Welcome to Basel, on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland. Transfer from the airport to your ship.* After boarding, enjoy time on your own getting acquainted with the city. Dinner is served on board. (Dinner)* Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Disembark this morning for your guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city's famed cathedral. Free time allows you 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. Return to your ship for dinner and departure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning, disembark for an included tour to visit the historic the historic town of Speyer and take in views of the imposing Speyer 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. Alternatively, after breakfast, you may choose to disembark for a full day tour of Heidelberg, the home of Germany's oldest university, founded in 1386. Visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle and admire the Neckar River Valley. Continue with a walking tour through Old Town to Heidelberg's renowned gates and after lunch, rejoin your ship in Rüdesheim. This evening, you can dine on board your ship or choose to experience one of our optional dinners on shore tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning, sail along the most scenic stretch of the Rhine, where turreted castles and fortresses overlook the river from their hilltop posts. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this part of the Middle Rhine Valley is so beautiful. Arrive in Koblenz this afternoon and disembark for a tour of 700-year-old Marksburg Castle. You may also join an optional excursion that offers a lively and informative tour of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; or, choose to journey into Moselle wine country on an optional excursion, stopping for a tour and tasting at a local winery. Return to your ship for lunch. Later, enjoy some time in this charming town at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Begin your day with a morning tour of Cologne, Germany's fourth largest city. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin's Church and see 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We sail along the Rhine during the morning hours. Admire scenic views and enjoy a morning of enjoyable Dutch diversions: sample Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. This afternoon, your ship arrives in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Disembark for an afternoon 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. Board your ship for departure and dinner. Arrive in Amsterdam around midnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Amsterdam; take time to explore the city's neighborhoods, museums and exciting nightlife. (Breakfast)* Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.
8 Days 6 Guided Tours / 4 Countries
Daily Shore Excursions: 6 included guided tours
Port Charges: Included on all itineraires
We've been on two Viking river cruises so far. Stayed in an Explorer Suite both times. Viking has figured out how to pack maximum enjoyment considering customer preferences for how much guided tour time and on your own time you desire at each stop. They are highly organized and highly trained. Their staff are very friendly and it rubs off on their customers. And the food is excellent. We'll book again.
Although Viking provided high quality experience in every way, having to do part of our journey by bus rather than boat was disappointing. Having to pack and unpack in order to change boats was a bit frustrating. I realize that Viking cannot control the water depth of the rivers, but because of this experience I am not anxious to make another river cruise. I may be more inclined to choose an ocean cruise where water depth is most likely not a problem.
Viking is wonderful. We had to have a boat change at the beginning because of water level issues, but the cruise was seamless. Viking is a class operation in every sense.
This was our first Viking cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to future cruises with Viking.
Our Viking Rhine River cruise was wonderful. This is our second Viking river cruise and it was everything we hoped for and exceeded our expectations. The new longships are beautiful, our French balcony cabin was great, the food on the ship was delicious, and our included tours were educational and informative. I would highly recommend Viking cruises.
Longship EIR is a quality vessel with quality appointments. cabins provided more storage and bathroom space than we would have expected.
We loved our trip! Everything was more than expected! The entire trip was flawless!
The Viking Rhine river cruise was far above my expectations. Viking Eir staff was professional, friendly, fun and accommodating. The meals were fabulous. The shore excursions were great. The weather was awesome. A river cruise should be a must on anyone's bucket list, and definitely book Viking. Saw several river cruise lines, but the ships didn't match up to Viking. Viking has their own buses for the first four stops. This company is certainly very professional. The nightly activities in the lounge after dinner were great.
Great cruise with Viking! All went smoothly.
Loved the long boat, but not enough time on land for site seeing or shopping. Time on the boat was great. Loved the crew! They were so friendly, helpful and respectful. So much food! Everything on the boat was more than I expected.
We had a wonderful trip. I had nothing but positive experiences and would recommend it to anyone.
Everything was as you told me it would be! Very unusual in this day and time, we were so surprised and pleased! We have already recommended this event to several of our friends! Please keep up the good work.
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