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Rhine Cruise to Switzerland 8 days/7 nights - Cologne to Basel

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland 8 days/7 nights - Cologne to Basel


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: EMBARK IN COLOGNE
Arrive in Cologne and welcome aboard! Your suite will be ready by 5:00 pm. (D)

Day 2: KOBLENZ
Spend the morning at leisure on board enjoying the spectacular river scenery and get to know your ship and fellow passengers. You’ll be cruising by the rolling hills of the Rhine Valley, seeing pretty waterfront towns and vineyards on the way to Koblenz. When you arrive in Koblenz, you can explore this Roman city with its stunning waterfront on our guided walking tour. (B, L, D)

Day 3: RHINE GORGE & RÜDESHEIM
Depart Koblenz and proceed along the Rhine. Sail past the impressive Marksburg Castle, a fortress dating back to the 13th century. Cruise along to see Boppard, a wonderfully picturesque town known as the “Pearl of the Rhine,” on the way to the dramatic Rhine Gorge as you marvel at the many ruined castles along the river. After lunch, arrive in Rüdesheim, a classic Rhine wine village. Enjoy a walking tour through the narrow streets of this charming town or join the optional visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musikkabinett Museum (payable locally). After dinner this evening perhaps sample a small Asbach – the famous brandy distilled in Rüdesheim. (B, L, D)

Day 4: SPEYER
Sail downstream through the picturesque vineyards that are home to the Liebfraumilch wines. Arrive in historic Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, founded by the Celts. After lunch, enjoy a guided walking tour of this medieval gem with its ancient streets. See the breathtaking Romanesque Imperial Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the magnificent neo-Gothic Gedächtniskirche, built at the turn of the 20th century. (B, L, D)

Day 5: STRASBOURG
Today arrive in France and drive by motorcoach to the center of Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region. Take a walking tour of its picturesque Old Town, bisected by canals and made up of a maze of narrow streets. See the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, multi-towered Ponts Couverts – covered bridges – and the pretty Petite France quarter of pastel-colored former artisans’ houses lining the canals. After the tour you might stop at a café to sample some local Riesling or Gewürztraminer wine. This evening is the “Captain’s Dinner,” featuring delicious specialties of the countries and regions visited during our cruise. (B, L, D)

Day 6: BREISACH & BLACK FOREST
Glide through the dramatic scenery of the valley separating the Vosges and Black Forest mountains. Arrive at the ancient town of Breisach, dominated by the impressive Saint Stephan’s Cathedral. In the afternoon, drive through some of Central Europe’s most stunning scenery – the Black Forest Mountains, a landscape filled with hills, waterfalls, and pine forests – to the lakeside village of Titisee. After lunch on board, explore historic Breisach. Enjoy dinner this evening en route to Switzerland. (B, L, D)

Day 7: BERNESE OBERLAND AND LUCERNE
Drive by motorcoach to Lucerne, Switzerland’s most beautiful city, and enjoy some free time to explore. You might choose to stroll along the Chapel Bridge, a unique covered wooden walkway crossing the lake, and the city’s most iconic structure. In the afternoon, enjoy a rail journey into the stunning Bernese Oberland, with some of the finest mountain scenery in the world. See the snowcapped peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Ascend by mountain railway for more extraordinary vistas. Lunch onboard is not included on this full day excursion; however, the ship will offer a packed lunch. (B, L, D)

Day 8: DISEMBARK IN BASEL
Your vacation ends this morning after breakfast; you are welcome to stay onboard for the morning, but you must check out of your cabin by 9 am. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2020 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2019.  >

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Accommodations

Package: Rhine Cruise to Switzerland - 8 days/7 nights - Cologne to Basel

MS Emily Bronte
River Cruise MS Emily Bronte

MS Oscar Wilde
River Cruise MS Oscar Wilde

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

CIE Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
4.1
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.3

Ratings based off 1962 reviews about CIE Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

The trip was wonderful. This is our second CIE tour and totally enjoyed both and highly recommend.

Fantastic trip, more than I was expecting.

We greatly enjoyed this tour. The itinerary covered a lot of fabulous places to see, the accommodations were excellent, and the tour guide/coach driver was very entertaining and informative. We will definitely consider CIE and Affordable Tours in booking our next vacation. Thanks!

I expected more hands on guidance in the choice of pubs, more going as a group. However I liked very much our driver/guide, Matt Nolan. His manner was very pleasant, his introductions to the areas we visited and history talks were just enough, and he was skilled driver on the narrow roads. Time on the bus was calm and quiet which seemed to suit us. He managed all the travel details professionally.

Great tour, Highly recommended!

Exceeded my expectations. Wonderful accommodations, very interactive experience with the tour stops.

Wonderful experience, we are looking forward to booking another tour.

Price very reasonable. Nice accommodations. Great tours and good amount of free time.

It was a great experience from beginning to end.

I would highly recommend CIE Tours. The tour, accommodations and food were excellent. Our driver, David, was the best!

2nd trip with CIE. both were up to expectations. good drivers and guides. good selection of places to tour.

This was a great tour with lots of included activities. CIE was very accommodating and helpful.

CIE is a very solid tour company. This was our third trip with CIE and we have toured with five other companies, all well known. CIE is not the cheapest, but the quality is excellent and there are no optional excursions. Everything is included in the price. This means they stick to popular tour options. Optional excursions offer the chance to customize the tour or to opt out of some selections. There were no CIE scheduled attractions that we would have left out. Service and organization were very sound as always.

Our driver/ guide, Murt, made the whole experience very enjoyable. He had a great sense of humor, provided interesting stories & historical events and gave us the best amount of time each day to see all the events on our schedule.

CIE was great. Tour Director was wonderful.


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