Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge on the Rhine River

Rhine River Cruise

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 and 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.

Hosted By: Bridget Fargen

10/11 News Anchor

KOLN/KGIN TV

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Tour Highlights
  • All airfare
  • Guaranteed prices & low deposit
  • All cruise port charges, government fees, taxes and fuel surcharges (minimum value of $165 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Baggage handling at hotels & aboard ship
  • Hotel and cruise ship transfers
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour
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Day 1 : Overnight Flight to Europe

Our journey begins with a pleasant overnight flight to Amsterdam.

Day 2 : Arrive in 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 demonstrate the villages that once dotted the land. Visit the museum, wander the village, explore the working mills, and watch artisans make cheese, clogs, and other traditional crafts. Enjoy getting to know your fellow travelers at a Holiday Vacations Welcome dinner. Our accommodations for the evening are at a charming four-star hotel just outside of Amsterdam.

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Day 3 : Amsterdam Sights

After breakfast, visit the Anne Frank House and see what inspired her to write World War II’s most famous autobiography. Enjoy a fragrant lunch while exploring the Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam’s floating flower market area. Later, we depart for a guided tour of the country’s largest museum, The Rijksmuseum. Stroll the halls packed with 16th and 17th century art including works by Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt. Browse the magnificent flea market at Waterloo Square, also famous for its Portuguese Synagogue and The Rembrandt House. Later, board the luxurious Amadeus Silver III. Once settled in, enjoy a reception and wonderful dinner onboard the ship.

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Day 4 : City Tour, Canal Trip, Hoorn

This morning, enjoy a beautiful guided tour of Amsterdam. Afterwards, take an excursion to the Hoorn area which includes time in charming Volendam, an area known for its vintage fishing boats. Rejoin the Amadeus Silver III and cruise along IJsselmeer Bay, a large freshwater reservoir used for area agriculture and drinking water.

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Day 5 : Cologne

Today’s port of call is 2,000-year-old Cologne. This cultural hub is a landmark of High Gothic architecture, starting with the extraordinary cathedral, whose twin spires dominate the skyline. After the bombing of Cologne during World War II, the city was rebuilt and has become a major area boasting numerous museums and art galleries.

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Day 6 : Moselle River & Cochem

Cruise the Moselle River on an excursion to visit one of Germany's most beautiful river valleys. View vineyards covering the rolling hillsides, castles and ruins dotting the hilltops above villages, and towns 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'll sample opulent regional wines and experience the area's gracious hospitality.

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Day 7 : Koblenz

In the morning visit Koblenz, one of the oldest and diverse cities in Germany and located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Architecture of churches, castles and palaces tell of times gone by as we explore the area. Later in the day, head to the top deck as our vessel cruises the scenic Middle Rhine through Rhine Gorge, to Rudesheim. Located in the heart of the Reingau wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rudesheim is especially known for its superior Rieslings. Ride a mini train to the Siegfried Mechanical Musical Cabinet for a musical adventure with historical self-playing instruments. We'll also explore the heart of the old town on a guided walking tour.

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Day 8 : Heidelberg

We'll dock in Mannheim this morning and take a short drive to Heidelberg, 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 half-ruined castle. Later, the ship departs for the handsome town of Speyer. The Speyer Cathedral dominates this city’s setting with its grand structure and beauty. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Gala dinner.

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Day 9 : Strasbourg

Located on the French 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. Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Île is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We return to the ship for lunch. Then, relax on the Sun Deck or pamper yourself to a massage while the Amadeus Silver III sails to Basel.

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Day 10 : Disembark for Lucerne

day 12 has breakfast, but it is a surprise

This morning we'll disembark the ship in Basal for a short drive to Lucerne. Delight in traditional Swiss music and entertainment at the Stadtkeller Folklore Restaurant. Afterwards, enjoy a guided walking tour of this gorgeous city known for its covered bridges and frescoes. After checking into the hotel for a two-night stay, the afternoon and evening are free to explore this delightful town.

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Day 11 : Mount Rigi

Today experience Mount Rigi! We'll glide across cobalt-blue Lake Lucerne on a boat cruise to Vitznau. There we'll disembark and board a special cogwheel train needed to transport us up the mountain. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Swiss Mittelland greet us when reaching Rigi Kulm, the highest point. After ascending the mountain, 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. Later we explore the Swiss Museum of Transport. This evening, enjoy an included Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.

Depart from pier No.1 at the boat station.

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Day 12 : Fly Home

We fly home with treasured memories of our Rhine River cruise experience.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • Guaranteed prices & low deposit
  • All cruise port charges, government fees, taxes and fuel surcharges (minimum value of $165 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Baggage handling at hotels & aboard ship
  • Hotel and cruise ship transfers
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour

Attractions & Highlights

  • Zaanse Schans
  • Anne Frank Museum
  • Rijksmuseum
  • City tour of Amsterdam
  • Ijsselmeer cruise
  • Cologne
  • Cochem
  • Koblenz
  • Rudesheim and Music Museum
  • Heidelberg walking tour
  • Speyer
  • Lucerne
  • Mount Rigi
  • Mount Rigi cog railway
  • Swiss Museum of Transport

25 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Welcome Dinner at Bar and Kitchen Zocher
  • Folklore lunch at Stadtkeller

Tour Dates & Pricing

August 18th, 2019 - August 29th, 2019

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double Haydn Staterm

$5799

Double Mozart Staterm

$6999

Double Mozart Suite

$7899

Double Strauss Staterm Fwd

$6699

Single Haydn Staterm

$7199

Single Mozart Staterm

$9099

Single Mozart Suite

$10699

Single Strauss Staterm Fwd

$8499

Final Payment Date: 05/15/2019

Tour Map for Rhine River Cruise

Departure Cities

KOLN/KGIN TV Pickup Locations:

Aurora, NE - Ken's Budget Host Motel

Grand Island, NE - Quality Inn & Conf Center

Omaha, NE - Eppley Airfield

Lincoln, NE - Country Inn & Suites

York, NE - York Hotel & Conference Center

Bridget Fargen

Bridget is an Emmy Award winning anchor for 10/11 NOW who you can watch on the 5, 6 and 10 pm newscasts. She joined the news team in 2010 as a video journalist and has worked in several different positions before becoming the weekday evening anchor.

Whether she’s behind the anchor desk, reporting, emceeing events or volunteering in the community, she enjoys telling stories that matter most to people in Nebraska.

Before arriving in Lincoln, Bridget worked as the Weekend Anchor and Reporter at WJFW in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. She grew up in Madison, WI and loves the Badgers and Brewers. Although now that she calls Lincoln home, she adopted the Huskers as her “other” red and white team! Bridget is married to former 10/11 Meteorologist Tony DeGrand.

Join Bridget and other 10/11 News viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.