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Classical Rhine

ITINERARY

Visit: Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer, Mannheim, Ruedesheim, Koblenz, Cochem, Cologne, Hoorn, Amsterdam

Discover the many beautiful facets of “Father Rhine” during this week long cruise along one of the most important and attractive rivers of Europe. Along the way you will pass the Dutch Ijsselmeer and take a detour along the winding Moselle river. Delight in the panorama of the myth enshrouded Middle Rhine Valley with its winelands, the prominent Lorelei rock, and the highest density of castles in the world. Further highlights of this trip include visits to the very historic river cities of Basel, Strassbourg, Cologne and Amsterdam.

 

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Day 1: Basel

Your journey begins in Basel, the third-largest city in Switzerland. After embarking you can explore your river cruise ship and meet the cruise director on board at a Welcome Cocktail. Your floating hotel departs for Strasbourg shortly before the Welcome Dinner on board.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Strasbourg

During the night, your ship left Switzerland and followed the Rhine into the Alsace region in the south of France. During breakfast, arrive in Strasbourg – a city known not only for its romantic old town, but also for the numerous important European institutions housed there. In the morning, explore the city independently, or as part of an organised tour. A detour to the countryside is highly recommended, particularly along the famous wine route, where the quaint wine-growing villages will delight wine-lovers and the general public alike. Late tonight, your ship departs for Germany.

Strasbourg: 9am - 11pm

Excursions: City Tour of Strasbourg | Alsace and wine excursion

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Speyer - Mannheim

Before breakfast, arrive in the Rhineland-Palatinate town of Speyer, which played an important role in the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. Your ship remains here until lunchtime, offering time to explore this historic destination. Your trip continues for roughly 25 kilometers towards Mannheim, our next stop along the picturesque Rhine for the remainder of the day. This young city is best explored with an extended walk, or alternatively you can take a trip to the nearby city of Heidelberg, which boasts a beautiful Baroque old town. Late at night, your ship continues in the direction of Rüdesheim.

Speyer: 7am - 12pm
Mannheim: Arrive 2pm

Excursions: Speyer walking tour  |  Excursion to Heidelberg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Mannheim - Rüdesheim - Koblenz

Two charming stops await you today. In the morning, arrive in Rüdesheim, a town well known for its winemaking, especially Riesling wines. Nearby, Siegried's Mechanical Music Cabinet with its historic automated musical instruments is a delight. Your ship will depart punctually at lunchtime, to cruise the most beautiful section of the river – the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The view from the sun deck, of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei, is sure to be a highlight of your cruise. Shortly thereafter, we arrive in Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful towns, where you can end the day with a leisurely stroll through the city.

Mannheim: Departure 1am
Rüdesheim: 7am - 12pm
Koblenz: Arrive 3.30pm

Excursions: Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum  |  Koblenz walking tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Koblenz - Cochem

The vessel departs Koblenz in the early hours, and makes a detour along the Mosel River to the most romantic part of the valley and the little town of Cochem. The magnificent Reichsburg castle is situated high above the town, dominating the landscape. Down below, the village with its narrow streets, half timbered houses, and numerous restaurants are an ideal setting to taste the wines of the region. Back on board dinner is served as the journey continues to Cologne.

Koblenz: Departure 6am
Cochem: 1.30pm - 6pm

Excursions: Cochem walking tour with wine tasting

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cologne

The morning is dedicated to the fascinating city of Cologne, which has over a million inhabitants. You can expect a young, vibrant metropolis with a rich cultural history and many world-famous sights, in particular the famous Cologne Cathedral. A city tour here is a must for everyone with a cultural bent. After lunch, your floating hotel departs Cologne. The afternoon is spent on board and in the evening, the captain invites you to a festive Gala Dinner, full of wonderful regional dishes.

Cologne: 7am - 2.30pm

Excursions: Cologne walking tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Hoorn - Amsterdam

By lunchtime you will have crossed yet another country border to arrive in the Dutch town of Hoorn. This picturesque village is a jumping off point for the optional overland trip to the north of Holland and Amsterdam. For those remaining onboard, discover the beauty of the Dutch Watwerays as the ship glides toward the capital city of the Netherlands, where it will remain docked for the evening.

Hoorn: 1pm - 1.30pm
Amsterdam: Arrival at 5.30pm

Excursions: Excursion North Holland and city tour of Amsterdam with canal trip

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Amsterdam

After breakfast we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Meals: Breakfast

 

Please note: Port time and itineraries are subject to change.

 

 

Cruise Package Includes:

  • Fascinating river cruise in on outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balcony or drop-down panoramic windows; Walk-out balconies in suites
  • Complimentary state of the art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant
    Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
  • Free flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 24 hour complimentary coffee and tea station
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment with lectures, cooking demonstrations, onboard music performances and
    nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
  • All port taxes and local taxes

 

Not Included:

  • Excursion Packages
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses

 

Excursion Package A: From AUD $346.00 per person:

  • City Tour of Strasbourg
  • Excursion to Heidelberg
  • Koblenz Walking Tour
  • Cologne Walking Tour
  • North Holland Excursion and City Tour of Amsterdam with Canal Trip

 

Excursion Package B: From AUD $429.00 per person:

  • City Tour of Strasbourg
  • Excursion to Heidelberg
  • Rüdesheim Walking Tour with Music Cabinet Museum
  • Cochem Walking Tour with Wine Tasting
  • Cologne Walking Tour
  • North Holland Excursion and City Tour of Amsterdam with Canal Trip

 

Excursion Package C: From AUD $585.00 per person:

  • City Tour of Strasbourg
  • "Alsace & Wine" Excursion
  • Speyer Walking Tour
  • Excursion to Heidelberg
  • Rüdesheim Walking Tour with Music Cabinet Museum
  • Koblenz Walking Tour
  • Cochem Walking Tour with Wine Tasting
  • Cologne Walking Tour
  • North Holland Excursion and City Tour of Amsterdam with Canal Trip

 

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Package Information

  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Type: River Cruise
  • Departures: July - September 2020 & March, May, September, October 2021
  • Cities Visited: Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer, Mannheim, Ruedesheim, Koblenz, Cochem, Cologne, Hoorn, Amsterdam
  • Price From: $ 2,193