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Days 1: Embark Basel: You embark in the afternoon. Later you ship departs Switzerland headed to France.
Day 2: Strasbourg, France:This morning your ship will have reached Strasbourg , the ancient capital of Alsace and one of Europe’s most attractive cities. After breakfast, take an included guided tour of the city. See the European Parliament building and enjoy a guided tour of the inside of the vast and famous cathedral (which features carvings as delicate as any piece of lacework). The richness and sheer density of Strasbourg’s historic buildings have led to the entire city centre being adopted as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Strasbourg is definitely well worth visiting for the combination of its history, its cuisine and its unique atmosphere.. In the afternoon there’ll be our “Alsace and wine” optional excursion, during which you’ll drive through the picturesque landscape and romantic wine villages along parts of the famous Alsace wine route. The tour includes a visit to a vineyard and a wine tasting session. Those on the excursion return to Strasbourg for dinner, after which the ship casts off for the last time on this cruise, heading to Germany.
Day 3: Speyer & Heidelberg, Germany: This morning the vessel docks at in Speyer. This old imperial city on the Rhine has had a rich and turbulent past. Religious architecture steeped in history, impressive facades of various styles, winding alleys and romantic squares characterize it. The included guided walk includes a look at the old city gate and the Jewish baths. After the tour you cruise while over lunch towards Mannheim. Mannheim is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Neckar. Unusually for Germany, the city’s centre is laid out in a North-American grid pattern (called Quadrate in German), so it’s sometimes referred to as the Quadratestadt. After lunch you take your included tour of Heidelberg. Known for its famous red-walled 16th-century castle. With its picture-postcard houses and maze of roofs, Heidelberg represents the essence of German Romanticism. In the evening the vessel heads off towards Koblenz. On this penultimate evening of your cruise the captain welcomes all the passengers to a special dinner.
Day 4: Ruedesheim & Koblenz, Germany: Wake up in Ruedesheim. where you can spend a pleasant evening in the town’s Drosselgasse, a pedestrian street lined with shops and taverns. There’ll be an included walking tour of the town including a visit to Siegfried’s Music Museum, where all kinds of mechanical musical instruments from barrel organs and music boxes to horn gramophones are displayed. Afterwards board your ship and cruise through the glorious central stretch of the Rhine valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, passing charming villages, many castles and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Later this afternoon you arrive in Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. An optional walking tour shows you the highlights of this 2000-year old city, surrounded by picturesque riverside scenery and backed by four low mountain ranges. Its abundance of cultural monuments and historic buildings, its narrow lanes and alleyways, and the relaxed and happy atmosphere of its squares and river promenades make Koblenz a friendly place where tourists feel right at home. You will have until after midnight here to enjoy the town.
Day 5: Cochem, Germany: The day is spent enjoying Cochem. This amazingly quaint village is sure to delight you. The historic homes and the stream running though the city only add to the charm. If you like you can take an optional walking tour of the village. This includes, among other sights, Cochem’s fine medieval town gate and market place and a visit to a tavern for a wine tasting session. Be sure to try the specialty sweets the city has to offer. Later it’s back to the ship for dinner and an evening departure.
Day 6: Cologne & Dusseldorf Germany: After breakfast the vessel docks in Cologne. Your included tour of Cologne’s most important sights, namely its central old quarter, the cathedral, the town hall, the Guerzenich, the city walls and gate, churches and historic squares. From the bank of the Rhine there’s a fine view of the entire old quarter after which you visit the cathedral, which is Cologne’s icon and Germany’s largest cathedral. Its art treasures include a shrine housing the relics of the 3 holy kings. Afterwards board your ship for a lunch time cruise to Dusseldorf. On your arrival enjoy an included tour of Düsseldorf, the centre of the great Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. This is certainly a city of remarkable contrasts. Bars and pubs line narrow old streets just minutes away from the super-chic boutiques of Düsseldorf’s spacious, tree-lined Königsallee, while sheep graze in lush meadows close to the city’s recently-redeveloped industrial port.
Day 7: Volendam/Amsterdam: This morning the vessel docks in the little fishing village of Volendam, Holland. After breakfast you will take an included city tour of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. On your tour you’ll drive past the city’s most important buildings and monuments and learn much about its vivid history before enjoying the very popular attraction of cruising through its canals. Afterwards continue on to "Holland Waterland" excursion starts here with a short stroll through the town before boarding a coach and driving out to Edam and visiting a dairy specializing in local Dutch cheeses. You rejoin the ship before dinner. Tonight you have a typical Dutch folklore group will perform. The ship remains moored overnight in Amsterdam.
Day 8 At leisure this morning you disembarkation. Breakfast is included today. End of the program.
B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner