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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4369* $3589
      Sale Price $3519* $2739
Basel Monarch Countess $4309* $3489
      Sale Price $3459* $2639
May 18  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4369* $3699
      Sale Price $3519* $2849
Basel Monarch Countess $4649* $3799
      Sale Price $3799* $2949
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4639* $3799
      Sale Price $3789* $2949
Basel Monarch Countess $4309* $3489
      Sale Price $3459* $2639
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4329* $3589
      Sale Price $3479* $2739
Basel Monarch Countess $4409* $3489
      Sale Price $3559* $2639
Jun 29  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4549* $3169
      Sale Price $3699* $2319
Basel Monarch Countess $3989* $3279
      Sale Price $3139* $2429
Jul 13  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4459* $3059
      Sale Price $3609* $2209
Basel Monarch Countess $4349* $3279
      Sale Price $3499* $2429
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4389* $3279
      Sale Price $3539* $2429
Basel Monarch Countess $4459* $3059
      Sale Price $3609* $2209
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4209* $3169
      Sale Price $3359* $2319
Basel Monarch Countess $3929* $3059
      Sale Price $3079* $2209
Aug 24  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $3979* $3169
      Sale Price $3129* $2319
Basel Monarch Countess $4159* $3379
      Sale Price $3309* $2529
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4379* $3589
      Sale Price $3529* $2739
Basel Monarch Countess $4199* $3489
      Sale Price $3349* $2639
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4439* $3699
      Sale Price $3589* $2849
Basel Monarch Countess $3879* $3169
      Sale Price $3029* $2319
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4089* $3279
      Sale Price $3239* $2429
Basel Monarch Countess $4579* $3379
      Sale Price $3729* $2529
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $3759* $3059
      Sale Price $2909* $2209
Basel Monarch Countess $3789* $3059
      Sale Price $2939* $2209
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $3509* $2749
      Sale Price $2659* $1899
Basel Monarch Countess $3479* $2849
      Sale Price $2629* $1999
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $3749* $2749
      Sale Price $2899* $1899
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4519* $3799
      Sale Price $3669* $2949
Basel Monarch Countess $4519* $3699
      Sale Price $3669* $2849
May 18  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4599* $3909
      Sale Price $3749* $3059
Basel Monarch Countess $4859* $4009
      Sale Price $4009* $3159
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5139* $4009
      Sale Price $4289* $3159
Basel Monarch Countess $4449* $3699
      Sale Price $3599* $2849
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4959* $3799
      Sale Price $4109* $2949
Basel Monarch Countess $4819* $3699
      Sale Price $3969* $2849
Jun 29  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4779* $3379
      Sale Price $3929* $2529
Basel Monarch Countess $4309* $3489
      Sale Price $3459* $2639
Jul 13  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4679* $3279
      Sale Price $3829* $2429
Basel Monarch Countess $4559* $3489
      Sale Price $3709* $2639
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4799* $3489
      Sale Price $3949* $2639
Basel Monarch Countess $4259* $3279
      Sale Price $3409* $2429
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4629* $3379
      Sale Price $3779* $2529
Basel Monarch Countess $4679* $3279
      Sale Price $3829* $2429
Aug 24  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4539* $3379
      Sale Price $3689* $2529
Basel Monarch Countess $4989* $3589
      Sale Price $4139* $2739
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5099* $3799
      Sale Price $4249* $2949
Basel Monarch Countess $4409* $3699
      Sale Price $3559* $2849
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5209* $3909
      Sale Price $4359* $3059
Basel Monarch Countess $4679* $3379
      Sale Price $3829* $2529
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4689* $3489
      Sale Price $3839* $2639
Basel Monarch Countess $4789* $3589
      Sale Price $3939* $2739
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4479* $3279
      Sale Price $3629* $2429
Basel Monarch Countess $3949* $3279
      Sale Price $3099* $2429
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $3959* $2959
      Sale Price $3109* $2109
Basel Monarch Countess $4059* $3059
      Sale Price $3209* $2209
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $3959* $2959
      Sale Price $3109* $2109
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4929* $4009
      Sale Price $4079* $3159
Basel Monarch Countess $4729* $3909
      Sale Price $3879* $3059
May 18  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4859* $4119
      Sale Price $4009* $3269
Basel Monarch Countess $5299* $4219
      Sale Price $4449* $3369
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5299* $4219
      Sale Price $4449* $3369
Basel Monarch Countess $4739* $3909
      Sale Price $3889* $3059
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5139* $4009
      Sale Price $4289* $3159
Basel Monarch Countess $5009* $3909
      Sale Price $4159* $3059
Jun 29  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4389* $3589
      Sale Price $3539* $2739
Basel Monarch Countess $4909* $3699
      Sale Price $4059* $2849
Jul 13  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4699* $3489
      Sale Price $3849* $2639
Basel Monarch Countess $4999* $3699
      Sale Price $4149* $2849
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4779* $3699
      Sale Price $3929* $2849
Basel Monarch Countess $4759* $3489
      Sale Price $3909* $2639
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4359* $3589
      Sale Price $3509* $2739
Basel Monarch Countess $4169* $3489
      Sale Price $3319* $2639
Aug 24  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4459* $3589
      Sale Price $3609* $2739
Basel Monarch Countess $4589* $3799
      Sale Price $3739* $2949
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4809* $4009
      Sale Price $3959* $3159
Basel Monarch Countess $4599* $3909
      Sale Price $3749* $3059
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5419* $4119
      Sale Price $4569* $3269
Basel Monarch Countess $4219* $3589
      Sale Price $3369* $2739
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4419* $3699
      Sale Price $3569* $2849
Basel Monarch Countess $4559* $3799
      Sale Price $3709* $2949
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4189* $3489
      Sale Price $3339* $2639
Basel Monarch Countess $4219* $3489
      Sale Price $3369* $2639
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $3929* $3169
      Sale Price $3079* $2319
Basel Monarch Countess $3909* $3279
      Sale Price $3059* $2429
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $3889* $3169
      Sale Price $3039* $2319
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4989* $4219
      Sale Price $4139* $3369
Basel Monarch Countess $4939* $4119
      Sale Price $4089* $3269
May 18  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5069* $4329
      Sale Price $4219* $3479
Basel Monarch Countess $5109* $4429
      Sale Price $4259* $3579
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5169* $4429
      Sale Price $4319* $3579
Basel Monarch Countess $5229* $4119
      Sale Price $4379* $3269
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5469* $4219
      Sale Price $4619* $3369
Basel Monarch Countess $5349* $4119
      Sale Price $4499* $3269
Jun 29  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4709* $3799
      Sale Price $3859* $2949
Basel Monarch Countess $5309* $3909
      Sale Price $4459* $3059
Jul 13  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4949* $3699
      Sale Price $4099* $2849
Basel Monarch Countess $4979* $3909
      Sale Price $4129* $3059
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4919* $3909
      Sale Price $4069* $3059
Basel Monarch Countess $4769* $3699
      Sale Price $3919* $2849
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4839* $3799
      Sale Price $3989* $2949
Basel Monarch Countess $4409* $3699
      Sale Price $3559* $2849
Aug 24  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4679* $3799
      Sale Price $3829* $2949
Basel Monarch Countess $4799* $4009
      Sale Price $3949* $3159
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5009* $4219
      Sale Price $4159* $3369
Basel Monarch Countess $4829* $4119
      Sale Price $3979* $3269
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5159* $4329
      Sale Price $4309* $3479
Basel Monarch Countess $4459* $3799
      Sale Price $3609* $2949
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4649* $3909
      Sale Price $3799* $3059
Basel Monarch Countess $4799* $4009
      Sale Price $3949* $3159
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4679* $3699
      Sale Price $3829* $2849
Basel Monarch Countess $4429* $3699
      Sale Price $3579* $2849
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4139* $3379
      Sale Price $3289* $2529
Basel Monarch Countess $4119* $3489
      Sale Price $3269* $2639
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4099* $3379
      Sale Price $3249* $2529
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5199* $4429
      Sale Price $4349* $3579
Basel Monarch Countess $5149* $4329
      Sale Price $4299* $3479
May 18  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5209* $4539
      Sale Price $4359* $3689
Basel Monarch Countess $5559* $4639
      Sale Price $4709* $3789
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5719* $4639
      Sale Price $4869* $3789
Basel Monarch Countess $5319* $4329
      Sale Price $4469* $3479
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5299* $4429
      Sale Price $4449* $3579
Basel Monarch Countess $5559* $4329
      Sale Price $4709* $3479
Jun 29  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5259* $4009
      Sale Price $4409* $3159
Basel Monarch Countess $5329* $4119
      Sale Price $4479* $3269
Jul 13  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4929* $3909
      Sale Price $4079* $3059
Basel Monarch Countess $5419* $4119
      Sale Price $4569* $3269
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5199* $4119
      Sale Price $4349* $3269
Basel Monarch Countess $5019* $3909
      Sale Price $4169* $3059
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5049* $4009
      Sale Price $4199* $3159
Basel Monarch Countess $4649* $3909
      Sale Price $3799* $3059
Aug 24  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4889* $4009
      Sale Price $4039* $3159
Basel Monarch Countess $5009* $4219
      Sale Price $4159* $3369
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5219* $4429
      Sale Price $4369* $3579
Basel Monarch Countess $5039* $4329
      Sale Price $4189* $3479
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5279* $4539
      Sale Price $4429* $3689
Basel Monarch Countess $4719* $4009
      Sale Price $3869* $3159
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4859* $4119
      Sale Price $4009* $3269
Basel Monarch Countess $5009* $4219
      Sale Price $4159* $3369
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4889* $3909
      Sale Price $4039* $3059
Basel Monarch Countess $4639* $3909
      Sale Price $3789* $3059
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4349* $3589
      Sale Price $3499* $2739
Basel Monarch Countess $4329* $3699
      Sale Price $3479* $2849
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4309* $3589
      Sale Price $3459* $2739
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Ship Air & Land Land Only
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5659* $4849
      Sale Price $4809* $3999
Basel Monarch Countess $5569* $4749
      Sale Price $4719* $3899
May 18  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5699* $4959
      Sale Price $4849* $4109
Basel Monarch Countess $5979* $5059
      Sale Price $5129* $4209
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5729* $5059
      Sale Price $4879* $4209
Basel Monarch Countess $5739* $4749
      Sale Price $4889* $3899
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5829* $4849
      Sale Price $4979* $3999
Basel Monarch Countess $5899* $4749
      Sale Price $5049* $3899
Jun 29  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5529* $4429
      Sale Price $4679* $3579
Basel Monarch Countess $5749* $4539
      Sale Price $4899* $3689
Jul 13  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5619* $4329
      Sale Price $4769* $3479
Basel Monarch Countess $5839* $4539
      Sale Price $4989* $3689
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5549* $4539
      Sale Price $4699* $3689
Basel Monarch Countess $5439* $4329
      Sale Price $4589* $3479
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5289* $4429
      Sale Price $4439* $3579
Basel Monarch Countess $5069* $4329
      Sale Price $4219* $3479
Aug 24  (Sold Out) Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5239* $4429
      Sale Price $4389* $3579
Basel Monarch Countess $5469* $4639
      Sale Price $4619* $3789
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5639* $4849
      Sale Price $4789* $3999
Basel Monarch Countess $5459* $4749
      Sale Price $4609* $3899
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5699* $4959
      Sale Price $4849* $4109
Basel Monarch Countess $5139* $4429
      Sale Price $4289* $3579
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5279* $4539
      Sale Price $4429* $3689
Basel Monarch Countess $5429* $4639
      Sale Price $4579* $3789
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $5309* $4329
      Sale Price $4459* $3479
Basel Monarch Countess $5059* $4329
      Sale Price $4209* $3479
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4769* $4009
      Sale Price $3919* $3159
Basel Monarch Countess $4749* $4119
      Sale Price $3899* $3269
Amsterdam Monarch Countess $4729* $4009
      Sale Price $3879* $3159

*Not Included:
Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Amsterdam to Basel: Embarkation will begin at 2 pm however early arrivals may rest in the lounge if their assigned cabin is not ready upon check-in. Passengers returning from Basel on Day 9 should select flights that depart no earlier than 8:00 am.

Basel to Amsterdam: Passengers arriving to Basel on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 6:00 pm. Embarkation will begin at 2 pm however early arrivals may rest in the lounge if their assigned cabin is not ready upon check-in.

Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Monarch Cruises Terms & Conditions.


Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Switzerland
Depart for Basel, Switzerland

DAY 2, Sunday - Cruise Embarkation in Basel
Arrive in Basel and transfer to the port. Embarkation will begin at 2:00 pm. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board. This evening, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy the Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Breisach Walking Tour
Arrive this morning in the small town of Breisach that dates back over 4,000 years. On your walking tour along the cobbled streets lined with pastel-painted houses, it's hard to believe this town was mostly destroyed in WWII and then totally restored to its original beauty. View the towering Romanesque and Gothic St. Stephansmunster Cathedral, a highlight of the city. Spend free time in town, or, join the optional tour to Colmar in France, known as Alsace's most beautiful city with its dramatic steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco and distinctive French shutters accented by window boxes filled with colorful geraniums. At the end of your tour, stop by a local wine maker to sample a few of the region's varietals
Optional: Colmar City Tour (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Strasbourg City Tour
A lovely day awaits you in Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, situated on the border of France and Germany, blending the cultures of both countries. Discover Strasbourg on the tour highlighting the city's center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Of special note is the stunning Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture that houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence. See the magical La Petite France district, home to quaint shops and charming bistros, Place Kleber, a large historic square in the center of the city and Place Gutenberg, dedicated to the inventor of the printing press. This evening, the ship sets sail toward Speyer
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Morning in Speyer & Evening in Rudesheim
This morning arrive in Speyer. Perhaps take a refreshing morning walk through this picturesque town founded by the Romans, or alternatively, join the optional tour to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany and inspiration for some of the world's greatest writers and artists. The ship will continue sailing this morning and passengers joining the tour will rejoin the ship at lunchtime and relax on board this afternoon. After dinner, arrive in Rudesheim, a lively village in the heart of the Rhine; perhaps take a leisurely walk through town or visit a quaint wine tavern
Optional: Heidelberg City Tour (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Morning Cruising & Afternoon in Koblenz
This morning take in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. After lunch on board, the ship docks in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk and free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. Or, join the optional tour to the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that's never been destroyed and has been continuously occupied for over 700 years
Optional: Marksburg Castle (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Cologne City Tour
Today the ship will dock in Cologne, one of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland. Your walking tour of the city is highlighted by the soaring, twin-steeple Gothic cathedral that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. The ship will set sail just before dinner this evening
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Amsterdam City Tour
Cruise into Amsterdam as you enjoy breakfast on board, and join a panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Queen's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. This evening bid farewell to your traveling companions on your final night on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart the Netherlands
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for the Netherlands
Depart for the Netherlands

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated and modern capital. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board, or begin your discovery of the many cultural sites this city has to offer. This evening, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy the Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Amsterdam City Tour & Afternoon Cruising
Today's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Queen's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. This afternoon get acquainted with your fellow passengers as you cruise south for Germany
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Cologne City Tour
Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, one of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, arriving as you enjoy lunch on board. Your walking tour of the city is highlighted by the soaring, twin-steeple Gothic cathedral that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. After dinner on board, time to explore Cologne's vibrant night life before setting sail
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Morning in Koblenz & Afternoon Cruising
The ship docks this morning in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk this morning and free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. Or, join the optional tour to the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that's never been destroyed and has been continuously occupied for over 700 years. At noon, set sail and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board, taking in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. This evening, arrive in Rüdesheim, a lively village in the heart of the Rhine. After dinner, perhaps stroll along the lanes filled with quaint wine taverns
Optional: Marksburg Castle (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Morning in Mannheim & Afternoon in Speyer
Today discover Mannheim, meeting point of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers, once the gathering place for classical composers. View the imposing red sandstone Schloss, Germany's largest baroque palace and the Luisenpark, one of the loveliest parks in Europe. Alternatively, join the optional tour to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany and inspiration for some of the world's greatest writers and artists; tour the city and view the ruins of 12th century Heidelberg Castle before returning to the ship as it sails to Speyer. Here, stroll the lanes of this picturesque city founded by the Romans, with its prized red sandstone cathedral named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, the ship sails for Strasbourg
Optional: Heidelberg City Tour (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Strasbourg City Tour
A lovely day awaits you in the Alsace capital of Strasbourg, situated on the border of France and Germany, blending the cultures of both countries. Discover Strasbourg on the tour highlighting the city's center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Of special note is the stunning Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture that houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence. See the magical La Petite France district, home to quaint shops and charming bistros, Place Kleber, a large historic square in the center of the city and Place Gutenberg, dedicated to the inventor of the printing press. This evening, return to the ship as you sail toward Breisach in the Rhine Valley
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Breisach Walking Tour
Arrive this morning in the small city of Breisach that dates back over 4,000 years. On your walking tour along the cobbled streets lined with pastel-painted houses, it's hard to believe this town was mostly destroyed in WWII and then totally restored to its original beauty. View the towering Romanesque and Gothic St. Stephansmunster Cathedral, a highlight of the city. Spend free time in town, or, join the optional tour to Colmar in France, known as Alsace's most beautiful city with its dramatic steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco and distinctive French shutters accented by window boxes filled with colorful geraniums. At the end of your tour, stop by a local wine maker to sample a few of the region's varietals. Tonight, at the Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories of your Rhine journey with your new-found friends
Optional: Colmar City Tour (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Switzerland
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport in Basel for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Situated on the Alsatian wine route, Colmar is a picturesque city well known for its half-timbered houses and series of canals, known as "Little Venice." During your guided walking tour, view the highlights of the city's architectural heritage, mostly spared during the French Revolution and subsequent wars of the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, Colmar is known as Alsace’s most beautiful city with its dramatic steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco and distinctive French shutters accented by window boxes filled with colorful geraniums. At the end of your tour, stop by a local wine maker to sample a few of the region's varietals.

Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited to a maximum of 90 passengers per departure and might not be available for purchase locally.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $68.00
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Heidelberg is one of Germany’s most scenic cities. For hundreds of years the city's medieval splendor has inspired some of the world's greatest artists and authors. This tour takes you through the city, with views of the historic Old Town, the expansive ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and the Neckar River. Fortunately, the city was spared from destruction during WWII, leaving buildings dating to the Middle Ages completely intact. Today, the city is a bustling, vibrant center for education and the arts, seamlessly blending the modern and the traditional.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $62.00
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Join a guided tour of the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that has never been destroyed. The castle has been continuously occupied for over 700 years and houses a host of artifacts that bring the Middle Ages to life.

*This tour will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $52.00
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Join a guided tour of the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that has never been destroyed. The castle has been continuously occupied for over 700 years and houses a host of artifacts that bring the Middle Ages to life.

*This tour will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $52.00
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Heidelberg is one of Germany’s most scenic cities. For hundreds of years the city's medieval splendor has inspired some of the world's greatest artists and authors. This tour takes you through the city, with views of the historic Old Town, the expansive ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and the Neckar River. Fortunately, the city was spared from destruction during WWII, leaving buildings dating to the Middle Ages completely intact. Today, the city is a bustling, vibrant center for education and the arts, seamlessly blending the modern and the traditional.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $62.00
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Situated on the Alsatian wine route, Colmar is a picturesque city well known for its half-timbered houses and series of canals, known as "Little Venice." During your guided walking tour, view the highlights of the city's architectural heritage, mostly spared during the French Revolution and subsequent wars of the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, Colmar is known as Alsace’s most beautiful city with its dramatic steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco and distinctive French shutters accented by window boxes filled with colorful geraniums. At the end of your tour, stop by a local wine maker to sample a few of the region's varietals.

Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited to a maximum of 90 passengers per departure and might not be available for purchase locally.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $68.00
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