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17 Day Classic Switzerland with Rhine River Cruise
From AUD$4949 Land Only, AUD$6589* Air & Land

2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Embark Land Only        Air & Land
     Book By    Book After               Book By       Book After
        Jan 31        Jan 31                      Jan 31         Jan 31


Jun 01 Amsterdam $5549 $6349 $7059* $7859*
Jun 15 Amsterdam $5349 $6149 $6229* $7029*
Jun 29 Amsterdam $4899 $5699 $5869* $6669*
Jul 13 Amsterdam $4799 $5599 $5599* $6399*
Jul 27 Amsterdam $4999 $5799 $5729* $6529*
Aug 10 Amsterdam $4899 $5699 $5599* $6399*
Aug 24 Amsterdam $4949 $5749 $6589* $7389*
Sep 07 Amsterdam $5349 $6149 $6949* $7749*



River Cruise Package Includes
Flights Sydney-Amsterdam, Zurich-Sydney
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
Glacier Express Train Zermatt-St. Moritz
15 nights First Class accommodations
7 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class Monarch Countess
1 night Zurich
2 nights Geneva
2 nights Zermatt
1 night St. Moritz
2 nights Lucerne
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
River port charges of $190 per person
Cruise & Hotel porterage
All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
32 meals: 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 11 dinners
Entrance fees per itinerary
Services of English-speaking cruise manager / tour manager throughout
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
 
Special Features

In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of the Rhineland
Discover 2000-year-old Koblenz, with its superb Romanesque architecture
View the mighty Lorelei Rock named for the siren "Lorelei" rising vertically from the waters
Stroll the lanes filled with quaint wine taverns in the lively village of Rüdesheim
Visit the Alsace capital of Strasbourg, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site
Walk the cobbled streets of tiny Breisach, a city that dates back over 4,000 years
View Fraumunster Church, a Zurich landmark with its Chagall windows
During your Geneva tour, view the Jet d'Eau, Flower Clock and Reformation Monument
Visit Chillon Castle built in the 9th century to control the main road to the Great St. Bernard pass
See the tiny storybook Principality of Liechtenstein nestled between Switzerland and Austria
Visit to the Lion Monument, commemorating the massacre of the Swiss Guards during the French Revolution in 1792
Admire the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape
 
River Cruise Features & Amenities

Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
Wine and beer with dinners
Locally inspired recipes
Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
Late night snack
Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
Self-serve coffee and tea station
Lounge serving premium spirits
Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
Fitness center
Non-smoking ship interior
Cruise Director & Activities Host throughout
Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English

ITINERARY 


DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for the Netherlands 
Depart for the Netherlands

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated and modern capital. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board, or begin your discovery of the many cultural sites this city has to offer. This evening, the Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise 
Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Amsterdam City Tour & Afternoon Cruising
Today's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Queen's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. This afternoon get acquainted with your fellow passengers as you cruise south for Germany 
Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Cologne City Tour
Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, one of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, arriving as you enjoy lunch on board. Your walking tour of the city is highlighted by the soaring, twin-steeple Gothic cathedral that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. After dinner on board, time to explore Cologne's vibrant night life before setting sail 
Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Morning in Koblenz & Afternoon Cruising
The ship docks this morning in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk this morning and free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. Or, join the optional tour to the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that's never been destroyed and has been continuously occupied for over 700 years. At noon, set sail and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board, taking in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. This evening, arrive in Rüdesheim, a lively village in the heart of the Rhine. After dinner, perhaps stroll along the lanes filled with quaint wine taverns 
Optional: Marksburg Castle (AM) 
Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Morning in Mannheim & Afternoon in Speyer
Today discover Mannheim, meeting point of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers, once the gathering place for classical composers. View the imposing red sandstone Schloss, Germany's largest baroque palace and the Luisenpark, one of the loveliest parks in Europe. Alternatively, join the optional tour to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany and inspiration for some of the world's greatest writers and artists; tour the city and view the ruins of 12th century Heidelberg Castle before returning to the ship as it sails to Speyer. Here, stroll the lanes of this picturesque city founded by the Romans, with its prized red sandstone cathedral named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, the ship sails for Strasbourg
Optional: Heidelberg City Tour (AM) 
Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Strasbourg City Tour
A lovely day awaits you in the Alsace capital of Strasbourg, situated on the border of France and Germany, blending the cultures of both countries. Discover Strasbourg on the tour highlighting the city's center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Of special note is the stunning Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture that houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence. See the magical La Petite France district, home to quaint shops and charming bistros, Place Kleber, a large historic square in the center of the city and Place Gutenberg, dedicated to the inventor of the printing press. This evening, return to the ship as you sail toward Breisach in the Rhine Valley 
Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Breisach Walking Tour
Arrive this morning in the small city of Breisach that dates back over 4,000 years. On your walking tour along the cobbled streets lined with pastel-painted houses, it's hard to believe this town was mostly destroyed in WWII and then totally restored to its original beauty. View the towering Romanesque and Gothic St. Stephansmunster Cathedral, a highlight of the city. Spend free time in town, or, join the optional tour to Colmar in France, known as Alsace's most beautiful city with its dramatic steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco and distinctive French shutters accented by window boxes filled with colorful geraniums. At the end of your tour, stop by a local wine maker to sample a few of the region's varietals. Tonight, at the Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories of your Rhine journey with your new-found friends 
Optional: Colmar City Tour (PM) 
Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Basel, Transfer to Zurich
This morning, disembark and transfer to Zurich, Switzerland’s financial center and home to many of the world’s leading banks; transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest and relax. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 pm on the day of arrival 
Overnight: Zurich 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Morning Tour of Zurich, Berne, Travel to Geneva
This morning, take an orientation tour of Zurich including the Old Town. View Fraumunster Church, St Peter’s church, with Europe’s largest clock, historic Limmatquai, famous Bahnhofstrasse, and National Museum. The tour concludes with a scenic drive along Lake Zurich. Afterward, travel to Berne, the capital of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a stroll through the old town and marvel at the late Gothic Cathedral, the Muenster, with its stunning portal and its depiction of the Last Judgment. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower (Zytglogge) and visit the Bear Park, the symbol of the city. Free time for lunch on your own. Continue to cosmopolitan Geneva. Upon arrival in late afternoon check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure 
Overnight: Geneva 
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Geneva City Tour
During your morning orientation tour of Geneva, view the Jet d'Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore this dynamic city, strung along the shores of Europe's largest Alpine lake. Take a walk along the lively streets in the old town, stroll the mile-long promenade around the lake or just unwind in one of Geneva's many parks and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Afterward, there is an opportunity to join the optional Lake Geneva Cruise & Yvoire tour. Relax aboard an elegant lake steamer on beautiful Lake Geneva, passing by rolling hillsides. Cross over to the French side of the lake and visit the medieval village of Yvoire. Well known for its fortified center and majestic flower displays during the summer season 
Optional: Lake Geneva Cruise & Yvoire (AM) 
Overnight: Geneva 
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Wednesday - Tour of Chillon Castle
Drive along the shores of Lake Geneva past the towns of Lausanne and Montreux and through the beautiful vineyard region to the landmark castle of Chillon. Originally built in the 9th century to protect one of the main roads to the Great St. Bernard pass to Italy, its rich history, and distinctive appearance has served as an inspiration to such literary greats as Lord Byron and Victor Hugo. Explore the turrets, corridors, and vaulted dungeons on a guided tour. Then continue your journey as you travel through the majestic Alps. Leave the coach behind in Tasch and journey the final stretch by van, right into the heart of the world-renowned mountain resort of Zermatt 
Overnight: Zermatt 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Full Day in Zermatt
Enjoy at full day at leisure in this traffic free, quaint Swiss village. Situated at the foot of the Matterhorn and in the middle of an enormous hiking and ski region makes Zermatt one of the world's most attractive alpine all-year destination. Take a leisurely stroll through the traffic-free village and explore the bountiful gift shops and fashionable boutiques. Or take one of the many alpine cars, gondolas or cog railways to further admire the stunning views of glaciers and summits. Don't forget to visit the English church, built in 1877 and its cemetery, with the graves of many mountaineers who have lost their lives on these majestic mountains 
Overnight: Zermatt 
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Friday - Glacier Express to St. Moritz
This morning, board one of the grandest and most scenic train rides in Europe, the Glacier Express. From Zermatt, the full day leisurely train ride to St Moritz, will transport you past magnificent mountain scenery, waterfalls and rivers, where with each turn, tunnel or bridge a new breathtaking picture is presented. Arrive in world-famous alpine resort town of St Moritz, host of two Winter Olympics and one of the most exclusive ski destinations in the world. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight 
Overnight: St. Moritz 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Saturday - Morning at leisure in St. Moritz, Liechtenstein, Travel to Lucerne
Morning is at leisure to explore glitzy St Moritz on your own. Take a stroll on Via Serlas with its string of famous designer boutiques, or linger in one of the many sidewalk cafes and enjoy the spectacular alpine setting. Perhaps, join the optional Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride. Depart from Pontresina a resort town, located at the entrance to the Val Bernina just 4 miles from St Moritz for a ride through the Val Roseg. Marvel at the views of the impressive Bernina massif and the nearby glaciers. In the late morning, travel to Lucerne. En route stop in Liechtenstein, the tiny storybook Principality and the sixth-smallest country in the world that lies in the heart of the Alps, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. Its capital city Vaduz is a proud remnant of feudal Europe, still governed by one of the oldest noble families. Arrive in Lucerne, where the remainder of the day is at leisure to further explore this festive city on your own. Tonight, perhaps join the optional Swiss Folklore Dinner, which offers traditional customs of good food, homemade beer, music and fun 
Optional: Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride in the Val Roseg (AM) 
Optional: Swiss Folklore Dinner (PM) 
Overnight: Lucerne 
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Sunday - Lucerne City Tour
A day to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin at the inspiring Lion Monument, one of the best-known monuments in the country, created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guard killed in 1792. Continue to the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Later, time to shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks or, sip coffee at an outdoor cafe. Remainder of the day is at leisure or, join the exciting optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7,000 feet. After admiring the splendid panorama, descend by aerial cableway and return to the hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel with your newfound friends 
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour (AM) 
Overnight: Lucerne 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17, Monday - Depart Switzerland
Transfer to the airport in Zurich for your departure flight 
Meals: Breakfast