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Rhine River Cruise

  • Cruise through France, Germany & More
  • Explore the Black Forest & Lake Zurich
Includes Return International Flights

Natural beauty, history, and culture come together on this unforgettable 17 day package featuring a guided land tour and Rhine River cruise with award-winning Amadeus River Cruises.

Experience some of Europe’s most iconic cities and landscapes as the tour makes its way from Switzerland to Germany, The Netherlands, and beyond. Enjoy a five night land tour visiting Zurich, Lake Zurich, Lake Lucerne, and the Black Forest, followed by a dazzling seven night river cruise aboard the Amadeus Silver III ship. Visit the grand cities of Strasbourg, Cologne, Freiburg, Basel, Amsterdam, and many more. The package includes return international flights, seven nights hotel accommodation, a seven night river cruise, professional English-speaking tour leader and more. This truly will be the trip of lifetime.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Zurich! Fly with award-winning airlines such as Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qatar or Singapore Airlines to name a few (subject to availability)

Meals included: In-Flight

Welcome to Zurich, upon arrival be met by a representative and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day will be at leisure.

Hotel Ibis Messe Airport, Zurich Meals included: None

After breakfast enjoy a walking tour of Zurich. See Grossmünster, the old Romanesque church, symbol of reformed Zurich, the Fraumünster, an old Gothic church (former convent) with window paintings made by Marc Chagall. In the afternoon travel to Lake Constance. Lake Constance (known as Bodensee in German) is a 63km-long central European lake bordering Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Taking in meadows and vineyards, orchards and wetlands, beaches and Alpine foothills, the lake’s landscapes are like a ‘greatest hits’ of European scenery.

Hotel Ibis Messe Airport, Zurich Meals included: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast, check out before travelling onwards to Lucerne. Enjoy the sights of Lake Zurich as you depart this stunning city. Arriving in Lucerne, famous for its preserved medieval architecture, you will get to see Lucerne’s famous landmarks including Chapel Bridge and the Water Tower.

Ibis Luzern Kriens, Lucerne Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast continue your journey to Freiburg, the 'jewel of the black forest'. This medieval city sits on the western edge of the Black Forest in the Upper Rhine. The city is known for its medieval minster and Renaissance university. It is situated in the heart of the major Baden wine-growing region and serves as the primary entry point to the scenic beauty of the Black Forest. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring Gothic sandstone cathedral, Chug German suds at a local brewery, or take an optional cable car up Schauinsland mountain (not included), where astounding views and a solar observatory await.

Novotel am Konzerthaus, Freiburg Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a full day visit of the Black Forest, a mountainous region in southwest Germany, that has vineyards, river valleys, sunny peaks, wide panoramic views, calm forests, revitalising spas. Known for its dense, evergreen forests and picturesque villages, it is often associated with the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Today, it is renowned for its spas and the cuckoo clocks produced in the region since the 1700s. Afterwards continue to Triberg im Schwarzwald, home to the world's largest cuckoo clock, before returning to Freiburg for the night.

Novotel am Konzerthaus, Freiburg Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast drive to Basel, the city on the Rhine River in Switzerland, close to the country’s borders with France and Germany. Its medieval old town centres around Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Basel.

Ibis airport Bale Mulhouse, Basel Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy the morning at leisure in of Basel. Around Midday transfer to the port for embarkation on the 7 night Rhine river cruise. The friendly crew will be awaiting your arrival. Enjoy time to appreciate the features of your cabin. Soon after, the Cruise Director will invite you for a welcome cocktail and dinner; the perfect start to a romantic evening cruise through the city of Basel.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Strasbourg is the capital city of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region in north eastern France. It's also the formal seat of the European Parliament and sits near the German border, with culture and architecture blending German and French influences.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Speyer is a town in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany and is located beside the river Rhine. It was founded by the Roman’s in 10 BCE, making it one of Germany's oldest cities. Mannheim lies at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers and is rare among German cities for its layout; a grid pattern (or “quadrates”) similar to those found in North America. The grid was originally plotted in 1606 and emanated from Friedrichsburg Fortress, which later became the site of Mannheim Palace. Today, it partly houses the University of Mannheim. The water tower and beautiful Luisenpark are must-sees.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning arrive in Rüdesheim, a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge, know especially for Riesling wines. In the centre, Drosselgasse is a lane lined with shops, taverns and restaurants. Medieval Brömserburg Castle is home to the Rheingau Wine Museum, exhibiting wine paraphernalia from ancient times to the present. After lunch spend time on deck as we cruise the most beautiful section of the river, the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. In the afternoon, begin the short journey to Coblenz and arrive at approximately 3:30pm. Coblenz is an ancient city in central Germany, and a gateway to the terraced vineyards and ruined castles of the Rhine Gorge. In the centre, a monumental statue of William the Great marks the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Few towns in Germany can match the charm of Cochem. Its picturesque beauty, makes it a favourite place for visitors. Legend, folklore and a rich web of history is woven into every street. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Moselle River Valley, between the Eiffel and Hundsrück. It is surrounded by high elevations, steep vineyards and typical wine villages, offering tastings, festivals and genuine hospitality. Cochem, itself, is a showpiece gem and rated as one of the prettiest villages along the Moselle. Little seems to have changed for centuries. The town has many fine buildings, quaint cottages, black & tan guild houses and winding streets. The town square, lined with its half-timbered houses, is particularly fine.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning arrive in Cologne, a 2,000-year-old city spanning the Rhine River in western Germany, is the region’s cultural hub. A landmark of High Gothic architecture set amid the reconstructed old town, the twin-spired Cologne Cathedral is also known for its gilded medieval reliquary and sweeping river views. The adjacent Museum Ludwig showcases 20th-century art, including many masterpieces by Picasso, and the Romano-Germanic Museum houses Roman antiquities. Tonight enjoy the captains Gala Dinner.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Short stop in the hollandaise town of Hoorn to continue sailing to today Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ capital; known for it’s artistic heritage, elaborate canal system, narrow houses with gabled facades…and bicycles.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Disembark the cruise after breakfast and be transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in Amsterdam; known for centuries as the world's largest commercial port and referred to as the "Venice of the North" because of the many canals and over 600 bridges that cross it, admiring masterpieces of five centuries of architecture and views that have inspired countless artists.

Golden Tulip Amsterdam West, Amsterdam Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy your last breakfast in Holland before transferring to the airport for your return flight back to Australia after one trip-of-a-lifetime! Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later

Tour Inclusions

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- Discover France, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany
- Explore Zurich, Lucerne, Freiburg, Basel and Amsterdam
- Cruise to Strasbourg, Speyer, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Cochem, Cologne, Hoorn and more
- Cruise the picturesque Upper and Middle Rhine River
- Wander around Zurich; see the 12th century Grossmünster Cathedral and more
- Visit Lake Constance, the tri-point of Switzerland, Germany and Austria
- Marvel at Lakes Zurich and Lucerne in Switzerland
- Stay in Freiburg, the Jewel of the Black Forest
- Discover the magical Black Forest in Germany
- Stop in the quaint village of Triberg, famed for its cuckoo clocks
- Discover the quaint villages of the French and German countryside
- Visit Strasbourg, the capital of the Champagne region of France
- Dock in Rüdesheim, a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge
- Experience the charm of Cochem in the Moselle River Valley
- Visit the 2000 year old city of Cologne
- Stop in the dutch port town of Hoorn
- Explore Amsterdam and Basel free at leisure
- Enjoy a Cocktail Reception
- Complimentary Wifi onboard
- Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
- 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water onboard cruise
- Enjoy special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demos and music performances
- Free-flowing wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner onboard cruise
- Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- 7 night Rhine River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam
- Sail aboard the brand new Amadeus 'Silver III' ship
- Stay in an elegant outside cabin of your choice
- Enjoy 27 meals including daily breakfast and a Captain's Gala dinner
- Professional English-speaking tour leader
- Airline, cruise taxes and surcharges
- Transportation by A/C vehicles
- Return airport and ship transfers

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