Romance of the Rhine and Mosel

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River Cruise
Once, the best way to travel through Europe was to cruise European rivers by river ship. And once you experience the scenic Romance of the Rhine & Mosel for yourself, you'll see that river cruising is still the best way to discover five different countries. Delight in Belgium's diverse Old World traditions ... cruise in the wake of ancient explorers in th...
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Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Best way to travel through Europe
    • Discover five different countries
    • Relaxing and rewarding experience

What's this trip about?

    Once, the best way to travel through Europe was to cruise European rivers by river ship. And once you experience the scenic Romance of the Rhine & Mosel for yourself, you'll see that river cruising is still the best way to discover five different countries. Delight in Belgium's diverse Old World traditions ... cruise in the wake of ancient explorers in the Netherlands ... enjoy Rhineland vintages in Germany ... discover a unique side of France ... and explore one of Switzerland's most cultural-rich cities. Plus, Grand Circle's exclusive Discovery Series events will provide an even more intimate look at the region, and help you get to know its enchanting culture. Get on board for this truly relaxing and rewarding Rhine and Mosel river cruise—all for an incredible value!

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityBrussels
End CityBasel

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Europe
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • France
  • Netherlands


  • Antwerp
  • Bonn
  • Brussels
  • Strasbourg
  • Trier


  • Culture
  • Educational/ learning
  • Historic sightseeing
  • River cruise
  • Wine Tasting

Trip includes

    • Accommodations: 14 nights aboard a private Grand Circle river ship in an outside cabin
    • ALL meals, including Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions and Dinners: 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 14 dinners (and beverages—including beer, wine, and soft drinks—during all onboard lunches and dinners)
    • 13 exclusive, included tours with personal headsets: Antwerp • Kinderdijk Windmills • Nijmegen • Bonn • Cochem & Reichsburg Castle • Bernkastel • Trier • Zell • Boppard • Speyer • Strasbourg • Baden-Baden • Basel
    • Exclusive Discovery Series events: German language lesson • Winery tour & tasting • Home-Hosted Kaffeeklatsch • Informative discussions on the European Union and Switzerland Today
    • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure with the purchase of Grand Circle's airfare
    • All port charges—a value of $165 per person
    • Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers on your main trip
    • Baggage handling for 1 piece of luggage per person, including tips
    • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit toward your next Grand Circle trip—an average of $300

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Travel Map

Day 1: Brussels, Belgium • Antwerp • Embark ship

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Discover the beauty of the Rhine River

Arrive today in Brussels. A Grand Circle representative will meet you at the airport and assist with your transfer to the pier in Antwerp. There, you'll be joined by those who took our option...

Day 2: Antwerp • Willemstad, the Netherlands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

View the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp

After breakfast, attend an orientation briefing. Your Program Director will go over the details of your upcoming trip and answer any questions you may have. Then set off on a wa...

Day 3: Willemstad • Optional Delta Works tour • Kinderdijk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Discover the beauty of the Rhine River

Your morning is at leisure in Willemstad to relax or explore on your own. Or, if you choose the optional Delta Works tour, you'll ride by motorcoach to see a restoration project kn...

Day 4: Nijmegen • Optional Liberation Museum tour • German language lesson

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, you'll join your Program Director for a walking tour of 2,000-year-old Nijmegen—the Netherlands' oldest city. Located in the eastern part of the country near the German border, Nijmegen was built on seven hill...

Day 5: Bonn, Germany

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Discover St Martin while exploring Bonn

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Bonn's Old Town, where you’ll see the Baroque City Hall, Romanesque Basilica, and Beethoven’s memorial. Founded by the Romans, Bonn was th...

Day 6: Cochem • Reichsburg Castle tour • Bernkastel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Explore the medieval Reichsburg Castle

Disembark this morning for a tour of Reichsburg Castle, believed to have been originally constructed some time in the eleventh century. Burned to the ground by King Louis XIV of Fr...

Day 7: Bernkastel • Winery tour & tasting

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Encounter relaxing German outdoor cafes in Berkastel

This morning, join your Program Director for a stroll around Bernkastel, one of the prettiest towns in the Mosel Valley. Actually, Bernkastel is two towns; its sister...

Day 8: Trier • European Union discussion

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Explore Trier's main plaza

After breakfast, join us for a tour of Trier. There were settlements here in the third millennium before Christ, and the Roman Emperor Augustus founded a thriving city here in 15 BC.


Day 9: Zell • Optional Luxembourg tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

See a German church while touring Luxembourg

Disembark this morning in Zell for an informational walk—and experience the heart of one of the biggest wine-producing regions of Germany. Founded by the Romans in the first ...

Day 10: Boppard • Optional Marksburg Castle tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

View passing landscapes while relaxing on the ship deck

Join us on an optional excursion to one of the most beautiful castles standing on the hills that line the Rhine River, Marksburg Castle. The only 13th-century cast...

Day 11: Speyer • Home-Hosted Kaffeeklatsch

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Discover local culture at a Home-Hosted meal

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Speyer, a town founded by the Romans in approximately AD 50 that flourished during the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, much of Speyer was...

Day 12: Strasbourg, France • Boat tour • Optional Alsatian Highlights tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Encounter beautiful views of Strasbourg

Early this morning, we dock in Strasbourg, France. This morning, you can enjoy a sightseeing tour by boat along Strasbourg's canals. Strategically important since ancient times, S...

Day 13: Strasbourg • Baden-Baden, Germany

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Explore the Alsatian Wine Road in France

This morning after breakfast onboard, you visit the spa town of Baden-Baden, nestled in the thick, deep green forests. Baden-Baden has been renowned for its thermal baths since R...

Day 14: Basel, Switzerland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Basel is Switzerland’s second-largest city—and one with a split personality. On the one hand, the city is dominated by giant, modern chemical concerns and pharmaceutical companies. On the other, a network of narrow alleys weav...

Day 15: Basel • Return to U.S.

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, disembark in Basel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or, begin your optional extension to Lucerne, Switzerland.

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Dates & Availability

Price From $3,195
Price per day$200
Single supplement (single occupancy)$745
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

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Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises serves both our Grand Circle Travel and Overseas Adventure Tour (OAT) brands with an award-winning fleet known for exceptional value and high-quality experiences in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Custom-designed according to our travelers’ specifications, our fleet includes 50+ small river and ocean-going ships that we own or privately charter.

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Traveling with Grand Circle is about more than sightseeing. It’s about immersing yourself in other cultures, sharing the warm camaraderie of like-minded American travelers, and feeling comfortable, safe, and well-cared for every step of the way. It’s not simply a destination you’ll find, but a profound awareness of the life-changing joy of cultural connections, and we’ve been creating those connections for more than 50 years.

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Bring your travel dreams to life: witness the breathtaking expanse of China from atop the Great Wall … visit centuries-old windmills in Holland, and meet those who call the iconic structures home … ride a donkey to the top of ancient isles in Santorini, Greece... Visions like these are everyday realities for Grand Circle travelers, thanks to the principles that ground every one of our vacations: value, choice, discovery, and careful pacing.

Our VALUE puts your travel dreams within reach

Grand Circle can help you realize your travel dreams for a lot less than you ever thought possible. That’s because each of our Small Ship Cruise Tours, River Cruise's, and Land Tours includes full-service accommodations, included tours, exclusive Discovery Series events, and so much more. And, because we work with our regional offices located throughout the world, we’ve been able to establish long-term relationships with many local vendors and hotels. Buying direct brings down our costs—and allows us to pass the savings on to you. And negotiating directly for hotel space also allows us to secure as many single room allotments as possible for our solo travelers. That way, we can also extend our great value to solo travelers, too! In fact, we offer the best value and benefits for solo travelers, guaranteed.

The CHOICE is yours

You’ll always have plenty of choices with Grand Circle. We offer you a breadth of awe-inspiring travel destinations—from Europe’s great, culture-laden capitals and the lush vineyards of French and German wine regions, to the scenic natural beauty of Chile's Lakes District and Australia's Great Barrier Reef. You’ll also enjoy more optional trip extensions—such as excursions to Phnom Penh & Angkor Wat, Cambodia or Prague, Czech Republic—enabling you to enhance your regional discovery and maximize the value of your already included airfare. You have plenty of choices within each vacation, too, enabling you to follow your own pace and tailor your experience to your own interests with our optional tours. And the free time we’ve woven into our itineraries gives you the opportunity for independent exploration. You can shop, linger at a sidewalk cafe, visit an art gallery or museum, or perhaps explore a cobbled street that caught your eye earlier in the day. You can do as much or as little as you want on Grand Circle vacation—the choice is yours.

DISCOVERIES that enrich and inspire

Wherever you travel with Grand Circle, you can always count on us to provide a rewarding, discovery-rich experience. With regional offices around the globe, we maintain a strong local presence in all the regions you’ll visit. Being a part of local communities means we offer the most illuminating cultural encounters and widest array of learning activities that reflect your destination. Participate in a discussion about life under communism in Eastern Europe. Try your hand at painting in Impressionism’s homeland. All these experiences, and others, have been designed to offer you a deeper understanding of the places you’ll visit—even as you have fun in the process. And because we know you’ll want to experience local life through the people who call your destination home, we’ve arranged for you to meet them where they live, work, and play. From Home-Hosted meals with local families and demonstrations by regional artisans, to touring a family-run winery or visiting a local school, we make sure you enjoy firsthand perspectives on everyday life, while forming connections you’ll never forget.

Well PACED—with an emphasis on comfort

Travel shouldn’t feel like a race from one site to the next. We know that you enjoy both visiting memorable locales and the chance to enjoy them at your own pace. We’ve planned itineraries that blend regional discovery with “down time,” during which you can explore as little or as much as you like—at your leisure. With well-located accommodations on land and conveniently situated docks for our small ships, you’ll be poised for discoveries of all kinds. While walking is our signature mode—allowing access to many of the most unmissable sites, we always balance any lengthy walking tours with plenty of time to refresh and rejuvenate. Plus, you can always rest assured that your safety and comfort are our top priority, with a resident Program Director along, and our local staff in a regional office nearby.

It's included with Grand Circle ...

  • Choose to purchase Grand Circle's airfare, and your airport transfers and government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges are included. Or, make your own air arrangements
  • The services of expert, resident Program Directors who speak fluent English, as well as the native language
  • Accommodations at comfortable hotels and on private, Grand Circle-owned or chartered vessels
  • Most meals, including all meals during the cruise portions of our Grand Circle Cruise Line vacations
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Personal headsets on included and optional tours
  • Exclusive Discovery Series events
  • All internal transportation

And more

Now included for 2016

  • Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers on all Grand Circle main trips, most optional tours, and most optional pre- and post-trip extensions
  • Beverages during lunch and dinner onboard Grand Circle Cruise Line ships, including beer, wine, and soft drinks
  • All port charges—a value of up to $250 per person
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Cruises to popular destinations for seniors wanting to travel at their own pace with optional excursions and plenty of free time.


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Ship & cabin information
Private Grand Circle River Ship
Private Grand Circle River Ship All of our Rhine, Main & Danube river ships made Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 40 River Cruise Ships in the World” 2014 Readers’ Poll. Custom-built for Grand Circle with our travelers’ needs in mind, your private river ship has a passenger capacity of 140-164, with all outside cabins. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in select common areas, but connectivity is limited in certain locations. Your cabin features a flat-screen TV, direct-dial telephone, individual heating and air-conditioning controls, twin beds that convert to sofas, and private bath with shower and hair dryer.
Cancellation policy

Cancellation charges will be calculated as of the date we receive your cancellation. Cancellation charges and refunds shall be calculated in accordance with the terms of this Passenger Agreement. If you are due a refund, you first must return your air tickets and, if applicable, cruise tickets to Operator. Any applicable refunds will be returned to you in the manner in which payment was made, and processed within 30 days of receipt of your cancellation.

b) Processing Fee: All cancellations made later than twenty-one days after booking are subject to a non-refundable fee of $300 and additional cancellation charges per the schedule below. Cancellations made within 21 days after booking will be subject to the same fee, unless the reason for canceling given at the time of cancellation is your rejection of these Terms and Conditions prior to acceptance. This $300 fee reflects only Operator's costs of administering a reservation.

c) Cancellation Charges Generally: Unless otherwise stated next to the program’s rate chart, you will receive a refund equal to your Trip Price less the following per-person charges. Charges shown include the $300 administrative fee.

Cancellation Charges for River Cruises and Small Ships:

If Prior to departure is  121 days or more, then charge is $300

If Prior to departure is 120-90 days, then charge is 10% of selling price or $300—whichever is greater

If Prior to departure is  89-60 days, then charge is 40% of selling price

If Prior to departure is  59-30 days, then charge is 65% of selling price

If Prior to departure is  29 days–departure, then charge is 100% of selling price

iii. Cancellation Charges for Last Minute Bookings: Last Minute Bookings are defined as any booking at or inside 45 days prior to departure. Space is limited and all arrangements—cabin selection, hotel rooms, air carriers and routing, etc.—are subject to availability. Flights are contingent on confirmation by the airline(s); additional fees from the airline(s) may apply. If flights can be confirmed without additional fees from the airline(s), you are subject to the standard cancellation charges for your trip. If flights incur additional fees from the airline(s), you will be offered the choice of either paying the additional fees or cancelling your reservation for a full refund of your Trip Price plus any cost you paid for the Travel Protection Plan. If flights cannot be confirmed, you will be offered an alternative departure date or trip. If we are not able to agree upon a suitable alternative, you will be entitled to cancel your reservation and receive a full refund of your Trip Price plus any cost you paid for the Travel Protection Plan.

d) If you are a no-show, if you cancel your trip after the departure date, or if you leave a trip already in progress, you will not receive any refund for any unused portion of your trip.

e) If you reserved a double room and are sharing with a friend or family member, and that person cancels prior to departure, you may be subject to additional single supplement and travel protection fees.

Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance alongside your travel package to safeguard against unforeseen circumstances such as medical expenses, trip cancellations, and other contingencies. It offers you peace of mind and ensures you are prepared for unexpected events that may occur before or during your journey
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Meals Included

14 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches and 14 Dinners

Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Travelstride Take
Starting at t $133 per day, per person, this cruise is a true bargain. Traveling through five countries – Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland – in two weeks, it includes a dozen port excursions. The starting price goes up to $2,395 in 2015, however, so you may want to act fast. Besides early-booking airfare discounts and low-cost single supplements, Grand Circle cuts five percent off the cost of the second cruise you take with them, a savings averaging $300.
Optional Activities


Pre-trip: Bruges, Belgium

3 nights from only $795

Post-trip: Lucerne, Switzerland

4 nights from only $695

Optional Tours

Delta Works

Day 4 $80 per person

Liberation Museum

Day 5 $60 per person


Day 10 $120 per person

Marksburg Castle

Day 11 $85 per person

Alsatian Highlights

Day 13 $65 per person

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