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Length:  8 days from Amsterdam to Basel

Overview

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits on this mesmerizing journey along the Rhine. Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam as well as guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany’s Black Forest and to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town with its imposing castle. Also sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.

Duration:  8 Days



Ships Serving this Tour:   Affinity    Felicity    Imagery II    Tranquility II    Visionary      

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





Day 1   Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation).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. The streets, squares, and canals—not to mention the bike paths throughout the city—make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. Perhaps you would like to take an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans with its traditional houses and Dutch craft workshops. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.(D)

NOTE:
Guests must be on board ship by 5:00pm.



Day 2   Amsterdam. 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 in the city this afternoon—you might like to join an optional biking tour (weather permitting). Later, bid tot ziens (farewell) to Holland and set sail for Germany. (B,L,D)

Day 3   Cologne, Germany. Today, enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising before reaching Cologne in the afternoon. 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. 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 4   Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim. Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. Here, join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the city that reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. The dramatic RHINE GORGE is 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. In Rüdesheim, the quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM to 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 before returning to your ship for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 5   Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg. 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. Join your Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its 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 you’ll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a LOCAL GUIDE, 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 6   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 that manages to retain its historic charm. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, 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-timber 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. An optional excursion into the Alsace wine country is available today. After dinner tonight, enjoy an onboard WOODCARVING demonstration. (B,L,D)

Day 7   Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest. Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. You may opt for a visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B,L,D)

Day 8   Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

NOTE:
Departure flights should not leave Zürich Airport before 10:00am.






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.