The Rhine & Moselle – Southbound 2019
Rivers:
Danube River Cruises, Mosel/Moselle River Cruises, Rhine River Cruises
Countries:
France, Germany, Holland (Netherlands), Switzerland
Embark:
Disembark:
Ship:
Avalon Visionary
Your river cruise vacation starts 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.”
Explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine River. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages still standing! Here, you’ll go on a guided walk through the delightful marketplace and see the renaissance-era Town Hall and taste someof the famed Moselle wines! Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water.
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Tour Highlights

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 Koblenz: choice of guided tour, or visit Sayn Manor House

Day 5 Bernkastel: choice of guided walk, or hike to castle ruins with your Adventure Host; wine tasting

Day 6 Thionville, France: choice of guided tour in Metz, or excursion to the Maginot Line area

Day 7 Grevenmacher. Excursion to Trier, Germany: choice of guided sightseeing in Trier or “Roman Trier,” see the Porta Nigra

Day 8 Beilstein–Treis-Karden: free time in Beilstein; excursion to a medieval castle

Day 9 Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim; special treat

Day 10 Ludwigshafen. Excursion to Heidelberg–Speyer: guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat

Day 11 Strasbourg: guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 12 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar

Day 13 Basel (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning



  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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