CRUISETOUR

The Rhine, Swiss Alps, and Amsterdam (10 Days)

Cruise Line: Tauck River Cruising
Ship: MS Grace  |  4 Reviews
Amsterdam, Netherlands to Bern, Switzerland
Dates: 27 Oct 2019 - 05 Nov 2019

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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
27 Oct 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tour begins: 6 PM. A transfer is included from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport or the train station to your riverboat. Settle in, meet your riverboat crew for an orientation briefing, then join us this evening for the welcome reception which is followed by dinner.

DAY 2
28 Oct 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands

This morning, embark on an Amsterdam orientation tour that includes a visit to the world-famous Rijksmuseum, home to many art masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt's The Night Watch. Amsterdam is often called the "Venice of the North" for its elaborate network of canals that wind through a romantic historic center of cobbled streets and stunningly well-preserved Dutch Renaissance architecture. Following your Rijksmuseum visit, you'll have a choice of boarding a canal boat for a cruise of the city from the inside, along 17th-century waterways lined with trees, gabled merchant houses, and vibrant urban life (a great way to see it — including a slice of Dutch apple pie)... or joining a "Taste of Amsterdam" walking-and-tasting tour of the city's Jordaan district, a diverse former working-class neighborhood that's become one of the most upscale areas of the Netherlands. Later, you'll have time to explore the city on your own; Amsterdam's compact urban landscape is made for exploring, brimming with art museums, coffeehouses, and eclectic architecture. Enjoy cocktails and onboard musical entertainment prior to dinner tonight, before sailing for Dordrecht.

DAY 3
29 Oct 2019
Dordrecht, Netherlands
Kinderdijk, Netherlands
Dordrecht, Netherlands

Begin the day with a guided walking tour of Dordrecht, a wealthy trading port in the Middle Ages, now a treasure trove of medieval and Baroque architecture and canals, and literally hundreds of historical sites and monuments; conspicuous among them are the towering 13th-century Grote Kerk (Great Church), and the city's only surviving windmill, built in 1612. Insights into windmills and their ubiquitous role in Dutch life await you on a visit to the village of Kinderdijk (Child's Dyke) where the flat landscape, crisscrossed with canals, presents the largest concentration of windmills in the country. The village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the 19 windmills, most of them built in the 18th century, are national monuments; for centuries, their massive wind-driven mechanisms have been used to pump water out of the polder and into reservoirs and canals, reclaiming land from the river. Such ingenious methods of water management since medieval times have enabled a country that is almost fifty percent below sea level to exist at all, lending weight to the local saying, "God created the Earth, but the Dutch created Holland". Return to the riverboat for lunch, then enjoy free time to explore the charming cobbled streets of Dordrecht, rich with historic sites, antique shops, and art galleries. Dine aboard ship this evening.

DAY 4
30 Oct 2019
Cologne, Germany
Ehreshoven Castle, Germany
Cologne, Germany

Cruise the lowlands of the Rhine this morning before arriving in Köln (Cologne) for a walking tour. One of Germany's oldest cities (founded in the 1st century AD), Köln was once a Roman provincial capital, and later a fabulously wealthy medieval trading port; the city was almost totally destroyed during World War II, but many of its architectural treasures have been restored, including its Romanesque churches, the 12th-century town hall, and the towering Köln Cathedral, a twin-spired masterpiece of High Gothic architecture. Enjoy free time to discover Köln's urban treasures, such as its beer gardens, wine taverns, and chocolate museum. Then depart for Engelskirchen and its neighboring castle, Schloss Ehreshoven. Built in the 14th century and later expanded in the style of a grand Baroque manor house, the estate is surrounded by a moat, gracious gardens, and a castle park. Schloss Ehreshoven is frequently used as a film location but this evening it's the elegant setting for a Tauck Exclusive cocktail reception and dinner with entertainment. Return to the riverboat, which sails tonight for Rüdesheim.

DAY 5
31 Oct 2019
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany

The romantic Middle Rhine with its castle ruins, wine-towns, and steep sloping vineyards unfolds on this morning's cruise, with commentary by your Tauck director; the landscape is alive with myths and legends, from the Nibelung to the siren of Lorelei Rock. After lunch onboard, dock in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim, at the foot of the Niederwald, where the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle and the lofty Niederwald monument preside over the Rhine Gorge. Here, you may choose a walking tour of this 1,000-year-old town with its cobblestone streets of storybook houses, cozy cafés, and wine taverns; among its unique must-see attractions is Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett, a museum dedicated to antique self-playing musical instruments, which you'll visit. Siegfried's mesmerizing collection includes orchestrions, musical clocks, player pianos, fairground organs, self-playing violins, and the world's largest automated doll orchestra. Stop in for wine-tasting and snacks at Rüdesheimer Schloss, a historic hotel and restaurant with its own vineyard and family wine estate. Alternatively, you may choose to join us for a one-hour bicycle excursion along the Rhine. Return to the riverboat for a reception and the chef's Signature Dinner this evening as you sail for Karlsruhe.

DAY 6
01 Nov 2019
Karlsruhe, Germany
Stuttgart, Germany
Karlsruhe, Germany

Arrive in Karlsruhe this morning, where you'll have the choice of staying in town for a bicycling excursion, or departing by coach for a visit to Stuttgart, the cradle of the automobile and the hometown of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. Despite its reputation as an industrial powerhouse, Stuttgart offers a charming small-town atmosphere, tucked in a valley between vineyards and forests, and an inviting urban landscape of historic sites, lakes, parks, and gardens. After a walking tour and lunch, you have a choice of touring the Porsche Museum – a dazzling ultramodern showcase featuring 80 cars, from the earliest models to the present (including concept cars and prototypes), in exhibits that trace the history of the legendary car company – or spending free time in the city center, exploring its magnificent architecture (Neo-classical palaces, restored castles, gracious public squares, and Baroque fountains) as well as shops, galleries, cafés, and wine taverns. Dine aboard ship this evening.

DAY 7
02 Nov 2019
Breisach, Germany
Colmar, France
Breisach, Germany

Dock in the rivertown of Breisach, Germany, this morning, then drive to the village of Colmar, France, in Alsatian wine country. The principal industry in Colmar is food and wine, but its irresistible charm lies in its beautifully preserved medieval architecture that conjures an idyllic place out of time: colorful houses and gardens, rambling cobbled streets and alleys, sculpted fountains, and canals that wind through a corner of town called Little Venice; aside from its winemaking heritage, Colmar is known as the hometown of Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor who created the Statue of Liberty. A walking tour includes a visit to the Unterlinden Museum, housed in a Gothic convent, whose impressive collection includes Matthias Grünewald's famous Isenheim Altarpiece, paintings, engravings, and sculpture from medieval to modern (including works by Dürer and Holbein, Picasso and Léger), and a wealth of archaeological artifacts; join us for a private reception in the museum, a Tauck Exclusive! Later, sample the art of Alsatian cuisine at lunch on your own, then return to the riverboat for a cruise through the dramatic Upper Rhine Plain where sentinel castles, forests, and rising mountain ranges drift past. Join the crew tonight for a farewell reception, which is followed by dinner.

DAY 8
03 Nov 2019
Basel, Switzerland
Luzern, Switzerland
Bern, Switzerland

Disembark your riverboat in Basel, Switzerland, a major industrial and cultural center where France, Germany, and Switzerland meet. The scenic mountain backdrop rises in stature and drama as you leave Basel and arrive in Lucerne, nestled beside a breathtaking blue lake in the alpine foothills. The attractions of Lucerne's stunning old town of spires, turrets, and frescoed houses unfold on a walking tour, including the 14th-century Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, adorned with panels depicting events in Swiss history and mythology. After some time on your own in town, depart for Bern, the capital of Switzerland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where an orientation tour discovers its spectacular medieval and Renaissance architecture (limestone buildings, arcades, bridges, fountains, and cathedral), beautifully restored and ringed by the Aare River. Check into the Bellevue Palace, a grand luxury hotel built in 1913, favored by celebrities and heads of state and featured in John le Carré's spy novels. Your evening is free to spend as you please tonight in this city of cosmopolitan tastes and offbeat, intimate restaurants.

DAY 9
04 Nov 2019
Bern, Switzerland
Grindelwald, Switzerland
Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland
Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland
Grindelwald, Switzerland
Bern, Switzerland

You have a choice of sightseeing adventures today. Head for the snow-capped Alps on a full-day excursion to the lofty Jungfraujoch, known as the Top of Europe – journey to Grindelwald for a train ride to Kleine Scheidegg, then board a cogwheel train for the scenic climb through the Eiger tunnel to Europe's highest railway station; here you'll find a restaurant, observatory, research station, a gallery of ice sculpture, and stunning views of glacier-clad peaks that go on forever. Or explore the eclectic charms of Bern on a walking tour, followed by time on your own: medieval and modern mix artfully in this unhurried atmosphere where sights include open-air markets and cozy underground bars, the parliament building, the Gothic cathedral, a bear park (in honor of the town's symbol and mascot), a house where Einstein lived and wrote his "Theory of Relativity", and the Zytglogge, a medieval astronomical clock featuring animated dancing figures. Join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner at the hotel.

DAY 10
05 Nov 2019
Bern, Switzerland

Tour ends: Bern. Fly home anytime. Transfers are included from the Bellevue Palace Bern to the airport or train station (Bahnhof Bern). Allow at least 3 hours for flight check-in.

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About the Ship

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MS Grace

Maintaining Tauck's high standards for quality and comfort, ms Grace cruises exclusively for Tauck on the Rhine River. With a maximum of 130 guests, the 443-foot riverboat continues our tradition of providing more space per guest transporting fewer passengers than most longships (135 meters).

What's Included

Included

  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Staff

  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks

Not Included

  • The only thing not included would be laundry services, or spa services onboard.

About Us

The art of personalized river cruising meets the heart of history aboard Tauck's signature river cruises. Tauck's uncommon access and exclusive cultural experiences ashore along European waterways – the Rhine, Danube, Douro, Main, Rhône and Moselle rivers – connects you with each place you visit... and ancient civilizations take on new meaning on our Egypt and China trips along the River Nile and the Yangtze River. River cruises – and river cruising – at their best...

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Add-Ons

Pre-Packages

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Offered by: TravelBound | Bedsonline
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 3 Nights
Virtuoso Hotel: De L'Europe Amsterdam
Marken, Volendam and Windmills in Amsterdam

Intimate music venues, world-class museums and galleries, funky festivals – Amsterdam has it all in this unique and quirky destination. Enjoy a 4-day/3-night stay at the world renowned De L'Europe Hotel, and escape the city on a half day excursion and discover the picture postcard Dutch countryside - think vast fields of colorful flowers, windmills, polders and canals.

  • Admire the renowned collection of windmills at Zaanse Schans
  • Visit a wooden shoe factory
  • See the traditional dress in Volendam
  • Enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise along Amsterdams famous canals

Offered by: TravelBound | Bedsonline
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 3 Nights
Virtuoso Hotel: De L'Europe Amsterdam
Marken, Volendam and Windmills in Amsterdam

Intimate music venues, world-class museums and galleries, funky festivals – Amsterdam has it all in this unique and quirky destination. Enjoy a 4-day/3-night's stay at the world renowned De L'Europe hotel in Amsterdam, and leave the bustling city behind on a half day excursion and discover the picture postcard Dutch countryside - think vast fields of colorful flowers, windmills, polders and canals.

  • Admire the renowned collection of windmills at Zaanse Schans
  • Visit a wooden shoe factory
  • See the traditional dress in Volendam
  • Enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise along Amsterdams famous canals

Shore Excursions

Amsterdam, Netherlands - 27 Oct 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands - 28 Oct 2019

Dordrecht, Netherlands - 29 Oct 2019

Kinderdijk, Netherlands - 29 Oct 2019

Dordrecht, Netherlands - 29 Oct 2019

Luzern, Switzerland - 03 Nov 2019

Post-Packages

Bern, Switzerland


Offered by: Bellevue Palace
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Length: 2 Nights
Virtuoso Hotel: Bellevue Palace
15% DISCOUNT Advanced Purchase

BELLEVUE PALACE | Virtuoso Offers

Bern is your perfect vacation hub, when exploring Switzerland: Pack and un-pack just once, discover the Swiss Capital city and visit the great tourist hotspots, like Interlaken, Lucerne, Zürich, Geneva and the Bernese Mountain destinations conveniently with day trips out of your "home away from home". All these destinations are only one respectively two hours away from this medieval city.

The medieval ambience in Bern’s historic old town with its countless alleyways and ancient towers and turrets is unique in Switzerland. Bern’s city centre is a recognised UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and its miles of arcades make for an impressive covered shopping promenade. Stay in the BELLEVUE PALACE, the Swiss Confederation’s official state guesthouse and enjoy our genuine Bernese hospitality.

Recommended Add-ons to intensify your cultural experience:

  • Cheese and Chocolate Excursion to Gruyere: including transfer in private limousine or rental car, guided tour at the Maison Cailler, guided tour at the Gruyere cheese factory
  • Private guided Tour of the City of Bern (2 h) – UNESCO World Cultural Heritage – including a tour of the famous Clock Tower (45 min)
  • Excursion to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe. Travel to the highest railway station in Europe (3’454 m above sea level) and gain access to a high-alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock

Advance Purchase

  • 15% Discount on our BAR Rates for advance bookings (at least 10 days before arrival)
  • Minimum stay is 2 nights, the rate is non-refundable and prepaid at time of booking
  • Travel period: Until 30 November 2019
  • For new bookings only (subject to availability) and close-out days apply

Offered by: Bellevue Palace
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Length: 3 Nights
Virtuoso Hotel: Bellevue Palace
STAY 3 PAY 2 - pre & post cruise or vacation hub

BELLEVUE PALACE | STAY 3 PAY 2 - Perfect for pre and post cruise or as vacation hub

Bern is your perfect vacation hub, when exploring Switzerland: Pack and un-pack just once, discover the Swiss Capital city and visit the nearby city hotspots, like Basel (1 h), Interlaken (1 h), Lucerne (1 h) , Zürich (1 h), Lausanne (1 h 20) Geneva (2 h) and the Bernese Mountain destinations conveniently with day trips out of your "home away from home". All these destinations are only one respectively two hours away from this medieval city.

The medieval ambience in Bern’s historic old town with its countless alleyways and ancient towers and turrets is unique in Switzerland. Bern’s city centre is a recognised UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and its miles of arcades make for an impressive covered shopping promenade. Stay in the BELLEVUE PALACE, the Swiss Confederation’s official state guesthouse and enjoy our genuine Bernese hospitality.

Recommended Add-ons to intensify your cultural experience:

  • Cheese and Chocolate Excursion to Gruyere: including transfer in private limousine or rental car, guided tour at the Maison Cailler, guided tour at the Gruyere cheese factory
  • Private guided Tour of the City of Bern (2 h) – UNESCO World Cultural Heritage – including a tour of the famous Clock Tower (45 min)
  • Excursion to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe. Travel to the highest railway station in Europe (3’454 m above sea level) and gain access to a high-alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock.

Bonus Nights

  • Stay 3 Pay 2 Nights
  • Minimum stay is 3 nights, the rate is non-refundable and prepaid at time of booking
  • Travel period: Until 30 November 2019
  • Virtuoso amenities not included, or at additional charge of CHF 50 per person per stay

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