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Rhine & Moselle Delights

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard MS Amalucia
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Begin your splendid journey along two of Europe’s most alluring rivers, the Rhine and Moselle. Expand your imagination in fairytale villages, such as Cochem, Bernkastel and Riquewihr, where folklore and history come alive in every street. Whimsical fantasies also come to life at Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum and at Schwetzingen Gardens. Encounter fascinating Roman ruins, medieval towns with colorful half-timbered houses and enchanting castles as you cruise along two of Europe’s most captivating rivers.
Explore the famous vineyards of RudesheimEhrenfels Castle on Rhine River near RudesheimWooden bridge over river in LucerneGrossmunster Cathedral, ZurichDiscover the famous wine town of Bernkastel
Highlights
  • Visit Old Town in Zurich where you will find yourself amongst medieval houses
  • Stroll along Chapel Bridge, admiring the stunning gable paintings above
  • Explore the nine towers, including one featuring the oldest clock in Lucerne
  • Join a bike tour along the shores of the Moselle River
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive In Zurich, Switzerland

Arrive in Zurich and check-in to your hotel.

Day 2: Zurich

  • 1 Breakfast
Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which can be on full display during your city tour. 

Day 3: Zurich | Lucerne

  • 1 Breakfast
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, check into your hotel. 

Day 4: Lucerne

  • 1 Breakfast
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 | Embarkation

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Check out of your hotel and head to Basel. Before boarding the ship, go on a highlights tour of the city.

Day 6: Breisach, Germany

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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160 square feet. 4 cabins on Piano Deck, fixed windows.
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160 square feet. 8 cabins on Piano Deck, fixed windows.
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155 square feet. 4 cabins on Violin Deck, French balcony.
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170 square feet. 14 cabins on Violin and Cello Deck, French balcony.
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210 square feet. 15 cabins on Cello Deck, French balcony and outside balcony.
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210 square feet. 12 cabins on Violin Deck, French balcony and outside balcony.
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235 square feet. 10 cabins on Cello Deck, French balcony and outside balcony.
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235 square feet. 8 cabins on Violin Deck, French balcony and outside balcony.
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350 square feet. 4 cabins on Violin Deck, French balcony and outside balcony, mini-bar, sofa and two chairs, expansive bathroom with bathtub and separate shower.

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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 tourand 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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