Europe & Baltic Cruises
Experience Paris with your private guide before you embark on a cruise of the Rhine and Mosel rivers, visiting centuries-old vineyards and historic port towns along the way. Cruise along the steepest vineyards in the world on the Mosel, visiting ancient wine villages and vineyards, enjoying wine tastings along the way. Reaching the Rhine, you will arrive at historic Cologne, visiting the city’s magnificent Cathedral. Disembark in Amsterdam and explore the famous Windmils with your expert guide.
Available Cruise Departure Dates:
(2014) Amsterdam-Luxembourg: Mar 24, May 12, Jul 7, Sep 1, Oct 27
(2014) Luxembourg-Amsterdam: Mar 31, Jun 16, Aug 11, Oct 6, Nov 7
You will be picked up from your hotel today for a private transfer to the airport.
Enjoy your walking tour of Montmartre with your private English-speaking guide. Topped by 19th century Sacre-Coeur white basilica, Montmartre is the highest Paris hill at 130 meters. You will discover gardens and steep streets with beautiful Paris views.
Meet your driver for a private transfer with vehicle from Paris to Remich port.
Embark your cruise vessel this evening in Remich, Luxembourg, for a welcome dinner with your fellow passengers.
Port charges are included in your multi-day itinerary.
This afternoon, arrive in charming Bernkastel, where you will enjoy a vineyard visit and walking tour. Strategically located in the heart of the Mosel, the town boasts over 500 years of documented wine history. Bernkastel features a medieval marketplace and half-timbered homes with steep gables and beautiful town squares with fountains dating back centuries. Above the town stand the ruins of Castle Landshut, the former summer home of the Archbishop of Trier which was destroyed by a fire in the 17th-century. You will also enjoy wine tasting with a local vintner.
This morning, tour picturesque Cochem, located amidst the steep vineyards and wine villages of the Mosel. You will have your choice of a walking tour and guided visit to the hilltop Reichsburg Castle, featuring spectacular views of the Mosel. In the alternative, you may choose to participate in a guided bike tour (capacity controlled).
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Koblenz, a historic wine-producing town on the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine. See the Four Towers, the Church of Our Lady and hear the story behind the Schängel Fountain and City Hall.
This afternoon continue cruising on the Rhine River, where you will see the stunning beauty of the Rhine castles and the infamous Lorelei Rock as you sail through the fascinating Rhine Gorge. The ship moors overnight in Mainz
Today, decide between two excursions: take a guided walking tour of beautiful Mainz and see the famous Gutenberg Museum, home of the world’s first printed bible. See Mainz’s Old Town, with its narrow streets, Baroque churches and half-timbered houses. After lunch, arrive in Rudesheim, where you will enjoy a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner. Explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants during your free time. In the alternative, you may choose a full day excursion to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. Your excursion includes a walking tour of Old Heidelberg. The city is divided by the Neckar River, with the old town on one side and the new town on the other, connected by the Old Stone Bridge.
This evening, all passengers have the opportunity to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. This historic museum houses one of the greatest collections of robotic and self-playing musical instruments from the 18th-20th centuries.
Arrive in Cologne this morning, where you will enjoy a walking tour of Old Town and Cathedral Square. You will visit the spectacular 13th-century gothic cathedral whose twin spires are amongst the tallest in Europe. Afterwards, you will have free time to linger in the cathedral, browse the many nearby shops or perhaps enjoy a glass of Kölsch, Cologne’s famous beer.
After breakfast, your tour begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North.” See the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous Anne Frank House. Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic motor coach tour of Amsterdam, in which you will see numerous landmarks, including the Royal Palace and a photo stop at the Rembrandt Windmill. You will then have free time to explore Dam Square and shop for souvenirs.
Disembark your ship after breakfast this morning, as your cruise journey has come to an end.
A transfer between the port and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Meet your private driver and guide at your hotel for your half-day tour to the Zaanse Schans. The Zaanse Schans is a delightful old hamlet on the banks of the river Zaan with characteristic green wooden houses, charming stylized gardens, small hump-backed bridges, tradesmen's workshops, historic windmills and charming little shops. This enchanting hamlet gives an excellent impression of how a typical Zaanse village must have looked like in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Apart from the cluster of windmills and houses there are also several museums, restaurants and a visitors' centre to be found. The Zaanse Schans has become one of the top tourist destinations in the Netherlands. Return to hotel.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Hotel Vernet (4*) is a luxurious hotel, ideally located in the golden triangle of the Paris Right Bank with Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V, and the Avenue des Champs Elysees. Refinement, luxury and comfort is the philosophy of the hotel, where guests will feel the Parisian chic atmosphere. The hotel has 41 rooms and 9 suites, 2 of which boast a terrace. The restaurant offers a la carte menus in a contemporary classical style typically Parisian setting.
The MS AmaDolce, AmaLegro, and AmaDante have all set a new standard in European river cruising and offer a number of features, which no other European river cruise ships can match. Each vessel carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service.
The Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre (4*) is a 5 minute walk from Centraal Station with direct trains to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, 18km away. The station is served by 3 metro lines, while 5 tram routes stop outside the hotel. The Crowne Plaza Amsterdam is a modern hotel that incorporates two 17th-century townhouses, where several club rooms and suites boast original wooden beams. For a refreshing break, energize in the hotel's fully-equipped fitness centre with sauna.
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