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Vineyards of the Rhine & Mosel

7-night cruise from Luxembourg to Amsterdam (or Reverse)
Optional 3 night pre cruise stay in Paris

OVERVIEW

Experience the unforgettable beauty and centuries-old vineyards along two of Europe’s most renowned waterways, the Rhine and Mosel. Begin in Paris, the “City of Light,” then continue via high-speed TGV train to Luxembourg, where you will board your vessel. View the steepest vineyards in the world along the Mosel River; visit ancient wine villages and vineyards while enjoying wine tastings along the way. On the Rhine, you will arrive at historic Cologne where you can discover the city’s magnificent cathedral. Conclude your river cruise vacation in vibrant Amsterdam, amidst legendary canals.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1ParisHotel check-in
2ParisCity tour
Optional Montmartre & Illuminations tour
3Free day
ParisOptional Seine Cruise & Eiffel Tower
Optional Montmartre & Illuminations tour
4ParisTVG high-speed train
Walking tour
LuxembourgWalking tour
EMBARKATION
Welcome Cocktail & Dinner
5BernkastelWalking tour & wine tasting
6CochemWalking tour & Reichsburg Castle
7KoblenzWalking tour
8MainzWalking tour
RüdesheimOR full day Heidelberg excursion
Wine tasting & Siegfried’s Music Museum
Evening tour of Siegfried’s Music Museum
9CologneWalking tour & Cathedral visit
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
10AmsterdamCanal Cruise and City Tour
11AmsterdamDISEMBARKATION
DayDestinationActivities
1LuxembourgEMBARKATION
Welcome Cocktail & Dinner
2BernkastelWalking tour & wine tasting
3CochemWalking tour & Reichsburg Castle
4KoblenzWalking tour
5MainzWalking tour
RüdesheimOR full day Heidelberg excursion
Wine tasting & Siegfried’s Music Museum
Evening tour of Siegfried’s Music Museum
6CologneWalking tour & Cathedral visit
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
7AmsterdamCanal Cruise and City Tour
8AmsterdamDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • “Culinary Delights – Bites & Sights” excursions
  • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Transfer to Luxembourg, followed by high-speed TGV train to Paris
  • 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Pullman Paris Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package
  • All local taxes

DETAILED ITINERARY


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Day 1ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE
Arrive in Paris and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.
Day 2PARIS
Enjoy Paris’ famous sights during this morning’s guided tour. Start with a panoramic overview in which you will see the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the Eiffel Tower. Conclude your tour with a visit to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore the “City of Light” on your own. This evening, there is an optional Parisian Cabaret dinner theater excursion. (B)
Day 3PARIS
Your last day in Paris is free for you to enjoy at your own pace. In the alternative, you may choose to join the optional Seine Cruise & Eiffel Tower excursion this morning, or the optional Montmartre & Illuminations excursion this evening. (B)
Day 4PARIS - LUXEMBOURG - EMBARKATION
After checking out of your hotel, you will transfer to the Paris Est train station to board a high-speed TGV train bound for Metz. You’ll have free time in Metz to have lunch on your own. Next, you will travel by motor coach to Luxembourg, where you will enjoy a tour of the capital of the Grand Duchy and have a photo stop at the American Military Cemetery, General Patton’s burial place. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (B,D)
Day 5BERNKASTEL
This afternoon, arrive in charming Bernkastel, where you will enjoy a vineyard visit and walking tour. Strategically located in the heart of the Mosel, the town boasts over 500 years of documented wine history. Bernkastel features a medieval marketplace and half-timbered homes with steep gables and beautiful town squares with fountains dating back centuries. Above the town stand the ruins of Castle Landshut, the former summer home of the Archbishop of Trier which was destroyed by a fi re in the 17th-century. You will also enjoy wine tasting with a local vintner. (B,L,D)
Day 6COCHEM - KOBLENZ
This morning, tour picturesque Cochem, located amidst the steep vineyards and wine villages of the Mosel. You will have your choice of a walking tour and guided visit to the hilltop Reichsburg Castle, featuring spectacular views of the Mosel. In the alternative, you may choose to participate in a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). This evening, cruise to Koblenz. (B,L,D)
Day 7KOBLENZ - MAINZ
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Koblenz, a historic wine-producing town on the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine. See the Four Towers, the Church of Our Lady and hear the story behind the Schängel Fountain and City Hall. This afternoon continue cruising on the Rhine River, where you will see the stunning beauty of the Rhine castles and the infamous Lorelei Rock as we sail through the fascinating Rhine Gorge. The ship moors overnight in Mainz.
Day 8MAINZ OR HEIDELBERG - RÜDESHEIM
Today, decide between two excursions: take a guided walking tour of beautiful Mainz and see the famous Gutenberg Museum, home of the world’s first printed bible. See Mainz’s Old Town, with its narrow streets, Baroque churches and half-timbered houses. After lunch, arrive in Rüdesheim, where you will enjoy a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner. Explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants during your free time. In the alternative, you may choose a full day excursion to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. Your excursion includes a walking tour of Old Heidelberg. The city is divided by the Neckar River, with the old town on one side and the new town on the other, connected by the Old Stone Bridge. This evening, all passengers have the opportunity to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. This historic museum houses one of the greatest collections of robotic and self-playing musical instruments from the 18th-20th centuries. (B,L,D)
Day 9COLOGNE
Arrive in Cologne this morning, where you will enjoy a walking tour of Old Town and Cathedral Square. You will visit the spectacular 13th-century gothic cathedral whose twin spires are amongst the tallest in Europe. Afterwards, you will have free time to linger in the cathedral, browse the many nearby shops or perhaps enjoy a glass of Kölsch, Cologne’s famous beer. In the alternative, enjoy a scenic bike ride through Cologne (capacity controlled). (B,L,D)
Day 10AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Arrive in vibrant Amsterdam this morning. After breakfast, your tour begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North.” See the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous Anne Frank House. Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic motor coach tour of Amsterdam, in which you will see numerous landmarks, including the Royal Palace and a photo stop at the Rembrandt Windmill. You will then have free time to explore Dam Square and shop for souvenirs. (B,L,D)
Day 11DISEMBARKATION - DEPART AMSTERDAM
Your river cruise vacation ends today as you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1LUXEMBOURG - EMBARKATION
Board your cruise in Luxembourg. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2BERNKASTEL
This afternoon, arrive in charming Bernkastel, where you will enjoy a vineyard visit and walking tour. Strategically located in the heart of the Mosel, the town boasts over 500 years of documented wine history. Bernkastel features a medieval marketplace and half-timbered homes with steep gables and beautiful town squares with fountains dating back centuries. Above the town stand the ruins of Castle Landshut, the former summer home of the Archbishop of Trier which was destroyed by a fi re in the 17th-century. You will also enjoy wine tasting with a local vintner. (B,L,D)
Day 3COCHEM - KOBLENZ
This morning, tour picturesque Cochem, located amidst the steep vineyards and wine villages of the Mosel. You will have your choice of a walking tour and guided visit to the hilltop Reichsburg Castle, featuring spectacular views of the Mosel. In the alternative, you may choose to participate in a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). This evening, cruise to Koblenz. (B,L,D)
Day 4KOBLENZ - MAINZ
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Koblenz, a historic wine-producing town on the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine. See the Four Towers, the Church of Our Lady and hear the story behind the Schängel Fountain and City Hall. This afternoon continue cruising on the Rhine River, where you will see the stunning beauty of the Rhine castles and the infamous Lorelei Rock as we sail through the fascinating Rhine Gorge. The ship moors overnight in Mainz.
Day 5MAINZ OR HEIDELBERG - RÜDESHEIM
Today, decide between two excursions: take a guided walking tour of beautiful Mainz and see the famous Gutenberg Museum, home of the world’s first printed bible. See Mainz’s Old Town, with its narrow streets, Baroque churches and half-timbered houses. After lunch, arrive in Rüdesheim, where you will enjoy a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner. Explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants during your free time. In the alternative, you may choose a full day excursion to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. Your excursion includes a walking tour of Old Heidelberg. The city is divided by the Neckar River, with the old town on one side and the new town on the other, connected by the Old Stone Bridge. This evening, all passengers have the opportunity to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. This historic museum houses one of the greatest collections of robotic and self-playing musical instruments from the 18th-20th centuries. (B,L,D)
Day 6COLOGNE
Arrive in Cologne this morning, where you will enjoy a walking tour of Old Town and Cathedral Square. You will visit the spectacular 13th-century gothic cathedral whose twin spires are amongst the tallest in Europe. Afterwards, you will have free time to linger in the cathedral, browse the many nearby shops or perhaps enjoy a glass of Kölsch, Cologne’s famous beer. In the alternative, enjoy a scenic bike ride through Cologne (capacity controlled). (B,L,D)
Day 7AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Arrive in vibrant Amsterdam this morning. After breakfast, your tour begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North.” See the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous Anne Frank House. Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic motor coach tour of Amsterdam, in which you will see numerous landmarks, including the Royal Palace and a photo stop at the Rembrandt Windmill. You will then have free time to explore Dam Square and shop for souvenirs. (B,L,D)
Day 8DISEMBARKATION - DEPART AMSTERDAM
Your river cruise vacation ends today as you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)

 

 

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Notes:

Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries for 2013 sailings are subject to change.

Port Charges:  £92 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; Jr. Suites & Suites 100% of twin price.

Single Supplement for Land:  £244 per person.

Bedding:  Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

SHIP(S)

AmaDolce

The custom-designed AmaDolce was introduced in 2009 and features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, Internet/WiFi access, walking track along our Sun Deck and guided bicycle tours at stops along the river.

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