Your European vacation tour begins before your cruise with a visit to gorgeous Lucerne, Switzerland. With services provided by Monograms®, you’ll have a Local Host® to arrange your sightseeing, free-time recommendations, and any other assistance you need during your 2-night stay in Lucerne. Enjoy a guided walking tour including the Lion Monument, Old Town, Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, Jesuit Church, and a special highlight excursion to Mount Pilatus. Your Rhine River cruise sails across Germany—with touches of Switzerland, France, and Holland along the way as you experience important and meaningful Jewish Heritage historic and cultural sites. Joining us on board is renowned author and speaker Salo Muller joining us as a special guest on the Rhine portion of our cruise. Orphaned at five years old and forced into hiding after the Nazis seized his parents, Mr. Muller shares his moving story of loss and triumph. He recounts his mother’s last words to him, which became the title of his moving Holocaust memoir, “See You Tonight and Promise to be a Good Boy!” Just hours later, his parents would be arrested and put on a train from Westerbork to Auschwitz. Learn of his experiences during the war, his life after as a young orphan, and of how he overcame immeasurable tragedy to achieve much in life, including an esteemed career as physiotherapist for Amsterdam’s Ajax soccer team. Mr. Muller will accompany you on the Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam to explore Jewish culture and heritage. Your Rhine River cruise begins in Basel, Switzerland, with stops in France, Germany, and Holland, where you’ll experience important and meaningful Jewish Heritage historic and cultural sites. Sail to Breisach, your starting point for an excursion to Black Forest. Then venture on to Strasbourg, France, to see its Gothic cathedral with stunning murals and stained glass and the old streets of the Jewish quarter. Sail to Ludwigshafen for an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, or join your Avalon Adventure Host® for a hike up Philosophers’ Way. You can choose to visit the Synagogue and the Gutenberg museum in Mainz, one of the ShUM cities, for amazing history of early pioneers of print. Sail to Rüdesheim and through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. You’ll visit Koblenz and Cologne, and arrive in Amsterdam for a private guided tour to the Anne Frank House, followed by a guided canal cruise through the colorful city and the Jewish Quarter. While sailing, join onboard lectures to learn more about the European Jewish culture, history and traditions. Your scenic river cruise on the Romantic Rhine River, and complete vacation package in Switzerland are the perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.
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Day 1 Lucerne, Switzerland:Welcome to SwitzerlandDay 2 Lucerne:Guided walking tour with the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge Day 3 Lucerne, Mount Pilatus—Basel (Embarkation):Excursion to Mount Pilatus (in case of bad weather, visit the Swiss Transport Museum instead); onboard welcome receptionDay 4 Breisach:Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische WinzerkellerDay 5 Strasbourg:Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district, the gothic cathedral or the Synagogue and the Jewish quarterDay 6 Mainz:Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in MainzDay 7 Rüdesheim—Rhine Gorge—Koblenz:Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in KoblenzDay 8 Cologne:Choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tourDay 9 Amsterdam:Private visit to Anne Frank House, canal cruise, see the Jewish quarterDay 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation):Your vacation ends this morning
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