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Switzerland to Amsterdam Riverboat Cruise

Apr 23 - Apr 30, 2022

Basel • Breisach • Strasbourg • Heidelberg • Mainz • Rüdesheim • Rhine Gorge • Koblenz • Cologne • Amsterdam

Switzerland to Amsterdam Riverboat Cruise

Apr 23 - Apr 30, 2022

Basel • Breisach • Strasbourg • Heidelberg • Mainz • Rüdesheim • Rhine Gorge • Koblenz • Cologne • Amsterdam

Switzerland to Amsterdam Riverboat Cruise

Apr 23 - Apr 30, 2022

Basel • Breisach • Strasbourg • Heidelberg • Mainz • Rüdesheim • Rhine Gorge • Koblenz • Cologne • Amsterdam

Switzerland to Amsterdam Riverboat Cruise

Apr 23 - Apr 30, 2022

Basel • Breisach • Strasbourg • Heidelberg • Mainz • Rüdesheim • Rhine Gorge • Koblenz • Cologne • Amsterdam


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Day Description Arrival Departure
Saturday, April 23, 2022 Basel, Switzerland 5 pm

Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite ship is ready for boarding! All flights into Zurich should arrive by 11 am for the included transfer to your ship in Basel. At approximately 4 pm, your suite is available to check-in. Guests must be on board by 5 pm, where you will meet your Olivia staff and ship’s crew at a welcome reception with dinner.

Sunday, April 24, 2022 Breisach and Black Forest, Germany

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 unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area earned its name because the forests were so dense that local residents described them as black.

Choose between an included full-day guided tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.

Or an included visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden, ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here and enjoy a wine tasting.

Monday, April 25, 2022 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.

Join an included city sightseeing tour, including Strasbourg’s Cathedral de Notre-Dame, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

This afternoon you may choose a guided optional excursion, either to the historic Marigot Line—an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France—or to Alsace’s wine country.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg or Mainz, Germany

Today you’ll travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a local guide, visit the imposing 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, 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 also want to try the most delicious hot chocolate at the YilliY café!

Alternatively, this afternoon, enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz and an included Mainz walking tour. Mainz is strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers, and its “civilized” origins date 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.

Active guests can join our Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Koblenz, Rhine Gorge, and RĂĽdesheim, Germany

In Rüdesheim, a quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, take a guided tour of the incredible Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Museum, a real surprise! Enjoy a special Rüdesheim coffee before making your way back to the ship. For our active guests, join our Adventure Host for a guided hike through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim. The dramatic Rhine Gorge is the most beautiful stretch of river. Pass the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where it’s said that the sweet songs of a local beauty-turned-siren lured enchanted sailors to their doom. Also situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers is 2,000-year-old Koblenz, the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. Take in some free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board.

Thursday, April 28, 2022 Cologne, Germany

Today we explore gay-friendly Cologne. 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. Choose between an included Guided City Walk or Jewish Heritage Walk. We enjoy a relaxing afternoon sailing the Rhine.

Friday, April 29, 2022 Amsterdam, Holland

There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by your included canal boat ride, 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 optional tour to Keukenhof gardens with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Or choose an optional biking tour to discover the countryside. Overnight in Amsterdam.

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Saturday, April 30, 2022 Amsterdam, Holland

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Departure flights can leave Amsterdam Airport at any time. The ship can assist in arranging you cab to the airport or continue with us on our post-trip Vacation Stretcher in Amsterdam!