2024 Captivating Rhine River Cruise with Larry Gelwix

Dates August 1-8, 2024
Destination Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Rudesheim Ludwigshafen, Germany; Strasburg, France; Breisach, Germany; Basel, Switzerland;
Duration 7 days 6 nights
Price From 2,995

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Join Getaway Guru®, Larry Gelwix, as we visit the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland as we cruise down the Rhine River summer of 2024.

Contoured by vineyard-clad hills and castles from yesteryear, the legendary Rhine captivates. Experience the allure of France’s Alsace region in its welcoming capital, Strasbourg, and its priceless gem, Riquewihr. Discover Breisach, rising above the vineyards of the Rhine, and Freiburg, one of Germany’s sunniest cities and gateway to the Black Forest. Fabled towns lost in time present you with the chance to taste local flavors—Rüdesheimer coffee and Kölsch beer—and to touch history up close with guided hikes and bike rides. From Amsterdam’s colorful canals to the majestic Swiss Alps, journey into the heart of the destinations you visit. 

We are offering the perfect "bookend" tours to enhance your Rhine River cruise with a 2-night pre-cruise stay in Amsterdam and a 2-night post-cruise stay in Switzerland!  See the "Tour Includes" tab for all details.

*Please note that while the physical activity on this tour (walking distances) is not significant, your days will be full touring.  Please be sure you notify us any any physical limitations you might have at booking.

Highlights of the Tour:

  • Larry Gelwix, Getaway Guru®, will be your personal cruise host for the whole trip along with expert local guides
  • Licensed, insured, and bonded travel agency with 60+ years of experience!! Yes, IT MATTERS!

We offer A CASH DISCOUNT of $100.00 on this tour. It applies for all payments made by check or ACH AFTER the deposit, and only the deposit amount is paid by credit card.

To Book This Tour, Contact your favorite Morris Columbus Travel advisor or the Group Tour Manager listed below:

Questions? Contact:

Sarah Wangsgard, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6473
Email Sarah

Tour ID - 9224H01

Day 1: Thurs, August 1

Home Cities – Amsterdam - Embarkation

Depart the US to arrive into Amsterdam to board the ship for your Captivating Rhine cruise.

Day 2: Fri, August 2

Amsterdam, Netherlands

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Sat, August 3

Cologne, Germany

Enjoy cruising to Cologne. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, plus see other local sights. For a different view, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and reibekuchen mit apfelmus, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Sun, August 4

Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Join a wine tasting to discover the flavors of the town’s iconic vineyards. Or drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Mon, August 5

Ludwigshafen, Germany

Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century, 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Old Gate, Altpörtel. Or join a guided bike tour along the shores of the river Neckar and enjoy a cycling break to explore the picturesque medieval town of Ladenburg. (B,L,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Tues, August 6

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through charming streets past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Weds, August 7

Breisach, Germany

Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions. Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture and famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, head to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the countryside, or hike in the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions. (B,L,D)

*Please Note: Black Forest Hike is weather dependent and may only operate at certain times of year. Please refer to your final documents for details.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Thurs, August 8

Basel, Switzerland - Flights Home

After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home. (B)

Meals : Breakfast

All This Is Included:

  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • All meals on board and complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Deluxe/Air Conditioned motor coach transportation for included tours
  • Licensed Local guides at each port
  • Experienced Tour host, Larry Gelwix
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Hotel-style bed with the optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV & complimentary Movies on Demand
  • Refrigerator, security safe, hair dryer
  • 110/220-volt outlets & USB port
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries, bathrobe & slippers (upon request)

Not Included:

  • Government taxes and fees $210.00
  • Airfare from your home city to Amsterdam and return from Basel, Switzerland.  Rates are subject to availability 11 months prior to travel
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Cruise gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. phone calls, room service, internet, etc.)
  • Travel insurance (plans start at $35)

Optional Pricing:

  • Standard Cat E $2995.00 per person based on a double cabin
  • Standard Cat D $3165.00 per person based on a double cabin
  • Standard Cat C $3747.00 per person based on a double cabin
  • Standard Cat BB $4193.00 per person based on a double cabin
  • Standard Cat BA $4335.00 per person based on a double cabin
  • Standard Cat AB $4507.00 per person based on a double cabin
  • Standard Cat AA $4645.00 per person based on a double cabin

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00 pp deposit at the time of booking
  • Final Payment due on 3 April, 2024
  • Terms & Conditions