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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.

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Basel and board your riverboat
    Tour begins: 4:00 PM, Basel, Switzerland. Transfers are included from EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg or Basel's SBB train station to the riverboat where embarkation begins at 4:00 PM; guests can also transfer from Zürich Airport or Zurich Hauptbahnhof (train station) to the riverboat in Basel. Join us this evening for a welcome reception followed by dinner onboard the riverboat.
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Old Town Basel or Rhine Falls excursion

    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 brief sightseeing tour that is followed by a walking tour in the Old Town – see the bright-red Rathaus, Basel's Town Hall. After lunch, explore more of one of Europe's most attractive and best-preserved Old Towns on your own, perhaps taking in one of the city's 40 museums. Your second choice is a trip to the town of Schaffhausen for an excursion to the Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe, which you'll experience on a boat ride. Return to Basel late afternoon for some free time; this evening enjoy a Welcome Briefing followed by dinner in Compass Rose your riverboat heads for Strasbourg, France.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    A taste of France in Strasbourg

    Today you'll have a choice as to how you'll explore Strasbourg, France, the formal seat of the European Parliament and a cultural treasure. Step back in time and explore La Petite France, noted for its medieval half-timbered houses set beside lovely canals, on a walking tour with a local guide. Visit the Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, where the graceful, expressive statuary of the Pilier des Anges (Pillar of Angels), and the magnificent stained glass windows are inspiring. Or, you can choose to go on a shopping excursion with a local guide who will introduce you to unique places, off the beaten path, where locals shop and chat. Return to the riverboat for lunch or stay in Strasbourg; spend the afternoon exploring the city as you please before returning to the riverboat for a late evening departure for Baden-Baden.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    The Black Forest, Baden-Baden & 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 Porsche Museum – a dazzling ultramodern showcase featuring more than 80 vehicles on display, ranging from some of designer Ferdinand Porsche's earliest models to concept cars, prototypes and Porsches of the present, in exhibits that chronicle the history of the legendary car company. 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.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Historic Heidelberg or a visit to a local winery & exclusive evening

    Arrive in the historic college town of Heidelberg, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe as well as being the setting for the famous operetta, The Student Prince. You have a choice of sightseeing today. In Heidelberg, take a walking tour for a close-up look at the Old Town, and visit the imposing Heidelberger Schloss, perched 300 feet above the city; view its examples of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture; have lunch at a local restaurant. Alternatively, travel to one of the local wineries for a visit and tasting of the excellent red and white wines found throughout this region. On your tour, you'll see the vines, most of which are planted to produce Riesling, on very steep terraced slopes. Watch the winery's traditional methods used to create hand-made, organic wines that are aged in old oak barrels without commercial yeast strains or other modern gimmicks. And you'll enjoy local snacks and a tasting of the winery's "pure, disarmingly acidic and exceptionally stylish" white wines. Return to the ship midday, and enjoy an afternoon cruising. Disembark for a Tauck Exclusive evening featuring dinner and entertainment at Schloss Biebrich, an 18th-century Baroque palace on the bank of the Rhine in Wiesbaden.

     
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    The Lorelei & a choice en route to Boppard

    While your riverboat glides through the Middle Rhine Valley en route to Boppard, listen to the legend of the Lorelei and seefor yourself why this beautiful part of the river – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – has inspiredcomposers, writers and artists for centuries. Alternatively, you can take a bicycling excursion from Bacharach to Boppard, peddling along riverside bike paths that traverse countryside, forests and winelands. Have lunch on the Sun Deck (weather permitting), 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.  The ship – and bicycles – arrive in Boppard this afternoon, where you'll have an orientation tour by your Tauck Director. Return to the ship for dinner and continue on to Koblenz, where the riverboat will be docked overnight.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    The Moselle Valley to Cochem & Reichsburg Castle
    Your day begins with an introduction to the Moselle River, where your riverboat diverges from the Rhine, en route to Cochem. Stepping ashore in this Moselle Valley town is like stepping into the pages of a medieval fairy tale; tour picture-perfect 1,000-year-old Reichsburg Castle, which looks down on Cochem's quaint market square. Enjoy a relaxing morning aboard the riverboat before your exploration of this jewel of a town – complete with a Baroque town hall and ancient town gates – breathing in its historic charm and ambiance. Explore Cochem either by bike ride or on a guided walking tour ending at the family-owned Schlagkamp Wine Museum, where you'll learn about the area's centuries-old winemaking traditions with a tasting of the excellent locally produced vintages before returning to the riverboat. 

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Luxembourg & Traben-Trarbach
    Dock this morning for a journey to the tiny Grand Duchyof Luxembourg. A walking tour of its well-preserved old town reveals theCathedral, Parliament, the Palace of the Grand Duke, and centuries-oldbattlements that are today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pay a poignant visit to the Luxembourg American Cemeteryand Memorial; over 5,000 American casualties of World War II's Battle of the Bulgelie buried here, as does General George S. Patton. Later, arrive in the charming spa town of Traben-Trarbach. You have the choice of an orientation tour – or joining us for a guided bicycle ride along the Moselle River – before returning to the ship for the evening.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    A visit to Trier and cruising the Moselle Valley
    On an excursion to Trier, enjoy 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 in Traben-Trarbach 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.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Cruising the Moselle to Alken

    A wonderful morning of cruising along the Moselle awaits today! Following lunch onboard, your ship arrives in the town of Alken, home to the ruins of Thurant Castle, perched high above the hills by Alken; enjoy some free time to explore as you please before rejoining your riverboat.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Historic Köln & cruising the Rhine
    This morning, in the city of Köln (Cologne), enjoy a tour of the city's iconic sites, including a walking tour of Old Town accompanied by a local guide. The afternoon is free to explore pursue your own special interests; return to your riverboat late afternoon to continue cruising along the Rhine, this time bound for The Netherlands; late afternoon, you'll have an opportunity to attend a discovery briefing by your Tauck Director, followed by dinner.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Nijmegen or Arnhem

    Arrive in Nijmegen for your of excursions. Visit the art-filled Kröller-Müller Museum in De Hoge Veluwe National Park, join our local guide for a bicycle ride through the rolling parklands or drive to Arnhem for a visit to the Airborne Museum, rich with World War II history. Rejoin your riverboat in Nijmegen late afternoon


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Explore Amsterdam – a visit to the Rijksmuseum & a canal cruise

    Explore Amsterdam today, beginning with a visit to the famed Rijksmuseum, home to one of the world's most important collections of artwork by the Dutch Masters. Mid-morning, 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. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy Amsterdam as you please.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Visit the Dutch countryside

    Today takes you outside of the city for a guided tour through the polder landscapes of the Dutch countryside, including a visit to a tulip and vegetable nursery. Return to Amsterdam later in the afternoon for some time as you please; this evening, join us for a farewell toast and final night aboard the riverboat.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Journey home
    Tour ends: Amsterdam. A transfer is included from the riverboat to Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport or Centraal Train Station upon disembarking, no later than 9:00 AM; allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey home.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

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.

  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Dinner at the historic Schloss Ehreshoven in Germany
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,405
  • 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

Health and Safety Protocols for Tauck Tours

Traveling with Peace of Mind
Our commitment never wavers – to earn your trust by always doing the right thing. As we explore the world together again, this will be more important than ever as we adapt to living and traveling in the presence of COVID-19.

Tauck is 97-years young this year, and our ability to weather many storms over the decades is a result of our values and beliefs – as a family and as a family-owned and led company. In addition to the guiding light of these values, our extensive experience, local knowledge and global support network help to ensure your safety on every Tauck journey. Building upon our bedrock of award-winning guest care, we have worked tirelessly to prepare for your return following the COVID-19 hiatus in travel. With guidance from leading experts, including the CDC and WHO, together with our internal Global Response Team and, most importantly, with feedback from thousands of our guests, we have redefined how we will conduct our experiences as we resume travel.

Tauck is Prepared for the Unexpected
For decades, Tauck has operated in over 70 countries in all 7 continents. Over this time, our staff and network of supplier partners have always been there to support our guests and team on the road. Our guests travel with a comprehensive, built-in support system that starts with the care and local knowledge of our Tauck Directors and extends to our network of partners around the world, including hoteliers and transportation companies.

At the core of our ability to quickly and effectively respond to the unexpected is our Global Response Team - a group of over 50 employees across all departments who stand ready to spring into action around the world. This team has plenty of experience, from weather events, high and low water on rivers, earthquakes, volcanic ash, civil unrest and work stoppages. They have also dealt with past virus outbreaks including the SARS and Zika viruses.

The Tauck Travel Well Pledge
Before we operate tours and cruises, all Tauck employees, our supplier partners and our guests will take Tauck’s Travel Well Pledge.

As a company, we will follow our enhanced protocols with diligence and rigor; review them frequently as the landscape changes and always make common-sense decisions grounded in purpose and pride. We embrace these new and necessary measures to combat COVID-19 and will do our very best to provide the Tauck care we have been honored to deliver for 97 years.

OUR NEW HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Consistent with our commitment to the well-being of our guests, we are implementing enhanced health and safety protocols. These protocols may vary by geographic regions and will certainly evolve over time, as science and society respond to new realities:

Tauck Staff
Prior to interacting with guests, each member of Tauck’s field staff is trained in enhanced protocols and participates in a personal health screening.

Once on tour, our Tauck Directors and supporting staff are responsible for maintaining these protocols with a special focus on cleanliness and physical distancing. They will relay critical information regarding requirements, advise when protocols are mandatory – such as wearing a face covering in group settings – and help facilitate guest care through communication with appropriate parties should a guest become ill on tour. All Tauck staff will adhere to the same requirements.

Guest Responsibility
When joining a Tauck journey, every guest is responsible for their own health and, in turn, the protection of their fellow travelers, the Tauck staff, our suppliers and the places we visit. Guests will pledge to follow the direction of the Tauck staff and adhere to health and safety protocols.

Guests are expected to wear face coverings in all group settings, to wash their hands frequently and to adhere to supplier and government regulations. While supplies of face coverings, gloves, and hand sanitizer will be available, guests are asked to bring such personal items for their own comfort.

Small is BIG
For many years, Tauck has emphasized and invested in more choices of activities, resulting in smaller groups for activities like sightseeing and events. This is consistent with our mantra that “Small is Big” – small groups and smaller ships with fewer guests.

We initially focused on these elements to improve the guest experience. Yet today they take on an additional dimension; small group experiences and more personal space are critical in providing the peace of mind our guests expect. Accordingly, we are offering even more small group experiences and limiting guest numbers across all of our journeys.

We have been working diligently with our partners to be prepared to welcome you back when the time is right.
Tauck has worked meticulously with our global supplier partners to plan for every itinerary following the hiatus in travel. All partners, whether they be a hotel, museum, small ship/riverboat, restaurant or other partner, have been thoughtful about how to provide a Tauck experience in this environment.

And while it's impossible to list all of the enhanced health and safety protocols for the hundreds of Tauck partners across the globe, we would like to share a representative sample of what you can expect:

Hotels
Our hotel partners all have world-class health and safety protocols. However, these guidelines may vary depending on local situations and regulations. Here are some typical examples:

  • Upon-arrival, health questionnaires and temperature checks may be required. Some hotels may even require daily temperature scans.
  • Social distancing may be required in public areas, bars and restaurants.
  • High-touch areas such as railings, door handles and elevators will undergo enhanced cleaning.
  • In-room measures may include removal of tent cards and magazines. Common use items, such as coffee makers and minibar amenities may be on demand.
  • High-touch areas, such as light switches, thermostats, remote controls and door handles will be subject to enhanced and frequent cleaning.
  • Guests will have the option to determine housekeeping frequency.
  • All hotel staff will undergo daily health screenings.

Ships and Riverboats
We have worked closely with our cruise partners to ensure the best possible health and safety protocols and to ensure the care and service you expect from Tauck:

  • Guests on cruises and river journeys will be required to complete a health questionnaire and will undergo a temperature check prior to boarding. In some instances, our ship partners will conduct daily temperature checks.
  • Face coverings and physical distancing will be required in most public spaces for guests and crew alike.
  • Meals may be offered at staggered times and self-serve buffets will be eliminated.
  • In-cabin measures include removing common use items. Coffee makers, minibar amenities and housekeeping will be on demand at guest discretion.
  • Ship staff will undergo daily health screenings.
  • All vessels will have medical staff onboard.

Sightseeing and Local Activities
Many of our experiences are exclusive and/or private and that’s important in taking care of you. Whether it be a guided tour, a visit to an iconic museum or private home, a musical performance, or any other special Tauck activities, we are applying the same rigor to health and safety protocols:

  • Tauck listening devices will be sanitized thoroughly and frequently.
  • Sightseeing is being adjusted to ensure proper physical distancing.
  • Admission times at venues may be altered to ensure no crowding.
  • Paper tickets, handouts and the like may be eliminated.

Dining
Tauck has always been known for a la carte dining; having more freedom to decide when and with whom to dine now has more value than ever. Additionally, our partners whether they be hotels, ships, special venues or restaurants, are raising their already rigorous hygienic standards. Here are some examples:

  • Waitstaff will likely be wearing face coverings and gloves.
  • Seating will be adjusted to accommodate physical distancing.
  • Self-serve buffets will be eliminated. Common use menus will no longer be used unless sanitized.

On-Tour Transportation
Keeping on-tour transportation safe is a major focus of our team who has worked with hundreds of partners to ensure continuity in health and safety protocols:

  • On motorcoaches and other on-tour ground transportation, such as airport transfers, guest should expect physical distancing and will be required to wear face coverings.
  • Prior to each trip, our motorcoaches, vans, airport transfer vehicles and on-tour aircraft will undergo a deep sanitizing process.
  • Luggage may also be sanitized at each movement.
  • Drivers will wear gloves and face coverings during all guest-facing interactions.
  • Drivers will frequently clean handrails, door handles, arm rests, tables, seats, air conditioning/HVAC units, restrooms and overhead storage areas.

Our Supplier Partners are ready for you
Tauck is proud to have worked closely with our partners around the world, many of them for decades, to deliver the quality, comfort and safety you expect. Whether it be hotels and resorts, riverboats and small ships, restaurants, event venues or transportation companies, their meticulous health and safety protocols reflect their leadership and well-earned respect in the travel industry. The following are some select health and safety protocols. We will update these on a regular basis.

In addition to our supplier partners, we have also been actively engaged with global travel organizations to standardize health and safety protocols throughout the travel industry. TourCare is one example:

TourCare are health and sanitation guidelines developed by the tour industry's major global associations: the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), The Canadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO) and the European Tourism Association (ETOA). Tauck, and our supplier partners, meet and exceed these guidelines that require members to adhere to the highest standards in the industry.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Tauck Tours Customer Reviews

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Itinerary
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We spent more money on this Tauck tour than a Luxury Gold trip to Spain and Portugal (top of the line) which required international travel and was for a longer duration. Also, I've said this before about Tauck. Although a good company, there is too much food offered and too much time spent sitting down to a meal when we could be sightseeing.

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Ms Lawren Farias was our agent. She went out of her way to make sure that everything went smoothly and it did I would defiitely use her again. She was outstanding.

Maya was absolutely wonderful! I only want to book with her for any future travel.

The Tauck tour exceeded our expectations.Our tour director was exceedingly well informed and organized.She was the best.

The tour was one of our best. Tauck's attention to detail and covering nearly 100% of our costs or fees and booking 5* hotels is why we liked the trip.

Fantastic vacation! Exceeded all our expectations! Trip of a Lifetime!!!

Tauck delivered as promised and more. The tour director was very helpful and knowledgeable. We wouldn't hesitate to book with them again.

Tauck provides great tours. This is our 4th with Tauck. They provided transport for us even when our itinerary was different than usual. The Tauck tour director was wonderful.

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