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Along the Rhine 2018
(Connections Journey)

10 days with Abercrombie & Kent  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: ARRIVE AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Arrive in Amsterdam, where you are met and transferred to your boutique hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director — exclusive to Connections guests — for a welcome dinner. (D)
 
Day 2: AMSTERDAM / Canal Cruise & House Museum
Take a canal cruise in Amsterdam. Visit Anne Frank’s House and the Museum van Loon, which you discover in intimate company. Then, enjoy priority boarding. After settling into your premium cabin or suite, gather for a welcome cocktail and dinner aboard. (B, D)
 
Day 3: AALSMEER / Flower Auction
Rise early and meet your small group for a Connections-exclusive visit to the auction at Aalsmeer, where millions of flowers are shipped worldwide. Later, visit a small family-owned tulip farm and sample traditional Dutch cheeses. This evening, enjoy a private Connections cocktail party. (B, L, D)
 
Day 4: COLOGNE, GERMANY / Gothic Cathedral
Spend the morning cruising the Rhine en route to Cologne. On arrival, take a walking tour and visit the Gothic cathedral, followed by a beer tasting at a 100-year-old brewery, planned only for Connections guests. (B, L, D)
 
Day 5: COCHEM / Wine Tasting
Arrive in Cochem on the Moselle River this afternoon; disembark to visit the castle and partake in a wine tasting. Tonight, sit down to a private Chef's Highlights dinner aboard. (B, L, D)
 
Day 6: KOBLENZ & RÜDESHEIM / Scenic Gorge
In Koblenz, ride the cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Then, cruise the lovely Rhine Gorge, arriving later in Rüdesheim. Join your Resident Tour Director for a Connections-exclusive wine tasting and dinner ashore at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)
 
Day 7: HEIDELBERG / Charming University Town
Set out on a full-day excursion to Heidelberg, seeing the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. After lunch, proceed to the altstadt (old town) for time at leisure. Tonight, attend a captain's gala dinner aboard your vessel (B, L, D)
 
Day 8: STRASBOURG, FRANCE / Alsatian Capital
Take a small-group walking tour of Strasbourg's old town, with a Connections-exclusive wine tasting at the Cave des Hospices, the city's oldest wine cellar. Cruise to Basel. (B, L, D)
 
Day 9: ALSACE / Romantic Village
Disembark to explore a colorful market in Basel. Then, set out for Eguisheim, strolling cobblestone streets flanked by half-timbered houses bedecked with flowers. Tonight, attend a farewell dinner at your charming château. (B, D)
 
Day 10: DEPART BASEL
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Cruise the Rhine through four countries, experiencing 10 days of exclusive Connections sightseeing in your private small-group vehicle, escorted by your own Resident Tour Director
  • Stay in a boutique hotel in Amsterdam, an Alsatian château, and premium cabins aboard ship with open-air French or walk-out balconies
  • See Holland's vibrant blooms firsthand at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction and a private tulip farm
  • Experience local food and wine during four specially planned meals ashore, as well as wine tastings in Cochem, Rüdesheim and Strasbourg
All This Included
Cruise the Rhine River through four countries, staying in a boutique hotel in Amsterdam and an Alsatian château, and setting out on Connections-exclusive excursions that include a private visit to a tulip farm in Amsterdam and a wine tasting at the Cave des Hospices, Strasbourg's oldest wine cellar.
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as specified
  • Arrival and departure transfers (regardless of days of arrival and departure)
  • Fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary (including entrance fees)
  • Local bottled water on vehicles during sightseeing
  • Selected beverages at included dinners
  • Services of an A&K Tour Director throughout
  • Handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international flights 
  • Hotel and port taxes
  • Gratuities for local guides/drivers on any included excursions
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Amadeus Silver III
Amsterdam: Kimpton De Witt Hotel
Alsace: Château d'Isenbourg
Notes
  • Child Policy: Minimum age: 12.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.First event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1. Last event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 9.
  • Timing and sightseeing may vary.
  • Please ask your Vacations to Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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