This tour offers a well-balanced and rich experience of vibrant cities and picturesque small towns; different modes of transport and some of the most outstanding places of historical interest in Germany, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands. Although you will cover a lot of ground, you will do it in comfort and style and feel satisfied with the experiences you have had. One of the advantages of the cruise we have chosen is that it offers a choice of excursions that will cater to different interests. Unlike many river cruises, all excursions are included in the price.
Your first three nights are in Berlin, considered one of Europe’s most modern and exciting cities. You will, however, encounter richly textured history at every turn, much of which took place in the 20th century. It’s not too hard see why the Romantic Road is so popular. Despite the modern roots of the idea, the tour combines the historic city of Wurzburg with medieval walled towns, and the highlight of Neuschwanstein Castle.
The Rhine River is one of Europe’s grand waterways, and its romantic small towns and wine growing villages on its banks are best discovered by boat. The river has served as a link between southern and northern Europe since prehistoric times, enabling trade and cultural exchange that in turn led to the establishment of settlements. Condensed into a very small area, these subsequently joined up to form chains of villages and small towns. For over 1,000 years the steep valley sides have been terraced for vineyards. The landscape is punctuated by hilltop castles and fortresses erected over a long period. Abandoned or destroyed during wars in the 17th century, most are now picturesque ruins. The 18th century saw the growth of sensibility towards the beauty of nature, and the often dramatic physical scenery of the Middle Rhine Valley, coupled with the many ruined castles on prominent hilltops, made it appeal strongly to the Romantic Movement.
The Rhine River flows into the North Sea in the Netherlands, and you will end your European excursion by exploring the rich culture and history of Amsterdam.
TOUR DATE Wednesday 15 August – Tuesday 4 September 2018 (20 nights)
Peter Oettli was born and grew up in Switzerland, and emigrated to New Zealand with his parents and family when he was 16 years old. When he was 14, his dream job was being skipper of a Rhine barge between Basel and Rotterdam. After completing degrees at the University of Auckland, he spent a year in Germany on a scholarship together with his wife Pat, and later returned to Europe on almost all of his sabbaticals while working at the University of Waikato.
Peter knows German-speaking Europe well, and looks forward to sharing his knowledge with you. He is fluent in Swiss German and Standard High German, and speaks passable French. He has taken several successful Calder & Lawson tours to Western Europe as tour manager. On this tour he will show you his ‘hometown’ of St Gallen.
- The services of a Calder & Lawson tour manager
- Economy class airfares
- 2 nights accommodation in Dubai
- 8 nights accommodation on land
- Meals on land as detailed in the itinerary
- A 7 night Rhine River cruise visiting Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands
- On the river ship everything is included: all shore excursions, complimentary beverages, all transfers, 20 meals, service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges
- Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
- All tips and gratuities
- Pre-tour material
TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland, twin share per person
Category P, Royal Deck Cabin NZD $16,998
Single supplement NZD $ 1,415
Single cabins are limited, so please contact us if you are interested.
GROUP SIZE Minimum 12, maximum 16
VARIATIONS IN TRAVEL We can make arrangements for any travel you would like to do before or after this tour, or book business class seats for the flights. Please contact us.