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 cafÃ© or visit one of many world class museums.
PARIS Today, you'll visit Notre Dame and then enjoy some free time to explore the âCity of Light.â 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)
PARIS Enjoy a free day to explore the romantic âCity of Light.â Stroll along the Champs ElysÃ©es, lined with boutiques and cafes, or go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World's Fair. (B)
PARIS â LUXEMBOURG â 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)
TRIER, GERMANY â BERNKASTEL After breakfast a guided walking tour of TrierâGermany's oldest cityâwillintroduce 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)
COCHEM â 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.
RHINE GORGE â 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 RÃ¼desheim 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 RÃ¼desheimer Coffee. The ship sails overnight. (B,L,D)
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)
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 âLa Petite Franceâ 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)
BREISACHâ 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 MÃ¼nster, 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)
BASEL â DISEMBARKATION â 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)
ZURICH Your morning city tour of Switzerland's largest city, Zurich, includes GrossmÃ¼nster Abbey (which offers exceptional views of Zurich), St. Peter (which boasts the world's largest church clock face), Old Town, Town Hall and FraumÃ¼nster Abbey, home to five world-famous Chagall windows. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the town on your own. (B)
ZURICH Today is yours to explore this beautiful and cosmopolitan city. (B)
DEPART ZURICH After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home. (B)