8 Day Castles on the Rhine: Family Riverboat Adventure - Southbound

Tauck Family River Cruise starting in Amsterdam and finishing in Basel

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Overview
Operator: Tauck
Type: Family River Cruise (Premium)
Style: Bridges Family Travel
Duration: 8 Days
From: Amsterdam to Basel
Tour Code: ZIY
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
Our Price From:
$ 6,115
Per Person ($AU)
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$ 125
Per Person ($AU)
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1
Arrive Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tour begins: 4:00 PM, Amsterdam. A transfer is included from Amsterdam's Schipol Airport or Central Station to MS Grace or MS Inspire for the start of your riverboat cruise along the Rhine. Meet your riverboat crew for a welcome briefing, then kick off your fun family river cruise by joining your shipmates for a welcome dinner aboard the riverboat this evening. Stay Seven Nights: Aboard MS Grace or MS Inspire (D)
2
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam, the remarkable capital of The Netherlands, is all about water; like Venice in Italy, it's dominated by a series of canals that link its many tiny islands. Known to the Dutch as grachten, the city's 17th-century canals fan out in crescent-shaped rings from the northern waterfront. Start your day with an orientation tour of Amsterdam, followed by a unique view of the city on a canal boat cruise through these historic waterways, hopping on and off to explore the city's heart, which feels more like a village than the compact center of a cosmopolitan city, with your local guide.

Aboard the canal boat, you'll glide beneath curved bridges carrying walkers and cyclists - as well as trams and cars - and past the narrow former homes of merchants who stored their goods on the upper floors. Along the way, see a host of 17th- and 18th-century structures, the 19th-century Centraal Station, the city flower market and more. Your time in this amazing city includes a visit to the Van Gogh Museum, displaying the world's largest collection of works by Dutch Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. This afternoon, rejoin the riverboat in Utrecht and enjoy lunch onboard as she sets off along the Rhine, bound for Köln (Cologne), Germany. (B/L/D)
3
Köln (Cologne), Germany
Germany's fourth-largest city, historic Köln (also known as Cologne) was founded by the Romans in the 1st century AD; nearly destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II, modern Köln's unique mix of rebuilt, restored and new structures sprawls across both sides of the Rhine. After a full morning of cruising, arrive in Köln and begin your exploration with a guided walking tour of the city, dominated by the immense, twin-spired Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), whose construction only took six hundred years! Completed in 1880, this Gothic "Dom" was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. This evening, head to Burg Satzvey, a moated castle in Germany's Rhineland region dating back to the 12th century, for a grand dinner in the castle's banquet hall that transports your family back to the Middle Ages for some medieval fun! Later, return to the ship and continue your cruise to Koblenz. (B/L/D)
4
Koblenz, Germany
Awaken this morning in Koblenz, a beautiful city set at Deutsches Eck - the "German Corner" - where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet. The city's roots go way back to the Middle Ages, when its prime location made it a powerful controller of trade along these important waterways. Today you can choose to join your local guide on a walking tour of Koblenz's Altstadt (Old Town), a delightful mix of medieval town squares, tucked-away corners, medieval churches, baroque residences and wine taverns. Or set off on a bicycling tour* through fields, forests and vineyards along the Rhine-Moselle (Rheinradweg) bicycle route. Bicycling is a countrywide passion in Germany, and the route's easy riverside trails take you through woods, meadows and Riesling winelands, offering views of passing pleasure boats and freighters on the river.

Rejoin the riverboat for lunch and continue cruising past many castles overlooking the river, including Marksburg Castle. During the afternoon and evening's cruise, learn about the colorful history and traditions of "Carnival"; it grew out of celebrations leading up to the Christian observance of Lent, and has been an important part of the cultural scene in Germany (and in Köln in particular) for centuries. Have fun preparing costumes for and participating in an onboard "Carnival Night" celebration after dinner. (B/L/D)
5
Heidelberg, Germany
During a morning spent cruising the Rhine, keep your eyes peeled for riverside castles as you play our "I Spy a Castle" game, and hear legends and lore of the Lorelei - the mythical siren that was said to rise from the rocky bank of the river and bewitch passing sailors - from your Tauck Directors. As a major transport link across the heart of central Europe for centuries, the mighty Rhine River was a source of great riches for those who controlled the trade that plied its waters... and today, the cities, towns and castles along its banks remind us of that wealth and the power it created. Arrive late morning in Mannheim for a choice of sightseeing. Your family can choose to spend time on your own in Speyer, a medieval German town that thrived on trade in the 10th and 11th centuries, when construction began on its double-domed cathedral - built with natural glass windows and the first in Europe with a roof made entirely of stone; it's now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Or travel to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town, where the narrow lanes of the Altstadt are lined with shops and cafés set within well-preserved 17th-century buildings. Ride a funicular up a hillside to visit the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle, perched high above the city; your family will be awed by the castle's imposing ensemble of buildings from different centuries and architectural periods, radiating out from a central courtyard. Within its walls, you can feel the sweep of hundreds of years of history that was made here - and enjoy the sweeping views from its terrace and gardens. Back aboard the riverboat, enjoy a show put on by the ship's crew after dinner. (B/L/D)
6
Strasbourg, France
Today your riverboat calls on the historic city of Strasbourg, France, surrounded by the hills of southern Alsace. Renowned for its fairy-tale charm - and as the "Crossroads of Europe" for its role as home to the European Union - Strasbourg is the cultural capital of the French region of Alsace. Have some Franco-styled fun as your family becomes "French for a Day" in Strasbourg during a morning filled with French language lessons, a sing-along featuring French songs, and a chocolate tasting!

You can return to the riverboat for lunch, or stay in Strasbourg and spend the afternoon exploring as you please. Among the treasures you'll see here are the medieval canals, watchtowers and half-timbered houses of La Petite France, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; stately city residences; the modern buildings of the European Parliament' and the 11th-century Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. After returning to the ship, enjoy a gala dinner this evening in our main dining room, the Compass Rose. (B/L/D)
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
Depart your riverboat this morning for an excursion to Switzerland's Lake Lucerne area and Mt. Pilatus - where mountain peaks, forests and meadows straight out of a picture book await your family. Travel to Alpnachstad at the edge of shimmering Lake Lucerne, where you'll board the world's steepest cogwheel train for your ascent to the summit of Mt. Pilatus. Climbing to the very top (Oberhaupt), nearly 7,000 feet high, is most definitely part of the fun, as you travel upward at a really steep 48° angle, while drinking in the views of Alpine meadows and mountain streams. Mt. Pilatus, by the way, was so named because (a) ancient Roman governor Pontius Pilate was rumored to have been buried there, or (b) it resembles the belly of a large man (perhaps Pilate) lying on his back - depending on which local legend you believe!

Head back down the mountain at your leisure to lovely Lucerne for some time to explore on your own; sights in this "city of lights" include Altstadt (the Old City), whose narrow cobblestone lanes lead to centuries-old buildings painted with frescoes; the Kappelbrücke (Chapel Bridge), a covered wooden footbridge dating back to the 1330s, with an octagonal water tower that was once used as a prison; picturesque squares like the Kornmarkt, Weinmarkt and Hirschenplatz; and the iconic Lion Monument, honoring the Swiss mercenaries who lost their lives during the French Revolution.

This afternoon, join us in Lucerne for fun with fondue and a Swiss folklore show, prior to catching up with the riverboat in the historic city of Basel. Lying at the center of the "Three Corners," where France, Germany and Switzerland meet at the Rhine, Basel's city skyline is dominated by the 14th-century Münster Cathedral. Join us for a farewell reception followed by dinner, as your riverboat overnights in Basel. (B/L/D)
8
Depart Basel, Switzerland
Tour ends: Basel. Disembark your riverboat this morning by 9:00 AM. A transfer is included from the riverboat to Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg or Basel SBB Bahnhof. Fly home anytime. Allow 3 hours for flight check-in. For guests wishing to spend more time in Basel, ask at booking about extending your stay with an additional hotel night at Tauck's hotel. (B)
1
Arrive Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tour begins: 4:00 PM, Amsterdam. A transfer is included from Amsterdam's Schipol Airport or Central Station to MS Grace or MS Inspire for the start of your riverboat cruise along the Rhine. Meet your riverboat crew for a welcome briefing, then kick off your fun family river cruise by joining your shipmates for a welcome dinner aboard the riverboat this evening. Stay Seven Nights: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat (D)
2
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam, the remarkable capital of The Netherlands, is all about water; like Venice in Italy, it's dominated by a series of canals that link its many tiny islands. Known to the Dutch as grachten, the city's 17th-century canals fan out in crescent-shaped rings from the northern waterfront. Start your day with an orientation tour of Amsterdam, followed by a unique view of the city on a canal boat cruise through these historic waterways, hopping on and off to explore the city's heart, which feels more like a village than the compact center of a cosmopolitan city, with your local guide. Aboard the canal boat, you'll glide beneath curved bridges carrying walkers and cyclists - as well as trams and cars - and past the narrow former homes of merchants who stored their goods on the upper floors. Along the way, see a host of 17th- and 18th-century structures, the 19th-century Centraal Station, the city flower market and more. Your time in this amazing city includes a visit to the Van Gogh Museum, displaying the world's largest collection of works by Dutch Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. This afternoon, rejoin the riverboat in Utrecht and enjoy lunch onboard as she sets off along the Rhine, bound for Köln (Cologne), Germany. (B/L/D)
3
Köln, Germany
Germany's fourth-largest city, historic Köln (also known as Cologne) was founded by the Romans in the 1st century AD; nearly destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II, modern Köln's unique mix of rebuilt, restored and new structures sprawls across both sides of the Rhine. After a full morning of cruising, arrive in Köln and begin your exploration with a guided walking tour of the city, dominated by the immense, twin-spired Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), whose construction only took six hundred years! Completed in 1880, this Gothic "Dom" was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. This evening, head to Burg Satzvey, a moated castle in Germany's Rhineland region dating back to the 12th century, for a grand dinner in the castle's banquet hall that transports your family back to the Middle Ages for some medieval fun! Later, return to the ship and continue your cruise to Koblenz. (B/L/D)
4
Koblenz, Germany
Awaken this morning in Koblenz, a beautiful city set at Deutsches Eck - the "German Corner" - where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet. The city's roots go way back to the Middle Ages, when its prime location made it a powerful controller of trade along these important waterways. Today you can choose to join your local guide on a walking tour of Koblenz's Altstadt (Old Town), a delightful mix of medieval town squares, tucked-away corners, medieval churches, baroque residences and wine taverns. Or set off on a bicycling tour* through fields, forests and vineyards along the Rhine-Moselle (Rheinradweg) bicycle route. Bicycling is a countrywide passion in Germany, and the route's easy riverside trails take you through woods, meadows and Riesling winelands, offering views of passing pleasure boats and freighters on the river. Rejoin the riverboat for lunch and continue cruising past many castles overlooking the river, including Marksburg Castle. During the afternoon and evening's cruise, learn about the colorful history and traditions of "Carnival"; it grew out of celebrations leading up to the Christian observance of Lent, and has been an important part of the cultural scene in Germany (and in Köln in particular) for centuries. Have fun preparing costumes for and participating in an onboard "Carnival Night" celebration after dinner. (B/L/D)
5
Heidelberg, Germany
During a morning spent cruising the Rhine, keep your eyes peeled for riverside castles as you play our "I Spy a Castle" game, and hear legends and lore of the Lorelei - the mythical siren that was said to rise from the rocky bank of the river and bewitch passing sailors - from your Tauck Directors. As a major transport link across the heart of central Europe for centuries, the mighty Rhine River was a source of great riches for those who controlled the trade that plied its waters... and today, the cities, towns and castles along its banks remind us of that wealth and the power it created. Arrive late morning in Mannheim for a choice of sightseeing. Your family can choose to spend time on your own in Speyer, a medieval German town that thrived on trade in the 10th and 11th centuries, when construction began on its double-domed cathedral - built with natural glass windows and the first in Europe with a roof made entirely of stone; it's now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or travel to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town, where the narrow lanes of the Altstadt are lined with shops and cafés set within well-preserved 17th-century buildings. Ride a funicular up a hillside to visit the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle, perched high above the city; your family will be awed by the castle's imposing ensemble of buildings from different centuries and architectural periods, radiating out from a central courtyard. Within its walls, you can feel the sweep of hundreds of years of history that was made here - and enjoy the sweeping views from its terrace and gardens. Back aboard the riverboat, enjoy a show put on by the ship's crew after dinner. (B/L/D)
6
Strasbourg, France
Today your riverboat calls on the historic city of Strasbourg, France, surrounded by the hills of southern Alsace. Renowned for its fairy-tale charm - and as the "Crossroads of Europe" for its role as home to the European Union - Strasbourg is the cultural capital of the French region of Alsace. Have some Franco-styled fun as your family becomes "French for a Day" in Strasbourg during a morning filled with French language lessons, a sing-along featuring French songs, and a chocolate tasting! You can return to the riverboat for lunch, or stay in Strasbourg and spend the afternoon exploring as you please. Among the treasures you'll see here are the medieval canals, watchtowers and half-timbered houses of La Petite France, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; stately city residences; the modern buildings of the European Parliament' and the 11th-century Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. After returning to the ship, enjoy a gala dinner this evening in our main dining room, the Compass Rose. (B/L/D)
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
Depart your riverboat this morning for an excursion to Switzerland's Lake Lucerne area and Mt. Pilatus - where mountain peaks, forests and meadows straight out of a picture book await your family. Travel to Alpnachstad at the edge of shimmering Lake Lucerne, where you'll board the world's steepest cogwheel train for your ascent to the summit of Mt. Pilatus. Climbing to the very top (Oberhaupt), nearly 7,000 feet high, is most definitely part of the fun, as you travel upward at a really steep 48° angle, while drinking in the views of Alpine meadows and mountain streams. Mt. Pilatus, by the way, was so named because (a) ancient Roman governor Pontius Pilate was rumored to have been buried there, or (b) it resembles the belly of a large man (perhaps Pilate) lying on his back - depending on which local legend you believe! Head back down the mountain at your leisure to lovely Lucerne for some time to explore on your own; sights in this "city of lights" include Altstadt (the Old City), whose narrow cobblestone lanes lead to centuries-old buildings painted with frescoes; the Kappelbrücke (Chapel Bridge), a covered wooden footbridge dating back to the 1330s, with an octagonal water tower that was once used as a prison; picturesque squares like the Kornmarkt, Weinmarkt and Hirschenplatz; and the iconic Lion Monument, honoring the Swiss mercenaries who lost their lives during the French Revolution. This afternoon, join us in Lucerne for fun with fondue and a Swiss folklore show, prior to catching up with the riverboat in the historic city of Basel. Lying at the center of the "Three Corners," where France, Germany and Switzerland meet at the Rhine, Basel's city skyline is dominated by the 14th-century Münster Cathedral. Join us for a farewell reception followed by dinner, as your riverboat overnights in Basel. (B/L/D)
8
Depart Basel, Switzerland
Tour ends: Basel. Disembark your riverboat this morning by 9:00 AM. A transfer is included from the riverboat to Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg or Basel SBB Bahnhof. Fly home anytime. Allow 3 hours for flight check-in. For guests wishing to spend more time in Basel, ask at booking about extending your stay with an additional hotel night at Tauck's hotel. (B)
Tauck Inclusions
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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Riding the world's highest cogwheel train with sweeping views of the Swiss Alps
  • Private dinner and evening at Burg Satzvey (a moated castle)
  • Fondue, chocolate, and French lessons, becoming "French for a Day"
  • Bicycling through forests and vineyards beside the Rhine - Moselle Rivers
  • Visit to the legendary ruins of Heidelberg Castle or the medieval town of Speyer
  • Amsterdam Canal tour and van Gogh Museum
  • Tour of Cologne Cathedral
River Cruise Inclusions
  • Cruise the Rhine aboard the MS Grace or MS Inspire
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides and drivers
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure as noted
  • Service charges, admission fees, taxes and porterage
Included Meals
  • 20 included meals over the course of your trip
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
Sightseeing Highlights
  • Amsterdam Canal tour and van Gogh Museum
  • Riding the world's highest cogwheel train with sweeping views of the Swiss Alps
  • Private dinner and evening at Burg Satzvey
  • Fondue, chocolate, and French lessons, becoming "French for a Day"
  • Bicycling through forests and vineyards beside the Rhine - Moselle Rivers
  • Visit to the legendary ruins of Heidelberg Castle or the medieval town of Speyer
River Cruise Inclusions
  • Enjoy the Rhine aboard the MS Grace or MS Inspire
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides and drivers
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure as noted
  • Service charges, admission fees, taxes and porterage
Included Meals
  • 20 meals are included throughout your trip
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
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01 Jul 2019
Monday
08 Jul 2019
MS Grace

6,240

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15 Jul 2019
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22 Jul 2019
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22 Jul 2019
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29 Jul 2019
MS Inspire

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05 Aug 2019
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12 Aug 2019
MS Inspire

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01 Jul 2019
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08 Jul 2019
MS Grace

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per person

125

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22 Jul 2019
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per person

125

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22 Jul 2019
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29 Jul 2019
MS Inspire

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per person

125

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05 Aug 2019
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12 Aug 2019
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6,240

per person

125

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6,115

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Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.
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MS Grace
Emerald Deck (Category 1)  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Ruby Deck (Category 2) $ 500
Emerald Deck (Category 3) $ 1,060
Ruby Deck (Category 4) $ 1,440
Ruby/Diamond Deck (Category 5) $ 2,190
Ruby Deck (Category 6) $ 2,440
Diamond Deck (7 - Suite) $ 3,060
MS Inspire
Emerald Deck (Category 1)  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Ruby Deck (Category 2) $ 500
Emerald Deck (Category 3) $ 1,060
Ruby Deck (Category 4) $ 1,440
Ruby/Diamond Deck (Category 5) $ 2,190
Ruby Deck (Category 6) $ 2,440
Diamond Deck (7 - Suite) $ 3,060

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