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Find inspiration along the castle-laden Rhine and its breathtaking tributary, the Moselle, on this unique 15-day cruise from Basel, located exactly between the corners of three countries—Germany, France and Switzerland. Cruise to Strasbourg, the “Crossroads of Europe,” and finally Amsterdam, experiencing past and present Europe up close. Throughout your journey, wander through postcard-perfect towns such as Cochem, Trier, Bernkastel, and Rüdesheim. Let your inner adventurer out as you hike through vineyards and bike along the rivers. Along the way, savor distinctive wines, sampling the best these regions have to offer.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive In Zurich, Switzerland
Day 2 : Zurich
Day 3 : Zurich | Lucerne
Day 4 : Lucerne
Day 5 : Lucerne | Basel | Embark
Day 6 : Breisach, Germany
Day 7 : Strasbourg, France
Day 8 : Ludwigshafen, Germany | Rudesheim
Day 9 : Rudesheim | Rhine Gorge
Day 10 : Bernkastel
Day 11 : Trier
Day 12 : Cochem
Day 13 : Cologne
Day 14 : Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Day 15 : Amsterdam | Disembark

Highlights

  • Cruise the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne & its beautiful mountain scenery
  • Explore on foot the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood in Strasbourg
  • Visit Trier, Germany’s oldest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Admire beautiful Amsterdam with a panoramic tour of its famed landmarks

Ship

MS Amaprima

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Heidelberg Strasbourg at dusk Zurichsee from Zurichhorn, Zurich, Switzerland Castle surrounded by vineyards. Cologne's famous cathedral at sunset from the Rhine. Bicycles on a bridge over the canal. Strasbourg Trier

Day 1 Arrive In Zurich, Switzerland

Arrive in Zurich and check-in to your hotel. Spend your day exploring this beautiful town.

Day 2 Zurich

Set alongside a glistening lake and framed by the Alps, Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which will be on full display during your city tour. One of the top experiences in Zurich is a visit to Old Town where you will find yourself amongst medieval houses, churches and the modern Bahnhofstrasse, a mile-long street featuring exclusive fashion boutiques, stores and street cafés. 

Day 3 Zurich | Lucerne

Check out of your hotel and head off on a scenic drive past Alpine lakes before reaching Vitznau. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. Once in Lucerne, you’ll check into your hotel. 

Day 4 Lucerne

Lucerne’s beauty and charm is unrivaled. Discover this beauty on a walking tour. The mighty mountains of Mount Pilatus and Rigi overlook the swans that glide along the scenic lake and are part of Lucerne’s everlasting allure, as is the iconic Lion Monument, which you can visit. Sculpted in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792, it has captured the hearts and minds of visitors for centuries. Visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century.

Day 5 Lucerne | Basel | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Check out of your hotel for a scenic drive past three lakes before reaching Vitznau. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Join a walking tour and visit the Lion Monument before enjoying free time; you’ll then transfer to Basel where you’ll board your ship.

Day 6 Breisach, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions, depending on your interests. Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the scenic countryside; or go to the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions, as well as home to elaborate cuckoo clocks, striking half-timber houses, ruined castles and quaint towns. 

Day 7 Strasbourg, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République. Then walk through its iconic UNESCO World Heritage “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, the active adventurer can take a guided bike ride through this captivating city and Parc de l’Orangerie. 

Day 8 Ludwigshafen, Germany | Rudesheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You have several choices of morning excursions. Explore the glorious Mannheim Baroque Palace, one of Europe’s largest. Prefer to visit the town Mark Twain wrote about in “A Tramp Abroad,” then join a tour to perfectly preserved Heidelberg. Alternatively, visit Schwetzingen Palace Gardens, a cultural heritage site of European significance. Wander through the gardens with more than 100 sculptures and admire an assortment of whimsical buildings. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy. 

Day 9 Rudesheim | Rhine Gorge

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of three excursions. Take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river. Afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. Alternatively, you can join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg; or hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles. 

Day 10 Bernkastel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail along the scenic Moselle to Bernkastel, located in the middle of the Moselle Valley’s wine-producing region, an area that’s been cultivating wine for over 500 years. Walk through its colorful Old Town center and past many medieval and Renaissance buildings on a guided tour, and afterwards, be treated to a wine tasting. Cycling enthusiasts can choose to join a bike tour along the shores of the Moselle River; and hikers can opt to trek up to the ruins of Landshut Castle, which dates all the way back to the 9th century. 

Day 11 Trier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set sail to Trier, Germany’s oldest city, where you can discover on a city tour why it has been called the “Rome of the North” or “Second Rome” as it has impressive Roman relics and nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Alternatively, go in search of the secrets of the Porta Nigra Gate on a tour that takes you back to a time when Rome ruled the world from the Emperor’s seat in Trier. You also have the choice of a bike tour through the historic city center and along the Moselle River; or hike high above Trier to Petrisberg. Later in the day, set sail along the scenic Moselle en route to Bernkastel, where you’ll visit a local winery for a special tasting.

Day 12 Cochem

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Cochem with its majestic Reichsburg Castle, perched high above the town. Discover how the castle has been an integral part of the town’s history and afterwards go on a walking tour along Cochem’s narrow cobblestone streets lined with medieval houses. For a more active excursion, hike to the castle or go on a biking tour along the Moselle River. As an alternative excursion, you can visit one of Europe’s oldest working mustard mills where you will sample Cochem’s famous mustard. 

Day 13 Cologne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue on to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and Reibekuchen, potato pancakes typically served with apple sauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. 

Day 14 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
View Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings. For a different view of the city, join the Jewish Heritage tour, which begins with a visit to the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum chronicling the history of the Jewish community in Amsterdam. 

Day 15 Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your flight home. 

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Notes

Single supplement is 50%, except for Suites which are 100%.

Included Features:
- 10 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
- Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
- Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
- Land Program
- 2 nights hotel in Zurich at the Steigenberger Zurich(or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast
- Transfer from Zurich to Lucerne via scenic LakeLucerne cruise
- 2 nights hotel in Lucerne at the Hotel SchweizerhofLucerne (or similar), including walking tour, LionMonument and daily breakfast
- Transfer from Lucerne to Basel with highlights tour and then on to the ship
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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