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Switzerland, the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle featuring Oberammergau extension - 2022

Oberammergau extension • 14-night Rhine and Moselle River Cruise with Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Cologne, Cochem, Schweich, Bernkastel, Trier, Koblenz, Mainz, Speyer, Strasbourg, Alsatian Wine Route, Basel
  • EXPERIENCE OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY ON OUR OPTIONAL EXTENSION
  • SWITZERLAND, THE HEART OF THE RHINE & MOSELLE
  • FULL-DAY TOUR OF THE ALSATIAN WINE ROUTE
  • EXPLORE ON TWO WHEELS USING OUR COMPLIMENTARY BICYCLES
  • WALKING TOUR OF STRASBOURG, FEATURING A CANAL BOAT RIDE
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Amsterdam to Basel Harvest Departure

Amsterdam to Basel: Harvest Wine Celebration

On this scenic sail through the Rhine and Moselle River Valleys, you’ll not only take in the breathtaking scenery of ones of Europe’s most picturesque regions – you’ll delve into its remarkable wine culture as well!

This 15-day cruise allows you to soak in the culture of charming towns like Mainz — home to the Gutenberg Museum. You’ll also discover Strasbourg in France and Amsterdam in Holland.

What’s more, you’ll enjoy a range of wine features, including:

  • Harvest Season Exclusives: Enjoy grape picking and pressing at renowned Weingut Friz Georg von Nell vineyard and a wine tasting of distinctive Riesling and Ice Wine with a sommelier on board the ship Enjoy a walking tour and wine tasting in Bernkastel, known as the “International Town of Vines and Wine
  • Set off on a full-day tour of the famed Alsatian Wine Route
  • Meet the "count" of Reichsburg Castle while enjoying some wine and music

Plus, this remarkable Rhine and Moselle river cruise is made even more unforgettable with a once-in-a-lifetime addition: the Oberammergau Passion Play. This epic depiction of the life of Christ, which takes place only once every decade, has been staged for nearly 400 years. There is simply nothing like it, which is one of the reasons why 500,000 people will come to see it during its run. This experience (on select 2022 departures only) can’t be replicated anywhere else and is available to you on deluxe small-group tours with Vantage when you add on exclusive extension to Oberammergau. Plus, with Vantage you can be assured of the best seats and accommodations among American cruise lines today. That’s two unforgettable experiences — a wine harvest river cruise and a once-in-a-decade event — in one. Don’t miss out!

Date: September 12, 2022

Pre-Trip Extension

Bruges, Belgium (Pre-Trip)

FROM: $899 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $225 PER DAY

Oberammergau Passion Play with Munich (May 15, July 30, August 27 & September 24)

FROM: $1999 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $500 PER DAY
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DAY 1:

Depart home for Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This evening, you’ll fly overnight to Amsterdam.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Amsterdam

Arrive in the Dutch capital. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your European river cruise ship. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink and Briefing in the lounge.

Vantage Onboard Enrichment:

  • Morning yoga and stretching, offered throughout the duration of your cruise
  • Optional early risers’ breakfast in the Captain’s Club, offered throughout the duration of your cruise
  • Chess, shuffleboard, track, spa, and other amenities

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

A cruise along Amsterdam’s canal ring and a visit to the esteemed Rijksmuseum

Today, embark on a lovely cruise along Amsterdam’s 17th-century canal ring, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will then visit the recently renovated Rijksmuseum, home of Amsterdam’s premier art collection, including works by such Dutch masters as Rembrandt and Vermeer. Later, gather with your fellow travelers for the Captain’s Welcome Dinner and Reception.

Included Feature:

  • Canal cruise and visit to the Rijksmuseum
Cultural Connection:
  • Live classical music performance on board

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 4:

Embark on a walking tour of Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands

Today, embark on a walking tour of Nijmegen. This is the oldest city in the Netherlands, and the entire region is teeming with stories from World War II, when it was occupied by Nazi forces and eventually liberated by Allied troops (though not before Allies mistakenly dropped bombs here). In the afternoon, you’ll learn a bit about the local language during a German lesson while also enjoying scenic sailing.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Nijmegen, Holland's oldest town
Cultural Connection:
  • Take a German language lesson
Culinary Feature:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain's Club: Käsespätzle or similar

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5:

Explore Cologne on a walking tour and taste some distinctive Kölsch beer

This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of Cologne, getting a chance to learn about this city’s rich history. You'll also enjoy a special tasting of Kölsch beer, a distinctive style that the New York Times once stated was like "drinking an entire culture."  After the tour, you'll also have free time to explore on your own. Some evening entertainment onboard the ship offers the perfect coda to your day.

Harvest Feature:

  • Kölsch beer sampling
Included Feature:
  • Walking tour of Cologne featuring views of the city's famous cathedral
Cultural Connection:
  • Enjoy traditional evening entertainment onboard
Biking Opportunity:
  • Enjoy some of the most scenic cycle paths of the iconic Rhine River through Cologne-Deutz during a 5-mile route. Click here for details

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Meet the “count” of Reichsburg Castle, sip some wine, soak up the scenery

Spend the morning taking in the scenery in Cochem. Later, enjoy a guided visit to fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle, perched atop a steep hill in the quaint town of Cochem on the Moselle River. Meet the “count” in the castle and enjoy a glass of the fine Riesling produced in the area. Enjoy scenic cruising with commentary in the afternoon. This evening, Movie Night features Patton.


Harvest Feature:

  • Enjoy a glass of wine and music with the count of Reichsburg
Included Feature:
  • Guided tour of Reichsburg Castle
Culinary Feature:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain's Club: Beef Roulade

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Discover Schweich on your own

You’ll have the entire day at leisure to explore Schweich on your own or just relax.

Culinary Features:

  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain's Club: Beer-braised pork ribs
  • Local wine pairings with dinner
Biking Opportunity:
  • Join your Concierge for an easy 9-mile cycle through the German countryside along the Moselle River. Click here for details

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Enjoy a walking exploration of Bernkastel and sample some local wines

Today, you'll enjoy an insightful lecture on Roman history before embarking on a walking tour of Bernkastel, known as the “International Town of Vines and Wine.” The surrounding landscape boasts massive fortresses and fairy-tale castles, and the town’s half-timbered houses lining the banks of the Moselle will enchant you. You’ll have some time on your own, or choose to enjoy a delightful wine tasting (including the famed Eiswein).

Harvest Feature:

  • Try a local dessert wine called Eiswein
Included Feature:
  • Walking tour of Bernkastel
Cultural Connection:
  • Onboard Lecture: Ancient Roman presence in Germany
Culinary Feature:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain's Club: Dumplings & wine tasting
Biking Opportunity:
  • Enjoy scenic vistas as you follow this path along the beautiful Moselle River during a 19-mile route. Click here for details

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

The oldest city in Germany is yours to explore, including the UNESCO-listed Roman ruins

Discover the city of Trier today. This is the oldest city in Germany, and your included tour here brings you to the amphitheater and includes a viewing of the Porta Nigra (a massive stone gate), the Roman Bridge, and Barbara Baths. You’ll also enjoy a singular treat: An exclusive grape picking and pressing at renowned Weingut Fritz Georg von Nell vineyard. This is your opportunity to be immersed in the harvest way of life — getting hands-on experience in this timeless tradition. You’ll also savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.

Harvest Feature:

  • Have lunch and wine at the Weingut Fritz Georg von Nell vineyard
Included Feature:
  • Walking and city tour of Trier including the Roman Amphitheater and Church of Our Lady
Culinary Features:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain's Club: German Sausage

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Discover Koblenz and sail the UNESCO-listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley

This morning, embark on a walking tour of Koblenz, which is renowned as the place where two rivers — the Rhine and the Moselle — meet. You'll have time on your own to explore. In the afternoon you'll enjoy scenic cruising through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with commentary from the ship's bridge on the legend of Lorelei. Dinner is on board this evening.

Harvest Feature:

  • Wine tasting with sommelier on board
Included Feature:
  • Walking tour of Koblenz
Cultural Connection:
  • Have a lively pub crawl through Mainz
Culinary Feature:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain's Club: Swabian Meat Pockets

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

See the Gutenberg Bible in Mainz and learn how to paint

Located at the confluence of the Main and Rhine Rivers, Mainz was once the seat of the Holy Roman Empire. Here, you’ll visit the Johannes Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to the inventor of moveable type and home to one of the original Gutenberg Bibles. This evening, enjoy some delightful entertainment.

Included Feature:

  • Visit the Gutenburg Museum to see one of the original Gutenberg Bibles
Cultural Connection:
  • Take a painting lesson from a local artist
Culinary Feature:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain's Club: German sour cabbage

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Marvel at the Speyer Cathedral and savor the warmth of a home-hosted dinner

You’ll depart for a tour of Speyer and its eponymous 11th-century cathedral. Once one of the largest cathedrals in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage Site remains the final resting place for many former emperors and heads of state. Your afternoon is at leisure to continue your discoveries. Later, you will enjoy a meal and conversation during an insightful home-hosted dinner.


Vantage Exclusive:
  • Enjoy coffee, cake, and stories with a local family in Speyer
Included Feature:
  • Walking tour of Speyer including Speyer Cathedral
Cultural Connection:
  • Celebrate German traditions with a festive on board party
Biking Opportunity:

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Embark on a walking and canal tour in Strasbourg

Today in Strasbourg, an included walking and canal boat tour take you to the elegant Palais Rohan, Cathedral Notre Dame, the ultra-modern European Union Parliament, the quaint shops and parks of “La Petite France”, and the Tanners’ Quarter.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Tour Strasbourg by foot and canal boat, including a visit to the UNESCO-listed Grand Île
Culinary Feature:
  • French Alsatian Dinner on board

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Immerse yourself in the Alsatian Wine Route on a full-day tour

Listen to an informative lecture on the European Union this morning, before enjoy a full-day Alsatian Wine Route tour, with a visit to Colmar and the famous Unterlinden Museum. In Riquewihr, known for its Riesling wines, enjoy a walking tour and money to enjoy lunch during your free time exploring the city. Tonight will be the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail Party and Dinner.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day excursion along the Alsatian Wine Route including visits to Colmar and Riquewihr
Cultural Connection:
  • Onboard Lecture: The European Union
Biking Opportunity:

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 15:

Set off on a half-day tour of Basel

Located on the Rhine River, Basel traces its history as far back as the early Celts and Roman Empire. You’ll take a half-day city tour, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. We will have shuttles to the city center available for those who are interested.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day walking tour of Basel

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 16:

Depart Basel for Oberammergau or your flight home

Depart for home today or embark on an optional, once-in-a-lifetime extension to see the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Oberammergau Passion Play with Munich (May 1)

FROM: $1999 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $500 PER DAY

Bruges, Belgium (Post-Trip)

FROM: $899 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $225 PER DAY

Oberammergau Passion Play with Munich (July 16, August 13 and September 10)

FROM: $1999 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $500 PER DAY

Important Notice:The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert. In addition, should there be an extreme change in water levels, Vantage will do everything possible to provide either the included excursion or an alternate excursion at Vantage’s discretion.

Please Note: Port times & itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels may affect itinerary.

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