The Rhine and Moselle - Northbound 2022

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River Cruise
Explore two of Europe's most scenic rivers on a 14-night cruise between Basel and Amsterdam aboard one of Tauck's premium riverboats. Glide along the Rhine in Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland; visit Luxembourg; and discover castles, wineries and market towns of the Moselle Valley.
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Overview

Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy

Highlights

    • So many delights are in store along the enchanting Moselle and Rhine on our 14-night cruise between Basel and Amsterdam – including a once-in-a-decade visit to Floriade
    • the 'world's fair' of horticultural exhibitions.From the Netherlands to Switzerland
    • through Germany
    • France and Luxembourg
    • see the marriage of French and German culture in Strasbourg; mingle with jet setters in Baden-Baden; check outthe ancient university town of Heidelberg and medieval masterpieces like Bernkastel
    • Trier and Cochem. Pay tribute to those who fell in the Battle of the Bulge at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial; get a true taste of Europe with regional specialties
    • local wines and folk traditions; and enjoy an exclusive special dinner at a castle in Germany. And special experiences await when you spend a day at the once-in-a-decade Floriade
    • the world-acclaimed horticultural exhibition.

What's this trip about?

    Explore two of Europe's most scenic rivers on a 14-night cruise between Basel and Amsterdam aboard one of Tauck's premium riverboats. Glide along the Rhine in Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland; visit Luxembourg; and discover castles, wineries and market towns of the Moselle Valley.

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Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start City Basel, Switzerland
End CityAmsterdam

Travel Themes

  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • France
  • Netherlands

Attractions

  • Amsterdam
  • Heidelberg
  • Strasbourg
  • Trier

Activities

  • Culture

Trip includes

    • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Dinner at the historic Schloss Ehreshoven in Germany TAUCK EXCLUSIVE –As a special Dutch treat, visit Floriade 2022 – "the World's Fair of horticultural shows." Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,400 Insider tour of the Gothic-Renaissance Heidelberger Schloss and lunch at a popular local restaurant Choices of bicycle excursions in Boppard and Arnhem's De Hoge Veluwe National Park Wine tasting at a family-owned winery in Cochem A scenic cruise along the canals of Amsterdam

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1 Arrive Basel and board your riverboat

Tour begins: 4:00 PM, Basel, Switzerland.
Transfers are included from EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg or Basel's SBB train station to the riverboat where embarkation begins at 4:00 PM; guests can also transfer from Zürich Airport or Zurich Hauptbahnhof (train station) to the riverboat in Basel. Join us this ...
Day 2 Old Town Basel or Rhine Falls excursion

The Tauck Difference in European river cruising is all about where you go, what you do, and who you meet on your shore excursions – and today, you have a choice! First choice is spending the day in Basel, a beautiful city on the ban...

Day 3 A taste of France in Strasbourg

Today you'll have a choice as to how you'll explore Strasbourg, France, the formal seat of the European Parliament and a cultural treasure. Step back in time and explore La Petite France, noted for its medieval half-timbered houses ...

Day 4 The Black Forest, Baden-Baden & Stuttgart

Stuttgart enjoys a reputation as an industrial powerhouse; a cradle of both the automobile and motorcycle industries in the 19th century, it's the corporate headquarters of both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. But the city also possesses a char...

Day 5 Historic Heidelberg or a visit to a local winery

Arrive in the historic college town of Heidelberg, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe as well as being the setting for the famous operetta, The Student Prince. You have a choice of sightseeing today. In Heidelberg, tak...

Day 6 The Lorelei & a choice in Boppard

While your riverboat glides through the Middle Rhine Valley en route to Boppard, listen to the legend of the Lorelei and see for yourself why this beautiful part of the river – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – has inspired composers, ...

Day 7 The Moselle Valley to Cochem & Reichsburg Castle

Your day begins with an introduction to the Moselle River, where your riverboat diverges from the Rhine, en route to Cochem. Stepping ashore in this Moselle Valley town is like stepping into the pages of a medieval fairy tale; tour picture...

Day 8 Luxembourg & Traben-Trarbach

Dock this morning for a journey to the tiny Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. A walking tour of its well-preserved old town reveals the Cathedral, Parliament, the Palace of the Grand Duke, and centuries-old battlements that are today a UNESCO Wor...

Day 9 A visit to Trier and cruising the Moselle Valley

On an excursion to Trier, enjoy a guided walking tour where you'll discover an ancient city that lays claim as being one of the oldest in Germany – during a walking tour that includes both medieval treasures and sites dating back to Roman ...

Day 10 Cruising the Moselle and dinner at a castle

A wonderful day of cruising along the Moselle awaits you this morning. Following lunch onboard, your ship arrives in the town of Alken, home to the ruins of Thurant Castle, perched high above the hills by Alken. Arrive in Bonn; this...

Day 11 Historic Köln & cruising the Rhine

This morning, in the city of Köln (Cologne), enjoy a tour of the city's iconic sites, including a walking tour of Old Town accompanied by a local guide. Return to your riverboat midday to continue cruising along the Rhine, this time bound ...

Day 12 Discover Floriade

Arrive in Huizen – and as a special Dutch treat included on this river cruise, visit Floriade 2022, "the World's Fair of horticultural shows." Explore an international horticultural wonderland that celebrates Green Cities of the Fut...

Day 13 Explore Amsterdam – a visit to the Rijksmuseum & a canal cruise

Explore Amsterdam today, beginning with a visit to the famed Rijksmuseum, home to one of the world's most important collections of artwork by the Dutch Masters. Mid-morning, take a scenic canal cruise along the 17th-century canals, ...

Day 14 Visit the Dutch countryside

Today takes you outside of the city for a guided tour through the polder landscapes of the Dutch countryside, including a visit to a tulip and vegetable nursery. Return to Amsterdam later in the afternoon for some time as you please...

Day 15 Journey home

Tour ends: Amsterdam.
 A transfer is included from the riverboat to Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport or Centraal Train Station upon disembarking, no later than 9:00 AM; allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey home.

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PORTOFCALL : Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Price From $7,590
Price per day$506
Last Updated: 5/15/2023

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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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MS GRACE
MS GRACE Maintaining Tauck’s high standards for quality and comfort, ms Grace cruises exclusively for Tauck on the Rhine River as part of our Destination Fleet. With a maximum of 130 guests, the 443-foot riverboat and her sister ships continue our tradition of providing more space per guest on Europe’s inland waterways, transporting fewer passengers than most longships (135 meters). Her deck plan is innovative; with a total of 67 cabins, our most popular cabins tend to be our largest... so we have used the added ship length to offer twenty-two 300-square-foot Tauck Suites – the most of any river cruise ship on any European river. To increase the amount of natural sunlight on the lower deck, we’ve created 8 loft cabins that extend from the first to the second decks, providing guests with an additional view; all windows in these loft cabins open.
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