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

13 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Basel

Starting at $4,399


Destinations & Sightseeing
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Your European river cruise vacation starts in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this colorful, historic city on a canal cruise through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which spans both sides of the Rhine River, then visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Explore the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages still standing! Take a guided walk through the delightful marketplace, see the renaissance-era Town Hall, and taste famed Moselle wines! 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 the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim, then visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s Castle, towering magnificently over the city. Continue your stunning European river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach—the gateway to Germany’s legendary Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Disembark your river cruise in Basel, Switzerland. Beauty, new discoveries, and delightful surprises are plentiful on your European river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

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


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 Koblenz: choice of guided tour, or visit to Sayn Manor House
Day 5 Bernkastel: guided walk; wine tasting on board
Day 6 Remich. Excursion to Luxembourg: guided tour in Luxembourg
Day 7 Trier: choice of guided tour in Trier, or “Roman Trier,” see the Porta Nigra
Day 8 Cochem: guided tour, visit Reichsburg Castle
Day 9 Boppard–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: free time in Boppard; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, cable-car ride to the Niederwald Monument , or hike the vineyards with your Adventure Host in Rüdesheim
Day 10 Ludwigshafen. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way with your Adventure Host
Day 11 Strasbourg: guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral
Day 12 Breisach: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller
Day 13 Basel (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 Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a special treat, OR:ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim

Day 2
ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below

Day 3
CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

Day 4
CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral, 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 Cochem’s hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend

Day 10
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 11
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 12
DISCOVERY Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites

Day 13
DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making

Day 14
DISCOVERY Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:

Day 15
DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour 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: DISCOVERY 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

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Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am

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AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

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COLOGNE, GERMANY

Day 32
KOBLENZ

Day 33
BERNKASTEL

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REMICH. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG

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TRIER, GERMANY

Day 36
COCHEM

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RÜDESHEIM

Day 38
LUDWIGSHAFEN. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG

Day 39
STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Day 40
BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST

Day 41
BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)

Day 42
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Day 43
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

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OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ

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AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL

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OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TRIER

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AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM

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AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO BOPPARD

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OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

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OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

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EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL

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Day 67 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Holland. 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. Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. During tulip season, don’t miss a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million flowering bulbs. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
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Day 68 AMSTERDAM
Colorful Canals of Amsterdam Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available. Alternatively spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
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Day 69 COLOGNE, GERMANY
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland 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! Local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ
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Day 70 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. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL
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Day 71 BERNKASTEL
Hillside Vines and German Wines 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. Grab Nordic walking sticks or a bike from the ship and explore the surroundings nature trails, or leisurely hike up the hills for breathtaking views of the Moselle. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH
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Day 72 REMICH. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG
The Lofty Landscapes of Luxembourg Join your Adventure host for today’s special activities. 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 73 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 74 COCHEM
The Charm of the Moselle Valley 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. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO BOPPARD
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Day 75 BOPPARD–RHINE GORGE
A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge Spend some free time this morning visiting a local café for a cup of German coffee. Alternatively, choose to explore Boppard’s beautiful views and forested surroundings on a bike ride or hike at your own pace. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Rüdesheim. RÜDESHEIM 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, OR: ACTIVE Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a special treat, OR: ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN
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Day 76 LUDWIGSHAFEN. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
Philosophers’ Views and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities. 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
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Day 77 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. Consider 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 center OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
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Day 78 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour 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: DISCOVERY 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 BASEL
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Day 79 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am or Basel airport before 8 am.

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