Monday, May 23, 2016 PARIS - STRASBOURG
You’ll disembark the ship and be transferred by train from Paris to Strasbourg. Welcome to the city where it all began 40 years ago! We’ll set out on a guided tour of the capital of Europe. We’ll have lunch in the legendary Kammerzell House, and continue our visit at the Cathedral. We’ll then head to the Petite France quarter, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we’ll take in a retrospective of the company. We’ll board the MS Gérard Schmitter, named after our founder, at 6 p.m. in Strasbourg, as we are greeted by musicians on the dock. After you have comfortably settled into your new cabin, join the Schmitter family for a special gala dinner.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 STRASBOURG - RÜDESHEIM
We’ll cruise to the charming village of Rüdesheim, our arrival set to music. A tourist train will take us to the gondola lift, which will in turn bring us over the vineyards and up to the Niederwald Monument. From here, you’ll have an excellent view of the landscapes surrounding the Rhine. We’ll enjoy a tasting of wines before a visit to the mechanical music cabinet museum. Take advantage of some time on your own before returning to the ship. After dinner, we'll accompany you on foot to the famous Drosselgasse and its numerous cafés, bars and music. Have a cup of original Rüdesheim Coffee, a famous specialty composed of authentic Asbach Uralt and coffee, with a dollop of whipped cream.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 RÜDESHEIM – COLOGNE - DÜSSELDORF
We’ll cruise along the magnificent Rhine Valley. In Cologne, we’ll visit the cathedral—a veritable Gothic masterpiece. After our tour, we’ll return on board and cruise to Düsseldorf. Tonight we’ll enjoy an evening of Schlager music.
Thursday, May 26, 2016 DÜSSELDORF - AMSTERDAM
Take advantage of the wide range of onboard activities proposed during our full-day cruise today. We’ll arrive in Amsterdam in the evening, where we’ll tour the celebrated canals by boat. Even today, they continue to define the city’s landscape, and in 2010 Amsterdam's canal ring was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides providing a stunning backdrop to the city’s historical center, cruising the canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city.
Friday, May 27, 2016 AMSTERDAM
We’ll leave for Volendam, a charming village that has preserved its character for over six centuries thanks to the tough vitality of its fishermen. We’ll visit a cheesemaker and taste some delicious Gouda cheese. We’ll then head for Zaanse Schans, an open air museum with wooden windmills, barns and houses. The afternoon will be spent in the city of Amsterdam. Our first stop will be the De Rieker Windmill, one of the eight windmills in greater Amsterdam. We’ll then visit one of the many factories in the Diamond District and enjoy a surprise cocktail together. The evening is free to do as you please.
Saturday, May 28, 2016 AMSTERDAM
We’ll leave by coach for the Rijksmuseum. The State Museum is more than two hundred years old and today is seen as having one of most breathtaking collections in the world. Alongside masterworks such as Rembrandt’s “Night Watch,” are several paintings by Vermeer, van Dyck and Jan Steen. Enjoy some free time in the city this afternoon. Afterwards, we’ll return to the ship by coach. We'll partake in a Dutch-themed evening on board and begin to cruise to Duisburg during the night.