September 13 - 25, 2019
Embark on this exciting river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and explore everything the Moselle and Rhine Rivers have to offer as you stop at interesting and unique cities in France and Germany-and end in lively Amsterdam, Holland.
At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach-known to be the gateway to Germany's famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg's castle, towering magnificently over the city, then head for the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water.
Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel! Here, you'll go on a guided walk and taste some of the famed Moselle wines! Visit a medieval castle, then sail back into the Rhine and explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine River. Your river cruise vacation ends in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city's 'Golden Age.' Don't miss your chance to discover the treasures you'll cherish along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!
THE ONE AND ONLY BED WITH A VIEW. Welcome to the most innovative thing in stateroom design. We threw out the industry standards-and re-invented everything from the ground up. Your entire experience revolves around your comfort and enjoyment. Bed with a view available in categories B, A, P, and Royal suites.
$6,465 CAD PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
Price based on cruise itinerary, in an entry level cabin category E with port taxes.
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*Receive free prepaid gratuities and two free drink vouchers when booking as part of a group of 8 or more.
Airfare, extra hotel nights, transfers, insurance, etc. are extra. Please inquire.
Escorted by Rose-Anne Kupiak with minimum group size required
Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Breisach Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
Day 3 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 4 Ludwigshafen Excursion to Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat
Day 5 Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge
Day 6 Koblenz: choice of guided sightseeing or visit Sayn Manor House
Day 7 Bernkastel: guided walk; wine tasting
Day 8 Thionville: choice of guided tour in Metz, or excursion to the Maginot Line area
Day 9 Grevenmacher. Excursion to Trier: choices of guided tour, or 'Roman Trier' tour, see the Porta Nigra
Day 10 Beilstein-Treis-Karden: free time in Beilstein; excursion to a medieval castle
Day 11 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 12 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 13 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Escorted by Rose-Anne Kupiak with minimum group size required
Welcome to Basel. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zürich must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board. EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH.
Breisach Excursion to Black Forest
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest. CLASSIC Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR: DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Visit to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration. Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
Gothic Giants and Varietal Vintages. CLASSIC Take a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city's gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Alsace for an afternoon in a French wine country village. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre. Sample local culinary specialties, such as Tarte flambée. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN
Ludwigshafen Excursion to Heidelberg
Philosophers' Views, a Hilltop Castle, and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine. CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the World's Largest Wine Barrel. You'll have free time to stroll or shop in Heidelberg this afternoon. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience. DISCOVERY Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ
Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares and monuments, OR: CLASSIC Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion this afternoon to visit Koblenz's geopark, and learn about the region's volcanic geological history. Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain-top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL
Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley. CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel-with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses. DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO THIONVILLE
Ornate Palaces, Opera Houses, and Old Battle Lines. CLASSIC Visit the historic Maginot Line-pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, OR: CLASSIC Join a Guided Excursion to Metz-a city with 3,000 years of history-to see its gothic cathedral, Imperial Palace, and France's oldest opera house. You can choose to follow your excursion to Metz with a Guided Optional Excursion to the regal city of Nancy-with its gilded grand square and 18th-century Place Stanislas. Alternatively, consider an afternoon bike ride on your own to leisurely explore Thionville. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GREVENMACHER
Grevenmacher. Excursion to Trier
Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine. This morning you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Luxembourg City-with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain. CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing tour of Trier-Germany's oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city center, OR: CLASSIC Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BEILSTEIN
The Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle. Enjoy free time in Beilstein-known as the "Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle" for its castle-dotted hills, vineyards, and inviting village of the Moselle River Valley. Go for a morning bike ride through the unspoiled 15th-century buildings and chiming church bells before sailing to Treis-Karden. TREIS-KARDEN Stiftskirche Steeples and Soaring Castles. CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to explore a medieval castle towering on the slopes above the Moselle River. Take some free time to stroll through the romantic village before enjoying live entertainment on board tonight. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City. CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR; DISCOVERY Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites. Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! Local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT SAILING TO AMSTERDAM
Colorful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." Join a Guided Optional Bike Excursion in the Dutch countryside. You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam's many fascinating museums or galleries. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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