The Rhine & Moselle (Southbound)

06/17/2021 through 10/15/2021
06/17/2021 through 10/30/2021
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!

Included Features:

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 to Sayn Manor House

Day 5 Bernkastel: Guided walk; wine tasting on board

Day 6 Remich. Excursion to Luxembourg: Guided tour in Luxembourg

Day 7 Trier: Choice of guided tour in Trier, or ‘Roman Trier,’ see the Porta Nigra

Day 8 Cochem: Guided tour, visit Reichsburg Castle

Day 9 Boppard-Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim: Free time in Boppard; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, cable-car ride to the Niederwald Monument , or hike the vineyards with your Adventure Host in Rüdesheim

Day 10 Ludwigshafen. Excursion to Heidelberg: Guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way with your Adventure Host

Day 11 Strasbourg: Guided tour, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral

Day 12 Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller

Day 13 Basel (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning


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

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