The Rhine & Moselle (Southbound)

09/25/2020 through 05/03/2022
09/25/2020 through 05/16/2022
Avalon Waterways

Your European river cruise vacation starts in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this colorful, historic city on a canal cruise through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which spans both sides of the Rhine River, then visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Explore the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages still standing! Take a guided walk through the delightful marketplace, see the renaissance-era Town Hall, and taste famed Moselle wines! 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 the charming Rhine Valley wine town of Rüdesheim, then visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s Castle, towering magnificently over the city. Continue your stunning European river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where a local expert will show you the red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. At the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border sits Breisach-the gateway to Germany’s legendary Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Disembark your river cruise in Basel, Switzerland. Beauty, new discoveries, and delightful surprises are plentiful on your European river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!

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Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 4 Cochem: choice of guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle or visit to Bundesbank bunker or bike tour with Adventure Host

Day 5 Trier–Remich: choice of guided tour in Trier or “Roman Trier,” see the Porta Nigra or hike with your Adventure Host; free time in Remich in the evening

Day 6 Bernkastel: guided walk or hike with your Adventure Host

Day 7 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: choice of guided tour or visit to Sayn Manor House or bike tour with your Adventure Host; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Rüdesheim

Day 8 Ludwigshafen–Speyer. Excursion to Heidelberg: choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or visit Frankenstein Castle or hike up Philosophers’ Way with your Adventure Host; free time in Speyer

Day 9 Strasbourg: choice of guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike tour with your Adventure Host

Day 10 Breisach: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller

Day 11 Basel (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary

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