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Itinerary & Activities

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Itinerary map of Romantic Rhine and Mosel River Cruise 2019

Day 1 - Depart the USA

Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.

Day 2 - Zurich to Lucerne, Switzerland

Upon arrival in Zurich, transfer to your hotel in Lucerne to begin your Swiss adventure. The afternoon is at leisure for you to begin discovering your beautiful new surroundings. This evening, join your Mayflower Cruise Directors and traveling companions for an included dinner at the hotel. Meal: D

Day 3 - City Tour of Lucerne

After breakfast, an included walking tour highlights the city’s landmark, the famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge with its paintings of heroic town events, 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 your leisure. Meal: B

Day 4 - Optional Excursion: Mt. Pilatus

Before departing for your ship in Basel, the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure or join the morning optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This afternoon, travel by motorcoach to Basel, Switzerland for embarkation of the MS Emerald Sun, home for the next seven nights. Meals: B, D

Day 5 - 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 6 - Optional Excursion: Heidelberg

A brief port call is made in Speyer 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 sails to Mannheim where the optional excursion reboards. This evening the ship docks in Rüdesheim, one of the Rhine’s most delightful towns. After dinner, enjoy your evening in port and stop in a beer hall or wine tavern along the lively Drosselgasse. Meals: B, L, D

Day 7 - Rüdesheim and Koblenz

Rüdesheim is home to three medieval castles and the town provides a fascinating look through German history. This morning your Mayflower Cruise Directors will walk you into town where you’ll have free time to stroll through the alleyways filled with shops or visit the Market Square. 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 along the river, featuring St. Goar and the legendary Lorelei Rock.

Upon arrival, enjoy an included walking tour of Koblenz, located 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. Following dinner, enjoy a special performance onboard by local German entertainers. Meals: B, L, D

Day 8 - 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. Meals: B, L, D

Day 9 - 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. Relax onboard with an afternoon and evening sailing on the river. Meals: B, L, D

Day 10 - Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam boasts ornately gabled 16th-century townhouses and hundreds of canals and bridges. This morning, during a narrated canal cruise, you get a view of the city from a different perspective. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Amsterdam as you wish. Meals: B, L, D

Day 11 - Amsterdam / USA

Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. Meal: B


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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