Europe & Baltic
Experience Switzerland & Holland with your private guide before you relax on a Rhine Cruise, Begin your relaxing cruise of the enchanting Rhine River in vibrant Amsterdam, enjoying her legendary canals and colorful surroundings. Visit the majestic Cologne Cathedral, the historic university town of Heidelberg, the charming medieval town of Strasbourg, and enjoy an excursion to the legendary Black Forest region. Conclude your journey amidst Switzerland’s stunning scenery and world-famous cities, enjoying lake-side excursions and Alpine vistas.
Cruise Departure Dates:
Amsterdam-Basel (2015): Mar 26, Apr 9,13,22, May 7,13,21,27, Jun 4,8,22, Jul 2,6,20,30, Aug 3,27, Sep 14,24,28, Oct 12,22,26, Nov 4,9
Basel-Amsterdam (2015): Apr 6,16,20,29, May 14,20, Jun 3,15,25,29, Jul 13,23,27, Aug 10,20, Sep 3,17,21, Oct 5,15,19,29, Nov 2,12
*Please note, cruise itinerary may slightly alter depending on seasonality.
Enjoy a transfer in a private vehicle with a driver provided from the airport to your hotel.
You will meet you driver at the hotel and depart by private vehicle towards Lucerne. This excursion leads you to Central Switzerland and its most impressive landmarks: Lucerne and the proud rock pyramid of Mt. Pilatus! On your way enjoy your drive through the Sihl Valley to Zug and alongside the pretty Lake of Zug. At the quaint town of Küssnacht you reach the beautiful Lake of Lucerne, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Accompanied by a local guide reflect on the history of Lucerne, which celebrated its 800th anniversary in 1978, as you walk through the 14th century Chapel Bridge, or as you visit the Musegg Town Walls and the Lion Monument. Before returning to Zurich, take some time to explore the storybook old City of Lucerne on your own. (Note: the Lion Monument will not be visible from mid April until mid May as it will be covered for clean up).
Enjoy a train station transfer in a private vehicle with a driver.
Enjoy a train ride from Zurich to Basel.
Meet your English-speaking driver for a private train station transfer with vehicle.
A private car with an English-speaking driver will transfer you to the Basel city port.
Arrive in charming Basel and embark your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner.
Port charges are included in your multi-day itinerary.
You have two exciting group excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town that looks much as it did back in the 16th century. A second option is a walking tour of Breisach and Freiburg. Breisach is a beautiful town on that houses one of Europe’s largest wine cellars. In Freiburg, you will visit the historical city center and the Augustinerplatz, site of Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone.
Capital and principal city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the Ill River, where it flows into the Rhine on the border with Germany. Enjoy a canal cruise of this picturesque town, known for its black and white timber-framed buildings, covered bridges and medieval watchtowers. Then take a walking tour through this charming town lined with narrow cobbled streets. See the European Parliament and visit the “La Petite France” district, where you will see the sandstone gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. In the afternoon, a guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled) will take you past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament, and Place de la Republique.
This afternoon, arrive in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for the Speyer Cathedral, many churches and the Altpörtel (old gate) with a 13th-century gate tower. Choose either a city tour of medieval Speyer or half day excursion to Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled Castle, with its Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask, and beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and Heidelberg below. As an alternative, a guided bike tour is also available in Speyer (capacity controlled).
This morning, arrive in Rüdesheim and enjoy a group visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. You will also have time to explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants, followed by a wine tasting at a local vintner. As an alternative to the museum, treat yourself to a tasting of Rüdesheimer coffee. This afternoon, your ship departs for Koblenz and cruises through the Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, with hillsides dotted with fairy-tale castles. After arriving in Koblenz this evening, your Cruise Manager will take you on a walking tour through this charming town. The ship moors here overnight.
The ship cruises to Cologne today, where you will have an afternoon group walking tour of the old part of the city and visit the fabled 13th-century gothic cathedral. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own. The ship departs this evening for Amsterdam.
After arriving around noon, your tour of Amsterdam begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North.” See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous Anne Frank House. Then, enjoy a panoramic city tour, where you will see the great landmarks of Amsterdam including a photo stop at a Windmill. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore Amsterdam before returning to the ship.
Disembark your ship this morning, completing your cruise journey in Amsterdam.
A transfer between the port and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Meet your private driver and guide at your hotel for your half-day tour to the Zaanse Schans. The Zaanse Schans is a delightful old hamlet on the banks of the river Zaan with characteristic green wooden houses, charming stylized gardens, small hump-backed bridges, tradesmen's workshops, historic windmills and charming little shops. This enchanting hamlet gives an excellent impression of how a typical Zaanse village must have looked like in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Apart from the cluster of windmills and houses there are also several museums, restaurants and a visitors' centre to be found. The Zaanse Schans has become one of the top tourist destinations in the Netherlands. Return to hotel.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
The Best Western Premier Hotel Glockenhof (4*) is a city hotel with Zurich tradition, located just a few steps from the famous Bahnhofstrasse and in easy walking distance of Lake Zurich and the main station. Hotel has two restaurants which you can choose from. The hotel also provides you with a complimentary newspaper, a concierge, multilingual staff and foreign currency exchange. Rooms feature remote control 16-inch cable television with CNN, mini-bar and data-ports.
The Les Trois Rois is one of the oldest city hotels in Europe, offering you lavish interiors and exquisite wining and dining. Situated in the heart of Basel, in the center of the Old Town and on the banks of the Rhine, it is an ideal base for leisure and business travelers. Discover the beautifully appointed rooms and suites featuring carefully selected antique furnishings, authentic period detail, and luxurious fabrics while still offering the latest in-room technology to meet even the highest expectations of modern travelers.
The MS AmaCello, AmaDolce and AmaLyra debuted in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The vessels set new standards in European river cruising and offer a number of features, which no other European river cruise ship can match. The vessels carry 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and are staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service.
The luxurious NH Amsterdam Centre Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam. It is right across from the lively Leidse Square in the fashion and museum district, an area brimming with entertainment, dining, and nightlife options. Amsterdam’s characteristic canals and the city’s top museums are just a short stroll from the hotel, as is the exclusive “PC Hooft” shopping street and the Vondelpark, a sprawling urban green space. Each of the guestrooms offer a wide range of amenities, such as Wi-Fi internet access, coffee- and tea-making facilities, air-conditioning and a mini bar. The NH Amsterdam Centre hotel offers a relaxing Wellness Center and state-of-the-art fitness center, which are the perfect ending to your busy day. Indulge in a delicious meal at the Ristorante Sogno restaurant or enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the Lounge 'L.
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