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Itinerary & Activities

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Itinerary map of Tulip Time on the Romantic Rhine and Mosel River Cruise

DAY 1 – Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

DAY 2 – Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Transfer to your exclusively chartered river ship, the MS Emerald Dawn. Plan to arrive at the ship by 2:00pm. On a narrated canal cruise, view the city from a different perspective as you pass historic buildings, lovely townhomes and churches at water level

Meal: D

DAY 3 – Keukenhof Gardens

On an included excursion to Keukenhof, you’ll discover why it’s called the "Garden of Europe

” On this amazing life enriching experience, admire gorgeous flowers at the height of tulip season! Meals: B, L, D

DAY 4 – Cologne, Germany

While visiting 2,000-year-old Cologne, enjoy an included walking tour to the town center and Domplatz – home of the magnificent cathedral which serves as the symbol of the city

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 5 – Cochem, Germany

Rated as one of the prettiest villages along the Mosel, Cochem is best known for its fortified gates, pastel-colored or half-timbered buildings, Baroque towers and vintages of Mosel Riesling wine. Enjoy an included guided tour of the 19th-century Reichsburg Castle. This afternoon, the ship sails on to Koblenz. A lively performance by local German entertainers takes place onboard our vessel this evening

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 6 – Koblenz and Rüdesheim

Enjoy an included walking tour of this historic city at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. Stroll through the narrow lanes and romantic squares of the city center past some of the cultural monuments, medieval churches and beautifully restored houses. This afternoon you won’t want to miss the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the “Splendor of the Rhine” – a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring St. Goar and the legendary Lorelei Rock. This afternoon, arrive in Rüdesheim, one of the Rhine’s most delightful towns. Your Mayflower Cruise Directors will walk you into town where you’ll have free time to stroll through the alleyways filled with shops. Enjoy your evening in Rüdesheim and stop in a beer hall or wine tavern along the lively Drosselgasse

Filled with music and song, it’s the perfect opportunity to
sample the best of genuine Rhine hospitality! Meals: B, L, D

DAY 7 – Optional Excursion: Heidelberg

A brief port call is made in Mannheim for disembarkation of the optional excursion to Heidelberg. Known as Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg is also famous for the ruins of its red-walled 16th-century castle. The ship continues to Speyer where the optional excursion will end

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 8 – Strasbourg, France

Between France and Germany lies lovely Strasbourg, one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Enjoy a panoramic tour before the walking tour of the city center takes you on a stroll through the charming Old Quarter, “La Petite France,” with its typical Alsatian half-timbered houses. The Main Square is dominated by the magnificent gothic cathedral with carvings as delicate as any piece of hand-made lace

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 9 – Lucerne, Switzerland

After breakfast, disembark the ship in Basel, Switzerland to begin your Swiss adventure. Depart by motorcoach to Lucerne, a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and meadows. An included walking tour highlights the city’s landmark, the famous 14thcentury Chapel Bridge that crosses the Reuss River. See the 17th-century Renaissance Town Hall and town squares, all set amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The remainder of the day is at leisure

Meal: B

DAY 10 – Optional Excursion: Mt. Pilatus

Your last day is left free of planned activities. Enjoy on your own, or join the optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This evening, get together for an included dinner at the hotel

Meals: B, D

DAY 11 – Lucerne / USA

Bid ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. Meal: B Itinerary is subject to change


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.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

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