Day 1 – Amsterdam
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – Amsterdam
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Amsterdam by canal with either Van Gogh Museum OR Rijksmuseum visit
See Amsterdam from the perspective of a canal cruise, followed by a tour of one of two acclaimed museums—the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – Cologne
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking discovery tour with Roman-Germanic Museum
Stroll through the narrow streets of Cologne’s Old Town to the Roman-Germanic Museum, which displays thousands of artifacts from Cologne’s days as a Roman colony.
Note: On Mondays, the Roman-Germanic Museum is closed; it will be replaced with a visit to UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral.
Day 4 – Koblez
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” hiking tour of Alken village and Thurant Castle
Take a walk through Koblenz’s Old Town, or explore the village of Alken and hike up to Thurant Castle, where you’ll meet the keeper and tour the castle’s interior.
Day 5 – Cochem (Ediger-Eller)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Cochem walking discovery tour with Reichsburg Castle, and exclusive Ediger-Eller “Village Day” with wine tasting
History comes to life in charming Cochem, where you’ll tour Reichsburg Castle and the Old Town. Later, travel to Ediger-Eller, where the mayor will escort you to an organ recital at the town’s church and to a wine tasting at a local inn.
Day 6 – Cruising the Moselle River, Trier (Luxembourg)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Luxembourg with WWII cemetery
After scenic cruising on the gently winding Moselle, you’ll have a tour of the city of Luxembourg, which includes such highlights as Our Lady Cathedral, the Grand Ducal Palace and the WWII cemetery where U.S. Army General George Patton is buried.
Day 7 – Trier, cruising the Moselle River
FEATURED EXCURSION: Trier city tour
Trier is a UNESCO World Heritage Site once known as the “second Rome”—no other German city has as many monuments dating from ancient Roman times. After your city tour, cruise the Moselle River through a region famed for its excellent Rieslings.
Day 8 – Bernkastel, cruising the Moselle River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bernkastel walking discovery tour with exclusive Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler wine estate visit and tasting OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride along the Moselle River
Bernkastel has steeply terraced vineyards and a long legacy of making wine, as well as a picturesque market square. You’ll have an opportunity to taste wonderful Rieslings at a famous wine estate, or you can choose to take a guided bicycle ride along the Moselle.
Day 9 – Boppard, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Guided Boppard village stroll and Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments
Enjoy a guided stroll through Boppard before a spectacularly scenic cruise along a 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape. In Rüdesheim, you can see a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments at a small local museum.
Day 10 – Speyer
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour OR exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting
A local expert will lead you through Speyer’s charming Old Town to the city’s grand cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made from wine vinegars.
Day 11 – Strasbourg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Strasbourg by canal OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour
The Alsatian town of Strasbourg boasts a magnificent Gothic cathedral and adorable half-timbered houses. See the sights on a canal cruise through the Petite France district, or opt for an Old Town walking tour that stops for pastries and coffee.
Day 12 – Breisach (Colmar or Kayserberg and Riquewihr)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Colmar city tour OR Alsatian “Village Day”
Discover the enchanting city of Colmar—with its winding streets, medieval city center and pink-stone church—or take a stroll through the postcard-perfect wine villages of Kaysersberg and Riquewihr. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 13 – Basel (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home, or extend your stay in Basel.
Travel back in time on a journey through the splendid scenery of the Rhine and Moselle.
Discover extraordinary Roman ruins, romantic medieval castles and lively cities on a cruise through the UNESCO-designated Rhine River Valley and along the gently flowing Moselle. Step into the pages of a fairytale as you walk through the cobblestone streets of postcard-perfect towns such as Cochem, Riquewihr, Rüdesheim and Colmar. Relax onboard, surrounded by the majestic sight of vine-covered slopes and castle-topped hills. Cruise along the quaint canals of Strasbourg, “Go Active” with a hike to the 12th-century Thurant Castle, and take in the grand landmarks of Cologne, Trier and Luxembourg. Along the way, savor the region’s distinctive flavors and tastings of its acclaimed Rieslings, decadent pastries and other local delicacies—and meet the artisans who make them. Your journey concludes in Amsterdam, where you can admire the famously narrow merchant homes lining the canals and marvel at works by Rembrandt in the world-renowned Rijksmuseum.