Rhine Getaway 2018 Viking River Cruise
Picture-book hilltop castles, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery – it all awaits your discovery along the River Rhine. From the canals of Amsterdam and centuries of history in Cologne to the dramatic ruined castle of Heidelberg, multicultural Strasbourg and the enchanting Black Forest, this magical journey transports you to another world.
From Amsterdam airport we take you to your stunning Viking Longship where you can settle in and enjoy free time to explore this charming city. You may want to visit Anne Frank's House or one of the city's many museums, or simply stroll alongside the canals and pretty bridges.
Sail to scenic Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy a fascinating included tour of this historic network of windmills and flood management devices. All of these 19 mills are in working condition, and you can visit one of them for a glimpse into The Netherlands' past. Back on board, enjoy a tasting of delicious Dutch cheeses and jenever the locally produced spirit that is similar to gin.
Take an included tour through the lovely riverside city of Cologne, the 'Jewel of the Rhine', visiting the Old Town, St. Martin's Church and the magnificent cathedral, known locally as the Dom. Begun in 1248, its construction took place in several stages, spanning more than 600 years. Spend a leisurely afternoon freely exploring this historic city with its Roman Tower, Renaissance City Hall and inviting dockside cafes and bars. In the evening, you may like to explore Cologne's cobblestone streets, and discover the city's beer culture in a traditional brewhouse. Prost!
Your morning starts with scenic cruising along the Rhine before an included tour of Marksburg Castle. This fortress overlooking the river appears much as it did when it was first built in the 12th century. It is the only hill castle along the Rhine never to have been destroyed, and has been lived in for over 700 years. Enjoy a glorious voyage along the Middle Rhine, a UNESCO site famous for its history and natural beauty. Look out for the Lorelei Rock at the point where the Rhine is at its narrowest and the land rises steeply. Alight in Rüdesheim for a wander along the 15th-century pedestrianised Drosselgasse and enjoy a beer or glass of local wine in one of the many taverns. Enjoy dinner on board, or opt to dine in Rüdesheim, where you can savour the flavours of the region and try the local schnapps, accompanied by traditional live music.
One of Germany's most romantic and historic cities, Heidelberg is also home to the nation's oldest university founded in 1386. Your included guided tour takes you to the dramatic, red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle. From its hilltop location you are treated to incredible views of the Neckar Valley. You'll also stroll through the Old Town and see the famous city gates. Enjoy some free time to explore before rejoining your ship in Speyer. This city was once an important centre of Jewish culture. From the ship you have magnificent views of the UNESCO-listed Imperial Cathedral, an incredible Romanesque building with a magnificent soaring interior.
Dock this morning in Kehl for an included guided tour of the multicultural French city of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the city's famed cathedral – one of Europe's finest. Enjoy a free afternoon to further explore Strasbourg's blend of French and German culture. You'll discover historic churches, medieval covered bridges, lovely parks and beautiful architecture.r
Germany's beautiful Black Forest is famous for its dense woods, majestic mountains and enchanting scenery. The area is also renowned for its cuckoo clocks, and on your included guided excursion you can explore this fairytale region, and visit a local workshop for a traditional clock-making demonstration. Enjoy free time in the pretty riverside town of Breisach, or choose an optional excursion to the charming Alsace town of Colmar, with its half-timbered houses and canals.
After breakfast, we take you to Basel airport for your return flight to the UK.
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- 2 Nights pre cruise stay in Amsterdam from only £329pp
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- Return scheduled flights from the UK. Fly from a choice of up to 14 regional airports at no extra cost..
- 8 days on board a Viking River Cruise Long-Ship.
- 6 guided tours, including 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites: Kinderdijk windmills, Cologne Cathedral, the Middle Rhine, Speyer Cathedral and Strasbourg’s historic centre.
- All meals on board: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, featuring regional specialities.
- Specially selected house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board.
- Free Wi-Fi on board (restrictions apply).
- Enjoy a classical music performance; observe a traditional glassblower; attend lectures on Germany’s current affairs and the origins of Rhine river cruising.
- All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers.
- Complimentary Business Class upgrade when you book an Explorer Suite. Subject to availability.