Amsterdam is just the beginning. On this cruise along the Rhone River, you’ll have three days to spend in this laid-back and forward-thinking Dutch hotspot, along with stops in Haarlem, Cologne, Bonn, Koblenz, and Frankfurt. All in all, you’ll dine on local specialties during a Dutch cheese tasting. You’ll spend several nights out on the town and get your fix of famous artwork, incredible scenery and a look into Europe’s history and culture. Whatever your travel personality, this cruise is sure to please.
Day 1: Amsterdam: Embark on a host-escorted walk to get your bearings, then take off to take on some of the best nightlife in all of Europe. Enjoy local beer and fare in city-center party bars. Dance yourself dizzy to rock or techno at Melkweg. Then explore Amsterdam’s cultural hot spots, like Rembrandtplein square, Leidseplen, Jordaan and the Red Light District. The fun won’t stop until you realize it’s tomorrow.
Day 2: Haarlem and Amsterdam: Haarlem is a city outside Amsterdam in the northwest Netherlands. Huffington Post once called it one of the “10 Secret European Spots You’ll Want to Visit.” We second that, and you will too. Explore the cobbled streets and gabled homes on a host-escorted walk. Discover its poppin’ pub, food and shopping scenes, before making your way downtown to experience the lively local market. Later, hop on a bike and glide through the streets of Amsterdam or take a stroll through the Red Light District.
Day 3: Experience the city’s charm and beauty on a pleasant canal cruise through Prins en Keizer and Herengracht on your way to Prinsengracht. From there, you’ll be just a stone’s throw away from Jordaan, Damrak and Kaiserstraat. Take a tram to the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum to discover the city’s history. Your host will give you a 24-hour public transportation ticket so you can explore at your own pace.
Day 4: Cologne: Two words: German beer. It’s world-famous for a reason, and part of that reason is here. Step off the A gangplank and take a gander at the amazing spires of Cologne Cathedral on your way to Dom Platte. As the epicenter of the city’s night time pub scene, it’s a perfect place to drink Kölsch beer and mingle.
Day 5: Cologne, Bonn and Koblenz: Behold the Cologne Cathedral, a world-renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture. It was officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Over 20,000 people walk its corridors every day, making it the most visited landmark in Germany. Later, grab your helmet and get ready for romance; this sentimental bike ride will trace the beautiful Rhine River. Roll from Cologne to Bonn, or from Bonn to Remagen. Stop for pictures whenever you please, and take in the sights of historical Germany. The journey will conclude at the Bridge of Remagen, famous for its role in World War II. Lastly, follow your host on an evening walk through Koblenz, one of the country’s oldest and most beautiful towns.
Day 6: Rudesheim & Frankfurt: Arrive in the heart of Frankfurt and experience a cosmopolitan city built upon contrasts. Eat, drink and be merry in the traditional Ebbelwoi bars in Sachsenhausen. Then dance through the posh clubs in the banking district. All walks of life coexist in a city home to some of the highest, most avant-garde skyscrapers in all of Europe.
Day 7: Frankfurt: Frankfurt may have a reputation as a world financial hub, but there’s plenty to do after the sun sets. Head to the world-famous Gibson Club to feel the unique pulse of Germany’s most international city. Guests can enjoy live music from world-renowned club acts and first-rate DJs. Looking for something more low-key? Go to the Galileo high-rise building near the central station and enjoy a classical theatre production at the English Theatre. Since 1979, its productions have inspired lovers of English-language plays, and they likely will inspire you.
Day 8: Frankfurt: Disembark and head off to your next adventure! Inclusions: 14 meals, a welcome party, two dedicated hosts, 11 included excursions, 11 options excursions, a local celebrity DJ party, and included onboard wine tasting.
From $1499 per person