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Enrich your vacation with Vantage's collection of deluxe optional tours, designed exclusively for our guests. You’ll discover a world beyond the landmarks and gain immeasurable insight into the culture and people of your destination. So join us … and make the most of your journey!
Thelonious Monk once said, “Jazz is my adventure.” Perhaps this 8-day, jazz river cruise along the legendary Rhine will be yours. Cruising from Amsterdam to Breisach (or reverse), you’ll enjoy an impressive 20 included tours and Cultural Connections. Discover the canals of Amsterdam and soaring Cologne Cathedral. See the fabled castles on the Rhine and the romantic old university town of Heidelberg. Explore great Gothic cities, charming half-timbered fairy-tale villages, and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In short, you will experience some of the Old World’s most iconic sights. At the same time, you’ll discover how Europe has embraced one of the New World’s most popular exports: jazz music. Local jazz artists will come aboard to perform for you, and expert guest lecturers will discuss the genre’s history as it migrated from America across the pond. And throughout your cruise, there will be a professional jazz pianist on board to provide the perfect soundtrack to your voyage.
A highlight will be your afternoon tea at Amsterdam’s Bimhuis, the Netherlands’ premier performance venue for jazz and improvisational music. Set on the IJ in a striking modern building, Bimhuis has hosted greats like Charles Mingus and Chet Baker, and continues to attract established and emerging talent.
As the perfect prelude or coda to your musical adventure, you can add optional pre- or post-trip extensions in historic Bruges, Belgium, or the sophisticated jazz capital of Montreux, Switzerland.
You’ll ride along the scenic Bundesstrasse 500, an impressive auto route that’s commonly referred to as the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse, or “Black Forest High Street.” Zoom along a road that rises dramatically from 200 to 3,000 feet above sea level in a mere 10-15 mile stretch. You’ll arrive at the historic Berghotel Mummelsee, a popular tourist destination for the past 120 years. You’ll head to the hotel restaurant for a Black Forest cake-making demonstration and tasting. Afterwards, you may stroll around the lake and shop for traditional Black Forest products like cuckoo clocks, cherry liqueur, and more.
Among the most famous “delights” are Belgian chocolates! Nothing like what you’ll find in other parts of the world, Belgian sweets are much richer and this world-renowned chocolate is a true treat. On this optional tour, hear how to make the perfect chocolate — while tasting some! You'll also sample light, crisp, and elegant lace cookies, which are named after the lace-like holes that form as they bake. But if the sweets don’t do it for you, the beers just might. This little country makes a lot of beer (almost 200 breweries reside here!) and really good beer, too — 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.
Please Note: All prices are per person and subject to change. All optional tours are offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Descriptions and scheduling are subject to change. Minimum tour participation is required to operate optional tours. Optional tours cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of the excursion are non-refundable.