Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps

Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps

 Day 01: Amsterdam boasts 165 enchanting canals waiting for your exploration. Glide through these iconic waterways on a delightful canal cruise, or opt for a stroll through the charming Jordaan District while savoring Dutch delicacies at a historic cafe. Please be aware that your tour may be substituted with a Jordaan District Walking Tour, depending on where we dock. (B, L, D)

*Subject to substitution with Jordaan District Walking Tour based on docking location

Day 02: Discover Basel, Switzerland’s vibrant third-largest city, renowned for its historical significance in academia, finance, and commerce. Immerse yourself in its rich heritage showcased through the medieval town hall, lively market square, and elegant 18th-century residences. Embark on a walking tour or guided bike expedition spanning Switzerland, France, and Germany, with ample time to experience Basel’s enchanting Christmas Markets. Alternatively, indulge in a full-day trip to Lake Lucerne, famed for its poignant Lion Monument honoring fallen Swiss Guards, or opt for a leisurely afternoon by the lake, exploring its ancient fortifications and festive markets. Whichever adventure you choose, prepare for an unforgettable journey. (B, L, D)

Day 03: Embark on a delightful journey to Cologne, where you’ll delve into the captivating charm of the Old Town. Explore iconic landmarks like the Cologne Rathaus, Fishmarkt, and the impressive Great St. Martin Church. Conclude your tour with a taste of the renowned Kölsch beer at a local tavern. Alternatively, discover the rich history and architectural grandeur of the Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Gothic masterpiece, standing tall since the 13th century, withstood the ravages of World War II. For the adventurous, hop on a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B, L, D)

Day 04: Embark on an adventure from Ludwigshafen with a selection of four unique excursions. Journey to Heidelberg, a beautifully preserved medieval town nestled along Germany’s Castle Road. Explore the famous red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and the immense Great Vat, a colossal 18th-century wine barrel. Dive into the festive atmosphere of the Christmas Markets or opt for an active hike along the Philosopher’s Path for breathtaking city views. Alternatively, explore Speyer, boasting Europe’s largest Romanesque cathedral and the historic Old Gate. Delve into history at the Technik Museum or pedal along the Neckar River to Ladenburg’s medieval center. Conclude your day with a delightful wine tasting in Rüdesheim or savor the unique Rüdesheimer coffee made with brandy and whipped cream. (B, L, D)

Day 05: Experience the enchanting melodies of Siegfried’s Mechanical Instrument Cabinet, housing a mesmerizing array of self-playing musical instruments. Take in panoramic vistas as you glide over vineyards in a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. Afterward, immerse yourself in the town’s charm, exploring the lively Drosselgasse and festive Christmas Markets. Opt for an active adventure with a hike through scenic vineyards or a guided bike tour along the picturesque Rhine River. Later, cruise through the UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, marveling at its breathtaking beauty before a special evening visit to Lahneck Castle in Lahnstein. (B, L, D)

Day 06: Experience the unique blend of French and German influences in Strasbourg, located on the border between the two nations. Embark on a panoramic journey, passing by landmarks like the Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament, and the Place de la République. Explore the enchanting “La Petite France” district, reminiscent of a storybook setting. Stroll through quaint streets, marveling at the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame and its renowned astronomical clock. Enjoy free time to explore the Christmas markets. Alternatively, opt for a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. Later, venture to the charming town of Gengenbach, known for its picturesque streets lined with half-timbered houses. Indulge in the festive atmosphere of the Gengenbach Christmas Market, centered around the historic 18th-century town hall. (B, L, D)

Day 07: Set sail from Basel to begin your adventure on a Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps voyage. (B, D)

Day 08: Say goodbye to Amsterdam as you get ready to board your flight back home.

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