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Five Different Rivers: The Rhine, Neckar, Main, Moselle and Sarre 2019

9 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: STRASBOURG
You’ll board our ship at 5 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Our ship will cast off at 6:00 p.m. Join us for an evening of dinner and dancing as we cruise through the night.
 
Day 2: MANNHEIM - HEIDELBERG (The Rhine and Neckar Rivers)
We’ll spend the morning cruising the Neckar River to Heidelberg. This afternoon, join us for an excursion to see Heidelberg and its castle. Known as the most romantic city in Germany, it has inspired many the painter and poet by its beauty. We’ll visit the partially ruined, red sandstone castle that sits majestically above the city, overlooking the Neckar River. Up to the Thirty Years’ War, Heidelberg boasted one of the most notable ensembles of buildings in the Holy Roman Empire. While time has taken its toll, this castle’s fame lives on to this day. The giant wine barrel is one of the most popular attractions. Built in a cellar in 1591, it held about 34,342 gallons of wine collected from the Palatinate in payment of taxes. The facade of the Friedrich Building, displaying the perfect gallery of portraits from the royal line, is also a must-see. After our visit, we’ll go to the historical center of the city to take in many of sites. Enjoy some free time before returning on board in Heidelberg. The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

Day 3: HEIDELBERG - MAINZ - FRANKFURT (The Neckar, Rhine, and Main Rivers)
We’ll spend the morning cruising the Neckar and Rhine Rivers. We’ll arrive in Mainz in the early afternoon. Join us for a tour of Mainz and the Gutenberg Museum. We’ll see some of the most remarkable buildings, including the 1000-year-old Mainz Cathedral, located near the city center, and its picturesque streets in the old city.  We’ll also visit the Gutenberg Museum, the world-famous museum of book printing which houses two copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the first major book printed with movable type in the West. After we return on board, we’ll begin to cruise to Frankfurt. Join us for an evening of entertainment. We’ll arrive in Frankfurt during the night.
 
Day 4: FRANKFURT - RÜDESHEIM (The Main and Rhine Rivers)
This morning, we’ll set off for a guided tour of Frankfurt. A panoramic tour by coach will give you a great overview of the main buildings and monuments found in the city. After, we'll continue our tour on foot. Among the sites we'll see are the Emperor’s Cathedral, the center of the old quarter, and the Römerberg. Enjoy some free time before returning to the ship.
After we return on board, we’ll begin to cruise to Rüdesheim. On our way, we’ll pass the cities of Mainz, Wiesbaden, and Eltville am Rhein before arriving in Rüdesheim at the end of the afternoon.

Join us for a tour of Rüdesheim. First, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the local vineyards on a tourist train. Then, we participate in a wine tasting in the historic rooms of the Bassenheimer Hof. We’ll then head to Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet, located in a lovely, 15th-century building. This museum holds a collection of fascinating musical instruments ranging from tiny, delicate music boxes to an enormous orchestrion.

The famous Drosselgasse with its numerous cafés, bars, and music awaits you tonight!
 
Day 5: RÜDESHEIM - KOBLENZ - COCHEM (The romantic Rhine and Moselle Rivers)
This morning, we’ll pass through the beautiful and romantic Rhine Valley. Majestic castles, mysterious ruins, and famous vineyards dot the countryside known for its legendary German royalty and fabled Lorelei Rock. We’ll arrive in Koblenz mid-morning. Once we arrive, explore the city with our host or hostess. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising the Moselle River, one of the most beautiful tributaries of the Rhine, towards Cochem. Enjoy the calm as we pass by charming villages, vineyards, and what seems like a castle on every peak. We’ll arrive in Cochem this evening.
 
Day 6: COCHEM - TRIER (The Moselle Valley)
This morning, take part in our guided tour of Cochem Castle. You’ll be transferred to Cochem Castle on a mini-bus. The Imperial Castle sits on a mighty crag over the Moselle River. We’ll enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent building that dates back to 1000. After being destroyed by the French in the 17th century, it was rebuilt from scratch in a Neo-Gothic style by a local German businessman. After a visit of the castle, enjoy some free time in the city. Take a stroll through the narrow, winding streets and enjoy the ambiance full of lovely half-timbered homes with slate roofs, the historic square near the town hall, and the ancient walls, gates, and churches. We’ll return on board on foot.

We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Trier.

Day 7: TRIER (The Moselle and Sarre Rivers) - SAARBURG
This morning, join us for a guided tour of Trier. Discover the Roman vestiges and heritage in Trier, the splendid view the city offers of the Moselle, and its magnificent landscape. Trier is known for its well-preserved Roman and medieval buildings, but it is also home to some impressive churches as well. We’ll have a look at the amphitheater, the imperial baths, the Roman basilica, and the Porta Nigra, one of the best-preserved Roman city gates. We’ll then return on board. Relax during the first part of the afternoon as we cruise on the Moselle and Sarre. We’ll arrive in Saarburg mid-afternoon. Enjoy some time on your own to discover this charming city at your own pace. Join us for an evening of entertainment.
 
Day 8: SAARBURG - REMICH - Luxembourg(1) - REMICH (The Sarre and Moselle Rivers)
We’ll spend the morning cruising on the Sarre and the Moselle towards Remich. After arriving, join us for an guided tour of Luxembourg. We’ll leave from Remich for Luxembourg by coach. Luxembourg is a real mix of styles and cultures. Our panoramic tour will give you a good taste of what’s to be found: the old city, the fortress ruins, the European Convention Center, and the Banking District. We’ll then set out on a guided tour on foot to get a closer look at some of the sites, including the Place des Armes, Place de la Constitution, capital buildings, Corniche, old city, Grand Ducal Palace (exterior), and Place Guillaume II. We'll then return to Remich for an visit to a winery and a tasting. You’ll discover the secrets to winemaking while strolling through the underground passages that seem to go on for miles. After our excursion, we'll return on board our ship. Tonight is our festive gala evening.
 
Day 9: REMICH
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of CroisiEurope services.


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All This Included
  • Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
  • Drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the ship
  • Drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
  • Assistance from onboard multi-lingual host/hostess 
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Gala dinner
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Lenoardo da Vinci
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available. 
  • For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change.
  • 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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