Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland19 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
Amsterdam, Antwerp, Veere, Arnhem, Maastricht, Xanten, Koblenz, Cochem, Bernkastel, Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim, Mannheim, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel, Montreux, Lucerne & Zurich
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 experiencing 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 Amsterdam
Toast the marvelous journey ahead of you at this evening's welcome reception. Please book flights to arrive no later than 5:00 pm.Scenic Space-Ship (D)
Freechoice: Be seduced by beautiful World Heritage-listed Bruges or take a guided stroll through Antwerp, the diamond capital of the world.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Marvel at the modern wonder that is Holland's Delta Works, and then visit the historic Storm Surge Barrier. Alternatively, discover charming Veere, either through a walking tour or a guided bike ride that will also take in the surrounding dykes.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: 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, visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum and discover historic houses, farms and windmills. The museum portrays the impression of daily life for the average Dutchman over the past few centuries.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Explore Holland's oldest fortified city, Maastricht, and discover its magnificent buildings and historic cobblestone town center.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Discover the charming town of Xanten on a guided tour. Alternatively, visit the Zollverein industrial site, once the largest and most productive coal mine in Europe.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
You'll be enchanted by the history and beauty of Koblenz, which straddles two of Europe's most beautiful waterways.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Today you'll have a great opportunity to mingle with newfound friends against yet another spectacular backdrop while toasting the day's end.
A medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River, Cochem will make you feel as if you are stepping into a fairytale. Explore this charming city on a tour that culminates in a visit to the iconic Reichsburg Castle.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 9Moselle Valley Cruising
Admire the beautiful Moselle Valley from the comfort of your Scenic Space-Ship as you relax on board during a full day of cruising. If you're feeling energetic, take a guided bike ride to the pretty village of Bernkastel, where you can rejoin the cruise.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 10Moselle Valley Cruising
Freechoice: Travel to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and tour this exquisite city. Alternatively, take a guided walk through Trier, or get acquainted with beautiful Bernkastel.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 11Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim
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.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Explore the historic university town of Heidelberg, with its fine Renaissance castle, or enjoy the Sweet Tastes of Heidelberg tour, where you'll have an opportunity to sample some of the local chocolates, bon bons and gummy bears. Alternatively, experience the thrill of the Hockenheim Formula 1 race track, with a museum visit and an insider tour of the circuit.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Enjoy a private tour of the Palace of Rastatt, a Baroque masterpiece and one of the most magnificent historic venues in the region, before enjoying an exclusive classical concert in its resplendent hall. It'll be an enormously enriching evening of pomp and grandeur.
Freechoice: Visit Strasbourg and discover La Petite France, or journey to Mittelbergheim in the Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer. Alternatively, visit a local market and Shop with a Chef.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Be immersed in a truly magical experience during a visit to the Vogtsbauernhof Open Air Museum in the heart of the Black Forest. Alternatively, if you're feeling more active discover the Black Forest during a hike, or take a guided bike ride.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Day 15Basel - Montreux
Disembark and transfer to Vevey, home to Charlie Chaplin once he'd fled the United States. Enter the world of Charlie Chaplin as you meet one of the 20th century's most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin's World Museum. This afternoon you'll get the chance to luxuriate at the Fairmont Montreux Palace, located on the shores of picturesque Lake Geneva, where you'll be enjoying a two night stay.Fairmont Montreux Palace - 2 Nights (B)
EnrichFairmont Montreux Palace (B, L)
Today you'll board a first class carriage for a panoramic train journey to Chateau-d'Oex. At the Restaurant Le Chalet, watch the cheesesmaker transform milk into hard cheese right in front of your eyes. At the end of the demonstration, you'll have the opportunity to taste the delicious "Le Chalet Bio".
Day 17Montreux - Lucerne
Ascend the Swiss Alps to the breathtaking village of Gstaad. Then continue to Lucerne for your overnight stay at the Palace Lucerne.Palace Lucerne (B)
Day 18Lucerne - Zurich
Repeatedly named the city with the world's highest quality of life, Zurich is Switzerland's largest city and home to a host of treasures. Take a walking tour and discover them for yourself, then relax and enjoy the amenities in your luxury hotel, the Schweizerhof.The Schweizerhof (B, D)
After breakfast you'll be transferred to Zurich Airport for your onward or homebound flight with memories of a truly unforgettable trip.(B)