- International & domestic air fares
- Overseas transfers
- Accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balcony or drop-down panoramic windows
- Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
- Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
- Gourmet dining with all meals included - buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
- Free-flowing quality red and white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, draft beer and soft drinks as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner on board
- 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea station
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Special onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, onboard music performances and nightly music by the AMADEUS Duo in the Panorama-Bar
- Fitness room (open 24 hours)
- Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
- All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees
- Bottled water in every stateroom
- In-stateroom infotainment center
- Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
What's Not Included
- Shore excursions - excursions packages are available to purchase per guest to allow you to tailor-make your perfect itinerary
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees, medical expenses, airport departure tax, travel insurance etc.
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner in the evening. Welcome concert on board.
The town of Hoorn is located in north-west Netherlands, on the banks of Lake Ijssel. It is most renowned for being the home of Willem Schouten, who discovered and subsequently named the southern tip of Argentina as “Cape Horn”. Hoorn has an extensive history, which extends back to 1300. The builder of the East Indian Empire, Jan Coen, was born in the town and the West Frisian Museum holds a number of 17th century exhibits brought from Indonesia. It is also home to two medieval churches and a number of buildings dating back to between the 16th and 17th centuries.
As the fourth largest city in Germany and the largest city on the Rhine River, Cologne is regarded as the historic, cultural and economic capital of the Rhineland. It is highly regarded for its trade fairs, cathedral, perfume, and Koelsch beer. It was also once a significant part of the Roman Empire, and the remains of many Roman buildings and town walls are still visible today. There is a range of Roman artefacts on display in the Roemisches Germanisches Museum, which is well worth a visit.
Cologne is also home to the French Gothic style Kolner Dom Cathedral, for which construction began in 1248 but remained unfinished for 600 years. The structure - which can still be visited today - is made up of two 157 metre-high spires, buttresses, pillars and arches – which collectively support the central nave. The remains of the kings who followed the star to Bethlehem are believed to have been contained within the south tower.
The small but popular village of Cochem sits on the banks of the Moselle River, southwest of Koblenz. Located on both sides of the Moselle, most of the main part of the village lies under the Reichsburg Castle. It is necessary to cross a bridge from the other side of the river, after docking, to visit Cochem’s narrow alleyways, half-timbered medieval houses, and town gates. Situated on the hilltop that dominates the town, Reichsburg Castle, which was originally built in 1294, was destroyed by the French in 1689 and later rebuilt in the late 19th century.
Located at the foot of the Taunus Mountains and at the heart of the Rhine River is the town of Rudesheim. Being in the Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a historic winemaking town. Not only does the wine make this town worth visiting, but the Old Town itself and the picturesque Rheingau landscape and the romantic Rhine River itself.
Originally founded as a Roman town in 9 BC, Koblenz is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Situated at the junction of the Rhine and Moselle River, it is surrounded by spurs of the Eifel, Hunsrück, Westerwald, and Taunus mountains. The point at which the two rivers meet is known as “Deutsches Eck (German Corner), which is the site of a settlement, founded in 1216 by German Knights, and today, it features an impressive monument dedicated to Kaiser Wilhelm I. Koblenz is home to a series of squares and statues which make for a pleasant stroll. There are also many historic structures in the city including the 13th century fortress, 18th century Electoral Palace and a series of medieval churches.
The south-west German city of Mannheim is situated on the right bank of the Rhine River, opposite Ludwigshafen – at the mouth of the Neckar River. There are many examples of baroque architecture located throughout Mannheim, including a Jesuit Church, old town hall, pilgrimage church, warehouse, and arsenal. The emblem of Mannheim is a cylindrical water tower, which was constructed in 1888. The history of Mannheim extends as far back as 764, when it was first referred to as a village. Germany’s first National Theatre opened in the city in 1778 and the construction of the city’s Rhine harbour took place in 1834.
Located on the banks of the Rhine River in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany is the town of Speyer. Founded by the Romans around the year 10 BC, Speyer is one of Germany’s oldest towns. One of the town’s main attractions is its Romanesque cathedral founded in 1030 but the Holy Roman emperor Conrad II. Though it has been gutted and rebuilt several times over the centuries, it is still a sight to behold and contains a crypt and the tombs of eight German emperors and kings and three empresses.
Located along the banks of the Rhine River close to the border with Germany, is the capital city and largest city of the Grand Est region, Strasbourg. The historic Grande Île city centre of Strasbourg has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is immersed is Franco-German culture.
The city of Basel, in northern Switzerland, sits along the Rhine at the mouths of the Birs and Wiese rivers. It is divided into two parts – Kleinbasel (industrial section to the north) and Grossbasel (the older commercial and cultural centre). The latter is dominated by the Romanesque and Gothic-style Munster, which was Basel’s protestant cathedral until 1528 and houses a monumental slab to Erasmus, who is entombed there. Other notable buildings include the late Gothic-Rathaus (Town Hall), the Church of St. Martin (Basel’s oldest religious foundation), and the 14th-century Franciscan church – which now houses a historical museum.
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