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  • Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Amsterdam

Legendary Rhine & Moselle-Amsterdam to Basel

13-day River Cruise

Summary

Highlights

  • Visit the 12th-century Thurant Castle and see the steepest vineyard in Europe
  • Walk through the cobblestone streets of postcard-perfect towns
  • Join the mayor of Ediger- Eller at a wine tasting of delicious local Rieslings

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Amsterdam
  • 1 Night Cologne
  • 1 Night Koblenz
  • 1 Night Cochem
  • 1 Night Luxembourg
  • 1 Night Trier
  • 1 Night Bernkastel
  • 1 Night Trier
  • 1 Night Speyer
  • 1 Night Strasbourg
  • 1 Night Breisach
  • 1 Night Basel

Cruise

Recommended for:
Activity adventure | All-inclusive | Food & wine | History & culture | River cruise

Experience the enduring allure of the spectacularly scenic Rhine and Moselle. Revel in the UNESCO-designated Rhine River Valley, with its vine-covered slopes and castle-dotted shores, and the mesmerizing Moselle, the Rhine’s breathtaking tributary. Explore the delights of five nations and savor the best these regions have to offer.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Amsterdam

Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and be transferred to the ship.

Stay: River Queen

Day 2
Amsterdam

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

Experience the magic and beauty of Amsterdam via a canal cruise, before visiting either the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. Cap the day off with a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Stay: River Queen

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Cologne

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Cologne walking discovery tour with cathedral OR Kölsch beer tasting OR Museum Ludwig

You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the city’s iconic UNESCO-listed Gothic Cologne Cathedral. For beer connoisseurs, you’ll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. And for lovers of art, you won’t want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig.

Stay: River Queen

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Koblenz

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

Watch the waters of the Moselle meld with the Rhine’s as you stand at the German Corner of medieval Koblenz during your discovery tour. For those who want more active exploration, hike up to Thurant Castle in the Alken. Meet the keeper and tour the castle and then hike back to the village through the terraced vineyards.

Stay: River Queen


Meals: B L D

Day 5
Cochem

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Cochem walking discovery tour with Reichsburg Castle OR exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike, and exclusive Ediger-Eller “Village Day” with wine tasting

History comes to life in Cochem as you tour Reichsburg Castle. If you prefer a more active outing, hike the steepest vineyard in Europe, the Calmont Steig, offering breathtaking views of the Moselle. Later, travel to the picturesque wine village of Ediger-Eller, where you’ll meet the mayor, who will escort you through his town to an organ recital at St. Martin’s Church—with one of the most ornate steeples—and to a wine tasting.

Stay: River Queen

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Cruising the Moselle River and Luxembourg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Luxembourg with WWII cemetery OR timeless traditions of Villeroy & Boch

After scenic cruising along the Moselle, WWll history buffs will want to tour the city of Luxembourg, site of the WWII cemetery where U.S. Army General George Patton is buried. For those who prefer art history, visit Mettlach’s Benedictine Abbey, where Villeroy & Boch has been producing exquisite porcelain since 1803.

Stay: River Queen

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Trier

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Trier city tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Trier— once known as the “second Rome”—as no other German city has as many monuments dating from ancient Roman times.

Stay: River Queen

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Bernkastel

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bernkastel walking discovery tour with exclusive Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler wine estate visit and tasting OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Moselle River

Historic vineyards provide the perfect setting for the Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler wine estate. Hear the legends of the estate and sample its delicious Rieslings. If you prefer cycling, join your guide for a bike trip along Moselle through picturesque wine villages.

Stay: River Queen

Day 9
Boppard and Rüdesheim

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

Your day’s bookends will be Boppard, where you’ll enjoy a village stroll, and Rüdesheim, where you’ll see a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments at Siegfried’s. Between the two cities, you’ll cruise the legendary 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine, a UNESCO-designated Cultural Landscape.

Stay: River Queen

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Speyer

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour OR exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

A local expert will lead you through Speyer’s Old Town to the city’s cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, for a different spin on the Palatinate wine region, visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made from wine vinegars.

Stay: River Queen

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Strasbourg

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

Located on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg offers a unique blend of these nations’ traditional culinary and architectural styles. Take an enlightening tour of multicultural Strasbourg via its historic canals through the Petite France district. If you wish to do as the locals do, opt for an Old Town walking tour with stops for pastries and coffee.

Stay: River Queen

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Breisach

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

Colmar has been called one of the prettiest towns in the world with its winding streets, medieval city centre and pink-stone church. For those who wish to experience more idyllic wine villages, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr are a perfect choice. Join a festive evening at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Stay: River Queen

Day 13
Basel

Disembark the ship and transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg

Meals: B

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