Castles along the Rhine: River Cruise

June 4 – 11, 2017

River Cruise Detailed Itinerary

Sun, June 4, 2017                    Arrive Basel, Switzerland  or Breisach, Germany (Embark S.S. Antoinette)

Embark the S.S. Antoinette and join fellow travelers this evening for welcome aboard orientation and reception followed by dinner.

Welcome Reception


Mon, June 5, 2017                   Kaysersberg, Riquewihr & Colmar, France

Featured Excursions: Choice of Alsatian “Village Day” and Colmar city tour

Venture ashore for an Alsatian “Village Day” to the postcard-perfect Kaysersberg for a guided walking tour. Contiune to medieval Riquewihr with free time for wine tasting and a chance to taste a regional specialty, flammekueche, a delectable flatbread topped with bacon and onions.  After lunch, enjoy a walking tour of Colmar, what some call “one of the most beautiful villages in France”.


Tue, June 6, 2017                     Strasbourg, France

Featured Excursions: Strasbourg by Canal & Cathedral Visit with leisure time or optional Black Forest Tour with lunch

Strasbourg boasts a UNESCO-designated city center with a magnificent Gothic cathedral and charming half-timbered houses.  See the sights on a canal cruise through the picturesque Petite France district.  This afternoon, enjoy additional time at leisure or choose the optional Black Forest tour.  Journey through the lush countryside with lunch in a traditional farmhouse and visit a cuckoo clock workshop.


Wed, June 7, 2017                     Speyer, Germany

Featured Excursions: Speyer Walking Tour with optional Technical Museum and Doktorenhof Vinegar Tasting or optional Heidelberg Castle

The medieval town of Speyer has a compact historic center boasting the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe.  Be sure to visit the Technik Museum with the largest, most impressive, historical collection of planes, trains, automobiles, and more.   In the afternoon, learn about unique wine vinegar aperitifs on an excursion to the Doktorenhof vinegar estate.  Or, choose the optional journey to Heidelberg to visit the red-sandstone grand castle with sweeping views over the river and old town.


Thu, June 8, 2017                      Rüdesheim, Germany / Cruising the Romantic Rhine 

Featured Excursions: Mini Train to Rüdesheim with Wine Tasting at Castle Vollrads and Scenic Sailing on the Rhine

Explore Rüdesheim and its famous Drosselgasse—a narrow lane lined with taverns and shops—before enjoying a wine tasting and a visit to the 14th-century Castle Vollards. Return to the ship for a scenic cruise along the spectacular, UNESCO-protected Upper Middle Rhine.  Our narrated cruise along the 40-mile-long stretch is graced with sloping vineyards, picturesque towns and hilltops crowned by fairytale castles.


Fri, June 9, 2017                     Boppard and Koblenz, Germany

Featured Excursions:  Aerial Cable Car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and optional Marksburg Castle Visit

Discover the German Corner, where the waters of the Moselle meld with the Rhine, before taking the aerial tram ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.  This mighty military structure has guarded the Rhine since the 11th century and offers dazzling views.   After lunch, if you are adventurous, join the optional tour to Marksburg Castle.  Ascend the Riders Stairs to visit the chapel tower, prison, banquet hall and get a sense of medieval life in a castle that was never destroyed.


Sat, June 10, 2017                    Cologne, Germany         

Featured Excursion: Cologne Walking Tour with Cathedral Visit

Weave through the narrow Old Town streets of Cologne en route to the city’s imposing Gothic cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside this centuries-old pilgrimage site is a shrine believed to hold relics of the Magi—the Bible’s fabled Three Kings.   In the afternoon, relax onboard the ship on the Sun Deck or in the lounge enjoying afternoon tea as we cruise towards Amsterdam.

                                                                                             Farewell Reception


Sun, June 11, 2017                    Amsterdam, Netherlands (Disembark)

Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Amsterdam.


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