This extraordinary 11-day “Grand Tour” of Europe features an incredible combination of river, rail, lake and mountain travel including five nights aboard the new, deluxe Amadeus Imperial. Journey through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, cruising the Rhine River. Spend two nights each in Zermatt and Lucerne. Ride aboard three legendary railways—the Gornergrat Bahn for views of the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express from Zermatt to Andermatt and the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway—and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. This is the trip of a lifetime at an exceptional value. Amsterdam Post-Program Option.
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Day 1 – Depart the U.S. or Canada
Day 2 – Amsterdam, the Netherlands/Embark the boat
Cruise along Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage Site canals, lined with distinctly Dutch 16th- and 17th-century canal houses. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception.
Day 3 – Cologne, Germany
Explore Cologne’s Old Town and see the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Kölner Dom.
Day 4 – Cochem/Reichsburg
Enjoy a walking tour of charming Cochem with a visit to the imperial Reichsburg castle and one of the local wineries directly in town. Cruise the narrow Moselle River Valley, known for its abundance of vineyards clinging to the steep sides.
Day 5 – Koblenz/Rüdesheim
Dock in Koblenz, positioned at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, for a walking tour. Cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Middle Rhine Valley to see Lorelei Rock, stop in the heart of the Rüdesheim wine country, and enjoy a tour aboard the whimsical Winzerexpress mini-train.
Day 6 – Mannheim for Heidelberg
Travel from Mannheim to Heidelberg, a highlight of the historical “Grand Tours” of Europe. Discover the city’s Renaissance-Baroque ambiance and visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle.
Day 7 – Strasbourg, France
Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage-designated city of Strasbourg, where
medieval houses line cobblestone lanes and 13th-century bridges span idyllic canals. Attend the Captain’s Farewell. Reception on board the ship this evening.
Day 8 – Basel, Switzerland/Disembark boat/Bern/Lucerne
Disembark the boat and travel to Switzerland’s capital, Bern. Tour its beautifully preserved, UNESCO‑inscribed Old Town and admire the soaring Alps en route to Lucerne. This evening, check into the five-star Schweizerhof Hotel.
Day – 9 Lucerne
Begin your walking tour in the Weinmarkt and then see the Lion Monument, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who gave their lives during the French Revolution. Reach Mount Pilatus’ 7,000-foot summit by panoramic gondola for a 360-degree vista. Board the Pilatus Railway to descend nearly 5,400 feet in less than three miles. Cruise across the lake to Lucerne.
Day 10 – Lucerne/Zermatt
Relax during a morning transfer to Andermatt before boarding the Glacier Express, “the
world’s slowest express train.” Arrive in the Alpine resort of Zermatt, located beneath the pinnacle of the iconic Matterhorn. Check into the Schweizerhof Zermatt.
Day 11 – Zermatt
Ascend through pine and larch forests aboard the highest cog railway in Europe, the Gornergrat Bahn. Sweeping vistas of breathtaking Alpine scenery unfold from atop the 10,100-foot summit, where the serrated profiles of the Matterhorn, the Liskamm and the Dufourspitze mountains and the vast Gorner Glacier extend beyond your periphery. Return to Zermatt at your leisure with an optional stop at Riffelberg for a picturesque view of Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn. Enjoy the Farewell Reception this evening in the hotel.
Day 12 – Zermatt/Geneva/Return to the U.S. or Canada
Following breakfast, transfer to Geneva for your return flight to the U.S. or Canada.
12-Day/10-Night Itinerary Lake Lucerne