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Find inspiration in the romantic, soul-stirring beauty of the fabled Rhine. Flowers tumble from baskets lining streets of half-timbered houses, and lights glint off quiet canals. The spires of medieval churches and castles appear around each bend in the river, and vineyards climb the verdant hillsides.
Cruise along the Rhine—Germany on one side, France on the other. Discover Alsace, whose dual French and German heritage has given it fabulous food and a winemaking tradition that goes back to the Romans. Marvel at castles that were once mighty fortresses guarding territory and trade routes, and that now tower above the water as romantic ruins. Visit historic cities, including ancient Cologne and picturesque Strasbourg; stroll through the fairytale towns of Riquewihr, Kaysersberg and Rüdesheim; and taste delightful whites wines in the villages where the grapes are grown. Beethoven and Byron were completely enchanted by the region’s romantic splendor — experience it all from the perspective of a luxurious Rhine River cruise and see how much it inspires you!
Changes to S.S. Antoinette 2016 Departures
French water authorities have announced major repair work on the lock at Kemps on the Rhine beginning in Spring of 2016. This work will unfortunately affect embarkation and disembarkation of the S.S. Antoinette during all 2016 departures of “Castles along the Rhine.” View changes to S.S. Antoinette departures (PDF).
Day 1 – Basel
Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – Breisach (Kayserberg and Riquewihr or Colmar)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Alsatian “Village Day” OR Colmar city tour
Venture ashore to the postcard-perfect wine villages of Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, or take a tour of Colmar’s historic center. Whichever you choose, be sure to taste the regional specialty flammekueche, a delectable flatbread topped with bacon and onions. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – Kehl (Strasbourg)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Strasbourg by canal OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour
The Alsatian town of Strasbourg has a UNESCO-designated city center with a magnificent Gothic cathedral and charming half-timbered houses. Take a canal cruise through the quaint Petite France district, or choose an Old Town walking tour that stops for pastries and coffee. Spend the afternoon at your leisure.
Day 4 – Germersheim (Speyer)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour OR exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting
The medieval town of Speyer has a compact historic center boasting the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe, as well as the Continent’s oldest mikvah—a Jewish ritual bath. Alternatively, you can learn about unique wine vinegar aperitifs on an excursion to the Doktorenhof vinegar estate.
Day 5 – Rudeshiem, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Boppard
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting and guided Boppard village stroll
Explore Rüdesheim and its famously narrow Drosselgasse before enjoying a wine tasting at a 14th-century castle. Return to the ship for a cruise along the spectacular, UNESCO-protected Upper Middle Rhine—a 40-mile-long stretch of the river lined with castles. End the day with a guided stroll around the wine village of Boppard.
Day 6 – Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour OR aerial cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
After a morning of scenic cruising, head ashore for a tour of Koblenz or an aerial tram ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which offers dazzling views of the Moselle and Rhine rivers.
Note: The aerial tram to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is only available on tours that depart on or after April 3.
Day 7 – Cologne
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit
Weave through the narrow Old Town streets of Cologne en route to the city’s imposing Gothic cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside this centuries-old pilgrimage site is a shrine believed to hold relics of the Magi—the Bible’s fabled Three Kings. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.
Day 8 – Amsterdam (disembark),
transfer to the airportDisembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Amsterdam.