One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River and its Jewish culture and heritage, which takes you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland!This magnificent river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age” and the Jewish Quarter. During your stay in Amsterdam you will have the possibility to join a guided tour to the Anne Frank house and attend an evening concert at the Portuguese Synagogue. Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture—will be an exciting stop with its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns and take a Jewish history tour. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. And nearby, in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue your Rhine river cruise to Mainz for a guided walk, visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum and learn more about the Jewish past of this city. An excursion takes you to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle or you might want to visit Worms with its incredible Jewish Heritage. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals, fascinating astronomical clock and by the old streets of the Jewish quarter. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade.Before the end of your European river cruise vacation, stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest—an area of unrivaled natural beauty—best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. During the cruise, Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank, will travel with you. Enjoy her lectures on board and a special visit to Anne Frank’s house with her!Disembark your river cruise ship in Basel and join the Monograms portion of your vacation starting with a special excursion up Mount Pilatus for spectacular Alpine panoramas and a guided walking tour to explore lovely Lucerne. Transfer by high-speed train to Como, where an included guided walking tour features the charming historic district, the gothic Town Hall, and the imposing Duomo. The next day enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Como to renowned Bellagio with its centuries-old buildings, cobblestone lanes, and charming shops. In your free time, you might like to travel to fashionable Milan, Italy; or take the funicular to the village of Brunate—your Local Host® can help you decide how to make this fabulous vacation just perfect for you!
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