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17 Day Classic Switzerland with Rhine River Cruise Amsterdam to Basel

17 Day Classic Switzerland with Rhine River Cruise Amsterdam to Basel

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Ship: Monarch Countess
Starts: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Sat, Oct 03, 2020
Ends: Zurich, Switzerland on Mon, Oct 19, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat, Oct 03, 2020): DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for the Netherlands

Depart for the Netherlands

Day 2 (Sun, Oct 04, 2020): 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, 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, Oct 05, 2020): 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 (Tue, Oct 06, 2020): 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 (Wed, Oct 07, 2020): 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 a walking tour this morning 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 (Thu, Oct 08, 2020): 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 (Fri, Oct 09, 2020): 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 (Sat, Oct 10, 2020): 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 (Sun, Oct 11, 2020): DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Basel, Transfer to Zurich

This morning, bid farewell to your Cruise Director and meet your Tour Manager as you 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 (Mon, Oct 12, 2020): DAY 10, Monday - Morning Tour of Zurich, Berne, Travel to Geneva

Begin this morning with a panoramic drive through the Old Town of Zurich. 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 (Tue, Oct 13, 2020): DAY 11, Tuesday - Geneva City Tour

During your morning orientation tour of Geneva, view the Jet d'Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument. Spend the balance of the day at leisure to explore this dynamic city, strung along the shores of Europe's largest Alpine lake. Perhaps 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 admire the beautiful scenery. Afterward, there is an opportunity to join the optional Lake Geneva Cruise & Yvoire tour. Relax aboard an elegant cruise 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 (Wed, Oct 14, 2020): 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 (Thu, Oct 15, 2020): DAY 13, Thursday - Full Day in Zermatt

Enjoy a full day at leisure in this traffic free, quaint Swiss village. Its location, 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 year-round destinations. 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 (Fri, Oct 16, 2020): 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 (Sat, Oct 17, 2020): 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
Optional: Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride in the Val Roseg (AM)
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16 (Sun, Oct 18, 2020): DAY 16, Sunday - Lucerne City Tour

A day to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin this morning with an orientation drive through Lucerne starting at the inspiring Lion Monument. One of the best-known monuments in the country, the Lion of Lucerne was created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guards killed in 1792 during the French Revolution. View the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge, one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks, sip coffee at an outdoor café or perhaps 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 (Mon, Oct 19, 2020): DAY 17, Monday - Depart Switzerland

Transfer to the airport in Zurich 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-Amsterdam, Zurich-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Glacier Express Train Zermatt-St. Moritz
  • 15 nights First Class accommodations
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class
  • 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
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Tour manager in Switzerland
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking cruise manager / tour manager throughout
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
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    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
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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.

    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: .


    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. 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.

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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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