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Rhine Cruise to Switzerland: Basel to Cologne

  • Rhine Cruise to Switzerland: Basel to Cologne – 8 Days/7 Nights
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Starts Basel
Ends Cologne
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Rudesheim, a classic Rhine wine village with crooked houses sloping down from wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards.
  • Visit historic Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, founded by the Celts. The breathtaking Imperial Cathedral is among the largest Romanesque churches in the world.
  • Delight in a walking tour of Strasbourg’s picturesque Old Town, bisected by canals and made up of narrow streets lined with timber-framed houses. You may be tempted to linger in a typical Alsatian café to sample some of the region’s world-famous wines.

Trip Highlights:

  • Medieval Koblenz
  • Rudesheim, center of the Rhineland wine trade
  • Rhine Gorge
  • Speyer and its stunning Romanesque Basilica
  • Breisach walled town visit
  • Black Forest and lakeside town Titisee tou
  • Mountain rail journey into the Bernese Oberland
  • Tour of Lucerne, Switzerland

Dining Experiences:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners including a welcome dinner and “Captain’s Dinner.” Packed lunches offered when enjoying full-day land tours.

SHIP – 7 nights

  • MS Emily Bronte or MS Oscar Wilde

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MS Emily Bronte

MS Emily Bronte Description:

The MS Emily Bronte is a luxurious and spacious all-suite ship featuring beautifully illuminated modern design.  Swiss operated with first-class service, the ship’s amenities include thoroughly air conditioned public areas and individual heating controls in the cabins, stunning restaurant on the Main Deck serving buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and four-course dinner, lounge and bar to enjoy cocktails and the early risers’ breakfast,  bistro with open kitchen, large panoramic windows and alfresco seating, lift between Emerald, Ruby and Diamond Decks, laundry Service, spa and wellness area featuring nail salon and hairdressing service, boutique gift shop for your holiday souvenirs, small splash pool and putting green on the Sun Deck, 24 hr reception area and self service station for complimentary tea & coffee.

MS Oscar Wilde

MS Oscar Wilde Description:

The MS Oscar Wilde is a luxurious and spacious all-suite ship featuring beautifully illuminated modern design.  Swiss operated with first-class service, the ship’s amenities include thoroughly air conditioned public areas and individual heating controls in the cabins, stunning restaurant on the Main Deck serving buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and four-course dinner, lounge and bar to enjoy cocktails and the early risers’ breakfast,  bistro with open kitchen, large panoramic windows and alfresco seating, lift between Emerald, Ruby and Diamond Decks, laundry Service, spa and wellness area featuring nail salon and hairdressing service, boutique gift shop for your holiday souvenirs, small splash pool and putting green on the Sun Deck, 24 hr reception area and self service station for complimentary tea & coffee.

Itinerary

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland: Basel to Cologne – 8 Days/7 Nights/20 Meals

Please note: This tour can be taken either from Basel to Cologne or from Cologne to Basel – select “8 Days 2020 C” in the orange button above if you would like to see the Cologne to Basel itinerary.

Day 1: EMBARK IN BASEL
Arrive in Basel and welcome aboard! Your suite will be ready by 5:00 pm. (D)

Day 2: BERNESE OBERLAND AND LUCERNE

In the morning, enjoy a rail journey into the stunning Bernese Oberland, with some of the finest mountain scenery in the world. See the snow-capped peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Ascend by mountain railway for more extraordinary vistas. 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. Lunch on board is not included on this full day excursion; however, the ship will offer a packed lunch. (B, L, D)

Day 3: BREISACH & BLACK FOREST
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. Enjoy dinner this evening en route to Switzerland. (B, L, D)

Day 4: STRASBOURG
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.  (B, L, D)

Day 5: SPEYER
Sail upstream 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. There’s free time to explore before dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6: RHINE GORGE & RÜDESHEIM
Depart Speyer 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)

Day 7:  COLOGNE
Spend the morning at leisure on board enjoying the spectacular river scenery as you depart from Koblenz. You’ll be cruising by the rolling hills of the Rhine Valley, seeing pretty waterfront towns and vineyards on the way to Cologne. When you arrive in Cologne, you can spend the afternoon exploring the city at your leisure. Visit the famous cathedral, the largest Gothic structure on earth and wander through the vibrant old town. This evening the Captain’s Dinner will take place on board. (B, L, D)

Day 8: DISEMBARK IN COLOGNE
Your vacation ends this morning after breakfast; you are welcome to stay on board for the morning, but you must check out of your cabin by 9 am.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

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Monday May 18, 2020 from Basel Monday May 25, 2020 to Cologne 8 Days $2749 Book Now
Monday Jun 22, 2020 from Basel Monday Jun 29, 2020 to Cologne 8 Days $3099 Book Now
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