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Savour the exquisite flavours of Swiss mountain cheeses and indulge in the decadent delights of the Black Forest. Pair these delectable treats with a delightful glass of Alsace wine or a rich Rüdesheimer coffee. Embark on a sweet culinary adventure at one of Europe’s premier chocolate museums. Immerse yourself in authentic culinary experiences amidst the traditional surroundings, meeting passionate vintners and artisans dedicated to crafting the finest food and wine.
Day 1: Arrive in Basel
Travel to Basel by flight or Eurostar. Upon arrival, transfer to the ship.
Day 2: Lucerne & Stanserhorn
Today, your first destination is Stanserhorn, a mountain near Lucerne. A cable car ride will take you to the nearly 1,900m peak, offering refreshing mountain air and stunning views of the Swiss Alps. Indulge your taste buds at the mountain’s revolving restaurant, specializing in Swiss cuisine. Don’t miss the chance to try Älplermagronen, a local favourite resembling macaroni and cheese.
After this mountain-top feast, you’ll return to Lucerne by coach. Nestled in the mountains, Lucerne is Switzerland’s most beautiful city. A guided walking tour, including recommendations for the best local pastries, will be followed by free exploration. Take a leisurely stroll along the Chapel Bridge, a covered wooden walkway with a regal atmosphere.
Upon returning to the ship, refresh before enjoying another splendid dinner as you cruise toward the next destination, Breisach.
Day 3: Breisach & The Black Forest
After a steady overnight journey, dock in the ancient town of Breisach. Explore the historic heart surrounded by stone ramparts and dominated by Saint Stephan’s Cathedral.
After lunch, you’ll drive through the scenic Black Forest mountains, known for rugged valleys, waterfalls, and dense pine trees. Stop to sample the iconic Black Forest gateau with traditional schnapps or coffee.
After a satisfying dinner on the ship, enjoy a live performance in the lounge as the ship cruises toward Strasbourg, arriving later tonight.
Day 4: Strasbourg
This morning, join a walking tour of the 16th-century old town, featuring narrow streets, canals, Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, Ponts Couverts, and the charming Petite France quarter.
While exploring Strasbourg, savor local treats like tarte flambee, Munster cheese, and kugelhopf. After lunch, enjoy scenic cruising from the sun deck or the lounge. As evening approaches, anticipate another delicious meal inspired by traditional Alsace cuisine in the ship’s restaurant.
Tonight, you moor in Speyer for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Speyer
This morning, while moored in Speyer, venture to a nearby vinegar manufacturer for a cellar tour, exploring the history of vinegar and its use as an ‘energy drink’ by Roman legionaries. Alternatively, explore Speyer’s historic sites, including the Imperial Cathedral and Gedächtniskirche.
After lunch on board, resume the cruise, enjoying scenic views of rolling hills, vineyards, and oxbow lakes. In the evening, experience the Captain’s Dinner featuring specialties from the regions visited during our cruise.
As the ship arrives in Rüdesheim during dinner, consider a stroll ashore for a local digestif, such as the famous Asbach brandy.
Day 6: Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge & Koblenz
In Rüdesheim, explore the charming town with crooked houses, terraced vineyards, and a land train tour highlighting vineyards, the marketplace, Klunkhardshof building, and Bromserburg Castle.
In the afternoon, cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, passing Saint Goar, ruined castles, and Loreley Rock. Enjoy a Rüdesheimer coffee on the sun deck, taking in the looping bend at Boppard and the mighty Marksburg Castle.
Arrive in Koblenz, founded by the Romans, for a guided tour of medieval buildings in the Altstadt. Explore historic sites like the former mint, the Four Towers, and the Basilica of Saint Kastor. Enjoy dinner on board and a lively performance of Rhenish folk music with traditional instruments.
Day 7: Cologne
Savour the picturesque Rhineland scenery from the ship this morning, passing riverside towns, the famous Remagen ruined bridge, and the Siebengebirge, known for inspiring Brothers Grimm’s legends.
Upon reaching Cologne, choose between a visit to the Schokoladenmuseum for a journey through chocolate’s 5,000-year history or a free afternoon to explore the city, including the impressive Gothic cathedral.
Day 8: Return home
MS Emily Bronte
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MS Oscar Wilde
All transfer times listed here are approximate and dependent on traffic.
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