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Riveting Rhine Cruise: Europe’s Timeless Treasures - 2019

Basel • Strasbourg • Speyer • Koblenz • Cochem • Cologne • Amsterdam
  • TAKE A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE HISTORIC REICHSBURG CASTLE, WHERE YOU’LL MEET THE “COUNT” WHILE ENJOYING WINE AND MUSIC
  • EXPLORE THE 11TH-CENTURY SPEYER CATHEDRAL, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE THAT WAS ONCE ONE OF THE LARGEST CATHEDRALS IN THE WORLD.
  • SAIL PAST THIS “SIREN SONG” LANDMARK, WHERE LEGEND HAS IT SAILORS WERE DRAWN TO THEIR DEMISE
  • EMBARK ON A LOVELY CRUISE ALONG AMSTERDAM'S 17TH-CENTURY CANAL RING, WHICH HAS BEEN DESIGNATED A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • GO ON A HALF-DAY TOUR TO HEIDELBERG, WITH VIEWS FROM THE CASTLE AND A WALKING TOUR OF THE OLD TOWN
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  • $287
    PER DAY
  • 8
    DAYS
  • 22
    TOURS
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Montreux, Switzerland

4 DAYS FROM $1,149

Bruges, Belgium

4 DAYS FROM $699

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Montreux, Switzerland

FROM $1,149 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $287 PER DAY

The 19th century luminaries who once visited the renowned jazz city of Montreux — such as Tolstoy, Nabakov, Flaubert, Dostoyevsky — were no doubt drawn by the pleasant climate, idyllic surroundings, and shimmering waters of Lake Geneva. This resort town remains an elegant escape, and you’ll experience its many charms on this extension. Enjoy a full-day tour of the Chateaux de Chillon and Gruyères region — which includes some time at the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site — as well as the opportunity to watch witness the art of cheese making with a local family and visit a chocolatier. You’ll also have time on your own to explore Montreaux and nearby Gruyère, and generally revel in the beauty of this lakeside gem. This vibrant city also happens to be an unofficial capital of jazz, as it is the home to the esteemed Montreux Jazz Festival. 

Your Price Includes

  • 3 nights accommodations at the Superior First-Class Hotel Royal Plaza & Spa Montreux (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Full day tour of Chateaux de Chillon and Gruyeres region
  • Visit to cheese-making family and chocolatier in Gruyeres
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 1:

Depart home

This evening, you’ll fly overnight to Geneva.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Geneva and transfer to Montreux, Switzerland

If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your hotel. This evening you'll enjoy a Welcome Drink and Dinner, as well as a briefing.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Explore Chateaux de Chillon and Gruyeres region, including cheesemaker and chocolatier visits

Today, embark on a full-day tour of Chateaux de Chillon and the Gruyères region. The chateaux, which is perched on a rocky outcrop looking out over picturesque Lake Geneva, evokes visions of fairytales and palace intrigue. You’ll learn the full story of this fabled fortress, including its famous dungeons, during your visit here. You’ll also explore the Gruyère region, including the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyard Terraces. The scenery you’ll view will be enhanced with a Cultural Discovery: you’ll get the chance to visit a local cheese-making family as well as a chocolatier.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Day of leisure time, or opt to visit Geneva and world-famous CERN

Day at leisure to explore at your own pace. Or embark on an optional tour to Geneva and CERN, the vaunted scientific research facility that is renowned for its Large Hadron Collider, the largest machine in the world.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Geneva and Cern

Geneva and Cern

  • Approximate Cost: $265 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 7 hours
  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • When: Full Day Tour

Price now reduced! Explore more of Switzerland on an optional tour that takes you to one of the country’s most beloved cities – Geneva – as well as its world-famous CERN facility. You’ll be introduced to many charms of Switzerland’s second-most populous city on a driving and walking tour, before venturing to CERN. A hub of cutting-edge science, CERN has been home to the birth of the World Wide Web and groundbreaking discovery of the Higgs Boson particle via the Large Hadron Collider (which is also the world’s largest machine).


DAY 5:

Transfer to the Basel to join the base tour

After breakfast this morning, transfer to Basel with a lunch stop in Bern to begin the base tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
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Bruges, Belgium

FROM $699 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $175 PER DAY

One of the best-preserved Old World cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bruges is one of Europe’s most charming destinations. Experience its ancient cobbles and fairy-tale turrets for yourself, and learn about the city’s fascinating history as capital for textiles and lace as you admire the view of centuries-old guild houses reflected off the shimmering waters of Bruges' meandering canals.

Your Price Includes:

  • Transfer from Amsterdam to Bruges
  • 3 nights accommodations at the Hotel The Peellaert (or similar)
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 1 walking tour including a canal cruise
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 9:

Transfer to Bruges, Belgium and familiarize yourself with the city

Transfer from Amsterdam to Bruges, then enjoy an orientation walk with your City Host as you get acquainted with this charming town.

Day 10:

Embark on a walking tour of Bruges and cruise its legendary canals

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and then embark on a walking tour of Bruges. Explore the Market Square and see the iconic Church of Our Lady from the outside — its tower is the second-largest brickwork tower in the world, and is truly a sight to behold. You'll also take set off on a canal cruise that will allow you to admire the arched bridges and charming gardens as your boat plies these tranquil waters. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the same canals, as well as the lovely homes once owned by wealthy textile merchants.  You can also discover Bruges' restaurants and shops, perhaps even seeing some hand-made lace, a product for which Bruges is renowned.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Day 11:

Enjoy Bruges at leisure or experience its Delights on an optional tour

After breakfast, enjoy a day at leisure to discover this magical city on your own. Or embark on an optional tour of "Bruges Delights." This is a foray into the city's culinary treasures, and will take you to a chocolatier, a local pub for some beer tasting, and a stop for a delicious Belgian "lace cookie." This is an ideal excursion for those looking to taste some of the country's signature food and drink. We'll have a Farewell Drink at the hotel before dinner in a local restaurant.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Tour: Bruges Delights

Bruges Delights

  • Approximate Cost: $75 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Bruges
  • When: Morning Tour
Among the most famous “Delights” are the Belgian Chocolates – nothing like what you find in other parts of the world; much richer this chocolate is a true treat – simply awesome. Hear how to make the perfect chocolate – while tasting one. Continue for sampling delicate and elegant, lace cookies. Named for the lace-like holes that form as they bake, these buttery cookies are light and crisp yet packed with a ton of flavor.

If the food doesn’t do it for you, you might enjoy the beers. This little country makes a lot of beer (almost 200 breweries reside here!) and really good beer — from Flemish reds to lambics, dubbels to blondes. You probably won’t be able to try them all, but while on cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to taste a few. 

Day 12:

Transfer to the Brussels airport for your flight home

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the airport in Brussels for your flight home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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