Join your luxurious ship in Amsterdam and see the splendid wealth of scenery and rich history along the River Rhine, one of Europe's most important waterways which flows from the Swiss Alps.
Explore cosmopolitan Amsterdam before cruising upstream to Cologne, home to an impressive Gothic Cathedral which dominates the city. Stroll through the quaint village of Cochem which lies in the wine-growing region of the Moselle Valley. Here there is the option to sample the region's fine wines at a local vineyard.
Cruise along the most scenic section of the Rhine and admire the views as you pass the legendary Lorelei rock to Rudesheim. Discover the unusual city of Mannheim or take the option to visit the imposing sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Continue to Strasbourg, capital of the picturesque Alsace region and home to the European Parliament before reaching Basel, in Switzerland.
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Classical Rhine Itinerary
Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Holland)
Fly from the UK to Amsterdam and embark your ship. Enjoy a welcome cocktail with fellow guests before dinner this evening.
Day 2 - Amsterdam - Hoorn (Netherlands)
This morning, enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Rhine. Perhaps take the more active option and spend time seeing the sights of Amsterdam, before rejoining the ship in Hoorn.
Day 3 - Cologne (Germany)
Arrive in Cologne after lunch. The city is steeped in history and draws visitors in every year. Discover the historic Old Town, admire the majestic Gothic Cathedral or try some of the renowned Kolsch beer which is brewed in the city. After exploring the city, return to the shyip and cruise south towards Cochem.
Day 4 - Cochem
The ship cruises down the picturesque Moselle river, the Rhine's largest tributary before arriving in beautiful Cochem. Discover Cochem's narrow winding streets and mysterious alleyways as well as the magnificent churches. Take the opportunity to try some of the region's superb Riesling wines. This evening, the ship sets sail towards Koblenz.
Day 5 - Koblenz - Rudesheim
This morning, arrive in Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Key sights include St Castor Basilica, the Church of our Beloved Lady and the memorial at the German Corner in memory of Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm. This afternoon, relax on board as you cruise the beautiful Upper Middle Rhine Valley to Rudesheim. This wine-producing town is home to a fascinating museum.
Day 6 - Mannheim - Speyer
Mannheim is an unusual city where the streets and avenues are laid out in squares in the centre, leading to the name 'Quadratestadt'. There are many sights to explore, including the National Theater Mannheim, St Sebastian's Church and the University of Mannheim. Luisenpark is one of the most picturesque parks in Germany. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the university city of Heidelberg, before cruising to Speyer, renowned for its Cathedral. Captain's Gala Dinner this evening.
Day 7 - Strasbourg (France)
This morning, arrive in Strasbourg, capital of Alsace. See the sights, from the striking Straburger Munster cathedral to the scenic Petite France quarter which maintains its medieval charm. The city centre, known as the Grand Island, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and connected to the rest of the city via a total of 22 stone bridges. After lunch, enjoy scenic cruising towards Basel.
Day 8 - Basel (Switzerland) - UK
Disembark your ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Please note: Itinerary varies slightly on 18 May 2017 departure - please contact us for details