Canals, Vineyards, & Castles: Eight Day River Cruise

Remich to Amsterdam October 27-November 4, 2020

Join Missouri Life editors and publishers Danita and Greg Wood on this fantastic trip of a lifetime! Have you ever wanted to cruise the Rhine River? Or visit the castles that tower above it? Or walk the cobblestones in a 2,000-year-old city? Or taste German wines and brews in the areas that produce them? Then come along. You’ll be joining other Missourians as we travel through the heart of Europe on an eight-day cruise. This is Missouri Life’s fourth venture to Europe and we guarantee as memorable of a time as all the others were. We have a professional tour guide with us the entire time, along with other local tour guides, and we have created some exclusive shore excursions just for our group.

Please preregister for a chat on March 16 at 7 PM to learn more. 

Cologne • Photo by Eric Weber

Here are just some of the highlights:

• Board the Avalon Suite Ship in Remich on the beautiful Moselle River.
• Take an excursion to Luxembourg City.
• Enjoy a guided walk in the charming wine village of Bernkastel and taste the wine produced there, too!
• Visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below. Sample the area’s wines!
• Cruise through the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water.
• Walk on the cobblestones of 2,000-year-old Cologne, known for its Gothic architecture and the twin-spired cathedral.
• Take a canal cruise on the elegant Grachten in Amsterdam, a 700-year-old city.

All this for only: $3399 (airfare is running $800) includes paid gratuities and all meals.

Amsterdam • Photo by Moritz Kindler

Please preregister for a chat on March 16 at 7 PM. 

You will learn more about the highlights of this amazing itinerary sailing through Luxembourg, Germany, and Holland along the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Those attending the webinar will receive a discounted ticket price. Travel Agent Pat Lane: 314-223-1224 or travelerslane@hotmail.com

Top photo by Phillip Glickman

Canals, Vineyards & Castles – Northbound

8 Day River Cruise Remich to Amsterdam

Vacation Overview

Board your Avalon Suite Ship in Remich on the beautiful Moselle River. An excursion to historical Luxembourg City offers unique and dramatic views, as the town is set on two levels—high above on straddling hills and dropping into two river valleys. Enjoy a guided walk in the charming wine village of Bernkastel and taste some of the region’s best wines.

Continue on the Moselle River to the picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below. Sail into the Rhine River to the quintessential Rhine valley town of Rüdesheim. Here visit the amazing Mechanical Musical Instruments Museum, and enjoy a stroll through the town’s famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns.

You’ll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Your last stop in Germany is Cologne, a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. On a guided walk, see the famous twin-spired cathedral and explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City.

Before this fabulous European river cruise concludes, you’ll visit Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. Experience spectacular scenery and discover legendary cultures along your Moselle and Rhine river cruise vacation. Special activities will be included for our group only in addition to those mentioned below.

Itinerary

Day 1 REMICH, LUXEMBOURG (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Luxembourg! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

  • Flights into Luxembourg City must arrive by 3 pm.
  • Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
  • The day is yours to explore Remich—the Pearl of the Moselle—with panoramic views of surrounding forests and vineyards. Enjoy dinner on board this evening.
  • OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH
  • Dinner

Day 2 REMICH. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG
Ancient Worlds, Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine

This morning, you might take a history-focused Guided Optional Excursion to Roman Trier to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in the oldest city in Germany. After your tour, enjoy some free time in Trier.

  • CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.
  • Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
  • EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3 BERNKASTEL, GERMANY
Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley

  • CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses, OR:
  • ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike to nearby castle ruins.
  • Spend some free time at your leisure this afternoon—hike to view the vast vineyard landscapes, bike through the Renaissance-style village, or relax with a glass of German wine.
  • DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.
  • Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
  • OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4 COCHEM
Reichsburg Castle, Riesling Wine, and the Charm of the Moselle Valley

  • CLASSIC Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit Cochem’s hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend.
  • Relax on the Sky Deck of your ship while sailing through the Moselle Valley, famous for the beautiful growing villages and their vineyards.
  • AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5 RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

  • DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.
  • DISCOVERY Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
  • Later, relax on the Sky Deck while sailing through the magnificent Rhine Gorge.
  • OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 6 COLOGNE
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

Start your day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

  • CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:
  • DISCOVERY Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.
  • Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!
  • AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 7 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

  • CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of the city’s “Golden Age.”
  • Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties. Or you may enjoy an Optional Bike Tour to discover the Dutch countryside.
  • Alternatively take a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle—the most beautiful and best-kept medieval castle in Holland.
  • You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon by visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries. Tonight, enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Amsterdam on your own.
  • OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Vacation Highlights

Day 1 Remich (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Remich: Excursion to Luxembourg City: guided tour in Luxembourg City

Day 3 Bernkastel: choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins with your Avalon Adventure Host; wine tasting

Day 4 Cochem: guided walk, visit Reichsburg Castle

Day 5 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge

Day 6 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 7 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:

in single room from $221 to $401, in twin room from $140 to $237

Extra nights per person in Zürich:

in single room $225 in twin room $152

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

Travel Terms & Conditions

The purchase of any travel services offered by the tour company, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you (the Traveler) and the tour company, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travelers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travelers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility. View full Terms & Conditions

Important Notes

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for the tour company to reservespace for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per
    person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.00 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas (except on Cuba programs) and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship’s crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted tour company menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.

Booking your Vacation with Air

For air departure dates within 331 days, you’ll be offered a choice of carriers and flight schedules as well as price points to choose from when selecting your flights. Your schedule will be provided to you at the time of booking (schedules are subject to change by carriers). The tour company offers 2 air options: Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Flex Air allows flexibility if you want to make changes to your vacation schedule. Instant Purchase Air may offer additional airline options but has more restrictions. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option.

Guaranteed air-inclusive prices: air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional $300 per person non-refundable air deposit is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by the tour company in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus non-refundable per person service fee ($30 for North/Central America, $50 for Europe/Middle East and $80 for all other destinations. Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and the tour company has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.

Air-Inclusive Vacations — Applicable Taxes & Fees

Air-inclusive vacations include government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking and will be shown as a Total Amount. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. At the time of booking your air-inclusive vacation online, carrier Websites will be provided to check baggage fees, or you can visit www.iflybags.com for up-to-date baggage pricing/restrictions. For return travel from some countries, international travelers are required to pay entry and/or exit fees at the airport. These fees will be collected by the local government and are payable by the traveler at time of travel. Your confirmation booking information will contain information about these fees.