November 14, 2022
INTIMATE SAILING EXPERIENCE
Delight in a small-ship experience on board a luxury vessel, enriched with chic style. Small guest numbers means guests can relax in an abundance of sophisticated spaces. These luxury vessels marry space and intimacy with a sense of exclusivity not regularly found on Europe’s waters. Small ship river cruising on board a custom-built luxury ship that is specifically designed to access smaller ports allowing exploration from the moment of disembarkation
Meticulously designed to create a sense of space, this ship offers the utmost in comfort while still feeling intimate. The multiple indoor and outdoor spaces, from bars and libraries to vitality pools and sun decks, makes it easy to find a quiet place where you can unwind and refresh.
Unpack Once: A Seamless Journey
Step aboard and unpack once, traveling between grand capitals and charming villages alike, without the need for multiple hotels or transfers. This unforgettable ship sails through the very heart of each destination where castles were built, and kings and queens were crowned.
Luxury Suites and Personalized Service
Suites are a personal sanctuary, with exclusive sun lounges on board. Relax in an elegantly appointed spacious suite while a dedicated butler pours a glass of Champagne. Total customization of the entire luxury river cruise journey to adhere to your personal travel inclinations and style, both on board and onshore. Guests can expect attentive service from the minute they step aboard.
The Heart of Europe:
Everyone deserves to experience the magic of Europe’s most romantic region at least once. Discover this beautiful land on a luxury small ship starting in Basel, and cruising through beautiful stretches of the Rhine, punctuated by timeless little towns that still exude the romance of days long past.
Day 1, Basel, Switzerland
Welcome aboard. Raise a glass as you set sail and toast to the journey ahead.
Day 2, Breisach, Germany
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 as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate, or Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.”
Day 3, Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg, the gem of Alsace, offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament, and the Place de la République. Walk through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock.
Day 4, Ludwigshafen, Germany
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. Or, visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe -and the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate.
Day 5 Lahnstein, Germany
Exploration continues in Rüdesheim. Enjoy panoramic views of the river with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue and indulge taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. Hike through vineyards, taking in views of the town and Bromersburg Castle. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles to Lahnstein.
Day 6, Cologne, Germany
Home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, tour this 2,000-year-old city through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi— are believed to rest. Ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten; or visit a local tavern to taste Kölsch beer and “reibekuchen mit apfelmus” —potato pancakes served with applesauce.
Day 7, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam awaits discovery with a scenic canal cruise, or a culinary focused stroll past traditional canals, gabled houses, narrow bridges and house boats to taste Dutch specialties at a grand Amsterdam café. Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums and culture. A one of a kind experience awaits, every 10 years, with a journey into the Netherland’s Floriade– featuring stunning gardens and exhibits.