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Romance on the Rhine & Moselle

From $2299 (was $4598)

13 Days

Includes all meals on cruise

Passport Required

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Romance on the Rhine & Moselle 2018

Tour Starts: Berlin, Germany

Tour Ends: Düsseldorf, Germany

Day 1 & 2

Fly to Berlin, Germany

After an overnight flight, arrive in Berlin, Germany’s once divided capital. In the evening, meet your fellow travelers for an included welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Abba Berlin Hotel or similar

 

Day 3

Berlin & Potsdam

Today, your Tour Director will lead you on a comprehensive half-day city tour of the capital of Germany. Dive into the varied history of Berlin: see the Brandenburg Gate; the German Reichstag with its beautiful glass structure (now the capitol building where the German parliament meets); Checkpoint Charlie, once the main border crossing for east/west exchanges, and much more. Then continue to nearby Potsdam and the famed Tudor style Castle Cecilienhof. Because the Potsdam Conference negotiations after WWII were held here, Cecilienhof plays a big role in German/ American history. (B)

Day 4

Via Dresden to Erfurt & Weimar

This morning we leave for Dresden, the capital of Saxony. Upon arrival you will see all major sites of this beautiful city in an orientation city tour with a local guide. We continue by motor coach on the German Autobahn to your second stop today, Weimar, the classical city of poets and thinkers. Enjoy a walking tour of this Thuringian jewel! Your day ends in Erfurt,Thuringia’s capital. Dinner is on your own - how about a famous “Thuringian Bratwurst” from one of the many kiosks along the street? (B)

Day 5

Erfurt to Cologne and Embarkation

We will continue to Cologne where the crew of the A-ROSA Flora will greet you aboard with roses in hand, in keeping with A-ROSA tradition, before you sail south. (B, D)

Day 6

Koblenz (6:00 AM–1:00 PM) and Loreley Passage to Mainz (Arrive 10:00 PM)

This morning, arrive at Koblenz, where the Rhine and Moselle converge. In the afternoon, the first highlight awaits: With over 60 medieval castles overlooking its winding banks, the River Rhine valley is one of Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quaint little villages are nestled alongside the majestic river, while never-ending vineyards flank the hillsides. The Flora docks tonight in Mainz, where the illuminated Cathedral will welcome you. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Mainz (Depart 1:00 PM) and Rüdesheim (Arrive 3:00 PM)

Mainz is famous for its university, its Roman heritage, and its three most defining features: the Romanesque cathedral, the Gutenberg printing press, and the Rhineland carnival. Then it is off to Rüdesheim for the night. Surrounded by gently sloping vineyards, it is famous for its local wine, brandy, and specialty coffee. Tonight the Drosselgasse with its taverns and restaurants should be lively, a good opportunity to enjoy the local goods. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Rüdesheim (Depart 8:00 AM) and Moselle Valley to Bernkastel (Arrive 11:30 PM)

It is time for the Flora to make the turn into the Moselle by Koblenz for one of the most stunning scenic routes in all of Europe, the Moselle Valley. The Moselle flows on a slow, winding course, with entrancing scenery around every hairpin bend: brightly colored, half-timbered medieval villages, crumbling hilltop castles, elegant art nouveau villas, and ancient wine warehouses. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Bernkastel (Depart at midnight)

Explore Bernkastel on your own or with a guided tour. A local small train offers inexpensive tours through town, giving you a great overview of the attractions, such as the historical market square with its centuries-old half-timbered houses in the old town. (B, L, D)

Day 10

Trier, Mehring (6:00 AM–6:30 PM)

Trier is the oldest city in Germany and a treasure trove of Roman ruins. Known as the “Rome of the North,” you can explore the amphitheater, the ruins of Barbara thermal baths, and UNESCO World Heritage Site the Porta Nigra, just to name a few. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Cochem (7:00 AM–5:00 PM)

Perhaps the most iconic picture of the Moselle Valley stems from Cochem, the Reichsburg Castle. Situated on a precipitous rock high above the town, the castle dominates the landscape. The town of Cochem itself is a sight worth seeing. Enjoy its narrow streets and twisty alleys, the lovingly restored half timbered houses with the typical slate roofs, and the historical marketplace. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Cologne (Arrive 6:00 AM) and Disembark to Düsseldorf

Overnight and with plenty of evening scenery to marvel at, the Flora has brought you back to Cologne, where the river portion of your European vacation will come to an end and where you will be greeted by your Tour Director once again. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Cologne. Then we will continue to Düsseldorf. Small cobblestone streets lined with breweries invite you to enjoy a cool, dark beer in outdoor beer gardens with a simple hardy meal. The famed local beer is called the “Alt” and is enjoyed from small 7 oz tubular glasses. Join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. (B, D)

✦ Leonardo Royal Hotel or similar

Day 13

Depart for Home

It’s time to travel back home with plenty of memories from your European river cruise and tour. If you have booked your air through YMT, you will be transferred to Berlin Airport to catch your return flight to the US.

Note: Some of the sightseeing and visits included in this tour require up to 2 hours of walking and some periods of standing. Steps, stairs, and uneven ground will also be encountered on occasion. This does not pose a challenge to most guests, but should be considered when booking.

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.