National Geographic Expedition — Rhine River Cruise with Switzerland


National Geographic and Scenic Luxury River Cruises have teamed up to launch a new line of National Geographic River Cruises. These itineraries combine Scenic’s all-inclusive luxury river cruise experience with National Geographic's legacy of science, conservation and exploration to create unforgettable experiences along the waterways of Europe and South East Asia.

Aboard each Scenic river cruise expedition a National Geographic Expert will join guests to share their knowledge and insights, and enrich the experience through fascinating presentations and informal discussions. A National Geographic photographer, who will offer photography tips on technique and artistry, will also join European river cruising itineraries.

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Amsterdam > Zurich

Though an integral part of the history of the region, Switzerland has always existed slightly apart from the rest of Europe, fiercely cherishing its independence and neutrality. You’ll get the opportunity to discover this beautiful land for yourself, visiting Zurich and Lucerne with Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps serving as majestic backdrops. And that’s just the beginning. From Switzerland, begin your all-inclusive cruise through the heart of Germany. Take in Strasbourg, explore Heidelberg Castle, visit Koblenz and venture on to the port city of Amsterdam.

12 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Amsterdam
     

    Your journey into wonder begins in this fascinating and compact harbour city. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

    Meals included: Dinner

     

  • Day 2 - Amsterdam
     
    Freechoice

    Explore Amsterdam on a guided walking tour pausing along the way to sample the Dutch delicacy, herring. Or cruise the iconic canals that have made Amsterdam world famous. Alternatively, discover charming Volendam, with its unusual raised homes and quaint wooden church, before heading to the equally charming village of Edam.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 3 - Cologne
     
    Freechoice

    Enjoy a scenic ride on the oldest cog railway in Germany and discover splendid Drachenburg Castle, or stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 4 - Koblenz
     
    Freechoice

    Take a guided tour of Koblenz, straddling two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Alternatively, discover Cochem – a true medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River. Cochem will make you feel as if you’re stepping straight into a fairytale and you’ll be able to explore this charming city on a guided tour including a visit to Reichsburg Castle. Alternatively, visit a local winery and sample some of the fine wines of this region or take a guided cycling tour.

    Sundowners

    Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day in a scenic location.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 5 - Baden Baden
     

    Arrive in charming Baden Baden, a spa town famous for its Roman baths.

    Freechoice

    Join your local guide on a tour of this picturesque town and tour the ruins of the Roman baths that have made this city famous or take an active hike to Hohenbaden Castle. Alternatively, visit the Mercedes-Benz factory.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 6 - Mannheim
     
    Freechoice

    Join a local guide on a historic tour of Heidelberg, where you’ll visit Heidelberg’s Renaissance castle. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Or join a guide for an orientation tour of Heidelberg, followed by leisure time.

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    Enjoy a private evening concert at a fine Baroque palace. It’ll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other and a chance to create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 7 - Strasbourg
     
    Freechoice

    Visit Strasbourg, discover La Petite France and stroll through the Old Town with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs. Alternatively, journey to Mittelbergheim in the Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer. Or explore the Black Forest region during a visit to the Vogtsbauernhof Open Air Museum.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

  • Day 8 - Basel > Montreux
     

    Disembark and transfer to Vevey, home to Charlie Chaplin once he’d fled the United States. Enter the world of Charlie Chaplin as you meet one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin’s World Museum. This afternoon you’ll get the chance to luxuriate at your hotel located on the shores of picturesque Lake Geneva, where you’ll be enjoying a two night stay.

    Meals included: Breakfast

     

  • Day 9 - Montreux
     
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    Delight in a panoramic train journey to Château-d’Œx. Upon arrival witness traditional cheese-making
    at the Restaurant Le Chalet. The cheesemaker will transform milk into a hard cheese right in front of your eyes. At the end of the demonstration you’ll have an opportunity to taste the freshly made cheese.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

     

  • Day 10 - Montreux > Bern
     

    Ascend the Swiss Alps to the breathtaking village of Gstaad. Then continue to Bern for your overnight stay.

    Meals included: Breakfast

     

  • Day 11 - Bern > Lucerne > Zurich
     

    Journey to Lucerne and discover this charming town on an orientation tour with your Tour Director. Continue to Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city and home to a host of treasures. Enjoy an overnight stay.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

     

  • Day 12 - Zurich
     

    Transfer to Zurich airport with wonderful memories.

    Meals included: Breakfast

     

Departures and Pricing

12 June 2019 — From $8,795 per person

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Meet the Experts

Expert — Teresa Fisher

Teresa Fisher is a National Geographic author and freelance travel writer based in Portsmouth, UK. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Exeter University, she initially worked in London for Sotheby’s auction house; then in Europe as a cross-cultural communications trainer, living in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland and Taiwan. While residing in Bavaria, she commenced a career in travel writing, focusing initially on Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy – destinations which still hold a special place in her heart. Teresa has since penned more than 30 guidebooks and children’s educational books on a wide variety of destinations from Europe to Japan, for publishers such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s and Fodor’s, and including National Geographic Traveler Switzerland. She specializes in European cities, adventure travel to far-flung destinations and all things Alpine, dividing her time between her family-oriented website, familyskinews.com, and photojournalism. Her stories have taken her round the globe, documenting wildlife and culture in some of the world’s more remote places. Highlights include tracking jaguars by dugout canoe in Guyana, tracking orangutan in eastern Sabah, backpacking round Japan, and being part of the first team of husky mushers to cross from Finland into Russia. When she’s not travelling or skiing, Teresa spends summer months aboard her houseboat in the world’s largest natural harbour, Poole Harbour. Teresa speaks French, German and some Italian, plays the violin and piano, and is a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and The Arts Society. She has been leading expeditions for National Geographic in Europe for more than half a dozen years.

 

Photographer — Bob Krist

National Geographic photographer Bob Krist has shot several articles for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 articles for National Geographic Traveler, where he is a contributing editor. His many assignments have taken him to all seven continents and his images have won awards in the Pictures of the Year, Communication Arts, and World Press Photo competitions. His latest book on travel photography, Travel Photography: Documenting the World's People and Places, was recently published in the Digital Masters series. Bob will be on hand to help you photograph the stunning scenery and vibrant cultures we will encounter throughout the expedition.

 

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