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The Romantic Rhine: Amsterdam to Basel

Priced From $5,990 per person

8 Days  | 7 Nights

EXCLUSIVELY INCLUSIVE RIVER CRUISING

Along the river Rhine… where mountains rise abruptly from the water’s edge, ancient castles perch aloft, keeping watch over comings and goings, gentle valleys and ancient winelands lure, spas give respite, cathedrals speak to powerful times, plains and woods catch the eye, and a river travels, connecting centuries of history, cities of the arts and crossroads of thought.

Private family-style farm-to-table dinner in the country at the Ecolut-Center, dedicated to forest sustainability

Tauck Exclusive: Dinner and entertainment at Schloss Ehreshoven, a German castle dating back to the 15th century

Tauck Value Includes:  All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director All private Tauck shore excursions and distinctive inclusions – $1,722 Value Value Choices of bicycle excursions in Strasbourg & Koblenz Scenic sailing through the historic castles & winelands of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Private family-style farm-to-table dinner in the country at the Ecolut-Center, dedicated to forest sustainability Sightseeing in Koblenz or bicycling along the Rhine River through forest and winelands Visit to the Alsatian cultural capital of Strasbourg In the Black Forest spa town of Baden-Baden, a walking tour or a world-class spa visit Climbing to Mt. Pilatus on the world’s steepest cogwheel train or a wine tasting in the Alsatian hills Visits to Speyer’s Cathedral & Technik Museum or Heidelberg’s famed hillside castle Explorations in Köln (Cologne) & Basel – contemporary cities rich with Rhine history & art Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks Airport transfers arrival and departure as noted 20 meals; service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges.

Why take a River Cruise? https://www.tauck.com/river-cruises/why-take-a-river-cruise

Trip operated by our partner: Tauck

DAY 1:  Arrive Amsterdam & embark riverboat Tour begins: 5:30 PM, Amsterdam. A transfer is included from Schiphol International Airport or Amsterdam Centraal Station to your riverboat; check-in time aboard ship is 4:00 PM for all guests. After a discovery briefing where you’ll hear about your river travels ahead, please join us for a welcome reception followed by dinner aboard your riverboat to celebrate the start of a fantastic journey.

MEALS: Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Tauck Ship

DAY 2:  Amsterdam’s canals, the Rijksmuseum & more In a city indelibly linked to water, it’s fitting that your day begins with a cruise on its 17th-century grachten (canals) which fan out in crescent-shaped rings from the northern waterfront. On the drive to board your canal boat, you’ll get an orientation to the city, which at its heart feels more like a village than the compact center of a cosmopolitan city. Landmarks include Centraal Station, built at the end of the 19th century and still a place in constant motion – with people, bicycles, trams and buses; De Waag (Weigh House), once a fortified gate that today houses a popular outdoor café; and the Mint Tower, a gate in the city wall (circa 1400) that marks the intersection of two canals, tram paths, a pedestrianonly shopping street, and the city flower market – an ever busy, ever interesting crossroads. Aboard the canal boat, you’ll glide beneath curved bridges carrying walkers and cyclists – sometimes trams and cars – and by narrow merchant homes, whose goods were once pragmatically stored on the upper floors. After a guided visit to the famed Rijksmuseum – home to many works by Rembrandt and other old Dutch Masters – a drive to the old university town of Utrecht brings you back to your riverboat, and cruising through the idyllic Dutch countryside begins!

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Tauck Ship

DAY 3:  A day in Köln & exclusive evening at Schloss Ehreshoven 4 Overnight your riverboat crosses into Germany; after a full morning of cruising and lunch onboard, you’ll arrive in Köln (Cologne), a city made a capital of a Roman province in 50 AD. Sightseeing begins with a guided tour of the immense twin-towered Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), whose construction took a mere six centuries. Completed in 1880, UNESCO declared this Gothic “Dom” a World Heritage Site in 1995, recognizing its cultural value as “a testament to the longevity of faith.” You’ll explore this intimately scaled city by coach and on a walking tour. Following a bit of free time, travel to a Tauck Exclusive private evening featuring a cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment at Schloss Ehreshoven, a German castle dating back to the 15th century. Built in the 14th century and later expanded in the style of a grand Baroque manor house, the estate is surrounded by a moat, landscaped gardens, and a castle park. Schloss Ehreshoven is frequently used as a film location, but this evening it’s the elegant setting for a Tauck guests. Rejoin the riverboat tonight in Köln to continue your cruise.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Tauck Ship

DAY 4: Koblenz or bicycling along the Rhine Your riverboat arrives this morning in Koblenz. The city’s roots go back to the Middle Ages, when its location made it a powerful one as the controller of trade along these major waterways. You may choose a morning of guided exploration of Koblenz, or a bicycling excursion* along the Rhine-Lahn cycle path. If you choose to explore Koblenz, your orientation tour includes a walk to Deutsches Eck – the “German Corner,” where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet – and a visit to Aldstadt (Old Town), a mix of delightful town squares, tucked-away corners, medieval churches, baroque residences and cozy wine taverns. Should you choose to go bicycling (a countrywide passion in Germany), you’ll follow easy riverside trails through forest, meadows and Riesling winelands, taking in views of the passing pleasure boats and freighters. After lunch aboard the riverboat, the entire afternoon is spent cruising through the quiet Rhine River Valley, past small cities, churches, ancient walls and castles; enjoy dinner and other activities aboard the ship tonight.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Tauck Ship

EXCURSION CHOICES: Orientation Walk of Koblenz

EXCURSION CHOICES: Cycling Excursion Outside Koblenz

DAY 5:  Speyer or Heidelberg & its schloss Following a morning’s cruise, arrive in Speyer early in the afternoon – a town that thrived on river trade in the 10th and 11th centuries, when construction on its double-domed cathedral began. Today, you have a choice of exploring Speyer or Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg. If you choose Speyer, begin at the impressive Technik Museum – dedicated to every form of technology that moves, from vintage cars to the Russian BURAN space shuttle. Then walk to Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its natural glass windows and roof made entirely of stone. Or choose an excursion to Heidelberg, where narrow lanes, shops and pubs housed in 17th-century structures in the Altstadt are kept lively by the cadence of student life. Visit the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle, of which Mark Twain wrote in A Tramp Abroad; the schloss is an imposing ensemble of buildings from different architectural periods; from its terrace and gardens, the sweeping views impress along with the feel of 600 years of history. Return to the ship for a cocktail reception followed by the Chef’s Signature Dinner onboard.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Tauck Ship

EXCURSION CHOICES: Guided Visit to Heidelberg Castle

EXCURSION CHOICES: Speyer and Technik Museum

DAY 6:  Sights of Strasbourg & Baden-Baden You’ll wake docked on the Rhine this morning, surrounded by the hills of southern Alsace, many checkered with vineyards. The day begins in the Alsatian cultural capital of Strasbourg, France. It is home to the charming canals and half-timbered houses of La Petite France, stately city residences, a Gothic cathedral, and plenty of winstubs, traditional Alsatian beer pubs. After a morning of sightseeing in Strasbourg, you may choose to stay in town to explore on your own or travel to the German spa resort town of Baden-Baden, on the edge of the Black Forest – where you can either take a walking tour then enjoy free time in this famed spa town, or visit Caracalla Spa, a day devoted to wellness and relaxation. The spa resembles a glass temple, with facilities that include whirlpools, waterfalls, countercurrent pools, massage jets and turquoise pools of warm water sourced from natural springs. Add in a sauna complex with both hot and cold rooms (some wellness treatments at additional cost) and you’ll feel re-energized at the end of your visit. Return to the ship for dinner and an evening of cruising. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Tauck Ship

DAY 7:  Lucerne & Mt. Pilatus or Alsace wine tasting A choice of excursions await you today upon your arrival in Switzerland, commonly referred to as “the Playground of Europe.” On one, you’ll head out for the heights of Mt. Pilatus aboard a gondola, climbing from Kriens to the very top (Oberhaupt) – nearly 7,000 ft. high; return via Alpnachstad, at the edge of Lake Lucerne, aboard the world’s steepest cogwheel train and enjoy an orientation tour of Lucerne, Switzerland’s “City of Lights.” Alternatively, you may prefer the pleasures of lunch and a wine tasting along the Alsatian wine route. If so, you’ll head to Château Haut-Koenigsbourg, originally built in the 1200s. Burned, abandoned and restored to its former glory in 1899, the castle presents a picture of a mountain fortress of the Middle Ages; after your visit, head to the French Alsatian town of Riquewihr for lunch and a wine tasting. Regardless of your choice, your day ends in Basel – a major crossroads of travel and thought since the 15th century. An orientation tour reveals parks, museums, galleries, and restaurants; the Rhine Promenade; 14th-century Münster Cathedral; and modern buildings by architects like Frank Gehry and Yoshio Taniguchi. Join us this evening for the captain’s farewell reception followed by dinner aboard ship.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Tauck Ship

EXCURSION CHOICES: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus

EXCURSION CHOICES: Alsatian Wine Route

DAY 8:  Journey home Tour ends: Basel. Fly home anytime. Upon disembarking the riverboat (no later than 9:00 AM), transfers are included to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg or Basel’s SBB train station; guests can also transfer to Zürich Airport or Zurich Hauptbahnhof (train station). Please allow 3 hours for flight check-in.

MEALS: Breakfast

Tour Operated by Tauck Tours

Priced From $6,690 per person

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  • Traveler’s Name: First and last names as they appear on your passport 
  • Passport copy – Photo page(Passport must be valid for 6 months after return date)
  • Traveler’s Address
  • Email Address
  • Traveler’s Phone Number 
  • Tour Name and Departure Date
  • Purchasing Airline Tickets in Business or Coach class along with departure/return airports
  • Purchasing a travel protection plan
  • Emergency Contact Information: Please provide the name and phone number of a relative or friend (not traveling with you) whom we could contact during the tour in the unlikely event of an emergency
  • Certain travel partners mandate Covid vaccine and booster shots. This changes on an ongoing basis so please check with us at the time of booking.

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