Rhine River Cruise
When: June 26, 2017 - July 04, 2017 (iCal)
“It was fantastic and I look forward to similar trips.”
Join us on a cruise designed for families through the Rhine River valley. Our excursions aboard the new M. S. AMADEUS SILVER III, highlight the various treasures of Holland, Germany, and France. In Amsterdam, we will explore the canals and pass by historic sites including the Anne Frank House. The famed Gothic cathedral in Cologne, the Rhine Gorge and castles overlooking the river, a variety of iconic river towns, and Strasbourg, France, are among the features of this itinerary. Expert guides and lecturers will provide commentaries throughout. Visits to four UNESCO sites are included. For our guests ages 7 years or older who are traveling with an adult, a variety of entertaining activities will be orchestrated by two youth directors.
Activity Level: Moderately Active
Price From: $3,045
Price From: $2,795 (if booked by March 28, 2017)
Single supplement waived for solo travelers!
Includes land only; per person, based on double occupancy.
Itinerary and price are tentative and subject to change.
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Usha Nand Sellers Ed. D., Director Tufts Travel-Learn Program, at email@example.com or 617-627-5323.
Day 1: Depart gateway city
AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Day 2: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Arrive at Schiphol airport and transfer to the pier to embark the MS Amadeus Silver III. This evening, we will board a canal cruiser for a unique tour of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. Named after its origin as a dam in the river Amstel, today Amsterdam is known the world over for its tree-lined canals and waterways. The main canals were dug during the 17th century, and that central area is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. On a guided cruise with a local expert, we’ll see some of the city’s bridges, Dutch homes, many islands, and the house where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding during World War II.
Day 3: Amsterdam
Today choose one of the following excursions:
• Amsterdam Sightseeing with Rijksmuseum
See some of Amsterdam’s architectural gems: the Royal Palace, Mint Tower, the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue, and the Magere Brug (or “Skinny Bridge”) across the Amstel river. Visit the Rijksmuseum with its outstanding collection of masterpieces, featuring works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals. Highlights include Rembrandt’s portraits, self-portraits and drawings, as well as his largest canvas, “The Night Watch.” We’ll also see how Vermeer captured natural light in his paintings.
• Waterland Bicycle Ride
This excursion is a chance to embrace Holland’s bicycle culture and pedal through lush Waterland on a guided ride. Located just outside Amsterdam, Waterland consists of nine historical villages surrounded by marshy wetland. We’ll pass the villages along our route as we bike through this rural area, stopping for a pastry break in the village of Broek.
• Canal District Walking Tour
The area around Amsterdam’s four main canals—the Singel, Herengracht, Keizergracht, and Prinsengracht—forms the city’s famous canal district, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll take a walking tour of the Herengracht canal, considered the most important canal in Amsterdam. The richest merchants and government officials lived in the beautiful gabled houses that line this waterway. A visit to the Herengracht Museum, which features interactive multimedia exhibits, will offer a chance to learn more about the history of the canal district.
This afternoon, we begin our river cruise as the MS Amadeus Silver III sets sail for Cologne, Germany. While the ship cruises between ports of call during our journey, the Youth Directors will coordinate a variety of children’s activities. These will be held at different locations throughout the ship and will be announced on site. This evening is the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner.
Day 4: Cologne, Germany
Germany’s oldest major city, Cologne has a vibrant cultural scene and an awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral. Topped by two ornately decorated spires, the church was under construction for more than six centuries. During our guided walking tour of the old town, we will see the cathedral’s impressive exterior from Cathedral Square and then step inside to see the stone columns soaring up to the vaulted ceiling. After our walk, there is time for independent exploration or to linger in a quaint café. This afternoon is at leisure onboard as we cruise to Koblenz, where the ship will dock overnight. Young travelers can look forward to crafts and games during the cruise time.
Day 5: Rhine Gorge/Oberwesel
En route to Overwesel, we will sail through the beautiful Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and pass Loreley Rock. This celebrated river boasts more castles than any other river in the world. The region is also rich with legends, including the myth of Loreley, the siren whose song bewitched many sailors and caused ships to crash into the rocks. We will gain a deeper appreciation for this storied locale from our expert. After sailing through the Rhine Gorge, the ship will dock in Obewesel for the afternoon.
The following choice of excursions is available:
• Wines of the Rhine
Gliding along the Rhine on our way to Oberwesel, we are surrounded by terraced fields of grapes that hug the hillsides. This is Riesling country, and Oberwesel is one of the largest winemaking centers in the Middle Rhine region. We will visit a local winery and participate in a tasting of the fine wines produced here.
• A Walk in Time
Known as the “town of towers,” Oberwesel retains much of its medieval character. Its fortifications, including town walls and many of the original towers, are some of the best-preserved in Germany. In addition to serving as protection against attack in the Middle Ages, these large fortifications also conveyed the power and wealth of the town. On an invigorating walk, we’ll traverse these ancient town walls, towers, and stairwells and see breathtaking views of Oberwesel.
Following our chosen excursions, there is free time to meander through Oberwesel and explore this town filled with half-timbered houses. This evening, dinner is on the ship, or share a traditional German dinner in a medieval castle overlooking the Rhine River (at an additional cost).
Day 6: Speyer/Heidelberg
The morning is at leisure as we journey to Speyer. Young travelers will head to their meeting place onboard for today’s scheduled activity with the Youth Directors. Arriving midday in Speyer, the ship will moor here for the afternoon.
Choose one of the following excursions:
• Speyer Walking Tour
Easily explored on foot, picturesque Speyer was largely spared during World War II. This guided walking tour will bring us to see its imposing Romanesque cathedral, burial place of the German emperors and now designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will also stroll by the Altpörtel, Speyer’s medieval gate, and see the old town center.
• Heidelberg Castle and Town
We will visit historic Heidelberg, including the red-walled castle with its giant wine cask. After views of the Neckar Valley and city below, we will take a leisurely walk through the city center.
• Hike up Philosopher’s Way
A visit to Heidelberg’s city center is followed by a refreshing hike across the twin-towered Old Bridge over the Neckar River and up legendary Philosopher’s Way, a path long-favored for its beauty. Stopping in the Philosopher’s Garden, we’ll take in unforgettable views of Heidelberg Castle, the river, and the old town. Tonight, the ship departs for Strasbourg, France, and travelers of all ages will meet to participate in a trivia/history game this evening.
Day 7: Strasbourg, France
This morning, the ship arrives in Strasbourg, the capital of France’s Alsace region. The city’s historic center, called the “Grande Ile” or Big Island, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Here, choose one of the following excursions:
• Strasbourg Panorama
We will discover Strasbourg’s unique and beautiful blend of German and French influences as we see the highlights, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the finest Gothic masterpieces; the Palais Rohan, modeled after the noble mansions of Paris and which now houses museums of architecture, decorative arts, and fine arts; and St. Thomas Church, the main Protestant church. Our exploration of Strasbourg continues with a guided walking tour of the historic center.
• Petite France
During a canal cruise and walking tour, we will discover the heritage of Petite France, a delightful and picturesque district. Fisherman, tanners, and millers once lived in the many half-timbered houses along the waterways.
• Culinary Strasbourg
This guided tour encompasses the city’s winstubs (small wine pubs) and other local establishments to experience the Alsatian culinary scene. Along the way, samples of traditional dishes and wines of Alsace will be available.
After our excursions, this afternoon is free in Strasbourg. Back onboard the ship this evening, we will meet for an engaging activity that celebrates local traditions.
Day 8: Breisach/Freiburg, Germany
This morning is at leisure as the ship sails to Breisach; during this time, young travelers will join the Youth Directors for their final group activity. The ship arrives in Breisach early in the afternoon, and the following choice of excursions is available:
• Riquewihr and the Wines of the Alsace
Set in a small valley near the Vosges mountains, Riquewihr is an Alsatian medieval village that looks much as it did in the past. Our walking tour through the quaint town, known for its fabulous wines and romantic charm, includes a stop to participate in a wine tasting.
• Breisach and Freiburg
We’ll begin our walking tour of these towns along the cobblestone streets of Breisach and see one of the largest wine cellars in Europe. Next is Freiburg, situated near the woods of the Black Forest. There we will explore the lively Augustinerplatz in the center of town and visit the Freiburg Münster, the historic cathedral with stained glass windows and lacy spires.
• Black Forest Adventure
This excursion ventures into the Black Forest, famous for fairy tales and fables. Here we may explore the breathtaking Lake Titisee with a walk along its shores, go for a swim in its crystal-clear waters, or wander through the neighboring town.
Tonight, we meet at a Farewell Reception and Dinner. The night’s festivities will also highlight some of the special projects created by the children while onboard. The ship cruises to Basel, Switzerland, this evening.
Day 9: Basel, Switzerland/Depart for gateway city
After breakfast, we say farewell to the Rhine River and disembark in Basel, Switzerland, to depart for the Zürich Airport for return flights home.
NOTE: Itinerary schedule may change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking.
*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change