14 Day Moselle & Lower Rhine River Cruise with Paris & Luxembourg Basel to Trier, Monarch Duchess

14 Day Moselle & Lower Rhine River Cruise with Paris & Luxembourg Basel to Trier, Monarch Duchess

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Ship: Monarch Duchess
Starts: Basel, Switzerland on Sat, Aug 08, 2020
Ends: Paris, France on Fri, Aug 21, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Moselle, Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat, Aug 08, 2020): DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Switzerland

Depart for Switzerland

Day 2 (Sun, Aug 09, 2020): DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Basel

Upon arrival in Basel, transfer to the port. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board. This evening, meet your Cruise Director, and enjoy a gala Welcome Dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

Day 3 (Mon, Aug 10, 2020): DAY 3, Monday - Strasbourg City Tour

A lovely day awaits you in the Alsace capital of Strasbourg, situated on the border of France and Germany, blending the cultures of both countries. Discover Strasbourg on the tour highlighting the city's center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of special note is the stunning Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture, that houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence. See the magical La Petite France district, home to quaint shops and charming bistros, Place Kleber, a large historic square in the center of the city and Place Gutenberg, dedicated to the inventor of the printing press
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Tue, Aug 11, 2020): DAY 4, Tuesday - Mainz Walking Tour & Afternoon Cruising

Today, visit Mainz, the birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of printing. The city is dominated by the majestic St. Martin's Cathedral, the "Mainzer Dom" and the Gutenberg Museum that houses the very first printed Bible. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of the Market Square. Later, stroll through the Old Town with its medieval half-timbered houses and charming wine taverns. Afterward, return to the ship. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board, taking in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Wed, Aug 12, 2020): DAY 5, Wednesday - Koblenz City Tour & Afternoon Cruising

This morning, arrive in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join a city tour and spend free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. This afternoon, continue sailing towards Cochem
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Thu, Aug 13, 2020): DAY 6, Thursday - Morning in Cochem & Afternoon Cruising

Awake this morning in the charming medieval town of Cochem with its half-timbered houses, surrounded by steep vineyards. Visit Cochem's majestic Reichsburg Castle located on a hilltop, offering panoramic views of the Moselle Valley and river bend
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Fri, Aug 14, 2020): DAY 7, Friday - Twin Town of Traben-Trarbach & Bernkastel Walking Tour

This morning, explore the twin town of Traben-Trarbach, connected by a pedestrian-friendly bridge. The town straddling a bend in the Moselle River, and tucked among lush vineyards is the jewel of Central Moselle. Take a guided walking tour of the town and discover its Art Nouveau architecture. Learn how Traben-Trarbach became the second largest marketplace in the 1900's for wine trading in Europe. Afterward, spend time on your own, before returning to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, discover Bernkastel, a charming village positioned in the middle of the Moselle Valley's wine producing region. Walk through its colorful Old Town center, medieval marketplace and 17th century timber-framed houses.
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sat, Aug 15, 2020): DAY 8, Saturday - Trier City Tour & Afternoon Cruising

Today, on your walking tour of Trier, known as the "Rome of the North" pass by the Porta Nigra Gate, the city's landmark, Trier Cathedral, and The Church of Our Lady, the oldest Gothic church in Germany. View Hauptmarkt, a colorful bustling marketplace in Trier's city square. Spend free time on your own in the city, before returning to the ship. Tonight, enjoy a lavish captain's dinner and share wonderful memories of your river cruise with your newfound friends
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Sun, Aug 16, 2020): DAY 9, Sunday - Luxembourg City Tour

This morning, disembark and transfer to Luxembourg, the capital of the small nation of the same name. With a population of only 500,000 residents, Luxembourg is more like a large city rather than a country. In the late morning, embark on a walking tour of this beautiful city, where you will view sights such as the Palais Grand-Ducal, the official residence of the Grand Duke and royal family of Luxembourg. Visit the Constitution Square, & the Old Quarter with its cobblestone streets and lush gardens. Spend the rest of your day on your own, discovering everything this city has to offer
Overnight: Luxembourg
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 (Mon, Aug 17, 2020): DAY 10, Monday - Full Day in Luxembourg

Today, enjoy the delights of Luxembourg independently. Explore the city's medieval streets, visit local shops & cafes, or perhaps taste some traditional Luxembourg dishes, such as Judd mat Gaardebounen, a smoked collar of pork with broad beans. Perhaps join the optional Half Day Historic Cities of Luxembourg tour, which takes you to the spa town of Mondorf-les-Bains, Schengen, a wine-making village, best-known for its founding status of the Schengen Agreement, & Remich and Grevenmacher, two quaint towns in the Moselle region surrounded by vineyards.
Optional: Half Day Historic Cities of Luxembourg
Overnight: Luxembourg
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 (Tue, Aug 18, 2020): DAY 11, Tuesday - Reims City Tour

Today, on your way to Paris, take a morning tour of Reims, a lovely city in Northeastern France that is famous for its champagne and its impressive 900-year-old cathedral. After your morning city tour, arrive in Paris and check into your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 (Wed, Aug 19, 2020): DAY 12, Wednesday - Tour of Paris

Drive along the famous Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and the iconic Eiffel Tower, a symbol of Paris. On to the celebrated "Rive Gauche", the vivacious Left Bank where artists, philosophers, and writers in a long gone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse. View the Latin Quarter, home to many of France's higher education establishments, such as the Sorbonne. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and the extravagant State Apartments
Optional: Versailles Apartments (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 (Thu, Aug 20, 2020): DAY 13, Thursday - Full Day in Paris

The day is yours to explore this exciting city independently. See spectacular views of the city from the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, and walk the winding streets to mingle with the street artists selling their wares at Place du Tertre. This evening, perhaps stop at a bistro for dinner coupled with great wine
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 (Fri, Aug 21, 2020): DAY 14, Friday - Depart France

This morning, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Basel, Paris-New York or vice versa
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights Paris
  • 2 nights Luxembourg
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class or First Class
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Tour manager in Paris & Luxembourg
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

  • Special Features

  • Discover Paris, the "City of Lights", with its endless treasures
  • Enjoy a visit to Reims, a lovely city in Northeastern France
  • In Luxembourg, view sights such as the Palais Grand-Ducal, Constitution Square, & the Old Quarter
  • Explore Trier, Germany's oldest city, founded by the Celts in the late 4th century BC
  • Tour Bernkastel, a quaint village set in the middle of the Moselle Valley's wine producing area
  • Marvel at Traben-Trarbach, the jewel of Central Moselle, tucked among lush vineyards
  • Visit Cochem's majestic Reichsburg Castle, offering panoramic views of the Moselle Valley
  • Discover 2000-year-old Koblenz, with its superb Romanesque architecture
  • View the mighty Lorelei Rock named for the siren "Lorelei" rising vertically from the waters
  • In Mainz, view the majestic St. Martin's Cathedral, the "Mainzer Dom"
  • Take a tour of Strasbourg the capital of Alsace, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English
  • Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Trier to Basel: Passengers returning from Basel on Day 11 should select flights that depart no earlier than 10 AM.

    Basel to Trier: Passengers arriving in Basel on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 2 PM.

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: .

    Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    Please note that the following inclusions may contain items that are only applicable when you purchase Land & Air. The brochure prices below are for Land Only - call us for our best deal.

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    Ship Information

    Monarch Duchess


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    Questions & Answers

    Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

    Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

    Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

    The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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