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Date
August 20 – September 2, 2023
Length
14 days
Pricing from Toronto
Economy: $17,079 – $20,079*
Business: $27,609 – $30,609*
Activity Level
Moderate
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A captivating voyage along the magnificent Rhine river, with curated experiences at every turn, awaits. Start in Amsterdam where you can visit a local farm for cheese tastings or learn how to make stroopwafels. Then, all aboard the AmaLucia—a lavish vessel with a panoramic lounge—for your seven-night CAA Member Platinum Cruise along one of Europe's most picturesque rivers. Stop in Cologne, where you can tour through Old Town; then Rüdesheim for wine tastings; Ludwigshafen to visit the preserved medieval city Heidelberg; Strasbourg, with the chance to see the world-famous Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame; and historic Breisach. Back on land, spend two days in Zurich, with options to visit the Lindt Home of Chocolate museum or a 400-year-old monastery wine cellar.

CAA Member-exclusive benefits:

  • Bon Voyage Gift†
  • 100 CAA Dollars®^
  • 25% savings on CAA Travel Insurance◊

Daily itinerary.

Day 1

Depart Toronto onboard CAA’s exclusive private charter jet for your overnight flight to Amsterdam.

Day 2

Amsterdam – Upon arrival in Amsterdam, transfer to the hotel and enjoy an orientation reception later in the day. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Day 3

Amsterdam – Spend the day exploring Amsterdam at your leisure before the welcome event this evening. (B/D)

Day 4

Amsterdam – Design Your Day
Choose from one of the three included options below, or decide to relax and spend your day at leisure. (B)

Volendam, Cheese Farm and Island of Marken
Visit the fishing village of Volendam, taste Edam and Gouda cheeses at a cheese farm and visit the picturesque island of Marken.

Gouda Cheese and Stroopwafel Experience
Journey into the world of Gouda cheese and enjoy a tasting. Then, learn how to make stroopwafels.

Royal Delft Workshop
Tour the Royal Delft tile factory, followed by a lesson on how to make your own unique Royal Delft tile.

Day 5

Amsterdam – Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before boarding the AmaLucia for your Captivating Rhine cruise. Overnight on the ship. (B)

Day 6

Amsterdam – Get acquainted with the ship and enjoy its luxurious amenities or spend the morning at leisure in Amsterdam before setting sail this afternoon.

Day 7

Cologne – Cruise to Cologne
In the morning, choose from one of the three included optional tours below, or decide to relax and spend your day at leisure. (B)

“Holy City” Walking Tour and Cathedral Visit
Take a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral, followed by a visit to the Rathaus Koln, Germany’s oldest town hall.

Kölsch Beer Tasting
Taste Cologne's famous Kölsch beer as well as try reibekuchen mit apfelmus – potato pancakes typically served with applesauce.

Cologne Bike Tour
Take a guided bike tour along the Rhine river and through tranquil Stadtgarten.

Day 8

Rhine Gorge – Rüdesheim
Cruise through the Rhine Gorge, one of the most beautiful stretches along the river, before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Choose from one of the four included optional tours below, or spend your day at leisure.

Rüdesheim Wine Tasting
Join a wine tasting and discover the flavours from the town’s iconic vineyards.

Gondola Ride
Soar high above the vineyards on a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal.

Vineyards
Hike For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards.

Guided Bike Tour of the Rheingau
Take a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River.

Later in the day, choose from either of the following included tours.

Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum
Visit the museum to see their remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments.

Rüdesheim Coffee Tasting
Taste Rüdesheimer Kaffee, a traditional hot drink made with coffee, brandy and topped with whipped cream.

Day 9

Ludwigshafen
Choose from one of the included optional tours, or spend your day at leisure.

Romantic Heidelberg Excursion
Visit the medieval city of Heidelberg, nestled in the Neckar River Valley. See the Heidelberg Castle and the Heidelberg Tun, a 49,000-gallon wine cask from the 18th century.

Heidelberg Philosopher’s Hike
Join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path and enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Secrets of Speyer Tour
Visit Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for having the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe.

Ladenburg Bike Tour
Take a guided bike tour along the shores of the Neckar, then explore the medieval town on foot.

Day 10

Strasbourg
Choose from one of the included optional tours, or spend your day at leisure.

“The Gem of Alsace” Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of picturesque Alsace and wander through its charming streets.

Strasbourg Bike Tour
Take a guided bike ride through the city and the Parc de l’Orangerie.

Day 11

Breisach
Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions. Choose from one of the included optional tours below, or spend your day at leisure.

Riquewihr Walking Tour
Take a walking tour through the Alsatian town of Riquewihr and admire historic architecture and famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate.

Freiburg Excursion
Head to Freiburg, home to Freiburg Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.”

Breisach Wine Country Bike Tour
For a more active excursion, cycle through beautiful wine country.

Black Forest Hike
Hike in the Black Forest, a “magical” and legendary land full of cultural traditions.

Day 12

Disembark the AmaLucia in Basel and transfer to Zurich. Check-in at your Zurich hotel and attend a cocktail reception, followed by an evening at leisure.

Day 13

Zurich
Choose from one of the three included options or spend time at leisure in Zurich. This evening, enjoy your Farewell Dinner. (B/D)

Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum, Workshop and Cruise on Lake Zurich
See what it’s like to be a Lindt Master Chocolatier and create your own unique chocolate bar followed by a chocolate tasting. Then, take in panoramic views from the water and have lunch while cruising Lake Zurich.

Wine Tasting at Staatskellerei
This behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Staatskellerei Zurich is a must for true wine lovers. Learn about its over 150-year history and taste the different wines.

Guided Walking Tour of Zurich with Fondue Lunch
Explore the city center of Zurich on a walking tour. See Chagall’s stained-glass church windows and stop at the lake for a panoramic view of the city. Enjoy a traditional fondue lunch.

Day 14

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Toronto on CAA’s exclusive private charter jet. (B)

B - Breakfast | D - Dinner

A Captivating Journey Along the Rhine

Panoramic Rhine river views and exceptional curated experiences on this luxurious journey through historic and beautiful western Europe.

Package includes:

Travel accessories
  • Airfare on CAA's exclusive private charter jet from Toronto to Amsterdam and return from Zurich to Toronto
  • Pre-cruise tour:
    • 3-night stay in deluxe-class accommodation in Amsterdam
    • Breakfast daily, 1 dinner
  • Cruise:
    • 7-night Captivating Rhine AmaWaterways cruise on-board the AmaLucia
    • Onboard meals and entertainment as per cruise itinerary
  • Post-cruise tour:
    • 2-night stay in deluxe-class accommodation in Zurich
    • Breakfast daily, 1 dinner
  • Land transportation via first-class motor coach
  • All bridge, ferry and road tolls
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Hotel porterage of 1 suitcase per person
  • Prepaid gratuities
  • Destination transfers
  • CAA Hosts

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