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OPTIONAL: 2-NIGHT PRE-CRUISE TOUR OF BRUSSELS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2022

DAY 1: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13

ARRIVE BRUSSELS

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the lovely Hotel Le Plaza.The remainder of the day is at leisure.The capital of Belgium, greater Brussels covers 62 square miles with a population of 2.1 million inhabitants. Brussels is a marvel of neo-classical buildings from the 19th century combined with tasteful modern day structures. This is the de facto capital of the European Union. The EU Secretariat and NATO headquarters are here. Most residents are bilingual in French and Dutch, with English spoken as a second language by a third of the population.

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Le Plaza (2 nights)

DAY 2: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14

BRUSSELS

Brussels is known for its cuisine and gastronomy as well as its historical and architectural landmarks.This morning see the iconic sites of the Brussels city center: the Grand Place, Sablon and Royal districts.Stroll the Rue Royale and see Parliament, the Royal Palace and St. Michael Cathedral.Walk, explore and photograph the historic Grand Place and the naughty Manneken Pis.Enjoy a guided tour about Belgian chocolate; its history, fabrication and varieties. Belgian chocolatiers constantly experiment with new flavors.Sample hazelnut, dark ganache, salted butter caramel, ginger, tea, coffee, saffron and chili!Tonight dine at the Belga Queen, one of the Brussel’s great restaurants. (B,D)

DAY 3: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

LUXEMBOURG – EMBARKATION

Depart Brussels this morning for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.This small, landlocked country, headed by the Grand Duke Henri, has a population of 576,000 people.Luxembourg City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the exceptional preservation of the fortifications and buildings, going back to the 10th century.See Old Town, the Grand Ducal Palace and view the Alzette and Petrusse gorges from high atop the battlements, the American Cemetery and the grave of WWII General George S. Patton Jr.Enjoy a late lunch at Am Tiirschen, perhaps the city’s most historic eatery with a profoundly medieval ambience.TIP: Try the Luxembourg specialty Kniddelen — bacon dumplings with mustard sauce!We board the AmaDante at approximately 4pm.(B,L)

7 NIGHT RHINE & MOSELLE SPLENDORS RIVER CRUISE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2022

DAY 1: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

LUXEMBOURG – EMBARKATION

Arrive in Luxembourg, one of Europe’s last independent duchies.This afternoon board the ship AmaPrima after 3pm.(B,D)

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16

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.Cyclists can pedal along the Moselle River from Bernkastel to Losnich, past the historic Abby Machern, the Roman ruins in Erden and the surrounding vineyards. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17

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 visit one of Europe’s oldest mustard mills in Cochem to taste wonderful recipes and variations.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)

DAY 4: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18

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)

DAY 5: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19

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)

DAY 6: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20

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)

DAY 7: MONDAY NOVEMBER 21

BREISACH AND RIQUEWIHR

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)

NOTE: Black Forest hike is weather dependent.Refer to final documents for details.)

DAY 8: TUESDAY NOVEMBER 22

BASEL – DISEMBARKATION – LUCERNE

Disembark the AmaPrima in Basel.Say farewell to Switzerland and depart for home.

OPTIONAL: 4-NIGHT POST-CRUISE TOUR OF SWITZERLAND

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2022

DAY 1: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22

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)

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL ASTORIA LUCERNE (2 nights)

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23

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)

DAY 3: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24

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)

OVERNIGHT: ZURICH MARRIOTT (2 nights)

DAY 4: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

ZURICH

Set alongside a glistening 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. (B)

DAY 5: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

DEPART ZURICH

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

Transfers are available upon request and cost will be confirmed at time of booking.

PLEASE NOTE:

A reasonable degree of mobility is required for all passengers on this program. Most of the guided tours provided on your cruise are walking tours. 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/scooter or other mobility device, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push etc. The ship’s crew and other cruise guests are not available 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.