Switzerland & the Rhine

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Switzerland & the Rhine



Tour Description:

Cruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel, experiencing
the world's largest flower auction, taking in the majesty of
the Swiss Alps and sampling local beer, wine, cheese and
chocolate on shore, for an authentic taste of Europe.

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Dates & Pricing

Wednesday 12 Oct 22 — Saturday 22 Oct 22Starting at $9,295 Get a Quote
Thursday 01 Jun 23 — Sunday 11 Jun 23Starting at $10,195 Get a Quote
Saturday 19 Aug 23 — Tuesday 29 Aug 23Starting at $10,195 Get a Quote
Saturday 02 Sep 23 — Tuesday 12 Sep 23Starting at $10,195 Get a Quote
Tuesday 03 Oct 23 — Friday 13 Oct 23Starting at $10,195 Get a Quote


ITINERARY

Day 1 - 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 for a welcome dinner.

Day 2 - Amsterdam
Stop at the Douwes Fine Art gallery, seven generations in the same family, to learn how old-master paintings are restored for exhibition. Next, visit the famous Rijksmuseum to see some of the highlights of its extensive collection of Dutch masters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens. After lunch at leisure, take a private canal cruise in Amsterdam, the best way to see this city famously linked by 165 canals spanning more than 30 miles. Finally, enjoy priority boarding onto your river ship. After settling in to your premium cabin or suite, gather for a welcome cocktail and dinner aboard.

Day 3 - Leiden
This morning, transfer by coach to the university town of Leiden, where you enjoy a private (before-hours) visit to the American Pilgrim Museum. Afterwards, spend some time at leisure to explore Leiden at your own pace. Rejoin the ship in Utrecht for lunch as your cruise continues. This evening, enjoy a private cocktail party.

Day 4 - Cologne, Germany
Arrive this morning Cologne where you disembark to explore the major sites on a walking tour, including the Gothic cathedral, an edifice so massive its construction spanned centuries; it was only officially completed in 1880. Follow your sightseeing, return to the ship for lunch and some time at leisure. Late this afternoon, regather for visit to a 100-year-old brewery where you enjoy a beer tasting and light snacks.

Day 5 - Cochem
Arrive in Cochem on the Moselle River, a tributary of the Rhine, this afternoon. Disembark to visit the neo-Gothic castle, including its famous Witches Tower, the only part of the original Gothic structure still standing. Tonight, sit down to a private Chef ’s Highlights dinner aboard.

Day 6 - Koblenz & Rüdesheim
Cruise to Koblenz, where you rejoin the Rhine River. Koblenz’s history dates back to Roman times, when Julius Caesar built nearby the first bridge to span the Rhine. Take a guided walking tour of the city this morning. Then, cruise the lovely Rhine Gorge, one of the most scenic stretches in all of Europe. Its magical mix of rocky, winding riverbanks, quaint riverside towns and castles perched high on the cliffside helped to earn it a spot on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Arrive later in Rüdesheim, known throughout the region for its excellent wines. Join your Resident Tour Director for a wine tasting and dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Day 7 - Heidelberg
Set out on a full-day excursion to Heidelberg, seeing the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Abandoned in the 18th century, the crumbling fortress nevertheless remained a source of inspiration for later Romantic painters and poets, who seized on it as a symbol of faded glory. After lunch, proceed to the Altstadt (old town) for time at leisure; the Market Square is an excellent place to soak up local life. Tonight, attend a captain’s gala dinner aboard your vessel.

Day 8 - Strasbourg, France
The capital of France’s Alsace region, Strasbourg has been a focal point of French-German conflict for centuries, bearing the combined stamp of both nations as a result. Experience this for yourself on a walking tour of the old town that includes a specially arranged tasting at the Cave des Hospices, the city’s oldest wine cellar. Cruise to Basel, Switzerland’s third-largest city.

Day 9 - Lucerne, Switzerland
Disembark and drive to Mount Pilatus, journeying to the top via cog railway for lunch, accompanied by amazing, postcard-worthy mountaintop views. After a cable-car descent, take a walking tour of Lucerne. Since the mid-19th century, this beautiful city has been the most-visited in Switzerland and, today, it strikes an ideal balance between timeless historic beauty and modern development. The city’s most famous landmark is the Chapel Bridge, the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe. View its interior, decorated with vivid paintings, many of which date back to the 17th century and depict events from the city’s history. Also visit Corn Market Square and the nearby Old Town Hall, built in 1602. Continue to Zurich and check in to your hotel.

Day 10 - Zurich
Switzerland is synonymous with chocolate, and no visit to Zurich is complete without a stop at a Swiss chocolatier's workshop, where you enjoy some delectable treats. After time at leisure for lunch, gather for a guided walking tour of the city, taking in its alluring mix of modern and Old World architecture while strolling its pedestrian-friendly avenues. Zurich is known for its churches, and your walk incorporates several noteworthy ones, including the Fraumünster, with its Marc Chagall-designed stained glass windows, and the Grossmünster, supposedly founded by Charlemagne and later playing a key part in establishing the Reformation in Switzerland. Tonight, attend a farewell dinner.

Day 11 - Depart Zurich
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.