Switzerland, the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle - 2020

14-night Rhine and Moselle River Cruise with Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Cologne, Reichsburg, Schweich, Trier, Koblenz, Mainz, Speyer, Strasbourg, Alsatian Wine Route, Basel
  • SWITZERLAND, THE HEART OF THE RHINE & MOSELLE
  • FULL-DAY TOUR OF THE ALSATIAN WINE ROUTE
  • EXPLORE CITIES ON TWO WHEELS USING THE BICYCLES WE HAVE ABOARD SHIP
  • WALKING TOUR OF STRASBOURG, FEATURING A CANAL BOAT RIDE
  • RESERVE YOUR DELUXE SOLO SPACE ON OUR REFURBISHED M/S RIVER NAVIGATOR — THE MOST SINGLE CABINS!
  • MAKE THE MEMORIES OF A LIFETIME WHEN YOU EXPLORE EUROPE ALONGSIDE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ON OUR SPECIAL DEPARTURES
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Storybook scenery, charming traditions, striking architecture, unique history . . . the list goes on. On this European river cruise vacation, you’ll experience 13 included features, 12 Cultural Connections, and an eye-popping six UNESCO World Heritage Sites along some of the most gorgeous stretches of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers.

Time may seem to have stood still as you step upon ancient stones in picturesque German towns such as Cochem, and Trier. You’ll experience half-timbered gems from Bernkastel, Germany, to Basel, Switzerland, as well as France's Alsatian Wine Route, Amsterdam, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, and more.

You’ll get to explore the area’s most remarkable landmarks, with guided tours of Trier, Reichsburg Castle, Gutenberg Museum, and even a full-day journey along the Alsatian Wine Route. Ride canal boats in Strasbourg, wine tasting in Bernkastel – Vantage Travel ensures that you will get the full experience in this illustrious region!

You can even choose one of our special Harvest departures to enjoy unique, hands-on insights on winemaking in this region — not to mention sampling some of the area's best vintages. Taking a solo vacation? Vantage is the only travel company whose river ships include cabins exclusively built for solo travelers, with free Single Supplements. We’ve also designed this itinerary to give you more opportunities for independent exploring and for staying active. Take one of the ship’s complimentary bikes for a spin along the shore, join a longer walk or hike, and sign up for onboard cooking classes. Join us and see for yourself what makes this river cruise in Europe so remarkable!

Amsterdam to Basel Solo-Friendly Cruise

Storybook scenery, charming traditions, and striking architecture forms the backdrop of this new solo-friendly cruise that takes you along some of the most gorgeous stretches of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers.

You’ll cruise aboard the newly reoutfitted m/s River Navigator, a deluxe 5-star vessel featuring not only the luxe accoutrements for which Vantage is renowned, but a groundbreaking total of 43 supplement-free cabins dedicated solely to single travelers — many featuring floor-to-ceiling windows! Of course, you can also sail with friends, thanks to 26 other double-occupancy cabins as well as convenient adjoining-room configurations, too.

Experience the half-timbered marvels from Bernkastel, Germany, to Basel, Switzerland, as well as France's Alsatian Wine Route, Amsterdam, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, and more. Customize your journey with the help of our complimentary worldwide Concierge service and spend your free time enjoying Europe’s Michelin-starred restaurants, browsing antique shops and local museums with hidden gems, or pursuing your own interests, whatever they are! Your journey, your rules.

In addition to the breadth of deluxe cabin options aboard the m/s River Navigator, independent travelers will enjoy a plethora of solo-friendly activities, including complimentary biking options; Concierge-led small-group bike rides; a lively social media night and musical performances nights; solo-friendly social activities, including a Solo Connection mixer; wine-tastings and painting lessons; onboard entertainment, lectures, and cooking demonstrations; and more. Plus, extend your journey to Belgium or Switzerland with limited-availability zero Single Supplements and make this the solo trip of a lifetime.

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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.

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. You can enjoy an afternoon at leisure — there’s even shuttle service available to the city if you’d like — or join us on the optional Jewish Cultural Quarter Tour. Solo-Friendly Features: Later, gather with your fellow independent travelers for the Captain’s Welcome Dinner and Reception, followed by some evening entertainment in the lounge.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Jewish Cultural Quarter Tour

Jewish Cultural Quarter Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $75 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • When: Afternoon Tour

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.

Please note: On Saturdays, the synagogue is not available for visits and will be replaced by the Jewish Historical Museum.


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). Cultural Connection: In the afternoon, you’ll learn a bit about the local language during a German lesson while also enjoying scenic sailing. Solo-Friendly Features: Join an interactive cooking lesson and later in the evening, join your Cruise Director for a fun Solo Connections get-together where you’ll mix and mingle with other travelers!

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. The city of Cologne has been a pilgrimage site for centuries, especially for Catholics for whom the eponymous cathedral held the largest reliquary in the Western World, which is said to hold the remains of the Three Kings of the bible. For many who visited, the cathedral was the most impressive structure they'd ever seen — in fact, at one time it was the tallest building in the world. Cultural Connection: At a traditional local restaurant, you'll 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. Solo-Friendly Feature: Join a social media presentation that gives you some best practice tips on sharing your travel memories and making new ones. Cultural Connection and Solo-Friendly Feature: Some evening entertainment on board the ship offers the perfect coda to your day.

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 as you sail to Cochem, arriving after lunch. 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. Cultural Connection: Meet the “count” in the castle and enjoy a glass of the fine Riesling produced in the area. Solo-Friendly Feature: Try your hand at making a regional specialty during an interactive group cooking lesson! 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 7:

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. Solo-Friendly Feature: Culinary connoisseurs can take advantage of another interactive cooking lesson! 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: 8 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 8:

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 and Solo-Friendly Feature: Enjoy another chance to mingle with other independent travelers while learning about Germany’s light and fruity vintages during a wine tasting. Zum Wohl! Solo-Friendly Feature: Enjoy more onboard entertainment after dinner in the lounge.

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

Cultural Connection: Today, you'll enjoy an insightful lecture on Roman history in Trier before you discover the city itself. 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. Cultural Connection and Unforgettable Moment: Enjoy lunch at Weingut Georg Fritz von Nell, an esteemed winery in the region. Solo-Friendly Feature: Back on board, join another interactive cooking lesson.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 10:

Discover Koblenz and 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. Solo-Friendly Feature: Or, join another interactive cooking lesson! Dinner is on board this evening.

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. Solo-Friendly Feature: Grab a paintbrush! You’ll attend an onboard painting lesson, during which you can learn to depict scenery not unlike what you've been seeing on your trip! Cultural Connection and Solo-Friendly Features: Enjoy another cooking demonstration on board, before enjoying some delightful entertainment this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 12:

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

Your morning is at leisure, or you can choose to join our wonderful Heidelberg optional tour. In the afternoon, you’ll set off on 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 and Solo-Friendly Feature: Later, enjoy coffee, cake, and conversation during an insightful home-hosted event. This evening, more local entertainment on board.

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 13:

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 UNESCO-listed Grande Île, including 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. You can also join an optional Black Forest tour with a cake-making demonstration and tasting.

Biking Opportunity: Explore the heart of Strasbourg’s city center 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 14:

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

Today you’ll enjoy a full-day Alsatian Wine Route tour, with a visit to Colmar and the famous Unterlinden Museum. You'll be given some money to enjoy lunch during your free time exploring this city. You'll then travel to Riquewihr, known for its Riesling wines, where you'll enjoy a walking tour. Cultural Connection: Later, enjoy an informative lecture on the European Union. Solo-Friendly Features: Tonight, gather with your new friends at the Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner, featuring more scintillating local entertainment.

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:

Depart Basel for Montreux or your flight home

Depart for home today or embark on an exciting optional extension to Montreux, Switzerland.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Montreux, Switzerland

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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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