ARRIVE AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Arrive in Amsterdam, where you are met and transferred to your boutique hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director — exclusive to Connections guests — for a welcome dinner.
Take a canal cruise in Amsterdam. Visit Anne Frank’s House and the Museum van Loon, which you discover in intimate company. Then, enjoy priority boarding. After settling into your premium cabin or suite, gather for a welcome cocktail and dinner aboard.
Rise early and meet your small group for a Connections-exclusive visit to the auction at Aalsmeer, where millions of flowers are shipped worldwide. Later, visit a small family-owned tulip farm and sample traditional Dutch cheeses. This evening, enjoy a private Connections cocktail party.
Spend the morning cruising the Rhine en route to Cologne. On arrival, take a walking tour and visit the Gothic cathedral, followed by a beer tasting at a 100-year-old brewery, planned only for Connections guests.
Arrive in Cochem on the Moselle River this afternoon; disembark to visit the castle and partake in a wine tasting. Tonight, sit down to a private Chef's Highlights dinner aboard.
KOBLENZ & RÜDESHEIM
In Koblenz, ride the cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Then, cruise the lovely Rhine Gorge, arriving later in Rüdesheim. Join your Resident Tour Director for a Connections-exclusive wine tasting and dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
Set out on a full-day excursion to Heidelberg, seeing the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. After lunch, proceed to the altstadt (old town) for time at leisure. Tonight, attend a captain's gala dinner aboard your vessel.
Take a small-group walking tour of Strasbourg's old town, with a Connections-exclusive wine tasting at the Cave des Hospices, the city's oldest wine cellar. Cruise to Basel.
Disembark to explore a colorful market in Basel. Then, set out for Eguisheim, strolling cobblestone streets flanked by half-timbered houses bedecked with flowers. Tonight, attend a farewell dinner at your charming château.
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.