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Rhine & Moselle Splendors (2018)

Paris and Zurich provide the perfect beginning and ending to your splendid journey along two of Europe's most alluring rivers, the Rhine and Moselle. Step into the pages of a fairytale in Cochem and Strasbourg. Marvel at the Palace Gardens of Schwetzingen, the only park in Europe that still retains its original Baroque-style grounds. Be inspired by UNESCO-designated Trier, Siegfried's Mechanical Museum and local wine growers, who charm you with delicious wines while visiting Bernkastel, Rüdesheim and Riquewihr, the “Gem of the Alsace Vineyards.”

  • Price starts at: $5479
  • Tour length: 13 Days
  • Trip Type: River Cruise

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Itinerary & Activities

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Day 1

ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Walk through the city's enchanting streets, drop by a charming sidewalk café or visit one of many world class museums.

Day 2

PARIS Today, you'll visit Notre Dame and then enjoy some free time to explore the “City of Light.” Afterwards, you'll see some of the most famous sights on a panoramic city tour, followed by a photo stop at Champs de Mars for views of the Eiffel Tower. (B)

Day 3

PARIS Enjoy a free day to explore the romantic “City of Light.” Stroll along the Champs Elysées, lined with boutiques and cafes, or go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World's Fair. (B)

Day 4

PARIS – LUXEMBOURG – EMBARKATION Bid au revoir to Paris as you board your TGV high-speed train that will whisk you away and into Luxembourg, one of Europe's last independent duchies. You will have a guided walking tour of Luxembourg as well as a stop at the American Cemetery and Memorial, the final resting place of General George Patton, before boarding the ship. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. The ship departs very late tonight for Germany. (B,D)

Day 5

TRIER, GERMANY – BERNKASTEL After breakfast a guided walking tour of Trier—Germany's oldest city—willintroduce you to its rich Roman past. You will see Trier Cathedral, the Basilica of Constantine and the Porta Nigra gate that dates back to 179 A.D. Continue on to Bernkastel, strategically located in the middle of the Mosel Valley's wine-producing region, an area that's been cultivating wine for over 500 years. A guided walking tour through the old town center this afternoon will take you past many medieval and Renaissance buildings. You will also enjoy a winery visit and sample several regional vintages. Your ship departs later this evening and cruises overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 6

COCHEM – KOBLENZ Today, enjoy a guided tour of Cochem that takes you to the spectacular hilltop Reichsburg Castle, offering fantastic views of the river valley below. This afternoon, you will take a walking tour of Koblenz and explore its charming town square and quaint shops.

Day 7

RHINE GORGE – RUDESHEIM This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its many castles and fortress ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock. This afternoon you will arrive in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim where you will have the option to take one of three excursions: wine tasting with a local vintner, a gondola ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, or a guided bike tour along the Rhine River to one of Germany's best wine regions. Later you'll have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, the town's most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns. This evening, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments, or join us for some Rüdesheimer Coffee. The ship sails overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 8

MANNHEIM Arrive in Mannheim, where you have a choice of two excursions this afternoon. Your first option is a visit to the historic university town of Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. Or, for your second option, enjoy a tour of historic and ornate Schwetzingen Gardens. (B,L,D)

Day 9

STRASBOURG Capital city of France's Alsace region, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy either a panoramic bus tour or guided bike tour that will take you past the Orangery, the town's oldest park, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, explore on foot with a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood, where you will see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. You also have the option of exploring Strasbourg on a guided hike that begins at the Orangery and makes its way to the cathedral. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish before the ship departs tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 10

BREISACH– BASEL You have three exciting excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town renowned for its historic architecture and for its Riesling wines. A second option is a tour of the beautiful towns of Breisach and Freiburg, where you will visit the historical city center and Freiburg's Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Your third choice is guided bike tour of Breisach that takes you through the Rheinau woods. Afterwards, the ship cruises to Basel, Switzerland, where you will have some free time to explore. (B,L,D)

Day 11

BASEL – DISEMBARKATION – ZURICH, SWITZERLAND Disembark after breakfast and depart for the postcard-perfect lakeside city of Lucerne, where you will take a leisurely cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne to Vitznau, here you will board a motor coach for a scenic drive through the countryside, passing Alpine Lakes and small villages. Later arrive in Zurich and check into your hotel. (B)

Day 12

ZURICH Your morning city tour of Switzerland's largest city, Zurich, includes Grossmünster Abbey (which offers exceptional views of Zurich), St. Peter (which boasts the world's largest church clock face), Old Town, Town Hall and Fraumünster Abbey, home to five world-famous Chagall windows. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the town on your own. (B)

Day 13

ZURICH Today is yours to explore this beautiful and cosmopolitan city. (B)

Day 14

DEPART ZURICH After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home. (B)


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

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  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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