You can 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 experience a wonderful slice of Europe in a little over a weeks’ time.
Amsterdam is your embarkation destination. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your ship where you will become familiar with your new surroundings. The afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, or you choose to spend a couple of days here prior to departure, you may wish to visit the Anne Frank House.
On day 2 you will sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. You will learn why the windmills were built and see how they work. You will be treated to a tour of a working windmill to witness 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.
Day 3 will continue along the Rhine this morning; arrive in Cologne and you will 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 began in 1248 and…