Romantic Rhine & Jewish Heritage
Take an exciting journey to explore the legendary Rhine River and its Jewish culture and heritage. You’ll travel across Germany—with touches of Holland, France, and Switzerland along the way as you experience important and meaningful Jewish Heritage historic and cultural sites.This magnificent European river cruise with notable Jewish historical locations begins Amsterdam, Holland. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes of the city’s “Golden Age”—ending in the Jewish quarter. There, you may visit the marvelous Portuguese Synagogue. You’ll also have the possibility to join a guided tour to the Anne Frank house. Visit Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture twin-spired cathedral, and the many shops, cafés, and taverns of Old Town. Enjoy the opportunity to take a Jewish history tour in this fascinating city.Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge on your way to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. Continue your Rhine river cruise to Mainz for a guided walk, and visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. You’ll also learn more about the Jewish history of the city. A Heidelberg excursion explores the ruins of its red-walled castle, or you might choose to visit Worms to learn about its incredible Jewish Heritage. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals, astronomical clock and the old streets of the Jewish quarter. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district.Stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to the unrivaled beauty of the Black Forest—renowned for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. You’ll feel closer to the remarkable history and rich culture of Jewish heritage during your European river cruise.
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Anne Frank House; welcome receptionDay 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise, visit the Portoguese Synagogue; Anne Frank houseDay 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tourDay 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treatDay 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or visit WormsDay 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district, the gothic cathedral and Jewish quarterDay 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in ColmarDay 8 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.Christmas markets are open from the first weekend in December, depending on the location.