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15 Day Tauck River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam Netherlands 2022
River Cruise Description
Explore two of Europe's most scenic rivers on a 14-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.
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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Basel and board your riverboatTour begins: 4:00 PM, Basel, Switzerland. A transfer is included from Basel-Mulhouse International Airport or Basel's SBB train station to the riverboat. Your cruise begins when all guests check in at 4:00 PM; join us this evening for a welcome reception followed by dinner onboard the riverboat.
Day 2 Old Town Basel or Rhine Falls excursionThe 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 Basel late afternoon for some free time; this evening enjoy a Welcome Briefing followed by dinner in Compass Rose your riverboat heads for Strasbourg, France.
Day 3 A taste of France in StrasbourgToday you'll have a choice as to how you'll explore Strasbourg, France, the formal seat of the European Parliament and a cultural treasure. Step back in time and explore La Petite France, noted for its medieval half-timbered houses set beside lovely canals, on a walking tour with a local guide. Visit the Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, where the graceful, expressive statuary of the Pilier des Anges (Pillar of Angels), and the magnificent stained glass windows are inspiring. Or, you can choose to go on a shopping excursion with a local guide who will introduce you to unique places, off the beaten path, where locals shop and chat. Return to the riverboat for lunch or stay in Strasbourg; spend the afternoon exploring the city as you please before returning to the riverboat for a late evening departure for Baden-Baden.
Day 4 The Black Forest spa town of Baden-Baden & StuttgartStuttgart enjoys a reputation as an industrial powerhouse; a cradle of both the automobile and motorcycle industries in the 19th century, it's the corporate headquarters of both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. But the city also possesses a charming, small-town atmosphere, tucked into an inviting urban landscape of historic sites, lakes, parks, gardens, vineyards and forests. Your excursion features a walking tour of the city's historic center, where you'll see the restored Altes Schloss (Old Castle), most of which dates to the 15th century, and its inner courtyard; the palatial 18th-century Neues Schloss (New Castle), completely rebuilt after nearly being burned to the ground during WWII. Later, you'll explore the Porsche Museum – a dazzling ultramodern showcase featuring more than 80 vehicles on display, ranging from some of designer Ferdinand Porsche's earliest models to concept cars, prototypes and Porsches of the present, in exhibits that chronicle the history of the legendary car company. As an alternate option, travel by coach to the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden where you'll discover that the elegant Belle Èpoque 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. Join us on a walking tour and time spent on your own discovering some of the town's treasures ranging from the ruins of Roman baths to the ornate, 250-year-old Belle Èpoque casino, the Kurhaus, which movie star Marlene Dietrich once described as "the most beautiful casino in the world." You'll also have an optional opportunity to visit the Caracalla Spa in town before returning to the riverboat for the evening.
Day 5 Historic HeidelbergEnjoy a 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. Enjoy lunch at a local brewery in the heart of the old town with free time to explore before returning to the ship for an evening of cruising.
Day 6 The Lorelei & a choice in BoppardWhile your riverboat glides through the Middle Rhine Valley en route to Boppard, 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 on the Sun Deck (weather permitting), 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 as this most delightful of Rhine River tours continues. Arrive in Boppard this afternoon and choose between an orientation walk through the city or a bicycle excursion along the Rhine. Return to the ship for dinner and continue on to Koblenz, where the riverboat will be docked overnight.
Day 7 Moselle Valley, Cochem & Reichsburg CastleYour day begins with an introduction to the Moselle River, where your riverboat diverges from the Rhine, en route to Cochem. Stepping ashore in this Moselle Valley town is like stepping into the pages of a medieval fairy tale; tour picture-perfect 1,000-year-old Reichsburg Castle, which looks down on Cochem's quaint market square. Enjoy a relaxing morning aboard the riverboat before your exploration of this jewel of a town – complete with a Baroque town hall and ancient town gates – breathing in its historic charm and ambiance. Explore Cochem either by bike ride or on a guided walking tour ending at the family-owned Schlagkamp Wine Museum, where you'll learn about the area's centuries-old winemaking traditions with a tasting of the excellent locally produced vintages before returning to the riverboat.
Day 8 Luxembourg & Traben-TrarbachDock 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, for social hour and dinner in the Compass Rose.
Day 9 Ancient Trier & Moselle cruisingOn an excursion to Trier, enjoy a guided walking tour where you'll discover an ancient city that lays claim as being one of the oldest in Germany – during a walking tour that includes both medieval treasures and sites dating back to Roman times, from a 2nd-century city gate and the 4th-century basilica to a 16th-century fountain featuring images of St. Peter. For those wanting to see the vineyards throughout this region up-close, you may choose a full-day biking excursion along the Moselle River to charming Bernkastel at the hub of the Middle Moselle chock full of half-timber homes and wine taverns. Reboard your riverboat in Traben-Trarbach for an afternoon of classic river cruising, watching the scenery slip by from the Sun Deck as your riverboat glides along the Moselle; enjoy dinner aboard ship tonight.
Day 10 Cruising the Moselle and dinner at a castleA wonderful day of cruising along the Moselle awaits you this morning. Following lunch onboard, your ship arrives in the town of Alken, home to the ruins of Thurant Castle, perched high above the hills by Alken. Arrive in Bonn; 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 along the Rhine to Köln.
Day 11 Historic Köln & cruising the RhineThis morning, in the city of Köln (Cologne), enjoy a tour of the city's iconic sites, including a walking tour of Old Town accompanied by a local guide. Return to your riverboat midday to continue cruising along the Rhine, this time bound for The Netherlands; late afternoon, you'll have an opportunity to attend a discovery briefing by your Tauck Director, followed by dinner.
Day 12 Discover FloriadeArrive in Huizen – and as a special Dutch treat included on this river cruise, visit Floriade 2022, "the World's Fair of horticultural shows." Explore an international horticultural wonderland that celebrates Green Cities of the Future on 148 acres of land repurposed and reclaimed from the sea for a future rich in sustainability, greenery, food, energy and healthy living. Featuring four themed districts connected by bridges, walkways, gondolas and trains, this once in a decade exposition showcases green-themed, flower-filled exhibitions from more than 40 countries, along with cultural entertainment, art and cuisine that make it fun for everyone – truly an energizing experience. Return to the riverboat late afternoon for the evening.
Day 13 Explore Amsterdam – a visit to the Rijksmuseum & a canal cruiseExplore Amsterdam today, beginning with a visit to the famed Rijksmuseum, home to one of the world's most important collections of artwork by the Dutch Masters. Mid-morning, take a scenic canal cruise along the 17th-century canals, where you'll be introduced to the city's remarkable architecture from a different vantage point. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy Amsterdam as you please.
Day 14 Visit the Dutch countrysideToday takes you outside of the city for a guided tour through the polder landscapes of the Dutch countryside, including a visit to a tulip and vegetable nursery. Return to Amsterdam later in the afternoon for some time as you please; this evening, join us for a farewell toast and final night aboard the riverboat.
Day 15 Journey's endTour ends: Amsterdam. A transfer is included from the riverboat to Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport or Centraal Train Station upon disembarking, no later than 9:00 AM; allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey home.
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