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Advent Cruise on the Rhine

1 Dec — 7 Dec 2019 | Tour Directors: Cathy Oakes, John Bryden, Nicholas Wearne

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Tour Directors

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Cathy Oakes,

PhD, FSA

Associate Professor in Art History at Oxford University.

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John Bryden,

MA, ARCM, ARCO

international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer

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Nicholas Wearne,

BA, MPhil

a former ACE Bursary student, who is a tutor and Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

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Sarah Burles,

MA

art historian who works in museum and gallery education

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Judy Brown

Scottish mezzo-soprano, sought-after recitalist, opera and consort singer

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London St Pancras 1024 on Eurostar via Paris, arriving Strasbourg 1641. Transfer to MS Lafayette for six nights. Welcome drink and introduction. Evening music recital, including works by Mozart and Schumann.

Day

2

Bach before breakfast. Morning lectures on board: The Rhine (words and music) and Art & the Christmas Story Part I: Annunciation & Nativity. Afternoon: free time in Frankfurt with opportunity to visit Christmas market (one of the oldest in the world, dating back to the 14th century). Evening song recital on board: Schumann Frauenliebe und Leben.

Day

3

Bach before breakfast. Illustrated morning lecture: Brahms’s Journey on the Rhine. Afternoon: time to explore Cochem (characterful town with half-timbered buildings and medieval gates), with visit to local mustard mill followed by Christmas markets.

Day

4

Bach before breakfast. Morning lecture: Art & the Christmas Story Part II: Shepherds & Magi; followed by excursion to Cologne for visits including the cathedral (Reliquary of the Three Kings). Evening recital: works by Mozart and Brahms.

Day

5

Bach before breakfast. Morning lecture: St Nicholas. Afternoon: excursion from Rudesheim mooring to Kloster Eberbach Abbey (former Cistercian monastery with renowned Romanesque-Gothic architecture).

Day

6

St Nicholas’s Day Bach before breakfast. Morning lecture: The Medieval Feast. Afternoon: organ recital in Mannheim followed by opportunity to visit Christmas market. Celebratory gala dinner and evening recital, including festive works.

Day

7

Bach before breakfast. Morning organ recital in St Thomas’s Church, Strasbourg. Depart Strasbourg 1219 via Paris, arriving London St Pancras 1739.

Tour Dates

1 Dec — 7 Dec 2019

Days

7

Cost

£2245

Tour Code

RHIC-19

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Testimonial

“Really lovely tour. My first cruise with you. I was ready to be converted – and was –by the whole experience.”

“Very impressive teamwork and impeccable customer care.”

“The visits were interesting and varied and lasted a suitable length of time for us to return to the boat for other activities.”

- Customers on ACE’s Cultural Cruises in 2018


 

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MS Lafayette

A five-anchor vessel completely refurbished to 4 star hotel standard in 2018 and privately chartered for ACE's Advent on the Rhine Cruise in 2019.

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Cost of £2245 includes: return travel, accommodation based on sharing a main deck twin cabin, full board (except lunch on days 1, 4 & 7) with unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks, tea & coffee, shore excursions & admissions, crew gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, main deck twin cabin for single use supplement £250. Upper deck supplements available upon request. 

 
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