The Rhine and Moselle - Southbound Aboard ms Inspire

Explore two of Europe's most scenic rivers on a 14-night cruise between Amsterdam and Basel 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 - A gala evening at a Baroque palace on the Rhine
  • All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $3,462
  • 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 Amsterdam

    Tour begins: 4:00 PM, Amsterdam. A transfer is included from Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport or Centraal Station directly to your riverboat. Your cruise on the Moselle and Rhine rivers begins when all guests check in at 4:00 PM. After a Discovery briefing, cocktail hour and a welcome dinner aboard ship, enjoy a musical performance in the lounge. Welkom aan boord!



    Lodging: ms Grace

    Meals: D

    Day 2 - A canal cruise in Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum

    Enjoy a choice of excursions in Amsterdam today - your first choice is a visit to the famed Rijksmuseum, home to one of the world's most important collections of artwork by the Dutch Masters. Another option is a guided tour through the Dutch countryside with a visit to a tulip and vegetable nursery. You may return to the ship for lunch or remain in town. Mid-afternoon 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. Tonight, join us tonight for a Welcome Briefing followed by dinner in the Compass Rose followed by a special performance in the Panorama Lounge.



    Lodging: ms Grace

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 3 - In and around Nijmegen

    Arrive in Nijmegen, where your day begins with a choice of excursion - a visit to Paleis Het Loo and gardens, the largest authentic 17th-century palace of the House of Orange-Nassau and a masterpiece of Dutch Baroque architecture or alternatively, a visit to the art-filled Kroller-Muller Museum in De Hoge Veluwe National Park. This afternoon's choices include an introductory walk through Nijmegen or a visit to the Airborne Museum at the beautifully restored Villa Hartenstein, rich with World War II history. Everyone rejoins the riverboat late afternoon; tonight, chart a course for Dusseldorf.



    Lodging: ms Grace

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 4 - Day of sailing and a castle dinner

    A day of cruising awaits you today ahead of a very special evening. This evening, you're off to Engelskirchen for a visit to its neighboring castle, Schloss Ehreshoven. Built in the 14th century and later expanded in the style of a grand Baroque manor house, the estate is surrounded by a moat, landscaped gardens, and a castle park. Schloss Ehreshoven is frequently used as a film location but this evening it's the elegant setting for a Tauck Exclusive cocktail reception and dinner with entertainment. Return to the ship late tonight to continue your cruise.



    Lodging: ms Grace

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 5 - Historic Koln & a relaxing afternoon cruising

    Spend the morning exploring the historic German city of Koln (Cologne), where you'll enjoy a choice of city tours with a local guide through the Old Town, with one option offering you the chance to explore a preserved World War II bunker! Return to your ship for lunch and a relaxing afternoon cruising along the Rhine.



    Lodging: ms Grace

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 6 - Moselle Valley, Cochem & Reichsburg Castle

    Enjoy a morning of cruising, complete with onboard commentary about the Moselle River, as you make your way to Cochem, a jewel of a town complete with a Baroque town hall and ancient town gates - breathing in its historic charm and ambiance. Stepping ashore in this Moselle Valley town is like stepping into the pages of a medieval fairy tale. Explore Cochem either on a guided walking tour accompanied with a visit to picture-perfect 1,000-year-old Reichsburg Castle, which looks down on Cochem's quaint market square or on a bicycle ride to the town of Senheim, where you'll learn about the area's centuries-old winemaking traditions with a tasting of the excellent locally produced vintages. Return to your riverboat this evening, your ship sets sail for the town of Traben-Trarbach, arriving overnight.



    Lodging: ms Grace

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 7 - A choice of activities in Luxembourg or Traben-Trarbach

    Dock this morning in Traben-Trarbach and set off for a choice of excursions. On one, you're off on a journey to the tiny Grand Duchy of Luxembourg starting with a visit to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial; where over 5,000 American casualties of World War II's Battle of the Bulge lie buried here, as does General George S. Patton, followed by a walking tour of Luxembourg's well-preserved old town including the Cathedral, Parliament, the Palace of the Grand Duke, and centuries-old battlements that are today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, following your visit to the cemetery and memorial, embark on an expedition into the underground tunnels known as kasematten, built in the 17th-century as a means to defend against artillery fire and heavily utilized during World War II. Your other option brings you to the charming spa town of Traben-Trarbach, where you have the choice of an orientation tour - or a guided bicycle ride along the Moselle River. Dinner tonight is back aboard your ship.



    Lodging: ms Grace

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 8 - A walking tour of Trier

    Your ship docks in Trier today. Disembark this morning for 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 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 Grace

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 9 - A day cruising along the Moselle

    A wonderful day of cruising along the Moselle awaits today. Following dinner this evening, your ship arrives in the town of Koblenz, where you may join your Tauck Director for a choice of activities in town.



    Lodging: ms Grace

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 10 - Boppard & the Lorelei

    Tauck's Rhine-Moselle river cruise departs the Moselle today and returns to the Rhine, arriving in Boppard for your choice of a two-hour bicycling excursion along the Rhine or, stay on the riverboat as it glides through the Middle Rhine Valley, listening to the legend of the Lorelei and discover for yourself why this beautiful part of the river - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - has inspired composers, writers and artists for centuries. Have lunch onboard, 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. Enjoy dinner aboard ship tonight.



    Lodging: ms Grace

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 11 - Historic Heidelberg Castle or a winery visit & tasting

    Enjoy a day in the historic college town of Heidelberg, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe as well as the setting for the famous operetta, The Student Prince, or visit a centuries-old family winery for a tour and tasting. In Heidelberg, take a walking tour for a close-up look at the Old Town, and ride a funicular up to the imposing Heidelberger Schloss, perched 300 feet above the city; view its examples of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Perhaps you'll be as captivated by this lovely old city as America's first travel writer, Mark Twain, was when he spent three months here with his family. Enjoy lunch at a local brewery in the heart of the old town with free time to explore. Alternatively, visit ta local family-owned winery for a tour and tasting before enjoying lunch and free time in Heidelberg.



    Lodging: ms Grace

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 12 - The Black Forest spa town of Baden-Baden or 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 Mercedes-Benz Museum - a dazzling ultramodern showcase featuring more than 160 vehicles on display, ranging from some of the oldest automobiles ever built to legendary racing cars to futuristic research vehicles in exhibits that chronicle the history of the legendary car company. Following your time at the museum, you may join us for an optional walking tour of Stuttgart. 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 Grace

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 13 - A taste of France, past and present, in old Strasbourg

    Your Rhine cruise continues today to stunning Strasbourg, France - the seat of the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the capital of the historic Alsace region. You'll see the Parliament buildings and step back in time to discover La Petite France, noted for its medieval half-timbered houses set beside lovely canals, on your choice of a walking tour or a 12 -14 kilometer bikr ride. While visiting the famous Gothic Cathedrale de Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, you'll be inspired by the graceful, expressive statuary of the Pilier des Anges (Pillar of Angels), and the magnificent stained glass windows. Spend free time this afternoon exploring the crossroads of Europe or on a visit to a World War II bunker before returning to the riverboat.



    Lodging: ms Grace

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 14 - Basel or Zurich & a fond farewell

    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 sightseeing tour of the city center complemented with tastings of local delights throughout! Your second choice is a trip to the town of Zurich for a guided tour and lunch. Return to the ship in Basel; this evening, bid the captain and crew a fond adieu at the ship's farewell reception followed by dinner aboard the riverboat as your Rhine cruise concludes.



    Lodging: ms Grace

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 15 - Journey Home

    Tour ends: Basel. Fly home anytime. Upon disembarking the riverboat (no later than 9:00 AM), transfers are included to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg or Basel's SBB train station; guests can also transfer to Zurich Airport or Zurich Hauptbahnhof (train station). Please allow 3 hours for flight check-in.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B

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    Cruise Line
    Tauck River Cruising
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2024
    Duration
    15 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms Inspire

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Amsterdam  
    Day 2Amsterdam  
    Day 3Arnhem  
    Day 4Cologne  
    Day 5Cologne  
    Day 6Cochem  
    Day 7Luxembourg City  
    Day 8Trier  
    Day 9Bernkastel  
    Day 10Boppard  
    Day 11Heidelberg  
    Day 12Plittersdorf  
    Day 13Strasbourg  
    Day 14Basel  
    Day 15Basel  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    06/11/2025Quote
    07/23/2025Quote
    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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