Rhine Getaway

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Explore castles & cathedrals Overlook the Rhine from Germany’s best preserved medieval castle. Discover the rich culinary traditions of Alsace. Explore the Black Forest your way: join a guided coach tour or walk lush country trails to a farm. Fairy-tale castles, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery—little wonder that...
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Overview

Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • Experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region
    • Explore Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks and take part in the inviting nightlife in Rüdesheim’s Drosselgasse.
    • Set at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers

What's this trip about?

    Explore castles & cathedrals Overlook the Rhine from Germany’s best preserved medieval castle. Discover the rich culinary traditions of Alsace. Explore the Black Forest your way: join a guided coach tour or walk lush country trails to a farm. Fairy-tale castles, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery—little wonder that the Rhine is one of Europe’s best-loved rivers. From Amsterdam and Cologne to Basel, this 8-day journey reveals a wonderland of beauty and culture.

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Details

Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range50 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityAmsterdam
End CityBasel

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Culinary & Wine
  • Cultural
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Germany
  • France
  • Netherlands

Attractions

  • Amsterdam
  • Basel
  • Heidelberg
  • Heidelberg Castle
  • Koblenz
  • St. Martin's Cathedral
  • Strasbourg

Activities

  • Culture
  • Educational/ learning
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature
  • River cruise
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Wine Tasting

Trip includes

    • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
    • 6 guided tours with audio headset
    • All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
    • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch
    • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy a classical music performance; learn how to create your own Alsatian Flammkuchen; observe a traditional glassblower; attend lectures on Germany’s current affairs & origins of Rhine River cruising
    • All port charges
    • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Meals: Dinner

Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, you may wish to visit the Anne Frank House.

Day 2: Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning we sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. You learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus you ent...

Day 3: Cologne, Germany

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Continue along the Rhine this morning; arrive in Cologne and disembark for a walking tour. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church, and spend some time inside Cologne’s Dom, a remarkable Gothic cathedral whose constru...

Day 4: Koblenz, Germany

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Proceed along the Rhine, disembarking to tour the 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and its museum. Enjoy an onboard lunch as you marvel at this scenic passage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where castles overlook the river from th...

Day 5: Heidelberg, Germany

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Cruise through the morning as you enjoy breakfast and the passing scenery. Arrive in Mannheim and disembark for a tour of Heidelberg to see Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Then, visit the beautiful sandstone ruin...

Day 6: Strasbourg, France

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We dock this morning in Kehl and disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city’s famed cathedral. The afternoon is free to further explore this Alsatian city’s blend o...

Day 7: Breisach, Germany

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Arrive in Breisach this morning, gateway to the Black Forest. Take a scenic excursion through the area’s renowned mountain landscape, Rolling Meadows and dense forests. Once there, visit a local workshop and see a cuckoo clock...

Day 8: Basel, Switzerland

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* or, extend your journey with 2 nights in Lucerne. Enjoy the scenic landscape of the Swiss Alps with a view from your hotel, situated on the banks of beautiful Lake Lucerne.

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Price From $2,056
Price per day$257
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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Viking River Cruises Reviews & Ratings

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For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full and air-inclusive packages paid in full, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket to Viking. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

 

Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $100 per person | 120-90 days is 15% of full fare | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-0 days is 100% of full fare.

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Meals Included

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners

Age Requirements
50 years and up
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