One of Europe’s most legendary waterways-the Rhine River-takes you across Germany and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! Begin your Romantic Rhine vacation your way with an overnight stay in Amsterdam! Join us for an off-the-beaten-path guided walking tour through its cobblestone streets before embarking on your Suite Ship®. Explore this 700-year-old city on an Amsterdam canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s "Golden Age." Visit Cologne, Germany-a 2,000 year-old city known for its Gothic-style architecture-to see its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge-the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue your Rhine River cruise to Mainz for a guided walk and visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum, or take an excursion to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle. In Strasbourg, France, marvel at the red-sandstone Gothic-style cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest-an area of unrivaled natural beauty-best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.Disembark your river cruise ship in Basel and begin your Monograms vacation package in Lucerne and Lake Como. Begin with a special excursion up Mount Pilatus for spectacular Swiss Alpine panoramas and take a guided walking tour to explore lovely Lucerne. Travel by high-speed train to Como, where an included guided walking tour features the charming historic district, the Gothic-style Town Hall, and the impressive Duomo. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Como to renowned Bellagio with its centuries-old buildings, cobblestone lanes, and charming shops. In your free time, you might like to travel to fashionable Milan, or ride the funicular to the village of Brunate. Your Monograms Local Host® is on hand to help you make this fabulous vacation just perfect for you!
Day 1 Amsterdam: Welcome to AmsterdamDay 2 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Off the beaten path walking tour; onboard welcome receptionDay 3 Amsterdam: Canal cruiseDay 4 Cologne: Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tour or bike with your Adventure HostDay 5 Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim: Scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim or hike in the vineyards with your Adventure HostDay 6 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: Choice of guided walk in Mainz with a visit to the Gutenberg Museum, or a guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or a hike up Philosophers' WayDay 7 Strasbourg: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure HostDay 8 Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest or visit to a local winery in BreisachDay 9 Basel (Disembarkation)-Mount Pilatus-Lucerne: Excursion to Mount Pilatus (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead), guided walking tour in Lucerne with the Lion Monument and Chapel BridgeDay 10 Lucerne-Lake Como: Transfer by high speed train (first class) to Lake Como; guided walking tour Day 11 Lake Como: Boat ride on Lake Como to BellagioDay 12 Lake Como: Full day at leisureDay 13 Lake Como: Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning