your own thing by walking through the city and visiting the many attractions. Petite France is the lively tourist hub, known for cobblestone streets, canals, and half-timbered homes. A pretty island in the centre of Strasbourg with churches, palaces, shops and restaurants is a top point for exploration, as well as the pink sandstone 17th-century Barrage Vauban. Treat yourself to a mindful walk around Parc de L'Orangerie for a flower-filled experience combined with a boating lake, water birds, and terrace restaurant. Stop by Musee Alsacien to explore Alsatian art, folklore, and rural life. Set sail for Basel in the evening.
Day 7: Basel
A leisurely cruise through the Rhine Plain takes us to the old university city of Basel. Enjoy free time or join our included full day coach excursion which takes you on a route that tunnels through the Jura Mountains to the Swiss resort of Lucerne, the historic and scenic heart of Switzerland. (A packed lunch will be provided today).
Day 8: Basel to UK
After breakfast, bid farewell to your captain and crew before disembarking the ship and commencing your return journey back to the UK.