Detailed Itinerary Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps (Wine Cruise)
CRUISE YEAR
Day 1
AMSTERDAM – EMBARKATION
Board the ship for your Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps cruise. (D)

Day 2
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Amsterdam
Day 3
COLOGNE, GERMANY
Enjoy cruising to Cologne. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, and see other local sites. Following your all-encompassing walking tour, enjoy a tasting of the city’s famous pale Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne and served in a narrow, cylindrical glass called a Stange. You’ll also enjoy reibekuchen mit apfelmus, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)

Cologne
Day 4
RHINE GORGE – RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY
Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Join a wine tasting to discover the flavors of the town’s iconic vineyards. Or drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)

Rhine Gorge
Day 5
LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY
Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century, 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and enjoy panoramic views of the city. 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 Old Gate, Altpörtel. (B,L,D)

Ludwigshafen
Day 6
STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Strasbourg 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 before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through charming streets past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

Strasbourg
Day 7
BASEL, SWITZERLAND
Enjoy getting to know Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city. Long an important university, banking and trade center, Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval town hall, richly decorated market square and exquisite 18th-century patrician homes. Tour the city by foot or on a guided bike tour that takes you through three countries: Switzerland, France and Germany. Alternatively, venture off on a full-day guided excursion to Lucerne, known for its Lion Monument – the figure of a dying lion carved into a hillside in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792 – which Mark Twain described as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” You’ll also see Lucerne’s spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. In the afternoon, for those not participating in the full-day tour, visit Lucerne for a half-day tour or choose a wine-themed excursion to Weingut Röschard, a family winery where you will enjoy a tasting of local wines. (B,L,D)

Basel
Day 8
BASEL, SWITZERLAND – DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Basel and prepare for your flight home. (B)

Day 1
EMBARKATION – BASEL, SWITZERLAND
Board the ship for your Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps cruise. (D)

Day 2
BASEL, SWITZERLAND – LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
Enjoy getting to know Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city. Long an important university, banking and trade center, Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval town hall, richly decorated market square and exquisite 18th-century patrician homes. Tour the city by foot or on a guided bike tour that takes you through three countries: Switzerland, France and Germany. Alternatively, venture off on a full-day guided excursion to Lucerne, known for its Lion Monument – the figure of a dying lion carved into a hillside in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792 – which Mark Twain described as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” You’ll also see Lucerne’s spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. In the afternoon, for those not participating in the full-day tour, visit Lucerne for a half-day tour or choose a wine-themed excursion to Weingut Röschard, a family winery, where you will enjoy a tasting of local wines. (B,L,D)

Basel
Day 3
STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Strasbourg 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 before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through charming streets past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. Later in the day, taste Alsatian wines, highly praised for their fragrant aromas, ranging from bright and fruity to crisp and spicy. (B,L,D)

Strasbourg
Day 4
LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY – RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY
Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century, 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Or, enjoy a bike tour shores of the river Neckar, ultimately arriving in the medieval town of Ladenburg. 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 Old Gate, Altpörtel. After dinner, your ship will arrive in the intimate village of Rüdesheim, where you can either let Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)

Ludwigshafen
Day 5
RÜDESHEIM – RHINE GORGE
Drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. Afterwards, join a wine tasting to discover the flavors of the town’s iconic vineyards. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching Lahnstein, where you will be treated to a unique guided tour of the medieval Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D)

Rüdesheim
Day 6
COLOGNE
Enjoy cruising to Cologne. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, and see other local sites. Following your all-encompassing walking tour, enjoy a tasting of the city’s famous pale Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne and served in a narrow, cylindrical glass called a Stange. You’ll also enjoy reibekuchen mit apfelmus, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)

Cologne
Day 7
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. If you prefer experiencing the world through your taste buds, follow your taste buds past traditional canals, gabled houses, narrow bridges and house boats to taste Dutch specialties at one of Amsterdam’s grand cafes. (B,L,D)

Amsterdam
Day 8
AMSTERDAM – DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your flight home. (B)

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