On arrival you will be met and transferred to your ship. Then, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.
Included today: Amsterdam canal cruise. After breakfast, set out to discover the treasures of this city by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten, lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's 'Golden Age'. Later, cruise out of Amsterdam and head for Germany.
One of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between a guided city walk or a Jewish Heritage walk. Later, during free time, perhaps visit the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artefacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years, and shop for a bottle of '4711', the original eau de cologne.
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The Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris sits among iconic Paris landmarks, 10 minutes' walk from the Champs-Élysées. Step back to the glamour of the 1930s as you indulge in the mosaic-decorated spa or soak up the Art Deco style at the Purple Bar. Official rating: 5 stars.
The hotel faces Parc Monceau, 15 minutes from the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord. The Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe are a few minutes' walk away.
Lavish historic charm in the heart of Paris. The hotel, which dates back to 1862, overlooks the famous Palais Garnier, home to the esteemed Paris Opera. Two acclaimed restaurants await you - Café de la Paix, with its rich history, and La Verrière, set in a beautiful winter garden. Official rating: 4 stars.
A 4-minute walk from Opera metro station.
This recently renovated hotel is a stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower and within easy reach of Paris' major attractions. Enjoy a bite to eat or a glass of wine with stunning views of Paris' most iconic landmark. Official rating: 4 stars.
Set in the heart of Paris, on the doorstep of the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero.
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