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12 Day Rhine & Main River Cruise with Bruges & Paris

12 Day Rhine & Main River Cruise with Bruges & Paris

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Ship: Monarch Countess
Starts: Basel, Switzerland on Sat, May 23, 2020
Ends: Paris, France on Wed, Jun 03, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Main, Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat, May 23, 2020): DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Switzerland

Depart for Basel, Switzerland

Day 2 (Sun, May 24, 2020): DAY 2, Sunday - Cruise Embarkation in Basel

Arrive in multicultural Basel, and transfer to the port. Embarkation will begin at 2:00 pm. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board. This evening, meet your cruise director and enjoy a gala Welcome Dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

Day 3 (Mon, May 25, 2020): DAY 3, Monday - Basel City Tour

Begin the day with a tram ride to Basel's city center. Here, explore the historic Old Town with your guide and gain insight into its 15th century history. View the city's top attractions including Basel Minster, the Barfusserkirche, City Hall, the Museum of Cultures and Tinguely Fountain. Along the way, marvel at the city's bold and modern architecture. Conclude the tour at Marktplatz, a medieval historic center dating back to the 1500s, where a market takes place every day except Sundays. On the market stalls, you can find delectable local produce, as well as many local and international specialties. After lunch on board, spend time at leisure. The ship sails for Strasbourg in the late-afternoon
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Tue, May 26, 2020): DAY 4, Tuesday - Strasbourg City Tour

A lovely day awaits you in Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, 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, the ship sets sail toward Worms
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Wed, May 27, 2020): DAY 5, Wednesday - Explore Worms

Today, take a morning city tour of Worms: A city of churches. Visit the Jewish cemetery, considered to be the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe with graves dating back to the late 11th century. Continue to majestic Worms Cathedral, one of the imperial Cathedrals and among the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Germany. Proceed to the Martin Luther Monument and learn about the Protestant reformer and his visit in Worms in 1521. Afterward, free time to further explore the city on your own. All passengers will rejoin the ship in the mid-afternoon and set sail for Frankfurt
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Thu, May 28, 2020): DAY 6, Thursday - Frankfurt City Tour

Frankfurt is home of the European Central Bank and financial heart of Germany. Situated on the banks of the River Main, Frankfurt is a city of contrasts. Its famous modern skyline is a striking backdrop of the historical town center, or Römerberg. Begin the day with a walking tour of the city with your local guide, or 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. The tour includes lunch, as well as a panoramic view of Frankfurt as you drive away from the city. This evening, enjoy onboard live entertainment as the ship sets sail toward Koblenz
Optional: Full Day to Heidelberg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Fri, May 29, 2020): DAY 7, Friday - Morning Cruising & Afternoon in Koblenz

This morning take 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. After lunch on board, the ship docks in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk and free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sat, May 30, 2020): DAY 8, Saturday - Afternoon in Bonn

Relax on board this morning, as the ship cruises along the Rhine River. Arrive in Bonn, West Germany's former capital in the early afternoon. Embark on a walking tour of Bonn to discover the city's highlights and hear about its history from your knowledgeable guide. Stroll through the charming Old Town and view the House of Ludwig van Beethoven (the city's claim to fame). Continue to Munsterplatz to view the Beethoven Monument and the 11th century Bonn Minster, a spectacular five-spired basilica with an elaborate facade.
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Sun, May 31, 2020): DAY 9, Sunday - Tour Brussels, Bruges Orientation Walk

This morning, disembark your ship and travel through the countryside to reach Brussels. On a panoramic bus tour of Belgium's capital city, view the gigantic Atomium that still remains from the 1958 World Expo, and the Royal Palace or the Monts des Arts. Then follow your local guide through the Saint-Hubert Royal Galleries to the Grand Place, a re-created 15th century town square with decorated guild houses and see at the well-known Manneken Pis bronze sculpture. Continuing your journey to Bruges and enjoy an orientation walk through one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Walk along picturesque cobbled lanes lined with historic churches and whitewashed almshouses. View the Church of Our Lady, housing the astonishing Madonna statue by Michelangelo, and visit the Market Square with its astonishing Belfry. This evening, treat yourself to an extraordinary dinner or perhaps just sample the city's famous chocolate and beer
Overnight: Bruges
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 (Mon, Jun 01, 2020): DAY 10, Monday - Afternoon in Paris, the "City of Lights"

On to Paris, the "City of Lights." Upon arrival, start your discovery of one of the world's greatest cities with its endless treasures. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Perhaps, visit the bustling Montmartre and see spectacular views of the city, visit the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, and walk the winding streets to mingle with the street artists selling their wares at Place du Tertre Shop
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 (Tue, Jun 02, 2020): DAY 11, Tuesday - Tour of Paris

Drive along the famous Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, and the iconic Eiffel Tower, symbol of Paris. On to the celebrated "Rive Gauche," the vivacious Left Bank where artists, philosophers and writers in a long gone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse. View the Latin Quarter, home to many of France's higher education establishments, such as the Sorbonne. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and newfound friends at the hotel, for a Farewell Reception
Optional: Versailles Apartments (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 (Wed, Jun 03, 2020): DAY 12, Wednesday - Depart France

This morning, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Basel, Paris-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class
  • 1 night Bruges
  • 2 nights Paris
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Tour manager in Bruges & Paris
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
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    Special Features

  • Visit Basel's historic Old Town and gain insight into it's 15th century history
  • Explore Frankfurt, a city of contrast with both modern and historical influences
  • View the beautiful Romanesque architecture of Worms
  • Discover Bonn's charming Old Town and the home of Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Tour Brussels and Bruges in Belgium, two of Europe's most beautiful cities
  • Discover Paris, the "City of Lights," with its endless treasures
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    River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Gala 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
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • 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. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. 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

    *Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


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

    Basel to Bonn: Passengers arriving in Basel on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3:00 pm.

    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: .

    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. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. 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.

    Please note that the following inclusions may contain items that are only applicable when you purchase Land & Air. The brochure prices below are for Land Only - call us for our best deal.

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    Ship Information

    Monarch Countess


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    Questions & Answers

    Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

    Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

    Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

    The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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