Day Date Port Arrive Depart
1 Sat, 5/13/17 Basel, Switzerland
2 Sun, 5/14/17 Breisach, Germany
3 Mon, 5/15/17 Strasbourg, France
4 Tue, 5/16/17 Mannheim, Germany - Rudesheim, Germany
5 Wed, 5/17/17 Rudesheim, Germany - Koblenz, Germany
6 Thu, 5/18/17 Cologne, Germany
7 Fri, 5/19/17 Amsterdam, Netherlands
8 Sat, 5/20/17 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Number of Nights: 7
Basel, Switzerland (Day 1)
Gateway to the Swiss Rhineland, Basel is ideally situated on the Rhine at the crossroads of France, Germany, and Switzerland. As you walk the cobblestone streets of the Old City, retrace the steps of the brilliant scholar Erasmus of Rotterdam. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, where you´ll see the paintings of Picasso, Dali, Kandinsky, and Mondrian, among others.
Breisach, Germany (Day 2)
This European town on the Rhine gave the Breisgau region its name. St. Stephan's cathedral on the high basalt cliffs and the Rhine gateway with museum hark back to the time when the noble Staufer family built the fortress to defend the town. The Badischer Winzerkeller is Europe's biggest producer-seller of wine. Also a centre for many important sekt producers.
Breisach, Germany - Attractions & Activities
Breisach's most prominent landmark is the Cathedral of St. Stephanus. Visible from any part of the city, this landmark towers prominently high above the Rhine.
Strasbourg, France (Day 3)
The multicultural city of Strasbourg exhibits both French German influence due to its location along the Rhine River at the border of both countries. The old streets of "Petit France" with wooden houses and picturesque canals seem to make time stand still. The carefully restored Cathedral of Notre Dame contains a combination of architectural styles, and is most recognized for its 465-foot tall, graceful spires. Another landmark is the 18th century Chateau des Rohan, which houses three of the city's major museums.
Mannheim, Germany (Day 4)
Today, Mannheim still does just as much to promote culture and the arts as it did in the time of Prince Elector Carl Theodor. The city's classical "chessboard" ground plan dates from the 17th century. The former heart of the Kurpfalz is now the lively centre of the Rhine-Neckar triangle, with a very strong service sector and a rich and varied cultural and arts scene. The city centre is particularly attractive, with its elegant shops and many inviting cafe's and restaurants.
Rudesheim, Germany (Days 4, 5)
Located on the Rhine River, Rudesheim is the chief center of the Rhine wine industry. The famed Drosselgasse, a tavern-lined, cobblestone street, attracts locals and visitors alike. Half-timbered medieval houses, narrow streets, and old inns give the town the flavor of the Middle Ages. Visitors to the town may wish to see the 9th century Bromserburg, the oldest castle on the Rhine or Seigfried's Mechanical Music Museum housing one of the world's largest collections of self-playing instruments.
Rudesheim, Germany - Attractions & Activities
- Situated at the beginning of the Rhine gorge, it is known for its excellent local wines with only Rhine vineyards situated on the southern slope.
Koblenz, Germany (Day 5)
This 2,000-year-old city at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. History buffs can explore the Neoclassical Residence Schloss, the Prince Elector´s palace; the Deusches Eck, a settlement founded by the German Order of Knights in 1216; and Ehrenbreitstein, the oldest fortress in Europe.
Cologne, Germany (Day 6)
The largest city on the Rhine, its commercial importance was already established as long ago as the Middle Ages. In the time of the Roman Empire, Cologne was the most important trading and manufacturing centre north of the Alps.
Cologne, Germany - Attractions & Activities
Founded by the Romans, Cologne is more than 2,000 years old. Its Gothic cathedral, which dominates the skyline, is a top attraction. Construction took place over a 600-year period, and the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Toast the town with Kolsch, Cologne's own beer style.
Amsterdam, Netherlands (Days 7, 8)
A center of European commerce since the 15th century, Amsterdam is a lively city of canals, museums and entertainment. Perhaps you'll choose to explore this Dutch capital by canal boat. Visit the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmseum, with its collections of Flemish masterpieces.
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Attractions & Activities
Life in Amsterdam is centered on its many canals. So the best way to see the city is aboard a glass-topped canal boat, gliding through the town center. Discover the elegant merchant mansions and rows of waterside warehouses, which once housed the riches brought from the Far East. Look for the 17th-century "Skinny Bridge" and Amsterdam's narrowest house as you make your way past beautiful old churches to the Anne Frank House. Journey by the Jordaan, the old French Quarter that is now a popular artists' haunt with a wide assortment of cafés, antique shops, boutiques and galleries.
- Visit the world's largest flower auction in the city of Aalsmeer. Visit a Delft Blue Pottery factory to observe the fascinating process of transforming a shapeless piece of clay into a beautiful work of art. Then tour the Hague, seat of government for all the Netherlands.
- Head out to the countryside to see the quaint windmills in the authentic old village of Zaanse Schans.
- Stop by the Rembrandt House, home to Rembrandt from 1639 to 1660. Inside is a collection of his engravings and drawings, as well as some of his personal belongings.