Rhine River Cruise of Holland, Switzerland, Germany and France
with optional 3 nights post cruise hotel stay in Basel Switzerland
An 8 Day Viking river cruise on the beautiful Rhine River visiting 4 countries with 6 included guided tours. Enjoy beautiful fall colors in the Black forest, the Palatimate Forest and the Alsace region of Switzerland and the stunning Swiss Alps. Plus an optional three day post cruise stay in Basel Switzerland with a guided walking tour of Basel and an optional tour to witness the largest waterfall in all of Europe, the Rhein Falls.
CRUISE DATES: Thursday Oct. 12TH – Thursday Oct. 19TH 2017
Post cruise dates Thursday Oct. 19-Sun. Oct. 22 2017
BOOK BY DECEMBER 30th and receive an upgrade to a cabin with a French Balcony for only $150 per person
Explore castles & cathedrals
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.
Our cruise includes all meals, bear, wine and soft drinks with all meals, six professionally guided shore excursions, onboard entertainment and speakers and more.
Day 1 — Thursday Oct. 12th - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to your ship, the Viking Lofn. You can board as early as 10am if you wish. After boarding, the afternoon and evening are yours to relax or explore the city on your own. You may wish to visit the Rijksmuseum, or the van Gogh Museum next door. Tonight the ship sails at 10pm (D)
Highlights of our ship:
Revolutionary in concept and design, this spacious outdoor seating area at the bow of the ship is perfect for having a casual meal al fresco, meeting friends for drinks or reading a book, all while enjoying breathtaking views and basking in the fresh air.
Gaze at breathtaking scenery through the Restaurant’s panoramic windows as you dine on regional specialties and contemporary cuisine. The atmosphere is casual yet elegant, with high-quality table linens, china, cutlery and glassware at every meal.
- 95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms)
- Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, and walking track
- Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining
- The Lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
- Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views
- Library corner and onboard boutique
- Elevator from Middle to Upper Deck only; no elevator access for categories F and E
- Free shipwide wireless Internet service
- Laundry service
- Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
- 40" flat-panel Sony TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more
Day 2 — Kinderdijk, The Netherlands
This morning we sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a 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. Return aboard for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and try your hand at sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). We cruise through the night. (B, L, D)
The windmills of our included excursion today
Day 3 — 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 4 — Koblenz, Germany
Proceed along the Rhine, disembarking to tour the 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and its museum. Enjoy an onboard lunch as you marvel at this scenic passage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where castles overlook the river from their hilltop posts.
Marksburg Castle which our included shore excursion will visit today
Arrive in Rüdesheim in the late afternoon. 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 in town if you prefer. We depart after midnight. (B, L, D)
Day 5 — Heidelberg, Germany
Cruise through the morning as you enjoy breakfast and the passing scenery. Arrive 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. Continue with a walking tour through Old Town to Heidelberg’s renowned gates.
Rejoin your ship in Speyer this afternoon and take some time to look around. You dock in full view of the imposing Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 11th century on the site of a former basilica, the building’s design influenced Romanesque architecture for centuries to come, and is the final resting place of eight German monarchs. Its soaring interior features graceful rows of sandstone columns and a large stained-glass window that was installed in the western facade during a later Gothic period. (B, L, D)
Heidelburg Castle which we will visit on our included excursion today
Day 6 — Strasbourg, France
We dock this morning in Kehl and disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city’s famed cathedral. The afternoon is free 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. Dine aboard and enjoy free time this evening in the amiable little city of Kehl. (B, L, D)
Scenic Strasbourg France, on our included shore excursion today
Day 7 — 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 with fall colors. 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)
The cuckoo clock making demonstration on our included shore excursion today
Day 8 — Thursday Oct. 19th - Basel, Switzerland
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with an optional 3 nights in Basel. Enjoy the scenic landscape of the Alsace region of Switzerland and the Swiss Alps with a two hour walking tour and an optional full day tour to the widest waterfalls in Europe.
All This Is Included in our 8 day/7night cruise
- 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
- 6 guided tours with audio headset
- All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
- Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch
- Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- 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
- All port charges
- Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
With category F cabins with picture windows offering a scenic river view: $2849 per person with a roommate of the same gender assigned to you.
With Category D cabins – feature a French balcony (sliding glass door and a railing just outside the door, so you can lean against the rail and gaze at the scenery and soak in the fresh air.): $3099 with a same gender roommate assigned.
Optional single room supplement:
Category F: $2424
Category D: $2724
Book by December 30th and receive $100 off the upgrade to category D French Balcony cabin.
A $500 deposit is due within 7 days of booking. This is refundable if canceled by Feb.1st.
Cancelations between Feb. 1st and March 30th with lose $100 and receive a $400 credit toward any singles trip on our site in 2017 or 2018. Cancelations April 1st and later are non refundable.
Balance payments are due Monday April 10th
Optional three night post cruise stay in Basel Switzerland
Thursday Oct. 19th – We are picked up at our ship and transferred to our four star hotel in Basel Switzerland. After check in, we will have free time for lunch and then enjoy a 2:30pm – 4:30pm walking tour showing us sites of Basel with commentary from our local guide.
Explore Basel’s historic Old Town, hear stories from the dim and distant past and discover what makes the city special on this 2-hour Basel walking tour. Follow a guide through Basel’s pretty Old Town and gain insight into its 15th-century history. Take in top city attractions such as Basel Minster, the Barfüsserkirche, City Hall, the Museum der Kulturen and Tinguely Fountain.
Along the way, admire the city’s bold and modern architecture, and see how the centuries have shaped the Basel of today. What You Can Expect Old Town Go on a journey back through all the epochs. There can be few other cityscapes where buildings dating back as far as the fifteenth century engage so harmoniously and vibrantly with the contemporary creations of internationally distinguished architects.
On our tour, you will be told all about Basel and the background to its development while passing historic buildings such as the city hall, the Basel cathedral and the Barfüsserkirche. Also a lot about the city's present situation will be explained. Besides from being taken to some picturesque corners of the Old Town, you'll be shown places that closely reflect Basel's present-day Zeitgeist, such as the Museum der Kulturen and the Tinguely fountains
Lying mere footfalls from the French and German borders, it’s no surprise that Basel has made a name for itself as a bustling, cosmopolitan city, nestled in an idyllic location on the banks of the Rhine River.
Home to about 40 museums and a big international art scene thanks to its annual Art Basel festival, the city is awash with innovative street art and rich architecture. Dubbed Switzerland’s cultural capital, Basel has plenty to keep visitors entertained: munch on some gingerbread-like Basler Läckerli, cool off with a summer dip in the Rhine or join in the rambunctious festivities at the vibrant Fasnacht, the city’s annual street carnival.
Basel sits where the Swiss, German and French borders meet, and is Switzerland's third-most populated city with 195,000 people.
Friday Oct. 20th and Sat. Oct. 21st – Free days to explore Basel and the surrounding areas at your leisure or take optional excursions:
Optional excursion 1:
Feel the spray off Europe’s largest waterfall with a 5-hour coach trip to the Rhine Falls from Basel. Stand above the churning water on a observation deck, and capture unforgettable images of the 450-foot (150-meter)-wide falls.
Enjoy time to explore the scenic place at your own pace. These stunning falls link the Swiss Alps to the North Sea.
What You Can Expect: A visit to The Rhein Falls of northern Switzerland on a 5-hour tour by coach. In addition to free time to explore Europe's largest waterfall at your leisure, make photos.
The Rhine Falls were formed in the last ice age, approximately 14,000 to 17,000 years ago, by erosion-resistant rocks narrowing the riverbed. The first glacial advances created today's land forms approximately 500,000 years agoThis is a record - there is no other waterfall in Europe bigger than the Rheinfall. Enjoy a half day trip to the Rhine Falls with a coach on your side.
The tour includes pick up at the hotel and return to the hotel.
Optional excursion 2
Engelberg and Titlis Mountain on this day tour. Spend 2-hours traversing through Lucerne, one of the world’s prettiest cities. Then spend 2-hours exploring Engelberg and Mount Titlis, including a daring cliff walk. What You Can Expect Luzern Visit the beautiful city of Lucerne, as well as Engelberg and Mount Titlis on this day tour. First explore the cultural and historical sites of Lucerne and absorb the city’s charm.
Spend 2 hours in the city, seeing the world famous Chapel Bridge and Water Tower, the Musegg Wall, the Jesuit Church, the Mill Bridge and the Lion Monument.Then transfer to the resort town of Engelberg to experience the cliff walk on Mount Titlis.
Cross what may be the highest suspension bridge in Europe. Over 10,000-feet (3,000-meter) high with a 550-foot (500-meter) drop, these 150 steps are sure to test your nerves.
Optional excursion 3
See Zurich's highlights and secret spots.
What You Can Expect
Depart from your Basel hotel at a time that suits your schedule and climb aboard a luxury minivan. Choose between these tours:
Downtown tour: Learn how a Roman toll point became the city with the highest quality of life. See the influence of Charles the Great, Vladimir Lenin, Albert Einstein and Marc Chagall on the economic and scientific center of Switzerland. See Zurich's highlights and secret spots. Sweet
Tour:A Tour to discover Zurich and its sweet specialties. We go to the famous Coffee House Sprüngli, discover one of the most famous Swiss chocolate brands and enjoy a small hot chocolate in a elegant old Vienna- style Coffee House. You will also learn about Zurich and its history as we walk.
West tour: Zurich West is multicultural, vibrant, modern and taste-fully grungy in some parts. You will get to know the trendy Zurich. The re-urbanization and artistic locations contrast with the old industrial parts. Explore one of the world‘s longest viaducts, innovative businesses and the Prime Tower, Zurich's highest building
Historical Tour: Feel the fascinating spirit of history during a walk through the picturesque old town. See the development of Zurich from a modest Roman toll station to an important medieval town. Hear about the reformation, the severe troubles during the Napoleonic wars and the development of the city as a financial capital.
Gourmet Tour: What's your flavor? Enjoy a unique experience in Zurich by tasting great food and learning more about the different restaurants in Zurich: You will have the chance to enjoy typical Swiss cuisine and international dishes in four different restaurants
The optional excursions can be booked at any time after February 1st.
Optional three night Basel stay cost: $689 per person with a roommate of the same gender assigned
Optional single room supplement: $375
Your three night post cruise Basel visit includes:
- Transport from the ship to our 4 star centrally located hotel
- 3 nights 4 star hotel accommodations
- 2 hour walking tour of Basel with a local guide
There is no deposit required to book the optional 3 night post cruise Basel visit. The full cost of the Basel stay is due when making the final payment of your cruise, which is due April 10th.
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