CLASSICAL RHINE CRUISE & TOUR
Discover the many beautiful facets of ‘Father Rhine’ during this seven-night luxury cruise along one of the most scenic rivers in Europe. Along the way you will pass the Dutch Ijsselmeer and take a detour along the winding Moselle River. Delight in the panorama of the Middle Rhine Valley with its winelands, the prominent Lorelei Rock, and enjoy gazing at castles and fortresses as you cruise. Visit the picturesque cities of Basel, Amsterdam, Cologne and Strasbourg.
Aboard the Premium ship, Amadeus Silver II, enjoy free flowing beer and wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, and special onboard entertainment including cooking demonstrations, music and performances! Indulge in a stress-free travel experience as you cruise by the beautiful river-scapes of the Rhine.
Basel – Strasbourg – Speyer – Mannheim – Rudesheim – Koblenz – Cochem – Cologne – Hoorn – Amsterdam
* Roundtrip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Basel: one night 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Half-day city tour
• Amadeus River Cruises: seven nights sailing onboard MS Amadeus Silver II with meals (onboard the cruise only)
• Select shore excursions and beverage package included with onboard lunches and dinners with free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous regions, beer, coffee and tea
• Complimentary WiFi and bicycles onboard, cocktail reception, welcome dinner and Captain’s gala dinner
• Amsterdam: two nights 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Full-day city tour with Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All transfers, taxes and gratuities***
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DAY 1 | Oct. 29, 2019 | Toronto/Vancouver - Basel
Board your overnight flight to Basel.
DAY 2 | Oct. 30, 2019 | Basel
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in.
Enjoy a half day walking tour of Old Town in the afternoon.
Accommodation at Novotel Basel City (1 night)
DAY 3 | Oct. 31, 2019 | Basel (B, D)
After breakfast, your morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, you will transfer to the pier to board your 7-night luxury river cruise onboard Amadeus Silver II.
After embarking, you can explore your Amadeus ship and meet the cruise director on board at a welcome cocktail. Your floating hotel departs for Strasbourg shortly before the welcome dinner on board.
Ship departs at 5 p.m.
Accommodation onboard Amadeus Silver II (7 nights)
DAY 4 | Nov. 1, 2019 | Strasbourg (B, L, D)
During the night, your ship leaves Switzerland and follows the Rhine into the Alsace region in the south of France. During breakfast, arrive in Strasbourg – a city known not only for its romantic old town, but also for the numerous important European institutions housed there. In the morning, explore the city as part of an organised tour. You will enjoy a detour to the countryside, particularly along the famous wine route, where the quaint winegrowing villages will delight wine-lovers and the general public alike. Late tonight, your ship departs for Germany.
DAY 5 | Nov. 2, 2019 | Speyer - Mannheim (B, L, D)
Before breakfast, arrive in the Rhineland-Palatinate town of Speyer, which played an important role in the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. Your ship remains here until lunchtime, offering time to explore this historic destination. Your trip continues for roughly 25 kilometres towards Mannheim, our next stop along the picturesque Rhine for the remainder of the day. This young city is best explored with an extended walk, and you will also enjoy an excursion to the nearby city of Heidelberg, which boasts a beautiful Baroque old town. Late at night, your ship continues in the direction of Rüdesheim.
DAY 6 | Nov. 3, 2019 | Rudesheim - Koblenz (B, L, D)
Two charming stops await you today. In the morning, arrive in Rüdesheim, a town well known for its wine-making, especially Reisling wines. Nearby, Siegried's Mechanical Music Cabinet with its historic automated musical instruments is a delight. Your Amadeus ship will depart punctually at lunchtime, to cruise the most beautiful section of the river – the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The view from the sun deck, of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei, is sure to be a highlight of your cruise. Shortly thereafter, we arrive in Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful towns, where you can end the day with a leisurely stroll through the city.
DAY 7 | Nov. 4, 2019 | Cochem (B, L, D)
The vessel departs Koblenz in the early hours, and makes a detour along the Mosel River to the most romantic part of the valley and the little town of Cochem. The magnificent Reichsburg castle is situated high above the town, dominating the landscape. Down below, the village with its narrow streets, half timbered houses, and numerous restaurants are an ideal setting to taste the wines of the region. Back on board, dinner is served as the journey continues to Cologne.
DAY 8 | Nov. 5, 2019 | Cologne (B, L, D)
The morning is dedicated to the fascinating city of Cologne, which has over a million inhabitants. You can expect a young, vibrant metropolis with a rich cultural history and many world-famous sights, in particular the famous Cologne Cathedral. A city tour here is a must for everyone with a cultural bent. After lunch, your floating hotel departs Cologne. The afternoon is spent on board and in the evening, the captain invites you to a festive Gala Dinner, full of wonderful regional dishes.
DAY 9 | Nov. 6, 2019 | Hoorn - Amsterdam (B, L, D)
By lunchtime you will have crossed yet another country border to arrive in the Dutch town of Hoorn. This picturesque village is a jumping off point for your overland trip to Amsterdam. For those remaining onboard, discover the beauty of the Dutch Waterways as the ship glides toward the capital city of the Netherlands, where it will remain docked for the evening.
DAY 10 | Nov. 7, 2019 | Amsterdam (B)
After breakfast, disembark your cruise. Transfer to your hotel for check in.
Accommodation at Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre (2 nights)
DAY 11 | Nov. 8, 2019 | Amsterdam (B)
Enjoy a full -day Amsterdam city tour including visits to Anne Frank’s house, a canal ride and entrance to the Rijksmuseum. The bestselling book “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl” brought to life one of the greatest horrors of the 20th century in a compelling, personal way. In the true story, a young Jewish girl, her family, and some friends are forced into hiding in Amsterdam to escape the Nazis during World War II. The house that served as the Frank family’s hiding place for two years survived the war and is now a moving museum, with the primary site being the achterhuis (rear house), also known as the secret annex. Enjoy a canal ride and then visit Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, the largest and most visited art museum in the Netherlands. Its collection, which ranks among the world’s finest, includes nearly 8,000 pieces spread over 80 galleries. Some of the Rijksmuseum’s most revered works are 15th- to 19th-century paintings by Flemish and Dutch masters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals. In addition to the astounding eight centuries of Dutch art and history, the museum has extensive outdoor gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
DAY 12 | Nov. 9, 2019 | Amsterdam - Toronto/Vancouver (B)
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your flight home.
*CDN$ p.p. dbl. occ. Taxes included. Based on an outside stateroom with window cat. C1 Haydn Deck. Upgrade to a balcony stateroom cat. B1 Strauss Deck: $700. Upgrade to a balcony stateroom cat. A1 Mozart Deck: $995. Upgrade to a suite stateroom Mozart Deck: $1,500. Airfare available from most Canadian airports, please enquire. **Minimum 16 passengers required for a Merit Travel tour host. ***Gratuities are included onboard the cruise. Amadeus River Cruises T&C’s: A non-refundable deposit of 10% of the package price, is required at time of booking. Final payment is due 121 days before departure. Cancellation penalties: 121 days and more, 10% of the total tour cost. 120-90 days, 50% of the total tour cost. 89-60 days, 80% of the total tour cost. Less then 60 days 100% of the total tour cost. Full terms and conditions are available.
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