Enjoy a relaxing and inspiring cruise on the Romantic Rhine, Europe's longest river. We travel onboard our exclusively chartered ship, visiting iconic ports of call, sampling incredible cuisine, and absorbing the local atmosphere.
Day 1 Depart the USA
Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.
Day 2 Zurich to Lucerne, Switzerland
Upon arrival in Zurich, transfer to your hotel in Lucerne to begin your Swiss adventure. 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. Meal: D
Day 3 City Tour of Lucerne
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 Reuss River. See the 17th-century Renaissance Town Hall and town squares, all set amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Meal: B
Day 4 Optional Excursion: Mt. Pilatus
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 motorcoach to Basel, Switzerland for embarkation of the MS Emerald Sun, home for the next seven nights. Meals: B, D
Day 5 Strasbourg, France
Between France and Germany lies lovely Strasbourg, one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Enjoy a panoramic tour before the walking tour of the city center takes you on a stroll through the charming Old Quarter, “La Petite France,” with its typical Alsatian half-timbered houses. The Main Square is dominated by the magnificent gothic cathedral with carvings as delicate as any piece of hand-made lace. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6 Optional Excursion: Heidelberg
A brief port call is made in Speyer for disembarkation of the optional excursion to Heidelberg. Known as Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg is also famous for the ruins of its red-walled 16th-century castle. The ship sails to Mannheim where the optional excursion reboards. 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. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7 Rüdesheim and Koblenz
Rüdesheim is home to three medieval castles and the town provides a fascinating look through German history. This morning your Mayflower Cruise Directors will walk you into town where you’ll have free time to stroll through the alleyways filled with shops or visit the Market Square. This afternoon you won’t want to miss the spectacular scenery as you cruise through the “Splendor of the Rhine” – a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the river, featuring St. Goar and the legendary Lorelei Rock.
Upon arrival, enjoy an included walking tour of Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. Stroll through the narrow lanes and romantic squares of the city center past some of the cultural monuments, medieval churches and beautifully restored houses. Following dinner, enjoy a special performance onboard by local German entertainers. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8 Cochem, Germany
Rated as one of the prettiest villages along the Mosel, Cochem 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. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9 Cologne, Germany
While visiting 2,000-year-old Cologne, enjoy an included walking tour to the town center and Domplatz – home of the magnificent cathedral which serves as the symbol of the city. Relax onboard with an afternoon and evening sailing on the river. Meals: B, L, D
Day 10 Amsterdam, Holland
Amsterdam boasts ornately gabled 16th-century townhouses and hundreds of canals and bridges. This morning, during a narrated canal cruise, you get a view of the city from a different perspective. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Amsterdam as you wish. Meals: B, L, D
Day 11 Amsterdam / USA
Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. Meal: B