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OPTIONAL: 2-NIGHT PRE-CRUISE TOUR OF AMSTERDAM

SUNDAY, MARCH 26 – TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2023

DAY 1: SUNDAY, MARCH 26

ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM

You will be met upon arrival at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport (AMS) and transferred to your hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Park Plaza Victoria Hotel (2 nights)

DAY 2: MONDAY, MARCH 27

ZAANSE SCHANS

Visit Zaanse Schans, a recreated Dutch village where life in the 17th century is carefully preserved. Enjoy authentic windmills, houses, barns, a cheese factory, pewter foundry and craft shops. Tonight enjoy a classic Dutch meal at the elegant De Vigg Vlieghen restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 3: TUESDAY, MARCH 28

AMSTERDAM TOUR, RIJKSMUSEUM – EMBARKATION

This morning after check-out, visit the Van Gogh Museum, home to many Dutch Impressionist’s masterpieces including Sunflowers, Irises and multiple self-portraits of and by “Vincent”. Later this afternoon board your Tuk Tuk to take in the canals, 16th century houses, iconic bridges and cobblestone streets for which Holland’s principal commercial city is renowned. Arrive at the ship AmaSiena approximately 4pm. (B,D)

7 NIGHT VINEYARDS OF THE RHINE & MOSELLE CRUISE

TUESDAY, MARCH 28 – TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2023

DAY 1: TUESDAY, MARCH 28

AMSTERDAM – EMBARKATION

Board the ship for your Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle cruise. (D)

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY MARCH 29

AMSTERDAM

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: THURSDAY MARCH 30

COLOGNE, GERMANY

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, the Old Market and the Heumarkt. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and reibekuchen, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: FRIDAY MARCH 31

RÜDESHEIM

Cruise along the Rhine River and take in some of the dozens of castles that line its path before reaching 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 admire the Rheingau. 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 APRIL 1

MAINZ – LAHNSTEIN

Arrive in Mainz, located at the confluence of the Main and Rhine rivers. Join a walking tour of Mainz, home to many historic treasures, including one of Germany’s most important churches, the Romanesque cathedral and the Chagall stained-glass windows depicting scriptural scenes in stunning blue, which you will get to see. As an alternative, enjoy a walking tour of Mainz’s Old Town with a visit to the Gutenberg Museum, where you will learn more about the German visionary’s inventions and have an opportunity to admire two of his original mid-15th century Gutenberg Bibles. For a more active adventure, go on a guided bike tour through Mainz. Later in the day, cruise to Lahnstein through the Rhine River Gorge, famous for its beautiful and imposing castles. Cap the day off with a visit to Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: SUNDAY APRIL 2

MOSELLE VALLEY – COCHEM

Spend the morning taking in the beauty of the Moselle on this scenic stretch of the river before reaching Cochem with its half-timbered houses and Reichsburg Castle. Join a guided tour through the castle and then walk through its Old Town. Or for a different adventure, tour one of Europe’s oldest working mustard mills where you will sample Cochem’s famous mustard. For those wishing to have a more active exploration of the area, you can hike up to the Reichsburg Castle or go on a guided bike tour through Cochem. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: MONDAY APRIL 3

BERNKASTEL

Walk through Bernkastel’s colorful Old Town center and past many medieval and Renaissance buildings on a guided tour that also includes a winery visit and tasting. Hikers can opt to trek up to the ruins of Landshut Castle, which dates all the way back to the 9th century and cycling enthusiasts can choose to join a bike tour along the Moselle. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: TUESDAY APRIL 4

LUXEMBOURG – DISEMBARKATION

Disembark the ship and bid farewell to our crew as you prepare for your return flight home or onward to Brussels. (B)

OPTIONAL: 2-NIGHT POST-CRUISE TOUR OF BRUSSELS

TUESDAY, APRIL 4 – THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2023

DAY 1: TUESDAY, APRIL 4

LUXEMBOURG TO BRUSSELS

This morning experience 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 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! Later this afternoon arrive in Brussels and the lovely Hotel Metropole. The capital of Belgium, greater Brussels covers 62 square miles with a population of 2.1 million inhabitants. Brussels is a marvel of 19th century neo-classical buildings, 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 Brussels (2 nights)

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5

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: THURSDAY, APRIL 6

DEPART BRUSSELS

This morning you will be transferred to Brussels 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.