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The Rhine and Moselle - Northbound Aboard ms Treasures

Explore two of Europe's most scenic rivers on a 14-night cruise between Basel and Amsterdam 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.



So many delights are in store along the enchanting Moselle and Rhine on our 14-night cruise between Basel and Amsterdam... From the Netherlands to Switzerland, through Germany, France and Luxembourg, see the marriage of French and German culture in Strasbourg; mingle with jet setters in Baden-Baden; check out the ancient university town of Heidelberg and medieval masterpieces like Bernkastel, Trier and Cochem. Pay tribute to those who fell in the Battle of the Bulge at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial; get a true taste of Europe with regional specialties, local wines and folk traditions; and enjoy an exclusive special dinner at a castle in Germany.

So many delights are in store along the enchanting Moselle and Rhine on our 14-night cruise between Basel and Amsterdam... From the Netherlands to Switzerland, through Germany, France and Luxembourg, see the marriage of French and German culture in Strasbourg; mingle with jet setters in Baden-Baden; check out the ancient university town of Heidelberg and medieval masterpieces like Bernkastel, Trier and Cochem. Pay tribute to those who fell in the Battle of the Bulge at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial; get a true taste of Europe with regional specialties, local wines and folk traditions; and enjoy an exclusive special dinner at a castle in Germany.

Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Dinner at the historic Schloss Ehreshoven in Germany
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,405
  • Insider tour of the Gothic-Renaissance Heidelberger Schloss and lunch at a popular local restaurant
  • Choices of bicycle excursions in Boppard and Arnhem's De Hoge Veluwe National Park
  • Wine tasting at a family-owned winery in Cochem
  • A scenic cruise along the canals of Amsterdam

  • Day 1 - Arrive Basel and board your riverboat

    Tour 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.

    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: D

    Day 2 - Old Town Basel or Rhine Falls excursion

    The 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.



    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 3 - A taste of France in Strasbourg

    Today 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 Cathedrale 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.



    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 4 - The Black Forest, Baden-Baden & Stuttgart

    Stuttgart 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.

    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 5 - Historic Heidelberg or a visit to a local winery & exclusive evening

    Arrive in the historic college town of Heidelberg, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe as well as being the setting for the famous operetta, The Student Prince. You have a choice of sightseeing today. In Heidelberg, take a walking tour for a close-up look at the Old Town, and visit the imposing Heidelberger Schloss, perched 300 feet above the city; view its examples of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture; have lunch at a local restaurant. Alternatively, travel to one of the local wineries for a visit and tasting of the excellent red and white wines found throughout this region. On your tour, you'll see the vines, most of which are planted to produce Riesling, on very steep terraced slopes. Watch the winery's traditional methods used to create hand-made, organic wines that are aged in old oak barrels without commercial yeast strains or other modern gimmicks. And you'll enjoy local snacks and a tasting of the winery's pure, disarmingly acidic and exceptionally stylish white wines. Return to the ship midday, and enjoy an afternoon cruising. Disembark for a Tauck Exclusive evening featuring dinner and entertainment at Schloss Biebrich, an 18th-century Baroque palace on the bank of the Rhine in Wiesbaden.



    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 6 - The Lorelei & a choice en route to Boppard

    While 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. Alternatively, you can take a bicycling excursion from Bacharach to Boppard, peddling along riverside bike paths that traverse countryside, forests and winelands. 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. The ship - and bicycles - arrive in Boppard this afternoon, where you'll have an orientation tour by your Tauck Director. Return to the ship for dinner and continue on to Koblenz, where the riverboat will be docked overnight.



    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 7 - The Moselle Valley to Cochem & Reichsburg Castle

    Your 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.


    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 8 - Luxembourg & Traben-Trarbach

    Dock 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 an orientation tour - or joining us for a guided bicycle ride along the Moselle River - before returning to the ship for the evening.

    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 9 - A visit to Trier and cruising the Moselle Valley

    On 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. 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.

    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 10 - Cruising the Moselle to Alken

    A wonderful morning of cruising along the Moselle awaits today! 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; enjoy some free time to explore as you please before rejoining your riverboat.



    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 11 - Historic K?ln & cruising the Rhine

    This 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. The afternoon is free to explore pursue your own special interests; return to your riverboat late afternoon 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.

    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 12 - Nijmegen or Arnhem

    Arrive in Nijmegen for your of excursions. Visit the art-filled Kröller-Müller Museum in De Hoge Veluwe National Park, join our local guide for a bicycle ride through the rolling parklands or drive to Arnhem for a visit to the Airborne Museum, rich with World War II history. Rejoin your riverboat in Nijmegen late afternoon



    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 13 - Explore Amsterdam - a visit to the Rijksmuseum & a canal cruise

    Explore 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.



    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 14 - Visit the Dutch countryside

    Today 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.



    Lodging: ms Esprit

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 15 - Journey home

    Tour 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.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B

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    Cruise LineTauck River Cruising
    OfferOffer valid through 6/30/2022
    Duration
    15 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms Treasures
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    Itinerary
    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Basel  
    Day 2Schaffhausen  
    Day 3Strasbourg  
    Day 4Baden-Baden  
    Day 5Heidelberg  
    Day 6Boppard  
    Day 7Cochem  
    Day 8Luxembourg City  
    Day 9Trier  
    Day 10At Sea  
    Day 11Koln  
    Day 12De Hoge Veluwe  
    Day 13Amsterdam  
    Day 14Amsterdam  
    Day 15Amsterdam  
    Dates/Pricing
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    DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
    August 24, 2023Category Cat 1, Emerald Deck, 150 SqFt$8,190.00 (USD)Quote
    August 24, 2023Category Cat 2, Emerald Deck, 183 SqFt$8,590.00 (USD)Quote
    August 24, 2023Category Cat 3, Diamond Deck, 150 SqFt$8,840.00 (USD)Quote
    August 24, 2023Category Cat 4, Ruby Deck, 183 SqFt$9,950.00 (USD)Quote
    August 24, 2023Category Cat 5, Diamond Deck, 183 SqFt$10,740.00 (USD)Quote
    August 24, 2023Category Cat 6, Ruby Deck, 225 SqFt$10,940.00 (USD)Quote
    August 24, 2023Category Cat 7, Diamond Deck Suite, 300 SqFt$12,140.00 (USD)Quote
    Disclaimer
    * Land / cruise price per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, shore excursions, applicable fuel surcharges, and gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, and on all included meals.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice. Further, museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays.
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    The Rhine and Moselle - Northbound Aboard ms Treasures
    From $8,190.00 (USD)

    Destination: Europe
    Ship: ms Treasures
    Explore two of Europe's most scenic rivers on a 14-night cruise between Basel and Amsterdam aboard one of Tauck's premium riverboats.
     
     
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