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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
As with my past experiences, Allyson made booking this trip with ease and professionalism. I appreciated how she answered all my questions promptly and provided with me with all the information I needed. Viking Cruise Lines exceeded my expectations. The ease in which the entire tour ease handled made it one of the best vacations I have ever experienced. They were beyond organized and accommodating in every way. I will definitely continue using Affordable Tours and continue using them recommending them for my future travels.
Viking river cruise was outstanding despite the very low water conditions that required we change ships twice. We were met on our arrival in Amsterdam and throughout our 14 day cruise there level of service was first class. At the end of or cruise we were driven from the ship to the airport where a Viking representative met us and helped secure our boarding pass for our flight from Amsterdam back to the USA.
We were extremely pleased with the Viking staff who were always warm and welcoming to all guests. The food service and selections were exceptional. The Viking Skadi was a very nice ship. It was well maintained and clean. The Grand European Tour was wonderful. There were many included side tours and optional tours. Having heard other travelers experiences with the optional tours we wish we had included some that we did not sign up to take. All trips were well planned and the guides were knowledgeable. The only optional side trip that we did not think was worth the cost was the trip to Salzburg Austria.The bus ride was several hours on two lane farm roads and there was very little explore time. This side extra cost trip seemed strictly for tourists. The remainder of the trip was outstanding and we were sad to see it end. Viking was wonderful but they do want fully paid costs some two years in advance for further travel. For us, this makes payments not possible. I'm not sure if this is standard with all tour companies.
There was unusual high water on the Danube river which precluded our ship from passing under some low bridges. Viking arranged a seamless transfer fo another Viking ship on the other side of the obstacle. We packed and left suitcases in the morning when we started our sightseeing and they returned us to another, identical ship, placing everyone in exactly the same cabin number as their original ship. This is a significant advantage to using Viking because they have so many ships going in both directions, that they can even adjust to high or low water conditions.
Exceeded our expectations. Every detail was taken care. Up to date modern ship. Everything was neat, clean and worked. The staff on board were very professional and friendly. I would definitely travel with Viking again. Great value!
We have now returned from our trip and it exceeded our expectations!
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