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7-Night Rhine & Moselle Splendors Cruise

Thursday, March 26 – Thursday, April 2, 2020

DAY 1: THURSDAY, MARCH 26

EMBARKATION – BASEL, SWITZERLAND

Arrive Basel. Make your way to the ship AmaDante and board for your Rhine & Moselle Splendors cruise. (B,D)

DAY 2: FRIDAY, MARCH 27

BREISACH, GERMANY

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)

DAY 3: SATURDAY, MARCH 28

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 4: SUNDAY, MARCH 29

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY

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, hike the historic Philosopher’s Path along the Neckar River or join a guided bike tour along the Neckar River to the medieval town of Ladenburg. Later in the day, head to charming Rüdesheim, where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: MONDAY, MARCH 30

RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY – RHINE GORGE – LAHNSTEIN, GERMANY

Drink up the stunning views of this winemaking village 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. For a different experience, 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. Later in the day, cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, before delighting in a unique visit to Lahneck Castle in Lahnstein. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: TUESDAY, MARCH 31

COCHEM, GERMANY – ZELL, GERMANY

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 Zell, where you’ll taste local wines at a festive and intimate wine celebration – an AmaWaterways exclusive. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

TRIER, GERMANY

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. Or hike to Petrisberg Hill, where you’ll take in a spectacular view of the city and its glorious spires. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: THURSDAY, APRIL 2

LUXEMBOURG – DISEMBARKATION

Disembark your ship in Luxembourg, one of Europe’s last independent duchies. (B)

Post-Cruise Tour: Optional Luxembourg & Brussels Tour

Thursday, April 2 – Saturday, April 4, 2020

DAY 1: THURSDAY, APRIL 2

DISEMBARKATION / LUXEMBOURG CITY SIGHTS / BRUSSELS

Disembark the AmaDante this morning in 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 lunch at Am Tiirschen, perhaps the city’s most historic eatery with a profoundly medieval ambience. TIP: Try the specialty Kniddelen — bacon dumplings with mustard sauce!After lunch travel 90 minutes to Brussels and the lovely iconic Hotel Metropole. (B,L)

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Metropole (2 nights)

DAY 2: FRIDAY, APRIL 3

BRUSSELS

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. 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: SATURDAY, APRIL 4

BRUSSELS / HOME

Bid adieu to Brussels. Transfers are arranged to Brussels International Airport for your onward flight. (B)

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.