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Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland on Scenic Opal 2023

From Amsterdam, Netherlands to Zurich, Switzerland
Length: 19 Days - Departs: Wed, Jul 12, 2023
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Departure
Jul 12, 2023
Arrival
Jul 30, 2023

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Amsterdam
    Wed, Jul 12, 2023

    Raise your glass to the marvellous cruise ahead of you at this evening’s welcome reception.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Amsterdam prior to 05:00 PM.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Veere
    Thu, Jul 13, 2023

    Freechoice: Choose a guided tour through Veere, or cycle through the town with a local guide. Alternatively, marvel at the modern wonder that is Holland’s Delta Works.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Antwerp
    Fri, Jul 14, 2023

    Freechoice: Take a guided walking tour of Antwerp, the Diamond capital of the world, or be seduced by beautiful World Heritage-listed Bruges. Alternatively learn about the World War I battle of Passchendaele.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Maastricht
    Sat, Jul 15, 2023

    Freechoice: Enjoy a guided tour of Maastricht, or visit Aachen and learn the tale of the city that borders three countries. Alternatively, visit the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Nijmegen
    Sun, Jul 16, 2023

    Freechoice: Explore the Arnhem Airborne Museum, or visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum. Alternatively, discover Nijmegen by bike, or tour Palais Het Loo.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Düsseldorf:
    Mon, Jul 17, 2023

    Freechoice: Discover the charming town of Düsseldorf on a guided walking tour, or join a guided cycling tour along the river, passing by Düsseldorf’s bustling modern harbour precinct. Alternatively, learn about the city’s long beer producing traditions as you visit some local Microbreweries, you will also get to taste the local Altbier, a dark beer traditional to this region, or visit the Zollverein industrial site, once the largest and most productive coal mine in Europe. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Moselle Valley Cruising
    Tue, Jul 18, 2023

    Today sail along the curvaceous path of the Moselle River past quaint half timbered villages, vine covered slopes and hilltop castles that are perched proudly on their lookout over the river. Appreciate the allure of the Moselle Valley from the opulence of your Scenic Space-Ship as you delight in a full day cruise.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Cochem
    Wed, Jul 19, 2023

    A medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River, Cochem will make you feel as if you are stepping directly off the ship and into a fairytale.

    Freechoice: Explore Cochem during a guided tour and visit the iconic Reichsburg Castle, or if you are feeling more active, join a guided bicycle tour and explore this beautiful region on two wheels.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Bernkastel
    Thu, Jul 20, 2023

    Freechoice: Journey to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for a guided tour. Alternatively, take a guided walk-through Trier, a city with an important Roman past, or take in beautiful Bernkastel, with its perfectly preserved half-timbered houses located on the picturesque Moselle River.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Koblenz
    Fri, Jul 21, 2023

    Freechoice: On arrival to Koblenz take advantage of a guided tour of this historic city or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines. Alternatively, take a cycling tour around this fascinating city, that lies at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, or visit Marksburg Castle for a tour. Perched high above the river, this is the only castle on the Middle Rhine that has avoided destruction. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Rüdesheim
    Sat, Jul 22, 2023

    Freechoice: Board the Winzerexpress mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Afterwards, enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Alternatively, join an excursion to Mainz and see the impressive sandstone cathedral, the tremendous Old Town and visit the Gutenberg Museum.  


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Mannheim
    Sun, Jul 23, 2023

    Freechoice: Experience the thrill of the Hockenheim Formula 1 race track with a museum visit and an insiders tour of the circuit. Alternatively, join a historic tour of Heidelberg and visit its Renaissance castle. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, or join an orientation tour of Heidelberg, followed by some leisure time.

    Enrich
    Enjoy a private concert at the Baroque Palace of Rastatt, one of the most magnificent historic venues in the region. It’ll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other, and a rare chance to collect memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Kehl > Strasbourg
    Mon, Jul 24, 2023

    Freechoice: Visit Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace region in north-eastern France, where you’ll discover the unique historic quarter  and its impressive cathedral, or choose to see the picturesque city from a different perspective on a canal cruise. Admire the stunning district known as Le Petite France and take in the sites such as the European Parliament and the imperial quarter. Alternatively, journey to Mittelbergheim in the Alsace and sample some the best wines the region has to offer.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Breisach
    Tue, Jul 25, 2023

    Freechoice: Journey into the picturesque Black Forest region for a guided tour and tasting of the iconic Black Forest cake. Alternatively, enjoy a wine tasting in the Kaiserstuhl region, or take a guided bike ride from Breisach to Freiburg, stopping along the way for a tasting of delicious Black Forest cake. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Basel > Montreux
    Wed, Jul 26, 2023

    Disembark and transfer to Vevey. Learn about one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin’s World Museum. Then check into your hotel in Montreux for a two night stay.


    Meals: Breakfast
  16. Day 16
    Montreux
    Thu, Jul 27, 2023

    Enrich
    Delight in a panoramic train journey to Château-d’Œx. Upon arrival witness traditional cheese-making at the Restaurant Le Chalet. The restaurant makes its own cheese, and in your private demonstration, the cheesemaker will transform milk into a hard cheese right in front of your eyes. At the end of the demonstration, you’ll have an opportunity to taste the freshly made cheese. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  17. Day 17
    Montreux > Bern
    Fri, Jul 28, 2023

    Ascend the Swiss Alps to the breathtaking village of Gstaad. Then continue to the Swiss capital, Bern where you will enjoy an overnight stay.


    Meals: Breakfast
  18. Day 18
    Bern > Zurich
    Sat, Jul 29, 2023

    Journey to Lucerne, overlooked by the magnificent Swiss Alps and discover this charming town during an orientation tour with your Tour Director before continuing to Zurich. Repeatedly named the city with the best quality of life, Switzerland’s largest city is home to a host of treasures, and you will enjoy them firsthand on a walking tour. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Zurich
    Sun, Jul 30, 2023

    After a delicious breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Zurich airport.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Moselle, Rhine

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Inclusions

Health and Safety Protocols for Scenic

Pre-departure
Guests are required to comply with any government requirements to enter countries on their itinerary at the time of travel. It will remain the responsibility of the guests to ensure they meet all necessary requirements including any necessary proof of vaccination, and/or negative COVID-19 test results, or any COVID-19 Travel Insurance policies should this apply at the time. For further information please visit the GOV.UK website and refer to the Government Health Advice.

We recommend that our guests travel with a supply of their own face masks and hand sanitizer, to be available in their hand luggage for connecting travel arrangements, which may include flights, hotels, and transfer arrangements.

Onboard

Every Crew Member will be fully vaccinated prior to joining all our river Space-Ships and they must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test, following 7 days of self-isolation in their home country prior to travel to the vessel.

On arrival, all Crew Members are further isolated for a period of 5 days, following a Rapid Antigen Test. All Crew Members will receive extensive instruction and training in COVID-Security, prior to travel and also prior to starting work on board. Crew Members are empowered to ensure all team members work safely within the strict protocols and a COVID secure way. 

All crew members will follow local government and health advisories, and masks will only be required to be worn if it is mandated or deemed necessary by local authorities or for the health and wellbeing of our guests on board.

We have enhanced our already intensive, frequent, and high standard of cleaning protocols in public areas and suites to ensure all surfaces and spaces are kept clean. Additional care and attention will be paid to high contact zones, such as communal restrooms and dining facilities. Any touchscreens such as iPads will be thoroughly disinfected after each use and hand sanitisation stations will be placed throughout the ship.

We will follow local government and health advisories which Scenic must adhere to.  Your dedicated on board staff will keep you updated on requirements.

Our ships are fitted with an on board medical facility.  The facility is staffed by one doctor and one nurse.  Our medical staff have undergone specific training and awareness in infection control, monitoring and treatment.  The medical facility is fitted with equipment to perform PCR testing.

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Ship Information

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
4
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
3
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 2 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

Scenic Tours delivers a flawless river cruise experience. They truly take care of everything - all at one price. The ships are beautiful and the staff is cheerful and accommodating. The cabins are incredible feats of design that make use of every inch of space. We were gone for two weeks and never felt cramped. The food is diverse and wonderful and the excursions are very interesting and well-planned.

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