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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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Basel to Amsterdam Harvest Departure

Basel to Amsterdam: 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

Dates: August 29 and September 26, 2020

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DAY 1:

Depart home for Basel, Switzerland

Today, you’ll board your flight to Basel.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Basel

Arrive in Basel today. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you and arrange transfer to the pier in Basel, where you will board your Deluxe river ship and officially begin your European river cruise.

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
Please note: At the airport in Basel, there are two exits — one to the French side and one to the Swiss side. Your Vantage representative will be waiting for you on the Swiss side once you exit the Arrivals.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

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 Swiss-themed Captain's Welcome Party and Dinner, with evening entertainment.

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 4:

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. Later, enjoy an informative lecture on the European Union. Sip local wines with a sommelier, who can provide you with invaluable insights on the vintages and their taste profiles. Enjoy some entertainment this evening.

Also this evening, you can head to the Captain’s Club for a fun interactive cooking lesson, perhaps seeing what goes into making the perfect Käsespätzle. Solo travelers may mingle during a solo get-together, too.

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 5:

Embark on a walking and canal tour in Strasbourg

Bonjour and welcome to picturesque Strasbourg! Take part in an included walking and canal boat tour that takes you to 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. 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.

Included Feature:

  • 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 6:

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

You'll have the morning at leisure, or you can 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. 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. Some delightful entertainment awaits you on board this evening.

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 7:

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. You'll have time this afternoon to explore Mainz on your own, and later, enjoy a cooking demonstration where our expert chef will share some tips and tricks on how to make local delicacies. You'll also get a chance to take a painting lesson, learning tricks of the trade as you paint scenery similar to what you've seen on your trip so far!

Included Feature:

  • Visit the Gutenburg Museum to see one of the original Gutenberg Bibles
Cultural Connections:
  • Take a painting lesson from a local
  • Evening pub crawl in town headed by your Cruise Director

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8:

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

You'll take in the passing scenery in the morning as we cruise the Upper Middle Rhine Valley (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with commentary from the ship’s bridge on the legend of Lorelei. Later, arrive in picturesque Koblenz, which you'll discover on a walking tour. This town is renowned for being at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, and you'll learn its distinctive history on your tour.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Koblenz
Culinary Feature:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain's Club: Swabian Meat Pocket

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:

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 also have some time on your own. You may choose to to join for 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
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 11:

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.

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 12:

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.

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 13:

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

This morning, join a guided walking tour of Cologne, getting a chance to learn about this city’s rich Roman past and viewing the magnificent cathedral. One of Europe’s most stunning structures, its start-and-stop construction began in 1248 and ended in 1880. Pause at a traditional restaurant to enjoy a special tasting of Kölsch beer, a distinctive style that the New York Times once stated was like "drinking an entire culture." After, you'll also have free time to explore on your own, perhaps taking out one of the ship’s bicycles for the afternoon or joining a more active walk in the city.

Following lunch on board, we provide shuttles into Cologne for those who would like to spend more time browsing its historic streets. Some evening entertainment on board — “The Best from Musicals” — offers the perfect closing 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:
  • Onboard entertainment
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 14:

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. 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 Dutch 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 15:

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 Farewell Dinner.

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 16:

Transfer to the Amsterdam airport for your flight home or join your optional extension

Depart for home today after an unforgettable journey. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Bruges, Belgium

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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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