Romantic Rhine

Please join Chef Jacques Haeringer of L’Auberge Chez Francois Restaurant on our, just announced, “Romantic Rhine” 2017 Fall River Cruise. Imagine cruising the Rhine, dining, sipping wine, dancing, and enjoying old friends and new in a most relaxing environment aboard the beautiful MS Inspire...how much better can life get?

Chef Jacques, of the famed L’Auberge Chez Francois restaurant in Great Falls, Virginia will be aboard to host special dinners, wine tastings, and lend his expertise on European cooking and culture throughout our lively cruise. Passengers joining Chef Jacques’ tour will enjoy and discover the heritage and beauty of the River Rhine on our 7-night river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel aboard one of Tauck’s intimate riverboats, while visiting the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Alsace & Strasbourg; Jacques’ family hometown in France. Explore regional delights in the historic cities, towns, and countryside linked by the Rhine. Set your own pace with choices along the way: castle visits, bicycling, mountain heights, spa resort, and oh yes, sipping wine and more.

A guided cruise on Amsterdam’s historic canals gives you a unique perspective...and carries
you to the Rijksmuseum where perspective takes on new meaning.

Special Features: 

  • Pre - Hotel Package & Amenities
  • Grand Welcome Dinner hosted by Chef Jacques 
  • Opportunities for exclusive insights, culinary perks, wine tastings and cooking demonstrations led by Chef Jacques Haeringer 

* Details and pricing TBA
Special Features can only be guaranteed to those who reserve their cruise through our official travel agency, WorldTravelService

 

CHef Jacques Haeringer

For More Information Contact:

WorldTravelService
Exclusive Booking Agency for
Jacques Haeringer

Stephanie Petros
410-647-4000 Ext 1070
stephaniep@worldtravelservice.com

Christine Ryan
410-647-4000 Ext 1060
christiner@worldtravelservice.com

 

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Traveling Well Includes…

• Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $1,783!
• TAUCK EXCLUSIVE –Dinner at 14th-century Ehreshoven Castle
• 7-night Rhine cruise visiting the Netherlands, Germany, France & Switzerland
• Scenic cruising through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• A walking tour in Koblenz or bicycling along the Rhine River and winelands
• Visit the Alsatian cultural capital of Strasbourg and a renowned Baden-Baden spa or take a walking tour of this elegant Black Forest town
• Visit Mt. Pilatus by gondola & cogwheel train or go wine tasting in the Alsatian hills
• Visit Köln, a contemporary city rich in Rhine history
• Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
• Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
• Airport and train station transfers on arrival and departure as noted
• 20 meals, service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges


THE ROMANTIC RHINE: AMSTERDAM TO BASEL

1. ARRIVE AMSTERDAM / EMBARK SHIP
Tour begins: 4:00 PM, Amsterdam. A transfer is included from Schiphol International Airport or Amsterdam Centraal railway station to your riverboat; check-in time aboard ship is 4:00 PM for all guests. Join your fellow river cruisers for a discovery briefing this afternoon when you’ll hear about your river travels ahead, followed by a welcome reception and dinner onboard to celebrate the start of a fantastic journey. You will be cruising aboard a riverboat custom designed by Tauck to cater to your comfort... and to provide a non-stop parade of riverboat delights that may surprise you! Meals D

2. AMSTERDAM / DUTCH COUNTRYSIDE

In a city indelibly linked to water, it’s fitting that your day begins with a cruise on Amsterdam’s 17th-century grachten (canals),
which fan out in crescent-shaped rings from the northern waterfront. On the drive to board your canal boat, you’ll hear
an orientation talk on the historic city, which at its heart feels more like a village than the compact center of a cosmopolitan
city. Landmarks include Centraal Station, built at the end of the 19th century and still a place in constant motion – with people, bicycles, trams, and buses; De Waag (Weigh House), once a fortified gate that today houses a popular outdoor café; and the Mint Tower, a gate in the city wall (circa 1400) that marks the intersection of two canals, tram paths, a pedestrian-only shopping street, and the outdoor city flower market – an ever busy, ever interesting crossroads. Once aboard the canal boat, on a guided tour, you’ll glide beneath curved bridges filled with pedestrians and cyclists, and sometimes trams and cars, passing by the narrow houses of Dutch Golden Age merchants who pragmatically stored their goods on the upper floors, safe from flooding. After a guided visit to view the prized collection of art at the Rijksmuseum, drive to the old university town of Utrecht where your riverboat awaits. Have lunch onboard and enjoy insightful commentary as your riverboat charts a course through the gentle Dutch countryside en route to Germany. A cocktail hour, dinner, and an evening activity in the ship’s intimate lounge add to the day’s fun. Meals BLD

3. GERMANY AND KÖLN CATHEDRAL
Overnight your riverboat crosses into Germany. Spend the morning relaxing and taking in the scenic sights along the river
as you prepare for your afternoon arrival in Köln (Cologne), a city that was the capital of a Roman province as long ago as 50 AD.
Sightseeing here begins with a guided walking tour of this city on an intimate scale to discover its pedestrian-only shopping
streets, abundant cafés and traditional beer halls. There are medieval churches, avant-garde museums, and the waterfront
on the River Rhine. On today’s shore excursion, you will see the immense twin-towered Kölner Dom, whose construction took
a mere six centuries. Completed in 1880, this Gothic cathedral was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, in
recognition of its cultural value as “a testament to the longevity of faith.” Spend the afternoon exploring Köln at your own pace,
if you like, or return to the riverboat. Tonight enjoy a Tauck Exclusive evening at Ehreshoven Schloss, a Baroque moated
castle just outside the city set in a castle park with 18th-century French gardens. The memorable festivities include cocktails,
dinner, and local entertainment. Meals BLD


4. KOBLENZ OR CYCLING ON THE RHINE

Welcome to Deutsches Eck, the “German Corner,” where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet and the beautiful city of Koblenz is situated. The city’s roots go back to the Middle Ages, when its location made it powerful and rich as the controller of trade along these major waterways. This morning you have your pick of two activities. One possibility is a walking tour with your Tauck Director that takes in the waterfront and Old Town Koblenz, where you’ll find lovely churches, palatial residences, and grand town houses. Your other choice is guided bicycling* on easy riverside trails through forests, meadows and Riesling winelands, taking in views of the passing pleasure boats and freighters. Bicycling is a countrywide passion in Germany, so you’re bound to see the locals riding too. Return to your riverboat for lunch and sail on this afternoon. As you cruise through the quiet Rhine River Valley, noting the small cities, churches, ancient walls, and castles along the way, onboard commentary informs you about the history and geography of the river. This afternoon also provides an opportunity to relax and enjoy the amenities onboard your “floating hotel.” Dip in the plunge pool, practice on the putting green, hit the fitness center, visit the hair salon, or curl up in a lounge chair on the Sun Deck, watching the passing scenery, with a cold drink in one hand and one of the snacks that are always available onboard ship in the other. Word to the wise: the hot pretzels are popular! Meals BLD

5. SPEYER OR HEIDELBERG CASTLE
Spend the morning observing the beauty of the passing landscape from your riverboat. This afternoon you’ll have a choice of sightseeing activities. One possibility is to get to know Speyer. For centuries the Rhine River was a major transport hub and a source of wealth for many, through trade and taxation; Speyer thrived on trade in the 10th and 11th centuries. That’s when the construction of its amazing double-domed cathedral began. When you see the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you may be surprised by its natural glass windows, rather than stained glass, and the roof made entirely of stone – the first ever in Europe. Buried in the crypt are some 300 years of early German emperors. Next, on a visit to the city’s impressive Technik Museum, you’ll find exhibits dedicated to every form of technology that moves, from vintage cars to the Russian Buran space shuttle – and a Boeing 747 jumbo jet and U9 submarine that you can go inside. Afterward, relax over a refreshing bier at one of the town’s many inviting biergartens, a Rhine summer delight. Your other choice of sightseeing is an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. Narrow lanes, shops, and pubs housed in 17th-century structures in the Altstadt (Old Town) are lively with the cadence and activity of student life. On the hillside above the city, you’ll visit the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle, celebrated in writing by many, including the German poet Goethe and Mark Twain, who both spent time here; Twain wrote about the striking red sandstone ruins of Schloss Heidelberg in A Tramp Abroad. This once grand palace was a home to Bavarian royalty from the 13th to 18th centuries. Today you’ll find an imposing ensemble of buildings from different architectural periods, reflecting the architectural ambitions of successive owners, surrounding a central courtyard. From the castle’s terrace and gardens, the
sweeping views of Heidelberg and the Neckar River Valley below are amazing – as is the feel of 600 years of history. A funicular brings you down to Old Town, where you’ll have a little free time before returning to your riverboat. Meals BLD

6. STRASBOURG / BADEN-BADEN SPA TREAT
Your ship docks on the Rhine today surrounded by the hills of southern Alsace, many checkered with vineyards. Your morning introduces you to the Alsatian cultural capital of Strasbourg, France, where centuries of being passed between German and French control are reflected in the dual languages and atmosphere of the city. Strasbourg is home to the charming canals and half-timbered houses of La Petite France; stately
city residences; a Gothic cathedral; and plenty of winstubs, traditional Alsatian wine rooms. The city skyline is punctuated by the modern offices of the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights; along with Geneva, Strasbourg is one of only two European cities with these kinds of international institutions. The afternoon offers a choice of activities. Spend the afternoon enjoying Strasbourg according to your own interests and inclinations, possibly taking a relaxing stroll through the picturesque streets or trying Alsatian wines, bottled in the tall narrow bottles customary to German wines, but crafted with a French flair. Another possibility this afternoon is to head for the German resort town of Baden-Baden on the edge of the Schwarzwald (the Black Forest), where you’ll visit the Caracalla Spa for a pampering experience devoted to wellness and relaxation. Spa facilities include whirlpools, waterfalls, counter-current pools, massage jets, and pools of warm water sourced from natural springs. Add a sauna complex with both hot and cold rooms (some wellness treatments are at
additional cost) and you’ll feel like a million bucks at the end of your visit. If spas don’t interest you, choose to take a walking tour of Baden-Baden with a local guide. You’ll discover a charming town popular in the 19th-century among society types and celebrities who were drawn here to take the waters, attend the horse races, and visit the casino. Tolstoy, for instance, set part of Anna Karenina here. Enjoy free time in town before heading back to your riverboat for the evening. Meals BLD

7. MT. PILATUS OR WINE TASTING / BASEL
Welcome to Switzerland! You have two excursions to choose from today. Mountain scenery, shimmering Lake Lucerne, and forests and meadows are in store for you if you decide to come along on the excursion to Lucerne. In this “city of lights,” you’ll see landmark sights: the Kapellbrücke – Chapel Bridge – a covered wooden footbridge crossing the Reuss River that dates back to the 1330s; an octagonal Water Tower once used as a prison; and lovely squares, like the Kornmarkt, Weinmarkt and Hirschenplatz. In Altstadt Lucerne, narrow cobblestone lanes lead to town squares lined with houses painted with frescoes. Then it’s time for a beautiful adventure: ascend to the heights of Mt. Pilatus by gondola, climbing nearly 7,000 feet from Kriens at the edge of Lake Lucerne to the very top – Oberhaupt. Getting there is definitely part of the fun, as you’re completely surrounded by views of Alpine meadows, mountain streams, and flowering fields along the way. Your ride down the mountain on the world’s steepest cogwheel train is just as thrilling – if not more so! The other excursion possibility today is to enjoy
the pleasures of a wine tasting and lunch along the Alsatian wine route. Head to Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, originally built in the 1200s on a rocky promontory above the French Alsatian plains; it’s an ideal – and strategic – spot for observing comings and goings. Burned, abandoned, and then restored to its former glory in 1899, the castle presents a picture of a mountain fortress of the Middle Ages, brimming with exquisite details. Lunch at your choice of local restaurants in the medieval village of Riquewihr and a tasting of Alsatian wines complete
the afternoon. Regardless of your choice of excursion, your day ends in Basel, which lies at the center of the “Three Corners,” where France, Germany and Switzerland meet at the River Rhine. You might enjoy strolling the Rhine Promenade, where broad steps are dotted with cafés with views of the city skyline and the Münster Cathedral. From the 16th-century town hall, painted in red and gold, to state-of-the-art works of architecture along the Rhine – by internationally acclaimed architects like Frank Gehry and Yoshio Taniguchi – you’ll find that Basel, though a small city, has been a crossroads of travel and thought since the 15th century. Join us onboard your ship this evening for a farewell reception followed by dinner. Meals BLD

8. JOURNEY HOME

Tour ends: Basel. Disembark your riverboat this morning by 9:00 AM. A transfer is included from the riverboat to Basel’s EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg or Basel SBB Railway Station. Fly home anytime. Allow 3 hours for flight check-in. For guests wishing to spend more time in Basel, please ask us at booking about additional hotel nights. Meals B

 

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Welcome Aboard ms Inspire

Maintaining Tauck’s high standards for quality and comfort, ms Inspire cruises exclusively for Tauck on the Rhine and Moselle rivers as part of our Destination Fleet. With a maximum of 130 guests, the 443-foot riverboat and her sister ships continue our tradition of providing more space per guest on Europe’s inland waterways, transporting fewer passengers than most longships (135 meters). Her deck plan is innovative; with a total of 67 cabins, our most popular cabins tend to be our largest... so we have used the added ship length to offer twenty-two 300-square-foot Tauck Suites – the most of any river cruise ship on any European river. To increase the amount of natural sunlight on the lower deck, we’ve created 8 loft cabins that extend from the first to the second decks, providing guests with an additional view; all windows in these loft cabins open.

Indescribable Comfort

We couldn’t find just the right words to describe the sumptuous new bedding and amenities we custom ordered for your in-cabin cruising comfort... 400-thread-count satin bed linens made from the finest combed cotton... puffy white duvets and pillows of very fine mako cotton, with a hypoallergenic 90% down filling... 100% cotton blankets, temperature balancing and so soft to the skin... and thick pillow-top mattresses that lull you to sleep... along with the Essentials Line of Molton Brown bath products, exclusive to Tauck... absorbent terry cloth robes and fluffy towels... hair dryers... but we do know they are key for waking up refreshed and relaxed for your traveling pleasure.


Amenities aboard ms Inspire

  • Open seating in dining room; flexible dining times; vegetarian meals always available
  • Alternate dining venue – Arthur's – for classic favorites at lunch and dinner and lighter breakfasts in the morning
  • Al fresco dining on Sun Deck, weather permitting
  • American breakfast room service available in Category 7 suites
  • Complimentary snacks served 10:00 AM – midnight
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
  • Onboard entertainment includes enrichment lectures, piano music nightly, in-room movies, culinary demos, local entertainment and “themed” fun
  • Two 110-volt and two 220-volt outlets included in every cabin for small electronics; minibar stocked with complimentary water and soft drinks
  • Complimentary Internet & Email available
  • Fitness center; massages available; putting green on Sun Deck; plunge pool on Sun Deck – available 24 hours
  • Bicycles available aboard for use ashore
  • Hair salon
  • Laundry service available


Deck Plans

B = Boutique    C = Closet for Storage    E = Elevator    = Fitness    H = Hair Salon    P = Plunge Pool   
M
 = Massage    R = Reception Desk    S = Spa    T = Tauck Desk



Deck Plans