Begin in Amsterdam, with its legendary canals and distinctive architecture. Visit the majestic cathedral in Cologne, the university town of Heidelberg, medieval Strasbourg and the Black Forest region before concluding your cruise in Basel, Switzerland.
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Visit the historic Cologne Cathedral
- Wine tasting with a local vintner in Rudesheim
- Explore the beautiful city of Strasbourg
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- All onboard meals
- Free Wi-Fi throughout the ship
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
What's Not Included
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees, medical expenses, airport departure tax, travel insurance, visas, excess baggage fees etc.
- Salon & Massage Services
- Beverages and food not on the regular table d’hôte menu
- Governmental or local taxes/ fees and fuel surcharges
- Airfare and overseas transfers
Regarded as the Venice of the north, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is made up of a series of 90 islands, which are connected by almost 1,200 bridges. Today, Amsterdam is a city of contrasts, with many people being attracted to this vibrant destination for its range of bars and night clubs. On the other hand, Amsterdam is home many renowned architectural structures, insightful museums and beautiful gardens.
The Royal Palace was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a town hall, but is now one of three palaces in the Netherlands to be under disposal of the monarchy. In the springtime, be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million flower bulbs create a beautiful display of bold and bright colours.
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.
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.
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.
A UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, The Rhine Gorge lies on the Rhine River between Koblenz and Bingen. Cutting through the Rhineland Plateau and the Rhenish Slate Mountains, the gorge is picturesque and full of famous features. It is complete with fairy tale castles and terraced vineyards, and its most famous feature the Lorelei Rock. Many of the towns lining the gorge retain a historic feel to this day.
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 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.
Located on the right bank of the Rhine, opposite the French town of Neuf-Brisach, sits the south-western German town of Breisach. This town is home to the 11th century Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of St Stephan – which features a Renaissance pulpit, silver shrine, a high altar made from carved wood, and a wonderful terrace which offers spectacular views over the Rhine into France. Elsewhere in Breisach, you will find a museum on municipal history – which is home to an impressive collection of artefacts dating back to the Stone Age.
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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