The Rhine & Moselle – Amsterdam to Zürich
|The Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam to Zürich
|Europe, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands
Day 1 Amsterdam.
Welcome to Amsterdam! Hollands capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafs, restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. If your flight arrives early enough, you might like to take one of the optional excursions on offer. Then, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (D)
Day 2 Amsterdam
Included today: 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.” The afternoon is free to explore on your own or join in one of a number of optional excursions on offer. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Cologne, Germany
Included today: Choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage Walk.
Day 4 Koblenz
Included today: choice of guided city walk or visit Sayn Manor House. At the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business centre of the Middle Rhine region. Join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the city, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments; or visit nearby SAYN MANOR HOUSE, belonging to the counts of the same name. This afternoon, as you cruise the wide, peaceful curves of the Moselle River, it quickly becomes obvious why the Moselle Valley is famous for its beautiful and tranquil scenery, and that this is an important wine-growing area. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Bernkastel
Included today: guided walk; on board wine tasting. In the middle of the Moselle region is the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK that includes the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hallbuilt in 1608and the “pointed house,” built in 1416. Wine growers in this area look after Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. Before dinner enjoy an ONBOARD TASTING of some of the local wines. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Thionville, France
Included today: Choice of excursion to Metz or an area of the Maginot Line. Today, the choice is yours. Join an excursion to Metz, a city with a rich history and many cultural and architectural gems, or history buffs may prefer to participate in an excursion to a nearby area of the Maginot Line, which stretched from Switzerland to the Belgian border. The line was composed of huge fortresses with smaller defensive posts or simple blockhouses. Return to your vessel in time for lunch. The afternoon is free with the possibility to join an optional excursion. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Remich, Luxembourg.
Included today: Guided sightseeing of Luxembourg City; choice of guided sightseeing in Trier or ‘Roman Trier’, see the Porta Negra. Because of its location and natural geography, Luxembourg City has been a place of strategic military significance throughout history; the first fortifications were built as early as the 10th century. The city centre occupies a picturesque site, perched high on precipitous cliffs that drop into the narrow valleys of the Alzette and Ptrusse Rivers. A LOCAL GUIDE will acquaint you with this city whose layout is complex as it is set on two levels, straddling hills and dropping into the two river valleys. At the head of the Moselle Valley is Trier, Germany’s oldest city. Some say Trier is even older than Rome and that it was populated over a thousand years before the Romans arrived. Many Roman remains have survived, including a 20,000-seat amphitheatre; the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement, which still gives access to the town’s centre; imperial baths; and the Roman Bridge, Germany’s oldest bridge with stone pilings dating from 144-152 ADall evidence of this once grand Roman city. Trier also offers pleasant market squares, Germany’s oldest Christian church, and a cornucopia of architectural stylesRoman, baroque, neo-classicism, renaissance, and gothic. A choice of GUIDED CITY SIGHTSEEING or the more history-focused “ROMAN TRIER” guided tour, followed by some free time, gives you the opportunity to discover this magnificent town. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Beilstein, Germany
Included today: excursion to Eltz Castle. A leisurely day today – free time this morning to explore the quaint little town of Beilstein. Then this afternoon visit medieval ELTZ CASTLE, still today owned by a branch of the family who lived there in the 12th century. (B,L,D) (B, L, D)
Day 9 Rhine Gorge – Rdesheim.
Included today: Cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
Day 10 Excursion to Heidelberg
Included today: Guided visit to Heidelberg Castle visit.
Day 11 Strasbourg.
Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and gothic cathedral.
Day 12 Breisach.
Included today: Excursion to the Black Forest.
Day 13 Basel Zrich.
Disembark and transfer to Zrich airport for your flight to the UK. (B)