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Canals, Vineyards & Castles – Southbound 2019 - 8 days Amsterdam to Remich

Canals, Vineyards & Castles – Southbound 2019

8 days Amsterdam to Remich

Starting at $2,749


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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Start this magnificent European river cruise vacation in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten.

Then, begin your scenic cruise along the Rhine River and come to Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture. On a guided city walk, see the famous twin-spired cathedral and explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City. You’ll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns.

Along the Moselle River, you’ll stop at the picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below. In Bernkastel, enjoy a guided walk and taste some of the region’s best-loved wines. Go on an excursion to historical Luxembourg City, offering unique and dramatic views as it is set on two levels—high above on straddling hills and dropping into two river valleys.


Destination & Sightseeing

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 4 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; in Rüdesheim choice of visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument; special treat
Day 5 Cochem: guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle
Day 6 Bernkastel: guided walk; wine tasting
Day 7 Remich. Excursion to Luxembourg City: guided tour in Luxembourg
Day 8 Remich (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Notes:
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

ITINERARY

Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Spend free time exploring the colorful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam—with its many cafés and art galleries. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
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Day 2 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 the city’s “Golden Age.” Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties. Or you may enjoy an Optional Bike Tour to discover the Dutch countryside. Alternatively take a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle—the most beautiful and best-kept medieval castle in Holland. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
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Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY
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 Join 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! Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
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Day 4 RHINE GORGE—RÜDESHEIM
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country This morning, relax on the Sky Deck while sailing through the magnificent Rhine Gorge. DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR: ACTIVE Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards. DISCOVERY Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS
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Day 5 COCHEM
Reichsburg Castle, Riesling Wine, and the Charm of the Moselle Valley Relax on the Sky Deck of your ship while sailing through the Moselle Valley, famous for the beautiful growing villages and their vineyards. CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit Cochem’s hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL
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Day 6 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, OR: Spend some free time at your leisure this afternoon—hike to view the vast vineyard landscapes, bike through the Renaissance-style village, or relax with a glass of German wine. DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making. Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH
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Day 7 REMICH, LUXEMBOURG. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG CITY
Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH
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Day 8 REMICH (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Luxembourg City airport before 8 am.

Accommodations

AmsterdamLuxembourg
Moevenpick Amsterdam City
Superior First-Class

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Piet Heinkade 11 Amsterdam Netherlands

A stylish 408-room hotel in the perfect location, this waterfront property offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The chic restaurant serves creative international cuisine and there is a fabulous bar serving drinks and light snacks which is also a great spot for a nightcap. For relaxation there is a Lifestyle Studio featuring a gym, Finnish sauna, bio sauna & ice fountain.
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