Delight in vineyard-lined valleys and hilltop castles on a seven-night, first-class cruise through France, Germany and the Netherlands that kicks off with a three-night, deluxe stay in breathtaking Interlaken, Switzerland! You’ll stroll through Brienz, a picture-perfect Swiss village, and marvel at UNESCO World Heritage cathedrals in Cologne and Speyer. In Cochem, walk along cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses and visit the picturesque castle above town. Cruise through the scenic Rhine Gorge and glide along Amsterdam’s 17th-century canals. Tailor your journey with a choice of included excursions. Select from exhilarating alpine adventures in Interlaken. In Strasbourg, take a panoramic tour, explore the lovely Petite France area by land and water or sample Alsatian cuisine. Choices in Rüdesheim and Heidelberg feature cultural visits and scenic walks. In Amsterdam, opt for the Rijksmuseum’s celebrated art, a countryside bike ride, or a food tour in the hip Jordaan district. Savor ample meals, plus wine and beer with lunch and dinner on board the ship. No single supplement!
Zürich, Switzerland | Interlaken
Arrive at Zürich International Airport and meet your AHI Travel Representative who will escort you to the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken. Gather for a Welcome Reception in the hotel tonight and get acquainted with your fellow travelers.
Zürich, Switzerland | Interlaken
Choose an excursion in the heart of the spectacular Swiss Alps! You can (1) travel by train to beautiful Lauterbrunnen, then go higher up by cable car for a hike with fabulous views of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger, and finish in lovely Mürren. Or you can (2) travel by train to picturesque Grindelwald, a resort town at the base of the mountain peaks, for a guided walk, marvelous vistas and leisure time. Afterward, choose from optional gondola rides and adventure activities available at an additional cost.
The day is yours to plan! With Interlaken’s ideal location and the famously efficient Swiss rail system, you’ll find it easy to check out celebrated Alpine peaks, storybook towns and more. Or perhaps you’ll relish some relaxation time at the hotel’s pool and full-service spa. Your Travel Director can assist with ideas and planning.
Brienz | Basel
Enjoy a scenic cruise across majestic Lake Brienz, followed by a stroll through the picture-perfect village of Brienz that boasts quaint chalets adorned with wood carvings. Later, transfer to Basel and embark the ship. This evening, join your fellow travelers at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner.
Strasbourg, France | Personalize Your Journey
Arrive in the capital of France’s Alsace region. This morning’s choices all include a visit to the Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral. Choose from (1) a scenic/walking tour to see historic Strasbourg’s highlights, (2) a canal cruise and walking tour in the colorful Petite France district or (3) an Alsatian culinary tour to Strasbourg’s winstubs, small wine pubs, and local shops. During free time this afternoon, catch a complimentary shuttle between the ship and city center.
Speyer, Germany | Personalize Your Journey | Mannheim | Heidelberg | Personalize Your Journey
On a stroll through one of Germany’s oldest cities, marvel at Speyer’s Romanesque cathedral, the burial place of emperors for almost 300 years, and walk under the 13th-century Old Gate, once part of the town’s fortification walls. After lunch on board, cruise to Mannheim. In Heidelberg, select from (1) a visit to the red-walled, hilltop castle and romantic historic quarter or (2) a hike up the famed Philosopher’s Way to take in sweeping views of the castle, town and river.
Rüdesheim | Personalize Your Journey | Rhine Gorge | Koblenz
Your choices in Rüdesheim include a guided Old Town tour with (1) a tasting at a winery or (2) a visit to a captivating museum of self-playing mechanical musical instruments. Afterward, sail through the stunning Rhine Gorge, dotted with some 40 castles and fortress ruins, and learn about Rhine legends. Cruise to Koblenz, where the Romans founded a settlement more than 2,000 years ago, and meander with your guide through its historic squares and lanes.
Mosel River | Cochem
Admire lovely villages and tiered vineyards while cruising a narrow stretch of the Mosel to Cochem. Today’s onboard lunch features traditional German fare served with pretzels, mustards and beer. Beautifully situated along the river, Cochem charms with half-timbered houses, winding streets and Reichsburg Castle high above town. Discover landmarks and folklore on a walk, then visit the hilltop castle and enjoy impressive vistas.
Cologne | Personalize Your Journey
Arrive in Cologne, which takes pride in its extraordinary Gothic cathedral, topped by two ornate towers and built over a period of more than 600 years. During a guided Old Town walk, take in the cathedral’s impressive exterior, and then step inside to see the stone columns soaring toward the vaulted ceiling. Afterward, shop or linger in a café. While sailing to the Netherlands tonight, share in a festive Farewell Reception and Dinner.
Amsterdam, Netherlands | Personalize Your Journey
Today, select from (1) a guided visit to the acclaimed Rijksmuseum to view celebrated art by 17th-century Dutch masters like Rembrandt, (2) a bike ride through lush Waterland made up of nine historical villages outside Amsterdam or (3) a Jordaan District food tour of local eateries to taste classic Dutch treats. Gain insights about contemporary Europe from a local expert before hopping aboard a canal cruiser to see this beguiling city from the water.
Depart for home city
After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travelers. Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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