Switzerland, the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle - 2018

Amsterdam • Cologne • Cochem • Schweich • Bernkastel • Boppard • Mainz • Speyer • Strasbourg • Breisach • Basel
  • JOIN US ON A FAIRY-TALE EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE ALONG THE RHINE & MOSELLE
  • FULL-DAY TOUR OF THE ALSATIAN WINE ROUTE
  • EXPLORE CITIES ON TWO WHEELS USING THE BICYCLES WE HAVE ON BOARD
  • WALKING TOUR OF STRASBOURG, FEATURING A CANAL BOAT RIDE
  • VISIT WEINGUT GEORG FRITZ VON NELL WINE ESTATE FOR A WONDERFUL LUNCH
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Join us on a fairy-tale European river cruise along the most gorgeous stretches of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. 

Sail aboard a Deluxe Vantage European river cruise ship past some of the continent's most picturesque scenery, where time seems to have stood still. On your Moselle river cruise, you'll step upon ancient stones in postcard-pretty German towns such as Cochem, Trier, and Bernkastel, and sample some of the region's flowery Rieslings at wine tastings. Your Rhine river cruise tour features a cruise of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley and visits to half-timbered gems from Boppard, Germany, to Basel, Switzerland — including charming Strasbourg and Colmar, on France's Alsatian Wine Route.

You'll explore the delights of Amsterdam and have the option to visit the tiny nation of Luxembourg. Along the way, you'll enjoy 11 guided tours, visit five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and gain insight into the history and rich cultures of four countries — yet unpack only once! Don't miss this unique and idyllic Moselle and Rhine river cruise itinerary, ripe with ancient legends, sophisticated flavors, and delightful views. Travel Europe the way you’ve always dreamed on a riverboat cruise with Vantage Travel.

Amsterdam to Basel

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DAY 1:

Depart home for Amsterdam, Netherlands

This evening, you’ll fly overnight to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Or leave early for our extension in Bruges, Belgium.

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.

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, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will then visit the 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 Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 4:

Explore Cologne on a walking tour and learn some of the German language

Today you'll get a chance to learn about Cologne's rich history on an afternoon guided walking tour. After the tour, you'll also have free time to explore on your own. You'll also learn some of the local tongue during an enlightening German language lesson today. Cultural Connection: Some evening entertainment onboard the ship offers the perfect coda to your day. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

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. This evening, Movie Night features Patton, which will be of particular interest if you've selected to join the optional tour of Luxembourg tomorrow, which includes the American Cemetery where the famous general is buried.

 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:

Discover Schweich on your own, or opt to visit Luxembourg

On Day 6, you’ll have the entire day at leisure to explore Schweich on your own or just relax. Alternatively, make an optional full-day excursion to Luxembourg, where you’ll pay your respects at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, the solemn resting place for more than 5,000 U.S. soldiers. You’ll also take a panoramic tour of Luxembourg City. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Luxembourg Tour

Luxembourg Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 6.5 hours
  • Location: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • When: Full-day tour

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Luxembourg, where you’ll pay your respects at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, solemn resting place for more than 5,000 US soldiers. You’ll also take a panoramic tour of Luxemburg City. After your tour, you may explore the small yet picturesque city on your own.


    DAY 7:

    Enjoy a walking exploration of Bernkastel and sample some local wines

    Today, enjoy a walking tour of Bernkastel, known as the “International Town of Vines and Wine,” which produces high-quality Rieslings. 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. Cultural Connection: Learn about Germany’s light and fruity vintages during a wine tasting. Zum Wohl! 

    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 8:

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

    Today you'll hear a morning lecture about the Roman influence in the area just before you discover Trier, the oldest city in Germany, on an included tour that visits the amphitheater and includes a viewing of the Porta Nigra (a massive stone gate), the Roman Bridge, and Barbara Baths. Cultural Connection and Unforgettable Moment: Enjoy lunch ashore at Weingut Georg Fritz von Nell.

    Included Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

    DAY 9:

    Boppard and the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley

    This morning, you'll arrive in Boppard, a city known for its fine Riesling wines along with its ties to the Roman Empire. You'll have time on your own to explore this fascinating town. In the afternoon you'll enjoy scenic cruising through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring commentary from the ship's bridge on the legend of Lorelei.

    Included Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

    DAY 10:

    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. You’ll also enjoy a painting lesson today, as well as some delightful entertainment this evening.

    Included Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

    DAY 11:

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

    Join our optional tour to Heidelberg, or enjoy a morning at leisure. This afternoon, 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. Unforgettable Moment: Later, you will enjoy some coffee, pastry, and conversation during an insightful home-hosted chat. Then, enjoy a delightful evening of dancing, helped by a group of professionals who will showcase some of the local dance traditions.

    Included Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
    Optional Tour: Heidelberg Tour

    Heidelberg Tour

    • Approximate Cost: $59 USD per person
    • Approximate Time: 4.5 hours
    • Location: Heidelberg, Germany
    • When: Morning tour

    Join an optional tour to Heidelberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to Germany’s oldest college, Heidelberg University. Enjoy panoramic views from the plaza of imposing Heidelberg Castle, a Gothic-Renaissance ruin of red stone looming above the downtown and see the castles famed Heidelberg Tun, an immense wine barrel, now empty, with a capacity of some 58,000 gallons.



      DAY 12:

      Embark on a walking and canal tour in Strasbourg

      Unforgettable Moment: 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 Tanner’s Quarter. You can also join an optional Black Forest tour with a cake-making demonstration and tasting. 

      Biking Opportunity: Explore the heart of Strasbourg’s center city during an easy 4-mile route. Click here for details.

      Included Meals:

      Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
      Optional Tour: Black Forest Tour

      Black Forest Tour

      • Approximate Cost: $79 USD per person
      • Approximate Time: 4 hours
      • Location: Strasbourg, France
      • When: Afternoon tour

      You’ll ride along the scenic Bundesstrasse 500, an impressive auto route that’s commonly referred to as the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse, or “Black Forest High Street.” Zoom along a road that rises dramatically from 200 to 3,000 feet above sea level in a mere 10-15 mile stretch. You’ll arrive at the historic Berghotel Mummelsee, a popular tourist destination for the past 120 years. You’ll head to the hotel restaurant for a Black Forest cake making demonstration and tasting. Afterwards, you may stroll around the lake and shop for traditional Black Forest products like cuckoo clocks, cherry liqueur, and more. 


        DAY 13:

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

        On Day 13, you’ll enjoy a full-day Alsatian Wine Route tour, with a visit to Colmar and the famous Unterlinden Museum. Enjoy free time to explore Colmar, and partake in wine tastings at different cellars using a coupon provided by Vantage. Then, enjoy a walking tour of Riquewihr, a town known for its Rieslings. 

        Included Meals:

        Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

        DAY 14:

        Travel to Freiburg and enjoy the camaraderie of your Captain’s Farewell Dinner

        Set out for a visit to the university town of Freiburg, located in the foothills of the Black Forest region. Cultural Connection: Later, enjoy an informative lecture on the European Union. This evening, celebrate the winding-down of your memorable journey with the Captain's Farewell Reception & Dinner.

        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.

        Biking Opportunity: Explore the nearby Roman excavation site of Augusta Raurica during this 17-mile route. Click here for details.

        Included Meals:

        Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

        DAY 16:

        Transfer to the Basel airport for your flight home

        Depart back to home.

        Included Meals:

        Breakfast

        Post-Trip Extension

        Lucerne, Switzerland

        FROM: $599 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $200 PER DAY | SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: FREE

        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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