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CRUISE PROGRAM - Scheduled departures - 9-day/8-night package visiting Amsterdam, Hoorn, Cologne, Cochem, Koblenz, Ruedesheim, Mannheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, Basel & Zurich. Includes an arrival transfer in Amsterdam, a 7-night Rhine cruise with all meals on board and complimentary wine or beer with dinner, a 1st class train ticket from Basel to Zurich & a 1-night hotel stay with breakfast in Zurich.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Cruising
  • Port taxes
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Train tickets per itinerary
  • Complimentary quality European red and white wines with every dinner
  • Services of an experienced cruise director throughout the cruise
  • Special onboard entertainment per itinerary
  • Captain's Gala Dinner
  • On ship gourmet dining including buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack

Excludes

  • Porterage; one luggage per person
  • Shore excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local city taxes
  • Flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Amsterdam – Arrival – Embark Cruise

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship to embark on your 8-day cruise (check-in starts at 4:00 pm). A welcome cocktail and dinner awaits you tonight. (D)

Day

2

Amsterdam – Hoorn (the Netherlands)

This morning, consider joining an optional city tour of Amsterdam with a canal trip and visit to North Holland (if you have joined this excursion you will travel to Hoorn by bus). Cruise along the Ijsselmeer. (B,L,D)

Day

3

Cologne (Germany)

In the late afternoon, arrive in Cologne and consider joining an optional walking tour which takes you past St. Martin‘s Church to Cologne‘s old town and its famous Gothic cathedral, the city‘s landmark for centuries. (B,L,D)

Day

4

Cochem (Germany)

Cruise through the morning along the wonderful Moselle River. In the afternoon, consider taking an optional walking tour through the quaint village of Cochem where you will visit a winery to taste some local vintages. (B,L,D)

Day

5

Koblenz – Ruedesheim (Germany)

Arrive in Koblenz in the morning and consider joining an optional city walk before you sail through the romantic Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will pass the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in Ruedesheim in the afternoon where you can join an optional city walk and visit to the Siegfried Mechanical Music Museum. (B,L,D)

Day

6

Mannheim – Speyer (Germany)

Arrive in Mannheim in the morning where you can join an optional excursion to Heidelberg. Arrive in Speyer in the afternoon and consider joining an optional walking tour. Enjoy the Captain‘s Gala Dinner in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day

7

Strasbourg (France)

In the morning, arrive in Strasbourg where you may choose to join an optional guided city tour to see the famous Gothic cathedral. Depart for Basel early in the afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day

8

Basel – Disembark Cruise – Zurich (Switzerland)

Disembark from your ship after breakfast. Make your own way to the train station and catch your train to Zurich. You will have the day at leisure to explore this scenic city. (B)

Day

9

Zurich – Return

Make your own way to the airport for your return flight home. (B)