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Rhine Getaway

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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.

Our Clients Say:

We loved the beauty of the Rhine, viewing it from the ship as we traveled up river from Basel to Amsterdam. The ship accommodations were terrific. This Rhine River Cruise is so beautiful, ship has to offer, they are very good!!! All the excursions were very interesting. Only wish at a couple of places we could have spent another 45 minutes to an hour.
-S. and D. Bunce, Valparaiso, IN (2014 Rhine Getaway cruise)


About This Cruise

Itinerary Highlights

Amsterdam, Holland; Kinderdijk; Cologne, Germany; Koblenz; Rüdesheim; Heidelberg; Speyer; Strasbourg, France; Breisach, Germany; Basel, Switzerland
Rhine Getaway Highlights (45 second video)

Included:

  • Seven nights in your river-view stateroom
  • All onboard meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner and Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Daily Shore Excursions
  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Port Charges included on all itineraries
  • Air Taxes, Fees, Fuel Surcharges, and Transfers included with airfare
  • Free wi-fi, connection speed may vary
  • Special Untours reduction of $50 per person

Air Options

Special airfares may be available. Please inquire for details.

Not included:



Itinerary

Note: Itinerary is reversed on certain dates.
Day 1, Amsterdam
Arrive in Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, and transfer to your ship. (Airport meet and greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.) 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
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 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
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 was begun in 1248 and which was only completed in 1880. Explore the dockside taverns, cafe´s 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 and Rüdesheim
Proceed 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, Heidleberg and Speyer
Cruise 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 your 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
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—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
After cruising through the night you 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
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, 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)
All excursions are included. Please see Itinerary.

Cruise Details | Itinerary | Excursions | Pre-Post-Trip Options

Pre/Post-Cruise Options

More days means more to discover - with packages you can add before or after your Viking journey. Wherever your journey takes you, we offer exciting ways to see even more of the region.

Pre-Extension: Amsterdam
Start your journey in Amsterdam, where you will be centrally located near key sites like Museum Square and the Anne Frank House.

ALL THIS IS INCLUDED:
  • 2 nights in Amsterdam: Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre (or similar)
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Guided Walking Tour
  • Services of a Viking host
  • Hotel & ship transfers
2018 SEASONAL PRICING
Mar-Aug $549
Sep $599
Oct-Dec $549

Pre-Extension: Edinburgh
Explore the wondrous city of Edinburgh, Scotland’s grand and elegant capital celebrated for its rich history and picturesque setting on the Firth of Forth.

ALL THIS IS INCLUDED:
  • 3 nights in Edinburgh: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts & 1 lunch
  • 4 guided tours: City Tour with a Private Visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, Visits to Edinburgh Castle and St. Giles’s Cathedral, Literary Walking Tour, Scottish Countryside Tour with a Private Visit to Glamis Castle & Whisky Distillery Visit
  • Fully escorted by your Viking Tour Director
  • All transfers, including flight to Amsterdam
2018 SEASONAL PRICING:
Apr & Oct: $1299 | May - July & Sept $1499 | Aug $1599

Post-Extension: Basel
Discover the city that stands at the point where France, Germany and Switzerland meet. See the lovely Middle Bridge, the Basel Cathedral and the winding cobbled streets lined with medieval houses and colorful fountains. Explore the many museums and art galleries, or take a day trip to Lucerne.

ALL THIS IS INCLUDED:
  • 2 nights in Basel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel (or similar)
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Guided Walking Tour
  • Services of a Viking host
  • Hotel & ship transfers
2018 SEASONAL PRICING
Mar-Apr $549
May-Jun $599
Jul-Aug $549
Sep-Oct $599
Nov-Dec $499

Post-Extension: Lucerne
Extend your journey in Lucerne, Switzerland; enjoy views of the scenic landscape of the Swiss Alps from this picturesque city, situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Lucerne.

ALL THIS IS INCLUDED:
  • 2 nights in Lucerne: Radisson Blu, Lucerne (or similar)
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Guided Walking Tour
  • Services of a Viking host
  • Hotel & ship transfers
2018 SEASONAL PRICING
Mar-Oct $699
Nov-Dec $599

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