Experience the enduring allure of Rhine and Moselle for 12 nights from Amsterdam to Basel in a riverview stateroom on the River Queen. This trip is great for connoisseurs of food and wine and for couples looking for a romantic river cruise. You will also explore the delights of five nations (France, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Switzerland) and savor the best these regions have to offer.
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and be transferred to the ship.
Experience the magic and beauty of Amsterdam via a canal cruise, before visiting either the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. Cap the day off with a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Cologne walking discovery tour with cathedral OR Kölsch beer tasting OR Museum Ludwig
You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the city’s iconic UNESCO-listed Gothic Cologne Cathedral. For beer connoisseurs, you’ll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. And for lovers of art, you won’t want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig.
Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” hiking tour of Alken village and Thurant Castle
Watch the waters of the Moselle meld with the Rhine’s as you stand at the German Corner of medieval Koblenz during your discovery tour. For those who want more active exploration, hike up to Thurant Castle in the Alken. Meet the keeper and tour the castle and then hike back to the village through the terraced vineyards.
Choice of Cochem walking discovery tour with Reichsburg Castle OR exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike, and exclusive Ediger-Eller “Village Day” with wine tasting
History comes to life in Cochem as you tour Reichsburg Castle. If you prefer a more active outing, hike the Calmont Steig, offering breathtaking views of the Moselle. Later, travel to the picturesque wine village of Ediger-Eller, where you’ll meet the mayor, who will escort you through his town to an organ recital at St. Martin’s Church—with one of the most ornate steeples—and to a wine tasting.
Choice of Luxembourg with WWII cemetery OR timeless traditions of Villeroy & Boch
After scenic cruising along the Moselle, WWll history buffs will want to tour the city of Luxembourg, site of the WWII cemetery where U.S. Army General George Patton is buried. For those who prefer art history, visit Mettlach’s Benedictine Abbey, where Villeroy & Boch has been producing exquisite porcelain since 1803.
Trier city tour
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Trier— once known as the “second Rome”—as no other German city has as many monuments from ancient Roman times.
Choice of Bernkastel walking discovery tour with exclusive Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler wine estate visit and tasting OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Moselle.
Historic vineyards provide the perfect setting for the Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler wine estate. Hear the legends of the estate and sample its delicious Rieslings. If you prefer cycling, join your guide for a bike trip along Moselle through picturesque wine villages.
Guided Boppard village stroll and Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
Your day’s bookends will be Boppard, where you’ll enjoy a village stroll, and Rüdesheim, where you’ll see a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments at Siegfried’s. Between the two cities, you’ll cruise the legendary 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine, a UNESCO-designated Cultural Landscape.
Speyer walking discovery tour OR exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting.
An expert will lead you through Speyer’s Old Town to the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, for a different spin on the Palatinate wine region, visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made from wine vinegars.
Strasbourg by canal OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour
Located on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg offers a blend of these nations’ traditional culinary and architectural styles. Take a tour of multicultural Strasbourg via its historic canals through the Petite France district. If you wish to to blend with locals, opt for an Old Town walking tour with stops for food and coffee.
Choice of Colmar city tour OR Alsatian “Village Day”
Colmar has been called one of the prettiest towns in the world with its winding streets, medieval city center and pink-stone church. For those who wish to experience more idyllic wine villages, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr are a perfect choice. Join a festive evening at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Disembark the ship and transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home, or extend your stay in Basel.
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