Posted June 14th, 2013, 02:19 PM
My wife and I are interested in booking the Rhine Getaway cruise with Viking.
How the day starts is important to us, and we'd like to know when tours are scheduled to leave the ship, etc.
It would be a great help in our decision making if someone could give us an idea of the daily time schedule. I've searched Viking's website but can't find anything more specific than the cruise itinerary.
I realize of course that sometimes circumstances beyond anyone's control effect plans, and timetables need to be adjusted.
Dad and I did it last July, the previous way around to the last poster. So ...
Embarkation day Amsterdam, sailed that evening
Sailing next morning, short lecture on holland and dykes
Arrive kinderdyke approx 11 am walking tour to take as long or as short as you want really. Can do it on your own. Ship left about two pm, sailed rest of day.
Arrive Cologne during night, walking your about two hours from nine am Ish, then did our own thing that day.
Left Cologne late thst evg, about midnight
Arrived at Koblenz early next am. Left ship about nine am for the tour to castle, name escapes me. Lasted about two, three hours. Dad stayed in the ship as it sailed to Braubach where the castle tour people rejoined. Left about midday, and sailed down Rhine gorge all pm. Arrived Rudesheim about four pm Ish. Had three, four hours there to do own thing. Left about nine or ten pm.
Arrived at Mannheim next am. Heidleberg trip, left about nine Ish and returned about one pm Ish. Ship sailed in our absence to Speyer where we rejoined it. There wa a walking tour about 3 pm Ish but we were shattered and didn't partake. Back on board about sixish for those who did it, and then sailed.
Arrived at kehl I think it was for Strasbourg. Tour left about nine ish and back just after one, but you could stay in town longer if you wished, I think. We didnt, came back to boat for lunch and then walked along the pretty gardens and over the pedestrian bridge. Sailed in the late pm.
Arrived Breisach. Tour for Black Forest left about eight thirty and back about one pm. We then did tour at two pm to Colmar and back about six.
Arrived next am at Basel. Hope thst helps!
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