Rhine Highlights with Switzerland12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
Zurich, Lucerne, Montreux, Basel, Strasbourg, Mannheim, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne & Amsterdam
Though an integral part of the history of the region, Switzerland has always existed slightly apart from the rest of Europe, fiercely cherishing its independence and neutrality. You'll get the opportunity to discover this beautiful land for yourself, visiting Zurich and Lucerne with Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps serving as majestic backdrops. And that's just the beginning. From Switzerland, begin your all-inclusive cruise through the heart of Germany. Take in Strasbourg, explore Heidelberg Castle, visit Koblenz and venture on to the port city of Amsterdam.
Day 1Welcome to Zurich
Start your journey with an overnight stay at the opulent Schweizerhof Hotel.Schweizerhof Hotel
Day 2Zurich - Lucerne
Repeatedly named the city with the best quality of life, Switzerland's largest city is full of treasures and you'll have the chance to discover them first-hand. After that, you'll get to explore Lucerne, overlooked by the magnificent Swiss Alp peaks of Mounts Pilatus and Rigi, before arriving at one of our majestic hotels, such as the Palace Lucerne.Palace Lucerne or similar (B)
Day 3Lucerne - Montreux
Ascend the Swiss Alps to the charming alpine village of Gstaad. This afternoon you'll get the chance to luxuriate at the Fairmont Montreux Palace, located on the shores of picturesque Lake Geneva, where you'll enjoy a two night stay.Fairmont Montreux Palace - 2 Nights (B)
EnrichFairmont Montreux Palace (B, L, D)
Today you'll board a first class carriage for a panoramic train journey to Chateau-d'Oex. At the Restaurant Le Chalet, watch the cheesemaker transform milk into hard cheese right in front of your eyes. At the end of the demonstration you'll have an opportunity to taste the freshly made cheese.
Day 5Montreux - Basel
Today leave Montreux and journey to neighboring Vevey, home to Charlie Chaplin once he'd fled the United States. Enter the world of Charlie Chaplin as you meet one of the 20th century's most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin's World Museum. From there, it's on to Basel where a warm welcome awaits you from the crew of your luxury Scenic Space-Ship. Your luxury cruise is about to begin and you'll have the chance to raise your glass to the occasion at the evening's welcome reception.Scenic Space-Ship - 7 Nights (B, D)
Freechoice: Visit Strasbourg, where you'll discover La Petite France and stroll through the Old Town, with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs. Alternatively, journey to Mittelbergheim in the Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer. Or you can opt to visit the Black Forest region, and enjoy a guided hike through its majestic vineyards.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Explore the historic university town of Heidelberg, with its fine Renaissance castle, or enjoy the Sweet Tastes of Heidelberg tour, where you'll have an opportunity to sample some of the local chocolates, bon bons and gummy bears. Alternatively, discover the unique Technik Museum in the charming riverside town of Speyer, where you'll see wondrous technological exhibits not to be found anywhere else.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Enjoy a private tour of a fine Baroque palace before experiencing a sublime classical concert. It'll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other, and a chance to create memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime.
Day 8Rudesheim - Koblenz
Arrive in charming Rudesheim and board the 'Winzerexpress' mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Then enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Marvel at the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge before arriving in lovely Koblenz.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Take advantage of a guided tour of this historic city, which straddles two of Europe's most beautiful rivers. Alternatively, discover Cochem - a true medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River. Cochem will make you feel as if you're stepping straight into a fairy tale and you'll be able to explore this charming city on a guided tour including a visit to Reichsburg Castle.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Enjoy a scenic ride on the oldest cog railway of Germany and discover splendid Drachenburg Castle, or stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Either way, it's a great day to see and discover.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Cruise through the iconic canals that have made Amsterdam world famous. Alternatively, discover charming Volendam, with its unusual raised homes and quaint wooden church before heading to the equally charming village of Edam, famous for its round cheese.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
After a hearty breakfast, you'll be transferred to Amsterdam airport for your onward or homebound flight. You'll be taking a lifetime of wonderful memories back with you.(B)