Magical Rhine and Moselle
From $4,449* pp | 9 Days • 22 Meals *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
Embark on a cruise and drift by fairy-tale landscapes, vineyards, castles and quaint towns pausing along the way to get to know the rivers’ treasures.
- Cruise the famous canals of Amsterdam.
- Discover the lovely town of Cochem on a guided tour.
- Take in the sounds of barrel organs and medieval instruments at Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett.
- Set out on a tour of picturesque Rüdesheim.
The Enchanting Rivers of Europe
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 city’s centuries-old canal system and famous 16th-century row houses stacked side-by-side. Spend time in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities. Pause in Rüdesheim to explore the famous Siegfried’s 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 city’s 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. Savour a dinner of regional Black Forest specialities 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.
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Activities as stated
Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.
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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. 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.
Today, join a local expert for a city tour of Amsterdam including a cruise along the city’s centuries-old canal system. Board your canal boat and cruise by charming cafés and famous 16th-century row houses stacked side-by-side.
Day 3. 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 city’s 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 4. 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 Cochem’s wine cellars where you will taste regional Mosel wines.
Continue on to Koblenz and get to know this 2,000-year-old city on a walking tour. See such sights as the town’s 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 Rüdesheim. Set out on a tour of the city and its famous Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett (or Mechanical Music Museum) where you will be treated to the music of barrel organs and medieval mechanical instruments.
Day 6. 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 Germany’s 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 7. 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 République and Place d’Austerlitz. You will have free time to explore this perfectly preserved town before returning to your cruise ship.
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. Savour some leisure time to browse the shops for the region’s famous cuckoo clocks. Prior to dinner you’ll 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 specialities before returning to your hotel in Basel.
Day 9. Basel – Tour Ends
- The Netherlands, France and Germany are 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
- Elevation on this tour will not exceed 1,500 feet.
- The currency in the countries visited is the Euro.
- Europe uses 220 volts.
- Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobble stoned streets.
Aug 26, 2017 – Sep 3, 2017 $4,459
Sep 1, 2017 – Sep 9, 2017 $4,459
Sep 9, 2017 – Sep 17, 2017 $4,459
Sep 6, 2018 – Sep 14, 2018 $4,449
Sep 12, 2018 – Sep 20, 2018 $4,449