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Length:  8 days from Zürich to Amsterdam

Overview

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits on this mesmerizing journey along the Rhine. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Koblenz, and Cologne, as well as an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river dotted every mile with castles. Visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam. Be sure to pack your camera so you can capture the romance and splendor of this magical journey.

Duration:  8 Days



Ships Serving this Tour:   Affinity    Felicity    Imagery II    Tranquility II      

Start Date End Date
07 April, 2018 14 April, 2018
14 April, 2018 21 April, 2018
15 April, 2018 22 April, 2018
21 April, 2018 28 April, 2018
28 April, 2018 05 May, 2018
29 April, 2018 06 May, 2018
05 May, 2018 12 May, 2018
06 May, 2018 13 May, 2018
12 May, 2018 19 May, 2018
13 May, 2018 20 May, 2018
19 May, 2018 26 May, 2018
20 May, 2018 27 May, 2018
26 May, 2018 02 June, 2018
27 May, 2018 03 June, 2018
02 June, 2018 09 June, 2018
09 June, 2018 16 June, 2018
10 June, 2018 17 June, 2018
16 June, 2018 23 June, 2018
17 June, 2018 24 June, 2018
23 June, 2018 30 June, 2018
24 June, 2018 01 July, 2018
30 June, 2018 07 July, 2018
01 July, 2018 08 July, 2018
07 July, 2018 14 July, 2018
08 July, 2018 15 July, 2018
14 July, 2018 21 July, 2018
21 July, 2018 28 July, 2018
22 July, 2018 29 July, 2018
28 July, 2018 04 August, 2018
04 August, 2018 11 August, 2018
05 August, 2018 12 August, 2018
11 August, 2018 18 August, 2018
18 August, 2018 25 August, 2018
19 August, 2018 26 August, 2018
25 August, 2018 01 September, 2018
26 August, 2018 02 September, 2018
01 September, 2018 08 September, 2018
02 September, 2018 09 September, 2018
08 September, 2018 15 September, 2018
09 September, 2018 16 September, 2018
15 September, 2018 22 September, 2018
16 September, 2018 23 September, 2018
22 September, 2018 29 September, 2018
29 September, 2018 06 October, 2018
30 September, 2018 07 October, 2018
06 October, 2018 13 October, 2018
07 October, 2018 14 October, 2018
13 October, 2018 20 October, 2018
14 October, 2018 21 October, 2018
20 October, 2018 27 October, 2018
21 October, 2018 28 October, 2018
28 October, 2018 04 November, 2018
04 November, 2018 11 November, 2018
01 December, 2018 08 December, 2018
15 December, 2018 22 December, 2018





Day 1   Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland. Transfer to Basel (Embarkation). Welcome to Switzerland, home of the Matterhorn and the majestic Alps! Transfer by motorcoach to Basel, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (D)

NOTE:
Flights into Zürich must arrive before 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2   Strasbourg, France. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city, yet it manages to retain its historic charm. In fact, on your walking tour you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. This afternoon, optional excursions into the Alsace wine country or to the Black Forest are available. (B,L,D)

Day 3   Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany. After a leisurely morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, which was founded in 1386. Visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! (B,L,D)

Day 4   Mainz–Rüdesheim. Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with “civilized” origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here and during a GUIDED WALK you’ll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. During lunch, depart Mainz and cruise on to pretty Rüdesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, where you’ll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then there’s free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobblestoned Drosselgasse, where colorful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere. (B,L,D)

Day 5   Rhine Gorge–Koblenz. Downstream from Rüdesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet—the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive equestrian statue of German Emperor William I. Join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments; or visit nearby SAYN MANOR HOUSE, belonging to the counts of the same name. (B,L,D)

Day 6   Cologne. One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. Later, during free time, perhaps look in on the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built—a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (B,L,D)

Day 7   Amsterdam, Holland. Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion. (B,L,D)

Day 8   Amsterdam (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)






Meals:  
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.