Our sparkling Strictly voyages with dance stars including Brendan Cole, Anton du Beke and Erin Boag have proved so popular that we’re launching another one. Our 2020 eight-day river cruise will be with one of the show’s most popular dancers ever, Pasha Kovalev, and will take you along the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam.
You’ll travel on board a stylish Emerald Star-Ship and enjoy a very special private dance showcase by Pasha and his dance partner in Germany. He will dance for you at Koblenz’s stunning Electoral Palace, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful rococo palaces in the world.
Plus the Latin specialist will give a dance masterclass on board, teaching guests his signature moves from his time on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. And Pasha will also share some behind-the-scenes Strictly secrets during an exclusive talk and Q&A session.
Swiss treat: The Rhine flows through Basel (pictured above)
OUR SPECIAL GUEST
You will be joined by Pasha Kovalev, above
Pasha Kovalev, 39, was born in Siberia and started dancing at the age of eight. He competed in the US series So You Think You Can Dance before moving to the UK in 2011 to become a dancer on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Since then Pasha, above, has competed in eight series, winning in 2014 with TV presenter Caroline Flack. He also met his wife, Countdown queen Rachel Riley, on the series, which he left earlier this year.
Your enchanting Rhine river cruise will take you from Switzerland through Germany’s fairytale Black Forest to medieval Strasbourg in France, and also includes excursions to Heidelberg Castle, Cologne Cathedral and finally to the famous canals of Amsterdam.
Mail on Sunday readers will enjoy an early-bird booking discount of £600 per person for bookings made by September 16, 2019.
This is a wonderful opportunity to discover the treasures of the Rhine while meeting one of Russia’s biggest ballroom dance stars.
Reasons to book
See Pasha perform
The beautiful Electoral Palace in Koblenz will be the location of a unique private performance by the ballroom star and his partner, as well as a lavish cocktail reception and a photo-opportunity with Pasha against truly stunning backdrops in the palace.
Sail in style
You’ll be on board Emerald Sun, which offers first-class amenities including spacious cabins, exceptional cuisine, a sun deck, putting green, fitness centre and heated pool which turns into an open-air cinema on selected evenings.
Dance tips from Pasha
Blooming lovely: The famous Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam
DAY 1 Board in Basel
DAY 2 Breisach
DAY 3 Kehl – Strasbourg
DAY 4 Mannheim – Heidelberg – Rüdesheim
DAY 5 Koblenz
DAY 6 Cologne
DAY 7 Amsterdam
DAY 8 Disembark in Amsterdam
Pasha will teach you some of his favourite steps in an interactive masterclass and give you his hints and tips to help perfect your Strictly-inspired moves.
Explore the Rhine
You’ll sail past dramatic landscapes, lush vineyards and romantic castles on this itinerary, which takes you along one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe.
Enjoy a selection of Emerald excursions ranging from a visit to a Black Forest village to a guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting.
You can also visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz and tour the famous Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam.
- Return flights, taxes and transfers.
- Seven nights’ deluxe river cruise ship accommodation.
- All on-board meals and drinks with lunch and dinner.
- EmeraldEXCURSION, Emerald PLUS and EmeraldACTIVE activities.
- Exclusive events with Pasha Kovalev, including performance, Q&A and masterclass.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Free wi-fi on board and complimentary E-bikes.
- Early-bird discount of £600 per person*.
HOW TO BOOK
The price: From £1,595*pp for eight days. The dates: April 3-10, 2020.
Call 0161 516 3906, quoting reference MAILSUN. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/strictly.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: * All our holidays are subject to availability. Prices correct at time of going to press and are per person, based on two people sharing our lowest-priced available cabins and include relevant discounts. Supplements apply for single travellers. All offers are valid for new bookings only. Early-bird discount of £600 per person is available on new bookings on Rumba Down The Rhine made before September 16, 2019. For full booking conditions, visit emeraldwaterways.co.uk. Our travel partner, Emerald Waterways, is ABTA-bonded and ATOL-protected.