RHINE GETAWAY VIKING CRUISE + LAND TOUR 14 DAYS
Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherland
Date: April 6, 2019
8-day cruise visiting 4 countries & 10 ports
Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
6 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
from CAD $7261
Include Cruise, Air, Land & Tax
French Balcony (D) Sold Out
Veranda (B) Sold Out
Viking Cruises Longship Tour
Day 1 Vancouver > Geneva, Switzerland
Today depart from Vancouver to Geneva, the second largest city of Switzerland.
Day 2 Geneva, Switzerland
After arrival, transfer to hotel for rest or you can explore the city on your own.
Day 3 Lavaux Vineyard Terraces > Chillon Castle > Bern
Geneva is located on the banks of Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Western Europe. If the weather is good, you can see a large fountain with a water spray of up to 130 meters. In the Afternoon, walk along the beautiful Lake Geneva and to the Lavaux Vineyard terraces. The terraces are located on the southern slope of the Alps. The landscape is composed of many villages, houses, mills, fortresses and dense vines. In 2007, it was designated as a UNESCO Site by the United Nations. Afterwards, visit Chillon Castle. This castle is the most visited historical building in Switzerland. For nearly four centuries Chillon Castle was the residence of the Earl of Sava and a profitable toll station.
Day 4 Bern > Mt. Jungfraujoch > Lucerne
In the morning, visit Bern, the romantic capital of Switzerland. Berne is the capital of Switzerland and has been listed on the UNESCO. There are many fountains, sandstone walls, narrow streets and historic towers in the city. Then, head to Jungfrau, one of the most famous mountains in the Bernese Oberland, and 4,158 metres above sea level. Take a century-old railway to the highest railway station in Europe at 3,454 metres above sea level. In the process of climbing, you can enjoy magnificent views of the Alps.
Day 5 Lucerne > Basel > Viking River Cruise
Lucerne is located in a scenic area along the lake and is the gateway to the heart of Switzerland. With its scenic attractions, fine souvenirs and famous watches, this beautiful city attracts countless visitors. Visit the medieval-style Kappel Bridge, which is considered one of the oldest wooden covered bridges in Europe. Because there is a St. Peter's Church on the bridge bank, it is called Church Bridge. At noon, take the bus to the pier for boarding on the Viking river cruise.
Day 6 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 to see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration, and learn how Black Forest Cake is made. Return to your ship for lunch. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar to discover the storybook charm of its streets lined with medieval, Gothic and Renaissance buildings, and visit a fine arts museum. Alternately, choose an optional excursion that explores Colmar’s World War II history. Dine on board this evening and cruise on through the night.
Day 7 Strasbourg, France
Disembark this morning 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. Alternately, join our optional excursion into Alsatian wine country for an informative winery tour and tasting. Or, spend your full day exploring culinary Strasbourg on an optional excursion; as you explore the city and take in its sights, savor samples of the renowned Alsatian cuisine, from regional dessert specialties and meats to wine pairings with local foods. Return to your ship for dinner and departure. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Heidelberg, Germany
After breakfast, disembark for a tour of Heidelberg, the home of Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. 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 lunch and 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 on board your ship or spend more time exploring in town if you prefer. You may also choose to experience one of our optional dinners on shore tonight. We remain docked overnight.
Day 9 Koblenz, Germany
This morning, sail along the most scenic stretch of the Rhine, where turreted castles and fortresses 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. You may also join an optional excursion that offers a lively and informative tour of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; or, choose to journey into Moselle wine country on an optional excursion, stopping for a tour and tasting at a local winery. Return to your ship for lunch. Later, enjoy some time in this charming town at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers.
Day 10 Cologne, Germany
Begin your day with a morning tour of Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church and visit the Dom, Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your free time enjoying Cologne’s atmospheric waterfront, or perhaps join an optional excursion on which you ascend to the Dom’s roof for up-close views of the cathedral’s architecture and bird’s-eye vistas of Cologne. Afterward, return on board for dinner. Alternately, you may set off on an optional excursion to explore Cologne’s spirited beer culture, sampling Kölsch, a light, crisp beer brewed only in Cologne, and enjoying a brauhaus dinner. After, return to your ship for a late-evening departure.
Day 11 Kinderdijk, The Netherlands
We sail along the Rhine during the morning hours. Admire scenic views and enjoy a morning of enjoyable Dutch diversions: sample Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. This afternoon, your ship arrives in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Disembark 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 around midnight.
Day 12 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Today, disembark in Amsterdam after breakfast. Ride to Keukenhof, known as the European Garden, and admire the splendid tulip field. In the afternoon, take the Amsterdam Canal Cruise to admire several important landmarks and the unique gabled architecture of Netherlands. Amsterdam has attracted tourists from all over the world for its romantic canals, bikes, and precious art collections.
Day 13 Amsterdam City Tour
Today,is a city tour of Amsterdam: Old Palace, Dam Square, National Museum (outside), and the famous Red Light District. After having lunch in Chinatown,enjoys shopping at free time and visits the museum at your own expense.
Day 14 Amsterdam > Vancouver
After breakfast, transfer to airport for the flight back to Vancouver.