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The 19th century luminaries who once visited Montreux — such as Tolstoy, Nabakov, Flaubert, Dostoyevsky — were no doubt drawn by the pleasant climate, idyllic surroundings, and shimmering waters of Lake Geneva. This resort town remains an elegant escape, and you’ll experience its many charms on this extension. Enjoy a full-day tour of the Chateaux de Chillon and Gruyeres region — which includes some time at the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site — as well as the opportunity to watch witness the art of cheese making with a local family and visit a chocolatier. You’ll also have time on your own to explore Montreaux and nearby Gruyere, and generally revel in the beauty of this lakeside gem. This vibrant city also happens to be an unofficial capital of jazz, as it is the home to the esteemed Montreux Jazz Festival.
Depart home for Basel, Switzerland
This evening, you’ll fly overnight to Basel.
Arrive in Basel
If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your ship. Or add our extension and you’ll begin in Montreux, Switzerland. This evening you'll enjoy a welcome drink as well as a briefing.
Set off on a half-day tour of Basel
Located on the Rhine, Basel traces its history as far back as the early Celts and Roman Empire. You’ll take a walking tour, and then enjoy an afternoon at leisure. We'll have shuttles available to take travelers to the city center. Celebrate this evening at the Captain's Welcome Party and Dinner.
Biking Opportunity: Explore the nearby Roman excavation site of Augusta Raurica during this 17-mile route. Click here for details.
Immerse yourself in the Alsatian Wine Route on a full-day tour
Embark on a full-day Alsatian Wine Route tour, with a visit to Colmar and the famous Unterlinden Museum. In Colmar, enjoy a walking tour and money for lunch during your independent explorations of the city. Cultural Connections: Listen to an informative lecture on the European Union this afternoon; this evening, more onboard entertainment to dazzle you.
Embark on a walking and canal tour in Strasbourg
Unforgettable Moment: Bonjour and welcome to picturesque Strasbourg! Following a morning drive from Kehl over the border into France, take part in an included walking and canal boat tour that takes 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. There will be afternoon shuttle buses to the city center. You can also join an optional Black Forest tour, with a cake demonstration and tasting. Tonight, enjoy evening entertainment aboard the ship.
Biking Opportunity: Explore the heart of Strasbourg’s center city during an easy 4-mile route. Click here for details.
Marvel at the Speyer Cathedral and savor the warmth of a home-hosted coffee and cake
You'll have the morning free or choose to join an optional tour to charming Heidelberg. Later, 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: You'll enjoy some delightful coffee and cake in the home of a local, giving you the opportunity to chat and learn more about this city and its culture.
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.
See the Gutenberg Bible in Mainz and learn how to paint
Awaken in Mainz, once the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, where you'll enjoy breakfast on the ship. Then you’ll visit the Johannes Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to the inventor of moveable type and home to one of the original Gutenberg Bibles. Cultural Connection: You'll have time this afternoon to explore Mainz on your own, and later, learn how to depict the gorgeous scenery with a brushstroke during an illuminating painting lesson!
Experience Koblenz and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley
You'll take in the passing scenery in the morning as we cruise the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with commentary from the ship’s bridge on the legend of Lorelei. You'll then stop in Koblenz, a city more than 2,000-years-old strategically set at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. From the wedge-shaped headland where the waters meet, known as Deutsches Eck or "German Corner," a giant equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I overlooks the united rivers. Upon arrival, you'll enjoy a walking tour of this charming town.
The oldest city in Germany is yours to explore, including the UNESCO-listed Roman ruins
Cultural Connection: Hear an enriching lecture on Romans this morning that will prepare you for a guided tour of Trier, the oldest city in Germany, including its amphitheater, Porta Nigra (a massive stone gate), Roman Bridge, and Barbara Baths. Unforgettable Moment: You'll also enjoy lunch ashore at Weingut Georg Fritz von Nell.
Enjoy a walking exploration of Bernkastel and sample some local wines
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Bernkastel, known as the “International Town of Vines and Wine,” for its 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 river will enchant you. We'll set sail later in the afternoon for a sunset cruise to Schweich. Cultural Connection: Learn about Germany’s light and fruity vintages during a wine tasting on board. 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.
Discover Schweich on your own, or opt to visit Luxembourg
You’ll have the entire day at leisure to explore Schweich on your own or just relax aboard ship. 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 US soldiers. You’ll also take a panoramic tour of Luxembourg City.
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.
Meet the “count” of Reichsburg Castle, sip some wine, soak up the scenery
Enjoy a morning guided visit to fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle, perched atop a steep hill in the quaint town of Cochem along the Moselle River. Meet the “count” in the castle and enjoy a glass of the fine Riesling produced in the area. Later, enjoy scenic cruising with some commentary from your crew.
Explore Cologne on a walking tour
Enjoy a morning walking tour of the wonderful city of Cologne, including a tasting of its renowned Kölsch beer. Afterward, relax on the ship as you cruise towards the Dutch border.
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. In the afternoon, you’ll learn a bit about the local language during a Dutch lesson while also enjoying scenic sailing.
A cruise along Amsterdam’s canal ring and a visit to the esteemed Rijksmuseum
This morning, visit Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum for a guided tour. Afterwards, you'll get the perfect view of Amsterdam’s historic center on a narrated canal cruise along the city’s 17th-century canal ring, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, or embark on our optional Jewish Cultural Quarter Tour. Tonight, enjoy the Captain's Farewell Dinner with Dutch theme.
During centuries of persecution in Europe, Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews fled to Amsterdam in order to live and worship in peace. That changed during World War II, when the Nazis invaded Holland and turned a theater in the Jodenbuurt Quarter into a deportation center, and this once-prosperous area into the infamous Jewish Ghetto. On this tour, you’ll visit this theater as well as the rest of the Jewish Cultural Quarter, which includes the Portuguese Synagogue and other monuments in this historic section of the city. Join us on this tour that highlights the powerful story of this unique part of Amsterdam.
Transfer to the Amsterdam airport for your flight home or join your optional extension
Depart home or begin our optional Bruges extension.
One of the best-preserved Old World cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bruges is one of Europe’s most charming destinations. Experience its ancient cobbles and fairy-tale turrets for yourself, and learn about the city’s fascinating history as capital for textiles and lace as you admire the view of centuries-old guild houses reflected off the shimmering waters of the city's meandering canals.
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.