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Itinerary

Day 1 | April 7 | Flight to Switzerland

Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.

Day 2 | April 8 | Zurich, Switzerland to Lucerne, Switzerland

Upon arrival in Zurich, transfer to your hotel in Lucerne to begin your Swiss adventure. Once a simple fishermen’s village, it is a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and meadows, whose name means “Alpine Splendor.” The afternoon is at leisure for you to begin discovering your beautiful new surroundings. This evening, join your Mayflower Cruise Directors and traveling companions for an
included dinner at the hotel. Evening Accommodations at Hotel Europe * Dinner Included

Day 3 | April 9 | Lucerne, Switzerland

After breakfast, an included walking tour highlights the city’s landmark, the famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge with its paintings of heroic town events, that crosses the Ruess River. See the 17th-century Renaissance Town Hall and town squares, all set among the beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The remainder of the day is at your leisure with optional excursions to choose from. Evening Accommodations at Hotel Lucerne * Dinner Included

Day 4 | April 10 | Lucerne, Switzerland to Basel, Switzerland

Before departing for your ship in Basel, the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure or join the morning optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This afternoon, travel by motor coach to Basel, Switzerland for embarkation of the MV Emerald Sun, your home for the next seven nights. Evening Accommodations on MS Emerald Sun * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 5 | April 11 | Basel, Switzerland to Strasbourg, France

Between France and Germany lies lovely Strasbourg, one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Enjoy an included city tour of Strasbourg which was culturally influenced by both countries and is the official seat of the European Parliament. The walking tour of the city center features a stroll through the charming and fascinating Old Quarter, “La Petite France” with its typical Alsatian half-timbered houses. While in the Main Square, dominated by the magnificent gothic cathedral, be sure to notice its carvings as delicate as any piece of hand-made lace. Evening Accommodations on MS Emerald Sun * Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6 | April 12 | Strasbourg, France to Rudesheim, Germany

After breakfast, the optional excursion to Heidelberg departs from Speyer. Known as Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg is also famous for its red-walled 16th-century castle. With its picture-postcard houses and maze of roofs, Heidelberg represents the essence of German Romanticism. Later this morning, your river ship continues to Mannheim for a brief stop to re-embark the participants on the optional excursion. This evening the ship docks in Rüdesheim, one of the Rhine’s most delightful towns. After dinner, enjoy your evening in port and stop in a beer hall or wine tavern along the lively Drosselgasse. Filled with music and song, it’s the perfect opportunity to sample the best of genuine Rhine hospitality! Evening Accommodations on MS Emerald Sun * Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7 | April 13 | Rudesheim, Germany to Koblenz, Germany

Rudesheim is home to three medieval castles and the town provides a fascinating look through German history. This morning you will walk into town where you’ll have free time to stroll through the alleyways filled with shops or visit the Market Square. In the afternoon you won’t want to miss the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the “Splendor of the Rhine”, featuring St. Goar and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Later in the afternoon, the ship arrives in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. On the included walking tour, stroll through the narrow lanes and romantic squares of the city center past some of the cultural monuments, medieval churches and beautifully restored houses. A special treat tonight includes an onboard performance by local German entertainers. ˆ * Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 8 | April 14 | Koblenz, Germany to Cochem, Germany

This morning you arrive in Cochem where countless vineyards with varying shades of green unfold before your eyes. Rated as one of the prettiest villages along the Mosel, it is best known for its fortified gates, pastel-colored or half-timbered buildings, Baroque towers and vintages of Mosel Riesling wine. Enjoy an included guided tour of the 19th-century Reichsburg Castle with its many spires and mighty brick walls that provide contrast to the surrounding lush vegetation. With a late afternoon departure, your ship continues sailing along the Mosel and Rhine Rivers. Evening Accommodations on MS Emerald Sun * Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 9 | April 15 | Cochem, Germany to Cologne, Germany

When you visit 2,000-year-old Cologne, the largest city in Germany during the Middle-Ages, you’re sure to be enchanted by the blend of Romanesque churches, simple post-war buildings, and classic modern architecture. Enjoy an included walking tour to the town center and Domplatz – home of the magnificent cathedral, the largest in Germany, which serves as the symbol of the city. With a mid-afternoon departure, enjoy your last afternoon cruising as you sail to your final port of call. Evening Accommodations on MS Emerald Sun *
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 10 | April 16 | Cologne, Germany to Amsterdam, Holland

Known as the “Venice of the North” with its winding tree-shaded canals, Amsterdam boasts ornately gabled 16th-century townhouses, hundreds of bridges, tulips and spring flowers everywhere – truly a garden of earthly delights. Like the diamonds that make it famous, Amsterdam shines with works of the world’s greatest artists. On a narrated canal cruise view the city from a different perspective as you pass historic buildings, lovely town homes and churches from water level. On an included excursion to Keukenhof, you’ll discover why it’s called the “Garden of Europe”. Known worldwide for its open-air flower exhibition held only two months a year, it’s an amazing life enriching experience to admire gorgeous flowers at the height of tulip season! Evening Accommodations on MS Emerald Sun * Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 11 | April 17 | Amsterdam, Holland

Bid farewell to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. Breakfast Included

Price Reflects 2 for 1 Airfare

Mode of Travel  

Pricing Per Person Check or Credit Card

Riviera Deck – Per Person

  • $5,299 – Double
  • $7,398 – Single

Vista Deck – Per Person

  • $5,799 – Double
  • $8,188 – Single

Horizon Deck – Per Person

  • $6,299 – Double
  • $8,948 – Single

Tour Price Includes:
Round trip Transfers by Southwest Tour and Travel from Guaranteed Departure Points, Round trip Airfare, Round trip Airport Transfers, Land and Cruise Package and Travel Protection

Items Not Included in Tour Price:
Airport Baggage Fees and Gratuities

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Departure Date

04/07/2019

Return Date

04/17/2019

A Passport will be required for this tour.

Tour Highlights

  • Mosel & Rhine River Cruise
  • Lucerne, Switzerland Tour
  • Strasbourg, France Tour
  • Reichsburg Castle Tour
  • Amsterdam Canal Cruise
  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Cologne, Germany Tour
  • Culinary Demonstration on Ship
  • Optional Excursions/Tours Available
  • Meals as Noted Including All Meals on Ship
Hosted by Southwest Tour and Travel Tour Director Activity Level: Moderate. Guests should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing, or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening.