Captivating Rhine River Cruise, November 11-18, 2019 with Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery

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The Captvating Rhine River Cruise

Embarkation Date: November 11, 2019

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DAY 1, MONDAY NOVEMBER 11TH

ARRIVE AMSTERDAM – EMBARKATION

Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship, the AmaKristina. (D)

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DAY 2, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12TH

AMSTERDAM

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

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DAY 3, WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13TH

COLOGNE, GERMANY

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and Reibekuchen, potato pancakes typically served with apple sauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)

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DAY 4, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14TH

RHINE GORGE - RÜDESHEIM

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rudesheim.  Drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue and afterwards, be treated to a wine tasting.  For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg.  Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rudesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)

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DAY 5, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15TH

LUDWIGSHAFEN

Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate. (B,L,D)

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DAY 6, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16TH

STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, the active adventurer can take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

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DAY 7, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17TH

BREISACH, GERMANY

Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions. Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture and famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, head to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the countryside, or hike in the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions. (B,L,D)

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DAY 8, MONDAY NOVEMBER 18TH

BASEL - DISEMBARKATION

Cruise only passengers disembark after breakfast.  Those purchasing the 4-night post cruise Switzerland tour depart 9am for Lucerne. (B)

OPTIONAL POST-CRUISE SWITZERLAND TOUR

DATE: NOVEMBER 18-22, 2019 — 4-nights Lucerne & Zurich

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DAY 1, MONDAY NOVEMBER 18TH

BASEL TO LUCERNE

Disembark the AmaKristina after breakfast. Board your coach for a city tour of cosmopolitan Basel, a longtime center for banking, commerce and trade, and now a hub city for Europe’s pharmaceutical industry. Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval Town Hall and exquisite old homes. Depart later for postcard-perfect lakeside city of Lucerne. Visit the Lion Monument en route, a dramatic sculpture that honors the Swiss Guards who once protected the French kings.  This afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour along Lucerne’s famous cobblestone streets to see monuments, fountains, public squares, covered bridges and colorful frescoed buildings. (B)

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL ASTORIA LUZERN (2 nights)

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DAY 2, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19TH

LUCERNE & ALPINE VILLAGES

Following breakfast, depart on a full day excursion to the alpine villages of Interlaken, Brienz and Ballenberg. Interlaken is a resort town on the Aare River, between lakes Thun and Brienz in central Switzerland. It is located in a dramatic setting with vistas of the Alps and has long been a destination synonymous with beauty. Brienz is located in the middle of charming mountains at the eastern end of turquoise-colored Lake Brienz. This cozy village is home to the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum. Ballenberg offers almost 100 original and historic alpine chalets and buildings from all parts of the country, displaying traditional Swiss crafts and customs. Romantic farm gardens and native animal species enliven the scenery. (B,L)

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DAY 3, WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20TH

LUCERNE TO ZURICH

At midday, depart for a short journey to Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city.  This afternoon, join a guided tour visiting Grossmünster Abbey (with exceptional views of Zurich), St. Peter Church which boasts the world’s largest church clock face, Old Town, Town Hall and Fraumünster Abbey, home to five world-famous Chagall windows. See James Joyce Corner.  Zurich was home to the famous Irish writer for many years.  (B)

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL ZUCHERHOF (2 nights)

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DAY 4, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21ST

ZURICH

This morning is at leisure to enjoy the charms of Zurich. Tonight, our Farewell Dinner is a classic Swiss Fondue menu at the traditional Wallisserkanne restaurant, adjacent to our hotel. (B,D)

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DAY 5, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22ND

DEPART ZURICH

Bid “Auf Weidersehen” to Switzerland.  Transfers to Zurich International Airport are arranged for your onward flights. (B)

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