The Rhine and Moselle - Southbound Aboard ms Grace

Explore two of Europe's most scenic rivers on a 12-night cruise between Amsterdam and Basel aboard one of Tauck's premium riverboats. Glide along the Rhine in Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland; visit Luxembourg; and discover castles, wineries and market towns of the Moselle Valley on Tauck's popular Moselle and Rhine cruise.

So many delights await you on our enchanting Moselle and Rhine river tours featuring a 12-night cruise between Basel and Amsterdam aboard ms Inspire or ms Grace. From the Netherlands to Switzerland, through Germany, France and Luxembourg, see the marriage of French and German culture in Strasbourg; mingle with jet setters in Baden-Baden; check out the ancient university town of Heidelberg and medieval masterpieces like Traben-Trarbach, Trier and Cochem. Pay tribute to those who fell in the Battle of the Bulge at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial; get a true taste of Europe with regional specialties, local wines and folk traditions; and enjoy an exclusive special dinner at a castle in Germany.

Visit to Heidelberger Schloss, choice of bicycle excursions, wine tastings in Cochem, Amsterdam canal cruise & choice of visit with houseboat family, visit to the American War cemetery, dinner at historic Burg Satzvey, visit to Kroller-Muller Art Museum; 12 night cruise, all inclusive

Traveling Well Includes:
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,966!
  • Insider tour of the Gothic-Renaissance Heidelberger Schloss, a cable car ride and lunch at a popular local restaurant
  • An exclusive dinner at historic Schloss Ehreshoven in Germany
  • Choices of bicycle excursions in Boppard and Arnhem's De Hoge Veluwe National Park
  • Wine tasting at a family-owned winery in Cochem
  • A scenic cruise along the canals of Amsterdam
  • A guided tour in Luxembourg and a visit to the American War Cemetery and Memorial
  • Excursion to De Hoge Veluwe National Park and the Kroller-Muller Museum to view world-famous art
  • Visit to the Rhine Falls in Switzerland
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • All meals (35 - 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners); select meals in local restaurants; service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges

  • Day 4 - Historic Koln & a castle dinner

    Spend the morning cruising the Rhine, and arrive this afternoon in the historic German city of Koln (Cologne), where you'll enjoy a city tour with a local guide including the Old Town before returning to the ship for lunch and free time onboard. This evening, you're off to Engelskirchen for a visit to its neighboring castle, Schloss Ehreshoven. Built in the 14th Century and later expanded in the style of a grand Baroque manor house, the estate is surrounded by a moat, landscaped gardens, and a castle park. Schloss Ehreshoven is frequently used as a film location but this evening it's the elegant setting for a Tauck Exclusive cocktail reception and dinner with entertainment.Return to the ship late tonight to continue your cruise.

    Lodging: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 5 - Cochem, Reichsburg Castle & Moselle cruising

    Your Rhine-Moselle River cruise shifts onto the Moselle River today en route to Cochem, where stepping ashore is like stepping into the pages of a medieval fairy tale. Visit picture-perfect, 1,000-year-old Gothic Reichsburg Castle, which looks down on Cochem's quaint market square from above. Explore this jewel of a town - complete with Baroque town hall and ancient town gates - breathing in its historic charm and ambiance on a walking tour as well as free time on your own. Honor the area's centuries-old winemaking traditions with a tasting of the excellent locally produced vintages at the family-owned Schlagkamp Wine Museum before returning to the riverboat for the evening.

    Lodging: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 1 - Arrive Amsterdam

    Tour begins: 5:30 PM, Amsterdam. A transfer is included from Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport or Centraal Station directly to your riverboat. Your cruise on the Moselle and Rhine rivers begins when all guests check in at 4:00 PM. After a Discovery briefing, cocktail hour and a welcome dinner aboard ship, enjoy a musical performance in the lounge. Welkom aan boord!

    Lodging: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat
    Meals: D

    Day 2 - A canal cruise in Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum

    Indulge yourself in all the many charms of this city of canals today. Discover Amsterdam's historic architecture on a scenic canal cruise along its 17th-century canals, past centuries-old merchants' houses from its Golden Age. Check out the Museumplein and visit the famed Rijksmuseum, home to one of the world's most important collections of artwork by the Dutch Masters. This afternoon, you have the choice of exploring more of this fascinating metropolis - at once one of Europe's most modern and most historic cities - on your own, or meeting a local family and visiting their home on an Amsterdam canal boat. Join us this evening for a gala dinner in the Compass Rose as you cruise to Nijmegen.

    Lodging: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 3 - De Hoge Veluwe National Park & the Kroller-Muller Museum

    Your riverboat arrives in Nijmegen for a shore excursion to Arnhem and the 5,500-hectare De Hoge Veluwe National Park, home to many endangered plant and animal species. In the midst of this natural glory, you'll find the inspiring Kroller-Muller Museum, featuring works of such luminaries as Pablo Picasso, Georges Seurat and Vincent van Gogh, along with Europe's largest sculpture garden. Your choice today is a guided visit to this renowned art institution, or a bicycle excursion through beautiful De Hoge Veluwe National Park. Rejoin the ship for lunch, followed by a delightful afternoon and evening of cruising along the Rhine.

    Lodging: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 6 - A day in Luxembourg and Traben-Trarbach

    Dock in Traben-Trarbach this morning for a journey to the tiny Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. A walking tour of its well-preserved old town reveals the Cathedral, Parliament, the Palace of the Grand Duke, and centuries-old battlements that are today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pay a poignant visit to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial; over 5,000 American casualties of World War II's Battle of the Bulge lie buried here, as does General George S. Patton. Later, arrive in the charming spa town of Traben-Trarbach. You have the choice of taking a walking tour of this lovely town, or joining us for a guided bicycle ride along the Moselle River before returning to the ship for the evening.

    Lodging: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 7 - A walking tour of Trier and time in Traben-Trarbach

    A morning excursion brings you to Trier, Germany's oldest town, nestled in a basin of the Moselle River. Trier once was a residence for Roman emperors - reminders of that period include a 2nd-century city gate and a basilica built in 310 AD. You'll explore the town and its Marktplatz, marked by a 16th-century fountain that features images of St. Peter, surrounded by the virtues of righteousness, strength, temperance and prudence. In Traben-Trarbach, where your riverboat is docked, you can return to the riverboat for lunch or stay and explore the town as you wish until a mid-afternoon departure.

    Lodging: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 8 - Boppard & the Lorelei

    Tauck's Rhine-Moselle river cruise departs the Moselle today and returns to the Rhine, arriving in Boppard for your choice of an orientation tour and free time, or a two-hour bicycling excursion along the Rhine. Later, while your riverboat glides through the Middle Rhine Valley, listen to the legend of the Lorelei and see for yourself why this beautiful part of the river - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - has inspired composers, writers and artists for centuries. Have lunch onboard, and gain insights on the Lorelei Valley and legends associated with the many castles you'll pass on your way through the region from your Tauck Director. Enjoy dinner aboard ship tonight.

    Lodging: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 9 - Heidelberg or a family winery visit

    Today you can opt for a full day in the historic college town of Heidelberg, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe as well as the setting for the famous operetta, The Student Prince, or visit a centuries-old family winery. In Heidelberg, take a walking tour for a close-up look at the Old Town, and ride a funicular up to the imposing Heidelberger Schloss, perched 300 feet above the city; view its examples of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Perhaps you'll be as captivated by this lovely old city as America's first travel writer, Mark Twain, was when he spent three months here with his family. Alternatively, you may choose to join us for a visit to the Karl Schaefer winery - established in 1843 and now operated by the sixth generation of the family - for a tour and a tasting. Rejoin the riverboat in Speyer, where you'll have some free time to explore, then return to the ship for the evening.

    Lodging: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 10 - The Black Forest and Baden-Baden

    Arrive in Plittersdorf for an excursion to the beautiful Black Forest spa town of Baden-Baden - proof that the elegant Belle Epoque period is still alive and well. For many generations, wealthy folks have flocked here to see and be seen, and to take the healing thermal waters for which the town is famous (baden, in fact, translates to bath or bathe). Join your local guide for a walking tour among some of the town's treasures, ranging from the ruins of Roman baths to the ornate, 250-year-old Belle Epoque casino, the Kurhaus, which movie star Marlene Dietrich once described as the most beautiful casino in the world. Spend the afternoon as you please in Baden-Baden or back aboard the riverboat; shuttles are available to take you back and forth between the ship and town. You'll also have an optional opportunity to visit the Caracalla Spa in town before returning to the riverboat for this evening's gala dinner in the Compass Rose.

    Lodging: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 11 - A taste of France, past and present, in old Strasbourg

    Wake up in Strasbourg, France, a city that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its fairy-tale beauty. You'll see the modern buildings that are headquarters to the European Parliament, as well as La Petite France, an enchanting corner of Old Town where historic canals, medieval watchtowers and half-timbered houses are picture-postcard perfect. At its center, you'll visit the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, with 12th- to 14th-century stained glass windows and a 'dancing' astronomical clock, before time to enjoy on your own. There are winding cobblestone streets and works by Rubens and Rembrandt at Palais de Rohan to enjoy and pate de foie gras to sample, a specialty of the town. Back aboard ship, the evening is capped with a spirited folkloric show and dinner.

    Lodging: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 12 - Basel or Rhine Falls and a farewell dinner

    The Tauck Difference in European river cruising is all about where you go, what you do, and who you meet on your shore excursions - and today, you have a choice! First choice is spending the day in Basel, a beautiful city on the banks of the Rhine River. You'll get a good overview on a brief sightseeing tour that is followed by a walking tour in the Old Town - see the bright-red Rathaus, Basel's Town Hall. After lunch, explore more of one of Europe's most attractive and best-preserved Old Towns on your own, perhaps taking in one of the city's 40 museums. Your second choice is a trip to the town of Schaffhausen for an excursion to the Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe, which you'll experience on a boat ride. Return to the ship in Basel; this evening, bid the captain and crew a fond adieu at the ship's farewell reception followed by dinner aboard the riverboat as your Rhine cruise concludes.

    Lodging: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 13 - Journey Home

    Tour ends: Basel. Fly home anytime. Transfers to Basel-Mulhouse Int'l Airport or Basel SBB railway station, or to Zurich Airport or Zurich Hauptbahnof (Zurich Central Train Station), are included upon disembarking the riverboat - no later than 9:00 AM. Please allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in and ask us about additional nights at Tauck's hotel.

    Lodging:
    Meals: B

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    Cruise Line
    Tauck River Cruising
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2019
    Duration
    13 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms Grace

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Amsterdam  
    Day 2Amsterdam  
    Day 3De Hoge Veluwe  
    Day 4Koln  
    Day 5Cochem  
    Day 6Luxembourg City  
    Day 7Bernkastel  
    Day 8Boppard  
    Day 9Heidelberg  
    Day 10Baden-Baden  
    Day 11Strasbourg  
    Day 12Schaffhausen  
    Day 13Basel  
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    Disclaimer
    * Land / cruise price per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, shore excursions, applicable fuel surcharges, and gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, and on all included meals.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice. Further, museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays.

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