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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 paris Tour

Thursday, April 2 – Saturday, April 5, 2020  

Information to be added soon

DAY 1: THURSDAY, APRIL 2

DISEMBARKATION / LUXEMBOURG AND TRANSFER TO PARIS

Disembark your ship in 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 high-speed train to Paris, where you’ll check into your hotel. (B) 

DAY 2: FRIDAY, APRIL 3

PARIS

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)

 
 

DAY 3: SATURDAY, APRIL 4

PARIS

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)

 
 

DAY 4: SUNDAY, APRIL 5

PARIS

After breakfast, bid farewell to France and prepare for your return flight home. (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.