Romantic Rhine with Mount Pilatus, 1 Night in Lucerne & 3 Nights in Lake Como (Southbound) 2021
12 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Lake Como
Starting at $3,947
Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey on a Rhine River cruise, which takes you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland!This magnificent European river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture—will be an exciting stop with its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue your Rhine River cruise to Mainz for a guided walk and visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum, or take an excursion to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest—an area of unrivaled natural beauty—best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.Disembark your river cruise ship in Basel and begin your Monograms vacation in Lucerne and Lake Como, starting with a special excursion up Mount Pilatus for spectacular Swiss Alpine panoramas and a guided walking tour to explore lovely Lucerne. Transfer by high-speed train to Como, where an included guided walking tour features the charming historic district, the Gothic Town Hall, and the impressive Duomo. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Como to renowned Bellagio with its centuries-old buildings, cobblestone lanes, and charming shops. In your free time, you might like to travel to fashionable Milan, or take the funicular to the village of Brunate. Your Monograms Local Host® can help you make this fabulous vacation just perfect for you!
Destination & Sightseeing
|Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation):||Onboard welcome reception|
|Day 2 Amsterdam:||Canal cruise|
|Day 3 Cologne:||Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour|
|Day 4 Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim:||Scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim|
|Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg:||Choice of guided walk in Mainz with a visit to the Gutenberg Museum or, a guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or a hike up Philosophers' Way|
|Day 6 Strasbourg:||Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral|
|Day 7 Breisach:||Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller|
|Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)-Mount Pilatus-Lucerne:||Excursion to Mount Pilatus (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead), guided walking tour in Lucerne with the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge|
|Day 9 Lucerne-Lake Como:||Transfer by high speed train (First class) to Lake Como; guided walking tour|
|Day 10 Lake Como:||Boat ride on Lake Como to Bellagio|
|Day 11 Lake Como:||Full day at leisure|
|Day 12 Lake Como:||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning|
- In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
- Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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