Jewels Of The Rhine River Cruise

May 14 - May 21, 2022

Discover a world of charming European cities as we cruise the Rhine River. Age-old castles and medieval towns, and the beautiful fairy-tale landscape of western Germany.

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Investment: Pricing starts at $2695 per person based on double occupancy

Architecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful sail down the Rhine River. Beginning in Amsterdam, where we may get a late glimpse of the beautiful spring tulip, we will be sure to see windmills and canals. Winding our way south visiting places like Cologne, Koblenz and the Black Forest. We will end in Basel, Switzerland, a beautiful old town with easy access by train to many Swiss villages should you want to extend your stay.

Tour Highlights

1. Begin in Amsterdam hoping to catch a last glimpse of tulips. Explore the canals rich with lovely villages and windmills.

2. Gaze on the basalt cliffs stretching beside the Rhine. Look for the prominent landmark Cathedral of St. Stephanus.

3. A fairy tale city, Strasbourg will beguile you with cobblestone streets, wooden houses and picturesque canals. 

4. Castles, palaces, medieval history and gothic architechture is around every corner of the river.

5. Basel’s Old Town. Easily explore this lovely city by tram. Museums, The Minster and Rathause, there is much to see.

Rhine river

Itinerary – May 14-May 21, 2022

Ports of Call

Amsterdam (Days 1, 2)

A center of European commerce since the 15th century, Amsterdam is a lively city of canals, museums and entertainment. Perhaps you’ll choose to explore this Dutch capital by canal boat. Visit the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmseum, with its collections of Flemish masterpieces.
Attractions & Activities

Life in Amsterdam is centered on its many canals. So the best way to see the city is aboard a glass-topped canal boat, gliding through the town center. Discover the elegant merchant mansions and rows of waterside warehouses, which once housed the riches brought from the Far East. Look for the 17th-century “Skinny Bridge” and Amsterdam’s narrowest house as you make your way past beautiful old churches to the Anne Frank House. Journey by the Jordaan, the old French Quarter that is now a popular artists’ haunt with a wide assortment of cafés, antique shops, boutiques and galleries.


Cologne (Day 3)

The largest city on the Rhine, its commercial importance was already established as long ago as the Middle Ages. In the time of the Roman Empire, Cologne was the most important trading and manufacturing centre north of the Alps.
Attractions & Activities

Founded by the Romans, Cologne is more than 2,000 years old. Its Gothic cathedral, which dominates the skyline, is a top attraction. Construction took place over a 600-year period, and the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Toast the town with Kolsch, Cologne’s own beer style.


Koblenz (Day 4)

This 2,000-year-old city at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. History buffs can explore the Neoclassical Residence Schloss, the Prince Elector´s palace; the Deusches Eck, a settlement founded by the German Order of Knights in 1216; and Ehrenbreitstein, the oldest fortress in Europe.

Heidelberg (Day 5)

Heidelberg is located approximately 80KM to the south of Frankfurt and is sometimes described as being at the heart of Europe. Given that European borders are in a constant state of flux this is probably no longer true! Heidelberg isn’t a large place. Visitors generally spend most of their time in the old town. The old town starts at Bismarckplatz, which is the main hub for trams and buses, at one end of the Hauptstrasse. The old town then runs along the Haupstrasse all the way down to the the Karlstor, past the castle. The Haupstrasse was pedestrianised in 1976. Generally you won’t see too many cars in the old town. If you’re staying outside of the centre, then all you need to do is hop on a bus or tram that is going in the direction of Bismarckplatz. The Hauptstrasse runs parallel to the river Neckar.

Strasbourg (Day 6)

The multicultural city of Strasbourg exhibits both French German influence due to its location along the Rhine River at the border of both countries. The old streets of “Petit France” with wooden houses and picturesque canals seem to make time stand still. The carefully restored Cathedral of Notre Dame contains a combination of architectural styles, and is most recognized for its 465-foot tall, graceful spires. Another landmark is the 18th century Chateau des Rohan, which houses three of the city’s major museums.

Breisach (Day 7)

This European town on the Rhine gave the Breisgau region its name. St. Stephan’s cathedral on the high basalt cliffs and the Rhine gateway with museum hark back to the time when the noble Staufer family built the fortress to defend the town. The Badischer Winzerkeller is Europe’s biggest producer-seller of wine. Also a centre for many important sekt producers.
Attractions & Activities

Breisach’s most prominent landmark is the Cathedral of St. Stephanus. Visible from any part of the city, this landmark towers prominently high above the Rhine.


Basel (Day 8)

Gateway to the Swiss Rhineland, Basel is ideally situated on the Rhine at the crossroads of France, Germany, and Switzerland. As you walk the cobblestone streets of the Old City, retrace the steps of the brilliant scholar Erasmus of Rotterdam. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, where you´ll see the paintings of Picasso, Dali, Kandinsky, and Mondrian, among others.

Pricing:

Pricing depends on cabin type. Final payment is due 90 days prior to sailing. Deposit is $250 per person. There is a limited number of solo cabins, please act quickly if you need your own cabin. If you need a roommate, please let us know and we will do our best to match you to a same gender roommate.

Your fare includes all meals, excursions, gratuities, beer and wine with meals.

 

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