The Rhine and Moselle - Northbound 2023

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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...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.

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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Details

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 Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,405 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.
 

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...

Day 5 Historic Heidelberg or a visit to a local winery & exclusive evening

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 en route to 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 A choice of activities in Luxembourg or Traben-Trarbach

Dock this morning in Traben-Trarbach and set off for a choice of excursions. On one, you're off on a journey to the tiny Grand Duchy of Luxembourg starting with a visit to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial; where over 5,000 Ame...

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 to Alken

A wonderful morning of cruising along the Moselle awaits today! 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; enjoy some free time to exp...

Day 11 Historic Köln & cruising the Rhine

This morning, in the city of Köln (Cologne), you'll have a choice of tours showcasing the city's iconic sites, including a walking tour of Old Town accompanied by a local guide. One option offers you the opportunity to go inside the...

Day 12 In and around Arnhem

Arrive in Arnhem, where your day begins with a visit to the Airborne Museum at the beautifully restored Villa Hartenstein, rich with World War II history. This afternoon, enjoy a choice of excursion – a visit to Paleis Het Loo and g...

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 $7,990
Price per day$533
Last Updated: 10/23/2023

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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 TREASURES
MS TREASURES One of five 361-foot (110-meter) riverboats in Tauck's Destination Fleet, ms Treasures accommodates no more than 118 guests, while similar-sized riverboats average about 160. Guest amenities inside her 14 lush 300-square-foot suites include brocade upholstery, roomy walk-in closets with built-in drawers, spacious marble baths with full-size tubs, and two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows that open to idyllic riverscapes. She also sports seven 183-square-foot cabins, similarly furnished. Standard cabins (150 square feet) are cozy and comfortable and are similar in décor and style to our larger suites. 85% have floor-to-ceiling windows with real French balconies that open on to a balcony in the fresh air; all have in-room movies, minibar, adjustable heating and cooling, private bathroom and shower with pampering toiletries.
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