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Legendary Rhine & Moselle

Amsterdam to Basel | 13 Days
Date Range: Apr 2015 - Nov 2015Ship: River Queen

Amsterdam to Basel | 13 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Amsterdam MotorcoachEmbark/DisembarkDinner
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2:
Amsterdam UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchWelcome Gala Dinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Amsterdam by canal with either Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum visit

Experience the highlights of Amsterdam and get a close-up view of the city’s waterways witha canal cruise. Then choose between two of the most prestigious museums in the world: the Van Gogh Museum, home to the largest collection of his paintings in the world along with works by other famed 19th-century painters; or the Rijksmuseum, which boasts the world’s largest collection of Dutch and Flemish art and artifacts, including Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Kitchen Maid. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3:
Cologne Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking tour with Roman-Germanic Museum

Stroll through the streets of Cologne’s Old Town to the fascinating Roman-Germanic Museum, which displays thousands of artifacts dating from Cologne’s days as a Roman colony.

Note:
On Mondays, the Roman-Germanic Museum is closed; it will be replaced with a visit to UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral.
Day 4:
Koblenz Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Koblenz walking tour or exclusive guided “Go Active” hiking tour of Alken village and Thurant Castle

Amble through Koblenz’s picturesque Old Town, as your guide explains the town’s history and its importance to this region, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet. Or visit the small village of Alken for an adventurous hike up to dramatic Thurant Castle, where you’ll meet the keeper, tour the rooms, and visit the hunter’s quarters. Then hike back down the hill through beautiful Riesling vineyards. You’ll return to town and enjoy refreshments in a local tavern.
Day 5:
Cochem (Ediger-Eller) MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Cochem walking tour with Reichsburg Castle, and exclusive Ediger-Eller “Village Day” with wine tasting

History comes to life in charming Cochem. Enjoy a guided tour of Reichsburg Castle, followed by a walking tour through Old Town. Later in the day, travel to Ediger-Eller, where you’ll be greeted by the town mayor, who will host your visit. Stroll with the mayor through the cobblestone streets to the church for an organ recital before joining him for an exclusive wine tasting at a local inn.

Day 6:
Cruising the Moselle River, Trier (Luxembourg) MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSION: Luxembourg with WWII cemetery

Following a scenic morning sail on the spectacular winding Moselle, you will visit the independent sovereign state of Luxembourg, seeing Our Lady Cathedral, the Grand Ducal Palace, and a WWII cemetery that is the final resting place of US Army General George Patton.
Day 7:
Trier, cruising the Moselle River UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSION: Trier city tour

Explore UNESCO-designated Trier, once known as the second Rome. No other city in Germany has so many monuments from Roman times; you’ll see the Imperial Baths, the Porta Nigra, and Emperor Constantine’s Throne Room. Then sail the Moselle River, through a world-class Riesling-growing region.
Day 8:
Bernkastel, cruising the Moselle River Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bernkastel walking tour with exclusive wine tasting at the Dr.Pauly-Bergweiler wine estate or exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride along the Moselle River

Discover Bernkastel, with its more than five hundred years of winemaking history, beautiful vineyards, and picturesque market square. Savor the area’s fine Rieslings at the renowned wine estate of Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler and take in the ravishing scenery of Europe’s steepest vineyards. Or if you’re feeling active, enjoy an invigorating bicycle ride along the banks of the winding Moselle.
Day 9:
Boppard, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim UNESCOBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Guided Boppard village stroll and Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments

Take a guided stroll through delightful Boppard before cruising the scenic 40 miles of the Upper Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape. In Ru¨desheim, visit Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments, a small museum showcasing a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments
Day 10:
Speyer Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Speyer walking tour or exclusive Doktorenhof Vinegar Estate visit and tasting

Be guided through Old Town to the grand Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, come with us to discover a unique aperitif-wine vinegars made from grapes grown in the wine lands of the Palatine-with a visit to the Doktorenhof Vinegar Estate, where antique vinegar recipes find new life.
Day 11:
Strasbourg UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Strasbourg by canal or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour

Admire picturesque Strasbourg as you glide along its canals on your way to the gorgeous Gothic cathedral. You’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale as you sail among the city’s beautiful half-timbered houses. Or see Strasbourg à pied: walk through winding lanes to the charming markets and shops of Old Town, where you will indulge in a pastry and coffee at a charming café.
Day 12:
Breisach (Colmar or Kayserberg and Riquewihr) MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastFarewell Gala Dinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Colmar city tour or Alsatian “Village Day”

Visit enchanting Colmar, with its winding streets, medieval city center, and pink-stone St. Martin Church. Or choose to visit the picturesque wine villages of Kaysersberg and Riquewihr. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
 
Day 13:
Basel Embark/DisembarkMotorcoachContinental Breakfast/Buffet Breakfast
Disembark the ship and transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home. 

Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Basel to Amsterdam | 13 Days

Print Day-To-Day
Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Basel (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, where you will be transferred to the ship. 
Day 2:
Breisach (Colmar or Kayserberg and Riquewihr) MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastWelcome Gala Dinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Colmar city tour or Alsatian “Village Day”

Visit enchanting Colmar, with its winding streets, medieval city center, and pink-stone St. Martin Church. Or choose to visit the picturesque wine villages of Kaysersberg and Riquewihr. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3:
Strasbourg UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Strasbourg by canal or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour

Admire picturesque Strasbourg as you glide along its canals on your way to the gorgeous Gothic cathedral. You’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale as you sail among the city’s beautiful half-timbered houses. Or see Strasbourg à pied: walk through winding lanes to the charming markets and shops of Old Town, where you will indulge in a pastry and coffee at a charming café.
Day 4:
Speyer MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Speyer walking tour or exclusive Doktorenhof Vinegar Estate visit and tasting

Be guided through Old Town to the grand Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, come with us to discover a unique aperitif-wine vinegars made from grapes grown in the wine lands of the Palatine-with a visit to the Doktorenhof Vinegar Estate, where antique vinegar recipes find new life.
Day 5:
Rüdesheim, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Boppard UNESCOBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:  Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Guided Boppard village stroll

In Rudesheim, visit Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments, a small museum showcasing a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments.  Before arriving in Boppard, cruise the scenic 40 miles of the Upper Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape. In delightful Boppard, take a guided stroll.
Day 6:
Cochem (Ediger-Eller) MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Cochem walking tour with Reichsburg Castle and exclusive Ediger-Eller “Village Day” with wine tasting

History comes to life in charming Cochem. Enjoy a guided tour of Reichsburg Castle, followed by a walking tour through Old Town. Later in the day, travel to Ediger-Eller, where you’ll be greeted by the town mayor, who will host your visit. Stroll with the mayor through the cobblestone streets to the church for an organ recital before joining him for an exclusive wine tasting at a local inn.

Day 7:
Cruising the Moselle River, Trier (Luxembourg) MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSION: Luxembourg with WWII cemetery

Following a scenic morning sail on the spectacular winding Moselle, you will visit the independent sovereign state of Luxembourg, seeing Our Lady Cathedral, the Grand Ducal Palace, and a WWII cemetery that is the final resting place of US Army General George Patton.
Day 8:
Trier, cruising the Moselle River UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSION: Trier city tour

Explore UNESCO-designated Trier, once known as the second Rome. No other city in Germany has so many monuments from Roman times; you’ll see the Imperial Baths, the Porta Nigra, and Emperor Constantine’s Throne Room. Then sail the Moselle River, through a world-class Riesling-growing region.
Day 9:
Bernkastel, cruising the Moselle River Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bernkastel walking tour with exclusive wine tasting at the Dr.Pauly-Bergweiler wine estate or exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride along the Moselle River

Discover Bernkastel, with its more than five hundred years of winemaking history, beautiful vineyards, and picturesque market square. Savor the area’s fine Rieslings at the renowned wine estate of Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler and take in the ravishing scenery of Europe’s steepest vineyards. Or if you’re feeling active, enjoy an invigorating bicycle ride along the banks of the winding Moselle.
Day 10:
Koblenz Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Koblenz walking tour or exclusive guided “Go Active” hiking tour of Alken village and Thurant Castle

Amble through Koblenz’s picturesque Old Town, as your guide explains the town’s history and its importance to this region, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet. Or visit the small village of Alken for an adventurous hike up to dramatic Thurant Castle, where you’ll meet the keeper, tour the rooms, and visit the hunter’s quarters. Then hike back down the hill through beautiful Riesling vineyards. You’ll return to town and enjoy refreshments in a local tavern.
Day 11:
Cologne Buffet BreakfastLunchFarewell Gala Dinner

FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking tour with Roman-Germanic Museum

Stroll through the streets of Cologne’s Old Town to the fascinating Roman-Germanic Museum, which displays thousands of artifacts dating from Cologne’s days as a Roman colony.  In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception.

Note:
 On Mondays, the Roman-Germanic Museum is closed; it will be replaced with a visit to UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral.

Day 12:
Amsterdam UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Amsterdam by canal with either Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum visit

Experience the highlights of Amsterdam and get a close-up view of the city’s waterways witha canal cruise. Then choose between two of the most prestigious museums in the world: the Van Gogh Museum, home to the largest collection of his paintings in the world along with works by other famed 19th-century painters; or the Rijksmuseum, which boasts the world’s largest collection of Dutch and Flemish art and artifacts, including Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Kitchen Maid. 
Day 13:
Amsterdam (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoachContinental Breakfast/Buffet Breakfast
Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in bustling Amsterdam. 
Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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