Approaching the famous town of Rudesheim, Germany

This is your opportunity to see the sights and life aboard a Rhine River cruiser over 8 days of fascinating travel into the heart of Europe. Food, drinks, entertainment and new friendships are all part of your journey.

EXPLORING the RHINE RIVER

In the RHINE RIVER CRUISE
We journey along the Rhine for about 800 kilometers from Basel to Amsterdam.

Some of the places we visit on the Rhine River Cruise
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Suggested ITINERARY for the RHINE RIVER CRUISE

This is an outline of the 8-day Rhine River Cruise itinerary that includes cultural sites, walking excursions and life aboard a cruise ship.

  • Begin at: Zurich, Switzerland - and then transfer to cruise ship at Basel. The tour ends at Amsterdam, where we suggest you spend a few days to see how the Dutch live.
Rhine River Itinerary: 8 days
  • Day 1. ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND.
    Our river cruise vessel is docked on the Rhine River in Basel, where France, Germany, and Switzerland meet. Before dinner, meet our crew at a welcome reception.
  • Day 2. STRASBOURG, FRANCE.
    Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is influenced by the culture of both countries and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. A Local Guide shows us the noteworthy sights: the GOTHIC CATHEDRAL, the lovely LA PETITE FRANCE district, Place Kleber, and Place Gutenberg with the statue of the inventor of the printing press. Strasbourg is also home to the Kronenbourg Brewery. An optional excursion into the Alsace wine region is available.
  • Day 3. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG, GERMANY.
    Heidelberg is Germany's oldest university town of Student Prince fame, a world-famous love musical. Explore the ruins of the imposing Heidelberg Castle, built of red sandstone and towering above the city, and enjoy free time to explore.
  • Day 4. MAINZ-RUDESHEIM.
    Situated on the left bank of the Rhine, opposite the mouth of the Main River, Mainz is Germany's largest and most important wine market. The Old Town has many interesting shops, tea rooms, and restaurants, and a fountain on the Schillerplatz is decorated with scenes of the famous carnival held here every year. Gutenberg, the father of modern printing, was born here and you'll visit the GUTENBERG MUSEUM. The little town of Rudesheim is the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town. SIEGFRIED'S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM is a real surprise!
  • Day 5. RHINE GORGE-KOBLENZ.
    Downstream from Rudesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river and dotted every mile with castles. Pass the legendary rock of the LORELEI, where sweet songs of local beauties lured enchanted sailors to their doom. Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region.
  • Day 6. COLOGNE.
    Cologne is the capital of the Rhineland and one of Germany's largest cities. The soaring twin steeples of Cologne's magnificent gothic cathedral which took more than 600 years to build dominate the river skyline. The Germano-Roman Museum next to the cathedral is a must for history enthusiasts.
  • Day 7. AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.
    Holland's capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes and restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambience. The works of famous Dutch masters can be seen in world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's Golden Age.
  • Day 8. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Amsterdam for the next leg of your voyage.
Our Take:
This river journey gives you a really comfortable view of some of Europe's culture and history, as well as taking on the superb challenge of appreciating fine wines and dining. River journeys are an increasingly attractive and popular way of travelling the world. Participate in as many excursions as possible and keep up the walking tours, to fully appreciate the food you will be sampling on your cruise and in the riverside villages.
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