Experience the romance and wonder of France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands on a bespoke Rhine River cruise and stunning extension into Switzerland’s lakes regions with Ker & Downey. With Germany on one side and France on the other, the fabled Rhine River captivates all who sail her waters. Half-timbered houses overflowing with flowers, verdant hillsides blanketed with vineyards, and historical churches and castles at every bend: what’s not to love?
Suggested journey at a glance: 15 days/14 nights including a seven-night luxury river cruise along the Rhine River and pre- and post-cruise extensions in Amsterdam, Basel, Lake Lucerne, and Lausanne
This suggestion is just one of many ways to see these countries on your own customized Ker & Downey itinerary. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you; contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what’s possible.
Explore Amsterdam’s Royal Palace, Old Church, and the Vonderlpark with a private guide. Stroll the Jordaan neighborhood, smell the flowers in the markets, and take your pick from the numerous museums in town, like the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House.
Luxury Rhine River Cruise
Traveling north to south, your luxury Rhine River cruise aboard the brand new 156-passenger AmaSiena sets sail for ancient Cologne, the largest and oldest city of the Rhineland, where you can visit the UNESCO-designated cathedral, dine in a local tavern, or bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. The winemaking town of Rüdesheim is next. Drink up the surrounding vineyards with several leisurely or active wine tasting opportunities followed by a stop in town to taste the city’s delicacy: Rüdesheimer Coffee.
Then stop in Ludwigshafen, which acts as a gateway of choice to either explore Heidelberg and its iconic red sandstone castle or step foot in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities. Finally, discover Alsace, whose dual French and German heritage has blessed it with fabulous food and a winemaking tradition that dates back to the Romans. Picturesque Strasbourg is best seen via foot with a local expert, leading you through its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, and pastry shops. Conclude your time in Alsace in two of the region’s oldest and prettiest wine villages—Freiberg or Riquewihr—or take a detour to hike in the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions.
You will eventually arrive and disembark in Basel, Switzerland where an entire day is devoted to exploring the city’s peaceful squares and beautiful alleys. Several museums are on offer here, as are orchestra performances and Michelin starred cuisine.
Extend your journey with a dive into the stunning scenery of Switzerland by way of two of its most renowned lakes: Lake Lucerne and Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman). Two nights in Lake Lucerne reveal exciting glacial adventures, leisurely Belle Epoque steamship sailings, and chocolate tastings alongside artisanal chocolate makers.
Stop in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bern, the capital of Switzerland, en route to Lausanne to explore the city on foot. Once in Lausanne, you will be greeted with enough chateaux, vineyards, cheese, chocolate, and scenic splendor to fill three full days—the perfect ending to your luxury Rhine River cruse adventure.
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