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Vineyard underneath the Niederwald Monument, Rudesheim, Germany

The Enchanting Rhine 2018 (Wine Themed) - Cruise Only

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Amakristina
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Begin your 8-day river voyage in Amsterdam, with its legendary canals and distinctive architecture. Join a wine lecture and tasting during a scenic cruise to Breisach. Head to Strasbourg to observe the European Parliament and visit the “La Petite France” district, where you can see the sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. Visit the majestic cathedral in Cologne, the university town of Heidelberg, and the Black Forest region before concluding your cruise in Basel, Switzerland.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Basel, Switzerland | Embark
Day 2 : Breisach, Germany
Day 3 : Strasbourg, France
Day 4 : Mannheim | Heidelberg | Rüdesheim, Germany
Day 5 : Rüdesheim | Rhine Castles | Koblenz, Germany
Day 6 : Koblenz | Cologne, Germany
Day 7 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 8 : Amsterdam, Netherlands | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a special wine tasting opportunity in the village of Riquewihr
  • Hike up the Philosopher's Path up to a panoramic view point of Heidelberg
  • Take a Gondola Ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue
  • Cruise through the Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the river

Ship

MS Amakristina

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Basel Townhall, Switzerland Strasbourg at dusk Vineyard underneath the Niederwald Monument, Rudesheim, Germany Old city of Koblenz by night Old buildings in Amsterdam

Day 1 Basel, Switzerland | Embark

Embark the ship. 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.

Day 2 Breisach, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 3 Strasbourg, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 can 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, travel down the fabled “Alsace Wine Road” to visit Obernai, where you can sample Riesling, Gewurztraminer and other famous wines of this region.

Day 4 Mannheim | Heidelberg | Rüdesheim, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 can 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, 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.

Day 5 Rüdesheim | Rhine Castles | Koblenz, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning choose 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, enjoy some 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 takes you on a walking tour through this charming town. The ship moors here overnight.

Day 6 Koblenz | Cologne, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, 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.

Day 7 Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Day 8 Amsterdam, Netherlands | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid Farewell to Amsterdam as you prepare for your homeward flight.

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Notes

Included Features:
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in riverview stateroom or suite – most staterooms offer twin balconies or French balconies
- Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
- “Sip & Sail” Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Cocktail Reception and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Guided shore excursions in every port including Limited Edition Tours
- Live entertainment, cooking demonstration and more
- Complimentary bicycles
- Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay
- An all English-speaking staff on board
- Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from the expedition company
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