Tours

The Enchanting Rhine River Cruise with Sr. Joan Chittister

9 days
Austria, Germany & The Netherlands
Starting from $3698*

Join Sr. Joan Chittister on the 9-day Enchanting Rhine River Cruise, October 18-26, 2020. You will visit places like the Rhine River Gorge, Cologne, Germany, and Strasbourg, France. Prices for the Enchanting Rhine river cruise tour start at $3698*.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount and are per person, based on double occupancy.

 

What’s Included

  • Beverages with All Meals
  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • Deluxe Cruise Accommodations

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Oct. 18 - DEPART USA

Board your overnight flight to Switzerland.

Day 2 Oct. 19 - EMBARKATION IN BASEL, SWITZERLAND

Embark the ship. Tonight, gather on board and meet your fellow passengers. (D)

Day 3 Oct. 20 - BREISACH, GERMANY

Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions, depending on your interests. Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the scenic countryside, or go on a hike to the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Oct. 21 - STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République. Then walk through its iconic UNESCO World Heritage “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. For the active adventurer, you can take a guided bike ride through this captivating city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Oct. 22 - LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY – RÜDESHEIM

Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Oct. 23 - RÜDESHEIM – RHINE GORGE

Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of three excursions. Take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river. Afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. If you prefer a more active adventure, you can join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg or hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles to Lahnstein where you’ll enjoy a visit to Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Oct. 24 - COLOGNE

Home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, this 2,000 year-old city is also a bustling cosmopolitan hotspot. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi— are believed to rest. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten; or visit a local tavern to taste Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with apple sauce. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Oct. 25 - AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you have a choice as to how you wish to explore it. The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour beginning with a scenic canal cruise followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings. For a different view of the city, you can join the Jewish Heritage tour. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Oct. 26 - AMSTERDAM – DISEMBARKATION

Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Enhance Your Journey

SWITZERLAND OPTIONAL PRE-TOUR - $1598* $1598

Oct. 14 - DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Switzerland.
Oct. 15 -  ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Arrive in Zurich and check in to your hotel.
Oct. 16 -  ZURICH
Zurich seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which will be on full display during your city tour. (B)
Oct. 17 - ZURICH – LUCERNE
Check out of your hotel and head off on a scenic drive past Alpine lakes before reaching Vitznau. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Lucerne’s beauty and charm is unrivaled. You’ll discover this beauty on a walking tour. Afterward, you’ll check in to your hotel. (B)
Oct. 18 -  LUCERNE
The iconic Lion Monument, which you’ll visit, was sculpted in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. You’ll also visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. (B)
Oct. 19 - LUCERNE – BASEL – EMBARKATION
Check out of your hotel and head to Basel. Before boarding the ship, you’ll go on a highlights tour of the city. (B,D)

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. 
Guests taking a pre-tour may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion. 

Departure Dates

  1. October 18, 2020
    From $3698* Register Now!
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount