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Fly into: Amsterdam Fly out of: Zürich
Total Duration: 7 days

This tried-and-true river cruise itinerary takes you through a long cross-section of Europe. Touching the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland, it allows you to experience the Rhine's best, from the leafy canals of Amsterdam to the contemporary art mecca of Basel.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • History
  • Great River Cruise
  • Architecture
  • Art and Culture
Days 1-2
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1 Amsterdam

Canals and Culture

  • Wander around the Jordaan, a charming neighborhood with narrow alleys and leafy canals
  • The Rijksmuseum holds works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and others; van Gogh has his own museum
  • Explore Anne Frank's House for a moving introduction to this young girl's story
  • Food and Wine
  • Shopping
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Day 3
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2 Köln (Cologne)

A Center of Tradition, Commerce, and Intellect

  • Köln's landmark Dom (Cathedral) is one of the purest expressions of the Gothic spirit in Europe
  • The Römisch-Germanisches Museum (Roman-Germanic Museum) is home to a magnificent Roman mosaic
  • To see a pop-art collection that rivals that of New York's Guggenheim, stop at the Museum Ludwig
  • Art and Culture
  • Museums
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Day 4
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3 Koblenz

River Life and Castles

  • Koblenz is where the Mosel meets the Rhine. On the west bank sits the 10th-century Festung Ehrenbreitstein
  • Sip wine with some regional specialties at Zum Weissen Schwanen, a pub that opened in 1693
  • St. Castor's Church, consecrated in 836 AD, is where the Treaty of Verdun was signed, divvying up Charlemagne's empire
  • History
  • Architecture
  • Food and Wine
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Day 5
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4 Heidelberg

Germany's Preeminent University Town

  • Heidelberg's castle is a hodgepodge of styles from the 16th and 17th centuries that somehow fit together; it's also home to the German Apothecary Museum
  • The Alte Brücke, spanning the Neckar River, was part of Heidelberg's original fortifications
  • Heidelberg is Germany's most famous university town. Visit the 18th-century university buildings near University Square
  • History
  • Architecture
  • Art and Culture
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Day 6
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5 Strasbourg

  • The most magical neighborhood in Strasbourg is Petite France, where charming houses and restaurants line the canals of the Ill
  • Take time to visit the massive neoclassical Palais Rohan
  • See objects rescued from the cathedral at the Musée de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame
  • History
  • Architecture
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Day 7
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6 Basel

  • In a city known for its museums, the Kunstmuseum is Basel's heirloom jewel
  • Housed in a building by Renzo Piano, the Fondation Beyeler hosts an astonishingly well-rounded collection of 20th-century and contemporary art
  • Art and Culture
  • Museums
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