Day 1: Departure
We depart for Munich.
Day 2: Munich
Upon arrival in Munich we will proceed on a short city tour to give us an overview of the Bavarian capital. After an included lunch we transfer to our hotel with the rest of the day at leisure. This evening is our Welcome Dinner.
Day 3: Munich
This morning we will enjoy a walking tour around the Marienplatz - one of Germany’s most beautiful squares and home to the Old and New Town Halls. The Town Hall glockenspiel is as much part of Munich's identity as the Hofbräuhaus beer hall. The iconic Church of Our Lady has green dome-crested towers that can be seen for miles around. Browsing the stalls of the Viktualienmarkt (food market) is a feast for all the senses. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 4: Oberammergau
We attend the Oberammergau Passion Play, performed only every ten years and involving hundreds of performers, musicians, and stage hands from the local village. The play lasts through the afternoon and evening. Dinner is served during the break between the two parts of the performance.
Day 5: Basel / Embarkation
We arrive in Basel for a walking tour. Switzerland’s second largest city is at the crossroads of Switzerland, France and Germany, and has long been an important university and trade center - still evident in its medieval Town Hall and exquisite 18th-century homes. We will have free time to explore the city before embarking our luxurious river cruise ship.
Day 6: Breisach
There will be 2 excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr - a picturesque town renowned for its historic architecture and its Riesling wines. A second option is a walking tour of the beautiful towns of Breisach and Freiburg, where you will visit the historical city center and Freiburg’s Münster - a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone.
Day 7: Strasbourg
The capital city of France’s Alsace region, Strasbourg, is situated on the Rhine at the German border. Here you can enjoy a tour that will take you past the Orangery (the town’s oldest park), the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. Then enjoy a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood, with its Gothic cathedral and famous astronomical clock. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 8: Mannheim / Rudesheim
Today choose between 3 excursions. The first option is a tour to the old university town of Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. A second option is a hike up Philosopher's Path for a panoramic view point of Heidelberg. The third option is a city tour of Speyer - one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, old churches and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate). We continue to Rudesheim, where tonight you can choose from either a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum or a Rudesheimer Coffee excursion.
Day 9: Rudesheim / Koblenz
This morning we have a choice between 3 excursions: a gondola ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, followed by a wine tasting with a local vintner; a guided bike tour along the Rhine River to one of Germany's best wine regions; or a guided hike to Ehrenfel’s Castle. There will be time to explore the Drosselgasse, the town’s most famous street, lined with shops and taverns. Later, the ship cruises through the Rhine Gorge - the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, with hillsides dotted with fairy-tale castles. We arrive in Koblenz for a walking tour of the town.
Day 10: Cologne
In Cologne there will be a choice of 3 excursions. The first is a walking tour that takes in the Old Town, Cathedral Square and the city’s majestic Gothic cathedral. The second option is a Kolsch Beer and local specialties tasting, and the third is a guided bike tour of the city. The ship departs this evening for Amsterdam.
Day 11: Amsterdam
We begin with a tour of Amsterdam’s famous landmarks, followed by a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North”. See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous house where Anne Frank lived in hiding during WWII. We then walk to Begijnhof, known for its well-preserved medieval buildings, and enjoy some time to explore. You could also take a tour of the Jordaan District, or join an Amsterdam Jewish Heritage excursion.
Day 12: Disembarkation / Home
We disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for our flight home.
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