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Accessible Germany River Cruises with MS Viola

A new and unforgettable experience on the Rhine river in West Germany

The newest luxury cruising experience on the Rhine in Germany with the MS Viola river cruise vessel.

The completely newly renovated ship MS Viola started sailing in May 2019!  This new ship has 4 levels, which have all been designed with a modern and luxury look, and all facilities are wheelchair accessible. 

The river cruise options with the MS Viola ship consists of two routes; the first through West Germany and the second through the East and South of the Netherlands. The MS-Viola is fully accessible for people with physical challenges. The luxurious looking and accessible cabins on this ship are unique and what many have been waiting for. The bathrooms are shared but private; it has two doors to two rooms. When a guest from one room is using the bathroom, it's automatically locked for the other room (see pictures for a better understanding). 

This River Cruise Holiday in Germany includes:

  • An accessible cabin with full board 
  • Accessible airport transfers from Cologne Bonn Airport to the harbor in Bonn 
  • Welcoming cocktail and Captains' dinner 
  • Find more price details on the bottom of this page. 

Enjoy the breathtaking views on the Sun deck or relax in the Salon on the Panorama deck, while passing by the beautiful scenery along the Rhine.  

River Cruise Departures Germany 2019

Indicate your preferred departure date when sending the booking request form. 

  • June 17 to 23, 2019
  • July 15 to 21, 2019
  • July 29 to August 4, 2019
  • Sept 9 to 15, 2019
  • Sept 23 to 29, 2019
  • Oct 7 to 13, 2019
  • Oct 21 to 27, 2019

For the departures of the Holland River Cruises, click here. 

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Bonn (dock of departure in the Germany)
  • Day 2: Königswinter (Germany)
  • Day 3: Koblenz (Germany)
  • Day 4: Boppard (Germany)
  • Day 5: Rüdesheim (Germany)
  • Day 6: Lahnstein (Germany)
  • Day 7: Remagen Bonn (Germany)

Accessible no steps Accessible restaurant or terrace Elevator Wheelchair accessible bathroom Wheelchair accessible room Wheelchair accessible toilet 

Where will I stay?

Accessible cabins and bathrooms

The new modern MS Viola cruise ship has 34 spacious Accessible cabins and 27 Standard cabins. The royal cabins on the ship are equipped with two electric high-low beds and accessible sanitary supplies. Shower gel, wash gel and hand soap, towels and bed sheets are available in the room. The cabins are not equipped with a private bathrooms but there’s one large fully adapted bathroom available per 2 cabins. The cabins that share the bathroom both have an entrance to the bathroom. When it is in use, the bathroom door of the other cabin will be locked automatically. 

Facilities on the ship 

The ship consists of the Lower deck, the Main deck, the Panorama deck and the Sun deck. The Standard rooms are located on the Lower deck and the Accessible rooms on the Main deck. The Panorama deck is where the salon, bar, reading lounge and dining room are situated, as well as the reception, the hairdresser and adapted toilets. The Sundeck can be reached by a spacious elevator. On the Sundeck you can find a terrace for sun lovers, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and the constantly changing views. The Sundeck is accessible for all by elevator. 

Accessibility information

Accessibility of the ship

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are allowed on the ship and can be used at all times. Additional mobility equipment is available on the ship, including electric hoists and shower chairs.

The spaces are easily accessible with a wheelchair, as there are no steps or stairs towards these rooms. The spacious sundeck is accessible with a large elevator. The entrance of the ship is wide and has a ramp that's put down at each dock.

Care assistance and kidney dialisys

On board of the ship, there will be one doctor and two nurses. Kidney dialisys is possible along the route in Germany at certified institutions. It's also possible to make use of nightly dialisys.

How to get there?

To get to the River Cruise dock in Bonn, there are a variety of options.

Included in the price per person (960 Euros):

  • Private (wheelchair accessible) transfer from Cologne Bonn Airport to the harbor in Bonn (Germany)

Not included, but possible to include: 

  • Private or shared transfer from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the dock in Bonn (Germany)
  • Private or shared transfer from Eindhoven Airport (Netherlands) to the dock in Bonn (Germany)
  • Private or shared transfer from Düsseldorf Airport to the dock in Bonn (Germany)

What activities can I do?

The River Cruise departs and ends in Bonn and will address the following German towns:

  • Köningswinter (shore excursion available)
  • Koblenz (shore excursion available)
  • Boppard (shore excursion available)
  • Rüdesheim (shore excursion available)
  • Lahnstein 
  • Remagen (shore excursion available)

Apart from Lahnstein, each destination can be explored with a local English speaking and knowledgeable tour guide. They take into account accessibility requirements and offer a suitable route to the centre of the towns. These cities are all old and are somewhat challenging with regards to cobble stones. However, the guides are locals and know exactly which streets are the most suitable. Also, they will know where to go for a drink, snack or a toilet break. 

Arrival and departure times
Day    Destination Departure Arrival Start of tour End of tours
1. dock Bonn 15:00      
  arrival Köningswinter   16:30 16:30 19:30
2. arrival Koblenz 10:00 13:30 13:40

17:40

3. arrival Boppard 08:00 13:00 13:15 14:45
4. arrival Rüdesheim 09:00 14:30 14:45 16:45
5. arrival Lahnstein 09:00 13:00 - -
6. arrival Remagen 09:00

13:00

13:15 15:15
7. arrival Bonn 08:00 10:00    

Please note that the price currently shown does not include the shore excursions. 

 

Koblenz castle Boppard Koblenz city Accessible Cabin MS Viola MS Viola Bathroom MS Viola

Terms and conditions

  • The price of 960 Euros per person for the river cruise holiday includes:
    • Wheelchair accessible transfers from Cologne Bonn Airport to the harbor in Bonn;
    • Double use of a standard or accessible room (bathrooms are shared with one other cabin);
    • Use of mobility equipment available on the ship (electric beds, shower chairs, hoist);
    • Stay with full board per person, including dinner from the first morning until breakfast the last morning;
    • Welcoming cocktail;
    • Breakfast buffet with cold- and warm dishes;
    • Multiple course menu for lunch and dinner;
    • Afternoon tea or coffee with cake and a midnight snack;
    • Captains' reception and Captains' Dinner;
    • Entertainment (in German mostly);
    • Use of facilities on the ship;
    • SAT-Television in each cabin.
  • The price of 960 Euros per person for the river cruise holiday excludes:
    • Additional drinks besides standard served drinks for breakfast, lunch and dinner (alcoholic drinks);
    • Personal expenses such as phone costs, laundry costs and wifi costs;
    • Tips (not obligatory, but appreciated);
    • Additional mobility equipment;
    • Shore excursions;
      • These are offered on the cruise ship, but mostly with a German speaking guide;
      • If you are interested in enjoying shore excursions with an English speaking guide, these are organised by Accessible Travel Netherlands, for a minimum of 6 participants. The price per person depends on the number of inscriptions;
      • The price per person for all shore excursions (designed to be as wheelchair accessible as possible) with English speaking tour guide is € 275 per person;
      • The descriptions above at 'descriptions of destinations' explains what is included in each shore excursion;
  • Care assistants and one doctor are available on the ship and are available upon request in advance. The potential costs need still need to be determined.
  • Administration cost of 15 Euros per person.

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