• $3,995
  • $800
  • Gohagan & Company

This extraordinary 11-day “Grand Tour” of Europe features an incredible combination of river, rail, lake and mountain travel including five nights aboard the deluxe Amadeus Silver III. Journey through the western heart of the Continent through the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland, cruising the most scenic sections of the Rhine River. Specially arranged guided excursions feature six UNESCO World Heritage sites—explore Amsterdam’s storybook canals; visit Cologne’s Gothic cathedral, cruise through the heart of the Rhine River Valley, tour the Alsatian city of Strasbourg, walk through Berne’s Old Town and see the Jungfrau-Aletsch region of the Swiss Alps. Visit Germany’s medieval Rüdesheim and 13th-century Heidelberg Castle. Spend two nights each in Zermatt and Lucerne, Switzerland; ride aboard three legendary railways—the Gornergrat Bahn for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express from Zermatt to Andermatt and the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway—and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. This is the trip of a lifetime at an exceptional value! Complement your journey with the two-night Amsterdam Pre-Program Option.


Itinerary*

Day Destination
  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2. Amsterdam, the Netherlands/Embark Amadeus Silver III
  3. Cologne, Germany
  4. Koblenz/Rüdesheim
  5. Mannheim for Heidelberg
  6. Strasbourg, France
  7. Basel, Switzerland/Disembark ship/Berne/Zermatt
  8. Zermatt for Matterhorn
  9. Zermatt/Glacier Express to Andermatt/Lucerne
  10. Lucerne for Mt. Pilatus
  11. Lucerne/Zurich/Return to the U.S. or Canada
    *Cruise itinerary is subject to change.

Highlights:

  • Extraordinary, specially designed European tour.
  • Experience three of the world’s greatest railways—the panoramic Glacier Express, the scenic cogwheel Gornergrat Bahn and the dramatic Pilatus Railway.
  • Eleven-day program, including a five-night river cruise and four nights in the Swiss Alps.
  • A unique combination of river and lake cruising, rail travel and evenings on land.
  • Five-night cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, small river ship Amadeus Silver III on the legendary Rhine River.
  • Two nights each in the lovely Swiss towns of Zermatt and Lucerne.
  • Featuring six UNESCO World Heritage sites—Amsterdam’s Canal District, Cologne, the Rhine River Valley, Strasbourg, Berne and the Jungfrau-Aletsch region of the Swiss Alps.
  • Complimentary house wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner aboard ship; complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • Incredible value for a comprehensive travel program—sells out every year it is offered!
  • Amsterdam Pre-Program Option.

Deluxe European River Ship – ms Amadeus Silver III

The elegant and meticulously crafted Amadeus Silver III features all the comforts of a refined and traditional hotel. The 84 stylish Staterooms and Suites are among the most spacious of any European river ship (172 to 284 square feet). Suites include a private balcony, and select Staterooms feature a unique floor-to-ceiling window that lowers to French-balcony height at the touch of a button. Accommodations have two twin beds or one queen bed, individual climate control, sitting area and private bathroom with shower; most have a minibar.

The delightful restaurant offers scenic views through panoramic windows as well as continental cuisine featuring fresh, local ingredients. Daily meals include early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, four-course dinner with complimentary wine and beer, and late-evening snack.

For your leisure time on board there are two bars, an open-air lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi, beauty salon, boutique, massage room, fitness studio and Sun Deck. Complimentary bicycles are available for independent pursuits on shore. An elevator serves all passenger decks except the Sun Deck. There is no doctor on board.

The Amadeus fleet has been awarded the important “Green Certificate” of environmental preservation.

Included Features

  • Eleven-day program, including a five-night Rhine River cruise and four nights in the Swiss Alps, featuring three of the world’s great train journeys.

On board the exclusively chartered, deluxe Amadeus Silver II

    • Five-night cruise from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Basel, Switzerland.
    • Air-conditioned, river-view Suite or Stateroom.
    • All meals aboard ship.
    • Complimentary wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner.
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
    • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions and Dinners.
    • Walking tour of picturesque Koblenz, including the famous Deutsches Eck (German Corner), at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers.
    • Visit to the medieval town of Rüdesheim in the heart of the Rheingau, including a private tasting of local wines.
    • Excursion to Heidelberg’s 13th-century hilltop castle.

Scenic transfer from Basel to Zermatt, with a stop in Switzerland’s historic capital of Berne, with lunch in a traditional Bernese restaurant.

In Zermatt, Switzerland

  • Two nights in the Five-Star Hotel Schweizerhof, with Swiss breakfast each morning.
  • Rail journey aboard the scenic Gornergrat Bahn, one of the most picturesque train rides in the world, for breathtaking views of the great Matterhorn.

Experience one of the great railway journeys of the world from Zermatt to Andermatt aboard the legendary Glacier Express, followed by lunch and a scenic transfer from Andermatt to Lucerne.

In Lucerne

  • Two nights in the Five-Star Hotel Schweizerhof, with Swiss breakfast each morning.
  • Walking tour of historic, 12th-century Lucerne.
  • Panoramic Mount Pilatus gondola ascent with lunch at the summit, and the dramatic descent aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel train.
  • Scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne.
  • Farewell Reception.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Highlights

  • Private cruise along Amsterdam’s Canal District.
  • Cologne walking tour, including a stop to see the magnificent Kölner Dom.
  • View of the imposing Jungfrau summit.
  • Cruise through the Rhine Valley’s scenic Lorelei Passage.
  • Walking tour of Strasbourg’s historic Grande Île (Grand Island) city center.
  • Tour of Berne’s storybook Old Town.

Always Included

  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
  • Experienced, English-speaking local guides for included excursions.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions.
  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom aboard ship and on excursions.
  • Complimentary use of an audio headset while on guided excursions during the cruise.
  • Hospitality desk in the hotels and aboard ship.
  • Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors at your service.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by
    Gohagan & Company.

The Golden Age of Amsterdam Pre-Program Option

The historic heart of Amsterdam, laced with tree-shaded canals and stately 16th- and 17th-century merchant houses, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the perfect beginning to your Great Journey. Visit the world-class Rijksmuseum and enjoy a full-day excursion to quaint Edam, world famous for its cheese, and historic Hoorn, one of the great seafaring towns of the Golden Age. Accommodations are for two nights in a centrally located hotel.

The Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.


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