'Rhine & Moselle Splendours' river cruise

Sail from Luxembourg to Basel with AmaWaterways

 

Expand your imagination in fairytale villages - enchanting Cochem where folklore and history come alive in every street, and in well-preserved Bernkastel with its medieval Market Square and half-timbered houses. Whimsical fantasies abound at Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum and at the Palace Gardens of Schwetzingen, a cultural heritage site of European significance with more than 100 sculptures scattered throughout its surprising landscape. Blend German heritage with Italian in Trier, with its Roman Imperial Baths and the Porta Nigra; and with French heritage in Strasbourg. On arrival in Basel, the whole of Switzerland is your oyster, with a free choice of lakes and mountains resorts in which to stay.

The river cruise ship for this itinerary is the AmaDante.


River cruising with a Switzerland holiday - how does it work? Click here for an overview


Starting guide prices for a Category E stateroom range from £2,592- £2,874 per person for 7 nights.

This is in addition to your flights and hotel and rail arrangements in Switzerland. We will be pleased to provide a tailor made quotation for your holiday, including cabin upgrades or single supplements. Please note, AmaWaterways have different deposit conditions, which you can view here.

We are pleased to detail below the itinerary for this cruise - these are some of the highlights, but you will actually have a choice of complimentary excursions every day.

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Day 1 - Luxembourg city

Transfer from the airport and board your luxurious river cruise ship.

Settle in to your cabin, meet your fellow cruise guests and enjoy a fabulous dinner with unlimited wine, beer or soft drinks.

Day 1 - Luxembourg city

Transfer from the airport and board your luxurious river cruise ship.

Settle in to your cabin, meet your fellow cruise guests and enjoy a fabulous dinner with unlimited wine, beer or soft drinks.

 
Day 2 - Trier - Bernkastel

Trier, Germany’s oldest city, has often been referred to as the second Rome. Be guided to the Roman Imperial Baths, the Porta Nigra and Emperor Constantine’s Throne Room. During the afternoon, sail to Bernkastel, strategically located in the middle of the Moselle Valley’s wine-producing region. Walk through the colourful Old Town centre and past many medieval buildings before enjoying a wine tasting at a local winery. For those who prefer to be more active, trek up to the ruins of Landshut Castle, which dates all the way back to the 9th century. 

Day 2 - Trier - Bernkastel

Trier, Germany’s oldest city, has often been referred to as the second Rome. Be guided to the Roman Imperial Baths, the Porta Nigra and Emperor Constantine’s Throne Room. During the afternoon, sail to Bernkastel, strategically located in the middle of the Moselle Valley’s wine-producing region. Walk through the colourful Old Town centre and past many medieval buildings before enjoying a wine tasting at a local winery. For those who prefer to be more active, trek up to the ruins of Landshut Castle, which dates all the way back to the 9th century. 

 
Day 3 - Cochem - Lahnstein

History comes to life in Cochem with its half-timbered houses and Reichsburg Castle. Join a guided tour through the castle, and then walk through its Old Town. For those wishing to have a more active exploration of the area, you can go on a guided hike to the castle. Or for a different adventure, explore the Bundesbank Bunker to get a closer look at this mysterious Cold War-era bank vault. Later in the day, sail along the Moselle, taking in the fascinating scenery before arriving in Lahnstein where you’ll enjoy a visit to Lahneck Castle.

Day 3 - Cochem - Lahnstein

History comes to life in Cochem with its half-timbered houses and Reichsburg Castle. Join a guided tour through the castle, and then walk through its Old Town. For those wishing to have a more active exploration of the area, you can go on a guided hike to the castle. Or for a different adventure, explore the Bundesbank Bunker to get a closer look at this mysterious Cold War-era bank vault. Later in the day, sail along the Moselle, taking in the fascinating scenery before arriving in Lahnstein where you’ll enjoy a visit to Lahneck Castle.

 
Day 4 - Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Soar high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, and afterwards be treated to a wine tasting. Alternatively hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg. Later, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum charm you or try the Rüdesheimer coffee, made with brandy and whipped cream.

Day 4 - Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Soar high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, and afterwards be treated to a wine tasting. Alternatively hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg. Later, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum charm you or try the Rüdesheimer coffee, made with brandy and whipped cream.

 
Day 5 - Ludwigshafen

Visit Heidelberg, a perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Alternatively, relive a bygone era on an excursion to the glorious Schwetzingen Palace and Gardens. Tour this splendid palace and wander through its gardens with more than 100 sculptures, the Apollotempel (housing a statue of the Greek god of light and the arts, playing the lyre) and the spectacular Türkischer Garten with a mosque. For a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour along the Neckar River to the medieval town of Ladenburg. 

Day 5 - Ludwigshafen

Visit Heidelberg, a perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Alternatively, relive a bygone era on an excursion to the glorious Schwetzingen Palace and Gardens. Tour this splendid palace and wander through its gardens with more than 100 sculptures, the Apollotempel (housing a statue of the Greek god of light and the arts, playing the lyre) and the spectacular Türkischer Garten with a mosque. For a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour along the Neckar River to the medieval town of Ladenburg. 

 
Day 6 - Strasbourg

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, has flavors of both France and Germany which you’ll get to discover. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République followed by a walking tour through its iconic 'La Petite France' district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. You’ll also see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. The active adventurer can join a guided Old Town bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l’Orangerie.

Day 6 - Strasbourg

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, has flavors of both France and Germany which you’ll get to discover. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République followed by a walking tour through its iconic 'La Petite France' district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. You’ll also see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. The active adventurer can join a guided Old Town bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l’Orangerie.

 
Day 7 - Breisach

Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions. Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have the most beautiful spire on earth. You could go on a hike in the Black Forest or cycle through the scenic countryside. 

Day 7 - Breisach

Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions. Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have the most beautiful spire on earth. You could go on a hike in the Black Forest or cycle through the scenic countryside. 

 
Day 8 - Basel and beyond

Enjoy a last breakfast on board before disembarking and waving farewell to the river cruise section of your holiday. 

You will be taken to Basel station, from where you can spend a day exploring this city of the arts. Alternatively you can make your first rail connection to wherever you have chosen to stay in Switzerland. The Swiss section of your holiday can be for any duration, with a free choice of resorts. Your return flight will be from Geneva or Zurich. 

Day 8 - Basel and beyond

Enjoy a last breakfast on board before disembarking and waving farewell to the river cruise section of your holiday. 

You will be taken to Basel station, from where you can spend a day exploring this city of the arts. Alternatively you can make your first rail connection to wherever you have chosen to stay in Switzerland. The Swiss section of your holiday can be for any duration, with a free choice of resorts. Your return flight will be from Geneva or Zurich. 

 

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Map of the route & special offers


We currently have an amazing offer of £1,000 saving per person on 2019 cruises. Book by August 31st. Please ask for details. 

2019 sailings

  • May 9
  • June 13
  • July 14
  • August 29
  • September 19
  • October 10

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Scenic rail holidays

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You may also like to consider adding a scenic river cruise at the start or end of your holiday. Please ask for details. 

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