Romantic Rhine - Zurich to Amsterdam

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Romantic Rhine - Zurich to Amsterdam

One of Europe's legendary rivers awaits on this mesmerising journey along the Rhine. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Cologne, Koblenz and Rüdesheim. Delight in excursions to Germany's Black Forrest and to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town with its imposing castle. Sail through the Rhine Gorge, passing by the Lorelei Rock, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. Finish with a cruise through the canals of Amsterdam.

8 days from


per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 20/05/2017 from London Heathrow Airport

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  • Rhine Gorge Rhine Gorge
  • Basel Basel
  • Petite France, Strasbourg Petite France, Strasbourg
  • Petite France, Strasbourg Petite France, Strasbourg
  • Ponts Couverts, Strasbourg Ponts Couverts, Strasbourg
  • Heidelberg Heidelberg
  • Mainz Mainz
  • Rhine Gorge Rhine Gorge
  • Oberwesel, Rhine Oberwesel, Rhine
  • Rhine Gorge Rhine Gorge
  • Koblenz Koblenz
  • Cologne Cologne
  • Amsterdam Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam Amsterdam

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : Zürich - Basel.

Welcome to Switzerland, home of the Matterhorn and the majestic Alps. Transfer by coach to Basel, where your river ship is docked. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Breisach, Germany.

Included today: Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest or visit a Black Forest open-air museum. Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany's Black forest region, an area of unrivalled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. The best known products from the region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. You may opt for a visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Strasbourg

Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. Visit the monumental red-sandstone gothic cathedral with its ancient murals, stained glass windows and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France district - home to half timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros and waterfront promenade. Explore Place Kleber, a large historic square in the heart of the city and Place Gutenberg with its statue of the inventor of the printing press. This afternoon an optional excursion to the Alsace wine country is available. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany - Mainz.

Included today: guided visit of the castle, see the Great VAT in Heidelberg: visit the Gutenberg Museum in MainzThis morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany's oldest university, which was founded in 1386. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg castle, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You'll also see the famed Great Vat, the 'World's Largest Wine Barrel'. At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it. In the afternoon, arrive in Mainz. Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with itsorigins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany's largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, is a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here and during a guided walk you'll visit the captivating Gutenberg museum. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Rüdesheim - Rhine Gorge - Koblenz

Included today: visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz. This morning dock in pretty Rüdesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit Siegried's mechanical musical instrument, where you'll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Downstream from Rüdesheim is the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet—the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive equestrian statue of German Emperor William I. Join your Local Guide for a walking tour of the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Cologne.

Included today: Choice of guided city walk or Jewish Cologne tour. One of Germany's largest cities and the capital of the Rhineland. The city straddles both sides of the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk. The Old Town abounds with cafes, shops and taverns. Be sure to try a Kolsch pale lager, brewed in Cologne for over 100 years. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Amsterdam

Included today: Canal cruise. Holland's delightful 700-year-old capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. The works of famous Dutch masters can be seen in world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising along elegant grachten lined by stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's 'Golden Age'. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Amsterdam.

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

What's Included

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Category E Deluxe Stateroom flying from London. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.
  • Accommodation in a spacious stateroom with hotel-style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French Balcony in most staterooms
  • All meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service dinner with quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; a choice of teas and coffees throughout the day
  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions
  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
  • Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinne
  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

Included Highlights

  • Strasbourg Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
  • Breisach Excursion to the Black Forest or visit a Black Forest open air museum
  • Heidelberg Guided Castle visit; see the Great Vat
  • Rüdesheim Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
  • Rhine Gorge Cruise through the gorge
  • Cologne Choice of guided walk or Jewish Cologne Tour
  • Amsterdam Canal cruise
  • Captain's reception, welcome and farewell dinners

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
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  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

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