Excursions and wine with dinner included on this cruise along the River Rhine. Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the River Rhine aboard one of our wonderful 5-star ships. Sit back and take in the ever-changing scenery as we sail past medieval towns fairytale castles surrounded by lush vineyards.
- Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 1 - Eurostar and First Class rail to Amsterdam
Depart St Pancras International by Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class, with a light meal and drinks served on board. Change trains in Brussels and continue by First Class rail to Amsterdam. Here board the superb 5-star ship for the fantastic seven-night cruise. Once your cruise begins, the pace of the holiday is set by you alone; you may wish to take part in the included shore excursions, explore independently, or simply take it easy and enjoy the facilities on board. This evening enjoy a welcome cocktail and gala dinner on board.
Day 2 - Amsterdam
Your excursion this morning takes you on a fascinating tour of Amsterdam, exploring the hidden gems of Holland's capital. Admire the gabled buildings, merchant houses and quaint bridges on the guided tour and canal cruise. You pass many of the 17th century merchant warehouses so characteristic of the city, cruising under several of the canal's bridges before returning to the ship for lunch. This afternoon you begin cruising towards Germany.
Day 3 - Cologne
Spend your day in the magnificent city of Cologne. Boasting many museums and Romanesque churches, and also a pleasant Old Town between the Alter Markt and the Rhine. Enjoy a walking tour of Cologne which includes the city's historic streets, elegant squares and medieval churches - and a visit to the impressive Gothic cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site which stands out as the city's most famous landmark.
Day 4 - Rüdesheim
Cruise past the timeless scenery of hilltop castles and the legendary Lorelei Rock of the Rhine Gorge, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Your destination is one of the Rhine Valley's most popular wine towns, Rüdesheim. Take a stroll along the world-renowned Drosselgasse - a street lined with traditional pubs and wine cellars. Enjoy a wine tasting to sample the terrific locally produced wines and also visit Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet, the town's famous museum for mechanical music instruments. Alternatively, you may wish to take the cable car (not included) high up over the vineyards for a wonderful view of the town and the Rhine.
Day 5 - Speyer or Heidelberg
Arrive in Speyer and from here travel by coach to historic Heidelberg, one of Germany's most attractive towns, which lies below its protective castle on the River Neckar. The castle dominates the town's skyline and, after falling into disrepair over the centuries, is now restored to its former glory. The picturesque Old Town, or Altstadt, contains many fine old buildings and a bustling market. Alternatively, you may wish to remain in Speyer, an imperial city with a famous Romanesque cathedral. The excursion here gives you chance to see the highlights of Speyer including its cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site that celebrated its 950th anniversary in 2011 and which is well known as the final resting place of eight German emperors and kings.
Day 6 - Strasbourg
Today you have the opportunity to explore Strasbourg. The city has changed hands several times and both German and French influences can be seen in abundance. Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Strasbourg, which takes you past the Orangery, the European Parliament and Place de la République. Then discover the area known as 'La Petite France' on a walking tour which leads us to the city's Gothic cathedral.
Day 7 - Breisach
Arrive in Breisach, a fortified hill town at the Rhine's edge. You have the option to join one of three shore excursions. You could join a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque wine-producing town filled with charming 16th century buildings. You could instead take a combined walking tour of Breisach and Freiburg, or enjoy a guided bicycle tour of Breisach.
Day 8 - Basel and Luxembourg
Wake up in Basel, where you disembark and take a guided tour of this beautiful Swiss city that stands at the point where Switzerland, France and Germany meet, and provides Switzerland with its only navigable outlet to the sea. After your city tour of Basel join the train to Luxembourg. Overnight here at the Grand Hotel Mercure Alfa.
Day 9 - Journey Home
Your journey home continues today as you travel by First Class rail to Brussels, where you board the Eurostar to London, enjoying a light meal and drinks on board.