Amsterdam is just the beginning. On this cruise along the Rhine river, you’ll have three days to spend in this laid-back and forward-thinking Dutch hotspot, along with stops in Haarlem, Cologne, Bonn, Koblenz and Frankfurt. All in all, you’ll dine on local specialties during a U Time Dutch cheese tasting. You’ll spend several nights out on the town—Cologne’s Gothic Evening adventure is a prime example. And you’ll get your fix of famous artwork, incredible scenery and a look into Europe’s history and culture. Whatever your travel personality, this cruise is sure to please
Day 1Amsterdam - Where to find the hottest nightlife in Europe? Look no further than Amsterdam, with its anything goes attitude, vibrant bar and club scene and legendary coffeehouses. Your dialed-in U Host will be on hand to steer you in the right direction.
Day 2Haarlem & Amsterdam - The quintessentially Dutch city of Haarlem may be the most bon vivant city of the North, with a hip and trendy vibe and fabulous shopping. Get a taste of the best of Haarlem today—its culture as well as its unique flavors—at the lively downtown market. Visit a sinfully good brewery housed in a former church in the center of Haarlem, where you can dine on delicious pub grub and try three kinds of beer. drenaline junkies can have a go at sea kayaking or test drive the latest extreme sport craze—blokarting on the beach. These custom-built karts are equipped with sails and can reach speeds of 60 miles per hour. Not for the faint of heart! What do you get when you pair the world’s oldest profession with Amsterdam’s oldest neighborhood? The notorious Red Light District. You could visit on your own, of course, but it’s much more fun with a local expert to show you around.
Day 3Amsterdam - You can’t visit the “Venice of the North” and not do a canal cruise. We won’t let you! Seeing the city from its iconic waterways is simply a must. Afterwards, the day is yours to relax or perhaps check out Amsterdam’s amazing art. For anyone who has ever read Anne Frank’s famous diary, an opportunity to climb up to the “Secret Annex”—the attic rooms where her family once hid from the Nazis—is a profoundly moving experience. With its acres of tulips in eye-popping colors, Keukenhof Gardens is a floral extravaganza that definitely lives up to the hype (open April and May only). Embark on a mixology odyssey in the heart of Amsterdam at the House of Bols Cocktail & Genever, “the world’s largest cocktail experience.” The operative word here is cocktail—need we say more? This delicious crash course on Dutch cheese takes place in a wonderfully atmospheric tasting room inspired by Holland’s Golden Age.
Day 4Cologne - Relax onboard, bike along the Rhine or hop on a motorcoach to Dusseldorf, Germany’s most elegant shopping city and a favorite of fashionistas. Our Iron Age bike tour offers an intriguing perspective on Germany's heavy industry heritage (yes, really), with a stop at the Zollverein coal mine industrial complex. Considered an architectural and technical masterpiece, this UNESCO site now serves as a dynamic center for German arts and culture. Make a Gothic evening of it in Cologne’s charming Old Town, visiting local pubs and tasting Kölsch—a beer found only in Cologne.
Day 5Cologne, Bonn & Koblenz - Even people who aren’t into cathedrals are awed by Cologne Cathedral, a hulking Gothic structure that looms over the city. Your U Host will share stories of the site’s colorful history and show you the shrine containing relics of the Three Magi. Despite its rather stiff sounding name, the German National Museum of Contemporary History in Bonn is home to an extraordinary collection spanning German history from the Cold War to the present day. Go medieval tonight at a grand banquet at a bona fide castle, featuring rustic food, Rhine wines, lute-strumming bards and saucy serving wenches. Your guided evening stroll in Koblenz starts at the locals’ favorite gathering place, the German Corner, where the Rhine and the Moselle rivers meet.
Day 6Rüdesheim & Frankfurt - You'll want to be up on deck as we cruise through the fabled Rhine Gorge, lined with fairytale castles and ruined fortresses. Later, you can head ashore in Rüdesheim for a scenic hike that offers amazing views of the surrounding countryside. “Game of Thrones” fans will love Eberbach Monastery—its ethereal 12th-century architecture made it an ideal film location for the show. There are no dragons here today, but you can taste the abbey’s Rieslings and enjoy a scenic bike ride, too. Cosmopolitan Frankfurt is a city of contrasts, home to bankers and hipsters, avant-garde skyscrapers and ancient abodes. After dark, delve into its vibrant nightlife scene, visiting bars, clubs and under-the-radar hot spots with your U Host.
Day 7Frankfurt - In the “Mainhattan” of Germany—Europe’s largest financial center—you can explore the Old Town on foot or on two wheels, stopping at the Kleine Markthall to do some shopping for tonight’s cooking class or visiting the city’s Sunday flea market. The Jewish people have played a key role in Frankfurt’s success, most notably the Rothschilds—their incredible rags-to-riches story has all the elements of a Hollywood movie. Learn more at the Jewish Museum and visit the Jewish cemetery and its Wall of Remembrance.
Day 8Frankfurt - Disembark and head off to your next adventure.
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Prices: All fares are per guest in U.S. Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fares for single guests are available upon request. If you have purchased your transatlantic or transpacific air with U by Uniworld and/or you have purchased a cruise package with U by Uniworld that includes air, your entire package price will be guaranteed at time of initial payment. Additional restrictions may apply.