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New Connections European River Cruise Journeys

Switzerland & the Rhine 2019


11 days from $8,495

Limited to 24 guests

Cruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel on this all-new journey, viewing Holland’s vibrant blooms at the world’s largest flower auction, taking in the majesty of the Alps in Switzerland and sampling local beer, wine, cheese and chocolate on exclusive meals shore on shore.

A&K Advantages

Cruise the Rhine through four countries, experiencing 11 days of exclusive Connections sightseeing in your private small-group vehicle, escorted by your own Resident Tour Director 

Stay in boutique hotels in Amsterdam and Zurich, with premium cabins aboard ship with open-air French or walk-out balconies

See Holland’s vibrant blooms firsthand at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction

Journey to the top of Mount Pilatus for 360-degree views of the Swiss Alps

Experience local food and wine during five specially planned meals ashore, as well as cheese tasting in Edam, beer tasting in Cologne, wine tastings in Rüdesheim and Strasbourg and chocolate tasting in Zurich

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
DAY 2
AMSTERDAM | Canal Cruise & Rijksmuseum
DAY 3
AALSMEER | Flower Auction
DAY 4
COLOGNE, GERMANY | Gothic Cathedral
DAY 5
COCHEM | Hilltop Fortress
DAY 6
KOBLENZ & RÜDESHEIM | Scenic Gorge
DAY 7
HEIDELBERG | Charming University Town
DAY 8
STRASBOURG, FRANCE | Alsatian Capital
DAY 9
LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND | Lakeside Panoramas
DAY 10
ZURICH | Chocolatier Experience
DAY 11
DEPART ZURICH
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.

Kimpton De Witt Hotel
Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
AMSTERDAM | Canal Cruise & Rijksmuseum

Stop at the Douwes Fine Art gallery, seven generations in the same family, to learn how old paintings are restored for exhibition. Next, visit the famous Rijksmuseum to see Rembrandt’s masterpiece, Night Watch, one of many highlights in the extensive collection. After lunch at leisure, take a private canal cruise in Amsterdam, the best way to see this city famously linked by 165 canals, spanning more than 30 miles. End at the Anne Frank House. Finally, enjoy priority boarding onto your riverboat. After settling into your premium cabin or suite, gather for a welcome cocktail and dinner aboard.

'Amadeus Silver II'
'Amadeus Silver III'
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3
AALSMEER | Flower Auction

Rise early and meet your small group for a Connections-exclusive visit to the flower auction at Aalsmeer. More than 20 million flowers change hands here daily, in a building that occupies a greater footprint than any other in the world; the logistics that go into making such a vast operation run smoothly are amazing to witness in person. Later, visit the Wooden Clog Maker in Marken followed by a sampling of traditional Dutch cheeses. This evening, enjoy a private Connections cocktail party.

'Amadeus Silver II'
'Amadeus Silver III'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
COLOGNE, GERMANY | Gothic Cathedral

Spend the morning cruising the Rhine en route to Cologne. On arrival, explore the major sites on a walking tour, including the Gothic cathedral, an edifice so massive its construction spanned centuries; it was only officially completed in 1880. Follow your visit with a beer tasting at a 100-year-old brewery, only for Connections guests.

'Amadeus Silver II'
'Amadeus Silver III'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
COCHEM | Hilltop Fortress

Arrive in Cochem on the Moselle River, a tributary of the Rhine, this afternoon. Disembark to visit the neo-Gothic castle, including its famous Witches Tower, the only part of the original Gothic structure still standing. Tonight, sit down to a private Chef’s Highlights dinner aboard.

'Amadeus Silver II'
'Amadeus Silver III'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
KOBLENZ & RÜDESHEIM | Scenic Gorge

Cruise to Koblenz, where you rejoin the Rhine River. Koblenz’s history dates back to Roman times, when Julius Caesar built the first bridge to span the Rhine near here. Take a guided walking tour of the city this morning. Then, cruise the lovely Rhine Gorge, one of the most scenic stretches in all of Europe. Its magical mix of rocky, winding riverbanks, quaint riverside towns and castles perched high on the cliffside helped to earn it a spot on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Arrive later in Rüdesheim, known throughout the region for its excellent wines. Join your Resident Tour Director for a Connections-exclusive wine tasting and dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

'Amadeus Silver II'
'Amadeus Silver III'
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. Abandoned in the 18th century, the crumbling fortress nevertheless remained a source of inspiration for later Romantic painters and poets, who seized on it as a symbol of faded glory. After lunch, proceed to the altstadt (old town) for time at leisure; the Market Square is an excellent place to soak up local life. Tonight, attend a captain’s gala dinner aboard your vessel.

'Amadeus Silver II'
'Amadeus Silver III'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
STRASBOURG, FRANCE | Alsatian Capital

The capital of France’s Alsace region, Strasbourg has been a focal point of French-German conflict for centuries, and bears the combined stamp of both nations as a result. Experience this for yourself on a small-group walking tour of the old town, with a Connections-exclusive wine tasting at the Cave des Hospices, the city’s oldest wine cellar. Cruise to Basel.

'Amadeus Silver II'
'Amadeus Silver III'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND | Lakeside Panoramas

Disembark and drive to Mount Pilatus, journeying to the top via cog railway for lunch, accompanied by amazing, postcard-worthy mountaintop views. After a cable car descent, take a walking tour of Lucerne. Since the mid-19th century, this beautiful city has been the most visited in Switzerland and today it strikes an ideal balance between timeless historic beauty and modern development. Your walk includes the famous Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church, as well as the Lion Monument. Continue to Zurich for time to explore on your own.

Hotel Storchen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 10
ZURICH | Chocolatier Experience

Switzerland is synonymous with chocolate, and no visit to Zurich is complete without a stop at the Lindt chocolate workshop, where you enjoy some delectable samples. After time at leisure for lunch, gather for a guided walking tour of the city, including a stop at the Watch and Clock Museum, with a collection spanning 1400 BC to the present day. Tonight, attend a farewell dinner to celebrate your journey.

Hotel Storchen
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11
DEPART ZURICH

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.


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

  • May 23 - Jun 02
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    B-4 Strauss-Deck
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    $8,795
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    $2,295
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    B-1 Strauss-Deck
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    $9,295
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    $3,195
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    A-1 Mozart-Deck
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    $9,995
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    $3,995
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    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
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    $10,795
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    $6,395
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    This departure operates on 'Amadeus Silver II'.

    'Amadeus Silver II' Deck Plan
  • Jun 10 - Jun 20
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    B-4 Strauss-Deck
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    $8,795
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    $2,295
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    Cabin Class
    B-1 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $9,295
    Single Supplement
    $3,195
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    Cabin Class
    A-1 Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $9,995
    Single Supplement
    $3,995
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    Cabin Class
    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $10,795
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    $6,395
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    This departure operates on 'Amadeus Silver III'.

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  • Jun 26 - Jul 06
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    B-4 Strauss-Deck
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    $8,795
    Single Supplement
    $2,295
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    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-1 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $9,295
    Single Supplement
    $3,195
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    Available
    Cabin Class
    A-1 Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $9,995
    Single Supplement
    $3,995
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    Available
    Cabin Class
    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $10,795
    Single Supplement
    $6,395
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    This departure operates on 'Amadeus Silver II'.

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  • Aug 19 - Aug 29
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    B-4 Strauss-Deck
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    $8,495
    Single Supplement
    $2,195
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    Cabin Class
    B-1 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $8,995
    Single Supplement
    $3,095
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    Cabin Class
    A-1 Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $9,695
    Single Supplement
    $3,895
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    Cabin Class
    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $10,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,295
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    This departure operates on 'Amadeus Silver III'.

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  • Sep 02 - Sep 12
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    Price
    Single Supplement
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    Cabin Class
    B-4 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $8,795
    Single Supplement
    $2,295
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-1 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $9,295
    Single Supplement
    $3,195
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    A-1 Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $9,995
    Single Supplement
    $3,995
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $10,795
    Single Supplement
    $6,395
    Availability
    Available

    This departure operates on 'Amadeus Silver III'.

    'Amadeus Silver III' Deck Plan
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Journey Details

Minimum age is 12 years.

First event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Last event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 10.

May 23 departure operates on an alternate itinerary. Contact A&K for details.


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