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Day Description
April 14, 2020 — Basel, Switzerland
Welcome to Switzerland! At approximately 4 pm, board your river cruise vessel and meet your Olivia staff and ship’s crew at a welcome reception with dinner.After dinner, enjoy an onboard woodcarving demonstration. (Note, guests must be on board by 5 pm).
April 15, 2020 — Breisach Excursion to Black Forest
Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests were so dense that local residents described them as black. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake and cuckoo clocks. You may opt for an included visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago.
April 16, 2020 — Strasbourg, France
Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. On your guided sightseeing tour, visit the monumental red-sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timber houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion into Alsace wine country is available today. After dinner, enjoy an onboard woodcarving demonstration. Included canal cruise and walking tour of Le Petit France district.
April 17, 2020 — Ludwigshafen and Mainz, Germany - Excursion to Heidelberg
Today you’ll travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a Local Guide, visit the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! Ask us about the most delicious hot chocolate at the Illes Café! Alternatively enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon and enjoy our included tour. A Mainz walking tour is available for those planning to sail instead of the included visit to Heidelberg. Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with “civilized” origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. Join your Local Guide for a guided walk through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here—and you’ll visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. For out active guests, join our Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below. Included excursion to Heidelberg, active hike or included walking tour of Mainz.
April 18, 2020 — Koblenz / Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim, Germany
Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. The dramatic Rhine Gorge is the most beautiful stretch of river. Pass the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where sweet songs of local beauties lured enchanted sailors to their doom. Here, join a local guide for a walking tour of the city that reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walks, towers, squares, and monuments. In Rüdesheim, quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Museum is a real surprise! Enjoy the special “Rudensheim coffee” or wine tasting, then explore the Drosselgasse and pick up some souvenirs. For our active guests, join our Adventure Host for a guided hike through the vineyards, and enjoy a cable car ride back down. Included museum and walking tour or hike.
April 19, 2020 — Cologne, Germany
Today enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising before reaching gay-friendly Cologne in the afternoon. Cologne is one of Germany’s largest cities, with a river skyline dominated by the soaring twin spires of its magnificent gothic cathedral. In 2010, it was the site of the Gay Games. The Germano-Roman Museum located next to the cathedral is a must for history buffs! Try a Kölsch in one of the many beer taverns or shop for a bottle of “4711,” the original eau de cologne. Choose between an included Guided City Walk or Jewish Heritage Walk.
April 20, 2020 — Amsterdam, Holland
There is no better way to see the city than by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten-lined canals with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time in the afternoon to explore on your own or enjoy an optional tour. Overnight in Amsterdam. Included canal boat tour.
April 21, 2020 — Amsterdam, Holland
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Departure flights can leave Amsterdam Airport at any time. The ship can assist in arranging you cab to the airport or continue with us on our post trip in Amsterdam!
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