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‘Rhine in Flames’ is star of the show for 2014

27th January 2014

A chance to see the remarkable ‘Night of the Thousand Fires’ is the highlight of a new river cruise from over-55s specialist Grand UK Holidays.

Called ‘The Rhine in Flames’, this eight-day river cruise takes place on board the mps Amsterdam.

Passengers will sail along with a flotilla on the Rhine amid a fantastic musical firework display at Oberwesel, which hosts the ‘Night of the Thousand Fires’ spectacular.


The river cruise starts at Cologne and includes the chance to see the pretty scenery of the Moselle Valley, the spectacular Rhine Gorge and famous Loreley Rock, and Boppard, known as the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’. The full-board cruise costs from £849pp.


The tour operator has added a total of four new river cruises to its programme for 2014, to cater for demand for this relaxing way of sightseeing.

The sector is particularly popular among the over-55s market as it offers a friendly atmosphere onboard and the chance to see historic sites and great scenery at a leisurely pace – all without packing and unpacking throughout the holiday.  


Other new river cruises for 2014 include ‘Springtime River Cruising through Holland & Belgium’ (from £699pp for eight days); Cruising the Great Rivers of Germany (from £899pp for nine days) and Cruising the River Rhine to Switzerland (from £999pp for 10 days).

And among those making a return for this summer are cruises to see the world-famous floral displays at Keukenhof, the Black Forest and Switzerland.


Harold Burke, sales director at Grand UK Holidays, said: “River cruises have always been popular with our customers, as they can sit back, relax and watch the world go by – all without having to worry about their luggage.

“The Rhine is always in demand as it features picture-postcard villages, hilltop castles and pretty riverbank-hugging vineyards.

“And we anticipate our new river cruise to see the magical ‘Night of The Thousand Fires’ will be one of our most popular for 2014.”


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