The Rhine & Moselle (Northbound)

08/22/2019 through 09/26/2020
08/22/2019 through 10/11/2020
Avalon Waterways

Embark on this exciting river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and explore everything the Moselle and Rhine Rivers have to offer as you stop at interesting and unique cities in France and Germany-and end in lively Amsterdam, Holland. At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach-known to be the gateway to Germany’s famous Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, then head for the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim.

Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel! Here, you’ll go on a guided walk and taste some of the famed Moselle wines! Visit a medieval castle, then sail back into the Rhine and explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine River. Your river cruise vacation ends in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Don’t miss your chance to discover the treasures you’ll cherish along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

Included Features:

Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller

Day 3 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 4 Ludwigshafen. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat

Day 5 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge

Day 6 Koblenz: choice of guided sightseeing, or visit Sayn Manor House

Day 7 Bernkastel: guided walk; wine tasting

Day 8 Remich: excursion to Luxembourg

Day 9 Trier: choices of guided tour, or “Roman Trier” tour, see the Porta Nigra

Day 10 Cochem: guided tour, visit Reichsburg Castle

Day 11 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 12 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 13 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 3 Strasbourg, France
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Day 4 Ludwigshafen, Germany. Excursion To Heidelberg
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Day 5 Rüdesheim-rhine Gorge
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Day 6 Koblenz
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Day 7 Bernkastel
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Day 8 Remich. Excursion To Luxembourg
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Day 9 Trier, Germany
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Day 10 Cochem
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Day 11 Cologne
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Day 12 Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 13 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
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