Magical Rhine and Moselle
|Magical Rhine and Moselle
|Europe, France, Germany, Netherlands
Set sail on a cruise along the Rhine and Moselle rivers that will take you to Netherlands, Germany and France. Sit back and relax in your outside stateroom and enjoy the luxury of unlimited wine or beer with every dinner and daily onboard musical performances. Join a local expert for a tour of Amsterdam highlighting the citys centuries-old canal system and famous 16th-century row houses stacked side-by-side. Spend time in Speyer, one of Germanys oldest cities. Pause in Rdesheim to explore the famous Siegfrieds Mechaniches Musikkabinett (or Music Museum). Tour the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz. Your stop in Cologne features a guided walking tour of the citys old town and Cologne Cathedral. Spend the afternoon in Cochem and sip wine in one of the famous cellars. Enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Strasbourg old town. Step back in time on a walking tour of Colmar, France. Savor a dinner of regional Black Forest specialties and a demonstration of traditional cuckoo clock making in Titisee, Germany. This cruise will bring you by charming panoramas while you get to know the interesting culture and deep history of the region.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Join us for an exciting tour featuring Strasbourg and the romantic Rhine Valley. This journey brings you through one of the most historic and dramatic regions in all of Europe.
Day 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands – Board Ship – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Amsterdam where you will board your cruise ship for a 7-night cruise along the Rhine River. Your ship offers an array of amenities including outside staterooms, unlimited wine with every dinner, and daily onboard musical performances. This evening, meet in the lounge for a cocktail reception followed by a welcome aboard dinner.
Day 3: Amsterdam
Today, join a local expert for a city tour of Amsterdam including a cruise along the citys centuries-old canal system. Board your canal boat and cruise by charming cafs and famous 16th-century row houses stacked side-by-side.
Day 4: Cologne, Germany
As you glide down the river this morning, pass through the picturesque German landscape dotted with medieval towns. Your journey brings you to Cologne where you will join a guide for a walking tour of the citys Old Town with its narrow, cobbled streets. Admire the Cologne Cathedral, as well as the Roman Dionysus mosaic and the Romanesque church of St. Martin.
Day 5: Moselle River – Cochem
Set sail on the Moselle River to Cochem where you will join a guided tour through this lovely town and Reichsburg Castle. The castle is set on a precipitous rock high above the town and offers breathtaking views of the Moselle Valley. End your tour of Cochem with a visit and introduction by a local winemaker to one of Cochems wine cellars where you will taste regional Mosel wines.
Day 6: Koblenz – Rüdesheim
Continue on to Koblenz and get to know this 2,000-year-old city on a walking tour. See such sights as the towns old quarter, which was badly damaged during World War II and then rebuilt, as well as the Schaengel Fountain at the town hall. Your next stop is Rdesheim. Set out on a tour of the city and its famous Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett (or Mechanical Music Museum) where you will be treated to the music of barrel organs and medieval mechanical instruments.
Day 7: Mannheim – Speyer
The river takes you to Mannheim where you will have free time to explore the city on your own. Or, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to the town of Heidelberg. Later, sail to Speyer, one of Germanys oldest cities, and step back in time on a walking tour to explore such places as the Old Gate and the Jewish baths. A wonderful evening of food, music and entertainment awaits you at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
Day 8: Strasbourg, France
Your journey takes you to Strasbourg, a provincial capital of France that blends centuries of Roman, French, German and Alsatian influences together, creating a unique character. Discover the history of the city on a guided tour of the old quarter, “Petite France,” featuring the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Highlights also include Place de la Rpublique and Place dAusterlitz. You will have free time to explore this perfectly preserved town before returning to your cruise ship.
Day 9: Disembark Basel, Switzerland- Colmar, FR- Black Forest, Germany- Basel
Today is filled with exploration! Disembark your ship in Basel and travel to the Alsace wine region to spend time in beautiful Colmar. Step back in time with a local guide on a walking tour of the Old Town highlighting its many architectural landmarks. Enjoy some free time to explore this charming city on your own. Next, drive to Titisee, a German resort town nestled alongside its picturesque lake hidden deep in the Black Forest. Savor some leisure time to browse the shops for the regions famous cuckoo clocks. Prior to dinner youll have an opportunity to meet a local artisan who demonstrates how these cuckoo clocks are made with traditional techniques. Then, enjoy a dinner of Black Forest regional specialties before returning to your hotel in Basel.
Day 10: Basel – Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today.