Air & Land
Land Only

11 Day Rhine River Cruise with Zurich - Basel to Amsterdam (Princess)

River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights NYC-Zurich, Amsterdam-NYC
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights First Class & Deluxe accommodations
  • Cruise porterage
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Unlimited wine with dinners on cruise
  • Evening entertainment on cruise
  • Port Taxes

Special Features

  • Zurich City Tour

DAY 1 - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Zurich. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2 - Arrive in Zurich
Arrive in Zurich and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to begin exploring the largest city in Switzerland on your own
Overnight: Zurich

DAY 3 - Zurich City Tour
This morning join a panoramic city tour which will take you past the castle-like National Museum, the shopping and business centre on Bahnhofstrasse and the Limmatquai with its medieval Old Town. Travel uphill on the cog-wheel railway (Dolderbahn) into the “Zürichberg” district for some fantastic photo opportunities, and finally, stop in the Old Town to admire the world famous Chagall windows adorning the Fraumünster Church. The remainder of the day is free to discover Zurich on your own
Optional: Gold & Silver Coast
Overnight: Zurich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Train to Basel
This morning transfer on your own to the train station in Zurich where you will depart for Basel. Upon arrival in Basel, transfer independently to the port. Embarkation begins at 4 pm. Tonight, enjoy a gala welcome cocktail and dinner on board as you set sail for Strasbourg
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Full Day in Strasbourg
Today enjoy a full day in Strasbourg. Straddling French and German culture, the entire city center of Strasbourg has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of special note is the staggering Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture. For over 200 years the Cathedral stood as the world's tallest building, and it currently houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence. There are many other medieval churches to be seen here, as well as the former town hall set in the German renaissance style. Tonight, set sail for Speyer
Optional: Strasbourg City Tour
Optional: Alsace Excursion
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Morning in Speyer, Afternoon in Mannheim
This morning stop in Speyer. Originally inhabited by the Celts around 500 B.C., the city is most famous for its beautiful red sandstone Cathedral, which remains a fine example of Romanesque architecture and is undoubtedly the city's most prized landmark as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, sail to Mannheim located at the meeting point of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers. Mannheim is full of streets lined with Baroque architecture. The water tower is the civic symbol of this city and is located just east of the city center. The city also boasts one of the loveliest parks in Europe, the Luisenpark. The park contains numerous rose arboretums, the picturesque Chinese Tea House and the 675-foot tall Telecommunications Tower. This evening, set sail for Rüdesheim
Optional: Speyer City Walk
Optional: Mannheim City Tour**
Optional: Heidelberg City Tour**
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - Morning in Rüdesheim, Afternoon in Koblenz
This morning, arrive in Rüdesheim, a lively wine village located in the heart of the Rhine River area. There are many quaint wine taverns that line the city's streets. In the afternoon sail to Koblenz, the site where the Mosel River flows into the Rhine River. The city has many great examples of Romanesque design, imposing defensive towers and the impressive Castle of the Electors. Set sail for Cochem late this evening
Optional: Rüdesheim City Tour
Optional: Koblenz City Walk
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - Full Day in Cochem
This morning, arrive in Cochem, a quaint German town known best for its late-Gothic castle and restored timber-framed houses. The town has a beautiful setting amid vine-clad hills, and is best known for its cozy wine taverns and colorful riverside promenades. The town has three fortified gates, quaint narrow alleys and beautiful half timbered houses. Set sail this evening at 6:00 pm
Optional: Cochem City Walk
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 - Cologne and Düsseldorf
Arrive in Cologne this morning, one of Germany's oldest cities known for its vibrant art scene. Cologne is home to the famous Cologne Cathedral and one of the oldest universities in Europe, Cologne University. Relax on board at 11:30 am as you sail the scenic Rhine River.This afternoon, the ship will make a stop in Düsseldorf, one of Germany's most populous cities. Numerous corporations call this city home, however the heart of its people can be found in the Old Town where residents gather at clusters of restaurants, bars and galleries. This evening set sail for Volendam and enjoy the captains gala dinner with crew
Optional: Düsseldorf & Cologne City Tour
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 - Daylight Sailing, Evening in Amsterdam
Relax on board this morning as you sail the scenic Rhine River. Early this afternoon, the ship will make a brief stop in Volendam to allow passengers joining the optional Holland Waterland and Amsterdam City Tour to debark the ship. Passengers remaining on board will continue to sail this afternoon. Arrive to Amsterdam at 5:00 pm, a city known for its many cultural sites, art museums, entertainment and of course its scenic canalss
Optional: Holland Waterland excursion
Optional: Amsterdam City Tour with Canal Cruise
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 - Depart for the USA
This morning, disembark in Amsterdam and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

*Optional tours may be pre-purchased as a package for a discounted rate. Tours will be available for purchase separately on board the ship.

**Excursions operate at the same time.

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    *Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions, hotel to rail station and rail station to port transfers and gratuities.

    Additional Information:
    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    Language: This itinerary is a multi-lingual cruise. Announcements and shore excursions may be conducted in another language, and an English translator will be provided.

    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.


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