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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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$2,299
  • $287
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  • 8
    DAYS
  • 22
    TOURS
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The Rhine river is justifiably renowned — not only for its beauty, but for the delightful mélange of historic, cultural, architectural, and culinary treasures it holds. Rarely can you have such a unique blend of experiences on a journey of just eight days, as you will on this remarkable river cruise.

One of the best parts of this European voyage? The variety. You’ll explore an all-star array of European destinations, including Strasbourg, France, and Speyer, Germany, not to mention Amsterdam, Cologne, and Koblenz, the 2,000-year-old city at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Plus, you’ll have unique cultural experiences, such as your visit to a cheesemaker in Vollendam where you’ll learn about the process as well as enjoy a tasting.

There will be 22 included tours and Cultural Discoveries on your journey, introducing you to some of the region’s most fascinating cities and sites. You’ll also see five different UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the famed Cologne Cathedral and the vineyard-draped hillsides of Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Plus, in our deluxe, industry-exclusive single-occupancy cabins, independent travelers can enjoy fee-free solo travel.  

And why not make the most of your time in Europe — not to mention maximizing your value — by adding an extension? Join us to experience the storybook charms of Bruges or enjoy a unforgettable stay in Montreux. This vivacious and stylish city has a charm all its own, whether you’re enjoying the wine, shopping, history, or simply reveling in its postcard-pretty scenery.

Let some of Europe’s most impressive towns dazzle you as you travel in signature Vantage style down the timeless Rhine. Join us for this remarkable Rhine river cruise!


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DAY 1:

Depart home on overnight flight to Zurich Airport

This evening, you’ll fly overnight to Switzerland.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Zurich and transfer to your deluxe river ship

Today, you’ll arrive in Zurich. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your deluxe river ship in Basel. You'll enjoy a welcome drink onboard this evening, as well as a briefing and a delightful Welcome Dinner.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Embark on a walking and canal tour in Strasbourg

Unforgettable Moment: Bonjour and welcome to picturesque Strasbourg! Following a morning drive from Kehl over the border into France, take part in an included canal boat tour followed by a walking tour that will include such sights as the elegant Palais Rohan, Cathedral Notre Dame, the ultra-modern European Union Parliament, the quaint shops and parks of “La Petite France,” and the Tanner’s Quarter. You’ll also explore the UNESCO-listed Grande Île, a fascinating island at the city’s heart. You'll savor lunch back onboard your river ship, or spend an afternoon snacking independently in the city center. Should you wish to return, take your convenient afternoon shuttle bus back to Strasbourg — you can even take your complimentary onboard bikes for a spin. You can also join an optional Alsace Countryside tour, with a visit to a winery and a tasting included.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Alsace Countryside Tour

Alsace Countryside Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $85 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Alsace, France
  • When: Afternoon tour
The beauty and bounty of the world-famous Alsace region comes to life on this optional tour. You’ll explore this region that culturally, linguistically, and geographically straddles two worlds — French and German — including a visit to a local winery. In addition to sampling the delightful varietals here, you’ll also get a chance to discover the charming town of Obernai, which has a fascinating history to go along with its quaint and welcoming setting. Feel the allure of Alsace on this memorable tour!

DAY 4:

Highlights of Speyer and Heidelberg

Today, embark on a walking tour of Speyer and its eponymous 11th-century cathedral. Once one of the largest cathedrals in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage Site remains the final resting place for many former emperors and heads of state. That would be enough to make this a spectacular day, but there’s more to come: you’ll also set off for a tour of Heidelberg, a red-roofed town on the Neckar River and home to Germany's oldest university. Unforgettable Moment: Enjoy panoramic views from the plaza of imposing Heidelberg Castle, a Gothic-Renaissance ruin of red stone looming above the downtown. Your walking tour will also include Old Town, Holy Ghost Church, Town Hall and the Zum Ritter building. Cultural Connection: Dinner will be onboard the ship this evening, and you’ll also enjoy a cooking demonstration and a live tap and jazz quartet.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

Explore charming Rudesheim and 2,000-year-old Koblenz

Enjoy a relaxing morning of scenic cruising on the Rhine as you make your way to Rudesheim. Upon arrival, you’ll board the charming Winzer Express, a trolley that will introduce you to the town and to some its most remarkable vistas. You’ll also visit Siegfried’s Musikkabinett, a unique museum dedicated to all manner of mechanical music devices. After lunch onboard, you’ll sail to Koblenz, a city more than 2,000 years old strategically set at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. From the wedge-shaped headland where the waters meet, known as Deutsches Eck or "German Corner," a giant equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I overlooks the united rivers. This Afternoon, enjoy a wine tasting and lecture by Lunnebach Winery. Upon arrival in Koblenz, you’ll set off for a walking tour of this charming city, specifically the history-rich Old Town. Cultural Connection: Dinner will be onboard this evening, followed by wine tasting and entertainment from a string band.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:

Meet the “count” of Reichsburg Castle, sip some wine, soak up the scenery

Spend the morning taking in the scenery in Cochem. Later, enjoy a guided visit to fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle, perched atop a steep hill in the quaint town of Cochem on the Moselle River. Meet the “count” in the castle and enjoy a glass of the fine Riesling produced in the area. In the afternoon, you'll enjoy scenic cruising through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with commentary from the ship's bridge on the legend of Lorelei. Cultural Connection: Learn some helpful phrases in Dutch during an onboard lesson.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 7:

Explore Cologne on a walking tour and try some local “Kölsch bier”

Your ship will arrive in Cologne this morning. The city was founded in the first century and became the seat of Roman rule in the region known as Germania Inferior. Although it's now Germany's fourth largest city, Cologne preserves many fine medieval structures, including Romanesque churches, the city hall, and three of the city's 12 medieval gates. Cultural Connection: You'll get a feel for this mix of old and new on a city walking tour that includes a stop at the massive twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as a visit to a local brewery for a taste of "Koelsch-Bier" (a traditional German ale) and some distinctive German snacks.

Your onboard life will be an epicurean’s delight. Virtually every day of your journey will include a special “cocktail of the day” — your bartender will demonstrate their skill in crafting these delicious libations and you can enjoy the results! It’s the perfect way to start your evening. Your journey will also include introductions to the culinary treasures of the region, including a demonstration on a unique Dutch delicacy from your onboard chef today.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 8:

Visit a local cheesemaker and explore Amsterdam

We awake in another country, where another day filled with wonderful discoveries awaits us. We’ll set off on a tour of quaint Volendam this morning, soaking up the charm of this harborside village. Your tour will include a stop at a local cheesemaker, who will not only provide insights on the practice, but allow you to sample some of the creations! It’s a delightful and delectable experience. After lunch on board the ship, you’ll travel by coach to Amsterdam where you’ll set off on a city tour that includes Central Market Square and the historic colorful market Albert Cuyp, followed by a cruise through the Dutch capital’s UNESCO-listed canal ring. Cultural Connection: Dinner and entertainment cap your day, as you begin reflecting on a journey you’ll long remember.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 9:

Disembark and begin your journey home

After breakfast onboard, transfer to the airport for your flight home or to Bruges to begin your optional extension.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Important Notice:The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert. In addition, should there be an extreme change in water levels, Vantage will do everything possible to provide either the included excursion or an alternate excursion at Vantage’s discretion.

Please Note: Port Times & Itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels may affect itinerary.

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