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Connections European River Cruises

Along the Rhine 2017


10 Days from TBA

Limited to 24 guests

Cruise the Rhine River through four countries, staying in boutique hotels in Amsterdam and Basel and setting out on Connections-exclusive excursions that include a private visit to a tulip farm in Amsterdam and a wine tasting at the Cave des Hospices, Strasbourg's oldest wine cellar.

A&K Advantages

Cruise the Rhine through four countries, experiencing 10 days of exclusive Connections sightseeing in your private smallgroup vehicle, escorted by your own Resident Tour Director

Stay in centrally located boutique hotels in both Amsterdam and Basel, and enjoy premium cabins aboard ship with open-air French or walk-out balconies

See Holland's vibrant blooms firsthand at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction and a private tulip farm

Experience local food and wine during four specially planned meals ashore, as well as a wine tasting in Cochem and an intimate tasting with a chocolatier in Basel

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
DAY 2
AMSTERDAM | Canal Cruise & House Museum
DAY 3
AALSMEER | Flower Auction
DAY 4
COLOGNE, GERMANY | Gothic Cathedral
DAY 5
COCHEM | Wine Tasting
DAY 6
KOBLENZ & RÜDESHEIM | Scenic Gorge
DAY 7
HEIDELBERG | Charming University Town
DAY 8
STRASBOURG, FRANCE | Alsatian Capital
DAY 9
BASEL, SWITZERLAND | Chocolatier Visit
DAY 10
DEPART BASEL
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
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Meals: Dinner
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.

'Amadeus Silver III'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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.

'Amadeus Silver III'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

'Amadeus Silver III'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

'Amadeus Silver III'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

'Amadeus Silver III'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

'Amadeus Silver III'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

'Amadeus Silver III'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10
DEPART BASEL

Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.

Meals: Breakfast

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.


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

Journey Details

Minimum age is 12 years.

First event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.

Last event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 9.


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