Castles on the Rhine River Cruise

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Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

14 Days
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Rhine River Cruise Details

Take a relaxing trip down the stunning Rhine on this river cruise through Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Fall in love with the breathtaking scenery, the delightful villages, the fairytale castles, the incredible history, the charming culture, and the delicious food you’ll experience on the way.

Tour Includes

3 Countries
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Munich
  • Nuremberg
  • Heidelberg
  • Frankfurt
  • Cologne
  • Enkhuizen
  • Amsterdam
  • Rotterdam
  • Ghent
  • Antwerp
  • Nijmegen
  • Düsseldorf
Cruise Accommodations
  • 7 Nights
  • River cruise aboard A-ROSA's Aqua
Hotel Accommodations
  • 5 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • All meals onboard ship
  • Daily Breakfasts and 2 Dinners on land portion
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your  tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

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Tour Highlights

  • Experience the German resort area of Königswinter
  • Explore the Belgian city of Antwerp, one of the epicenters of the world’s diamond industry
  • Enjoy guided city tours of Munich, Nuremberg, Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Cologne, and finally Düsseldorf

Onboard Credit, Premium Beverage and Onboard Discount Set Sail Offers

*All Set Sail offers are available for all cabin types. €100 per couple Free Onboard Credit for all cabins. Onboard discount valid on all spa treatments. Premium Beverage Package value at €598 per couple. Web prices reflect Instant Rebate pricing. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Offer may be cancelled at any time. Click here to view additional offer details.

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Castles on the Rhine River Cruise

Tours Starts: Munich, Germany

Tours Ends: Dusseldorf, Germany

Days 1 & 2

Overnight flight from US to Munich

Welcome to Germany, where your journey begins! If you purchased airline tickets through YMT Vacations, a representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. The evening is yours to enjoy until guests are invited to sit down for a dinner at the hotel. Get acquainted with your traveling companions and learn about the exciting days ahead. (D, B)

Grand Hotel Palladium or similar

Day 3

Munich to Nuremberg

Start the day with a city tour of Munich, known for its hearty German cuisine, beer and the original Oktoberfest. It also has a vibrant art scene and beautifully preserved architecture. Next, take a tour of Nuremberg, a place that Martin Luther once claimed, “shines throughout Germany like a sun among the moon and stars.” Once the preferred seat of German kings, and a major city for the Roman Empire, Nuremberg is full of history—which you can taste for yourself by sampling its 600-year old recipe for Nuremberg Lebkuchen, the local version of gingerbread. (B)

Bomonti Hotel Nürnberg-West or similar

Day 4

Heidelberg to Frankfurt

En route to Frankfurt, stop in enchanting Heidelberg for a city tour and lunch on your own. Home to a beautiful baroque old town, Germany's oldest university, and the stunning Heidelberg Castle, it is one of Germany’s most popular tourist destinations. (B)

Intercity Franfurt Airport or similar

Day 5

Frankfurt to Bonn

Enjoy a morning tour of Frankfurt, where you see the Römer, a medieval building that has served as Frankfurt’s city hall for over 600 years; Frankfurt Cathedral, a glorious example of Gothic Roman Catholic architecture, and St. Paul's Church, where President Kennedy made a stirring speech in 1963. (B)

Hilton Bonn or similar


Enjoy a self-guided tour of Beethoven Museum and then a short walk to a restaurant to enjoy an authentic German dinner. $85 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking. Requires a moderate 5 minute walk to the restaurant.

Day 6

Embarkation in Cologne (Departs at 5:00 PM)

Take a morning trip to Königswinter, a nearby mountain resort area. It’s the perfect place to take a stroll, or enjoy an optional funicular ride to Schloss Drachenburg, a private villa built in the late 1800s and styled to look like a palace. Embark on the Arosa Aqua this evening. (B)

Day 7

Enkhuizen, Netherlands (2:00 PM – 11:00 PM)

The Ijsselmeer is an inland lake that was created by diking the Wadden Sea and the Zuiderzee bay, where you’ll find the lovely little town of Enkhuizen. Enkhuizen was once a significant outpost for the Dutch East India Company, who built it up beautifully during the 17th century.There is still ample evidence of the town’s historic legacy in its architecture and port.

Day 8

Zaanstad and Amsterdam, Netherlands (6:00 AM – Noon) (1:00 PM – 11:00PM)

Today, after a brief stop in the historic shipbuilding city of Zaanstad, we continue to the magical city of Amsterdam. Discover the charm of the renowned Amsterdam canals, which provide an ideal vantage point to see the city's wonderful architecture. The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is widely considered to be one of Europe’s most sophisticated cities.

Day 9

Rotterdam, Netherlands (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

After sustaining heavy damage in WWII, Rotterdam opted to reimagine rather than simply rebuild its destroyed structures. The result is an architecturally extraordinary city, with nearly 80 years’ worth of projects that set it apart and make it one of the best places in the world to see interesting and impressive modern buildings.

Day 10

Ghent, Belgium (7:00 AM – 6:30 PM)

A delightful Flemish city, Ghent is home to more than 100 churches and over 400 historic buildings. The most famous is the moated Castle of the Counts, known locally as Gravensteen. Go to the top of the 12th century castle for some of the best views in Ghent, while the interior houses a museum that gives visitors incredible insight into the daily struggles of medieval life.

Day 11

Antwerp, Belgium (3:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

Rich in art and culture, Antwerp is also known as the “Diamond City” due to its role in the global diamond trade. Its diamond district covers a full mile, and is where approximately 84% of the world’s rough diamonds are cut. Antwerp is nearly as good at food as precious gems. The city is particularly enjoyable for foodies thanks to the many Belgian specialties on offer – including waffles, chocolates, and the legendary Belgian fries—be sure to try a wide variety of dips.

Day 12

Nijmegen, Netherlands (7:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

One of Europe’s oldest cities, ancient Nijmegen celebrated its 2,000th birthday in 2005. Visitors will encounter far more than just ancient history on today’s port stop. The shopping is excellent, there is a large selection of outdoor cafes to enjoy in one of the country’s warmest cities, and the views of the Rhine are breathtaking.

Day 13

Düsseldorf, Germany (Disembark at 6:00 AM)

After disembarking this morning, your day continues with a city tour of Cologne, one of Germany’s most important metropolitan regions. You'll learn about how this former Roman province and influential medieval and Renaissance era trade base was nearly wiped out during WWII. Virtually all of Cologne’s buildings were built after the war, and the landscape is characterized by simple post-war buildings, with just a few pre-war buildings that were either rebuilt or untouched during Allied air raids. Don’t miss the spired Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, which was rebuilt after the war and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Germany’s most visited landmark. Continue to Düsseldorf, a riverfront village that over the past century has transformed into one of Germany’s most sophisticated cities. It is the heart of the country’s media and fashion industries, and you will see many sharply dressed locals both on your city tour and later at your farewell dinner feast. (D)

Wyndham Garden Duesseldorf City or similar

Day 14

Depart for Home (B)

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Double Port Hole

156 sq. ft. outside stateroom on the lower deck with two large portholes (cannot be opened), European double bed (2 separate mattresses at 38x75 inches each) sitting area, desk space, flatscreen TV, Bathroom with standup shower and vanity

French Balcony Middle

156 sq. ft. outside stateroom on the middle deck with French Balcony, European double bed (2 separate mattresses at 38x75 inches each) sitting area, desk space, flatscreen TV, Bathroom with standup shower and vanity

French Balcony Upper

156 sq. ft. outside stateroom on the upper deck with French Balcony, European double bed (2 separate mattresses at 38x75 inches each) sitting area, desk space, flatscreen TV, Bathroom with standup shower and vanity.

A-ROSA Aqua Deck Plans

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