13 Day Rhine River Cruise with Amsterdam & Lucerne

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*Not Included:
Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Passengers departing from Zurich on Day 13 should select flights leaving no earlier than 9:00 am. The Zurich airport is approximately a 1 hour drive from Lucerne.

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.


Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.


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.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

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Accommodation Details


River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Amsterdam, Zurich-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights First Class & Deluxe accommodations
    • 2 nights Amsterdam
    • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class Monarch Queen
    • 2 nights Lucerne
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 24 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

Special Features

  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
  • Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of the Rhineland
  • Discover 2000-year-old Koblenz, with its superb Romanesque architecture
  • View the mighty Lorelei Rock named for the siren "Lorelei" rising vertically from the waters
  • Stroll the lanes filled with quaint wine taverns in the lively village of Rüdesheim
  • Visit the Alsace capital of Strasbourg, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Walk the cobbled streets of tiny Breisach, a city that dates back over 4,000 years
  • Explore Lucerne with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountainous panorama

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Unlimited wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Cruise Director & Activities Director throughout
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English

Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for the Netherlands
Depart for the Netherlands

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated and modern capital; transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to discover the many cultural sites this delightful city has to offer. Tonight, a Welcome Drink with your Tour Manager, followed by a briefing about the journey
Overnight: Amsterdam

DAY 3, Saturday - Amsterdam City Tour
Today's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Queen's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. The rest of the day is on your own. Perhaps, visit one of the world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh to view the masterpieces of some of the Dutch artists
Overnight: Amsterdam
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 Sunday - Cruise Embarkation in Amsterdam
Time for personal exploration or shopping in Amsterdam this morning before the afternoon transfer to the port for embarkation. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board. This evening, the Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Leisure Morning in Amsterdam, Afternoon Cruising
Morning at leisure on board or pick up some last minute Dutch souvenirs. This afternoon get acquainted with your fellow passengers as you cruise south for Germany
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Cologne City Tour
Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, one of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, arriving as you enjoy lunch on board. Your walking tour of the city is highlighted by the soaring, twin-steeple Gothic cathedral that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. After dinner on board, time to explore Cologne's vibrant night life before setting sail
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Morning in Koblenz & Afternoon Cruising
The ship docks this morning in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk this morning and free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. Or, join the optional tour to the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that's never been destroyed and has been continuously occupied for over 700 years. At noon, set sail and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board, taking in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. This evening, arrive in Rüdesheim, a lively village in the heart of the Rhine. After dinner, perhaps stroll along the lanes filled with quaint wine taverns
Optional: Marksburg Castle (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Morning in Mannheim & Afternoon in Speyer
Today discover Mannheim, meeting point of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers, once the gathering place for classical composers. View the imposing red sandstone Schloss, Germany's largest baroque palace and the Luisenpark, one of the loveliest parks in Europe. Alternatively, join the optional tour to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany and inspiration for some of the world's greatest writers and artists; tour the city and view the ruins of 12th century Heidelberg Castle before returning to the ship as it sails to Speyer. Here, stroll the lanes of this picturesque city founded by the Romans, with its prized red sandstone cathedral named a World Heritage Site. Tonight, the ship sails for Strasbourg
Optional: Heidelberg City Tour (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Strasbourg City Tour
A lovely day awaits you in the Alsace capital of Strasbourg, situated on the border of France and Germany, blending the cultures of both countries. Discover Strasbourg on the tour highlighting the city's center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Of special note is the stunning Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture that houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence. See the magical La Petite France district, home to quaint shops and charming bistros, Place Kleber, a large historic square in the center of the city and Place Gutenberg, dedicated to the inventor of the printing press. This evening, return to the ship as you sail toward Breisach in the Rhine Valley
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Breisach Walking Tour
Arrive this morning in the small city of Breisach that dates back over 4,000 years. On your walking tour along the cobbled streets lined with pastel-painted houses, it's hard to believe this town was mostly destroyed in WWII and then totally restored to its original beauty. View the towering Romanesque and Gothic St. Stephansmunster Cathedral, a highlight of the city. Spend free time in town, or, join the optional tour to Colmar in France, known as Alsace's most beautiful city with its dramatic steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco and distinctive French shutters accented by window boxes filled with colorful geraniums. At the end of your tour, stop by a local wine maker to sample a few of the region's varietals. Tonight, at the Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories of your Rhine journey with your new-found friends
Optional: Colmar City Tour (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Mount Pilatus & Lucerne City Tour
This morning disembark in Basel and drive to Lucerne with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountainous panorama, where you spend two nights in the center of the Swiss Alps. Upon arrival, ascend Mount Pilatus to take in the gorgeous panorama from nearly 7000 feet. Continue to the city center to view the Lion Monument, erected in memory of the heroic death of Swiss guards, one of the best-known monuments in Switzerland. Continue to the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge, one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Full Day in Lucerne
A full day to explore this lovely city at the heart of central Switzerland nestled on Lake Lucerne. See the historic houses lining the lovely town squares in the well-preserved medieval Old City, walk along the waterfront promenade or perhaps discover the lake on a paddlewheel steamer cruise. On your last night in Switzerland, treat yourself to a superb meal at one of the many world-class restaurants that string the lake
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Tuesday - Depart Switzerland
Transfer to the airport in Zurich for your return flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Marksburg Castle Tour

Join a guided tour of the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that has never been destroyed. The castle has been continuously occupied for over 700 years and houses a host of artifacts that bring the Middle Ages to life.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #7 01 Mar 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $50.00
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Heidelberg City Tour

Heidelberg is one of Germany’s most scenic cities. For hundreds of years the city's medieval splendor has inspired some of the world's greatest artists and authors. This tour takes you through the city, with views of the historic Old Town, the expansive ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and the Neckar River. Fortunately, the city was spared from destruction during the WWII, leaving buildings dating to the Middle Ages completely intact. Today, the city is a bustling, vibrant center for education and the arts, seamlessly blending the modern and the traditional.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #8 01 Mar 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $60.00
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Colmar City Tour

Situated on the Alsatian wine route, Colmar is a picturesque city well known for its half-timbered houses and series of canals, known as "Little Venice." During your guided walking tour, view the highlights of the city's architectural heritage, mostly spared during the French Revolution and subsequent wars of the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, Colmar is known as Alsace’s most beautiful city with its dramatic steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco and distinctive French shutters accented by window boxes filled with colorful geraniums. At the end of your tour, stop by a local wine maker to sample a few of the region's varietals.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #10 01 Mar 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $66.00
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16 Day Classic European River Cruise , July 2017
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The river trip on the Monarch Queen from Amsterdam to Budapest surpassed our expectations. Our room was very nice, the bed comfortable. The food was out of this world. All of the tour guides were right on with their facts (I was a World History teacher), connected things to our present day situations and were amusing. You can't for any better cruise director than Mick (Miklos) nor piano player than Peter. What a bang for the buck! Thanks for a wonderful time. We look forward to more travels with Gate 1.

Randy W. Waldorf, MD
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , July 2017
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Our trip was excellent. The company, weather, food, scenery was all up to standard. We had an enjoyable time, and saw and ate a lot. Many thanks.

Yolane B. QLD, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, June 2017
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It was the trip of a lifetime. I can't believe how friendly, informative, comfortable and well organized it was. Miklos, our Cruise Director, provided a wealth of historical and technical (locks and dams) information all along the way, bringing to life the richness of each location with colorful descriptions and tips about what to see. He kept all things organized which is impressive given the number of local guides and logistics (busses, tickets etc) at hand. Each night he prepared us with a talk for the next day. In between, he responded to the interests and needs of individual passengers. Our Entertainment Director, Amir, offered morning yoga and evening dance, games, and group activities that helped everyone have fun. Maitre d, Ivan, and all the dining room staff were delightful, responsive to individual diets, and served lovely meals with classy presentation. Our Hotel Director made sure all were welcomed and comfortable. Housekeeping was thorough, quick, and friendly. During meals we enjoyed the company of a diverse, fun, and interesting group. We chatted about our countries, cultures, and families. Did I mention drinking lots of good wine and local beers? I cannot emphasize enough what great service all provided on this spectacular trip. My only regret is that we had too little time in Vienna and Budapest. Thanks for your help on the front end and keep those trip brochures coming!

Claire J. Saint Paul, MN
17 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest, Prague, Dresden & Berlin , June 2017
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It was excellent, everything was first class and we were very well taken care of from start to finish. The hotels and tours were excellent, and the river cruise had excellent amenities, including great food and a comfortable lounge. We saw so many wonderful places. We definitely want to travel Gate 1 again and will recommend to all our friends.

Canberra, Australia
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague , June 2017
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Our trip was everything we were hoping for. Very impressed with crew, food and activities. We are looking forward to 2018 to go on another River Cruise with Gate 1. We have been talking you up to everyone we met especially aussie. We are now on a land tour of Country roads of Croatia then after that we are going to Rome.

Jane S. NSW, Australia
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague & Budapest , May 2017
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Our trip was wonderful! Everything went exactly to plan, our accommodations were terrific, guides were extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly, and the staff on board the ship were incredible. Even the weather was perfect! All in all we could not have expected anything more and had a fantastic time.

Sharon S. Queensland, Australia
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague , May 2017
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After completing the Gate 1 trip, my travelling companion and I extended our travel and we are now in Berlin airport awaiting the long flight home to Sydney. Everything about the Gate 1 package was fabulous! It's certainly a well-oiled machine that assists guests in every way possible. The Monarch Empress, ALL of the staff, the excursions and local tour guides and tour managers could not be faulted. I hope to travel again with Gate 1 and have already recommended the company to friends and family who ate likely to travel.

Kim H. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , May 2017
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Our trip was fantastic! There is not one thing we could recommend that would have made our trip anymore enjoyable. Your attention to details was faultless. The crew and all Gate 1 travel personnel went out of their way to insure our every needs and desires were taken care of prior to our need to ask. The food was gourmet quality, the variety was appreciated and the service was excellent! The pace and organization of the trip was perfect. The included tours at each stop covered all the important highlights and then the free time we had to do as we wished were in perfect balance. Our days were full without being rushed and of course we could opt out of anything we didn't want to do. We very much appreciated the option to stay in town for lunch and added free time rather than having to go back to the boat and go back with the group. This was our first trip with Gate 1. We met other couples who have taken up to 9 previous Gate 1 tours. We now understand why they choose Gate 1 and we'll follow in their footsteps!

James W. Albuquerque, NM
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , May 2017
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We had an awesome time thanks. Everything about the cruise was fantastic and we had an amazing holiday. We would definitely book through Gate 1 again.

Stephen S. QLD, Australia
9 Day Rhine River Cruise , May 2017
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The trip was excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful and the cruise was brilliant. We will be recommending Gate 1 to others.

Peter F. Plympton Park, South Australia
9 Day Rhine River Cruise , May 2017
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We had a fantastic trip! We had previously done the 15-day land tour of (Romantic) Italy with Gate 1, but this was our first river cruise. The countryside along the Rhine is so beautiful, that any free time we spent viewing the scenery, whether from the upper deck or lounge, was a highlight of our cruise. We enjoyed sightseeing in the charming cities, villages, and towns, and the daily tour guides provided us with lots of information, each in their own unique style. The entire crew on the Monarch Baroness were outstanding and they all should be commended! They were friendly, cheerful, knowledgeable, extremely accommodating, and solicitous. They really helped to make our trip a memorable experience!! Our cabin was quite comfortable, despite its compact size; we thought it was great that there was actually room for a comfortable armchair near our French balcony, in addition to the desk chair. And, the public spaces on our river boat were kept immaculately clean. In short, we loved this trip - it was such a nice way to travel! In fact, I'm already starting to plan our next European river cruise for 2018 in my head! Thank you Gate 1 Travel. You never disappoint!!

Joan K. Nyack, NY
11 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest , April 2017
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The trip was wonderful. It was my fourth trip with Gate 1 and my first river cruise. River cruises are the way to go!! Everything went smoothly from the initial booking with Judith, to the flights and connections, to the cruise itself. We were pampered from the moment we stepped on board. The whole staff was very attentive and the cruise director, Soma, was unflappable as was the activity director, Amir, who had the most amazing energy. In Budapest, Adrien was most helpful and full of suggestions. I have been singing Gate 1's praises to anyone who will listen.

Shannon D. Alexandria, VA
9 Day Rhine River Cruise , April 2017
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It was wonderful! We loved the accommodation, food, service and Itinerary of the River Cruise and I would definitely recommend it to friends. It was great to have a day on board at Amsterdam so we could do some exploring. We look forward to taking other Gate 1 trips in the future.

Ruth H. Toronto, Canada
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , April 2017
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Our trip was amazing and the gate1 folks were fantastic. We especially enjoyed the guides at each city, they were well informed about sites and history and gave us a different view of each city we visited. The boat crew was amazing. Thank you!

Patrick O. Eugene, OR
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , November 2016
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We had a wonderful time!! Our trip was everything we hoped for and more. The Monarch Empress was a beautiful ship and the staff was so friendly and accommodating. We were very impressed with Gate 1 and will certainly book with you again.

Karen R. Ontario, Canada
15 Day Danube River Cruise with Berlin, Dresden & Prague , November 2016
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Wonderful trip. Enjoyed the tours and loved the ship. Very nice. The staff and the crew were helpful and accommodating. Most of all, Adrien Kiss made the trip comfortable and pleasant. She is a caring and considerate person that is easy to approach with questions. She will always come back with an answer. Very helpful. Thank you.

Carole C. Kahului, HI
9 Day Danube River Cruise , November 2016
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We loved every minute and everyone from Gate 1 we had contact with on the River Cruise. The scenery was gorgeous and we had wonderful weather. The new ship was a dream. Everything went so well and was so enjoyable!

Susan H. Brentwood, CA
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , November 2016
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Fabulous! We enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Your staff was incredible. From the ship crew to the tour guides, we cannot say enough great things about them. Will definitely use Gate 1 again. You were recommended by friends and they were right.....

Lisa O. Show Low, AZ
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague, October 2016
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We absolutely loved our trip. The Monarch Empress was beautiful with well-planned spaces and an attentive, cheerful, well-trained crew. Our Tour Director, Mick, was exceptionally knowledgeable with regard to the ports we visited. The tours were well-planned. Both Mick and Adrien went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. We are already looking forward to another Gate 1 vacation.

Janet R. Cottonwd Hts, UT
9 Day Danube River Cruise , October 2016
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Just got home. It was a fabulous river cruise. Gate 1 delivered everything we expected. Great food, great service, great tour director. The number of guests on the boat made it very comfortable.

Don M. La Mesa, CA
9 Day Danube River Cruise , October 2016
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It was great! We enjoyed sailing the Danube on Sound of Music and the relaxed casual atmosphere. The ports were interesting and fun to visit. We will be looking forward to doing something like this again.

Frances J. Windsor, CO
9 Day Rhone River Cruise, October 2016
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I highly recommend the Gate 1 Rhone River cruise. The boat, itinerary, tours, guides were all great. And the fact that we paid thousands less made it sweeter. The food was what I would expect on any cruise. So you can book it with confidence, and maybe even take it yourself!

Judith W. Mount Juliet, TN
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Warsaw, Krakow & Budapest , October 2016
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It was well organized. Excellent tour director, Erika, interesting itinerary. We specially enjoyed the new ship with good service and delicious food. We will recommend this trip to our friends.

Enrique F. Rockville, MD
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , October 2016
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The trip was great. We were very happy with every aspect of the cruise - particularly the tour directors (specially Herbert - a real champion!) who were outstanding. Peter, the Executive Chef and his team also produced superb meals and all the service and housekeeping staff were terrific - unfailingly friendly and incredibly helpful. Amelia's service and wine knowledge were impressive and Stefan's bar service (especially his bloody marys) was legendary. The Master and crew did a great job getting us through without falling prey to shallow and obstructed waterways. We'd happily very strongly recommend this cruise to anyone.

James H. ACT, Australia
21 Day Classic European River Cruise with Budapest, Bruges & Paris, September 2016
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Thank you for the trip of a lifetime. The entire staff on the boat made our trip exceptional and our tour directors were so knowledgeable and so helpful and organized. I cannot say enough good things from the meals to the rooms to the tours to the entertainment on board. Thank you thank you I will be recommending Gate 1 to all my friends, relatives, acquaintances and strangers.

Nancy K. Minneapolis, MN
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague , September 2016
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The trip was great! Loved the itinerary. Our travel director Soma was the best. He was very knowledgeable and did a great job keeping us entertained. The Monarch Empress staff were great. The ship itself is beautiful and the food very good. Would do Gate 1 again.

Angela L. Woodbury, NJ
11 Day Rhine River Cruise with Amsterdam, August 2016
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My trip was wonderful... I had a great time... From the moment that I stepped off the plane, until I got back on... Everything was taken care of for me... The hotel was lovely, the staff was friendly and sooooo helpful.. The tour guides both in Amsterdam, and on the trip were great. The ship and the crew were great.Enjoyed all the tours, and information about each location.. It was my first trip abroad, and first river cruise. I found it a very positive experience, and would recommend it, and Gate 1 to others.

Susan R. Nanuet, NY
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , August 2016
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The trip was amazing, thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. The people were great, the food was great, entertainment and on board activities were well thought out and the crew were fantastic. A great choice of local tour guides, we really enjoyed their knowledge and sense of humour. All in all, a great time was had :)

Coleen N. Victoria, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , August 2016
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We have returned home after 5 weeks away in Europe The gate 1 river cruise was wonderful. The boat a little tried but the staff, crew & cruise director & guides were absolutely fantastic We could not fault anything The mix of Aussies, Canadians & Americans were a great bunch of people & everyone got on & we never had a problem with waiting for anyone which is usually The food was fantastic alway too much but you didn't have to eat all of it. Chef was a great guy, as was the Captain. Very approachable & knowable Lorin our cruise guide for the green team was so,so good. So much knowledge & history of the area we cruised & the beautiful old towns. He normally looks after the French rivers & if we ever did that area we would ask to be on his boat. That how good he was & had a great sense of humour Thank you Gate 1 for a very well organised 16 day cruise

Jan D. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , August 2016
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We had a fabulous time the itinerary was amazing the guides on board were extremely knowledgable but also witty and humorous as was the onboard Entertainment which I felt was a great time for all on board to relax and mingle. We also met some very nice people whom we hope to to stay in touch.

Helga P. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, August 2016
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We are still overseas,as we are catching up with family in Europe. Our cruise was really wonderful, the staff from the cruise directors, the chefs and service staff, reception staff, crew, cleaning, all personnel were exceptionally good. Thank you for your service too., we hope to travel again with you one day.

Dina N. Balcatta, Australia
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague , July 2016
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It was above expectations. Absolutely fabulous. We could have not asked for anything more. The ship was beautiful and absolutely spotless. The staff was always there, always in a great mood with a smile on their face. The food was gourmet and the presentation was worthy of a photograph We will definitely use Gate 1 on our next tour. Many, many thanks

Richard G. Montgomery, AL
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague , July 2016
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We had an amazing trip! I can't tell you how impressed I was....from the hotel accommodations, the beautiful ship, our tour restaurants in Cesky Krumlov (Cave) and Salzburg (Monestary) were beyond our expectations, and most importantly our tour guide, Soma from Hungary was the best . For someone who is so young, he showed immense maturity and his knowledge and passion of all the ports and historical background was quite impressive. He had a great sense of humour and a lot of patience dealing with the varied age groups. Annick and Barbara were the guides who joined us on the boat and together they complemented each other so well and also worked seamlessly together. Our cabin steward was Kevin and he was most pleasant and attentive. We will definitely consider another Gate 1 river cruise or land tour. The crew of the ship were also great and we enjoyed the "talent show" that they put on for the guests. Our first Gate 1 trip......and it won't be our last

Katherine H. Ottawa, Canada
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , July 2016
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The Gate 1 Travel 16 day European River Cruise was absolutely fabulous! We had a brilliant time on the cruise, the staff, food, friends we made and the towns/cities we visited all contributed to our best European holiday ever and we have been traveling to European on a regular basis for more than 30 years. We will definitely undertake another holiday next year through your company!

Marianne G. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, July 2016
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We had a great trip. The crew and staff were fabulous. The tours were very well organized and implemented. Sabin, the waiter, was absolutely the best ever on all my sailings. He made a point of knowing all his passengers, their desires, and made each feel special. And, he was always helpful to the other waiters when they needed it. The 3 cruise directors were all excellent, especially, Mick, the head of the 3. Very knowledgeable and well planned. I was especially impressed with the silly ways they were able to host entertainment in the evenings. Always creative. It's nice to learn you opened in Australia. Guessing about 80% of the passengers were from there. All very friendly and interesting. Thank you for the opportunity. I am still a great fan of Gate 1.

Gail G. Laguna Woods, CA
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague , July 2016
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The trip was magnificent. The tour guides and the crew on the Monarch Empress excelled themselves with the friendless and service. We actually did not feel like leaving the boat after 7 days as we had settled in to the happy routine.

Peter H. Queensland, Australia
20 Day Danube River Cruise with Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Prague, Dresden & Berlin, July 2016
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We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday with Gate 1 ship brand new so that was a bonus, food was fabulous and staff excellent. Our tour guide Sabi was wonderful, nothing was too much, his friendliness and knowledge was great and organisation skills brilliant. Would recommend Gate 1.

Shelia Y. Westmere, New Zealand
9 Day Rhine River Cruise, July 2016
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Sorry for the tardy reply, we were in Europe for quite a while and our trip culminated in a 10 day hike around Mont Blanc so we only had limited access to emails etc. We were extremely pleased with the Gate1 River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam - having never heard of the company prior to booking. There is no doubt we will be looking for more travel opportunities with Gate1 as we felt that it was very good value for money (as did the majority of Americans who we met on the cruise). We were on board the "Sound of Music" and it was very comfortable - one thing that had been putting us off booking river cruise (beside the possibility of sea sickness) was having to get dressed up for dinner every night etc. We found the relaxed atmosphere of this boat very much to our liking (and the cabin was fabulous).

Helen B. WA, Australia
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague, July 2016
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It was fantastic!! Can't say enough good things about it!! The ship was wonderful, our tour guide, Soma, was terrific with a great sense of humor & a lot of knowledge about the areas we were visiting. I'm so glad we did it! I would highly recommend Gate 1 for travel!!!!

Ruth L. Williamstown, NJ
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague, July 2016
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Our trip was incredible! We had a marvelous time from start to finish and the Gate 1 and Monarch Empress crew were all very kind, extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The ship itself was beautifully appointed and quite comfortable. We wouldn't hesitate to schedule another Gate 1 river cruise in the future. Thanks for your help during the booking process and being so quick to respond to inquires. I'm sure I'll be talking to you in the future when it comes time to book another trip. :-)

Susan W. Helena, MT
9 Day Danube River Cruise , June 2016
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We are home and all was amazing on the trip. Special mentions should go out to the catering staff, as the food was way above our expectations. The shore excursions were great as expected. Well organized and friendly tour guides. (Jean was our "red group" leader and did a fantastic and entertaining job) The ship was clean (being less than a year old) and there seemed to be a genuine pride in working on the Gate 1 Monarch Empress from the captain to the cabin stewards. The onboard activities were good and Saber tried to keep everyone who wanted to be involved .... busy!! We have already talked to friends about the great trip, and hopefully will book another trip.

J. S. Toronto, Canada
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague & Budapest , June 2016
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What a terrific trip! It was great on all counts -- perfect weather, wonderful guides, a beautiful ship, delicious food, lovely traveling companions. I feel that we really made the most of our time in this beautiful, historical part of the world. Many thanks to Gate 1 and our guides Jean Pierre and Gary! Can't wait until the next Gate 1 trip!

Karen N. Hudson, MA
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague, June 2016
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I must say that I had a wonderful time on my last cruise. The Gate 1 staff were wonderful, in particular Sabi our cruise coordinator. He has a lot of patience and he looked into all the fine details that would allow us to enjoy our cruise comfortably .He's always there to help . I am impressed with the information we got prior to all events so we knew what's going to happen on the next day and all the important issues that we needed to be aware of. The local tour guides were all very good and knowledgeable. I'll highly recommend Gate 1 travel to all my friends and relatives for sure whenever I have the chance ! Please convey my appreciation to Sabi and the rest of the cruise staff.

Sim-Ha C. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , June 2016
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Most enjoyable holiday. It was our first time on a cruise and hope it wont be the last one. A holiday very well catered for and great staff lets hope we can do another one in the near future. Chow for now

Peter M. Balgowan, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, June 2016
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We had a great time on the cruise. The high water gave the captain a few challenges but he got us through safely, we saw all the programmed attractions and we finished on time. The Tour Directors had to do many calls to the bus companies and local guides to cater for the time change effects of high water to our travels and again this worked out extremely well. The food and service was extremely good but the wine provided with the meals should have been local to the country rather than Italian and Spanish for many of the meals. The guided walking tours were very good both the guides and the towns except for Nuremberg which I was keen to see in detail the location of where the 2nd WW trials were held. We went past it in the bus and saw very little. Overall were were pleased we went with Gate 1 Travel, it does not provide as much as the other Australian tour companies but it is cheaper than them. We will recommend your company and this trip to our friends.

William P. Victoria, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , June 2016
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The trip from Budapest to Amsterdam was perfect. Love Gate 1 travel , service on ship was above & beyond my expectation. Each meal had a variety of healthy choices, staff took care of all my needs, they were very professional, friendly and efficient. All of our tours guides were a wealth of information and were brilliant and funny. I have recommended the trip to others .

Karin V. Auburn, CA
9 Day Danube River Cruise , June 2016
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We had a very nice time. The staff was exceptional. Everyone was delightful. The food was excellent, especially the soups, and the chocolate cake. Kevin, who made up our rooms, knew our names by the first day, and always greeted us in the hallway with a smile. Adrian, our tour manger, was THE BEST EVER!! She ran circles around us, was so attentive, sweet, and extremely responsive to any questions and needs. We enjoyed the tours, and the pace was good for our older parents that came with us.

Leslie J. Plainwell, MI
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague , June 2016
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We had a great trip. The ship was beautiful and the crew was fantastic. We especially enjoyed the waiter we were lucky enough to have for most of our meals. The food was first class in presentation and taste. This was our third year in a row to choose Gate 1 for our European trips and will definitely look to Gate 1 for more adventures in the future.

Eugene P Jr. O Fallon, IL
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, June 2016
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It was fantastic. Thank you for organising everything. Just trying to get over the jet lag and I am sure I am still rocking from the boat. I was just looking over the Gate 1 page to see where I may go next and I have already referred my sister to Gate 1 for her trip to Scotland.

Rosalyn G. Victoria, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , May 2016
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Fantastic and very relaxing holiday - loved cruising and seeing something new every day without touching a suitcase. Food was great, staff were brilliant and very friendly and helpful - all in all a great trip and I'd do a similar one again - maybe France. Overall, it was great value and was even better than I'd expected. Thanks for your help in putting it all together.

Peter J. VIC, Australia

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