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River Cruises

Rolling On The Rhine

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Depart From
Sail from Amsterdam
Departure Date
Departures from April to October 2020
Duration
8 Days
Destination
Holland & Germany
Price
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Ports of call: Amsterdam, Haarlem, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Bonn, Koblenz, Rudesheim & Frankfurt

Amsterdam is just the beginning. On this cruise along the Rhine river, you’ll have three days to spend in this laid-back and forward-thinking Dutch hotspot, along with stops in Haarlem, Cologne, Bonn, Koblenz and Frankfurt.

All in all, you’ll dine on local specialties during a U Time Dutch cheese tasting. You’ll spend several nights out on the town—Cologne’s Gothic Evening adventure is a prime example.

And you’ll get your fix of famous artwork, incredible scenery and a look into Europe’s history and culture. Whatever your travel personality, this cruise is sure to please.

DAY 1 - AMSTERDAM 

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT - AMSTERDAM AFTER DARK (PM)  

Step off the ship and you’re in downtown Amsterdam. Embark on a host-escorted walk to get your bearings, then take off to take on some of the best nightlife in all of Europe. Enjoy local beer and fare in city-center party bars. Dance yourself dizzy to rock or techno at Melkweg. Then explore Amsterdam’s cultural hot spots, like Rembrandtplein square, Leidseplen, Jordaan and the Red Light District. The fun won’t stop until you realize it’s tomorrow.

DAY 2 - AMSTERDAM 

INCLUDED - 24 HOURS IN AMSTERDAM (AM)  

Get acquainted with the Netherlands’ capital city in just 24 hours. Your host will help you get the lay of the land. From then on, Amsterdam is yours to discover. Take a tram to the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum to discover the city’s history. Your host will give you a 24-hour public transportation ticket so you can explore at your own pace.

INCLUDED - CANALS AND CAFÉS (PM)   

What better way to explore Amsterdam’s canals than by water? Hop aboard an electric canal boat where, on top of the hundreds of bridges, bicycles, towers and waterways, you will sail along world famous sites like the Red Light District and the Dancing Houses. Stop off at a waterside café for an included drink to top off your introduction to Amsterdam.

U TIME - CRIME CRUISE

U TIME - SIX SENSES AMSTERDAM (PM)   

Today's agenda: an educational, six-stop foodie tour of the hip and historic Jordaan district. Our guides love to tell their own Amsterdam stories and enhance your experience while you eat, drink and walk along our canals with friends.

U TIME - AMSTERDAM OLD AND NEW (PM)  

Amsterdam is so much more than red lights! Explore this amazing city like a true local, on two wheels. Pedal your bike along canals past 17th century Dutch homes, stopping at a local café for an included drink. Top off your experience by taking in the sights at Amsterdam tower observation deck where you have the option to take a ride on Europe’s highest swing!

U TIME - A MIXOLOGIST’S DREAM (PM)   

Embark on a mixology odyssey in the heart of Amsterdam at the House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience, “the world’s largest cocktail experience.” The operative word here is cocktail—need we say more?

U TIME - RED LIGHT SPECIAL (PM)   

What do you get when you pair the world’s oldest profession with Amsterdam’s oldest neighborhood? The notorious Red Light District. You could visit on your own, of course, but it’s much more fun with a local expert to show you around on foot and via a canal cruise.

U TIME - A SECRET PLACE (PM)  

DAY 3 - AMSTERDAM & HAARLEM 

INCLUDED - HIP HAARLEM VIBES (AM)  

Haarlem is a city outside Amsterdam in the northwest Netherlands. Huffington Post once called it one of the “10 Secret European Spots You’ll Want to Visit.” We second that, and you will too. Explore the cobbled streets and gabled homes on a host-escorted walk. Experience the medieval charm of a city that was once a major North Sea trading port. Discover its poppin’ pub, food and shopping scenes, before making your way downtown to experience the lively local market. The locals adore Haarlem, and today, you’ll do as they do.

U TIME - SMELL THE FLOWERS (AM)   

With its acres of tulips in eye-popping colors, Keukenhof Gardens is a floral extravaganza that definitely lives up to the hype (open April and May only).

U TIME - FEEL THE RUSH (AM)  

Adrenaline junkies can test-drive the latest extreme sport craze—blokarting on the beach. These custom-built karts are equipped with sails and can reach speeds of 60 miles per hour. Not for the faint of heart!

U TIME - HAARLEM IN DEPTH (PM)

DAY 4 - DÜSSELDORF & COLOGNE 

INCLUDED - DÜSSELDORF CITY WALK (PM)   

Join your U Host on a walk through historic Düsseldorf! See some of the city’s most famous pieces of architecture like Ehra oder Kind mit Ball and the Statue of Our Lady, then stop at the gorgeous Konigsalee. Grab a bite at Latz’scher Park afterwards and keep exploring if you feel so inclined! Düsseldorf is an inspiringly beautiful city so don’t miss your chance to soak in everything it offers!

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT - BOTTOMS UP COLOGNE (PM)   

Calling all architecture buffs—this one’s for you. Behold the Cologne Cathedral, a world-renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture. It was officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Over 20,000 people walk its corridors every day, making it the most visited landmark in Germany. Afterwards, take an evening stroll into downtown Cologne for a pint of delicious Kölsch beer! You’ll then continue on to the Rudolf & Brusseler Platz area where the hipper bars, cafes, shops and restaurants are. Feel free to disperse on your own or continue with your Host to the next phase of this adventure! You’ll head off to a combination of unique sites, emphasizing Cologne’s Roman, medieval, and modern history. If you have room after that Kölsch beer, drink in the unique Gothic architecture!

DAY 5 - COLOGNE, BONN & KOBLENZ 

INCLUDED - RHINE RIDER (PM)   

Grab your helmet and get ready for romance; this sentimental bike ride will trace the beautiful Rhine River. Stop for pictures whenever you please, and take in the sights of historical Germany.

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT - GERMAN CORNERS (PM)   

Follow your host on an evening walk through Koblenz, one of the country’s oldest and most beautiful towns. Vineyards, forests and exotic mountain ranges form the backdrop to a town with over 2,000 years of storied history.

U TIME - COLOGNE IN DEPTH (AM)

DAY 6 - RÜDESHEIM 

INCLUDED - HIKING GERMANIA MONUMENT & FOREST (PM)   

Fresh air and beautiful views are guaranteed on this walk as we head to the cutest of German towns set in a gorgeous backdrop of vineyards. First, explore Rüdesheim and the famous Drosselgasse, then hike through the hilly vineyards to the Niederwald Memorial. There you’ll have one of the most stunning views of the Rhine!

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT - NIGHT AT THE CASTLE (PM)   

Get ready to hike up and explore Rheinstein Castle and its beautiful Burgundy Garden. Toast with the owners and then explore this fascinating castle on your own. When you roam around in the crypt, banquet halls, private quarters and spectacular towers, you’ll get the spookiest up-close insights into what castle life was all about. Afterwards, return to Koblenz and hit one of the local pubs!

INCLUDED - INTRO TO DROSSELGASSE (PM)   

Follow your U Host into this quaint German town that is sure to steal your heart. Enjoy scenic views of the Rhine from the rolling hills of this riverside city. Stop in for a beer at one of the many local dives or head to Siegfried’s Mechanishes Musikkabinett for a taste of gorgeously authentic German architecture. Drosselgasse never disappoints.

U TIME - ABBEY WINE (PM)  

“Game of Thrones” fans will love Eberbach Monastery—its ethereal 12th-century architecture made it an ideal film location for the show. There are no dragons, but you can taste the abbey’s Rieslings.

U TIME - CHEESE ACADEMY (PM)  

This delicious crash course on Dutch cheese takes place in a wonderfully atmospheric tasting room inspired by Holland’s Golden Age.

DAY 7 - FRANKFURT 

INCLUDED - INTRO TO FRANKFURT (AM)   

Take to the streets of Frankfurt to explore this dynamic city with your U Host! You’ll see some of the city’s hotspots like the Eiserner Steg, a bridge covered with famous love locks, then Römerberg, the quaint town square walled with photogenic medieval houses. Grab a bite, shop and soak in the local experience before heading to the Frankfurt cathedral. Take pictures and brush up on your history; this iconic landmark is where ten kings were crowned from 1562 to 1792.

INCLUDED - FRANKFURT RIVER LIFE

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT - GERMANY'S MELTING POT (PM)   

Arrive in the heart of Frankfurt and experience a cosmopolitan city built upon contrasts. Eat, drink and be merry in the traditional Ebbelwoi bars in Sachsenhausen. Then dance through the posh clubs in the banking district. All walks of life coexist in a city home to some of the highest, most avant-garde skyscrapers in all of Europe.

U TIME - CLIMBING FOREST FRANKFURT (AM)

U TIME - FRANKFURT ON FOOT (AM)   

Follow your U Host into the heart of Frankfurt, a dynamic financial trade city with the most imposing skyline in all of Germany. You’ll head into the heart of the bustling city to catch Kleinmarkthalle, an amazing market hall welcoming 63 vendors in 156 stalls that offer all kinds of fresh food, regional specialties and imported foods. Before hopping over to the Main Tower for a breathtaking view, don’t forget to sample some Ebbelwoi, Frankfurt’s famous cider. It will blow your taste buds away!

DAY 8 - FRANKFURT

Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

Choose from 4 accommodation types:

Suites include a french balcony with waterfront views, super comfy Savoir mattresses, bluetooth speakers, flatscreen TVs, lots of power outlets including USB ports), a desk, table & chairs, extra storage space and a safe. 

Balcony bedrooms include a french balcony with waterfront views, super comfy Savoir mattresses, bluetooth speakers, flatscreen TVs, lots of power outlets including USB ports), ample storage space and a safe. 

Studio bedrooms include waterfront views, super comfy Savoir mattresses, bluetooth speakers, flatscreen TVs, lots of power outlets including USB ports), ample storage space and a safe. 

Studio Triple bedrooms include waterfront views, adjustable mood lighting, bluetooth speakers, 3 super comfy Savoir twin mattresses, each with its own flatscreen TV, flatscreen TVs, lots of power outlets including USB ports), ample storage space and a safe. 

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • 8 day cruise in a studio
  • 3 included meals daily
  • Welcome party
  • 2 dedicated U Hosts
  • Included excursions
  • U Time optional excursions
  • Local DJ set
  • Included onboard wine tasting
  • Gym onboard
  • Relaxing spa options

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Port Fees (€150pp)
  • Premium Drinks Package available from €299pp
  • Upgrade to French Balcony from €200pp
  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. The legal drinking age on this cruise is 21.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135, email info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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