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Rhine Getaway 2018
(Basel to Amsterdam)

8 days with Viking  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Basel, Switzerland
Welcome to Basel, on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland. Transfer from the airport to your ship.* After boarding, enjoy time on your own getting acquainted with the city, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented. Dinner is served aboard. (D)
 
Day 2 Breisach, Germany
Arrive in Breisach this morning, gateway to the Black Forest. Take a scenic excursion through the area’s renowned mountain landscape, rolling meadows and dense forests. Once there, visit a local workshop and see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration. Return to Breisach or choose an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar. Dine aboard and cruise on through the night. (B, L, D)
 
Day 3 Strasbourg, France
Arrive in Kehl this morning and disembark for your guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city’s famed cathedral. Free time allows you to further explore this Alsatian city’s blend of French and German cultures, resplendent churches, medieval covered bridges, verdant parks and handsome Art Nouveau and modernist architecture. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Return to your ship for dinner and departure. (B, L, D)
 
Day 4 Heidelberg & Rüdesheim, Germany
Wake up in Mannheim and disembark for a tour of Heidelberg to see Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Then, visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle and take in the scenery of the Neckar River Valley and the city’s many red rooftops from this hilltop post. Afterward, set on a walking tour through Old Town to Heidelberg’s renowned gates. Return to your ship for afternoon cruising. Arrive in Rüdesheim in the early evening, then spend free time in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars. Dine aboard your ship or spend more time exploring in town if you prefer. We remain docked overnight. (B, L, D)
 
Day 5 Koblenz, Germany
This morning, sail along the most scenic stretch of the Rhine, where castles overlook the river from their hilltop posts. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this part of the Middle Rhine Valley is so beautiful. Arrive in Koblenz this afternoon and disembark for a tour of 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and its museum. Return to your ship for lunch. Later, enjoy some time in this charming town at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers. (B, L, D)
 
Day 6 Cologne, Germany
Continue along the Rhine this morning; arrive in Cologne and disembark for a walking tour. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church, and spend some time inside Cologne’s Dom, a remarkable Gothic cathedral whose construction began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880. Explore the dockside taverns, cafés and shops on your own. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served aboard and we remain docked until late evening. (B, L, D)
 
Day 7 Kinderdijk, The Netherlands
We sail along the Rhine during the morning hours, enjoying scenic views. Spend your morning enjoying some popular Dutch diversions: sample Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and try your hand at sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). After lunch, your ship arrives in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for an afternoon tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. You learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus you enter a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Board your ship for departure and dinner. Arrive in Amsterdam after midnight. (B, L, D)
 
Day 8 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Amsterdam; take time to explore the city’s neighborhoods, museums and exciting nightlife. (B)
Tour Map
All This Included
Overlook the Rhine from Germany’s best preserved medieval castle. Discover the rich culinary traditions of Alsace. Explore the Black Forest your way: join a guided coach tour or walk lush country trails to a farm. Fairy-tale castles, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery—little wonder that the Rhine is one of Europe’s best-loved rivers. From Amsterdam and Cologne to Basel, this 8-day journey reveals a wonderland of beauty and culture.
  • 8-day cruise visiting 4 countries & 10 ports
  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 6 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Culture Curriculum®: enjoy a classical music performance; learn how to create your own Alsatian flammkuchen; observe a traditional glassblower; attend lectures on Germany's current affairs & origins of Rhine River cruising
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Multiple dining venues with open seating
  • Most al fresco dining on Europe's rivers
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Organic herb garden
  • River-view stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV, with interactive programing
  • Complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB port
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja™ toiletries
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard a Viking longship
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre: Lake Como
From $699 | 3 Nights
 
Explore the villa-lined shores of Lake Como, nestled among breathtaking alpine peaks. Long a retreat for aristocrats and the well-heeled, its stunning shores are rich with artistic gems and cultural treasures. Take in its scenic splendor during a walking tour and a boat cruise. Three nights in the First-Class Sheraton Lake Como Hotel (or similar), daily breakfasts and one lunch, guided walking tour and boat tour, and the transfer from Basel to Lake Como are included in this fully escorted program. Extension available only on select sailing dates.
 
Pre: Lucerne
From $699 | 2 Nights
 
Explore this traditional Swiss town along the banks of Lake Lucerne, with its dramatic Alpine backdrop. See the 14th-century Chapel Bridge, baroque churches and medieval Old Town. Encounter local culture in the cafés and shops, or travel to the summit of Mt. Titlis for extraordinary views. Two nights in the First-Class Radisson Blu, Lucerne (or similar), daily breakfasts, guided walking tour and all transfers between your hotel and ship are included, along with the services of a Viking host.
 
Post: Amsterdam
From $549 | 2 Nights
 
Visit world-renowned museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam and Rijksmuseum, featuring works by the Dutch Masters. Discover hidden gems, from the fascinating Maritime Museum to the Jewish Historical Museum. Soak up the atmosphere at colorful flower markets or rent a bicycle and tour the town like a local. Two nights in the First-Class Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre (or similar), daily breakfasts, a guided walking tour and all transfers between your hotel and ship are included, along with the services of a Viking host.
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • *Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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