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Moselle River Valley
Rheinstein Castle at Rhine Valley
Departs: June 7th, 2020 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 Lucerne, Switzerland for a tour of the medieval city, a scenic cog railway ride to the top of Mount Rigi, and a delightful Swiss Chocolate Adventure. Next we board our ship for a seven-night cruise along the Rhine River with ports of call in France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Disembark in Amsterdam and visit the Zaanse Schans open-air museum, Holland’s largest art museum the Rijksmuseum, cruise Holland’s largest lake, and enjoy a celebratory Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner before we return home. All meals are included aboard ship!
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Hosted By: Lou Baxter
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Day 1 : Overnight flight to Europe
Our journey begins with an overnight flight to Switzerland.
Day 2 : Mount Rigi
Arrive in Lucerne, a delightful city well known for its medieval architecture and mountain landscapes.
We’ll glide across cobalt-blue Lake Lucerne on an afternoon boat cruise to Vitznau.
Once there, board a special cogwheel train to transport us up Mount Rigi. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Swiss Mittelland greet us when reaching Rigi Kulm, the highest point.
We 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.
Next, check-in to our Lucerne-area hotel.
Enjoy getting to know your fellow travelers at a Holiday Vacations Welcome dinner.
Day 3 : Lucerne
Begin with an orientation tour of Lucerne, known for its covered wooden foot bridge decorated with interior paintings.
Delight in traditional Swiss music and entertainment at the Stadtkeller Folklore Restaurant.
Later, board the luxurious Amadeus Imperial.
Once settled in, enjoy a reception and wonderful dinner onboard the ship.
Day 4 : Strasbourg
Located on the French 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 to a massage while we sail to Germany.
Day 5 : Speyer & Heidelberg
We dock in the handsome town of Speyer. The Speyer Cathedral dominates this city’s setting with its grand structure and beauty.
Later, the ship arrives in Mannheim this afternoon 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.
This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Gala dinner.
Day 6 : Middle Rhine
In the morning visit Rudesheim, located in the heart of the Reingau wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and especially known for its superior Rieslings. We’ll be amazed at Siegfried’s Mechanical Cabinet, boasting a large collection of historic self-playing instruments spanning three centuries.
Next, head to the top deck as our vessel cruises 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.
Later in the day we arrive at Koblenz, one of the oldest and diverse cities in Germany, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. The architecture of churches, castles and palaces tell of times gone by as we explore the area.
Day 7 : Moselle River & Cochem
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.
Cruise the Moselle River on an excursion to visit one of Germany’s most beautiful river valleys. View vineyards covering the rolling hillsides, castles, and ruins dotting the hilltops above villages and towns along the river banks.
Day 8 : 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, whose twin spires dominate the skyline. After the bombing of Cologne during World War II, the city was rebuilt and has become a major area boasting numerous museums and art galleries.
Day 9 : IJsselmeer Cruise
Today we cruise Holland’s largest lake, IJsselmeer Lake. The lake is fed by several rivers including the Rhine.
Next we enjoy an interesting guided tour of Amsterdam. Afterwards, take an excursion to the Hoorn area which includes time in charming Volendam, an area known for its vintage fishing boats.
Day 10 : Amsterdam
This morning we disembark our ship.
Go on 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.
Our accommodations for the evening are at a charming hotel just outside of Amsterdam.
Day 11 : Zaanse Schans & Haarlem
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.
This evening, enjoy an included Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 12 : Return Home
We fly home with lifelong memories of our incredible European getaway.
June 7th, 2020 - June 18th, 2020
Price Per Person
Double Haydn Staterm
Double Strauss Staterm Aft
Double Strauss Staterm Fwd
Double Mozart Staterm
Double Mozart Suite
Single Haydn Staterm
Single Strauss Staterm Aft
Single Strauss Staterm Fwd
Single Mozart Staterm
Single Mozart Suite
Final Payment Date: 03/4/2020
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News Director, Lou Baxter, joined WJET-TV in 1980 and is an original member of the Action News 24 team.
Lou began his broadcasting career at WWYN Radio in 1973, while in high school. During his college years he also worked for WQLN-FM, before joining WRIE Radio upon graduation from Edinboro University. For more than 30 years in broadcasting, Lou has enjoyed reporting from the White House and Capitol Hill, interviewing presidents and celebrities. He also reported from Hawaii on the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
A native of Erie, Lou and his wife Connie currently live in Fairview and are parents to five children.
Lou has previously hosted several Holiday Vacations tours. Join Lou and JET 24/FOX 66 viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
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