Ship Size: River cruise ships are small and intimate like a luxury boutique hotel (accommodating 120-200 guests compared). Perfect for Social Distancing.
Atmosphere: River cruising offers a casual, relaxed atmosphere onboard focused on the sights, attractions and culture along the river. No long lines ever, no formal nights, no casinos, no large entertainment venues and production shows, no sea days as most cruising is done at night, no late-night parties onboard and no onboard gimmicks or photographers at every event. You’ll wake up early and dock right in town with more port time. The crew will get to know your names and you'll meet more guests onboard due to the intimacy of the ships.
Costs: River cruising costs are similar to smaller, ultra- luxury, ocean cruise ships and have many inclusions to help your budget such as: accommodations, all meals and snacks, beer and wine with lunch & dinner, all day coffee and tea service, bottled water, daily shore excursions and onboard Wi-Fi.
Cabins: Typical, river cruise cabins are comparable in size to standard ocean ship balcony cabins (apx 180-220 sq. ft). Larger suites and some triple and quad occupancy cabins are available on some ships.
Dining: Buffets for lunch and breakfast with fine dining at night and awesome river views. Some ships feature a chef’s table and onboard barbecue for lunch on their top deck.
No Rough Seas: Rivers are placid and flat with little boat motion compared to ocean cruising
Day 1, BASEL, SWITZERLAND. Board the ship in Basel for your Enchanting Rhine cruise.
Fun Facts: Basel is the headwaters for the Rhine with the water flowing from the Alps northward to the sea. Basel is the birth place of tennis great Roger Federer and home to fantastic art, music and wine fairs and festivals.
Insider Tip: Zurich, Switzerland is the closest major international airport to Basel (about 60 miles) and is connected by motorcoach and train. Arrive a couple of days early to explore the beautiful Swiss Alps and alpine lakes.
Day 2, BREISACH, GERMANY. Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions, depending on your interests. Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth"
Day 3, STRASBOURG, FRANCE. Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République. Then walk through its iconic UNESCO World Heritage “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale.
Day 4, LUDWIGSHAFEN RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY. Ludwigshafen is your gateway to choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city with its famous castle with panoramic views of the city. Or ride along the river Neckar to the medieval town of Ladenburg where you’ll have some free time to explore the shops and quaint Marktplatz. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim.
Insider Tip: Some ships carry bicycles onboard and riding along the river valleys is delightful and memorable experience. On some days, the ship will allow you to ride along the river and they will pick you at the next port.
Day 5, RÜDESHEIM RHINE GORGE LAHNSTEIN, GERMANY. Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of three excursions. Take a gondola ride to the enjoy panoramic views of the river. Afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. If you prefer a more active adventure, hike through Rüdesheim’s vineyards, taking in views of the town, the Roman Bridge and Bromersburg Castle. Or join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles to Lahnstein where you'll enjoy a visit to Lahneck Castle.
Day 6, COLOGNE. Home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, this 2,000 year old city is also a bustling cosmopolitan hotspot. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCO designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi — are believed to rest.
Insider Tip: If you're a beer lover like us, after your city tour, enjoy visiting some Cologne's taverns and breweries downtown to raise a glass with the locals and taste their famous Kölsch beer. Cheers and Prosit!
Day 7, AMSTERDAM. Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you'll have an entire day and many choices as to how you wish to explore it.
Insider Tip: Historic Amsterdam is very walkable with many attractions close by and easy to see and tour on your own. Most of the locals also speak English. We recommend beginning your city tour with a scenic canal cruise.
Day 8, AMSTERDAM. Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. Amsterdam's large international airport is conveniently connected 30 minutes from downtown.
Insider Tip: Stay an extra day or two to visit Van Gogh, Rembrandt and other famous museums of the Dutch masters, Anne Frank House and explore the countryside to see traditional Dutch villages. Or take a high speed train to Paris or Belgium and continue your journey.
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