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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. End in 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)
  • 10 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Transportation (planes, trains, boats, etc.) while on tour
  • Full-time tour coordinator
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Select admissions with priority entry
  • JVA Koln and/or Bern Prison (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)

Cologne Cathedral at Dusk

Boppard on the Rhine

Castles on the Rhine


Lucerne's Lion Monument

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Price: $5,374.00 (2019) based on double occupancy, plus optional $429.00 premium trip protection*

Next Departures:

July 2020 (RHIN0720)
August 2021 (RHIN0821)

July 2022 (RHIN0822)
September 2022 (RHIN0922)

Contact us for exact departure dates 

Edventure Highlights Include:

~ Welcome Dinner

~ A guided tour of Germany’s fourth-largest city, including the dramatic Cologne Cathedral, the National Socialism Documentation Center; and the beautiful historic district

~ JVA Koln and/or Bern Prison (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)

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

~ A stop over in Konigswinter to visit Castle (Schloss) Drachenburg, built in the early 12th century by the archbishop of Cologne, said to have a dragon in its famous cave, which is accessed by the Drachenfels Railway

~ An overnight stay in Koblenz, the city that sits at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers (known as the German Corner)

~ A walking tour of Koblenz, including the Ehrenbrietstein Fortress, where visitors will take a gondola with a "glass bottom" across Moselle River

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

~ A 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

~ The spectacular views of the Rhine Valley as visitors cruise past the famous Loralei point, a narrow bend in the river said to be cursed

~ A tour of the medieval town of Heidelberg, including its Old Town, Market Square and Heidelberg University, as well as a funicular ride to top of Heidelberg Castle for panoramic views of the Old Bridge and the Rhine River below

~ The beautiful Black Forest spa town of Baden-Baden – proof that the elegant Belle Èpoque period is still alive and well, to take in the healing thermal waters for which the town is famous

~ An expert guide-led walking tour to 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”

~ Stunning Strasbourg, 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, for a tour that includes 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

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

~ A boat cruise across Lake Lucerne to the base of famed Mount Pilatus, to ascend 7,000 feet aboard the steepest cogwheel train in the world to the top of the mountain in the Swiss Alps, where views of up to 200 miles may be seen on a clear day

Tour Activity Estimates
 Average Daily Walking: 1.5 Hours
Average Activity Level:  Easy to Moderate (mostly even terrain, including paved roads, some cobblestone streets, some hills)

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