Rhine Getaway Singles River Cruise
Switzerland - Germany - France - Netherlands
October 28 - November 4, 2017
Join Best Single Travel and explore the Black Forest, discover the rich culinary traditions of Alsace and view Germany’s best preserved medieval castle as we slowly cruise the Rhine River. Fairy-tale castles, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery—little wonder that the Rhine is one of Europe’s best-loved rivers. From Basel and Cologne to Amsterdam, our 8-day river cruse reveals a wonderland of beauty and culture.
What's Included On Your Rhine Getaway River Cruise
|* 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom||
* Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
|* 6 guided tours with audio headset||
* All taxes and port charges
|* Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties||* Classical music performances; create your own Alsatian
Flammkuchen; watch a traditional glassblower; lectures
on German affairs & origins of Rhine River cruising
|* Welcome Cocktail Reception|
|* Complimentary wine, beer, soda with onboard dinner & lunch||* Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary|
|Plus Round-Trip Airfare Only - $399*
From Most Airports
Rhine Getaway River Singles Cruise Itinerary
Cruise Day 1: Basel, Switzerland (Saturday: October 28, 2017 / Boarding)
Welcome to Basel, located on the Rhine River in the northwest of Switzerland. Its medieval old town centers around Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Its 12th-century Gothic cathedral has city views, and contains the tomb of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus. The city’s university houses some of Erasmus’ works.
Transfer from the airport on your own or with the pre-cruise group from Zurich to our ship, the Viking Longship Tialfi. After leaving our luggage on the ship, we will have lunch (not included) in Basel. After lunch we will have a private guided walking tour of the old town of Basel. Then it is time to borad our ship and relax. Dinner is served aboard.
Cruise Day 2: Breisach, Germany (Sunday: October 29, 2017)
Arrive in Breisach this morning, gateway to the Black Forest. From the cobbled streets lined with pastel-painted houses you’d never guess that 85% of the town was flattened in WWII, so successful has been the reconstruction. Vauban’s star-shaped French fortress-town of Neuf-Brisach, which made the Unesco World Heritage list in 2008, sits 4km west of Breisach.
Today we take a scenic excursion through the area’s renowned mountain landscape, rolling meadows and dense forests. Once there, we will visit a local workshop and see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration. Some of the most intricate bird-calling clocks are carved in Germany’s Black Forest. After our return to Breisach enjoy free time or choose an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar. Dine aboard and cruise on through the night.
Cruise Day 3: Strasbourg, France (Monday: October 30, 2017)
Strasbourg is the capital city of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region in northeastern France. It's also the formal seat of the European Parliament and sits near the German border, with culture and architecture blending German and French influences. Its Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame features daily shows from its astronomical clock and sweeping views of the Rhine River from partway up its 465ft spire.
We dock in Kehl, Germany this morning and disembark for our guided tour of Strasbourg. We will see the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city’s famed cathedral. Free time allows us to further explore this Alsatian city’s blend of French and German cultures, resplendent churches, medieval covered bridges, verdant parks and handsome Art Nouveau and modernist architecture. Return to your ship for dinner and departure.
Cruise Day 4: Heidelberg, Germany Tuesday: October 31, 2017)
Heidelberg is a town on the Neckar River in southwestern Germany, known for Heidelberg University, founded in the 14th century, Gothic church towers over the cafe-lined Marktplatz and a town square in the Altstadt (Old Town). The red-sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle stands on Königstuhl hill.
Wake up in Mannheim, Germany and disembark for our tour of Heidelberg to see Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Then we visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle and take in the scenery of the Neckar River Valley and the city’s many red rooftops from this hilltop post. Afterward, we set on a walking tour through Old Town to Heidelberg’s renowned gates. Then we return to the Tialfi for afternoon of cruising.
We arrive in Rüdesheim Germany, known for winemaking, especially of Riesling wines. in the early evening. Before and after dinner, we will spend some time this evening in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse, a lane lined with shops, taverns and restaurants. We remain docked overnight.
Cruise Day 5: Koblenz, Germany (Wednesday: November 1, 2017)
This morning, sail along the most scenic stretch of the Rhine, where castles overlook the river from their hilltop posts. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this part of the Middle Rhine Valley is so beautiful. Koblenz is an ancient city in central Germany, and a gateway to the terraced vineyards and ruined castles of the Rhine Gorge. In the center, a monumental statue of William the Great marks the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. A cable car connects to the hilltop Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which hosts museums and cultural events. South along the river is the neo-Gothic Stolzenfels Castle with its gardens.
Arrive in Koblenz this afternoon and disembark for a tour of the 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and its museum. Return to your ship for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy some time in this charming town for shopping and self exploration.
Cruise Day 6: Cologne, Germany (Thursday: November 2, 2017)
Cologne is a 2,000-year-old city in western Germany and offers seemingly endless attractions, including its famous cathedral whose filigree twin spires dominate the skyline. The city’s museum landscape is especially strong when it comes to art; but also has something in store for fans of chocolate, sports and even Roman history.
Our morning continues along the Rhine; arriving in Cologne. We disembark to begin our guided walking tour. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church, and spend some time inside Cologne’s Dom, a remarkable Gothic cathedral whose construction began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880. After our tour we get to explore the dockside taverns, cafés and shops on our own. Let's visit the the House of Fragrance in Cologne’s Glockengasse, which has stood for the 4711 brand, and is an exhibition site. The 4711 brand is named after the street number of where the original Eau de Cologne was invented.
Dinner is served aboard and we remain docked until late evening.
Cruise Day 7: Kinderdijk, The Netherlands (Friday: November 3, 2017)
Enjoy the scenic views as we sail along the Rhine during the morning hours or spend your time participating in popular Dutch activities like cheeses and jenever (a distilled juniper liquor) tasting and try out sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). After lunch, our ship arrives in Kinderdijk, The most important aspect of UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk is undoubtedly the unique collection of 19 authentic windmills, built in the mid-18th century, these windmills are the largest concentration in the Netherlands. This afternoon we learn why the windmills were built, see how they work plus we enter a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Then we board our ship for departure and dinner. We arrive in Amsterdam after midnight.
Cruise Day 8: Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Saturday: November 4 / Disembark)
After breakfast, your singles river cruise ends, disembark and proceed to the airport on your own or extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Amsterdam. Take time to explore the city’s neighborhoods, museums and exciting nightlife.
Viking Longship Tialfi Ship Features
|* 95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms)||* Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, and walking track|
|* Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining||* Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views|
|* Library corner and onboard boutique||* The Lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors|
|* Laundry service||* 40" flat-panel Sony TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more
|* Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride|
|Rhine River Cruise Pricing|
Half-height picture window.
Stateroom size: 150 sq. ft.
French Balcony Cabin
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to create a French balcony.
Stateroom size: 135 sq. ft
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to a full-size veranda.
Stateroom size: 205 sq. ft
|I will share a cabin with a friend or use the Free Roommate Match Program (2 Beds in the Room)|
|Deposit||Full Payment - Standard||Deposit||Full Payment - French||Deposit||Full Payment - Veranda|
|$500||$2,899 $2,599||$500||$3,699 $2,999||$500||$4,099 $3,199|
|I will be booking My Own Cabin|
|Deposit||Full Payment - Standard||Deposit||Full Payment - French||Deposit||Full Payment - Veranda|
|$500||$5,798 $4,998||$500||$7398 $5798||$500||$8,198 $6,198|
|All prices are per person and reflect our Special Cruise Fare. Strikeout fares reflect the Standard Cruise Fare.
Amounts are in US Dollars and Includes Shore Excursions and All Taxes and Surcharges
Please Note **Deposits - River Cruises require full payment on the last day of the same month as you deposit.
*All prices are subject to availability and may be increased or withdrawn by the cruise line as the ship fills. Book now to avoid disappointment!
**Free Roommate Matching**
Best Single Travel provides roommate matching on all our vacations as a courtesy to our clients who confirm their reservations at least 90 days before departure. If you request a match within 90 days of your sail date, we cannot guarantee you a roommate.
Zurich Pre-Night Package
October 26 - October 28, 2017
$399 for Share / $649 for Single
2 Nights Mövenpick Hotel Zürich Airport with breakfast - Walking Tour Zurich - Local Trains - Transfer from airport and to River Cruise
November 4 - 5, 2017
$259 for Share / $449 for Single
1 Night Ibis Amsterdam Centre Hotel with breakfast - Transfer to hotel - Amsterdam Walking Tour
(roommate matching on pre/post-nights not guaranteed but we will try)
|Rhine Getaway Singles River Cruise
Special Prices Are Not Guaranteed so Book Early
River Cruises Sell Out Quickly - Only 95 Cabins
CHOICE OFFER: Your choice of 1) A complimentary Silver Spirits Package; or 2) $400 per stateroom Shipboard Credit; or 3) Risk-free cancellation in form of a Future Cruise Voucher. All cancellations made to bookings placed within the aforementioned time period are risk-free of any penalty and can be claimed up to day of departure in the form of a Future Cruise Voucher (FCV) that must be used on a sailing prior to December 31, 2018. Cancellations must be in writing. Passengers would not be eligible for a refund from both their insurance provider and Viking Cruises. Must mention offer code CHOICE. Combinable with 2017 River cruise and air savings. Offer expires October 31, 2016. - If booking a shared room, first person booked into the share choices the perk.