Rhine Getaway

Resort: Rhine Getaway
Operator: Viking River Cruises
Destination: Europe
Price From: Contact for latest offers

Overview

This river cruise gives you all the highlights of the legendary Rhine in just 8 days.

Overlook the Rhine from Germanys best preserved medieval castle. Discover the rich culinary traditions of Alsace. Explore the Black Forest your way: join a guided coach tour or walk lush country trails to a farm. Fairy-tale castles, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenerylittle wonder that the Rhine is one of Europes best-loved rivers. From Amsterdam and Cologne to Basel, this 8-day journey reveals a wonderland of beauty and culture.


Viking’s Risk-Free Guarantee

Viking understand that some guests might be hesitant about making a cruise reservation or traveling at this time.

That is why they are is offering a limited-time offer the most flexible of any cruise line so that you can plan your voyage with peace of mind. The Risk-Free Guarantee allows guests to change their cruise date up until 24 hours before their planned departure and Viking will waive any fees. This offer covers all Viking reservations that are made between May 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020.

For further information on Vikings risk-free guarantee, get in touch via holidays@aspentravel.co.uk


All This Is Included

  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • Return travel from the UK
  • 6 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch
  • 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 Germanys current affairs & origins of Rhine River cruising
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary

 


Viking’s Risk-Free Guarantee

Viking understand that some guests might be hesitant about making a cruise reservation or traveling at this time.

That is why they are is offering a limited-time offer the most flexible of any cruise line so that you can plan your voyage with peace of mind.The Risk-Free Guarantee allows guests to change their cruise date up until 24 hours before their planned departure and Viking will waive any fees.This offer covers all Viking reservations that are made between May 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020.

For further information on Viking’s risk-free guarantee, get in touch viaholidays@aspentravel.co.uk


Itinerary Details

Day 1

Amsterdam, The 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 Rijksmuseum, or the van Gogh Museum next door. (D)

Day 2

Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

This morning we 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). We cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

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. Martins Church, and spend some time inside Colognes Dom, a remarkable Gothic cathedral whose construction began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880. Explore the dockside taverns, cafs 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 & Rdesheim, 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 Rdesheim 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 your ship, or in town if you prefer. We depart after midnight. (B, L, D)

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 Germanys 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 citys many red rooftops from this hilltop post. Continue with a walking tour through Old Town to Heidelbergs 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 buildings 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 facade during a later Gothic period. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Strasbourg, France

We dock this morning in Kehl and disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the citys famed cathedral. The afternoon is free to further explore this Alsatian citys 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)

Day 7

Breisach, Germany

Arrive in Breisach this morning, gateway to the Black Forest. Take a scenic excursion through the areas 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)

Day 8

Basel, Switzerland

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)

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