The Rhine offers more than 1,000 years of history to explore, and a heritage of inspiring such notable visitors such as Goethe, Lord Byron, and William Turner, who all found inspiration for their artistic creations on the river. Traveling in Germany and Switzerland, see fairytale castles and picturesque medieval villages, breathtaking views of the spectacular Rhine Gorge, the beautiful Black Forest and majestic Swiss Alpine peaks.
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners including a welcome dinner and “Captain’s Dinner.” Packed lunches offered when enjoying full-day land tours.
Please note: On half of our departures, the cruise operates in reverse order, with the same stops and visits.
Arrive in Cologne and welcome aboard! Your suite will be ready by 5:00 pm. (D)
Spend the morning at leisure on board enjoying the spectacular river scenery and get to know your ship and fellow passengers. You’ll be cruising by the rolling hills of the Rhine Valley, seeing pretty waterfront towns and vineyards on the way to Koblenz. When you arrive in Koblenz, you can explore this Roman city with its stunning waterfront on our guided walking tour. (B, L, D)
Depart Koblenz and proceed along the Rhine. Sail past the impressive Marksburg Castle, a fortress dating back to the 13th century. Cruise along to see Boppard, a wonderfully picturesque town known as the “Pearl of the Rhine,” on the way to the dramatic Rhine Gorge as you marvel at the many ruined castles along the river. After lunch, arrive in Rüdesheim, a classic Rhine wine village. Enjoy a walking tour through the narrow streets of this charming town or join the optional visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musikkabinett Museum (payable locally). After dinner this evening perhaps sample a small Asbach – the famous brandy distilled in Rüdesheim. (B, L, D)
Sail downstream through the picturesque vineyards that are home to the Liebfraumilch wines. Arrive in historic Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, founded by the Celts. After lunch, enjoy a guided walking tour of this medieval gem with its ancient streets. See the breathtaking Romanesque Imperial Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the magnificent neo-Gothic Gedächtniskirche, built at the turn of the 20th century. (B, L, D)
Today arrive in France and drive by motorcoach to the center of Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region. Take a walking tour of its picturesque Old Town, bisected by canals and made up of a maze of narrow streets. See the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, multi-towered Ponts Couverts – covered bridges – and the pretty Petite France quarter of pastel-colored former artisans’ houses lining the canals. After the tour you might stop at a café to sample some local Riesling or Gewürztraminer wine. This evening is the “Captain’s Dinner,” featuring delicious specialties of the countries and regions visited during our cruise. (B, L, D)
Glide through the dramatic scenery of the valley separating the Vosges and Black Forest mountains. Arrive at the ancient town of Breisach, dominated by the impressive Saint Stephan’s Cathedral. In the afternoon, drive through some of Central Europe’s most stunning scenery – the Black Forest Mountains, a landscape filled with hills, waterfalls, and pine forests – to the lakeside village of Titisee. After lunch on board, explore historic Breisach. Enjoy dinner this evening en route to Switzerland. (B, L, D)
Drive by motorcoach to Lucerne, Switzerland’s most beautiful city, and enjoy some free time to explore. You might choose to stroll along the Chapel Bridge, a unique covered wooden walkway crossing the lake, and the city’s most iconic structure. In the afternoon, enjoy a rail journey into the stunning Bernese Oberland, with some of the finest mountain scenery in the world. See the snowcapped peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Ascend by mountain railway for more extraordinary vistas. Lunch onboard is not included on this full day excursion; however, the ship will offer a packed lunch. (B, L, D)
Your vacation ends this morning after breakfast; you are welcome to stay onboard for the morning, but you must check out of your cabin by 9 am.
MS Emily Bronte or MS Oscar Wilde
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*These tours operate in reverse order, with the same stops and visits as on the above itinerary.
All prices are cruise only, per person sharing. Call CIE Tours for information on the Single Room Supplement. Arrival and departure transfers available at additional cost.
**$150 per person air credit valid for new bookings on any of our 2020 River Cruises reserved June 7, 2019 – September 30, 2019. Use code: ERC2020. Air must be purchased with cruise through CIE Tours. Does not apply to groups. $500 per person non-refundable deposit required. Subject to availability, not combinable with any other CIE Tours offers/discounts and may be withdrawn at any time. Prices are per person, cruise only based on double occupancy. Other conditions may apply.
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