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Germany's Rhine River (12 Days)

Travel to one of the most beautiful places in Europe, Germany's Rhine River Valley. Out of a fairy tale, the river, with its precipitous cliffs and hillside vineyards, has no less than 40 castles perched atop its peaks, and quaint villages lining its banks. Begin in Cologne, and travel by boat to Mainz, stopping in quaint villages along the way. Continue along the river to Strasbourg, a city whose identity is both French and German. Endin Lucerne, set in the Alps. Few Edventures are as charming, picturesque and romantic as this one!

Your Edventure Includes
  • Round trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price may vary based on additional gateway choice)
  • 11 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Internal group transportation on boats, gondolas, trams and trains
  • Full-time multilingual tour director
  • Select entrance fees with priority entry
  • Visit to JVA Koln (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)

Cologne Cathedral at Dusk

Boppard on the Rhine

Castles on the Rhine

Strasbourg

Lucerne's Lion Monument

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Price: $4,998.00 (2018) based on double occupancy, plus optional $364.00 premium trip protection

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Next Departures:
August 2019 (RHIN0819)
July 2020 (RHIN0820)
September 2020 (RHIN0920)

Edventure Highlights:

~ Take an overnight flight to Cologne on an internationally-recognized airline, transfer to your hotel, and meet your fellow travelers at an included Welcome Dinner


~ As you take a guided tour of Germany’s fourth-largest city, gaze up at the dramatic Cologne Cathedral, tour the National Socialism Documentation Center; and wander through the beautiful historic district, then try sipping kölsch beers, a local specialty, with your lunch


~ Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials will tour JVA Koln


~ Embark aboard the KD Rhine cruise boat for the first of three daily cruises and get your first glimpses of this storybook river, designated as a World Heritage site


~ Stop over in Konigswinter, where you'll visit Castle (Schloss) Drachenburg, built in the early 12th century by the archbishop of Cologne; as it rises behind the town and is said to have a dragon in its famous cave, which can be accessed by the Drachenfels Railway


~ Enjoy a stay in Koblenz, the city that sits at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, known as the German Corner,  as your tour Director leads you on a walking tour, including the Ehrenbrietstein Fortress, where you'll take a gondola ride across Moselle River


~ Experience Boppard, a quaint village famous for its wineries and wine festival, including a winery tour and wine-tasting


~ Stop in Bacharach, a favorite Rhine Valley towns that served as an important transfer point for the wine trade, as barrels were offloaded here to the smaller ships that continued upriver


~ Witness spectacular views of the Rhine Valley as you cruise past the famous Loralei point, a narrow bend in the river, before arriving in Mainz


~ Take a tour of the medieval town of Heidelberg as you walk through its Old Town, passing Market Square and Heidelberg University, then take a funicular ride to top of Heidelberg Castle for panoramic views of the Old Bridge and the Rhine River below.


~ Explore the beautiful Black Forest spa town of Baden-Baden – proof that the elegant Belle Èpoque period is still alive and well


~ See why wealthy folks have flocked here for generations to see and be seen, and to take to the healing thermal waters for which the town is famous


~ Join your local guide for a walking tour among some of the town's treasures, ranging from the ruins of Roman baths to the ornate, 250-year-old Belle Èpoque casino, the Kurhaus, which movie star Marlene Dietrich once described as “the most beautiful casino in the world”


~ Travel to stunning Strasbourg in France – the seat of the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the capital of the historic Alsace region, as your local guide leads you to the Parliament buildings, La Petit France, the famous Gothic Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, the graceful, expressive statuary of the Pilier des Anges (Pillar of Angels), and the magnificent stained glass windows.


~ Stroll down Lucerne’s narrow streets and across the Kapellbrücke, a medieval covered footbridge, pass the hand-painted facades along the cobbled streets of the Old Town and view the captivating Löwendenkmal, or Lion Monument


~ Embark on a boat cruise across Lake Lucerne to the base of famed Mount Pilatus, where you'll climb to the top on the steepest cogwheel train in the world

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