Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland - Zurich to Amsterdam - 201619 days & 18 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
Zurich, Lucerne, Gstaad, Montreux, Basel, Breisach, Strasbourg, Mannheim, Rudesheim, Cochem, Moselle Valley Cruising, Bernkastel-Kues, Koblenz, Duisburg, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Veere, Antwerp & Amsterdam
Everyone deserves to experience the magic of Europe's most romantic region at least once. If you haven't yet, perhaps this is the itinerary for you. You'll begin your journey in Amsterdam, with its maze of historic streets and canals, before visits to wonderful Veere and the old world beauty of Belgium. From there your luxury all-inclusive cruise will take you through beautiful stretches of the Rhine and Moselle, punctuated by timeless little towns that still exude the romance of days long past. Enjoy rolling vineyards and dramatic gorges guarded by picture book castles, before heading into the heart of Switzerland, with visits to Montreux, Lucerne and glittering Zurich.
Day 1Welcome to Zurich
Start your journey with an overnight stay.Schweizerhof Hotel - 1 Night
Day 2Zurich - Lucerne
Repeatedly named the city with the world's best quality of life, Switzerland's largest city is full of treasures and you'll have the chance to discover them first hand. After that, you'll get to explore Lucerne, overlooked by the magnificent Swiss Alp peaks of Mounts Pilatus and Rigi, before arriving at one of our majestic hotels.Palace Lucerne - 1 Night (B)
Day 3Lucerne - Gstaad
Ascend the Swiss Alps to the charming alpine village of Gstaad, where you'll enjoy a wonderful highlight lunch with unforgettable vistas. You can look forward to a two night stay at our glamorous waterfront hotel, located on the shores of picturesque Lake Geneva.Fairmont Montreux Palace - 2 Nights (B, L)
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Montreux, one of Switzerland's most beautiful locations, before a cruise across the waters of Lake Geneva to Chillon Castle. You'll later get to tour this wonderful architectural jewel.Fairmont Montreux Palace (B)
Day 5Montreux - Basel
Today leave Montreux and journey to neighboring Vevey, also on Lake Geneva. You'll get to explore the charming town where milk chocolate was first created, and where Charlie Chaplin lived after fleeing the United States. From there, it's on to Basel where a warm welcome awaits you from the crew of your luxury Scenic Space-Ship. Your luxury cruise is about to begin and you'll have the chance to raise your glass to the occasion at the evening's welcome reception.Scenic Space-Ship - 14 Nights (B, D)
Discover the mystical Black Forest during a hike and cable car ride or enjoy a visit to the fairy-tale French town of Colmar. Alternatively, if you're feeling more active, take a guided bike ride from Breisach to Colmar.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Tonight, you'll get to join the Captain for your official welcome dinner.
Visit Strasbourg, where you'll discover La Petite France and stroll through the old town, with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs, or journey to Mittelbergheim in the Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer. Or why not taste your way around the local market with your on board chef through our 'Shop with a Chef' offering.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Enjoy a private tour of the Baroque Palace of Rastatt, one of the most magnificent historic venues in the region, before experiencing a sublime classical concert in its resplendent hall. It'll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other, and a rare chance to collect memories that you may cherish for a lifetime.
Explore the historic university town of Heidelberg, with its fine Renaissance Castle, or experience the thrill of the Hockenheim Formula 1 track, with a museum visit and an insider tour of the circuit.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 9Rudesheim - Rhine Gorge
Succumb to charming Rudesheim, where you'll board the 'Winzerexpress' mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Afterwards, enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument for a spectacular bird's eye view of the river. Later, you can look forward to unrivalled views across the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
A medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River, Cochem will make you feel as if you are stepping directly off the ship and into a fairy tale. Explore this charming city on your guided tour, culminating in your visit of the iconic Reichsburg Castle. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 11Moselle Valley Cruising
Appreciate the true allure of the Moselle Valley from the opulence of your Scenic Space-Ship, as you delight in a full day cruise. Or if you're feeling energetic, join a picturesque guided bike ride to the pretty village of Bernkastel, where you'll be welcomed back aboard your luxury Scenic Space-Ship.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Journey to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for a guided tour, and enjoy some free time to discover the many delights of one of Europe's smallest countries. Alternatively, take a relaxing guided walk through Trier, or take in beautiful Bernkastel.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
On arrival in Koblenz take advantage of a guided tour of this historic city, lapped by the waters of two of Europe's most beautiful rivers.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Board a cable car in Koblenz for a scenic journey over the Rhine River to the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. It'll be a moment to remember, and a great opportunity to mingle with newfound friends against yet another spectacular backdrop, whilst toasting the day's end.
Home to the largest inland harbour in the world, the city of Duisburg is just waiting to surprise and delight you, so take advantage with a guided tour. Alternatively, try something a little different with a visit to the Zollverein industrial site, once the largest and most productive coal mine in Europe.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Holland's oldest fortified city, Maastricht is a popular destination with a welcoming multicultural atmosphere. Enjoy a guided tour of its magnificent buildings and historic cobblestone town center, where you can indulge in some fine dining and excellent shopping. Alternatively, explore the city at your own pace with Scenic Tailormade, your own personal GPS device which also provides expert insights on the city's many historic points of interests.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Soak up the scenery from the Sun Deck this morning, or enjoy an on board cooking demonstration by the chef as we cruise to Nijmegen.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Take a guided city tour of Nijmegen, one of the three oldest cities in the Netherlands. Or you can choose to explore the Arnhem Airborne museum and learn about the Battle of Arnhem. The Airborne Experience allows you to follow in the footsteps of the British parachutists who made their way across dangerous terrain to Arnhem in September 1944. Alternatively, enjoy a guided cycling tour through Nijmegen and its surrounds.
Marvel at the modern wonder that is Holland's Delta Works, including a guided visit through the Storm Surge Barrier. Alternatively, choose a guided tour through the quaint streets of Veere, or cycle the town and view the surrounding dykes.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
This evening savor delicious Dutch delicacies at your choice of three superb dining locations, each presenting fine cuisine from villages in this region of the Netherlands.
Be seduced by beautiful World Heritage-listed Bruges or discover delightful Antwerp on a guided walking tour, followed by some leisure time.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Then sit back and enjoy your afternoon cruise to your final destination, Amsterdam.
After a delicious breakfast, prepare to head home. It may be the end of your cruise, but it's the beginning of a lifetime of fond memories. (Please schedule flights to depart after midday).(B)