River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.
Day 2 Zurich, Switzerland - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Zurich, Switzerland. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3 Zurich - Lucerne - Basel - Board Ship
Today, venture to Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake”. Enjoy a leisurely paced Alstadt (Old Town) walking tour, exploring the hidden treasures of the city. Lucerne has more than 800 years of history. Explore such medieval treasures as the covered Chapel Bridge (1833); the famous Water Tower which has served as a prison, watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from natural rock to commemorate the heroic Swiss Guard. This afternoon, travel to Basel where you will board your cruise ship and prepare to set sail on a 7-night cruise along the Rhine River. Your ship offers an array of amenities including outside staterooms, unlimited wine with every dinner, and daily onboard musical performances. This evening, meet in the lounge for a cocktail reception followed by a “welcome aboard” dinner. (B,D)
Day 4 Basel - Strasbourg, France
Your journey takes you to Strasbourg, a provincial capital of France that blends centuries of Roman, French, German and Alsatian influences together, creating a unique character. Discover the history of Strasbourg on a guided city tour of the old quarter, "Petite France," featuring the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Highlights also include Place de la République and Place d’Austerlitz. You will have free time to explore this perfectly preserved town before returning to your cruise ship. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Speyer, Germany - Mannheim
Sail to Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, and step back in time on a walking tour to explore such places as the Old Gate and the Jewish baths. The river takes you to Mannheim where you will have free time to explore the city on your own. Or, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to the town of Heidelberg. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Rüdesheim - Koblenz
Continue on to Rüdesheim and set out on a tour of the city including a visit to its famous Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett (or Mechanical Music Museum). Here you are treated to the music of barrel organs and medieval mechanical instruments. Your next stop is Koblenz where you will get to know this 2,000-year-old city on a tour before docking for the evening. See such sights as the town’s old quarter, which was badly damaged during World War II and then rebuilt, as well as the Schaengel Fountain at the town hall. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Moselle River - Cochem
Set sail on the Moselle River to Cochem where you will join a guided tour through this lovely town and Reichsburg Castle. The castle is set on a precipitous rock high above the town and offers breathtaking views of the Moselle Valley. End your tour of Cochem with an introduction by a local winemaker to one of Cochem’s wine cellars where you will taste regional Mosel wines. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Cologne
This morning the river takes you past the picturesque German landscape dotted with medieval towns. Pause along the way in Cologne where you will join a guide for a walking tour of the city’s Old Town with its narrow, cobbled streets. Admire the Cologne Cathedral, as well as the Roman Dionysus mosaic and the Romanesque church of St. Martin. A wonderful evening of food, music and entertainment awaits you at the Captain’s Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Begin your day in Amsterdam where you will join a local expert for a tour highlighting the city’s charming cafés, famous 16th-century row houses stacked side-by-side, and the Royal Palace. Next, enjoy a cruise along the city’s centuries-old canal system. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Amsterdam - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends
After breakfast you disembark the ship as your tour comes to a close. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of Lucerne’s Alstadt (Old Town), exploring the hidden treasures of the city.
Set out on a 7-night cruise along the Rhine.
Discover the lovely town of Cochem on a guided tour.
All This Included
Set sail on a cruise along the Rhine and Moselle rivers that will take you to France, Germany and the Netherlands. Sit back and relax in your outside stateroom, and enjoy the luxury of unlimited wine or beer with every dinner and daily onboard musical performances. Join a local expert for a tour of Amsterdam. Spend time in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities. Pause in Rüdesheim, to explore the famous Siegfried’s Mechaniches Musikkabinett (or Music Museum). Tour the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz. Your stop in Cologne features a guided walking tour of the city’s old town and Cologne Cathedral. Spend the afternoon in Cochem and sip wine in one of the famous cellars. Enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Strasbourg old town. Enjoy a walking tour of Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Cruise past charming panoramas as you get to know the culture and deep history of the region.
Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Accommodations on this Tour
Zurich: Movenpick Hotel
Basel: MS Amadeus Silver III
Pre and Post Add-ons
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.