Rhine Getaway– Holland, Germany –8 days / 7 nights, Amsterdam - Kinderdijk - Cologne - Rüdesheim - Heidelberg - Strasbourg - Breisach - BaselRhine Getaway from Amsterdam to Basel with river-view stateroom. Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and all the highlights of the legendary Rhine River on this 8-day cruise. You will see the many charming castles that command the riverbanks as you sail through Germany. 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.
|Operation||March 23 - December 30, 2016|
|Departure||Amsterdam to Basel
Viking Longship Idi: Mar 23; Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19; Nov 2
Viking Longship Mani: Mar 25; Apr 8, 22; May 6; Jun 3, 17; Jul 1, 15, 29; Aug 12, 26; Sep 9, 23; Oct 7, 21; Nov 4, 18; Dec 2, 16
Viking Longship Egil: Mar 27; Apr 10
Viking Longship Kara: Mar 27; Apr 10, 24; May 8, 22; Jun 5, 19; Jul 3, 17, 31; Aug 14, 28; Sep 11, 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6
Viking Longship Kvasir: Mar 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26
Viking Longship Eir: Apr 1, 15, 29; May 13, 27; Jun 10, 24; Jul 8, 22; Aug 5, 19; Sep 2, 16, 30; Oct 14, 28; Nov 11, 25; Dec 9, 23
Viking Longship Ve: Apr 8
Viking Longship Alsvin: Apr 9
Viking Longship Alruna: Apr 16, 30; May 14, 28; Jun 11, 25; Jul 9, 23; Aug 6, 20; Sep 3, 17; Oct 1, 15, 29
Viking Longship Tialfi: Apr 23; May 7, 21; Jun 4, 18; Jul 2, 16, 30; Aug 13, 27; Sep 10, 24; Oct 8, 22
|Price||from $2,156 per person, Standard Stateroom F
Up to Free Airfare, Cat D & Above
Offer expires January 31, 2016
|Included||8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
6 guided tours with audio headset
All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners, including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner and Captain's Farewell Dinner
Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
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 /
Lectures on Germany's current affairs & origins of Rhine River cruising
All port charges
Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
|Not Included||International airfare
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Cruise also available in reverse order, Basel - Amsterdam|
|Tour Options||2 night Pre-Extension Amsterdam, from $499 per person
2-night post-extension Lucerne, from $599 per person
|More Information||Rhine Getaway map|
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Day 1 AMSTERDAM (D) Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, the afternoon is yours to explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits and you are interested, you may wish to visit the Anne Frank House.
Day 2 KINDERDIJK - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B, L, D) 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 enter an actual working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Return aboard for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and try your hand at sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). Cruise through the night.
Day 3 COLOGNE - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B, L, D) 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 construction was begun in 1248 and which was only completed in 1880. Explore the dockside taverns, cafés and shops on your own—as always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served aboard and we remain docked until late evening.
Day 4 KOBLENZ - RÜDESHEIM - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B, L, D) Proceed along the Rhine, disembarking to tour 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and its museum. Lunch aboard as you enjoy this scenic passage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where castles overlook the river from their hilltop locations.
Arrive in Rüdesheim in the late afternoon. Spend free time in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars—dine aboard or in town if you prefer. Ship departs after midnight.
Day 5 HEIDELBEG - SPEYER - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B, L, D) Cruise through the morning enjoying brunch and the passing scenery. Arrive in Mannheim and disembark for a journey to Heidelberg to see Germany's oldest university, founded in 1386. Then visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle, and take in the scenery of the Neckar River Valley and the city's many red rooftops from its hilltop location. Continue with a walking tour through the Old Town to Heidelberg's renowned gates.
Rejoin your ship in Speyer this afternoon and take some time to look around. You dock in full view of the imposing Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 11th century on the site of a former basilica, the building's design was highly influential upon Romanesque architecture for centuries to come, and is the final resting place of eight German monarchs. Its soaring interior features graceful rows of sandstone columns and a large stained-glass window installed in the western facade during a later Gothic period. (B, L, D)
Day 6 STRASSBURG - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B, L, D) 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 of French and German cultures—fabulous churches, medieval covered bridges, beautiful parks and some lovely Art Nouveau and modernist architecture. Dine aboard and enjoy free time this evening in the quaint little city of Kehl.
Day 7 BREISACH (B, L, D) After cruising through the night you arrive during breakfast in Breisach, 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-making demonstration. Return to Breisach for some free time before an early evening departure. Or, choose an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar. Dine aboard while you cruise on to Basel, arriving around midnight.
Day 8 BASEL (B) 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. (B)
**Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased with river cruise.