17 Day Classic Switzerland with Rhine River Cruise

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Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


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

Amsterdam to Basel: Embarkation will begin at 2 pm however early arrivals may rest in the lounge if their assigned cabin is not ready upon check-in.

Passengers returning from Zurich on Day 17 should select flights that depart no earlier than 10:00 am.

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.

While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Monarch Cruises Terms & Conditions.


Accommodation Information:
Swissotel Zurich in Zurich cannot comfortably accommodate three passengers; therefore, prices reflect a double, plus a single configuration which is available on request.


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. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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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
  • Glacier Express Train Zermatt-St. Moritz
  • 15 nights First Class accommodations
    • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class Monarch Countess
    • 1 night Zurich
    • 2 nights Geneva
    • 2 nights Zermatt
    • 1 night St. Moritz
    • 2 nights Lucerne
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 32 meals: 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking cruise manager / tour manager throughout
  • 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
  • View Fraumunster Church, a Zurich landmark with its Chagall windows
  • During your Geneva tour, view the Jet d'Eau, Flower Clock and Reformation Monument
  • Visit Chillon Castle built in the 9th century to control the main road to the Great St. Bernard pass
  • See the tiny storybook Principality of Liechtenstein nestled between Switzerland and Austria
  • Visit to the Lion Monument, commemorating the massacre of the Swiss Guards during the French Revolution in 1792
  • Admire the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape
 

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • 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 Host 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.

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

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. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

Select departures may operate in the reverse direction.

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

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated and modern capital. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board, or begin your discovery of the many cultural sites this city has to offer. This evening, the Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Amsterdam City Tour & Afternoon Cruising
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. This afternoon get acquainted with your fellow passengers as you cruise south for Germany
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, 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 5, 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 6, 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 UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, the ship sails for Strasbourg
Optional: Heidelberg City Tour (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, 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 8, 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 9, Sunday - Depart Basel, Transfer to Zurich
This morning, disembark and transfer to Zurich, Switzerland’s financial center and home to many of the world’s leading banks; transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest and relax. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 pm on the day of arrival
Overnight: Zurich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Morning Tour of Zurich, Berne, Travel to Geneva
This morning, take an orientation tour of Zurich including the Old Town. View Fraumunster Church, St Peter’s church, with Europe’s largest clock, historic Limmatquai, famous Bahnhofstrasse, and National Museum. The tour concludes with a scenic drive along Lake Zurich. Afterward, travel to Berne, the capital of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a stroll through the old town and marvel at the late Gothic Cathedral, the Muenster, with its stunning portal and its depiction of the Last Judgment. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower (Zytglogge) and visit the Bear Park, the symbol of the city. Free time for lunch on your own. Continue to cosmopolitan Geneva. Upon arrival in late afternoon check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Geneva
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Geneva City Tour
During your morning orientation tour of Geneva, view the Jet d'Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore this dynamic city, strung along the shores of Europe's largest Alpine lake. Take a walk along the lively streets in the old town, stroll the mile-long promenade around the lake or just unwind in one of Geneva's many parks and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Afterward, there is an opportunity to join the optional Lake Geneva Cruise & Yvoire tour. Relax aboard an elegant lake steamer on beautiful Lake Geneva, passing by rolling hillsides. Cross over to the French side of the lake and visit the medieval village of Yvoire. Well known for its fortified center and majestic flower displays during the summer season
Optional: Lake Geneva Cruise & Yvoire (AM)
Overnight: Geneva
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Wednesday - Tour of Chillon Castle
Drive along the shores of Lake Geneva past the towns of Lausanne and Montreux and through the beautiful vineyard region to the landmark castle of Chillon. Originally built in the 9th century to protect one of the main roads to the Great St. Bernard pass to Italy, its rich history, and distinctive appearance has served as an inspiration to such literary greats as Lord Byron and Victor Hugo. Explore the turrets, corridors, and vaulted dungeons on a guided tour. Then continue your journey as you travel through the majestic Alps. Leave the coach behind in Tasch and journey the final stretch by van, right into the heart of the world-renowned mountain resort of Zermatt
Overnight: Zermatt
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Full Day in Zermatt
Enjoy at full day at leisure in this traffic free, quaint Swiss village. Situated at the foot of the Matterhorn and in the middle of an enormous hiking and ski region makes Zermatt one of the world's most attractive alpine all-year destination. Take a leisurely stroll through the traffic-free village and explore the bountiful gift shops and fashionable boutiques. Or take one of the many alpine cars, gondolas or cog railways to further admire the stunning views of glaciers and summits. Don't forget to visit the English church, built in 1877 and its cemetery, with the graves of many mountaineers who have lost their lives on these majestic mountains
Overnight: Zermatt
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Friday - Glacier Express to St. Moritz
This morning, board one of the grandest and most scenic train rides in Europe, the Glacier Express. From Zermatt, the full day leisurely train ride to St Moritz, will transport you past magnificent mountain scenery, waterfalls and rivers, where with each turn, tunnel or bridge a new breathtaking picture is presented. Arrive in world-famous alpine resort town of St Moritz, host of two Winter Olympics and one of the most exclusive ski destinations in the world. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: St. Moritz
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Saturday - Morning at leisure in St. Moritz, Liechtenstein, Travel to Lucerne
Morning is at leisure to explore glitzy St Moritz on your own. Take a stroll on Via Serlas with its string of famous designer boutiques, or linger in one of the many sidewalk cafes and enjoy the spectacular alpine setting. Perhaps, join the optional Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride. Depart from Pontresina a resort town, located at the entrance to the Val Bernina just 4 miles from St Moritz for a ride through the Val Roseg. Marvel at the views of the impressive Bernina massif and the nearby glaciers. In the late morning, travel to Lucerne. En route stop in Liechtenstein, the tiny storybook Principality and the sixth-smallest country in the world that lies in the heart of the Alps, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. Its capital city Vaduz is a proud remnant of feudal Europe, still governed by one of the oldest noble families. Arrive in Lucerne, where the remainder of the day is at leisure to further explore this festive city on your own. Tonight, perhaps join the optional Swiss Folklore Dinner, which offers traditional customs of good food, homemade beer, music and fun
Optional: Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride in the Val Roseg (AM)
Optional: Swiss Folklore Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Sunday - Lucerne City Tour
A day to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin at the inspiring Lion Monument, one of the best-known monuments in the country, created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guard killed in 1792. Continue to the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Later, time to shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks or, sip coffee at an outdoor cafe. Remainder of the day is at leisure or, join the exciting optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7,000 feet. After admiring the splendid panorama, descend by aerial cableway and return to the hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel with your newfound friends
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour (AM)
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17, Monday - Depart Switzerland
Transfer to the airport in Zurich for your departure 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.

*This tour will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $52.00
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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 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 #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $62.00
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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.

Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited to a maximum of 90 passengers per departure and might not be available for purchase locally.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $68.00
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Lake Geneva Cruise & Yvoire

Relax and watch the magnificent landscapes glide by aboard an elegant lake steamer on beautiful Lake of Geneva. Passing by rolling hillsides and climbing vineyards, cross over to the French shore of the lake and visit the medieval village of Yvoire. Well known for its medieval buildings and majestic flower displays during the summer season, Yvoire is a setting right out of a romantic period novel. Since it can only be visited on foot -- the only people that can drive in the medieval village are residents -- you will be able to freely stroll through the narrow streets lined with picturesque houses and watch the marina life from one of its port-side cafés. Details to be advised locally.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 6.5 hours.

Day #11 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $85.00
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Swiss Folklore Dinner

Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience within the unique Stadtkeller atmosphere! The restaurant is a historical place dating back to 12th century. Taste local food and homemade beer served in a stein, all while experiencing traditional Swiss customs such as cowbells, national costumes, flag throwing and yodeling. An ideal way to enjoy warm and festive Swiss hospitality.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #15 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $92.00
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Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride in the Val Roseg

Depart St. Moritz for the nearby resort town of Pontresina, located at the entrance to the Bernina mountain range. Board a horse-drawn carriage for a relaxing ride through the idyllic valley of the Val Roseg highlighted by the impressive Bernina massif and the nearby glaciers.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #15 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $58.00
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Mount Pilatus Tour

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #16 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $99.00
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14 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague & Budapest, October 2018
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9 Day Danube River Cruise - Vilshofen to Budapest, July 2018
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Donna C. Staatsburg, NY
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague - Budapest to Vilshofen, July 2018
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12 Day Danube River Cruise with Munich, July 2018
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Michael G. new South Wales, AU
9 Day Rhine River Cruise - Basel to Amsterdam, June 2018
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We had a wonderful trip. It was our first cruise of any kind and all our expectations were met. We have no interest in large cruise ships and really enjoyed the intimacy of the smaller river boat. The staff were great, food was very good and with a nice number of options, and we enjoyed the arranged walking and bus tours with local guides. We hope to do this again some day and will definitely recommend Gate 1 and the river cruise to others.

Daniel B. Cincinnatti, OH
16 Day Classic European River Cruise - Amsterdam to Budapest, June 2018
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We had a fantastic time. The River Cruise was amazing ... The cruise staff was so friendly, kind and helpful. They couldn’t do enough for us. The ship was filled with well traveled passengers so we asked around for favorite trips which we are keeping in our minds for future adventures. We would highly recommend this trip to anyone and now that we have experienced the intimacy of river cruising, we would do it again in a heartbeat.

Michele B. Dresher, PA
16 Day Classic European River Cruise - Budapest to Amsterdam, June 2018
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Clinton, P. Victoria, AU
9 Day Danube River Cruise - Vilshofen to Budapest (Monarch Baroness), May 2018
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12 Day Danube River Cruise with Munich - Budapest to Vilshofen (Monarch Princess), June 2018
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16 Day Classic European River Cruise - Amsterdam to Budapest , April 2018
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James P. Lenoir, NC
9 Day Danube River Cruise, April 2018
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12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague, March 2018
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We were on the Danube River Cruise with Prague March 24th. Wonderful! Everything met or exceeded our expectations. The Monarch Baroness was beautiful and spotless. Lorin, our cruise director, was very personable and knowledgeable, as well as Saber, the activities director. Susannah and her hotel crew were wonderful. The meals were delicious and the presentation beautiful. Kris, our waiter, was great. The local guides were all knowledgeable about their areas. Our hotel in Prague, the Imperial, was beautiful and Mira was very helpful. Definitely the trip was tops on our list. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the trip and Gate1 to anyone.

Judy H. Atlanta, GA
9 Day Danube River Cruise - Budapest to Regensburg (Monarch Empress), November 2017
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Trip was perfect. Riverboat was spotless. Food delicious. Crew was friendly and always ready to assist. Entertainment in the evening was just enough. Towns were charming. Great tours and tour guides. A fair amount of free time everywhere. Christmas markets were so festive!

Liz M. Langhorne, PA
9 Day Rhine River Cruise - Basel to Amsterdam (Monarch Baroness), October 2017
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Nancy P. Ballina, NSW
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague - Budapest to Regensburg, November 2017
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16 Day Classic European River Cruise - Amsterdam to Budapest , October 2017
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14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague - Budapest to Regensburg , October 2017
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We had a wonderful trip. The crew on board the Empress were fantastic. The activities well planned. The food enjoyable. We are looking forward to our two future trips booked with Gate1 next year.

Stephen G. Fishermans Paradise, NSW
9 Day Rhine River Cruise , September 2017
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My trip on Gate 1 on the Rhine was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone. The staff were courteous, hardworking and entertaining.

Wendy R. Victoria, Australia
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague, September 2017
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The Gate 1 trip was great. The ship and staff met expectations. The cruise director and activities director both fun but in control. Great experience.

Joseph M. NSW, Australia
9 Day Danube River Cruise , August 2017
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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the river cruise. Your staff was superb, the cities at which we stopped were charming and the guides at each stop were terrific. While we had "below deck" accommodations we were very pleasantly surprised on the amount of light that entered the room and the overall design and cleanliness. I am very much looking forward to another opportunity to river-cruising with Gate 1 again.

Kathleen F. Alexandria, VA
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague & Budapest , August 2017
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Our river cruising experience with Gate 1 was excellent. It Far exceeded our expectations. The magnificence of the hotel Imperial in Prague, the comfort of our cabin, the Service from the ships crew, the first class meals and the general luxury of the boat. We enjoyed the towns that we visited, but would have appreciated a little more time to explore Melk. Overall, a wonderful experience where we have made many new friends. Now enjoying the beach and warmth of Montenegro.

Graeme A. New Plymouth, New Zealand
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, July 2017
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We had the best time, couldn't have asked for me. Great service, interesting ports of call, delicious food and best of all wonderful staff. Will certainly travel with Gate 1 in the future.

Vicky B. Sorell, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, July 2017
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We enjoyed it enormously and learnt a lot. The boat crew were charming and knowledgeable The food was wonderful. We will be looking at another trip with Gate 1 Travel.

Stephanie L. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise , July 2017
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Loved every minute of the River Cruise. The staff were lovely, very accommodating and fun to be with. Mike organised all our tour visits beautifully and Amir made the activities fun. We grew very fond of Peter the musician on board...such a lovely man and always with a smile on his face. I hope to see him again on another cruise. We loved the staff show they put on for us and we were stunned to see how well George played the guitar! All in all I will be looking forward to another cruise with Gate 1.

Angela I. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic European River Cruise, July 2017
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We had the most amazing time! We have talked to many friends about our experience and how wonderful it really was. We lacked for nothing on this trip. We were so well cared for and entertained that this made the whole trip memorable. I have to say that the staff was exceptional. Sunny the bartender was so personable and really did his job well. The others on the ship did all they could to accommodate us. I wish I could remember all their names because they left a lasting impression on both myself and my husband. I asked my friends who were traveling with us what they remember the most, she commented as well on the staff. We both thought they were exceptional. I would certainly travel Gate 1 again and look forward to it.

Robert R. Covington, KY
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

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