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Cruising the Rhine: Castles, Alps, and European Charm

Embark on a captivating Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps cruise and discover the beauty and history of the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland. From Amsterdam's picturesque canals to Cologne's UNESCO-designated cathedral, and the stunning Rhine Gorge, to the charming city of Strasbourg, this itinerary is filled with iconic landmarks, guided tours, and exciting activities. Savor local cuisine and beverages, hike through scenic vineyards, bike along the Rhine River, and explore medieval towns. In Basel, Switzerland's third-largest city, visit the medieval town hall, richly decorated market square, and exquisite patrician homes. This unforgettable journey ends with a visit to Lucerne, where you can see the Lion Monument and medieval walls and towers. Experience the best of Europe on this fascinating river cruise.

Countries: France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland


Amsterdam, Netherlands
Embarkation in Amsterdam (Dinner)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Canal Cruise, Set Sail from Amsterdam (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Cologne, Germany
Guided Tour of Cologne, including Cologne Cathedral and Cologne Rathaus; Local Tavern Visit to taste Kölsch beer and reibekuchen mit apfelmus; Guided Bike Ride (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Rüdesheim, Germany
Cruise through Rhine Gorge; Wine Tasting in Rüdesheim; Niederwalddenkmal Gondola Ride; Hike or Guided Bike Tour in Rüdesheim; Visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or Taste Rüdesheimer coffee (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Choice of Four Excursions: Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat Visit or Guided Hike up Philosopher's Path; Speyer Visit; River Neckar Bike Ride to Ladenburg Visit; Free Time (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Strasbourg, France
Panoramic Tour of Strasbourg, "La Petite France" District Walk, Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame Visit; Guided Bike Ride (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Basel, Switzerland
Basel City Tour or Guided Bike Tour; Full-Day Excursion to Lucerne; Lion Monument and Medieval Walls and Towers Visit (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Basel, Switzerland
Disembarkation in Basel, Switzerland (Breakfast)


Day 01

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Known for its picturesque canals, vibrant nightlife, and world-class museums. Some of the must-see landmarks include the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Royal Palace of Amsterdam.

Day 03

Cologne, Germany

Famous for its stunning Gothic cathedral, the Cologne Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other notable landmarks include the Cologne Rathaus (town hall), the Hohenzollern Bridge, and the Cologne Chocolate Museum.

Day 05

Ludwigshafen, Germany

Gateway to Heidelberg, a medieval city famous for its castle and the Great Vat, an enormous wine cask. Other notable landmarks in Heidelberg include the Heidelberg University Library and the Philosopher's Walk, which offers panoramic views of the city.

Day 07

Basel, Switzerland

Picturesque Swiss city located on the Rhine River. Notable landmarks include the Basel Minster, the Basel Historical Museum, and the Kunstmuseum Basel, which houses a world-renowned collection of art.

Day 02

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Take a canal cruise and admire the city's stunning architecture and scenic waterways.

Day 04

Rüdesheim, Germany

Charming winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge. Famous landmarks include the Niederwalddenkmal monument, which offers stunning views of the surrounding vineyards, and Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, which houses an impressive collection of self-playing musical instruments.

Day 06

Strasbourg, France

A city located on the border between France and Germany, and its architecture and cuisine reflect both cultures. Famous landmarks include the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame, with its famous astronomical clock, and the picturesque La Petite France district.

Day 08

Basel, Switzerland

Bid farewell to Basel and prepare for your flight home.

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