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New! Along the Rhine (2017)
Limited to 24 guests
Days: 10 | From: $5,945 (was $6,195)
Day 1: ARRIVE AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Arrive in Amsterdam, where you are met and transferred to your boutique hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director — exclusive to Connections guests — for a welcome dinner.
Park Hotel | Meals: D
Day 2: AMSTERDAM / Canal Cruise & House Museum
Take a canal cruise in Amsterdam. Visit the Museum van Loon, which you discover in intimate company. Then, enjoy priority boarding. After settling into your premium cabin or suite, gather for a welcome cocktail and dinner aboard.
Day 3: AALSMEER / Flower Auction
Rise early and meet your small group for a Connections-exclusive visit to the auction at Aalsmeer, where millions of flowers are shipped worldwide. Later, visit a small family-owned tulip farm and sample traditional Dutch cheeses. Reboard your vessel for a private Connections cocktail party.
Day 4: COLOGNE, GERMANY / Gothic Cathedral
Spend the morning cruising the Rhine en route to Cologne On arrival, take a walking tour and visit the Gothic cathedral, followed by a beer tasting at a 100-year-old brewery, planned only for Connections guests.
Day 5: COCHEM / Wine Tasting
Arrive in Cochem on the Moselle River this afternoon; disembark to visit the castle and partake in a wine tasting. Tonight, sit down to a private Chef's Highlights dinner aboard.
Day 6: KOBLENZ & RÜDESHEIM / Scenic Gorge
In Koblenz, ride the cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Then, cruise the lovely Rhine Gorge, arriving later in Rüdesheim. Join your Resident Tour Director for a Connections-exclusive wine tasting and dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
Day 7: HEIDELBERG / Charming University Town
Set out on a full-day excursion to Heidelberg, seeing the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. After lunch, proceed to the altstadt (old town) for time at leisure. Tonight, attend a captain's gala dinner aboard your vessel.
Day 8: STRASBOURG, FRANCE / Alsatian Capital
Take a small-group walking tour of Strasbourg's old town, with a Connections-exclusive wine tasting at the Cave des Hospices, the city's oldest wine cellar. Cruise to Basel.
Day 9: BASEL, SWITZERLAND / Chocolatier Visit
Disembark in Basel. See its cathedral and market. After lunch at leisure, visit a chocolatier for a tasting with Connections guests. Tonight, attend a farewell dinner.
Hotel Basel | Meals: B D
Day 10: DEPART BASEL
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.
NOTE: High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.
Sep 4 program date stays at Hotel Euler in Basel on Day 9.