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On select sailings for double occupancy reservations booked and deposited by June 30, 2018.

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Rhine River Wine Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel

8 Day/ 7 Nights Cruise through The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland

The captivating Rhine stands out as one of the world's most historic and beautiful rivers. The Rhine and its main tributaries, the Moselle and Main, have created a wine lovers paradise. The slate soil combined with a semi-continental climate have proven to be a recipe for wine-growing success for the Rheingau vineyards, yielding high-quality white wine varieties, and some fine reds.

Itinerary

DAY 1    Amsterdam - Welcome Aboard Wine Toast
Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. Join fellow guests for a  welcome aboard wine toast. (D)

DAY 2    Amsterdam - City tour and canal cruise
Get acquainted with Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise, where you will see the beautiful wooden Skinny Bridge and Anne Frank's House. Continue on with a walk to the Begijnhof and be charmed by its Middle Age buildings followed by a city tour that includes the Royal Palace and Westerkerk. Later in the day, enjoy scenic cruising. (B,L,D)

DAY 3    Cologne  

·        Holy City & Cathedral walking tour or Cologne bike tour or Kölsch beer tasting

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and Reibekuchen, potato pancakes typically served with apple sauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)

DAY 4    Rhine Gorge - Scenic cruising past Rhine castles

·        Rüdesheim Wine tasting, or Gondola Ride or Rheingau bike tour

·        Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum or Rüdesheimer coffee

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Wine connoisseurs will want to go on a walking tour through the vineyards where you’ll stop to sample wines at three different tasting stations. Or choose to drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. For a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)

DAY 5    Ludwigshafen   

·        Heidelberg excursion or Heidelberg Philosopher’s hike or Speyer excursion

You'll have a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher's Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate. (B,L,D)

DAY 6    Strasbourg         

·        City tour or Old town bike tour

·        Alsatian wine tasting

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, has flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location, which you'll get to discover. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République followed by a walking tour through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. You'll also see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. The active adventurer can join a guided bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l’Orangerie. Later in the afternoon, be treated to a special Alsatian wine tasting of some of the region’s most delicious and notable wine. Discover how the Vosges Mountains provide the Alsace with ideal wine making conditions, and as such, Alsatian wines are not only delightful on the palate, but they’re also highly praised for their fragrant aromas, ranging from bright and fruity to crisp and spicy. (B,L,D)

DAY 7    Breisach             

·        Riquewihr and wine tasting or Freiburg and wine tasting or Breisach bike tour

Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr. Having survived WWII without being badly damaged, this charming medieval hamlet looks much like it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture and surrounding vineyards as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate; afterwards, take part in a wine tasting of some of the regions’ famous Alsatian wines. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the countryside. (B,L,D)

DAY 8    Basel    

·        Disembark after breakfast. (B)

 Map of Rhine River Cruise Amsterdam to Basel 8 Days

 Included in the Cruise

·        7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)

·        Entertainment-on-demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language tv stations

·        Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area - bottled water replenished daily

·        Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track

·        Daily entertainment including cultural performances

·        All onboard dining in a variety of venues

·        Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients

·        The chef’s table specialty restaurant

·        Welcome cocktail, welcome dinner, captain's cocktail and gala dinner

·        La chaîne des rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience

·        Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

·        Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast

·        Sip & sail daily cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks

·        Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the main lounge

·        Immersive tours in every destination - gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options

·        Airport transfers

Notes

·        Important dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

·        Port charges not included in cruise price$168 per person.

·        Single supplement for cruise is 50% of twin price; suites are 100% of twin price.

·        Single supplement for land$640 per person.

·        Bedding please select either a) or b) bedding configuration at the time of booking:

a)      two twin beds option

b)     one large bed (larger than queen size)

 Price

Embarkation Description Special Price Per Person USD
17-Nov-18 7 Night Rhine Wine Cruise - Amsterdam to Basel
FREE AIR FROM SELECT GATEWAYS
$2,799

Terms & conditions

All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply.

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 Free airfare terms & conditions

All rates are per person (pp) in USD based on double occupancy in a base category stateroom unless stated otherwise. FREE AIRFARE is valid on select sailings for new double occupancy reservations booked and deposited between May 1 - June 30, 2018. FREE AIRFARE promotion is based on round-trip, trans-Atlantic economy-class airfare departing from select gateways as published (based on availability). FREE AIRFARE promotion includes base ticket price, fuel surcharges, taxes and roundtrip airport transfers between the airport and ship and/or hotel for services purchased through us for a published itinerary only. FREE AIRFARE promotion is not applicable to triple/child fares. The deposit requirement for this Free Air promotion is $750 per person, $550 of which is non-refundable. Guest(s) must pay full brochure (published) fare for all itinerary components in order qualify. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of carrier and are published approximately 75 days prior to departure or sooner. Custom itineraries, itinerary requests and schedule deviations are not accepted on this promotion. Air carrier and flight schedule will be confirmed by carriers and cannot be substituted. No recourse available for those who wish to change or cancel their selected flight schedules. Additional luggage fees and other ancillary charges imposed by the carrier will apply and can be found on the carrier’s website on or after the release of the flight schedule. FREE AIRFARE not combinable with Solo Traveler Program bookings or any other promotions/discounts. Stateroom upgrades, land programs, port charges, visas, airfare and gratuities are additional. Other restrictions apply. Offer is capacity-controlled and subject to modification, reduction or withdrawal without notice.

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