Moselle River

Day 1: Amsterdam

Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and be transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Amsterdam

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Amsterdam by canal with Van Gogh Museum OR Rijksmuseum visit

Experience the magic and beauty of Amsterdam via a canal cruise, before visiting either the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. Cap the day off with a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3: Cologne

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Cologne walking discovery tour with cathedral OR Kölsch beer tasting OR Museum Ludwig

You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the city’s iconic UNESCO-listed Gothic Cologne Cathedral. For beer connoisseurs, you’ll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. And for lovers of art, you won’t want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig.

Day 4: Koblenz

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Lets Go” hiking tour of Alken village and Thurant Castle

Watch the waters of the Moselle meld with the Rhine’s as you stand at the German Corner of medieval Koblenz during your discovery tour. For those who want more active exploration, hike up to Thurant Castle in the Alken. Meet the keeper and tour the castle and then hike back to the village through the terraced vineyards.
Optional Excursions:
Visit to Marksburg Castle

Visit to Marksburg Castle

  • Duration: 3.25
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $42.90

Only one hill castle on the Rhine has never been destroyed: Marksburg, which has been inhabited for more than 700 years. Ascend the Riders Stairway, which mounted knights once thundered up, and take in the fortress’s defensive batteries, chapel tower, banqueting hall, armory and herb garden to get a vivid sense of medieval life. The tour is fascinating, and the view of the Rhine Valley is matchless.

Day 5: Cochem (Ediger-Eller)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Cochem walking discovery tour with Reichsburg Castle OR exclusive guided “Lets Go” vineyard hike, and exclusive Ediger-Eller “Village Day” with wine tasting

History comes to life in Cochem as you tour Reichsburg Castle. If you prefer a more active outing, hike the steepest vineyard in Europe, the Calmont Steig, offering breathtaking views of the Moselle. Later, travel to the picturesque wine village of Ediger-Eller, where you’ll meet the mayor, who will escort you through his town to an organ recital at St. Martin’s Church—with one of the most ornate steeples—and to a wine tasting.

Day 6: Cruising the Moselle River, Trier (Luxembourg)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Luxembourg with WWII cemetery OR timeless traditions of Villeroy & Boch

After scenic cruising along the Moselle, WWll history buffs will want to tour the city of Luxembourg, site of the WWII cemetery where U.S. Army General George Patton is buried. For those who prefer art history, visit Mettlach’s Benedictine Abbey, where Villeroy & Boch has been producing exquisite porcelain since 1803.

Day 7: Trier, cruising the Moselle River, Bernkastel

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Trier city tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Trier— once known as the “second Rome”—as no other German city has as many monuments dating from ancient Roman times.

Day 8: Bernkastel, cruising the Moselle River

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Bernkastel walking discovery tour with exclusive Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler wine estate visit and tasting OR exclusive guided “Lets Go” bike ride along the Moselle River

Historic vineyards provide the perfect setting for the Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler wine estate. Hear the legends of the estate and sample its delicious Rieslings. If you prefer cycling, join your guide for a bike trip along Moselle through picturesque wine villages.

Day 9: Boppard, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Guided Boppard village stroll and Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum

Your day’s bookends will be Boppard, where you’ll enjoy a village stroll, and Rüdesheim, where you’ll see a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments at Siegfried’s. Between the two cities, you’ll cruise the legendary 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine, a UNESCO-designated Cultural Landscape.

Day 10: Speyer

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour OR exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

A local expert will lead you through Speyer’s Old Town to the city’s cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, for a different spin on the Palatinate wine region, visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made from wine vinegars.
Optional Excursions:
Gourmet vinegar cooking class

Gourmet vinegar cooking class

  • Duration: 4.5
  • Easy:
  • Price: $115.50

Learn the secrets of creative but easy cooking when you join a chef in his 300-year-old village home—one with a very modern kitchen—near Doktorenhof. Schnitzel and sauerkraut may include vinegar in their ingredients, but the four courses you help prepare for lunch today take vinegar in a whole new direction. You might use orange blossom vinegar to season prawns or cherry vinegar in chocolate tartlets. This is a friendly, hands-on experience with a chef who welcomes novices as well as experienced cooks into his kitchen. The menu will be determined by what’s fresh and local, and your chef instructor is a master at pairing regional wines with regional foods. Sauté, sip, sample—and enjoy!

Tour of Heidelberg with Castle visit

Tour of Heidelberg with Castle visit

  • Duration: 5
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $75.90

A motorcoach carries you to Heidelberg, sometimes called the most romantic city in Germany. It is home to the nation’s oldest university, a charming baroque Old Town lying along the banks of the Neckar River and extraordinarily beautiful castle ruins overlooking the town. Your tour will take you to the castle—with its views of the red-tile roofs of the town below, the handsome Old Bridge and the wooded hillsides beyond—and then into Old Town, where you will see the late-Gothic Holy Spirit Church, the Student Prison and the longest pedestrian street in Germany.

Day 11: Strasbourg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Strasbourg by canal OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour

Located on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg offers a unique blend of these nations’ traditional culinary and architectural styles. Take an enlightening tour of multicultural Strasbourg via its historic canals through the Petite France district. If you wish to do as the locals do, opt for an Old Town walking tour with stops for pastries and coffee.
Optional Excursions:
Black Forest excursion with Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum

Black Forest excursion with Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum

  • Duration: 7.5
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $93.50

Today, experience the myriad facets of the legendary Black Forest, famous for cuckoo clocks, cherry brandy and its extraordinary natural beauty. Join a guide for a walking tour of the Vogtsbauernhof outdoor museum, where farmhouses (some dating to the 17th century), sawmills, chapels and gardens show you how village people have lived and worked over the past 400 years. Enjoy a typical regional lunch and stop at the family-owned House of Black Forest Clocks, where you will learn how cuckoo clocks are made—and savor a slice of Black Forest cake, too. Following your Black Forest adventure, you will reboard the motorcoach and return to the ship.

Hot air balloon ride

Hot air balloon ride

  • Duration: 5
  • Easy:
  • Price: $350.90

Does watching the sun set from a hot-air balloon high above the Rhine Valley appeal to you? The light winds and thermals at dawn or dusk are best for ballooning—this expedition begins near dusk. Learn the ins and outs of balloon behavior, then travel to the launch site, where you’ll help lay out the huge fabric envelope and set up the gondola. Hop into the gondola as tons of hot air lift the balloon from the ground and then float into the sky. Below you, the Rhine Valley spreads out in a hundred shades of green, dotted with villages; in the distance are the Vosges Mountains and the faraway Alps. It’s an hour or two of enchantment in the oldest form of air travel known to man. Once your pilot brings the balloon back to earth, you’re part of the crew that rolls up the vast silk envelope and stows it away—and then you partake of a picnic supper with champagne. Oh, one last ritual completes your adventure: you’ll be baptized with a sprinkle of champagne and receive your ballooner’s certificate.

Day 12: Breisach (Colmar or Kayserberg and Riquewihr)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Colmar city tour OR Alsatian “Village Day”

Colmar has been called one of the prettiest towns in the world with its winding streets, medieval city center and pink-stone church. For those who wish to experience more idyllic wine villages, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr are a perfect choice. Join a festive evening at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 13: Basel (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home, or extend your stay in Basel.

Day 1: Basel (embark)

Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg and be transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Breisach (Colmar or Kayserberg and Riquewihr)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Colmar city tour OR Alsatian “Village Day”

Colmar has been called one of the prettiest towns in the world with its winding streets, medieval city center and pink-stone church. For those who wish to experience more idyllic wine villages, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr are a perfect choice. Join a festive evening at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3: Strasbourg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Strasbourg by canal OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour

Located on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg offers a unique blend of these nations’ traditional culinary and architectural styles. Take an enlightening tour of multicultural Strasbourg via its historic canals through the Petite France district. If you wish to do as the locals do, opt for an Old Town walking tour with stops for pastries and coffee.

Day 4: Speyer

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour OR exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

A local expert will lead you through Speyer’s Old Town to the city’s cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, for a different spin on the Palatinate wine region, visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made from wine vinegars.
Optional Excursions:
Visit to Marksburg Castle

Visit to Marksburg Castle

  • Duration: 3.25
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $42.90

Only one hill castle on the Rhine has never been destroyed: Marksburg, which has been inhabited for more than 700 years. Ascend the Riders Stairway, which mounted knights once thundered up, and take in the fortress’s defensive batteries, chapel tower, banqueting hall, armory and herb garden to get a vivid sense of medieval life. The tour is fascinating, and the view of the Rhine Valley is matchless.

Day 5: Rudesheim, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Boppard

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Guided Boppard village stroll and Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum

Your day’s bookends will be Boppard, where you’ll enjoy a village stroll, and Rüdesheim, where you’ll see a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments at Siegfried’s. Between the two cities, you’ll cruise the legendary 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine, a UNESCO-designated Cultural Landscape.

Day 6: Bernkastel, cruising the Moselle River

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Bernkastel walking discovery tour with exclusive Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler wine estate visit and tasting OR exclusive guided “Lets Go” bike ride along the Moselle River

Historic vineyards provide the perfect setting for the Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler wine estate. Hear the legends of the estate and sample its delicious Rieslings. If you prefer cycling, join your guide for a bike trip along Moselle through picturesque wine villages.

Day 7: Trier, cruising the Moselle River

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Trier city tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Trier— once known as the “second Rome”—as no other German city has as many monuments dating from ancient Roman times.

Day 8: Cruising the Moselle River, Trier (Luxembourg)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Luxembourg with WWII cemetery OR timeless traditions of Villeroy & Boch

WWll history buffs will want to tour the city of Luxembourg, site of the WWII cemetery where U.S. Army General George Patton is buried. For those who prefer art history, visit Mettlach’s Benedictine Abbey, where Villeroy & Boch has been producing exquisite porcelain since 1803. Later, enjoy scenic cruising along the Moselle.

Day 9: Cochem (Ediger-Eller)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Cochem walking discovery tour with Reichsburg Castle OR exclusive guided “Lets Go” vineyard hike, and exclusive Ediger-Eller “Village Day” with wine tasting

History comes to life in Cochem as you tour Reichsburg Castle. If you prefer a more active outing, hike the steepest vineyard in Europe, the Calmont Steig, offering breathtaking views of the Moselle. Later, travel to the picturesque wine village of Ediger-Eller, where you’ll meet the mayor, who will escort you through his town to an organ recital at St. Martin’s Church—with one of the most ornate steeples—and to a wine tasting.

Day 10: Koblenz

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Lets Go” hiking tour of Alken village and Thurant Castle

Watch the waters of the Moselle meld with the Rhine as you stand at the German Corner of medieval Koblenz during your discovery tour. For those who want more active exploration, hike up to Thurant Castle in the Alken. Meet the keeper and tour the castle and then hike back to the village through the terraced vineyards.
Optional Excursions:
Gourmet vinegar cooking class

Gourmet vinegar cooking class

  • Duration: 4.5
  • Easy:
  • Price: $115.50

Learn the secrets of creative but easy cooking when you join a chef in his 300-year-old village home—one with a very modern kitchen—near Doktorenhof. Schnitzel and sauerkraut may include vinegar in their ingredients, but the four courses you help prepare for lunch today take vinegar in a whole new direction. You might use orange blossom vinegar to season prawns or cherry vinegar in chocolate tartlets. This is a friendly, hands-on experience with a chef who welcomes novices as well as experienced cooks into his kitchen. The menu will be determined by what’s fresh and local, and your chef instructor is a master at pairing regional wines with regional foods. Sauté, sip, sample—and enjoy!

Tour of Heidelberg with Castle visit

Tour of Heidelberg with Castle visit

  • Duration: 5
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $75.90

A motorcoach carries you to Heidelberg, sometimes called the most romantic city in Germany. It is home to the nation’s oldest university, a charming baroque Old Town lying along the banks of the Neckar River and extraordinarily beautiful castle ruins overlooking the town. Your tour will take you to the castle—with its views of the red-tile roofs of the town below, the handsome Old Bridge and the wooded hillsides beyond—and then into Old Town, where you will see the late-Gothic Holy Spirit Church, the Student Prison and the longest pedestrian street in Germany.

Day 11: Cologne

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Cologne walking discovery tour with cathedral OR Kölsch beer tasting OR Museum Ludwig

You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the city’s iconic UNESCO-listed Gothic Cologne Cathedral. For beer connoisseurs, you’ll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. And for lovers of art, you won’t want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig.
Optional Excursions:
Black Forest excursion with Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum

Black Forest excursion with Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum

  • Duration: 7.5
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $93.50

Today, experience the myriad facets of the legendary Black Forest, famous for cuckoo clocks, cherry brandy and its extraordinary natural beauty. Join a guide for a walking tour of the Vogtsbauernhof outdoor museum, where farmhouses (some dating to the 17th century), sawmills, chapels and gardens show you how village people have lived and worked over the past 400 years. Enjoy a typical regional lunch and stop at the family-owned House of Black Forest Clocks, where you will learn how cuckoo clocks are made—and savor a slice of Black Forest cake, too. Following your Black Forest adventure, you will reboard the motorcoach and return to the ship.

Hot air balloon ride

Hot air balloon ride

  • Duration: 5
  • Easy:
  • Price: $350.90

Does watching the sun set from a hot-air balloon high above the Rhine Valley appeal to you? The light winds and thermals at dawn or dusk are best for ballooning—this expedition begins near dusk. Learn the ins and outs of balloon behavior, then travel to the launch site, where you’ll help lay out the huge fabric envelope and set up the gondola. Hop into the gondola as tons of hot air lift the balloon from the ground and then float into the sky. Below you, the Rhine Valley spreads out in a hundred shades of green, dotted with villages; in the distance are the Vosges Mountains and the faraway Alps. It’s an hour or two of enchantment in the oldest form of air travel known to man. Once your pilot brings the balloon back to earth, you’re part of the crew that rolls up the vast silk envelope and stows it away—and then you partake of a picnic supper with champagne. Oh, one last ritual completes your adventure: you’ll be baptized with a sprinkle of champagne and receive your ballooner’s certificate.

Day 12: Amsterdam

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Amsterdam by canal with Van Gogh Museum OR Rijksmuseum visit

Experience the magic and beauty of Amsterdam via a canal cruise, before visiting either the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. Cap the day off with a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 13: Amsterdam (disembark)

Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Amsterdam.