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  • THE RHINE RIVER CRUISE SWITZERLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY

    AND HOLLAND Onboard the Luxurious

    5 STAR “MV SILVER II”

    Away from bustling city streets and boisterous crowds, the rivers of Europe offer a unique perspective and intimate look into the regions’ landscapes, history and culture. On this exciting Rhine River Cruise, you will enjoy an exceptional voyage up one of Europe's most important waterways, from Basel, gateway to the Swiss Alps, to Amsterdam at the North Sea. Join us as we adventure through four of Europe's most important countries: Switzerland, France, Germany and Holland. Delve into magnificent cities including Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg and Basel and take in their diverse landscapes. Cruise across Holland's Ijsselmeer and along the Loreley stretch of the Rhine with where mythology and history will captivate you at every turn.

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    TOUR FEATURES •ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from

    New York •DELUXE 5 STAR ACCOMMODATIONS - 7 nights aboard the 5-star

    MV Silver II. All staterooms are equipped with private bathrooms, air-conditioning, direct-dial telephone and color TV with satellite channels

    •SUPERB CUISINE - Superb dining with all meals included during your cruise (buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and midnight snacks), coffee and tea after lunch and wine/beer with dinner (including a gala welcome dinner and the Captain’s gala dinner)

    •WELCOME RECEPTION - A welcome captain’s cocktail reception •DAILY ENTERTAINMENT - Daily performances onboard featuring folklore

    programs, music performances, lectures, and theme dinners •GREAT PORTS OF CALL - We cruise to the fascinating and historic

    towns and cities of Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer, Rüdesheim, Coblenz, Cochem, Cologne, Volendam, and Amsterdam (overnight stay)

    •SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - For your enjoyment we have a panoramic city tour of Basel, a tour of Strasburg, Speyer, Cologne and the Holland Waterland. Optional tours available

    •PROFESSIONAL CRUISE DIRECTOR - Assistance of an experienced, cruise director onboard

    •PROFESSIONAL TOUR GUIDE - Assistance of a professional local guide during transfers from airport/boat/airport

    •BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS – Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport to the boat

    •DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motor coach

    •FUEL TAXES, SURCHARGES AND PORT TAXES - All airline and riverboat boat fuel surcharges, taxes and port fees

    OPTIONAL AMSTERDAM EXTENSION TOUR FEATURES •FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for

    2 nights •SUPERB CUISINE - 2 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts •SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAMS - Sightseeing, including local guide

    and all entrance fees as follows: A walking tour of Amsterdam •PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour

    Director for the entire length of the tour •BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one

    piece of checked luggage outside of the airport •LOCAL TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES - Hotel & City taxes and

    service charges

    THE RHINE RIVER CRUISE SWITZERLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY AND HOLLAND 9 DAYS/7 NIGHTS (7) Cruise - Basel to Amsterdam

    CRUISE PROGRAM

    MS Amadeus Silver II The ‘AMADEUS Silver II’ is the second 135 meter vessel in the AMADEUS fleet and will continue the success of its sister vessel as well as implementing both new and familiar concepts: The public areas popular with the passengers, for example the classic ‘Café Vienna’ and outdoor glass-shielded ‘River Terrace’, have been incorporated into the planning of the new boat. The cabin design plans are a new and forward-thinking part of the company’s premium focus: the original cabin number of 90 will be reduced to 84 in order to create more space for larger cabins and public areas. In future, the cabin bathrooms will offer more space and special luxury furnishings.

    World class dining For more than 30 years outstanding hospitality has been our emblem on board. Gourmet dishes, choice wines and a fantastic atmosphere await you aboard our AMADEUS ships, on all of which our passengers enjoy exclusive full board catering, allowing them to relax completely and let our attentive dining room staff spoil them from early till late. At every dinner we also serve you superb wines from Europe’s best wine regions. Our ambitious chef conjures up the most delicious dishes, adding his own enthusiasm to the freshest local ingredients. You’ll be surprised by the range of carefully selected menus, our particular delicacies, and international specialties that allows you to choose between classical haute cuisine, regional dishes and a vegetarian alternative. Only one aspect of the tremendous variety of cooking on board never changes – outstanding hospitality, which characterizes your trip from start to finish.

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    Cologne

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    Bonn Chochem

    Trier Koblenz

    Mannheim

    Strasbourg

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    Volendam

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    BELGIUM

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  • Day 1 Depart USADepart US for Switzerland. Meals and refreshments served on board. Day 2 Arrive to Switzerland/Basel Today we will arrive in Basel, Switzerland and after clearing customs and immigration we will head out on a panoramic city tour. Here you will check-in to your riverboat, which will serve as your floating home for the next seven nights. After check-in, relax and enjoy some free time exploring your 5-star vessel. Walk along the sun deck, refresh from your travels in the spa, head to the hair salon, or meet new friends over a drink in the bar. Tonight, after these first scenic impressions of the Rhine, a welcome cocktail party will be held before dinner on board. The ship leaves Basel in the early evening. (D) Day 3 StrasbourgThis morning your ship will have reached Strasbourg, the ancient capital of Alsace and one of Europe’s most attractive cities. After breakfast, take an included guided tour of the city. See the European Parliament building and enjoy a guided tour of the inside of the vast and famous cathedral (which features carvings as delicate as any piece of lacework). The richness and sheer density of Strasbourg’s historic buildings have led to the entire city center being adopted as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Strasbourg is definitely well worth visiting for the combination of its history, its cuisine and its unique atmosphere. In the afternoon there’ll be our optional “Alsace and wine” excursion, during which you’ll drive through the picturesque landscape and romantic wine villages along parts of the famous Alsace wine route. The tour includes a visit to a vineyard and a wine tasting session. Those on the excursion return to Strasbourg for dinner, after which the ship casts off downstream towards Speyer. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 Speyer The ship arrives in Speyer early in the morning. This old imperial city on the Rhine has had a rich and turbulent past. Religious architecture steeped in history, impressive facades of various styles, winding alleys and romantic squares characterize it. The included guided walk includes a visit to its impressive cathedral. During lunch you cruise on to Mannheim, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Neckar. Unusually for Germany, the city’s center is laid out in a North-American grid pattern (called Quadrate in German), so it’s sometimes referred to as the Quadratestadt. Its main street leads to an enormous 18th-century palace, formerly the seat of the Electors of the Palatinate but now housing the University of Mannheim. Today you can choose between an optional city tour of Mannheim and an optional city tour of Heidelberg. Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, was founded in 1386. Our guided tour features a visit to the city’s imposing castle, a red sandstone ruin overlooking the Neckar River, and a walking tour through the historic old quarter and the market place. You rejoin the vessel for a late dinner. The vessel leaves Mannheim after midnight and continues towards Rüdesheim (B,L,D) Day 5 Rüdesheim/Coblenz The charming old wine town of Rüdesheim has a long narrow street, the Drosselgasse, lined on both sides with wine taverns, which is very popular with tourists. There’ll be an optional walking tour of the town including a visit to Siegfried’s Music Museum, where all kinds of mechanical musical instruments from barrel organs and music boxes to horn gramophones are displayed. The vessel leaves Rüdesheim at midday down what is probably the most famous and scenic stretch of the Rhine valley, passing hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and attractive waterside villages for 65 delightful kilometers. During the afternoon the ship skirts round the 132-meter Lorelei Rock, which is the symbol of this great river and inspired the poem by Heinrich Heine that was set to music by Frederich Silcher. In the afternoon we arrive at Coblenz, which stands at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. Our optional walking tour of Coblenz enables you to see its highlights. (B,L,D)

    Feel at home right away Elegant, friendly, comfortable – you’ll feel completely at home. Aboard the AMADEUS SILVER II you appreciate the ease of travel without having to forego any of the elegant comforts of a 5-star hotel. Our main personal concern is to ensure you feel good on board and can enjoy your cruise on Europe’s most beautiful wa