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Hosted By: Don Shelby
Former WCCO TV Anchor
Explore the Rhine River, one of the most spellbinding river systems in Europe, from our luxurious Amadeus Cruises ship. We begin our getaway in Amsterdam and visit the Zaanse Schans open-air museum as well as the Rijksmuseum, Holland’s largest art museum. Next we board our ship for a seven-night cruise along the Rhine River with eight ports of call in Germany, France, and Switzerland. All meals are included aboard ship! After our cruise, tour the medieval city of Lucerne, take a cog railway to the top of Mount Rigi, and enjoy a celebratory Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner before we return home.
September 18th, 2023 - September 29th, 2023
Price Per Person
Double Haydn Staterm
Double Strauss Staterm Fwd
Double Mozart Staterm
Double Mozart Suite
Single Haydn Staterm
Single Strauss Staterm Fwd
Single Mozart Staterm
Single Mozart Suite
Final Payment Date: 06/15/2023
Day 1 : Overnight Flight to Europe
Our journey begins with an overnight flight to Amsterdam.
Day 2 : Amsterdam
We arrive in Amsterdam and meet our European guide and driver. Step back in time at Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum that brings Dutch heritage to life. Traditional buildings and restored windmills are reminiscent of the villages that once dotted the land.
Day 3 : Rijksmuseum
Begin the day with a guided walking tour of Amsterdam. Visit the country’s largest museum, The Rijksmuseum. Stroll the halls filled with 16th and 17th-century art including works by Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt. Explore Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam’s one-of-a-kind floating flower market. View the city of canals from the water aboard a narrated canal boat ride as Amsterdam is best seen from the water. Later, we board the luxurious Amadeus Cara. Once settled, enjoy a wonderful reception and dinner onboard the ship.
Day 4 : Volendam, Edam
We drive through the Dutch Polder landscape to the old fishing village of Volendam. Stroll through the old village and see people still dressed in traditional costumes. En route to the ship, we visit the quaint village of Edam, famous for its cheese. We see the cheese weighing house and the Dam with its 18th-century town hall.
Day 5 : Cologne
Today’s port of call is 2,000-year-old Cologne. This cultural hub is a landmark of High Gothic architecture, beginning with the extraordinary cathedral, its twin spires dominating the skyline. After the bombing of Cologne during World War II, the city was rebuilt and has become a major area boasting multiple museums and art galleries. While in Cologne, enjoy a walking tour and taste of the famous beer called Kölsch.
Day 6 : Moselle River & Cochem
Cruise the Moselle River to visit one of Germany’s most beautiful river valleys. View vineyards covering the rolling hillsides and castles dotting the hilltops along the river banks. Explore the charming town of Cochem, noted for its traditional half-timbered houses and medieval castle rebuilt in a fairytale style. As we stroll through the old town we stop to sample regional wines and experience the area’s gracious hospitality.
Day 7 : Middle Rhine
In the morning, enjoy a walking tour of Koblenz, one of the oldest and most diverse cities in Germany, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. The architecture of churches, castles and palaces tell stories of times-gone-by as we explore the area. Later in the day we head to the top deck as we cruise the scenic Middle Rhine through the Rhine Gorge. As the Rhine carves its way through steep hills there is always at least one castle in sight. Watch for The Lorelei in the narrowest gorge on the Rhine. Our port of call, Rudesheim, is located in the heart of the Rheingau wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known especially for its Rieslings. Here we have a walking tour including a stop at the music museum which features one of Europe’s biggest collections of mechanical musical instruments.
Day 8 : Heidelberg
We dock in Mannheim this morning and take a short drive to Heidelberg, for a walking tour of Germany’s oldest and most famous university town. Heidelberg is also known for its Baroque old town narrow streets, picturesque red roof tiled houses, beautiful 18th-century bridge, and breathtaking red-sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Later, the ship departs for the handsome town of Speyer. On a walking tour, discover the Speyer Cathedral as it dominates the city’s setting with its grand structure and beauty. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Gala dinner.
Day 9 : Strasbourg
Located on France’s border with Germany, Strasbourg is a gorgeous city rich in architectural and historical heritage for visitors to admire. It is also the home of the European Parliament. While on a walking tour of the city, discover the Grande Île, Strasbourg’s historic city center, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a canal boat ride that showcases the charming houses with colored, half-timbered walls and narrow alleyways. Later, relax on the ship’s Sun Deck or pamper yourself with a massage while we sail to Basel.
Day 10 : Disembark for Lucerne
This morning we disembark the ship in Basel for a short drive to Lucerne. Enjoy an included lunch with music and a folklore show at the cozy country Stadtkeller restaurant. Embark on a walking tour of this gorgeous city known for its covered wooden foot bridge decorated with interior paintings. After checking in to the hotel for a two-night stay, the afternoon and evening are free to explore this delightful town.
Day 11 : Mount Rigi
Today experience Mount Rigi! First glide across vividly blue Lake Lucerne on a cruise to Vitznau. Here we disembark and board a special cogwheel train to transport us up the mountain. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Swiss Mittelland greet us when reaching Rigi Kulm, the highest point. We descend the mountain by aerial cable car to return to Lucerne and explore the Swiss Chocolate Adventure. This multimedia journey introduces us to the origin, manufacturing, and transport of our favorite Swiss confection. This evening, enjoy an included Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 12 : Fly Home
Don Shelby is a journalist and writer who worked for WCCO-TV as a reporter and anchor for more than thirty years. His investigative journalism earned two George Foster Peabody awards and three National Emmy Awards.
Don was voted Best TV newscaster in the City Pages in 2005 and 2007, and awarded the coveted Josten’s Mr. Basketball ring, an honor rarely given to an adult.
Don was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in October 2007. He is also the author of “The Season Never Ends: Wins, Losses, and the Wisdom of the Court.”
In retirement, Don works for Twin Cities Public Television, appearing as Mark Twain in a one-man show with the chorale ensemble VocalEssence. He led the team that raised $24.5 million as the capital campaign chair for the Washburn Center for Children.
Join Don and Barbara on this exciting trip!
Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.