Rhine & Moselle Splendors Wine Cruise, October 31 - November 07, 2019 with Arthur Earl Winery

MAP – 2019 Rhine & Moselle Splendors with Paris & Switzerland (1)
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PARIS TO LUXEMBOURG – PRE CRUISE TOUR OPTION

Paris Arrival Date: Monday, October 28, 2019

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DAY 1 – MONDAY, OCTOBER 28TH

ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE

Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel.

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DAY 2 – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29TH

PARIS SIGHTSEEING

Enjoy a morning tour of Paris, taking in all its iconic sites, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées and Place de la Concorde. You’ll pass the magnificent Opéra Garnier, the legendary Louvre and, on the Left Bank, the Sorbonne University and the Panthéon. (B)

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DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH

PARIS & THE MONTMARTRE

Visit Montmartre, long known as the city’s premier artist’s enclave. For easy access to Montmartre, you’ll hop aboard the funicular railroad that ascends the hill. Montmartre’s most recognizable landmark is the Basilica du Sacré-Coeur, the highest point in the city. After your visit to Montmartre, you’ll be taken on an illumination tour. (B)

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DAY 4 – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31ST

PARIS – LUXEMBOURG – EMBARKATION

Bid au revoir to Paris as you board your TGV high-speed train that will whisk you away to Luxembourg, one of Europe’s last independent duchies. Enjoy a guided walking tour as well as a stop at the American Cemetery and Memorial, the final resting place of General George Patton, before boarding your luxury ship. (B,D)

Rhine & Moselle Splendors

Embarkation Date: Thursday, October 31st, 2019

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DAY 1 – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31ST

PARIS – LUXEMBOURG – EMBARKATION

Arrival in Luxembourg. Make you way from the airport to the beautiful AmaDante. (D)

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DAY 2 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST

TRIER, GERMANY – BERNKASTEL

Trier, Germany’s oldest city, has often been referred to as the second Rome. Be guided to the Roman Imperial Baths, the Porta Nigra and Emperor Constantine’s Throne Room. During the afternoon, sail to Bernkastel, strategically located in the middle of the Moselle Valley’s wine-producing region. Walk through the colorful Old Town center and past many medieval buildings before enjoying a wine tasting at a local winery. For those who prefer to be more active, trek up to the ruins of Landshut Castle, which dates all the way back to the 9th century. (B,L,D)

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DAY 3 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND

COCHEM – LAHNSTEIN

History comes to life in Cochem with its half-timbered houses and Reichsburg Castle. Join a guided tour through the castle, and then walk through its Old Town. For those wishing to have a more active exploration of the area, you can go on a guided hike to the castle. Or for a different adventure, explore the Bundesbank Bunker to get a closer look at this mysterious Cold War-era bank vault. Later in the day, sail along the Moselle, taking in the fascinating scenery before arriving in Lahnstein where you’ll enjoy a visit to Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D)

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DAY 4 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD

RHINE GORGE – RÜDESHEIM

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, and afterwards be treated to a wine tasting. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)

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DAY 5 – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH

LUDWIGSHAFEN

You have a choice of several excursions, depending on your interest. Visit Heidelberg, a perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Alternatively, relive a bygone era on an excursion to the glorious Schwetzingen Palace and Gardens. Tour this splendid palace and wander through its gardens with more than 100 sculptures and an assortment of whimsical buildings. The Apollotempel houses a statue of the ancient Greek god of light and the arts, playing the lyre; and the most spectacular, the Türkischer Garten with a mosque, are a few of the many highlights you will see. For those seeking a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour along the Neckar River to the medieval town of Ladenburg. (B,L,D)

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DAY 6 – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH

STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, has flavors of both France and Germany which you’ll get to discover. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République followed by a walking tour through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. You’ll also see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. The active adventurer can join a guided Old Town bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)

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DAY 7 – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH

BREISACH, GERMANY – BASEL, SWITZERLAND

Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions, depending on your interests. Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” You also have the choice to go on a hike in the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions; or cycle through the scenic countryside. (B,L,D)

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DAY 8 – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH

BASEL – DISEMBARKATION

Disembark the ship and make your way to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

POST-CRUISE LAND TOUR OPTION – LUCERNE TO ZURICH

Lucerne Arrival Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019

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DAY 1 – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH

BASEL – DISEMBARKATION – LUCERNE

Disembark the ship and before transferring to Lucerne, go on a highlights tour of Basel, one of Switzerland’s most cosmopolitan cities. Once in Lucerne, you’ll discover the unrivaled beauty and charm of this pristine city on a walking tour. Afterwards, check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely evening. (B)

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DAY 2 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH

LUCERNE

The iconic Lion Monument, which you’ll visit, was sculpted in memory for the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. It has captured the hearts and minds of visitors for centuries, including Mark Twain who praised it as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” You’ll also visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. Located around the Musegg Wall area, the towers rise high over the city, giving great panoramic views of Lucerne, the Reuss River and the surrounding mountain scenery. There are a total of nine towers, including one featuring the oldest clock in the city. (B)

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DAY 3 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH

LUCERNE - ZURICH

Check out of your hotel and board a boat for a scenic cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, to Vitznau. Once in Vitznau, you’ll transfer via motorcoach to Zurich, traveling past scenic landscapes and Alpine lakes. Once in Zurich, you’ll check into your hotel. (B)

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DAY 4 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH

Zürich

Set alongside a gleaming lake and framed by the Alps, Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which will be on full display during your city tour. See Grossmünster Abbey; St. Peter, which boasts the world’s largest church clock face; Old Town; Town Hall; and Fraumünster Abbey. (B)

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DAY 5 – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH

Depart Zürich

After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home. (B)

PLEASE NOTE:

A reasonable degree of mobility is required for all passengers on this program. Many of the guided tours provided on your cruise are walking tours.  Guests join an expert guide walking through a village or to (and through) an attraction, like a local winery with a centuries-old wine cellar.  Additionally, many historic villages in Europe are located on hilltops, where it is necessary to walk up and down hilly, cobblestone streets that may have narrow passageways.  Ships docked in port are often rafted side-by-side to another river ship.  Passengers are then required to ascend and descend flights of 12 or more stairs to walk up to observation deck, down to gang planks to enter or exit the rafted ships. To participate in tours and get on and off the ship, travelers must be able to walk unaccompanied.


Disabilities and Wheelchairs

Persons with a walking disability or an injury, or who require a wheelchair, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push etc.  The ship’s crew and other cruise guests cannot be expected to assist persons with limited mobility. On customized pre or post cruise land programs, the Expanding Horizons tour manager is authorized to remove, or ask to leave from the tour, any traveler incapable of, unwilling to, or impeding the overall movement and progress of the tour group.