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Rhine Getaway Cruise

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Visit all the highlights of the legendary Rhine in just 8 days. In Germany, see the many charming castles commanding the riverbanks as you sail by, tour both Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Admire Cologne, the jewel of the Rhine, with its awe-inspiring Dom, and experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region. Also, explore Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks, encounter multicultural Strasbourg in France, and take part in the inviting nightlife in Rüdesheim’sDrosselgasse. On this itinerary you see a lot without spending a lot of time.  I have a guest taking this cruise soon and I wanted my readers to see where she is going.  This has a great itinerary and I know you will enjoy it as much as I do.

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DAY 1 | AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to your ship. After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, you may wish to visit the Anne Frank House. (D)  Exploring is one of my favorite things to do in a foreign country.

Kinderdijk, Netherlands

DAY 2 | KINDERDIJK, NETHERLANDS

This morning you sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a 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. Return aboard for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and try your hand at sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). Cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

The Dom Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

DAY 3 | COLOGNE, GERMANY

Continue along the Rhine this morning; arrive in Cologne and disembark for a walking tour. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church, and spend some time inside Cologne’s Dom, a remarkable Gothic cathedral whose construction began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880. Explore the dockside taverns, cafés and shops on your own. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served aboard and remain docked until late evening. (B, L, D) More exploring!

Marksburg Castle, Koblenz, Germany

DAY 4 | KOBLENZ & RÜDESHEIM , GERMANY

Proceed along the Rhine, disembarking to tour the 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and its museum. Enjoy an onboard lunch as you marvel at this scenic passage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where castles overlook the river from their hilltop posts. Arrive in Rüdesheim in the late afternoon. Spend free time in the pedestrian-onlyDrosselgasse and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars. Dine aboard the ship, or in town if you prefer. Depart after midnight. (B, L, D)

Heidelberg Turret Gate, Germany

DAY 5 | HEIDELBERG & SPEYER, GERMANY

Cruise through the morning as you enjoy breakfast and the passing scenery. Arrive in Mannheim and disembark for a tour of Heidelberg to see Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Then, visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle and take in the scenery of the Neckar River Valley and the city’s many red rooftops from this hilltop post. Continue with a walking tour through the Old Town to Heidelberg’s renowned gates.

Rejoin the ship in Speyer this afternoon and take some time to look around. You dock in full view of the imposing Romanesque 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. Its soaring interior features graceful rows of sandstone columns and a large stained-glass window that was installed in the western façade during a later Gothic period. (B, L, D)

Old Town, Strasbourg, France

DAY 6 | STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Dock this morning in Kehl and disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city’s famed cathedral. The afternoon is free 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. Dine aboard and enjoy free time this evening in the amiable little city of Kehl. (B, L, D)  Time to explore again!

Braubach, Germany

DAY 7 | BREISACH, GERMANY

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 and see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration. Return to Breisach or choose an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar. Dine aboard and cruise on through the night. (B, L, D) This is a great place to buy your cuckoo clocks.

Basel, Switzerland

DAY 8 | BASEL, SWITZERLAND

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, you may want to extend your journey with 2 nights in Lucerne. Enjoy the scenic landscape of the Swiss Alps with a view from your hotel, situated on the banks of beautiful Lake Lucerne. (B) When I take this cruise, I will be extending my stay in Lucerne,  There are a few attractions I would like to re-visit again.

The following meals are included: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner with included complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks.

Also, all the excursions included in the itinerary are included in the price.
Added bonus:  2 for 1 cruise and discounted airfare.  Be sure to call me for details.  I am looking forward to traveling on the Rhine in 2015 with some of my readers.
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Rhine River Getaway

RHINE RIVER GETAWAY

This week we will be on the legendary Rhine River visiting France, Switzerland, Germany, and Holland.  This is one of my favorite cruise itineraries.  This cruise is packed with castle visits, winery visits, and as always the great local food we will be sampling.  I hope you find this cruise as exciting as I do.  I will be taking this cruise July 10, 2015 if you would like to join me.

Amsterdam to Basel – Itinerary (8 days/6 guided tours/4 countries)

Day 1 –  Amsterdam:  Arrive in Amsterdam and enjoy free time after boarding the ship.

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Day 2 –  Kinderdijk:  Tour Kinderdijk windmills, a UNESCO Site.

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Day 3 –  Cologne:  Walking tour and Gothic Cathedral visit, free time to visit a local brewery and sample Kolsch.

Day 4 –  Koblenz:  Marksburg Castle excursion.

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Day 4 –  Rhine River:  Cruising the Middle Rhine, a UNESCO Site.

Day 4 –  Rudesheim:  Evening at leisure to stroll the Drosselgasse, perhaps sample local wines.

Day 5 –  Heidelberg:  Half-day city tour featuring Heidelburg Castle and free time.

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Day 5 –  Speyer:  Evening at leisure to stroll the cobbled streets; see Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO Site.

Day 6 –  Strasbourg:  Walking tour featuring Strasbourg Cathedral; afternoon at leisure to shop or sample Alsatian treets.

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Day 7 –  Breisach:  Black Forest scenery tour with clock-making demonstration; optional vineyard tour or optional Colmar excursion.  Excellent place to purchase a Black Forest cuckoo clock.

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Day 8 –  Basel:  River cruise ends.  Return to airport.

**Extend your journey with a 2 day stay in Amsterdam or Lucerne.  This itinerary can be reversed.

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Included:

8 day cruise with french balcony stateroom

6 guided tours with audio headset

All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner and Captain’s Farewell Dinner

Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with on board dinner and lunch service

Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Culture Curriculum: Enjoy a classical music performance; learn how to create your own Alsatian Flammkuchen; observe a traditional glassblower, attend lectures on Germany’s current affairs & origins of Rhine River cruising.  Note: some dates offer wine curriculum’s.

All port charges included #River Cruises, #Germany, #France, #Amsterdam

Free wi-fi connection

**ADDED BONUS**  EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT

2-for-1 cruise prices, discounted airfare.  Limited time offer.

Call 919.708.8217 for details.pilatus-12

#river cruises

 

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Rhine River Getaway

RHINE RIVER GETAWAY

This week we will be on the legendary Rhine River visiting France, Switzerland, Germany, and Holland.  This is one of my favorite cruise itineraries.  This cruise is packed with castle visits, winery visits, and as always the great local food we will be sampling.  I hope you find this cruise as exciting as I do.  I will be taking this cruise July 10, 2015 if you would like to join me.

Amsterdam to Basel – Itinerary (8 days/6 guided tours/4 countries)

Day 1 –  Amsterdam:  Arrive in Amsterdam and enjoy free time after boarding the ship.

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Day 2 –  Kinderdijk:  Tour Kinderdijk windmills, a UNESCO Site.

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Day 3 –  Cologne:  Walking tour and Gothic Cathedral visit, free time to visit a local brewery and sample Kolsch.

Day 4 –  Koblenz:  Marksburg Castle excursion.

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Day 4 –  Rhine River:  Cruising the Middle Rhine, a UNESCO Site.

Day 4 –  Rudesheim:  Evening at leisure to stroll the Drosselgasse, perhaps sample local wines.

Day 5 –  Heidelberg:  Half-day city tour featuring Heidelburg Castle and free time.

Heidelberg-castle

Day 5 –  Speyer:  Evening at leisure to stroll the cobbled streets; see Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO Site.

Day 6 –  Strasbourg:  Walking tour featuring Strasbourg Cathedral; afternoon at leisure to shop or sample Alsatian treets.

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Day 7 –  Breisach:  Black Forest scenery tour with clock-making demonstration; optional vineyard tour or optional Colmar excursion.  Excellent place to purchase a Black Forest cuckoo clock.

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Day 8 –  Basel:  River cruise ends.  Return to airport.

**Extend your journey with a 2 day stay in Amsterdam or Lucerne.  This itinerary can be reversed.

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Included:

8 day cruise with french balcony stateroom

6 guided tours with audio headset

All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner and Captain’s Farewell Dinner

Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with on board dinner and lunch service

Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Culture Curriculum: Enjoy a classical music performance; learn how to create your own Alsatian Flammkuchen; observe a traditional glassblower, attend lectures on Germany’s current affairs & origins of Rhine River cruising.  Note: some dates offer wine curriculum’s.

All port charges included #River Cruises, #Germany, #France, #Amsterdam

Free wi-fi connection

**ADDED BONUS**  EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT

2-for-1 cruise prices, discounted airfare.  Limited time offer.

Call 919.708.8217 for details.pilatus-12

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Rhine Getaway at Christmas

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Visit all the highlights of the legendary Rhine in just 8 days. In Germany, see the many charming castles commanding the riverbanks as you sail by, and tour both Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Admire Cologne, the jewel of the Rhine, with its awe-inspiring Dom, and experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region. Also, explore Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks, encounter multicultural Strasbourg in France, and take part in the inviting nightlife in Rüdesheim’s Drosselgasse. On this itinerary you see a lot, without spending a lot of time.

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The Magic of European Christmas: Cruises sailing from November 29 through December 14 will include Christmas markets. Here, the spirit and romance of the holidays come alive with the scent of gingerbread and the tunes of traditional carols around every corner. Whichever Christmas markets you visit, you’ll enjoy a wonderful feast of tasty treats, as well as dozens of stalls brimming with unique and inspiring handcrafted gifts.   Our cruise is during the Christmas markets!

DAY 1: AMSTERDAM

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Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to our ship.  After boarding, the afternoon is yours to explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits and you are interested, you may wish to visit the Anne Frank House. (D)

DAY 2: KINDERDIJK

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UNESCO World Heritage SiteSail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a 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 an actual working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Return aboard for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and try your hand at sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). Cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

DAY 3: COLOGNE

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UNESCO World Heritage SiteContinue along the Rhine this morning; arrive in Cologne and disembark for a walking tour. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church, and spend some time inside Cologne’s Dom, a remarkable Gothic cathedral whose construction was begun in 1248 and which was only completed in 1880. Explore the dockside taverns, cafés and shops on your own—as always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served aboard and we remain docked until late evening. (B, L, D)

DAY 4: KOBLENZ & RÜDESHEIM

Reichsburg Castle

UNESCO World Heritage SiteProceed along the Rhine, disembarking to tour 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and its museum. Lunch aboard as you enjoy this scenic passage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where castles overlook the river from their hilltop locations.

Arrive in Rüdesheim in the late afternoon. Spend free time in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars—dine aboard or in town if you prefer. Ship departs after midnight. (B, L, D)

DAY 5: HEIDELBERG & SPEYER

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UNESCO World Heritage SiteCruise through the morning enjoying brunch and the passing scenery. Arrive in Mannheim and disembark for a journey to Heidelberg to see Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Then visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle, and take in the scenery of the Neckar River Valley and the city’s many red rooftops from its hilltop location. Continue with a walking tour through the Old Town to Heidelberg’s renowned gates.

Rejoin the ship in Speyer this afternoon and take some time to look around. You dock in full view of the imposing Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 11th century on the site of a former basilica, the building’s design was highly influential upon Romanesque architecture for centuries to come, and is the final resting place of eight German monarchs. Its soaring interior features graceful rows of sandstone columns and a large stained-glass window installed in the western façade during a later Gothic period. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: STRASBOURG

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UNESCO World Heritage SiteDock this morning in Kehl and disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city’s famed cathedral. The afternoon is free to further explore this Alsatian city’s blend of French and German cultures—fabulous churches, medieval covered bridges, beautiful parks and some lovely Art Nouveau and modernist architecture. Dine aboard and enjoy free time this evening in the quaint little city of Kehl. (B, L, D)

DAY 7: BREISACH

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After cruising through the night , arrive during breakfast in Breisach, 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 and see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration. Return to Breisach for some free time before an early evening departure. Or, choose an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar. Dine aboard while you cruise on to Basel, arriving around midnight. (B, L, D)

DAY 8: BASEL

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After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for our return flight. Or, extend your time in Switzerland’s Alpine region with 2 nights in lovely Lucerne or a 3-night stay at Lake Geneva. (B)

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*Optional nights in Amsterdam available also.

November 29, 2014

4 countries, 6  escorted tours – Plenty of free time to visit the Christmas markets.

$2,456 per person – French Balcony room

$797.00 airfare per person RDU departures.

Limited time offer – expires February 28, 2014

Call me at 919.708.8217 for all details of this once in a lifetime adventure.

#river cruises, #germany, #christmas markets, #heidelberg castle, #switzerland, #basel, #lucerne

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