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The Rhine and Moselle

15-day river cruise from £6,990 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

An in-depth and luxurious exploration of the enchanting Moselle and Rhine rivers with Tauck

Highlights

  • Explore the many historic and natural attractions of the Moselle and Rhine rivers in depth
  • Take advantage of the many private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Experience an unforgettable exclusive dinner at the historic Schloss Ehreshoven in Germany
  • Savour wine tasting at a family-owned winery in Cochem
  • Enjoy included fine-dining throughout your cruise

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Basel
  • 1 Night Strasbourg
  • 1 Night Baden-Baden
  • 1 Night Heidelberg
  • 1 Night Boppard
  • 1 Night Cochem
  • 1 Night Luxembourg & Traben-Trarbach
  • 1 Night Trier
  • 1 Night Cruising
  • 1 Night Cologne
  • 1 Night Nijmegen
  • 2 Nights Amsterdam

About

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River cruise

So many delights await you along the enchanting Moselle and Rhine rivers on this luxury Tauck river 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 out the ancient university town of Heidelberg and medieval masterpieces like Bernkastel, Trier and Cochem. You'll also pay tribute to those who fell in the Battle of the Bulge at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial before getting a true taste of Europe with regional specialties, local wines and folk traditions. It's all enjoyed alongside Tauck's signature brand of all-inclusive luxury.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Fly to Basel

After included airport lounge access, fly to Basle, from where a transfer is included to your Tauck river ship. In the evening join your fellow guests for a welcome reception followed by dinner onboard.

Stay: Tauck river ship

Meals: D

Day 2
Basel

The Tauck Difference in European river cruising is all about where you go, what you do, and who you meet on your shore excursions. Spend the day in Basel, a beautiful city on the banks of the Rhine River. You'll get a good overview on a brief sightseeing tour that is followed by a walking tour in the Old Town – see the bright-red Rathaus, Basel’s Town Hall. After lunch, explore more of one of Europe’s most attractive and best-preserved Old Towns on your own, perhaps taking in one of the city’s 40 museums. Your second choice is a trip to the town of Schaffhausen for an excursion to the Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe, which you'll experience on a boat ride. Return to Basel late afternoon for some free time; this evening, your riverboat heads for Strasbourg, France.

Stay: Tauck river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Strasbourg

Today you'll explore Strasbourg, France, seat of the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights. You’ll see the Parliament buildings before stepping back in time to discover La Petit France, noted for its medieval half-timbered houses set beside its lovely canals, on a walking tour. While visiting the famous Gothic Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Strasbourg on this most extraordinary of Rhine River tours, you’ll be inspired by the graceful, expressive statuary of the Pilier des Anges (Pillar of Angels), and the magnificent stained glass windows. Return to the riverboat for lunch or choose to dine at one of the city’s many intriguing restaurants on your own; if you wish, spend the afternoon exploring as you please before returning to the riverboat and enjoying an Alsatian folkloric performance this evening.

Stay: Tauck river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Baden-Baden

An excursion to the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden reveals that the elegant Belle Èpoque period is still alive and well. For many generations, wealthy folks have flocked here to see and be seen, and to take the healing thermal waters for which the town is famous. Join us on a walking tour and time spent on your own discovering some of the town's treasures ranging from the ruins of Roman baths to the ornate, 250-year-old Belle Èpoque casino, the Kurhaus, which movie star Marlene Dietrich once described as "the most beautiful casino in the world." You'll also have an optional opportunity to visit the Caracalla Spa in town before returning to the riverboat for the evening.

Stay: Tauck river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Heidelberg

Today you can opt for a full day in the historic college town of Heidelberg, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe as well as the setting for the famous operetta, The Student Prince, or visit a centuries-old family winery. In Heidelberg, take a walking tour for a close-up look at the Old Town, and ride a funicular up to the imposing Heidelberger Schloss, perched 300 feet above the city; view its examples of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Perhaps you’ll be as captivated by this lovely old city as America’s first travel writer, Mark Twain, was when he spent three months here with his family. Alternatively, you may choose to join us for a visit to the Karl Schaefer winery – established in 1843 and now operated by the sixth generation of the family – for a tour and a tasting. 

Stay: Tauck river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 6
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, writers and artists for centuries. Have lunch on the Sun Deck (weather permitting), and gain insights on the Lorelei Valley and legends associated with the many castles you'll pass on your way through the region from your Tauck Director as this most delightful of Rhine River tours continues. Whilst in Boppard choose between an orientation walk through the city or a bicycle excursion along the Rhine. 

Stay: Tauck river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Moselle Valley, 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-perfect 1,000-year-old Reichsburg Castle, which looks down on Cochem's quaint market square. Explore this jewel of a town – complete with Baroque town hall and ancient town gates – breathing in its historic charm and ambiance. Honour the area’s centuries-old winemaking traditions with a tasting of the excellent locally produced vintages at the family-owned Schlagkamp Wine Museum before returning to the riverboat.

Stay: Tauck river ship

Meals: B L D

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 World Heritage Site. Pay a poignant visit to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial; over 5,000 American casualties of World War II's Battle of the Bulge lie buried here, as does General George S. Patton.  Later, arrive in the charming spa town of Traben-Trarbach. You have the choice of taking a walking tour of this lovely town, or joining us for a guided bicycle ride along the Moselle River before returning to the ship for the evening, where you can enjoy entertainment in the lounge after dinner.

Stay: Tauck river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Trier

On an excursion to Trier, discover this ancient city – which lays claim to being one of the oldest in Germany – during a walking tour that includes both medieval treasures and sites dating back to Roman times... from a 2nd-century city gate and a 4th-century basilica to a 16th-century fountain featuring images of St. Peter. Reboard your riverboat in Traben-Trarbach for an afternoon of classic river cruising, watching the scenery slip by from the Sun Deck as your riverboat glides along the Moselle; enjoy dinner aboard ship tonight.

Stay: Tauck river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Cruising the Moselle

Spend the day relaxing aboard and enjoying the unfolding scenery of the Moselle river.

Stay: Tauck river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Köln (Cologne)

After a morning spent cruising the Rhine, arrive this afternoon in the historic German city of Köln (Cologne), where you'll enjoy a city tour with a local guide including the Old Town. This evening, you're off to Engelskirchen for a visit to its neighboring castle, Schloss Ehreshoven. Built in the 14th Century and later expanded in the style of a grand Baroque manor house, the estate is surrounded by a moat, landscaped gardens, and a castle park. Schloss Ehreshoven is frequently used as a film location but this evening it’s the elegant setting for a Tauck Exclusive cocktail reception and dinner with entertainment. 

Stay: Tauck river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Nijmegen & Arnhem

Arrive in Nijmegen for a shore excursion to Arnhem and the 5,500-hectare De Hoge Veluwe National Park, home to many endangered plant and animal species. In the midst of this natural glory, you’ll find the inspiring Kröller-Müller Museum, featuring works of such luminaries as Pablo Picasso, Georges Seurat and Vincent van Gogh, along with Europe’s largest sculpture garden. Your choice today is a guided visit to this renowned art institution, or a bicycle excursion through beautiful De Hoge Veluwe National Park. Rejoin the ship in Nijmegen for lunch, followed by time spent exploring this 2,000-year-old city – the oldest in the Netherlands. Whether you’re intrigued by Roman and medieval history, the legacy of World War II, African art or modern-day Dutch life, you’ll undoubtedly find something interesting here. 

Stay: Tauck river ship

Meals: B L D

Days 13-14
Amsterdam

As your cruise comes to an end in Amsterdam, indulge yourself in the many charms of the Dutch capital and surrounding countryside over your final two days. You'll be introduced to the city's remarkable architecture on a scenic canal cruise along its 17th-century canals, winding up at Museumplein, where you'll visit the famed Rijksmuseum, home to one of the world’s most important collections of artwork by the Dutch Masters. This afternoon, you have the choice of exploring more of this fascinating metropolis – at once one of Europe's most modern and most historic cities – on your own, or meeting a local family and visiting their home on an Amsterdam canal boat.  Spend this evening aboard the riverboat for a farewell reception followed by dinner and a live musical performance.

Stay: Tauck river ship

Meals: B L D

Day 15
Amsterdam

Disembark the ship after breakfast. A transfer is included from the riverboat to Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport or Centraal Train Station

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

15-day river cruise
from £6,990 pp incl. flights

Price from
Book by: 30 June 2024

Includes:

  • Round trip scheduled flights from the UK
  • 14 nights river cruise aboard a luxury Tauck river ship
  • Transfers to/from ship
  • Port charges, land excursions and admission fees
  • Dinner at the historic Schloss Ehreshoven in Germany
  • Beverages (including unlimited soft drinks, regional wine, beer and premium spirits)
  • Sightseeing and all tours
  • Services of the Tauck Directors, the Tauck Cruise Director, hotel and ship staff, and local guides and drivers
  • All customary gratuities for the hotel and ship staff, local guides and drivers, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director are included

Itinerary shown is the northbound route, also operates in reverse on select dates.

Selected departure dates from April to October. Price varies by departure date and stateroom availability, please call for details.

Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply. 


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