Rhine Culinary Discovery - 2018

Amsterdam • Cologne • Koblenz • Mainz • Speyer • Kehl • Basel
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Basel to Amsterdam

You're invited to join us for a special river voyage that not only enables you to sample the best of the Rhine River and its superb culinary offerings. For seven nights, you'll cruise between Amsterdam and Basel, stopping to explore a "critics pick" of cities and towns along the way, including charming Strasbourg, France, and ancient Mainz, Germany, not too mention Amsterdam, Cologne, and Koblenz, the 2,000-year-old city at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  Just as rewarding is your time aboard ship, as you relax and take in the scenery, including the UNESCO-recognized Upper Middle Rhine Valley, where vineyard-terraced hillsides and castle ruins appear around every bend. Throughout, you'll enjoy traditional treats, insightful lectures, palate-pleasing wine tastings, and more.

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DAY 1:

Depart home for Basel, Switzerland

This evening, you’ll fly overnight to Basel.

Included Meals:


DAY 2:

Arrive in Basel

If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your ship. This evening you'll enjoy a welcome drink as well as a briefing.

Biking Opportunity: Explore the nearby Roman excavation site of Augusta Raurica during this 17-mile route. Click here for details

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DAY 3:

Strasbourg canal cruise and a dynamic and delicious “Sights and Bites” tour

After docking, we'll go directly across the Rhine to Strasbourg, France via the Pont de l'Europe bridge. The deeply intertwined and somewhat complicated history of the two towns is reflected in the mix of French and German culture that pervades the Alsace region. Unforgettable Moment: You'll embark on an enhanced "Culinary Bites and Strasbourg Sights" walking tour that takes you to 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. In the evening, you'll be a guest at the Welcome Dinner.

Biking Opportunity: Explore the heart of Strasbourg’s center city during an easy 4-mile route. Click here for details

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 4:

Highlights of Heidelberg, including its singular sweet treat

Today, set off for a half-day excursion to Heidelberg, a red-roofed town on the Neckar River that is home to Germany's oldest university. Unforgettable Moment: Enjoy panoramic views from the plaza of imposing Heidelberg Castle. You'll also see the castles famed Heidelberg Tun, an immense wine barrel, now empty, with a capacity of some 58,000 gallons. Afterwards, stroll the pedestrian-only main street and get an opportunity to sample a traditional confection beloved in this region: the Heidelberger Studentkiss. Tonight’s dinner features traditional Easter fare and dancing. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

A guided tour of Mainz, the famed Gutenberg Bible, and cruising UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge

The ancient city of Mainz was once the seat of the Holy Roman Empire. However, it's perhaps best known as the home of Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of moveable type, who was ranked "The Man of the Millennium" in a book about the most influential people born between the 10th and 20th centuries. You'll set out on a walking tour that includes entrance to the fascinating Gutenberg Museum. In the afternoon, we embark for scenic cruising through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley – a UNESCO World Heritage Site — where vineyard-covered hillsides and hilltop castles appear around every bend. During our passage, you'll hear commentary from the ship’s bridge on the legend of Lorelei.


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:

A delightful walking tour of Old Town Koblenz and a wine tasting

Your next port of call is Koblenz, a more than 2,000-year-old city 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. During your visit, you'll enjoy a walking tour of this scenic area. Back at the ship, savor some local vintages at an onboard wine tasting, before enjoying the scenery during a leisurely afternoon sail. Tonight, enjoy yourself at the Captain's Gala Dinner.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 7:

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

We 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. You'll get a feel for this mix of old and new on a city walking tour that will culminate at the massive twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While you're here, you'll also visit a local brewery for a taste of this town's famous "Koelsch-Bier."

Biking Opportunity: Enjoy this scenic path along the iconic Rhine River, with terrific views of the Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge, during this easy 5-mile route. Click here for details

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 8:

Amsterdam’s canal ring cruise and a cooking demo at De Kookfabriek

This morning after breakfast, you'll get the perfect view of Amsterdam’s historic center on a narrated canal cruise along the city’s 17th-century canal ring, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unforgettable Moment: Then, join a cooking workshop at the De Kookfabriek, where you'll pick up some culinary pointers. Your afternoon is at leisure, or you can join an optional walking tour to Amsterdam's historic Jewish quarter. 

Biking Opportunity: Cycle past the traditional Dutch homes and romantic windmills of Amsterdam’s outskirts during an easy 20-mile route. Click here for details

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Jewish Cultural Quarter Tour

Jewish Cultural Quarter Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • When: Afternoon tour

During centuries of persecution in Europe, Ashkenazi, and Sephardic Jews fled to Amsterdam in order to live and worship in peace. That changed during World War II, when the Nazis invaded Holland and turned a theater in the Jodenbuurt Quarter into a deportation center and this once-prosperous area into the infamous Jewish Ghetto. On this tour, you’ll visit the theater as well as the rest of the Jewish Cultural Quarter, which includes the Portuguese Synagogue* and other monuments in this historic section of the city.  Join us on this tour that highlights the powerful story of this unique part of Amsterdam.

*On Saturdays, the synagogue is closed and passengers will visit the Jewish Historical Museum. 

DAY 9:

Transfer to the Amsterdam airport for your flight home or join your optional extension in Amsterdam

Depart for home or begin your optional Amsterdam extension.

Included Meals:


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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