Switzerland, the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle - 2021

14-night river cruise with Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Cologne, Cochem, Bernkastel, Trier, Koblenz, Mainz, Speyer, Strasbourg, Alsatian Wine Route, Basel
  • Panoramic landscape with vineyards surrounding the town of Bernkastel-Kues. Mosel, Germany
  • Rolling green vineyards and a quaint village along the Alsatian Wine Route
  • A small boat on a Strasbourg canal, between colorful half-timbered houses
  • Vantage travelers enjoy wine and a meal at the Von Nell estate
  • St. Peter Cathedral, a fortress-like cathedral in Trier, Germany
  • Reichsburg Castle and villages along the Moselle
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Every fall, the vineyards along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers come alive as vintners gather their ripe grapes and prepare them for aging. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be part of this centuries-old tradition. That’s why Vantage offers special harvest departures that give you hands-on insight into what goes into some of Europe’s finest wines . . . with ample opportunities to taste some of the region’s best vintages.

Join Vantage aboard the luxurious m/s River Splendor and discover why our river cruises are award-winners. You’ll journey the entire length of the Rhine between Holland and Switzerland, also venturing up the breathtakingly scenic Moselle to take in its steep-sloped banks cloaked in vines.

Our 27 included features and Cultural Connections will open your eyes to some of Europe’s most breathtaking landmarks, including six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all experienced in small groups of only 26 passengers. Admire the magnificent half-timbered houses of Bernkastel — the Moselle’s wine-growing town — and Colmar and Riquewihr, France’s delightful villages along the Alsatian Wine Route. Cruise the Upper Middle Rhine, a showstopper for its storybook hamlets and looming hillside castles. Tour the charming canals of Amsterdam and Strasbourg. And so much more.

Exclusive events and activities connect you to life and history along these storied rivers. Scholarly lectures, an engaging painting class, and fun and flavorful cooking classes round out your cultural discoveries throughout your journey. Plus, you can explore even close — and get some exercise! —  when you head out on one of the ship’s bicycles or on an active walk, either with a guide or on your own.

Join Vantage and immerse yourself in the many pleasures of harvest season along the Rhine and Moselle!

Amsterdam to Basel

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DAY 1:

Board your flight to Amsterdam

Board an overnight flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Or begin your trip early with a pre-trip extension in Bruges, Belgium’s incredibly preserved medieval treasure.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Amsterdam, embark your ship, and enjoy free time to explore the city

If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport and assist with the transfer to your ship. This afternoon, attend a Welcome Briefing. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink with the Captain.

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:


DAY 3:

Cruise Amsterdam's UNESCO-listed Canal Ring and visit the Rijksmuseum

Today, embark on a lovely cruise along Amsterdam’s 17th-century canal ring, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will then visit the 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. Later, gather with your fellow travelers for a Dutch-themed Captain’s Welcome Dinner and Reception.

Tonight, enjoy the sweet sounds of classical strings as you get to know your fellow travelers and look forward to your enriching cruise ahead.

Included Feature:
  • Canal cruise and visit to the Rijksmuseum
Cultural Connection:
  • Live classical music performance on board

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 4:

Enjoy a walking tour of Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands

This morning, step right off your ship for a walking tour of Nijmegen. This is the oldest city in the Netherlands — more than 2,000 years. You’ll stroll its compact medieval district and hear about the city’s role in World War II. 

Lunch is back onboard. As you sail toward the Rhine River on scenic waterways this afternoon, you’ll learn a bit about the local language during a German lesson.

Later, head to the Captain’s Club for a fun interactive cooking lesson, perhaps seeing what goes into making the perfect Käsespätzle or similar. Solo travelers may mingle during a solo get-together, too. After dinner, it’s Movie Night on board: Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun is our feature, chronicling the life of a woman during and after the war in Germany.

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

DAY 5:

Explore Cologne and sample its distinctive 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 onboard the ship offers the perfect closing to your day.

Included Feature:
  • Have a taste of Kölsch beer
  • 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. While here, marvel at the spectacular setting of the fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle, perched atop a steep hill in the quaint town of Cochem on the Moselle River.

Meet the “count” during a guided tour of the castle; as local musicians regale you, join him in a toast over a glass of the fine Riesling for which the vineyard-laden Moselle Valley is famous.

As your ship gets underway, learn more secrets of German cuisine as your chef shows you how to prepare another regional favorite, perhaps German Braised Beef Roulade. After tonight’s German-themed dinner, enjoy another Movie Night. The evening’s feature will be Patton.

Included Feature:
  • Guided tour of Reichsburg Castle
  • Enjoy a glass of wine and music with the count of Reichsburg
Culinary Feature:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain's Club: Beef Roulade

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Explore Germany’s oldest city, including UNESCO-listed Roman ruins

Begin your day with a lecture on the ancient Roman presence in Germany after breakfast on board. After, head to Trier, said to be the oldest city in Germany, conquered by Romans in the first century. During a panoramic and walking tour, witness their epic legacy when you view the amphitheater, Porta Nigra stone gate, the Roman Bridge, Barbara Baths, and the Cathedral of St. Peter. Then, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Enjoy scenic sailing along the Moselle this afternoon. As you cruise, learn to prepare another local favorite with your chef. Later, enjoy Movie Night with a presentation of a concert film featuring the Dutch violinist André Rieu.

Included Feature:

  • Walking and city tour of Trier including the Roman Amphitheater and Church of Our Lady
Cultural Connection:
  • Onboard Lecture: Ancient Roman presence in Germany
Culinary Features:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain's Club: German Sausage

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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. Learn about Germany’s light and fruity vintages during a wine tasting. Zum Wohl!

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Bernkastel
Culinary Feature:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain's Club: Dumplings & wine tasting
  • Sample some of the Moselle Valley’s famed vintages at a tasting onboard
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:

Discover Schweich on your own

You’ll have the entire day at leisure to explore the sleepy town of Schweich on your own. Your Concierge can help you with cycling plans if you’d like to set out on two wheels. Alternately, complimentary full-day shuttle service to Trier will also be available, allowing for independent exploration of the oldest city in all Germany. This evening, see how another German specialty is prepared during a cooking lesson with the chef. During dinner, the restaurant maître d'hotel will present you with four different wine pairings.

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

DAY 10:

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

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Koblenz, the scenic baroque gem where the Rhine and Moselle meet. Its dramatic German Corner juts into the rivers’ meeting point like the prow of a proud ship, a giant equestrian statue of William I its figurehead. After seeing the main sights of the Old Town, there’ll be time on your own. In the afternoon you set off for a breathtaking scenic cruise through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its spectacular array of medieval castles and charming wine villages. As you approach the steep, slate Lorelei Rock, learn about its legends during shipboard commentary. This evening’s onboard cooking lesson highlights the pleasures of a Swabian delicacy. You arrive in Mainz, at the scenic confluence of the Main and Rhine Rivers, in time to join your Cruise Director in town for a pub crawl, perhaps sampling one of Germany’s popular wheat, pale, or dark beers.

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

Mainz was once the seat of the Holy Roman Empire. It was also the city where Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable-type printing press, changing communication forever. Learn more about his revolutionary creation during a guided visit to the Johannes Gutenberg Museum, home to one of the original Gutenberg Bibles. Then, choose from an array of options this afternoon.

Later, our cooking lesson shows you how to make German sour cabbage, sampling some local Riesling with your creation. Or, join a local artist to gain insight into capturing riverside vistas on canvas during a painting lesson.  Onboard entertainment will serenade you as you depart Mainz.

Included Feature:

  • Visit the Gutenburg Museum to see one of the original Gutenberg Bibles
Cultural Connections:
  • 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

This morning you arrive in Speyer, a pretty town of church towers and red-roof houses, where your morning is at leisure. After lunch on board, pay a visit to a local Speyer household to share coffee, cake, and conversation. Later, you’ll set off on a tour of Speyer and its eponymous 11th-century cathedral, a wonder of Romanesque architecture. Once one of the largest cathedrals in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage Site remains the final resting place for many emperors and heads of state. Back on the ship, get ready to celebrate German-style during a festive party!

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

DAY 13:

Discover Strasbourg on a walking and canal tour

Today in Strasbourg, an included walking and canal boat tour take you to the UNESCO-listed Grande-Île, where you will see the elegant Palais Rohan, the quaint shops and parks of “La Petite France”, and the Tanners’ Quarter. You will also step inside the glorious Cathedral Notre Dame and see the ultra-modern European Union Parliament. This afternoon, explore more of Strasbourg on your own; a shuttle bus from our pier makes it easy. On board tonight, savor more of this delightful region of France with a special French Alsatian dinner.

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

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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, stopping first to stroll through the charming colorful streets of Colmar, renowned as the capital of Alsatian wine. Visit its famous Unterlinden Museum, a 13th-century Dominican convent housing the beloved Isenheim Altarpiece, a lush and moving polyptych. We provide some euros so you can find a place for lunch while in town. Continue to another beautiful French town steeped in charm, Riquewihr, renowned for its Riesling wine. Later, learn more about the European Union during a fascinating lecture. And enjoy a final evening of music as your spirit soars with selections from operetta to Broadway.

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

Dock in Basel, Switzerland, near the borders of Germany and France, early this morning. Located on the Rhine River, Basel traces its history as far back as the early Celts and Roman Empire. Today, its Old Town is a delight to browse and its many galleries draw art lovers from all over Europe. You’ll get acquainted during a walking tour, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. We will have shuttles to the city center available for those who are interested in returning for further independent exploration after lunch on board. Join in on an evening dinner onboard featuring traditional Swiss dishes.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day walking tour of Basel

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 16:

Depart Basel for Montreux or your flight home

Depart for home today or experience more of magnificent Switzerland during an optional extension in Montreux, a resort haven on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Included meals:


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.

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