- Return flights to Amsterdam & from Zurich
- 13 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) & 9 dinners (D)
Rhine Cruise Getaway
$8,130 per person, twin share*
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14 days | Departs Jun to Oct 2019 –
Our popular Rhine holiday includes more time to explore Amsterdam, a 7 night luxury river cruise down the Rhine River and a 2 night stay in the beautiful town of Lucerne.
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Depart Australia on your flight tonight.
Welcome to Amsterdam! We will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore Amsterdam’s charming neighborhoods and sample some treats. A Viking host is available to help you plan your time in Amsterdam so you can make the most of your visit.
❱ Hotel stay: Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre or similar (2 nights)
After breakfast, embark on a walking tour through the charming streets and neighborhoods of Amsterdam. Your afternoon and evening are free to enjoy Amsterdam’s wonderful restaurants and many attractions; explore the city’s art or historic museums, visit the Anne Frank House or take a canal tour by glass-topped boat. This evening, dine in a local restaurant—Amsterdam offers many establishments in the “grand café” style and is also known for excellent Indonesian cuisine—and enjoy the city’s lively nightlife.
Today, you have additional time for touring or shopping. Later today, you will be transferred to your ship for boarding. The afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. You may wish to visit the Rijksmuseum, or the Van Gogh Museum next door.
❱ River cruise: Viking Longship (7 nights)
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 on board for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. We cruise through the night.
Begin your day with a morning tour of Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church and visit the Dom, Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your free time enjoying Cologne’s atmospheric waterfront, or perhaps join an optional excursion on which you ascend to the Dom’s roof for up-close views of the cathedral’s architecture and bird’s-eye vistas of Cologne. Afterward, return on board for dinner. Alternately, you may set off on an optional excursion to explore Cologne’s spirited beer culture, sampling Kölsch, a light, crisp beer brewed only in Cologne, and enjoying a brauhaus dinner. After, return to your ship for a late-evening departure.
Proceed along the Rhine, disembarking to tour the 700-year-old Marksburg Castle. Alternately, choose an optional excursion that offers a lively and informative tour of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, or enjoy an optional guided exploration of Koblenz on foot. After, enjoy an onboard lunch as you cruise the scenic Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where turreted castles and fortresses overlook the river from their hilltop posts. 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 on board your ship, or in town if you prefer. You may also choose to experience one of our optional dinners on shore tonight. We depart after midnight.
Cruise into mid-morning as you enjoy the passing scenery. After breakfast, disembark for a tour of Heidelberg, the home of Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. 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. On your way back to your ship, visit the historic town of Speyer and take in views 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.
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. Alternately, join our optional excursion into Alsatian wine country for an informative winery tour and tasting. Or, spend your full day exploring culinary Strasbourg on an optional excursion; as you explore the city and take in its sights, savor samples of the renowned Alsatian cuisine, from regional dessert specialties and meats to wine pairings with local foods. On board this evening, enjoy a Taste of Germany dinner event.
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. Once there, visit a local workshop to see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration, and learn how Black Forest Cake is made. Return to your ship for lunch. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar to discover the storybook charm of its streets lined with medieval, Gothic and Renaissance buildings, and visit a fine arts museum. Alternately, choose an optional excursion that explores Colmar’s World War II history. Dine on board this evening and cruise on through the night.
After breakfast on your ship, disembark and we will transfer you to your hotel, located on the shore of Lake Lucerne, minutes from the city center, Old Town and main railway station. Once you get settled, embark on a guided walk through Old Town and see the Chapel Bridge, iconic Water Tower and many burgher houses. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city. Alternatively, you can take an optional excursion to the summit of Stanserhorn Mountain for stunning alpine views, one mile above sea level. Ascend the mountain in style in a vintage funicular car, originally built in 1893 and recently restored. At the halfway point, embark an open air double-decker cable car. Take in spectacular 360° panoramic vistas and fresh mountain air. Enjoy lunch at the top in a revolving restaurant, and a guided walk to the summit. A Viking host is available to help you plan your time in Lucerne so you can make the most of your visit.
❱ Hotel stay: Radisson Blu Lucerne or similar (2 nights)
Today, you have a full day at leisure. You can enjoy the breathtaking alpine scenery, explore the city or simply relax in a café. Or you may choose to join a full-day optional excursion including a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne, a cog railway trip to the top of one of the region’s spectacular mountains, a visit to a local dairy farm where you can produce your own cheese, a tour of a dairy production facility and a delicious fondue meal provides the complete Swiss experience.
Sadly today marks the end of your Europe holiday. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Zurich Airport in time for your flight home.
Arrive back in Australia this morning on your flight from Europe.
Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
26 Jun 2019, 17 Jul 2019, 27 Jul 2019, 17 Sep 2019, 16 Oct 2019
|Cruise Cabin Type||
Standard Cabin – F, French Balcony Cabin – D, Middle Deck Verandah Cabin – B, Upper Deck Verandah Cabin – A
The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:
- Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Emirates ‘U’ Class Economy airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
- The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
71 to 130 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
Within 70 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.
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