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Moselle River Valley
Rheinstein Castle at Rhine Valley
Departs: June 15th, 2022 Tour Dates & Pricing
Explore the Rhine River, one of the most spellbinding river systems in Europe, from our luxurious Amadeus Cruises ship. We begin our getaway in Amsterdam and visit the Zaanse Schans open-air museum and the Rijksmuseum, Holland’s largest art museum. Next we board our ship for a seven-night cruise along the Rhine River with eight ports of call in Germany, France, and Switzerland. All meals are included aboard ship! After our cruise, tour the medieval city of Lucerne, take a cog railway to the top of Mount Rigi, and enjoy a celebratory Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner before we return home.
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Continue the excitement following our incredible Rhine River cruise with a rare opportunity to explore World War II sites on France’s Normandy coast and one night in the sparkling City of Light, Paris.
Hosted By: Mike Miller
Former WISN TV Anchor
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Day 1 : Overnight Flight to Europe
Our journey begins with an overnight flight to Amsterdam.
Day 2 : Amsterdam
We arrive in Amsterdam and meet our European guide and driver. Step back in time at Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum that brings Dutch heritage to life. Traditional buildings and restored windmills demonstrate the villages that once dotted the land. Visit the museum, wander the village, explore the working mills, and watch artisans make cheese, clogs, and other traditional crafts. Our accommodations for the evening are at a charming four-star hotel just outside of Amsterdam. Enjoy getting to know your fellow travelers at a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : Rijksmuseum
Begin the day with a guided tour of the country’s largest museum, The Rijksmuseum. Stroll the halls packed with 16th and 17th-century art including works by Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt. Explore Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam's one-of-a-kind floating flower market. Later, we board the luxurious Amadeus Imperial. Once settled, enjoy a wonderful reception and dinner onboard the ship.
Day 4 : Volendam, Edam
Take a drive through the Dutch Polder landscape to the old fishing village of Volendam, built on the shore of the former Zuiderzee. The Volendam houses are built very close together, forming the typical neighborhoods of Volendam. Take a stroll through the old village and see people still dressed in traditional costumes.
Board your coach and drive out of Volendam and into the countryside to visit a local cheese farm. Here, you will learn how Dutch cheese is made and sample the local product. On your way back to your ship, you will enjoy a short walk through the quaint village of Edam, famous for its cheese. Given its narrow streets, continue through the village on foot and see the Carillon tower, once part of a church that was destroyed in the 19th century. Walk to the cheese weighing house and the Dam with its 18th-century town hall.
Day 5 : Cologne
Today’s port of call is 2,000-year-old Cologne. This cultural hub is a landmark of High Gothic architecture, starting with the extraordinary cathedral, its twin spires dominating the skyline. After the bombing of Cologne during World War II, the city was rebuilt and has become a major area boasting multiple museums and art galleries. Afterward, enjoy a tasting of the famous beer of Cologne called Kölsch.
Day 6 : Moselle River & Cochem
Cruise the Moselle River on an excursion to visit one of Germany’s most beautiful river valleys. View vineyards covering the rolling hillsides and hilltops dotted with castles and ruins above the villages and towns along the river banks. Then explore the charming town of Cochem, noted for its traditional half-timbered houses and medieval castle rebuilt in a fairytale style. As we stroll through the old town we’ll sample regional wines and experience the area’s gracious hospitality.
Day 7 : Middle Rhine
In the morning visit Koblenz, one of the oldest and most diverse cities in Germany, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. The architecture of churches, castles and palaces tell stories of times-gone-by as we explore the area. We return to the ship for lunch. Later in the day we head to the top deck as we cruise the scenic Middle Rhine through the Rhine Gorge. As the Rhine carves its way through steep hills there is always at least one castle in sight. Watch for the Lorelei in the narrowest gorge on the Rhine. Our port of call, Rudesheim, is located in the heart of the Rheingau wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known especially for its Rieslings. Here we have a walking tour including a music museum which features one of Europe’s biggest collections of mechanical musical instruments.
Day 8 : Heidelberg
We dock in Mannheim this morning and take a short drive to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest and most famous university town. Heidelberg is also known for its Baroque old town narrow streets, picturesque red roof tiled houses, beautiful 18th-century bridge, and breathtaking half-ruined castle. We return to the ship for lunch. Later, the ship departs for the handsome town of Speyer. The Speyer Cathedral dominates the city’s setting with its grand structure and beauty. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Gala dinner.
Day 9 : Strasbourg
Located on France's border with Germany, Strasbourg is a gorgeous city rich in architectural and historical heritage for visitors to admire. It is also the home of the European Parliament. Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Île, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We return to the ship for lunch. Then, relax on the Sun Deck or pamper yourself with a massage while we sail to Basel.
Day 10 : Disembark for Lucerne
This morning we disembark the ship in Basel for a short drive to Lucerne. Enjoy an included lunch with music and folklore show at the cozy country Stadtkeller restaurant. Then embark on a walking tour of this gorgeous city known for its covered wooden foot bridge decorated with interior paintings. After checking in to the hotel for a two-night stay, the afternoon and evening are free to explore this delightful town.
Day 11 : Mount Rigi
Today experience Mount Rigi! First glide across vividly blue Lake Lucerne on a cruise to Vitznau. There we disembark and board a special cogwheel train to transport us up the mountain. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Swiss Mittelland greet us when reaching Rigi Kulm, the highest point. We descend the mountain by aerial cable car to return to Lucerne and explore the Swiss Chocolate Adventure. This multimedia journey introduces us to the origin, manufacturing, and transport of our favorite Swiss confection. This evening, enjoy an included Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 12 : Fly Home
June 15th, 2022 - June 26th, 2022
Price Per Person
*Double Normandy & Paris Extension
Double Haydn Staterm
Double Strauss Staterm Fwd
Double Mozart Staterm
Double Mozart Suite
*Single Normandy & Paris Extension
Single Haydn Staterm
Single Strauss Staterm Fwd
Single Mozart Staterm
Single Mozart Suite
Final Payment Date: 03/12/2022
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Mike has been a popular TV newsman in Milwaukee for more than three decades. He is the only person ever to anchor at all three of the “Big Three” local stations. Mike retired in 2010 from ABC network affiliate WISN-TV, after seven years of anchoring and reporting. Previously, he worked at Milwaukee’s CBS station for 12 years and the NBC station for 13 years. Mike was inducted into the Milwaukee Media Hall of Fame in October 2011 and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award. Only 15 people in Milwaukee TV have won both of these prestigious awards.
He married his 7th grade sweetheart, Mary Anne, and they have three grown children and six grandchildren. Mike spends much of his free time as the lead singer for a rock & roll band. He and Mary Anne also enjoy camping, swimming, golf, tennis, hiking, skiing and hunting for antiques.
Join them and WISN-TV viewers on this exciting vacation!
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