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Switzerland, the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle featuring Oberammergau extension - 2022

Oberammergau extension • 14-night river cruise with Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Cologne, Cochem, Schweich, Bernkastel, Trier, Koblenz, Mainz, Speyer, Strasbourg, Alsatian Wine Route, Basel
  • Switzerland, Rhine and Moselle River Cruise featuring Oberammergau with Amsterdam, Cologne, Schweich, Mainz, Strasbourg, Alsatian Wine Route and Basel
  • Switzerland, Rhine and Moselle River cruise with Amsterdam, Cologne, Schweich, Bernkastel, Mainz, Speyer, Strasbourg, Alsatian Wine Route and Basel
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Further immerse yourself by adding a extension to your journey

A remarkable Rhine and Moselle river cruise is made even more unforgettable with a once-in-a-lifetime addition: the Oberammergau Passion Play. This epic depiction of the life of Christ, which takes place only once every decade, has been staged for nearly 400 years. This experience (on select 2022 departures only) is available to you on deluxe small-group tours with Vantage when you add an exclusive extension to Oberammergau. Plus, with Vantage, you can be assured of the best seats and accommodations among American cruise lines today.

This incredible event is reason enough to travel on this European tour — and yet you’ll experience so much more. Storybook scenery, charming traditions, striking architecture, unique history . . . the list goes on. On this European cruise vacation, you’ll experience 27 included features and Cultural Connections and an eye-popping six UNESCO World Heritage Sites along some of the most gorgeous stretches of the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

Time may seem to have stood still as you step upon ancient stones in postcard-pretty German towns such as Cochem, Trier, and Bernkastel. You’ll experience half-timbered gems from Rüdesheim, Germany, to Basel, Switzerland, as well as France's Alsatian Wine Route, Amsterdam, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, and more.

Basel to Amsterdam

Pre-Trip Extension

Bruges, Belgium (Pre-Trip)


Oberammergau Passion Play with Munich (May 15)

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DAY 1:

Depart home for Basel, Switzerland

Today, you’ll board your flight to Basel.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Basel

If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you and arrange transfer to the pier in Basel, where you will board your Deluxe river ship and officially begin your European river cruise. If you were already in Europe for our unforgettable Oberammergau pre-trip extension, you’ll transfer to Basel with some time for lunch and exploring in Lake Constance.

Vantage Onboard Enrichment:

  • Bicycles are available for exploring your new surroundings on two wheels; see the Concierge to reserve
  • Chess, shuffleboard, track, spa, and other amenities
Please note: At the airport in Basel, there are two exits — one to the French side and one to the Swiss side. Your Vantage representative will be waiting for you on the Swiss side once you exit the Arrivals.

Included meals:


DAY 3:

Set off on a half-day tour of Basel

Located on the Rhine, Basel traces its history as far back as the early Celts and Roman Empire. You’ll take a walking tour, and then enjoy an afternoon at leisure. We'll have shuttles available to take travelers to the city center. Celebrate this evening at the Captain's Welcome Party and Dinner.

Included Feature:
  • Half-day walking tour of Basel

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 4:

Immerse yourself in the Alsatian Wine Route on a full-day tour

Enjoy a full-day Alsatian Wine Route tour today, with a visit to Colmar and the famous Unterlinden Museum. In Riquewihr, known for its Riesling wines, enjoy a walking tour and money for lunch as you spend time exploring on your own.

Included Feature:
  • Full-day excursion along the Alsatian Wine Route including visits to Colmar and Riquewihr
Cultural Connection:
  • Onboard lecture: The European Union
Biking Opportunity:

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5:

Embark on a walking and canal tour in Strasbourg

Bonjour and welcome to picturesque Strasbourg! Following a morning drive from Kehl over the border into France, take part in an included walking and canal boat tour that takes you to the elegant Palais Rohan, Cathedral Notre Dame, the ultra-modern European Union Parliament, the quaint shops and parks of “La Petite France,” and the Tanners’ Quarter. There will be afternoon shuttle buses to the city center. Tonight, enjoy evening entertainment aboard the ship.

Included Feature:

  • Tour Strasbourg by foot and canal boat, including a visit to the UNESCO-listed Grand Île
Culinary Feature:
  • French Alsatian Dinner on board

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Marvel at the Speyer Cathedral and savor the warmth of home-hosted coffee and cake

Following breakfast this morning, you'll set off on a walking tour of Speyer and its eponymous 11th-century cathedral. Once one of the largest cathedrals in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage Site remains the final resting place for many former emperors and heads of state. You'll return to the ship for lunch, before heading back out for an insightful home-hosted visit with coffee, cake, and conversation.

Vantage Exclusive:
  • Enjoy coffee, cake, and stories with a local family in Speyer
Included Feature:
  • Walking tour of Speyer including Speyer Cathedral
Cultural Connection:
  • Celebrate German traditions with a festive on board party
Biking Opportunity:

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

See the Gutenberg Bible in Mainz and learn how to paint

Awaken in Mainz, once the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, where you'll enjoy breakfast on the ship. Then you’ll visit the Johannes Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to the inventor of moveable type and home to one of the original Gutenberg Bibles. You'll have time this afternoon to explore Mainz on your own, and later, enjoy a cooking demonstration where our expert chef will share some tips and tricks on how to make local delicacies.

Included Feature:

  • Visit the Gutenburg Museum to see one of the original Gutenberg Bibles
Cultural Connections:
  • Take a painting lesson from a local artist
  • Evening pub crawl in town headed by your Cruise Director

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

A Taste of Rüdesheim

Begin your day with breakfast on board and a morning of scenic sailing as you head into UNESCO-listed Rüdesheim, known for its winemaking and culinary delights. You’ll savor this town’s delectable delights for yourself with lunch at a local restaurant, accompanied by wine tasting.

Following lunch, you’ll enjoy a deeper look into this delightful destination with a choice of tours. Board a cable car up to the Niederwald Monument and enjoy panoramic vistas of rolling vineyards and the glittering Rhine as far as the eye can see. You’ll arrive at the top of the hill and be greeted by this incredible 34-foot tall monument, constructed in 1871 to commemorate the founding of the German empire following the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.

Or, you can choose to board a mini-train from Rüdesheim to Brömserhof for a guided visit of Siegfried's Musikkabinett, the first German museum dedicated to the preservation and display of mechanical musical instruments. Located in a former noble court dating back to the 16th-century, this unique museum houses over 350 exhibits and musical instruments, from delicate musical boxes to a full-size piano-orchestrion.

Whichever tour you choose, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own before heading back to the ship. We’ll overnight in port, so you’ll be able to enjoy dinner on board or enjoy an evening ashore on your own.

Included Feature:

  • Choice of tours: Cable car to Niedewald Monument or Siegfried’s Musikkabinett visit

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Discover the baroque gem of Koblenz

You’ll enjoy scenic sailing as you set off from Rüdesheim and make your way to historic Koblenz. Following lunch on board the ship, you’ll debark for a walking tour of Koblenz, the scenic baroque gem where the Rhine and Moselle meet. Its dramatic German Corner juts into the rivers’ meeting point like the prow of a proud ship, with a giant equestrian statue of William I its figurehead. After seeing the main sights of the Old Town, you will have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

Back on board the ship, you can take part in an interactive cooking lesson highlighting the pleasures of a Swabian delicacy. This evening, you’ll enjoy live entertainment following dinner in the shipboard restaurant.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Koblenz

Cultural Discovery:

  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain’s Club: Swabian Meat Pockets
  • Evening entertainment onboard

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Enjoy a walking exploration of Bernkastel and sample some local wines

Set out on a walking tour of Bernkastel to admire this “International Town of Vines and Wine.” The surrounding landscape boasts massive fortresses and fairy-tale castles, and the town’s half-timbered houses lining the banks of the Moselle will enchant you. You’ll enjoy learning about the viticulture of Germany during a wine tasting at a local cellar. You’ll have free time in the afternoon to explore on your own before heading back to the ship.

Following cocktail hour and dinner onboard, you can close out the evening while enjoying a live onboard musical performance

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Bernkastel

Culinary Feature:

  • Sample some of the Moselle Valley’s famed vintages at a local cellar

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Enjoy an afternoon in beautiful Boppard

You’ll spend a relaxing morning on board, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Rhine Valley as you sail into the charming Rhine Valley town of Boppard. After lunch, you’ll have time to explore this quaint German village on your own. Beyond the quintessentially German architecture and lovely river views are expansive rolling vineyards and popular hiking trails waiting to be discovered. For the history buff, Boppard’s Old town is home to dreamy castles and 4th-century Roman structures. Enjoy a stroll along the beautiful waterfront promenade, pop into one of the many boutiques for a bit of shopping, or stop for a bite of spätzle and wurst at a traditional café.

Back on board following your day of exploration, you can take part in an interactive cooking lesson in the Captain’s Club or sit in on a cocktail hour presentation in the ship’s lounge. Dinner this evening with be accompanied by an exclusive wine pairing.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain’s Club: Dark beer braised pork ribs

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Explore a gothic castle in Cochem

This morning, enjoy breakfast on the ship. You'll then head from Boppard to Cochem by motorcoach for a tour of the majestic Reichsburg Castle. This neo-Gothic structure — which once sat in a state of ruin for 180 years — was rebuilt in 1868 and served as the summer residence of the Ravené family. Nowadays, this fanciful structure is open to the public and you’ll enjoy a guided tour, along with a “meet and greet” with costumed performers and a complimentary glass of wine.

You’ll have some free time to explore Cochem on your own before returning to your ship for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Dinner this evening will be served in the shipboard dining room.

Included Feature:

  • Reichsburg Castle tour with wine

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Explore Cologne on a walking tour and taste some distinctive Kölsch beer

Enjoy a morning walking tour of the wonderful city of Cologne. You'll also enjoy a special tasting of Kölsch beer, a distinctive style that the New York Times once stated was like "drinking an entire culture." Afterward, relax on the cruise and enjoy the scenic views as you cruise towards the Dutch border.

Included Features:

  • Walking tour of Cologne featuring views of the city's famous cathedral
  • Kölsch beer sampling at Brauhaus FRÜH
Cultural Connection:
  • Onboard entertainment
Biking Opportunity:
  • Enjoy some of the most scenic cycle paths of the iconic Rhine River through Cologne-Deutz during a 5-mile route. Click here for details

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Embark on a walking tour of Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands

Today, embark on a walking tour of Nijmegen. This is the oldest city in the Netherlands, and the entire region is teeming with stories from World War II. Enjoy time at leisure in Nijmegen after the tour. In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy some scenic sailing.

Included Feature:
  • Walking tour of Nijmegen, Holland's oldest town

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 15:

A cruise along Amsterdam’s canal ring and a visit to the esteemed Rijksmuseum

This morning, you'll get the perfect view of Amsterdam’s historic center on a narrated canal cruise along the city’s 17th-century canal ring, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, visit Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum for a guided tour.

Included Feature:
  • Canal cruise and visit to the Rijksmuseum
Cultural Connection:
  • Live classical music performance on board

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 16:

Transfer to the Amsterdam airport for your flight home or join your optional extension

Depart for home today after an unforgettable journey. 

Included meals:


Post-Trip Extension

Oberammergau Passion Play with Munich (May 1)

FROM: $1999 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $500 PER DAY

Bruges, Belgium (Post-Trip)


Oberammergau Passion Play with Munich (August 31)

FROM: $1999 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $500 PER DAY

Important Notice:The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert. In addition, should there be an extreme change in water levels, Vantage will do everything possible to provide either the included excursion or an alternate excursion at Vantage’s discretion.

Please Note: Port times & itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels may affect itinerary.

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