The Rhine & Moselle – Southbound
This exciting river cruise vacation has it all! Begin in Amsterdam with a cruise through the city’s enchanting canals. Then, head north to explore the unique harbor town of Volendam and Edam with its world-famous cheeses. Visit a windmill in Kinderdijk, enjoy guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg; see the Roman ruins at Trier, Reichsburg Castle above charming Cochem, and the unique Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim. Also visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, sail past the legendary Lorelei rock and through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, sample the area’s celebrated wines in Bernkastel, and enjoy excursions to majestic Heidelberg and to Germany’s legendary Black Forest.
Cruise: deluxe 12-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Amsterdam–Volendam. Excursion to Edam: canal cruise in Amsterdam; guided walk in EdamDay 3 Kinderdijk: guided visit of a windmillDay 4 Cologne: choice of guided walk or Jewish Heritage walkDay 5 Koblenz: choice of guided city walk, see the Deutsches Eck; or visit Sayn Manor House; onboard lectureDay 6 Bernkastel: guided walk, local marketplace; visit a wine cellarDay 7 Trier: choice of guided city sightseeing or “Roman Trier” sightseeing, see the Porta NigraDay 8 Cochem: guided walk, visit Reichsburg CastleDay 9 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treatDay 10 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; guided visit of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great VatDay 11 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstrationDay 12 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a local woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museumDay 13 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Meals are indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) in the day-by-day itineraryCaptain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareLocal chef dinnerFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
NOTES:In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.