8 day luxury river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel
Highlights of the Rhine
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Book by 15th October 2014
The Rhine Gorge is central to this journey, banked by vast, sloping vineyards and natural meadows, and with magnificent medieval castles watching over the river like immovable sentries. The castles and cathedrals are the richest of historical treasure chests, while diversions to the Moselle, Alsace and the entrancing Black Forest await.
You have a choice of 13 UK regional airports to travel from with KLM, or you can travel with British Airways from London Heathrow. Alternatively, if you’d prefer not to fly, why not take advantage of our No Fly option at no extra cost? You’ll travel Standard Premier class aboard the Eurostar from St. Pancras International to Brussels and on to Amsterdam by first class rail. On arrival, a Scenic Tours Representative will greet and transfer* you to your luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ where you will be warmly welcomed on-board by our dedicated crew. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers.
Welcome to Amsterdam, a cosmopolitan, welcoming and laid back city that offers a wealth of things to see and do. Today you can choose one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) a sightseeing canal cruise through the city’s 17th century architecture in a glass-top boat (2) or travel to North Holland’s seaside village of Volendam, stopping also in Edam to sample the delicacies of its namesake. Alternatively, you may wish to take advantage of your Scenic Tailormade device and explore Amsterdam’s sights independently. Learn about Amsterdam’s Jewish heritage from the 16th Century until Nazi occupation or you may prefer to explore the city’s culture, cuisine and rich history and marvel at its architectural legacy. Back on-board, time to relax and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.
Historic Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany. Cologne is a city where history, tradition, art and culture mix with characteristic Rhineland charm and people famous for their zest for life. Its refreshing local beer, Kôlsch, is not to be missed. Famous for its grand cathedral, you can explore the city of Cologne on foot during a guided city tour, seeing many of its impressive sights including ancient Roman walls and medieval churches. This evening you’ll relax with a cocktail in hand during your Scenic Sundowner experience in one of Cologne’s most picturesque locations.
Welcome to Koblenz, filled with traditional German charm. The town’s abundance of cultural monuments and historic buildings, cosy lanes and narrow alleyways, and the relaxed and happy atmosphere of its squares and river promenades make Koblenz a friendly town where its guests feel right at home. Today choose from one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice options: (1) join a guided tour of Koblenz, situated on both banks of the Rhine and at its confluence with the Moselle River (2) or enter the breath-taking lower Moselle Valley to discover the treasures of this spectacular region, including a visit to Cochem and the superb medieval Reichsburg Castle. This afternoon, why not sit back with a cool drink on the sun deck of your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ as we sail through the famous Rhine Gorge? Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the spectacular scenery, with its stunning vistas of castles sitting high above steep vine-covered slopes, as we head for Rüdesheim.
All aboard the ‘Winzerexpress’ this morning bound for Siegfrieds Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, where you’ll enjoy an included guided tour of the many rooms of this fabulous museum complete with demonstrations. Then take a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument, perched 250 metres above the Rhine River offering stunning panoramas of the local scenery. Alternatively, explore this charming town independently with your personal Scenic Tailormade device. Take the Rüdesheim cable car over steep vine-covered fields to the Niederwald Monument, where you will enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the Rhine Valley. Returning to Rüdesheim town, you’ll find delicious wines and wonderful architecture to explore. Enjoy an on-board wine tasting event this afternoon.
Today choose from one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) take a guided tour of the romantic and picturesque city of Heidelberg, home to Europe’s oldest university, including a visit to the historic Heidelberg Castle and Baroque style Old Town (2) or visit the unique Technik Museum in the charming riverside town of Speyer and see various displays of masterpieces of technology, unable to be found anywhere else. This evening you’ll enjoy an extra special Scenic Enrich experience as you’re invited to be a guest at classical concert and cocktail event in a beautiful Baroque palace.
Today, your included Scenic FreeChoice activities are: (1) a walking tour of Strasbourg through its picturesque centre (2) wine tasting in the pretty Alsatian village of Mittelbergheim (3) ‘Shop with a Chef’ - visit a local food market and enjoy the assistance of your ship’s chef when tasting and picking out some of the best local ingredients (4) or step inside the setting of the fable, Hansel and Gretel, on your tour to the spectacularly beautiful Black Forest region in Germany. Instead, you may wish to explore the fascinating 4,000-year history of Breisach, from the Stone Age to the present day, with your personal Scenic Tailormade device. Visit Rheintor, one of Germany’s finest surviving Baroque fortress towers, as well as a small vineyard and the 600-year-old cellars found beneath Breisach Castle. On-board the ship this evening, enjoy an entertaining regional performance.
After breakfast, transfer* to the airport for your flight home: fly to your choice of 13 UK regional airports via Amsterdam with KLM or travel with British Airways to London Heathrow. Alternatively, travel by first class rail from Basel to Paris. Change stations in Paris and travel Standard Premier aboard Eurostar to St. Pancras International.
* Please check your transfer entitlements with the UK office