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ACTIVITY LEVEL

This trip requires a moderate to high level of mobility, as most of the tours are walking tours (including walking on cobblestone streets and navigating some stairs). If you are bringing a portable wheelchair and scooter, they may be used only on tours, not on the ship. Because of the limited space on the ship, they cannot be driven to your cabin or other parts of the ship and will need to be collapsed and stored in your cabin. On tours, the usefulness of a portable wheelchair or scooter may be limited because we will be navigating cobblestone streets with hard curbs (no curb cutouts) and stairs.

There is a lot of walking on these trips. We highly recommend that you start walking daily now to ensure that by the time we depart you are comfortable walking between 10,000 and 15,000 steps a day (approximately 5-7.5 miles [8-12 kilometers]) and thereby may fully enjoy all that this trip has to offer!

If you have limited mobility, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you.

Day Description
Tue
April 13, 2021–Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Welcome to Amsterdam! The capital of the Netherlands 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. At approximately 4 pm, board your riverboat and meet your Olivia staff and ship’s crew at a welcome reception with dinner. (Note, guests must be on board by 5 pm.)

Wed
April 14, 2021–Amsterdam, the Netherlands

There is no better way to see the city than by canal boat, cruising through the grachten (canals) with their elegant, stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There will be free time in the afternoon to explore on your own or enjoy an option tour. Afterward, your river cruise vessel sets sail for Cologne. Included canal boat tour.

Thu
April 15, 2021–Cologne, Germany

Today enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising before reaching gay-friendly Cologne in the afternoon. Cologne is one of Germany’s largest cities, with a river skyline dominated by the soaring twin spires of its magnificent gothic cathedral. In 2010, it was the site of the Gay Games. The Germano-Roman Museum located next to the cathedral is a must for history buffs! Try a Kölsch in one of the many beer taverns or shop for a bottle of 4711, the original eau de cologne. Choice of included Guided City Walk or Jewish Heritage Walk.

Fri
April 16, 2021–Koblenz, Rhine Gorge, and Rüdesheim, Germany

Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. The dramatic Rhine Gorge is the most beautiful stretch of this river. Pass the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where sweet songs of local beauties lured enchanted sailors to their doom. Here, join a local guide for a walking tour of the city that reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walks, towers, squares, and monuments. In Rüdesheim, a quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Museum is a real surprise! Enjoy a special Rüdesheim coffee or wine tasting, then explore the Drosselgasse and pick up some souvenirs. Included museum and walking tour.

Sat
April 17, 2021–Mainz and Heidelberg, Germany

Also strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with “civilized” origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. Join your local guide for a guided walk through the Altstadt (old town), with its many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here—and you’ll visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a local guide, visit the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle, which towers magnificently over the city and is among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed Great Vat, believed to be 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! You will probably want to try the most delicious hot chocolate at the YilliY café! Included excursion to Heidelberg.

Sun
April 18, 2021–Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. On your guided sightseeing tour, visit the monumental red-sandstone gothic Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre-Dame, with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timber houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval portion of the city, which features a statue of Gutenberg. An optional excursion into Alsace wine country is available today. After dinner, enjoy an onboard woodcarving demonstration. Included canal cruise and walking tour of La Petite France district.

Mon
April 19, 2021–Breisach, Germany

Located at the foot of the Kaiserstuhl mountain range on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its thick forests of pine trees. The area earned its name because the forests were so dense that locals described them as black. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. You may opt for an included visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings or a visit to the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago.

Tue
April 20, 2021–Basel, Switzerland

We will enjoy a final breakfast together this morning, prior to the included transfer to Zürich Airport (flights should not depart before 11 am). Or continue with us on a 2- or 3-night post-trip Vacation Stretcher to Zürich!

*Itinerary subject to change. 

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