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Vineyard by the river

Vineyards of the Rhine & Mosel

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard MS Amalyra
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Experience the unforgettable beauty of two of Europe’s most renowned waterways, the Rhine and Mosel on this exciting European river cruise. Begin in Paris, the “City of Lights,” then take a high-speed TGV train to Luxembourg where you will board your vessel. Enjoy views of steep vineyards along the Mosel River, visit ancient wine villages and vineyards, and sample delicious regional wines. On the Rhine, you will tour historic Cologne and its magnificent Cathedral. Conclude your river cruise vacation in vibrant Amsterdam, amidst the city’s legendary system of canals.
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Activities
  • River Cruises
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam, Netherlands / Embark

Arrive in vibrant Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship, moored near the city center. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2: Amsterdam

After breakfast, your Amsterdam tour begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North.” See the fabled Skinny Bridge, elegant narrow townhouses, and the famous house where Anne Frank once spent years in hiding during World War II. Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic motor coach tour of Amsterdam that will take you past numerous iconic landmarks and includes a photo stop at the Rembrandt Windmill. You will also have free time to explore and shop for souvenirs. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Cologne, Germany

This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise on the Rhine River to Cologne. After arriving early afternoon, you will have your choice of two tours. The first is a walking tour of Cologne, which includes the Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the spectacular 13th-century Gothic cathedral whose twin spires are amongst the tallest in Europe. Afterwards, you will have free time to linger in the cathedral, browse the many nearby shops or perhaps enjoy a glass of Kölsch, Cologne’s famous beer. As an alternative, enjoy a guided bike tour of Cologne (capacity controlled). (B,L,D)

Day 4: Rudesheim

This morning, admire the stunning beauty of the Rhine’s numerous fairytale castles and legendary Lorelei Rock as you cruise through the Rhine Gorge. After lunch, arrive in Rüdesheim, where you will enjoy an afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. Explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants during your free time. In the evening, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, which houses a fantastic collection of robotic and self-playing musical instruments from the 18th-20th centuries. The ship overnights here. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Mainz / Koblenz

Arrive in Mainz after breakfast and choose between two different excursions: a walking tour of beautiful Mainz that includes the famous Gutenberg Museum, home of the world’s first printed bible; or an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town, where you will see the red-walled Heidelberg Castle and its Great Vat, enjoy lunch on your own, and take a walking tour of Old Heidelberg. Tonight, the ship cruises to Koblenz. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Cochem

This afternoon, arrive in picturesque Cochem, located amidst the steep vineyards and wine villages of the Mosel. Choose between a walking tour and guided visit to the hilltop Reichsburg Castle, featuring spectacular views of the Mosel, or a guided bike tour of this lovely town (capacity controlled). (B,L,D)

Day 7: Bernkastel

This morning, arrive in charming Bernkastel, where you will enjoy a winery visit and walking tour. Strategically located in the heart of the Mosel, the town boasts over 500 years of documented wine history and has a medieval marketplace, steeply gabled half-timbered homes, and beautiful town squares with centuries-old fountains. Above the town stand the ruins of Castle Landshut, the former summer home of the Archbishop of Trier, which was destroyed by a fire in the 17th-century. Later in the afternoon, your ship cruises to Luxembourg. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Luxembourg / Disembark / Paris

Bid farewell to your river cruise ship this morning and enjoy a scenic drive to the capital of the Grand Duchy. En route you will stop at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, the final resting place of Gen. George Patton. Later, you will have a walking tour of Luxembourg and free time for lunch on your own before boarding a TGV high-speed train to Paris. Arrive in mid-afternoon and check in to your hotel. (B)

Day 9: Explore Paris

Enjoy some of Paris’ most famous sights during this morning's guided tour. Start with a panoramic tour that includes the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the Eiffel Tower. Your tour concludes with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. The remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own. (B)

Day 10: Free Day Paris

Your last day in the “City of Light” is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. If you prefer, you may take an optional “Seine Cruise & Eiffel Tower” tour in the morning or experience an optional Parisian Cabaret Dinner Show this evening. (B)

Day 11: Transfer to airport / Return Home

Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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170 sq. feet. 5 cabins on Piano Deck. Fixed twin windows, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #108-113.
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170 sq. feet. 7 cabins on Piano Deck. Fixed twin windows, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #101-107.
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170 sq. feet. 4 cabins on Cello Deck. 4 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #225-230.
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170 sq. feet. 26 cabins on Cello Deck. 4 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #201-224.
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170 sq. feet. 20 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #305-332.
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225 sq. feet. 1 cabin on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #223, 221
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255 sq. feet. 3 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, bathtub and shower, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #310-304.

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