Magical Rhine and Moselle (Zurich to Amsterdam)
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Start inZurichand end inAmsterdam! With the river cruise tour Magical Rhine and Moselle (Zurich to Amsterdam) (2018), you have a 9 day tour package taking youfrom Zurich to Amsterdamand through Zurich, Switzerland and 10 other destinations in Europe. Magical Rhine and Moselle (Zurich to Amsterdam) (2018) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as meals, transport.
Day 1 – Zurich, Switzerland – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Zurich, Switzerland. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Day 2 – Zurich – Lucerne – Basel – Board Ship
Today, venture to Lucerne, the Swiss Paradise on the Lake. Enjoy a leisurely paced Alstadt (Old Town) walking tour, exploring the hidden treasures of the city. Lucerne has more than 800 years of history. Explore such medieval treasures as the covered Chapel Bridge (1833); the famous Water Tower which has served as a prison, watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from natural rock to commemorate the heroic Swiss Guard. This afternoon, travel to Basel where you will board your cruise ship and prepare to set sail on 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 – Basel – 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 Strasbourg on a guided city 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 4 – Speyer, Germany – Mannheim
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. 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.
Day 5 – Rdesheim – Koblenz
Continue on to Rdesheim and set out on a tour of the city including a visit to its famous Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett (or Mechanical Music Museum). Here you are treated to the music of barrel organs and medieval mechanical instruments. Your next stop is Koblenz where you will get to know this 2,000-year-old city on a tour before docking for the evening. 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.
Day 6 – 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 an introduction by a local winemaker to one of Cochems wine cellars where you will taste regional Mosel wines.
Day 7 – Cologne
This morning the river takes you past the picturesque German landscape dotted with medieval towns. Pause along the way in 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. A wonderful evening of food, music and entertainment awaits you at the Captains Gala Dinner.
Day 8 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Begin your day in Amsterdam where you will join a local expert for a tour highlighting the citys charming cafs, famous 16th-century row houses stacked side-by-side, and the Royal Palace. Next, enjoy a cruise along the citys centuries-old canal system.
Day 9 – Amsterdam – Disembark Ship – Tour Ends
After breakfast you disembark the ship as your tour comes to a close.