Rhine & Moselle Splendors Cruise Land Forward
Rhine & Moselle Splendors Cruise Land Forward
Starts: Paris, France on Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Ends: Zurich, Switzerland on Sat, Sep 25, 2021
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$100 per person Military Service Member Savings
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River Cruise Itinerary
3 nights in Paris, 7-night cruise from Luxembourg to Basel, 2 nights in Lucerne and 2 nights in Zurich
Day 1 (Sat, Sep 11, 2021):ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE. Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel.
Day 2 (Sun, Sep 12, 2021):PARIS. Enjoy a morning tour of Paris, taking in all its iconic sites, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-''lys''es and Place de la Concorde. You'''ll pass the magnificent Op''ra Garnier, the legendary Louvre and, on the Left Bank, the Sorbonne University and the Panth''on. (B)
Day 3 (Mon, Sep 13, 2021):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 Sacr''-Coeur, the highest point in the city. After your visit to Montmartre, you'''ll be taken on an illumination tour. (B)
Day 4 (Tue, Sep 14, 2021):PARIS ''' LUXEMBOURG ''' EMBARKATION. Bid au revoir to Paris as you board your TGV high-speed train that will whisk you away to 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 luxury ship. (B,D)
Day 5 (Wed, Sep 15, 2021):SCHWEICH, GERMANY ''' TRIER ''' 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. Or hike to Petrisberg Hill, where you'''ll take in a spectacular view of the city and its glorious spires. You can also cycle along the Moselle River past Trier'''s Imperial Baths, Porta Nigra city gate and other historic sites. 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, or pedal along the Moselle River from Bernkastel to Losnich and past the historic Abbey Machern, Roman ruins in the winemaking town of Erden and sun-kissed vineyards. (B,L,D)
Day 6 (Thu, Sep 16, 2021):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 (dating back to 1810) for a taste of its finest mustard recipe. 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 7 (Fri, Sep 17, 2021):RHINE GORGE ''' R''DESHEIM. Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, before reaching the winemaking town of R''desheim. 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, R''desheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)
Day 8 (Sat, Sep 18, 2021):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 T''rkischer 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. (B,L,D)
Day 9 (Sun, Sep 19, 2021):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 R''publique 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 Cath''drale de N''tre 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 10 (Mon, Sep 20, 2021):BREISACH,GERMANY ''' BASEL, SWITZERLAND. 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 M''nster, a Gothic cathedral said to have '''the most beautiful spire on earth.''' You also have thechoice 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)*Please Note: Black forest hike is weather dependent and may only operate at certain times of year. Please refer to your final documents for details.
Day 11 (Tue, Sep 21, 2021):BASEL ''' DISEMBARKATION ''' LUCERNE ''' ZURICH, SWITZERLAND. Disembark the ship and before transferring to Lucerne, go on a highlights tour of Basel, one of Switzerland'''s most cosmopolitan cities. En route to your Lucerne hotel, stop at the iconic Lion Monument, sculpted in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution. Afterwards, check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely evening. (B)
Day 12 (Wed, Sep 22, 2021):LUCERNE. Discover the unrivaled beauty and charm of this pristine city on a walking tour. You'''ll also visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. There is a total of nine towers, including one featuring the oldest clock in the city. (B)
Day 13 (Thu, Sep 23, 2021):LUCERNE - ZURICH. Check out of your hotel and transfer via motorcoach to Zurich, traveling past scenic landscapes and enjoy a scenic lake cruise. Once in Zurich, you'''ll check into your hotel. (B)
Day 14 (Fri, Sep 24, 2021):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 15 (Sat, Sep 25, 2021):DEPART ZURICH. After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home. (B)
- SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
- Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
- Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
- Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- AWARD-WINNING DINING
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef'''s Table specialty restaurant
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
- Land Program
- 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Renaissance ParisLe Parc Trocadero Hotel (or similar), includingcity tour, Montmartre, illumination tour anddaily breakfast
- Transfer from the hotel in Paris to Luxembourg viahigh-speed TGV train with Luxembourg city tour
- Transfer from ship in Basel to Lucerne with Baselhighlights tour en route
- 2 nights hotel in Lucerne at the Hotel SchweizerhofLucerne (or similar), including walking tour, LionMonument and daily breakfast
- Transfer to Zurich via scenic Lake Lucerne
- 2 nights hotel in Zurich at the Marriott Zurich (orsimilar), including city tour and daily breakfast
Life on Board
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Very nice experience. All handled in a professional and courteous manner.
we traveled with another river cruise line several years ago and much prefer ama waterways.
This was my first river cruise, and my only regret is that I've waited as long as I have to do this. The entire AmaWaterways crew -- from the ship captain all the way to the housekeeper -- were outstanding. The ship itself was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the cabin was well organized and extremely comfortable. I appreciated the variety of available shore excursions, and the local guides were excellent. I'm looking forward to cruising again many times with AmaWaterways.
This was my second trip with Amawaterways and it was just as wonderful as the first. I have actually booked two more with them through Karen at Affordable Tours.
Trip was everything that was expected and more.
We booked the cruise and extensions which was 24 days. Evidentially, this trip could have been booked in segments which we were not aware of as the coming and going of various groups was very strange throughout. We started in Prague, always a great adventure. We were to go to Nuremberg, but due to low water were bused to the ship departure, Vilshofen, with options to hit the first two ports we missed by bus as excursions. Other folks joined from Vienna, a large group came onboard, and we were nearly at max going down the river. All but 18 people left at Budapest, including the Cruise Director. At that point we found out the second portion was a Wine Cruise with a different name, new director, and new passengers came aboard bringing us to capacity once again. So this became two cruises, actually, with totally different passengers on each except the original 18. As we continued for the extension, there were 40 of us until the end in Bucharest. One can see how this was rather disfunctional and more like a train ride with customers joining and departing continuously. Never knew who would be at dinner the next night. This may work from a business point, but very confusing to those that just purchased a single cruise with extensions and enjoyed meeting folks as we sailed down the river. Had I known there would be such a revolving door would have researched better and re-evaluated my choice. AMA, as always did a superb job, but the logistics of this whole adventure must have been a nightmare and stressful for the staff. Vacations need continuity.
We are very pleased with our trip.Morgan gave many options to pick from but, after discussion of the places we wanted to see she help us to narrow our choices.I would recommend Morgan to any of our friends how are planning to travel.
Could not improve on this fabulous tour
The AmaWaterway trip along the Douro - with extensions in Madrid and Lisbon -- provides a wonderful autumn interlude in Iberia. The program is especially strong for the one week spent on the Douro. The programs in Madrid and Lisbon leave a great deal of free time -- good if you can arrange your own meals and excursions, not so good if you like more arranged, especially after long flight to Europe.
I appreciated the tips for preparation before we travelled. The trip exceeded our expectations and was just wonderful! The onboard per person credit was useful for small purchases aboard ship and helped pay gratuities at the end of our cruise.
Everything was first class with lots of attention to detail and the pleasure of the passengers.
This was a vacation of a lifetime! Staff members were courteous, friendly and very helpful with every aspect of the trip. The sites were fabulous! Made many wonderful friends along the way! Would recommend this trip to anyone! Many beautiful memories were made!
Our cruise was excellent. A perfect choice for us.
Vince is my agent that tends to my wife and myself's travel desires. He is the most accommodating person with the company providing an extremely competitive competitive rate.
All the arrangements were made through Affordable Tours and everything went as planned.