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Switzerland, the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle - 2020

14-night river cruise with Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Cologne, Cochem, Bernkastel, Trier, Koblenz, Mainz, Speyer, Strasbourg, Alsatian Wine Route, 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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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 — as well as Strasbourg in France, Amsterdam in Holland, and even gives you the option of venturing to Luxembourg.

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

Date: September 12, 2020

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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. 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. 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
Optional Tour: Jewish Cultural Walk

Jewish Cultural Walk

  • Approximate Cost: $89 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.

The Hollandsche Schouwburg will temporarily close its doors for renovation from June 2020 and is expected to re-open in September 2022. During this period, groups will visit 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). Learn more about this history on an optional tour to the Freedom Museum in nearby Groesbeek, or, enjoy time at leisure in Nijmegen. 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
Optional Tour: War & Freedom Without Borders

War & Freedom Without Borders

  • Approximate Cost: $65 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Groesbeek, the Netherlands
  • When: Afternoon tour
Spend an afternoon diving into World War II history on an optional tour to the Freedom Museum in Groesbeek, the Netherlands. You’ll transfer to Groesbeek via a scenic route, passing by the landing fields used during the region’s key battles. Perusing the Freedom Museum, you’ll get a multifaceted understanding of WWII through the context of 20th century history and current events. You’ll also watch a short film on Operation Market Garden, one of the most important operations on the western front. Your tour includes free time to explore the museum on your own and a visit to the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery.

Please note: This tour is not available on the May 3rd departure due to scheduling issues at the museum.

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. At a traditional 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. Some evening entertainment on board the ship offers the perfect coda to your day.

Harvest Feature:

  • Kölsch beer sampling at Brauhaus FRÜH
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 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. 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.

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, or opt to visit Luxembourg

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.

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
Optional Tour: Luxembourg Excursion

Luxembourg Excursion

  • 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, 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 here. You may choose to to join a delightful wine tasting, including famed Eiswein, which is a dessert wine made from grapes that were frozen while still on the vine.

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 the vineyard.

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.

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. The afternoon features a painting lesson on board, during which you can learn to paint scenery not unlike what you've been seeing on your trip! Enjoy a cooking demonstration on board, before enjoying some delightful entertainment this evening.

Included Feature:

  • Visit the Gutenburg Museum to see one of the original Gutenberg Bibles
Cultural Connection:
  • Take a painting lesson from a local
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

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. Later, you will enjoy a coffee, cake, and conversation during an insightful home-hosted event.

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
Optional Tour: Heidelberg Optional Tour

Heidelberg Optional 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

Today in Strasbourg, an included walking and canal boat tour take you to the UNESCO-listed Grande-Île, 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. You can also join an optional Black Forest tour with a cake-making demonstration and tasting.

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
Biking Opportunity:

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Black Forest Excursion

Black Forest Excursion

  • 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. You'll have an opportunity to enjoy a wine tasting with a sommelier, who can provide invaluable guidance on each of the vintages you'll savor. Later, enjoy an informative lecture on the European Union, as well as the Captain's Farewell Dinner. There will be entertainment this evening as well.

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
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 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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