The Rhine & Moselle (Northbound) 2021 - 13 Day River Cruise Basel to Amsterdam
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The Rhine & Moselle (Northbound) 2021

13 Day River Cruise Basel to Amsterdam

Starting at $4,241


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
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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 view 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!

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Map for The Rhine & Moselle (Northbound) 2021 - 13 Day River Cruise Basel to Amsterdam


Destination & Sightseeing

Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller
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, or hike up Philosophers' Way with your Adventure Host.
Day 5 Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; 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 Remich: Excursion to Luxembourg
Day 9 Trier: Choice of guided tour, or 'Roman Trier' tour, see the Porta Nigra
Day 10 Cochem: Guided tour, visit Reichsburg 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 cruise ends this morning
Notes:
  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

ITINERARY

Day 1
ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below

Day 2
CLASSIC Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden, and enjoy a wine tasting

Day 3
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

Day 4
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,” OR:

Day 5
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

Day 6
CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses

Day 7
CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain

Day 8
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

Day 9
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit the hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend

Day 10
CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR;

Day 11
CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age"

Day 12
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 butter-making demonstration, OR:

Day 13
DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat

Day 14
DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making

Day 15
DISCOVERY Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites

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BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)

Day 30
BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

Day 31
STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Day 32
LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

Day 33
RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE

Day 34
KOBLENZ

Day 35
BERNKASTEL

Day 36
REMICH. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG

Day 37
TRIER, GERMANY

Day 38
COCHEM

Day 39
COLOGNE

Day 40
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Day 41
AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Day 42
EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

Day 43
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

Day 44
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

Day 45
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

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OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LAHNSTEIN

Day 47
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL

Day 48
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TRIER

Day 50
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM

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AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO COLOGNE

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AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT SAILING TO AMSTERDAM

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OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

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Day 67 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Basel. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zürich or Basel 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
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Day 68 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. 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 butter-making demonstration, OR: CLASSIC Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden, and enjoy a wine tasting. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
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Day 69 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France 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 also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN
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Day 70 LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
Philosophers’ Views and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel 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,” OR: ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below. Enjoy sailing to Rüdesheim this afternoon. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM
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Day 71 RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Lahnstein. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LAHNSTEIN
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Day 72 KOBLENZ
Fortress Walls and Manor Halls 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. 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL
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Day 73 BERNKASTEL
Hillside Vines and German Wines Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. This morning enjoy a leisurely sailing 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. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH
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Day 74 REMICH. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG
The Lofty Landscapes of Luxembourg CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TRIER
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Day 75 TRIER, GERMANY
Ancient Worlds, and Old World Charm 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. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM
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Day 76 COCHEM
The Charm of the Moselle Valley Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities. CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit the hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO COLOGNE
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Day 77 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. Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT SAILING TO AMSTERDAM
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Day 78 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age". During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Alternatively, choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the 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
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Day 79 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
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Accommodations

ZurichAmsterdam
Radisson Blu Airport
Superior First-Class

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This modern, stylish hotel 330-room property conveniently offers direct access to the airport terminal, the perfect location for arrivals & departures. Dining options include an Italian restaurant specializing in fresh Italian dishes crafted with a modern twist and a Grill restaurant offering seafood and steaks dishes prepared in an open kitchen. The atrium bar has a 16m-high glass wine tower with over 4,000 bottles of wine and champagne and the outdoor terrace is the place for cocktails and light bites. Other amenities include two fitness centers (one on site and one at the airport), a hammam, as well as a sauna set in a plane's cockpit. Free internet access is available throughout the entire hotel.
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