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The Enchanting Rhine (2018)

Begin in the legendary city of Amsterdam, with its myriad canals and distinctive architecture. Visit the majestic Gothic cathedral in Cologne, the German university town of Heidelberg and medieval Strasbourg. Conclude your journey amidst Switzerland's snow-capped vistas, with a scenic lake cruise and souvenir shopping in two cosmopolitan cities, Lucerne and Zurich.

  • Price starts at: $4279
  • Tour length: 11 Days
  • Trip Type: River Cruise

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Itinerary & Activities

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Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND Arrive in Zürich and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2

ZURICH Your morning walking tour of picturesque Zürich will include Grossmünster, St. Peter (with the largest church clock face in the world), Old Town, Town Hall and Fraumünster, which was fully renovated in 2004 and now offers an exceptional 360° panoramic view of Zürich. The afternoon and evening is free for you to explore the town on your own. You might return to the Old Town, which offers engaging cafés, restaurants and a wealth of nightlife, or shop along Bahnhofstrasse and Niederdorf. (B)

Day 3

ZURICH - LUCERNE Enjoy a free morning in Zurich, followed by a scenic drive to Vitznau on Lake Lucerne, located at the base of Mount Rigi. Admire the spectacular scenery surrounding the lake during a lake cruise that will take you to Lucerne. You will dock within walking distance of your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. (B)

Day 4

LUCERNE After breakfast, a walking tour will take you along Lucerne's famous cobblestone streets to see monuments, fountains, public squares, covered bridges and colorful frescoed buildings. The afternoon offers free time to shop for watches, knives and delicious Swiss chocolate. Or, you can join the optional tour and cable car ride (seasonal) to the top of a Swiss Mountain. (B)

Day 5

LUCERNE - BASEL - EMBARKATION This morning, depart from Lucerne, visiting the Lion Monument en route to Basel. Arrive in Basel for a city tour before boarding your luxurious river cruise ship. Switzerland's second largest city is ideally located at the crossroads of Switzerland, France and Germany. Long an important university, banking and trade center, Basel's glorious past is still evident in its medieval Town Hall and exquisite 18th-century patrician homes. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Aboard Wine Toast as you commence your wine-themed itinerary through some of Europe's most enchanting and historic wine regions. (B,D)

Day 6

BREISACH, GERMANY This morning, enjoy a wine lecture and tasting during a scenic cruise to Breisach, Germany. This afternoon, you have your choice of excursions: a scenic tour of the villages of Breisach and Freiburg, or a visit to the wine village of Riquewihr. Both excursions include a special wine tasting opportunity. The ship moors overnight in Breisach. (B,L,D)

Day 7

STRASBOURG, FRANCE Alsace's principal city is situated on the Ill River where it flows into the Rhine at the German border. This morning, take a tour through this charming town lined with narrow cobblestone streets. See the European Parliament and visit the “La Petite France” district, where you will see the sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, timber-framed buildings, covered bridges and medieval watchtowers. As an alternative, take a guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled) past the Orangery, the town's oldest park, the European Parliament, and Place de la Republique. In the afternoon, you will travel down the fabled “Alsace Wine Road” to visit Obernai, where you will sample Riesling, Gewurztraminer and other famous wines of this region. (B,L,D)

Day 8

MANNHEIM – HEIDELBERG – RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY. This morning, enjoy a wine lecture and tasting onboard Arrive in Mannheim, where you have a choice of one of three excursions this afternoon. Your first option is a half-day excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. Or, for your second option, enjoy a hike up the Philosopher's Path up to a panoramic view point of Heidelberg. Your third option is a city tour of Speyer one of Germany's oldest cities, is known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate). This evening, enjoy a sumptuous Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner with wine pairing as you cruise to Rüdesheim. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments, or enjoy a tasting of Rüdesheimer coffee, a local specialty. The ship moors overnight in Rüdesheim. (B,L,D)

Day 9

RÜDESHEIM – RHINE CASTLES – KOBLENZ This morning you will have the option to take one of three excursions: a Gondola Ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue followed by wine tasting with a local vintner, a guided hike through the town and surrounding vineyards, or a guided bike tour along the Rhine River to one of Germany's best wine regions. Afterwards, you'll have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, the town's most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns. This afternoon, your ship departs for Koblenz and cruises through the Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, with hillsides dotted with fairy-tale castles. After arriving in Koblenz this evening, your Cruise Manager will take you on a walking tour through this charming town. The ship moors here overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 10

KOBLENZ – COLOGNE This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as the ship cruises to Cologne, famous for its university and legendary 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Upon arrival, you will take a walking tour through the old part of the city and visit the cathedral. Afterwards, head to a local pub for a tasting of Kölsch, a distinctive yellow-hued beer brewed only in Cologne. (B,L,D)

Day 11

AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND Arrive in Amsterdam at mid-day. Admire beautiful 17th-century homes, charming churches and 16th-century merchant houses on a guided canal boat cruise. Later, take a motor coach tour of Amsterdam, exploring the city's most notable sights, followed by free time in Amsterdam. This evening, enjoy one last night with your fellow passengers at the Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 12

AMSTERDAM –DISEMBARKATION Bid Farewell to Amsterdam as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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