The Rhine & Moselle – Southbound

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River Cruise
Your river cruise vacation starts in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine Rive...

Overview

Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • Onboard welcome reception
    • Canal cruise
    • Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
    • Choice of guided tour, or visit Sayn Manor House
    • Choice of guided walk, or hike to castle ruins with your Adventure Host; wine tasting
    • Choice of guided tour in Metz, or excursion to the Maginot Line area
    • Choice of guided sightseeing in Trier, or “Roman Trier,” see the Porta Nigra
    • Free time in Beilstein; excursion to a medieval castle
    • Cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim; special treat
    • Guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat

What's this trip about?

    Your river cruise vacation starts in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine River. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages still standing! Here, you’ll go on a guided walk through the delightful marketplace and see the renaissance-era Town Hall and taste some of the famed Moselle wines! Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim, then visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city. Continue your stunning European river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach—known to be the gateway to Germany’s famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Disembark on this exciting river cruise in Basel, Switzerland. Beauty, new discoveries, and delightful surprises are plentiful on your European river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeOperator does not provide
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityAMSTERDAM
End CityBASEL

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • France
  • Netherlands

Attractions

  • Amsterdam
  • Basel
  • Boppard
  • Heidelberg
  • Heidelberg Castle
  • Koblenz
  • Rudesheim
  • Strasbourg
  • Trier

Activities

  • Culture
  • River cruise

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Day 1

AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION) Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. During tulip season, you m...

Day 2

AMSTERDAM Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)

Day 3

COLOGNE, GERMANY Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City ACTIVE This afternoon join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Walk in Cologne, OR: CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR: DISCOVERY Choose a Gui...

Day 4

KOBLENZ Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments, OR: CLASSIC Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour. Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a h...

Day 5

BERNKASTEL Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses, OR: ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike...

Day 6

THIONVILLE, FRANCE Ornate Palaces, Opera Houses, and Old Battle Lines CLASSIC Visit the historic Maginot Line—pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, OR: CLASSIC Join a Guided Excursion to Metz—a city with 3,000 years of h...

Day 7

GREVENMACHER. EXCURSION TO TRIER Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early Morning Run in Grevenmacher on the banks of the Moselle River in beautiful wine country. This morning you may choose to join a ...

Day 8

BEILSTEIN, GERMANY The Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle Enjoy free time in Beilstein—known as the “Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle” for its castle-dotted hills, vineyards, and inviting village of the Moselle River Valley. Go for a morning bike ride through the unspoile...

Day 9

BOPPARD—RHINE GORGE A Peaceful Jewel in the Rhine Gorge ACTIVE Go for a Run this morning through the village of Boppard with your Avalon Adventure Host. Alternatively, choose to explore Boppard’s beautiful views and forested surroundings on a bike ride or hike at yo...

Day 10

LUDWIGSHAFEN. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG Philosophical Views, a Hilltop Castle, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great ...

Day 11

STRASBOURG, FRANCE Gothic Giants and Varietal Vintages ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk, OR: CLASSIC Take a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock...

Day 12

BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FOREST History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest CLASSIC Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR: DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Visit...

Day 13

BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am. (B)

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Moevenpick Amsterdam City A stylish 408-room hotel in the perfect location, this waterfront property offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The chic restaurant serves creative international cuisine and there is a fabulous bar serving drinks and light snacks which is also a great spot for a nightcap. For relaxation there is a Lifestyle Studio featuring a gym, Finnish sauna, bio sauna & ice fountain. Amsterdam Netherlands Piet Heinkade 11 Renaissance Zurich Tower This 300 room luxury hotel is housed in a modern tower building located in the vibrant Zurich West quarter. The exclusive Grill restaurant serves urban cuisine and the lounge bar offers drinks, snacks and cocktails. Other amenities include a fitness area on the 15th floor with city views, sauna and steam bath. Zurich Switzerland Turbinenstrasse 20,
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