Viking Rhine River Cruise

I have never been on a cruise. So this is going to be pretty exciting and different for me. I received my itinerary in the mail the other day. So, rather than me retell what I am going to do on my trip to Europe, I thought I would blog it here.

Pre-Trip Excursion

DAY 1 ZURICH & LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND

Go to bank, make deposits/withdraw in safety deposit box(es).

DAY 2 LUCERNE

Walking tour of Old Town Lucerne.

DAY 3 BASEL

Explore and shop in old town Basel.

Rhine Getaway

DAY 1 BASEL, SWITZERLAND

Ship remains docked while you may explore the town of Basel. See your program director for specific activities. Cathedral, Munster or Kunstmuseum. Dinner abroad the ship.

DAY 2 BREISACH & BLACK FOREST

This dense forest region is famous for its traditional cuckoo clocks, cherry schnapps and is the setting for numerous legends and fairy tales. I wonder if it is close to the one that is in the Harry Potters?

DAY 3 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Dock in the German town of Hehl, and disembark for a tour of Strasbourg, a lovely multicultural city.

DAY 4 HEIDELBERG, & RUDESHEIM, GERMANY

Tour the majestic Heidelberg castle. Evening tour (optional), mini train ride to Rudesheim into town.

DAY 5 BRAUBACH & KOBLENZ

Scenic cruising and Markburg Castle Excursion. Ship sets sail in the morning for Braubach.

Koblenz, a 2000 year old city is located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers and is a charming town with a nice riverside promenade. Walking tour along riverside park.

DAY 6 COLOGNE

Walking tour of the old city. The cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, largely escaped WWII damage that ravaged the city.

DAY 7 KINDERDIJK, THE NETHERLANDS

Scenic cruising through Hollands waterways where rivers become bays and inland seas.

Kinderdijk Windmill visit.

DAY 8 Depart after breakfast and proceed to airport for return flight.

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There was a lot more in the brochure but I didn’t feel like typing the whole thing out. This just sort of gives you an idea of what the trip is going to be like.