Castles along the Rhine

From Basel to Amsterdam on the S.S. ANTOINETTE

Find inspiration in the romantic, soul-stirring beauty of the fabled Rhine. Flowers tumble from baskets lining streets of half-timbered houses and lights glint off quiet canals. A mighty river carries ships and cargo through a landscape shaped by time and history. The spires of medieval churches and castles appear around each bend in the river and vineyards climb the verdant hillsides.Cruise along the Rhine, Germany on one side, France on the other. Discover Alsace, whose dual French and German heritage has given it fabulous food and a winemaking tradition that goes back to the Romans. Marvel at castles that were once mighty fortresses guarding territory and trade routes, and today tower above the water as romantic ruins. Visit historic cities, including ancient Cologne and picturesque Strasbourg; stroll through the fairytale towns of Riquewihr, Kaysersberg and Rüdesheim. Taste delightful white wines in the villages where the grapes are grown. Beethoven and Byron loved the romantic landscapes of the Rhine River and the beauty that inspired them is still yours to experience.

Highlights

  • 4 countries: France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Rhine River: Shaping European History from the Romans to the European Union”
  • Choice of Alsatian “Village Day” or Colmar city tour
  • Choice of Strasbourg by canal or “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour
  • Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour or exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting
  • Exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting and guided Boppard village stroll
  • Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour or aerial cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Cologne walking discovery tour to include the Cathedral
  • Generations family programme on select sailings

What is Included

  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Exclusive Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program on select summer departures
  • 7 night’s cruise on the S.S. Antoinette classic room
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea and mineral water
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programmes
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audioheadset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Manager
  • All port charges (€168.00 per person)

What is Not Included

  • Return flights Dublin/Basel/Amsterdam/Dublin
  • Single supplement — please see “dates & prices” table below
  • Travel insurance €48.00 per person (+ 69 years double premium applicable)

Itinerary Details

Day 1 – Basel

Arrive at Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport where you will be transferred to the ship.

Note: Guests sailing on the S.S. Antoinette will embark in Breisach between March and May due to lock renovations.

Day 2 – Breisach (Kayserberg and Riquewihr or Colmar)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Alsatian “Village Day” or Colmar city tour

Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road, your launching point for one of two excursions. You can visit Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, two of the most picturesque villages in the region, sampling local delicacies and getting a feel for daily life. Or take a tour of the larger town, Colmar, considered one of the most beautiful destinations along the wine road. Enjoy the festive Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3 – Kehl (Strasbourg)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Strasbourg by canal or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour

The Alsatian town of Strasbourg boasts a UNESCO-designated city centre, a grand Gothic cathedral and half-timbered houses. See the sights on a delightful canal cruise through the picturesque Petite France district, or if you wish to do as the locals do, opt for an Old Town walking tour with stops for pastries and coffee.

Day 4 – Mannheim (Speyer)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour or exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

Stroll through Speyer’s charming Old Town to the city’s grand cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, for a different spin on the Palatinate wine region, visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made from wine vinegars.

Day 5 – Rudeshiem, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Boppard

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting or exclusive guided “Go Active” hike from Rüdesheim to Assmanshausen and guided Boppard village stroll

Wine connoisseurs will want to go on a private tour and Riesling tasting at Castle Vollrad. Adventurers will want to soar up to the Niederwald Heights on a gondola, followed by a hike. Then, after a cruise along the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine stroll through quaint Boppard.

Day 6 – Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour or aerial cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress or exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride, and Marksburg Castle visit

Watch the waters of the Moselle mix with the Rhine as you stand at the German Corner during your discovery tour. If you prefer to see the city from above, take an aerial tram to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. For a more active exploration, bike from Boppard to Koblenz. Later in the day, get a close-up look at Marksburg Castle.

Note: The aerial tram to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is only available on cruises that depart on or after April 2.

Day 7 – Cologne

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Cologne walking discovery tour with choice of Cologne Cathedral or Farina House or Kölsch beer tasting or Museum Ludwig

You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the city’s iconic UNESCO-listed Gothic Cologne Cathedral. If you prefer to embark on an exciting journey through the world of fragrance and the birthplace of eau de Cologne, then visit Farina House. For beer connoisseurs, visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. For lovers of art, you will not want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig. Cap the day off at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.

Day 8 – Amsterdam (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Amsterdam.

Accommodation

S.S. ANTOINETTE

The luxurious décor of the 443-foot, 152-passenger — features fine Brazilian marble on the walls and floors, a 19th-century Venetian glass mirror, a stylish Bar du Leopard with full-service bar, and an onboard cinema. The two-story foyer boasts a 10-foot blue Strauss Baccarat chandelier with huge sapphires—a stunning piece that once hung in New York's famous Tavern on the Green—and a collection of original art work is displayed throughout the ship.

Classic Room — Luxurious riverview stateroom (163 sq ft - 15 sq m)

Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Ryanair

Dublin / Basel**

06.40 hrs.

09.45 hrs.

Ryanair

Amsterdam / Dublin

06.35 hrs.

19.15 hrs.

Flight times/details are subject to change. Fares from €140.00 - call us for a quote!

**Dublin to Basel flight operates on Saturdays (1 day prior to embarking day - Sunday).

The price for a centrally located 4* hotel in Basel for 1 night is from €245.00 for a double/twin room B&B

Call us for a quote!

Dates & Prices

Start Date

End Date

Price PPS

Single Room

Sun 28 Apr

Sun 05 May

€3,299.00

€5,769.00

Sun 26 May

Sun 02 Jun

€3,299.00

€5,769.00

Sun 09 Jun

Sun 16 Jun

€3,299.00

€5,769.00

Sun 18 Aug

Sun 25 Aug

€3,299.00

€5,769.00

Sun 15 Sep

Sun 22 Sep

€3,599.00

€6,299.00

Flights are not included

Other departures available on request – call us for a quote!

Important Information

  • Airfare is not included in prices listed above
  • Itineraries and vessels may change and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments
  • Additional departures are available upon request

How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €250.00 (+ cost of insurance if required) per person - payment by cash/cheque/debit or credit card - should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure - payment by cash/cheque or debit card only.

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