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Trip Planning

Virginia called me to talk about our trips to Ireland, Jamaica, Germany, Singapore and Sicily. We decided we both wanted to go on the Rhine Cruise and see the castles and cities along the river in Germany. We also thought we might be able to spend a day or two in Switzerland.


Chuck & Virginia in Ireland - 2014  Chuck & Virginia in Jamaica - 02.04.2015  Chuck & Virginia in Indonesia - 02.04.2017 Chuck & Virginia in Singapore - 2017 Chuck & Virginia in Siciy - 02.04.2018 Chuck & Virginia in Germany - 10.03.2018

Ireland

This is our first trip together in 2014.

Jamaica

On our second trip we celebrated my 75th birthday in 02.04.2015.

Indonesia

On our third trip we celebrated my 77th birthday in in 02.04.2017.

Singapore

We took our fourth trip in February of 2017.

Sicily

On our fifth trip we celebrated my 78th birthday on 02.04.2018.

Rhine Vally

Our sixth trip was a Rhine cruise in November of 2018.


History of the Rhine Region.

There has been human settlement on the terraces of the Middle Rhine Valley since the last Ice Age. It came under Roman rule in the 1st century BCE, as a frontier province, and a military road was constructed on the left bank, linking military fortress and camps. The Rhine was also a major shipping route during this period, linking northern Europe with the Alpine massif and the Mediterranean lands, a role that exerted a major influence on the subsequent history of the Middle Rhine Valley.

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Viking Longship Alruna Cruise Ship & Map of the Cruise Itinerary

Alruna - A Valkyrie

The daughter of Kjárr of Valland, Alruna (Ölrún in Old Norse), was one of three Valkyries spinning linen on the shore of Wolf Lake, when they were spotted by three brothers who lived nearby. Alruna and Egil, one of the brothers, lived together for seven winters, until Alruna flew off to battle, never to return.

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Viking Longship Alruna Cruise Ship Guest Statements

Guest Statements

One can review our costs for the Rhine River cruise and also see how much savings one can get when shopping around for special deals. You will notice that the cruise and airfare are drastically cut and the only thing that hasn't changed is the $349.00 for the Travel Protection Plan. Check it out!

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  Transit Day

    Flying from San Francisco to Basel Switzerland - Transfer to Ship.

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Landing in Basel before boarding the Cruise Ship.


San Francisco View

Early Morning over San Francisco as I leave my apartment!


  Day 1

    Basel Switzerlan - First Day on the Ship

Sailing the Rhine

Get to know the layout of the ship and features.

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  Day 2

    First Port of Call - Breisach, Germany

Arrive at Breisach in the A.M. and a Morning Tour - Depart at P.M.

Explore the dense, lofty fir forests of Germany’s Schwarzwald, the fabled Black Forest. Meet your guide at your ship, then embark on a scenic coach excursion through a mythical land of cuckoo clocks, glassblowing and timeless fairy tales. You will begin with a drive into the woods, passing the wine-producing villages of Ihringen, Gottenheim and Bötzingen, each of them cradled among the soft, undulating hills and prolific vineyards of southwestern Germany. After a photo stop, continue to the beautiful Hofgut Sternen hotel, a loyal keeper of Black Forest traditions. During your visit, you may choose your immersion into Black Forest culture: take a forest stroll, attend a demonstration of cuckoo clocks or glassblowing, or learn to make the decadent Black Forest Cake for which this region is known. After, you will return to your ship via Freiburg, a major university and ecclesiastical center.

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    Second Port of Call - Strasbourg, France

Arrive at Strasburg A.M. and a Morning Tour - Depart P.M.

Get to know this delightful city steeped in equal parts French and German culture. Join your local guide for a drive through the German Imperial District and the European Quarter, home of many institutions of the European Union and the Council of Europe. Continue past remarkable Renaissance architecture, then proceed to the city center for a walking tour of the picturesque Petite France area, the former Tanners’ District surrounded by the small Ill River and crisscrossed by charming canals. Here, you will see the Old Customs House and charming covered bridges with their defensive towers. In Cathedral Square view the magnificently restored Strasbourg Cathedral, towering above merchant houses. One of the finest of Europe’s great Gothic cathedrals, it was once the world's tallest building from 1647 to 1874. You will have time to admire the great Gothic rosette window, beautiful red sandstone portal and the remarkable astronomical clock.

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    Third Port of Call - Heidelberg Germany

Arrive at Heidelberg in the A.M. and a Morning Tour - 6 Hours - Depart P.M.

See the castle and old medieval town so steeped in romance that they stood at the center of the German Romantic movement. You will join your guide for a drive to Heidelberg, several miles up the Neckar River. The town sits on a narrow passage of the river at one end of the graceful Old Bridge. You will ascend to the majestic Heidelberg Castle, which has long inspired writers as varied as Johann von Goethe and Mark Twain. Originally built during the early 13th century, it was the residence of the Palatinate monarchy through the 18th century. Descend into the Altstadt, or Old Town, for a walking tour toward the turreted Heidelberg University. Founded in 1386, it is Germany’s oldest. You can see the school’s tower in which unruly boys were incarcerated for misdeeds, and the Red Ox tavern in which they boasted to their mates about their imprisonment.

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    Fourth Port of Call - Koblenz Germany

Arrive at Koblenz in the A.M. - Afternoon Tour of Marksburg Castle for 3 Hours - Depart P.M.

Visit the only castle in the Rhine Valley to have never been destroyed. You will drive with your guide to Braubach, where the incredible Marksburg Castle watches over the town as it has since the 13th century. Because this magnificent structure was built with strong fortifications, it was never besieged by enemies. Upon arrival on its lofty grounds, enjoy spectacular views of Braubach, the Rhine and the surrounding countryside from its 550-foot perch. You will tour the citadel, see the impressive kitchens in the Gothic Hall building and step into the ancient torture chamber to view some grisly instruments. The distinct butter-churn tower, so named because the upper reaches have a smaller diameter than the lower, is a beloved landmark of the town with its distinct profile. Today, Marksburg Castle is home to the German Castles Association, which works to preserve medieval fortifications such as Marksburg all over Germany.

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    Fifth Port of Call - Cologne Germany

Arrive at Cologne in the A.M. - Tour in the Morning - Depart P.M.

Learn about the treasured heritage of Cologne and visit its spectacular cathedral, towering over the Old City in its Gothic splendor. You’ll step into a rich past here, following some of its preserved historic street pattern and hearing about its Roman and medieval history along the way. You will also stop at Cologne’s magnificent Gothic cathedral. Construction of this towering structure, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, began in 1248 and continued in several stages over seven centuries. Finally completed in 1880, it largely escaped damage that ravaged the city and the rest of Germany during World War II. The largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, it is a magnificent church with two soaring spires and beautiful stained-glass windows. Please note: On some occasions, a guided visit inside may not be possible. In that case, you can tour on your own after an introductory explanation by your guide.

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    Sixth Port of Call - Kinderdijk the Netherlands

Arrive at the Netherlands and visit the Kinderdijk Windmills - Afternoon Tour 2 Hours - Depart P.M.

See the picturesque Dutch countryside and the original technological marvels of historic Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will walk with your guide into the serene polder lands of South Holland. As you cross the dike to the windmills, you will notice that they in fact are at a lower elevation than your ship, as much of this part of The Netherlands is below sea level. Built in the mid-18th century, these 19 windmills, the largest concentration in The Netherlands, stand like sentinels on a hushed landscape. You will learn why they were built and see firsthand how they work, even stepping into a working windmill to observe its mechanics and living quarters. Families who live in these mills are required to keep them in working order. This excursion provides a revealing look at these marvelous buildings that helped shape the legendary Dutch landscape.

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  Day 8

    Seventh Port of Call - Amsterdam the Netherlands

Arrive in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in the A.M. - Depart later that day for San Francisco.

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