Discover the beauty of the Rhine with our Shore Excursion Collection

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Included Shore Excursions

Guided tour Nijmegen

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the oldest town in the Netherlands, where the narrow streets are filled with more than 2,000 years old history. Here is a medieval kaleidoscope filled with fascinating architecture, museums and modern chic boutiques and coffee shops to explore, as you will discover in the company of your expert local guide.

Highlights of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is renowned for the narrowness of its 16th and 17th-century houses, most of which are no more than nine metres wide. Cruising beneath the city’s romantic network of bridges, your guide will explain more about the history of this wonderful European city, including the unique reason for its architectural style. Our highlights tour introduces you to this pulsating city which was once the centre of Dutch trading and remains steeped in the aura of its “Golden Age.”

City tour of Antwerp

The most important harbour city in Belgium and the second largest port in Europe after Rotterdam, Antwerp is home to a rich variety of architectural highlights dating back to the 16th and 17th-centuries. During your guided tour through its medieval streets, you will visit the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, housing paintings by Rubens, the medieval Steen fortress, the museum and former guildhall of Vleeshuis and the old town square of Grote Markt, at the historic heart of the city.

 

Speyer

Discover more than 2,000 years of history in one of Germany’s oldest cities, beginning with Speyer’s most famous landmark, the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral, which is the largest and most important Romanesque church in the world. Alongside the cathedral, Speyer also offers many other attractions, including the “Judenbad” (Jewish Courtyard) and the 18th-century Trinity Church, once considered unattractive but now seen as an outstanding example of late Baroque style.

Heidelberg

Known for its picturesque streets, experience the special atmosphere of Heidelberg as well as the beauty of its Electoral Palatinate churches, historic marketplaces and the iconic old bridge. Of course, no visit to Heidelberg would be complete without a tour of its most famous landmark, the iconic ruins of the breathtaking hillside castle, which inspired so many of the greatest German poets and artists of the Romantic period

City tour/walk Rotterdam

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through one of Holland’s most impressive cities, where the narrow streets are filled with more than 2,000 years old history. Here is a medieval kaleidoscope filled with fascinating architecture, museums and modern chic boutiques and coffee shops to explore, as you will discover in the company of your expert local guide.

The Open-Air Museums of Northern Holland & Enkhuizen City Tour

Explore the Dutch province of North Holland, located on a peninsula between the North Sea and the Ijsselmeer. During this relaxing coach tour, you will visit the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans, which lovingly recreates the authentic green wooden houses and charming windmills of a 17th / 18th-century Dutch village. Then drive to the picturesque town of Edam for a chance to learn more about the production of its most famous export, Edammer cheese, followed by a tasting.

Excursion Brussels

The capital of Belgium is filled with culturally important sights, including the famous “urinating boy” fountain of Manneken Pis and the futuristic Atomium statue, which was built at the optimistic peak of the “Atomic Age” to celebrate the World Exposition of 1958. Stroll through the old town to one of the most famous and beautiful squares in the world – the “Grand Place” – which is surrounded by magnificent houses, including the Gothic Town Hall. As with many other parts of the city, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the great masterpieces of Brabantine Gothic architecture.

Strasbourg

Strasbourg, the border town along the Rhine, fought over by two German families in the Middle Ages, is today a centre for Europe with the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights all located there. Stroll with us through the historical centre, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and through the picturesque quarter where tanners once dried leather and furs in the open lofts of the well-preserved, half-timbered houses.

 

During the coach part of our tour, we will pass the Rhine Palace, the National Library and the Opera, before disembarking for a guided walk through the fascinating narrow streets of “Petit France” to experience the sociability of the Alsatian people. Admire the historic guesthouses, delicatessen shops and elegant boutiques before arriving at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame to see something special: the astronomical clock chimes on the hour, bringing different figures to life.

Koblenz & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

The former residence of the Trier Elector, Koblenz is delightfully situated right along the Moselle estuary on the Rhine. Since the 10th-century, the cityscape has been characterised by the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and the equestrian monument to Emperor Wilhelm I. Enjoy breathtaking views of the “Deutsches Eck” (German Corner) on a cable-car ride up to the fortress, followed by a guided walk through the historic city centre for the Basilica of St. Kastor, the Church of Our Lady and the famous Schängel Fountain outside the Town Hall, where a bronze statue of a cheeky boy appears to spit water at passers-by.

Cologne

During the Middle Ages Cologne became one of the most important religious and artistic centres in Europe. Its Cathedral is the tallest Gothic church in Northern Europe and houses the shrine of the Three Kings, the reason for the three crowns in the city coat of arms. Despite being heavily bombed by the Allies in World War II, miraculously much of the historic old quarter remained intact, although this was largely due to the importance of the Cathedral as a navigational landmark from the air. Experience the unique character of this highly metropolitan yet personal city, all washed down with some traditional Kölsch beer!

Basel

See all the highlights of the city on this relaxing coach ride through the medieval city gates to the 19th-century synagogue and St Paul’s Church. Then disembark for a short, guided walk to the red sandstone Minster, originally a Catholic cathedral and today a Reformed Protestant church. From here you will be able to enjoy some lovely views across Basel and the meandering Rhine, on a viewing platform known as the Palatinate.

Düsseldorf

Visit the old town and modern Media Harbour of fashionable Düsseldorf, capital of North Rhine–Westphalia, a city with a long and eventful history. Today, this Rhine metropolis is known primarily for its shopping boulevard Königsallee, but the city has plenty more to offer. Allow us to convince you of its rich cultural diversity and attractiveness on this guided walking tour.

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Guided tour of Arnhem

September 1944 is a date that looms large over Arnhem. This Dutch city was of huge strategic importance to the Allies in the months immediately following D-Day, as Operation Market Garden attempted to push the invasion forwards into the Netherlands. Success required securing a series of vital bridgeheads along the Rhine, the most infamous of which became Arnhem, known by many as “A Bridge Too Far” in reference to the tragic outcome of the battle that took place over nine gruelling days. Reconstruction of the city took until 1969 to complete, with attention being made to balancing the more historic parts of the old quarter with a newer, more modern outlook. During your guided walk you will be able to see the medieval Church of St. Eusebius, severely damaged during the Battle of Arnhem and lovingly restored to its original design.

Impressions of the River Moselle with Eltz Castle

Experience the enchanting landscapes, verdant vineyards and picturesque towns of the Moselle River, on your way to the quintessential German fairytale castle of Eltz, which has been owned by the same family since the 12th-century. A treasure-trove of delights, this enchanting castle is home to an exceptional collection of art, with over five hundred exhibits covering eight-hundred years of history on display. Please note: this visit involves a series of steps

Traben-Trarbach

On the banks of the Moselle is the picturesque twin town of Traben-Trarbach, which invites you to taste some delicious wines made in vineyards lining the Rhine’s most well-known tributary. From Classical to Art Nouveau buildings, a rich variety of architectural marvels gives this city a unique flair, as you will discover on our guided walk through its quaint streets.

Mainz City Tour

The capital of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz was established in 742 and is one of Germany’s oldest cities. Famously the home of the pioneering genius Johannes Gutenberg, this is the place where he invented the world’s first movable-type printing system in the 15th-century. Mainz’s market fountain dates from 1526 is considered one of the most significant Renaissance fountains in the country, while the Romanesque Cathedral and Square, the Town Hall, the medieval city wall and the historic old quarter also stand as testament to the venerable traditions of this wonderful Rhine city.

“Bertha Benz” Themed Excursion

When Bertha Benz set off from Mannheim to Pforzheim in 1888 driving the brand-new Benz Patent-Motorwagen, she was writing her name into automotive history. Her first successful overland trip by car laid the foundations for a new era of travel and with it, the economic success of the Benz company. Find out more about the intriguing story of Bertha and her husband, Carl Benz, who lived in Mannheim for many years and brought the city worldwide fame.

Day trip Keukenhof

The Keukenhof is the largest sculpture park in Holland, but is, of course, even more famous as the largest flower garden in the world. It was here that the former Countess, Jacoba of Bavaria, grew her kitchen herbs (kitchen garden = Keukenhof) and where today daffodils, hyacinths, crown imperials and tulips display a frenzy of colours and scents. Every spring, the Keukenhof becomes a feast for the eyes and this guided walk will provide you with a magnificent display of colour and scent, set against a wonderful background of modern and traditional garden architecture.

Heuriger excursion to a Viennese wine tavern

Enjoy a wonderful evening with music and wine at a typical Heuriger, or wine bar, which is both the name for these quaint Austrian taverns as well as the young wine itself. The price of this excursion already includes one drink, but of course there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy another glass or two of some local varieties should you desire. The best thing about a Heuriger, besides the wine, is the traditional Viennese atmosphere, just remember to say Prost!

Alsace

The picture-perfect landscapes, half-timbered houses, colourful flowerpots, welcoming wine taverns and quaint atmosphere of Alsace make it so much more than a land steeped in contested French-German history. Join us on a tour through heavily fortified medieval cities and beautiful Alsatian towns as we discover more about this often-misunderstood region.

Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet

Admire the most unique musical inventions of the past over a glass of wine in “Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet,” suitably located inside an authentic Baroque 15th-century manor house. This eccentric museum is home to one of the largest collections of self-playing musical instruments in the world, around three hundred and fifty pieces in all. Enjoy a glass of Rüdesheim wine and let the instruments entertain as you learn more about the history of the orchestra as well as the Brömser Hof house itself.

“Cinematic Tour” of Wiesbaden

Did you know that legendary German movie stars such as Romy Schneider, Curd Jürgens and Hans Albers were all making films in Wiesbaden as early as the 1950s? During a tour through “Little Hollywood” you will be shown around locations used by the hugely popular, contemporary German crime series “Der Staatsanwalt” while also learning more about the cinematic history of the city.

Bonn

Join us on a tour of this lively metropolis on the Rhine, as we travel back in time through 2,000 years of history in one of Germany’s oldest cities. Before reunification this was the capital of West Germany and it remains the second seat of the President, the Chancellor, and the Bundesrat after Berlin. In 2020, Bonn celebrated the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born here in 1770. There can be little doubt the great composer’s legacy will endure for centuries more to come and there is no better place to follow in his footsteps than Bonn.

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