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Connections European River Cruises

Art & Architecture Along the Rhine 2018


11 Days from $7,395

Limited to 24 guests

Spend seven nights cruising the Rhine River and stay in boutique hotels in Basel and Amsterdam, with Connections-exclusive excursions to the artists' colony of Mathildenhöhe; Weil am Rhein, where you take a private architectural tour; and the Kröller-Müller Museum.

A&K Advantages

Cruise the Rhine River, taking in the region's iconic art and architecture as you experience exclusive Connections sightseeing, 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

Get an authentic taste of Europe during six intimate meals ashore, including a traditional German dinner in Koblenz

Join your small group of Connections guests for an excursion to Darmstadt, with a guided visit to Mathildenhöhe and the chance to view the Lorsch Abbey Gate

Tour Cologne, visiting the Museum Ludwig with its collection of classical, modern, expressionist and American pop art works

Discover the Kröller-Müller Museum and sculpture garden near Amsterdam, followed by a private architectural tour of Holland's capital city

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE BASEL, SWITZERLAND
DAY 2
WEIL AM RHEIN, GERMANY | Amazing Architecture
DAY 3
STRASBOURG, FRANCE | Alsatian Wine Tasting
DAY 4
SPEYER & MANNHEIM, GERMANY | Artist Colony
DAY 5
RÜDESHEIM, ASSMANNSHAUSEN & KOBLENZ | Assmannshausen Excursion & Rhine Gorge Cruise
DAY 6
COCHEM | Picturesque Medieval Streets
DAY 7
COLOGNE | City Excursion
DAY 8
VOLENDAM, HOLLAND | Tulip Farm
DAY 9
AMSTERDAM | Canal District Architecture Walk
DAY 10
AMSTERDAM | Rembrandt & Restorations
DAY 11
DEPART AMSTERDAM
DAY 1
ARRIVE BASEL, SWITZERLAND

Arrive in Basel, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. After time at leisure, join your Resident Tour Director and small Connections group for a private tour at Tinguely Museum, followed by a welcome reception and dinner.

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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
WEIL AM RHEIN, GERMANY | Amazing Architecture

Travel to Weil am Rhein, where you take a private architectural tour of the Vitra Campus, an ensemble of remarkable buildings by renowned architects. Then, explore the Design Museum, created by Frank Gehry. Wander through Basel’s Kunstmuseum at leisure after a brief, guided introduction. Later, transfer to your modern river ship for priority embarkation. After settling into your premium cabin or suite with an open-air French or walk-out balcony, relax with fellow guests over a welcome cocktail before dinner.

'Amadeus Silver II'
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'Amadeus Silver III'
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations vary by departure date.  See Dates & Prices tab for details.
DAY 3
STRASBOURG, FRANCE | Alsatian Wine Tasting

Set out on a small group excursion that includes a visit to Strasbourg’s Gothic cathedral with its beautiful stained glass windows. Get an authentic taste of French cuisine at a local restaurant, an experience exclusive to Connections guests. Then, visit Riquewihr and Kaysersberg along the Alsatian wine route, pausing with your small group to taste local vintages.

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'Amadeus Silver III'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations vary by departure date.  See Dates & Prices tab for details.
DAY 4
SPEYER & MANNHEIM, GERMANY | Artist Colony

Embark on a Connections-exclusive excursion that begins in Speyer. Walk alongside your Resident Tour Director to the city’s imposing cathedral, an 11th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on a scenic drive through Heidelberg to Darmstadt, and take a guided visit of the longtime artists’ colony of Mathildenhöhe. After a specially planned lunch at a local restaurant in Darmstadt, stop for photos at the 1,200-year-old gatehouse of the Abbey of Lorsch.

'Amadeus Silver II'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations vary by departure date.  See Dates & Prices tab for details.
DAY 5
RÜDESHEIM, ASSMANNSHAUSEN & KOBLENZ | Assmannshausen Excursion & Rhine Gorge Cruise

Join your small group of travellers for a Connections-exclusive excursion as you ride the local train from Rüdesheim to Assmannshausen. Take the chairlift up the hill for panoramic, open-air views of the wooded hillsides and a taste of local red wine. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon cruise through the scenic Rhine Gorge. Then, set out on a walking tour of Koblenz, passing St. Castor's Basilica and the Electoral Palace. Join your Resident Tour Director ashore for a Connections dinner in a typical local restaurant.

'Amadeus Silver II'
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'Amadeus Silver III'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations vary by departure date.  See Dates & Prices tab for details.
DAY 6
COCHEM | Picturesque Medieval Streets

Gather with fellow Connections guests for a visit to Cochem, a city settled in Roman times along the Moselle River. Enjoy a wine tasting, arranged specially by A&K for your small group, followed by a Connections-exclusive guided tour of Cochem Castle. Aboard ship tonight, attend a private cocktail party and an exclusive Chef's Highlights dinner.

'Amadeus Silver II'
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'Amadeus Silver III'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations vary by departure date.  See Dates & Prices tab for details.
DAY 7
COLOGNE | City Excursion

Enjoy a tour of Cologne today, visiting its stunning cathedral in your small group, alongside your knowledgeable Connections guide. Designed with mathematically precise craftsmanship, it boasts gargoyles and corbel figures on its façade, with medieval sculptures and 19th-century mosaic flooring in its interior. Continue to the Museum Ludwig to view the collection of classical, modern, expressionist and American pop art works, a Connections-exclusive excursion. Then, enjoy free time for shopping and lunch on your own (or included aboard ship). This evening, join your captain for a gala dinner.

'Amadeus Silver II'
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'Amadeus Silver III'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations vary by departure date.  See Dates & Prices tab for details.
DAY 8
VOLENDAM, HOLLAND | Tulip Farm

Arrive in Holland and visit the old fishing village of Volendam, with its colorful period houses. Continue by small group to a local cheesemaker, where you enjoy an intimate tasting. Then, transfer to a nearby family-run tulip farm for exclusive insight into this uniquely Dutch industry. In Amsterdam, drive past vibrant Dam Square and the Museum Quarter before re-boarding your vessel for a final overnight stay.

'Amadeus Silver II'
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'Amadeus Silver III'
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations vary by departure date.  See Dates & Prices tab for details.
DAY 9
AMSTERDAM | Canal District Architecture Walk

Disembark for a private guided tour of the Kröller-Müller Museum and sculpture garden, home to the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world, as well as works by Seurat and Picasso. After a local lunch with fellow Connections guests, return to Amsterdam for an architectural boat tour in the canal district, alongside your Resident Tour Director. See the picturesque canal houses, tiny alleyways, gardens and drawbridges that lend this cosmopolitan city its unique and lasting charm.

Kimpton De Witt Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 10
AMSTERDAM | Rembrandt & Restorations

This morning, pay a Connections-exclusive visit to the famous Rijksmuseum. During your guided tour, view thoughtfully selected masterpieces from its exceptional collection, including Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Relax at leisure this afternoon, further exploring the museum or perhaps shopping for tulip bulbs. This evening, visit the Douwes family gallery, seven generations in the same family, for a reception and talk on art restoration. Later, gather for a farewell dinner to celebrate your journey.

Kimpton De Witt Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11
DEPART AMSTERDAM

Today, transfer to Amsterdam airport for your flight.

Meals: Breakfast
NOTE: High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.


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

  • Jun 05 - Jun 15
    New Date
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-4 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $7,395
    Single Supplement
    $1,795
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-1 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $7,895
    Single Supplement
    $2,595
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    A-1 Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $8,495
    Single Supplement
    $3,295
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $9,295
    Single Supplement
    $5,295
    Availability
    Available

    This departure operates on 'Amadeus Silver III'.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Aug 29 - Sep 08
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-4 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $7,395
    Single Supplement
    $1,795
    Availability
    Call for Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-1 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $7,895
    Single Supplement
    $2,595
    Availability
    Call for Availability
    Cabin Class
    A-1 Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $8,495
    Single Supplement
    $3,295
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $9,295
    Single Supplement
    $5,295
    Availability
    Available

    This departure operates on 'Amadeus Silver II'.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
Journey Details

Minimum age is 12 years.

First group event: museum visit at 4:15 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 10.


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