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Magical Rhine and Moselle 2020
(Amsterdam to Zurich, Itinerary D)

10 days with Collette  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Day 2 Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Tour Begins - Board Cruise Ship
Your tour opens in Amsterdam where you will board your ship for a 7-night cruise along the Rhine River. Your ship offers an array of amenities including outside staterooms, unlimited wine with every dinner, and daily onboard musical performances. This evening, meet in the lounge for a cocktail reception followed by a welcome aboard dinner. (D)

Day 3 Amsterdam
Join a local expert for a city tour of Amsterdam including a voyage along the city’s centuries-old canal system. Board your canal boat and sail by charming cafés and famous 16th-century row houses stacked side-by-side. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Cologne, Germany
Glide down the river this morning and pass through the picturesque German landscape dotted with medieval towns. Your journey brings you to Cologne where you will join a guide for a walking tour of the city’s Old Town with its narrow, cobbled streets. Admire the Cologne Cathedral as well as the Roman Dionysus mosaic and the Romanesque church of St. Martin. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Moselle River - Cochem
Set sail on the Moselle River to Cochem before a guided tour through this lovely town and Reichsburg Castle. The castle is set on a precipitous rock high above the town and offers breathtaking views of the Moselle Valley. End your tour of Cochem with an introduction by a local winemaker to one of Cochem’s wine cellars and taste regional Mosel wines. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Koblenz - Rüdesheim
Continue on to Koblenz and get to know this 2,000-year-old city on a walking tour. See such sights as the town’s old quarter, badly damaged during World War II and then rebuilt, as well as the Schaengel Fountain at the town hall. Your next stop is Rüdesheim. Set out on a tour of the city and its famous Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett (Mechanical Music Museum) where you will be treated to the music of barrel organs and medieval mechanical instruments. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Mannheim - Speyer
The river takes you to Mannheim where you will have free time to explore the city on your own. Or, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to the town of Heidelberg. Later, sail to Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, and step back in time on a walking tour to explore the Old Gate and the Jewish baths. A wonderful evening of food, music and entertainment awaits you at the Captain's Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Strasbourg, France
Your journey takes you to Strasbourg, a provincial capital of France that blends centuries of Roman, French, German and Alsatian influences together, creating a unique character. Discover the history of the city on a guided tour of the old quarter, Petite France, featuring the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Highlights also include Place de la République and Place d’Austerlitz. You will have free time to explore this perfectly preserved town before returning to your cruise ship. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Basel-DisembarkShip-Colmar-Black Forest, Germany-Zurich, Switzerland
Today is filled with exploration! Disembark your ship in Basel, Switzerland and travel to the Alsace wine region to spend time in beautiful Colmar, France. Step back in time with a local guide on a walking tour of the Old Town highlighting its many architectural landmarks before enjoying some free time to explore this charming city on your own. Next, drive to Titisee, a German resort town nestled alongside its picturesque lake hidden deep in the Black Forest. Savor some leisure time to browse the shops for the region’s famous cuckoo clocks. You’ll have an opportunity to meet a local artisan who demonstrates how these cuckoo clocks are made with traditional techniques. Enjoy a dinner of Black Forest regional specialties before arriving in Zurich. (B,D)

Day 10 Zurich Airport Area - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Set out on a 7-night cruise along the Rhine.
  • Discover lovely Strasbourg on a guided tour.
  • Take in the sounds of barrel organs and medieval instruments at Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett.
All This Included
Glide along the enchanting Rhine and Moselle rivers on a leisurely journey to the Netherlands, Germany and France. Sit back and relax in your outside stateroom, enjoy the luxury of unlimited wine or beer with every dinner and daily onboard musical performances. Join a local expert for a tour of Amsterdam. Your stop in Cologne features a guided walking tour of the city’s old town and Cologne Cathedral. Spend the afternoon in Cochem and sip wine in one of its famous cellars. Tour the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz. Pause in Rüdesheim, to explore the famous Siegfried’s Mechaniches Musikkabinett (Mechanical Music Museum). Spend time in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities. Enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous Strasbourg old town. Step back in time in Colmar, France. Savor a dinner of regional Black Forest specialties and a demonstration of traditional cuckoo clock making in Titisee, Germany. Cruise past charming panoramas as you get to know the culture and deep history of the region.
  • 22 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Amadeus Silver III 
Zurich: Dormero Airport Hotel 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Night Hotel:
  • Eden Hotel Amsterdam
Notes
  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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