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
  • $326
  • 15
  • 25
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Basel to Amsterdam 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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Montreux, Switzerland

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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.

Included Meals:


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. Solo-Friendly Features: Celebrate this evening at the Swiss-themed Captain's Welcome Party and Dinner; afterward, enjoy some onboard entertainment in the lounge.

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. Cultural Connection: Later, enjoy an informative lecture on the European Union. Solo-Friendly Features: Join your Cruise Director for a fun Solo Connections get-together where you’ll mix and mingle with other travelers! There will also be live onboard entertainment this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

Embark on a walking and canal tour in Strasbourg

Unforgettable Moment: Bonjour and welcome to picturesque Strasbourg! Take part in an included walking and canal boat tour that takes you to the UNESCO-listed Grande Île, 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. 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.

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 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.

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 7:

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 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 with commentary from the ship’s bridge on the legend of Lorelei. Solo-Friendly Feature: Try your hand at making a regional specialty during an interactive group cooking lesson! 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 Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 9:

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

Cultural Connection: Listen to a lecture on the Romance influence in Trier. Then, discover the oldest city in Germany for yourself, on a guided tour as you visit the amphitheater and view the Porta Nigra (a massive stone gate), the Roman Bridge, and Barbara Baths. Unforgettable Moment: You'll also enjoy lunch ashore at Weingut Georg Fritz von Nell, an esteemed vineyard that is renowned for its wines as well as its hospitality. Solo-Friendly Feature: Back on board, join another interactive cooking lesson.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 10:

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 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 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.

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 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. Cultural Connection: 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. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 13:

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

Enjoy a morning walking tour of the wonderful city of Cologne. Cultural Connection: You'll also enjoy a special tasting of Kölsch beer, a distinctive style that the New York Times once stated was like "drinking an entire culture." You'll enjoy an afternoon at leisure. 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 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. Cultural Connection: In the afternoon, you’ll learn a bit about the local language during a Dutch lesson while also enjoying scenic sailing. Solo-Friendly Features: During the sailing, attend another interactive cooking lesson and whip up something tasty alongside your new friends.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

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. Solo-Friendly Features: As your solo-friendly cruise comes to a close, gather with your fellow travelers one last time for the Captain’s Welcome Dinner and Reception, featuring more onboard entertainment.

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 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:


Post-Trip Extension

Bruges, Belgium


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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